Category: Event

Understanding “iDisorder” Technology Addiction and Overcoming Its Hold On Us!

All Faculty and Staff are invited to attend a workshop about ‘iDisorder,’ the psychology of technology addiction.

 Monday February 18th at4pm Esch Studio or 8pm in Esch/Hurvis Room

The 4pm workshop will be geared specifically to college faculty and staff with an opportunity to ask questions and the evening program is open to the Lawrence Community and the public.

Our speaker is Dr. Larry Rosen of California State University. He is a research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker and is recognized as an international expert in the psychology of technology. We will be addressing topics like:

  1. Getting high on Technology: Hooked on smartphones
  2. The ups and downs of leading a cyber life
  3. Communication 101: Safety and training behind the screen
  4. You only think you’re dying: When pain is just pain
  5. Does my profile picture make me look fat?
  6. Delusions, hallucinations and social avoidance-is technology making us appear schizo?

Here’s a sneak peek from his book “iDisorder-understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming  its hold on us:”

  “Many of us are on the verge of an iDisorder as our daily interactions with media technologies may be imbuing us with signs and symptoms of one of many psychological disorders, including narcissism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction, attention-deficit disorder, social phobia, antisocial personality disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, schizo-disorders, and voyeurism… Luckily for us, our brains are constantly changing. Neuroscientists call this ‘neuroplasticity,’ which is basically a constant process of strengthening and weakening neural (nerve cell) connections in the brain as a function of our experiences…. Given that our brains are inundated with stimuli all day long and that the digital content currently available in our world is the equivalent to everyone in the world tweeting or blogging constantly for a century, neuroplasticity is a brain-saver.”

We hope you will join us on the 18th for a great discussion.

Sincerely, 

WELLU, Student Wellness Committee, LU Gaming Club, and the Psychology Student Organization

WelLU Lunch & Learn: Effective Training for 5K Races

Lunch and Learn Tuesdays

Effective Training for 5K Races
Tuesday, February 12
11:30 a.m. – noon
Warch Campus Center 308 – Kraemer Conference Room

Lawrence’s own Coach Jason Fast will talk about effective ways to train for 5K races from just starting out to trying to improve your racetime.

All attendees receive coupons:

  • $1 off lunch @ Andrew Commons
  • 10% off @ KK’s Gifts & Apparel
  • Plus a Lawrence Academy of Music Cookbook

Wellness Fair Prize Winners

WELLU would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who braved the weather yesterday and attended the Wellness Fair.  Even with all of the snow, we had a great turnout and we hope everyone had the opportunity to learn more about the “Many Dimensions of Wellness”.

The following staff have won prizes and can pick them up from Erin Buenzli in the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center:

–          Aromatherapy Gift Basket:           Nicole Schultz, Facility Services

–          ING golf putter, bag, cap:            Lisa Van Zeeland, Financial Services

–          Bon Appetit Gift Basket:              Nicole Buenzli, Admissions

–          Kwik Trip Gift Card:                    Linda Peeters, Conference and Summer Programs

–          Fidelity Bag:                               Erin Punzenberger, Human Resources

Invitation to Participate in QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Who:  Any LU Faculty and Staff
What: QPR Gatekeeper Training
Where & When: Warch Campus Center, Kraemer Room: Tuesday, Feb. 5th  from 11:00am-12:30pm

 QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. The purpose of the 1.5 hour “gatekeeper” session is to provide suicide prevention training and education to Lawrence University faculty, staff, and students. After taking this training participants will:

     * know what behaviors and warning signs indicate that someone might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * know the risk factors involved in those who attempt or complete suicide
    * be able to effectively communicate with someone who might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * know when it is advisable to and the procedures for referring a student to Counseling Services
    * know how to refer an LU employee to the Employee Resource Center, Inc.
    * know how to reach a mental health professional at Counseling Services in order to consult about someone who might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * learn about local and national resources for suicide prevention, such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline

To register, please click on this link by 5:00pm on Sunday, February 3rd and follow the instructions to let us know you plan to participate.

We hope you’ll take time out  to take part in this free, potentially life-saving training.  As of today, nearly 500 people (faculty, staff, and students) on our campus (and around 2400 people in the Fox Valley community at large) have participated in a QPR “gatekeeper” session.  If you have questions about QPR or this training session, please contact Julie Haurykiewicz.  We look forward to seeing many of you at one of these sessions and sharing this important information with you.

If you’ve already participated in QPR Gatekeeper Training and would like a “refresher,” you are welcome to attend a session again.

Fox Valley Symphony performance to feature LU artists and composer

The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra proudly presents “Traditions” at the
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center this weekend!
 
