Category: Get to Know

Anyone for dominoes??? Downer Renovation and Subsequent Department Moves

The first order of business is finishing the Downer renovation. We are on schedule and expect to have the building finished in May. The Downer construction schedule for April will be the creation of an ADA ramp and entrance to the Hurvis Media Center located on Alton Street. The new elevator will be installed in April and the landscape around the building will be cleaned up. Our IT crew will begin their installation of equipment in May. The film studio, screening room and editing areas are located on the lower level of the building, which will be most easily accessed by the new Alton Street entrance. The first floor will house Admissions and the office for the Pieper chair while the second floor will house ACE (Alumni and Constituency Engagement) on the north side and Career Services on the south.

The move into the building will be a labyrinth of packing, timing and effort. Admissions (Ken Anselment) will be the first move into Downer vacating Wilson House. Admissions must move into the first floor of Downer in June before Alumni Development can move into Wilson House. A brief one-week interim will give Facility Services time to give Wilson House an interior face-lift. The final part of the Landis-Peabody renovation is due to begin July 1, therefore ACE (Mark Breseman) and Alumni Development (Cal Husmann) and their staff must be out of the building by July 1. We will gain 26 beds with the Landis renovation. Career Services (Mary Meany) will be vacating the library’s coveted southeast “wing.” The remaining move will be the film studio area in the lower level. Existing film equipment at 228 North Park and new equipment will be moved into Downer as the equipment becomes available. The lower level will be ready for classes in September.

Summary of new locations:
ACE, Career Services, Admissions, Pieper Chair and Film Studies
Wilson House: Development*
Landis Peabody: Completion of residence hall wing with 26 additional beds.
Mudd library: Additional library space.
*The Development staff currently in Brokaw will remain there. Those include Annual Giving, Research & Operations, and Corporate, Foundation and Sponsored Research Support.


Congratulations to the following on their milestone anniversaries of service to the college in the months of August, September and October:

35 Years
Kathleen Fuchs 
Counseling Services
September 1

30 Years
Wayne Krueger
September 1

20 Years
Cheryl Meyer
Academy of Music
September 1

15 Years
Karen Bruno
Academy of Music
September 1

Lori Rose
Main Hall Office
September 2

Gretchen Revie
Library and Media Center
September 11

Jennifer England
September 17

JoAnn Stamm 
September 22

Debra Gibbons 
October 17

10 Years
David Berk 
Instructional Technology 
August 1

Chuck Erickson 
August 26

5 Years
Wendy Osero 
Campus Life 
August 1

Nicholas Towns 
Conservatory of Music 
September 1

Valerie Carlow 
Main Hall Office 
September 14

Lynn Arts 
September 17

Elizabeth Crean 
Campus Life 
September 21

Janice Staedt 
October 8

You can see the latest new staff hires and staff milestone anniversaries here.

Welcome to Lawrence!

Please welcome to campus our new staff hires from July, August and September:

Richard Agness ’67 – Athletics – Assistant Football Coach
Kathleen Allison ’12 – Campus Life – Plantz Hall Director and Intramural Programs Coordinator
Mary Bell – Conservatory of Music – Secretary
Karly Boettcher – Academy of Music – Ragazze Girl Choir Manager
Cheryl Boyle – Academy of Music – Receptionist/Registrar
Mitchell Brady – Athletics – Assistant Baseball Coach
Khrystal Condon – Campus Life – Hiett Hall Director and Center for Teaching and Learning Program Assistant
Kevin Goggins – Security – Security Officer
Michelle Henry – Research Administration – Research Associate and Program Evaluation Assistant
Kerry Huth – Academy of Music – Primo Girl Choir Manager
Robin Matz – Athletics – Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
David Mettille – Dean of Students Office – Administrative Assistant
Laura Nurse – Custodial – Custodian
Mary Beth Petrie – Admissions – Director of Admissions
Michael Poradek – Campus Life – Colman Hall Director and Volunteer Programs Assistant
Anne Powling – Academy of Music Youth Ensembles Coordinator
Megan Rollo – Athletics – Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
David Stolp – Custodial – Custodian
Lauren Vanderlinden – Academy of Music – Intermezzo Girl Choir Manager
Sara VanSteenbergen – Campus Life – Ormsby Hall Director and Campus Life Programs Coordinator
Melinda Wallace – Athletics – Assistant Volleyball Coach

You can see the latest new staff hires and staff milestone anniversaries here.


Congratulations to the following on their milestone anniversaries of service to the university in the month of July:

30 years

Linda Fuerst
Alumni and Constituency Engagement, July 12

15 years

Sean Schipper
Information Technology, July 22

Amy Uecke
Campus Life, July 7

10 years

Antoinette Powell
Library and Media Center, July 1

5 years

Kevin Girard
Athletics, July 1

Kristi Hill
Dean of Students Office, July 16

Ellen Skinner
Academy of Music, July 23

Welcome to Lawrence!

