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!
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!

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

Celebrate LU! Founders Day is Tuesday, January 15

Founders Day is almost here and there is a lot of fun planned for the day.  We encourage you and everyone in the Lawrence community to join in the celebration!

Here are a few highlights of what is planned for Tuesday, January 15:

  • Show your pride in the blue & white and wear your LU gear
    • KK’s is offering a 16.6% discount on apparel
  • 11 am to 1 pm @ WCC: free cake and hot chocolate (compliments of Bon Appetit)
  • 5 pm & 7 pm Vikings basketball vs. Ripon at Alexander Gym
  • All day: Tom ’58 and Marlene Kayser will match all gifts to LU–regardless of size or designation–with a gift of $166 to The Lawrence Fund in honor of LU’s 166th anniversary

For more details and ideas, please visit:

Lincoln Exhibit Social Gathering


The Staff Connections Committee held a social gathering for all staff on December 13, 2012, which included a sale of LU logo clothing and a preview of the Lincoln and the Constitution exhibit on display in the Seeley G. Mudd Library.  Staff enjoyed meeting and re-connecting with other staff members while sharing a variety of fruit, baked treats, juice, and coffee.  Pete Gilbert, library director, gave a brief welcome to staff at this first public event planned for the exhibition which is on display through February 8, 2013, on the library’s second floor.  Thank you to all of you who attended and made this event possible!

12 Days of Christmas Sale at KK’s

12 Days of Christmas Sale at KK’s
Sale starts December 3rd and runs each day
Monday – Thursday for 3 weeks until
December 20th, 2012.

Day 1- Partridge = Ornaments/Stuffed Animals (Mon. Dec. 3)
Day 2-Turtle Doves = Short/Long Sleeve T’s (Tues. Dec 4)
Day 3-French Hens = All Coffee Mugs (Wed. Dec. 5)
Day 4- Calling Birds = Any Glassware (Thus. Dec. 6)
Day 5- Golden Rings = Any Key Ring/ID Holder (Mon. Dec. 10)
Day 6-Geese a-Laying = All Fleece Items (Tues. Dec. 11)
Day 7-Swans a-Swimming = Sport T-Shirts (Wed. Dec. 12)
Day 8-Maids a-Milking = Women’s Clothing (Thurs. Dec. 13)
Day 9-Ladies Dancing = Flannel Pants (Mon. Dec. 17)
Day 10-Lords a-Leaping = Men’s Clothing (Tues. Dec. 18)
Day 11-Pipers Piping = Conservatory Clothing (Wed. Dec. 19)
Day 12-Drummers Drumming = Everything in Store (Wed. Dec. 20)

Sale does not include Academy Merchandise or CD’s.

Tis’ the Season to Stay Fit

Form a team of 3 people to join the Holiday Trimmings Club!

The goal is for you and your team to maintain your weight or even lose a little during this time of the year when we are surrounded by goodies.

 Call or email Erin Buenzli to schedule your confidential team “weigh-in” anytime from today through Wednesday, November 21 at 2 p.m.

“Weigh out” will be held the week of January 7 by scheduling with Erin Buenzli, x7190 or

If your team maintains for loses weight during this time, you will be eligible for the drawing.  Prizes include free 1 hour massages and gift certificates to downtown Appleton.

The Holiday Trimmings Club is open to all Lawrence students, staff and faculty.

Flu Shots Available!


Flu Shot Clinics will be held in the Warch Campus Center, Hurvis Room on:

  • Monday, October 22           11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Monday, October 29           11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 30           7 – 9 pm

The flu shot is available to all students, faculty and staff including spouses/domestic partners and dependents over the age of 18.   Cost: $30 (cash or check only)

 –    No charge for employees/spouses/domestic partners/dependents over age 18 who are covered under the Lawrence University health plan.

 –    Students accounts will be charged.

 –    Faculty/staff/spouses/domestic partners/dependents over age 18 who have health insurance through other carriers will need to pay the vaccination fee.

 –    Students and those covered under other health insurance will receive a receipt which can be submitted to their health insurance carrier for reimbursement.

 –    It is recommended that employees contact their physician’s office for minor dependent flu vaccines since they will not be available at our clinics.

Contact Patty Leiker in Human Resources at ext. 6543 or Susie Muenster, R.N., in the Landis Health Center at ext. 6574,

if you have any questions.