Traditions
~featuring~
 
guest artist and Lawrence University Associate Professor of Music Wen Lei Gu, violin
guest artist and Lawrence University Associate Professor of Music Steven Paul Spears, tenor
composer and beloved professor and Dean of the Conservatory LaVahn “Blondie” Maesch
 
Saturday, January 26, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
 
Click here for tickets and more information. 
 
LaVahn Maesch was a graduate of the Lawrence Conservatory, class of 1926. He taught organ at Lawrence until his retirement in 1970, and served as the Dean of the Conservatory from 1954 to 1970. He was also a composer. Not long ago, Brian Groner received a score in the mail from an orchestra librarian who thought he might be interested in seeing a piece by a composer who had lived in the Fox Valley. The piece was the Suite on Children’s Tunes by LaVahn Maesch, which has been performed by orchestras around the country. At some point in history, the orchestra parts for the piece were lost, and only the score remains. The Fox Valley Symphony, working in tandem with the Lawrence Conservatory, will recreate the parts and the piece of music, after being performed at this concert, will take its rightful place in the orchestral library at Lawrence.
 
A member of the Lawrence voice faculty, tenor Steven Paul Spears will mark his first performance with the Fox Valley Symphony, along with principal horn Bruce Atwell, in the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings by Benjamin Britten.
 
A work by another celebrated British composer, the Elgar Violin Concerto, will feature Lawrence Violin Professor Wen Lei Gu.
 
And to round out the evening of Lawrence connections, Music for a Cause Partner for this concert is none other than the Lawrence Academy of Music.

You’re Invited to Participate in QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Who:  All LU Faculty and Staff
What: QPR Gatekeeper Training
Where & When:  Warch Campus Center, Kraemer Room: Tuesday, Feb. 5th  from 11:00am-12:30pm

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. The purpose of the 1.5 hour “gatekeeper” session is to provide suicide prevention training and education to Lawrence University faculty, staff, and students. After taking this training participants will:

    * know what behaviors and warning signs indicate that someone might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * know the risk factors involved in those who attempt or complete suicide
    * be able to effectively communicate with someone who might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * know when it is advisable to and the procedures for referring a student to Counseling Services
    * know how to refer an LU employee to the Employee Resource Center, Inc.
    * know how to reach a mental health professional at Counseling Services in order to consult about someone who might be at risk for suicidal behavior
    * learn about local and national resources for suicide prevention, such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline

To register, please click on this link by 5:00pm on Sunday, February 3rd and follow the instructions to let us know you plan to participate.

As you may be aware, we have been offering QPR to individuals across campus for several years and have received very positive feedback on its usefulness.  If you have questions about QPR or this training session, please contact Julie Haurykiewicz.  We look forward to seeing many of you at one of these sessions and sharing this important information with you.

 

Coping with High Stakes Performance Anxiety Panel Discussion Jan. 22

Coping with High Stakes Performance Anxiety:

A Panel Discussion Sponsored by:
Committee on Teaching Development, Theatre Department, Music Department,
Center for Teaching and Learning, and Lifeline Project

Who: All LU faculty and staff are welcome
When:  3:15-4:15pm on Tuesday, January 22
Where: Shattuck 156 

What: Ever wondered how help a student perform his or her best in a high-stakes environment?  From tests to music/theatre performances to class presentations to athletic events, we all encounter occasions which require focused attention instead of a “freak out.”  If you want to know more about strategies to assist students (or even yourself!) in successfully managing these high-stakes situations, this panel discussion provides a great place to begin a dialogue, learn new ideas, and share your own expertise.  Light refreshments will be served!

Panelists:
Kathleen Fuchs, Lifeline Project Coordinator and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology
Julie Haurykiewicz, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Karen Leigh-Post, Associate Professor of Music and Teacher of Voice
Kathy Privatt, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and James G. and Ethel M. Barber Professor of Theatre and Drama

 

You’re invited to a couple wonderful musical events

The Staff Connections Committee would like to invite you to come to a couple of wonderful musical events happening later this month on campus…

Lawrence Symphony Orchestra

On Friday, January 25 at 8:00 pm, come experience the talent and diversity of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of our new conductor, Octavio Más-Arocas. The LSO will perform All but Inescable, a piece written by Conservatory student Nolan Veldey ’13; Symphony No. 2, by Jean Sibelius; and Piano Concerto No. 5, by Ludwig van Beethoven, and performed by faculty member Michael Mizrahi.

AND then,

Academy of Music Honors Recital

Please join your colleagues from the Academy of Music as we celebrate the success of our students! The honors recital features the winners of the Academy’s honors auditions and Academy students, nominated by their studio teachers, auditioned before two judges.  Student performers are in elementary school through high school. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013
2:00 pm (recital is approximately 1 hour in duration)
Harper Hall (inside the Conservatory of Music)
Reception to follow performance

Support your colleagues and Lawrence students while enjoying some lovely entertainment! We hope to see you there!

Staff Connections Committee