Please welcome to campus our new staff hires from May and June:

Mark Boelter, Custodial – WCC Building/Set-up Custodian
Randal Kanitz, Security – Security Officer
Edward Krzyzak, Custodial – Custodian
Cassie McDonald, Development, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Jeff Privatt, Development, Associate Director of Major and Planned Giving

You can see the latest new staff hires and staff milestone anniversaries here.

Mudd Summer Coffeehouse Lineup

We’re into summer now, so it’s time for the library’s coffeehouse series.  If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity to come to the library, enjoy a snack, and learn about resources and services available to help you with work or leisure interests.  Coffeehouses will be held on the first floor of the library in the reference area.  We’ll start promptly at 10:00, finish at 10:45.  All staff and faculty are welcome to attend. 

Visit our website for these details and more!

July 11 –Kickin’ It Old School: Reading Books in the Library

What is summer in a library without reading?  Come hear about the library staff’s favorite summer reads.  And please share yours with us!

July 25—Kickin’ It New School: Lawrence’s Digital Repository

This summer witnesses the official launch of Lux, a digital repository of scholarly and creative work produced by Lawrence students, staff, and faculty.  Join us as Antoinette Powell, Erin Dix, and Colette Lunday Brautigam tell us about this new tool for ensuring the long-term access and preservation of the work of our vibrant academic community.

August 8— Hey, You, Get Onto My Cloud!

So you’ve heard people use this nebulous phrase “cloud computing,” but what does it mean?  How can these “cloud” products and services help me with collaborative projects, in my teaching, or in my work life in general?  Julie Fricke will lead us as we explore some of the latest in cloud computing and applications.

August 22 – Lawrence University in the History of Appleton

Since the founding of Lawrence and the growth of the city of Appleton in the mid-1800s, LU and Appleton have shared much history.  Erin Dix will help us explore the intertwining of Lawrence and Appleton history over time, highlighting sources from our University Archives.

Refreshments, as always, will be provided.  So come to the library and get a jolt of information along with your java.  Reminders will be sent closer to the dates of the coffeehouse sessions, but mark your calendars — we hope to see you the

Pete Gilbert
Director of the Seely G. Mudd Library

Get to Know Research and Operations

Standing: Cris Rettler, Mary Ann Gast, Kerry Lang. Seated: Luke Brown ’02, Janet Pearce, Jessica McKenzie ’09.

The Research and Advancement Operations Team at Lawrence serves as an information resource center for the Alumni-Development division.  We support the university’s fund-raising efforts through accurate gift and pledge processing, record keeping on nearly 19,000 alumni, prospect research, data management, and information analysis.  Each year, we process over 10,000 gifts and pledges.  Members of our team also work closely with front-line development officers, advising on fund-raising strategies and travel priorities.  Additionally, we collaborate with many campus offices outside of the Alumni-Development division, facilitating a variety of mailings to the university’s constituency, and providing data and analysis. 

If you have a staff story to share, please email it to

Get to Know the Office of Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office Staff
Sara Holman, Ryan Gebler '02, and Lynette Schroeder

Administering more than $38.8 million in federal, state, private, and institutional financial aid to more than 1400 students, the Office of Financial Aid strives to make a Lawrence University education affordable for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Daily, they work with students and their families to discuss financial situations and review possible funding options.  They conduct one-on-one meetings with almost all students who apply to pursue off-campus study opportunities, and spend a considerable amount of time processing, reporting, and reconciling individual and collective financial aid data to ensure compliance with federal and state financial aid regulations.

The office of financial aid plays a vital role in the recruitment of new students and the retention of current students.  They regularly collaborate with other departments on campus to improve the services that they (and others) provide to Lawrence students and their families.   

While most offices have gone electronic and paperless, the office of financial aid is proud of their status as the first office on campus to implement imaging.  Since January, 2007 they have been almost completely paperless in their day-to-day processing of student financial aid.

If you have a staff story to share, please email it to

Get to Know Facility Services

Facility Services is responsible for all campus buildings, grounds, and maintenance needs.  We assist approximately 2,000 faculty, staff, and students (our customers) with diverse issues on a daily basis.  We are responsible for approximately 75 buildings and over 80 acres.

Our staff includes skilled workers in Plumbing, Painting, Electrical, Carpentry, Boilers, Mechanical areas, HVAC, Custodial, Locks, and Grounds. They perform a wide variety of “in-house” maintenance and work order needs to provide the campus with quality repairs and cost effective upkeep.  We also have an excellent staff of administrative workers and supervisors that coordinate our departmental needs and continually work toward improving our level of customer service, efficiency, and satisfaction.  We welcome your input and comments regarding our performance.

We rely heavily on the assistance of student workers to complete many of our larger tasks, especially during the summer months.  With their assistance we are able to perform projects that would otherwise require outside contractors.  We enjoy the opportunity to become better acquainted with students and work alongside them to improve the campus.

Besides  maintenance requests we coordinate event set-ups, vehicle and trip reservations, parking permits, guest house reservations, waste disposal, recycling and various other requests.

To better serve the needs of faculty, staff and students, please submit your requests through the Lawrence website:  Here you will find forms for submitting work orders, event set-ups and vehicle reservations.