Month: April 2020

A Note to Campus Visitors | April 30

Lawrence University is asking all individuals who come to campus to wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines, even if you are just walking through the campus or playing catch on Main Hall Green. 

In addition to wearing masks and maintaining at least 6 feet between people, individuals who come to campus should understand that only members of the Lawrence community will be allowed in campus facilities, and only students living on campus can access their residence hall. 

Thank you for helping Lawrence stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in our community. More information about ways to help protect yourself and others can be found on the Be Safe Wisconsin website.


Update on COVID-19 & the Lawrence Community | April 30

The University continues to track the impact of COVID-19 on our campus community. Since the original spread of the virus, 18 employees have been self-isolated; one is currently in self-isolation. Six students have been self-isolated since the original spread; none remain in isolation. To date, no individuals working or living on campus have tested positive for COVID-19. 

It is imperative that we continue to practice physical distancing no matter where we are; we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect others and ourselves by staying home whenever possible and practice proper safety measures, including the wearing of masks in public. If you are feeling ill, please follow these guidelines.

Campus Visitors
Lawrence is asking all individuals who come to campus to wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines, even if you are just walking through the campus or playing catch on Main Hall Green.  In addition to wearing masks and maintaining at least 6 feet between people, individuals who come to campus should understand that only members of the Lawrence community will be allowed in campus facilities, and only students living on campus can access their residence hall. 


An update on Björklunden seminars | April 28

Dear Friends of Björklunden,

We hope that you and yours are well.

We are writing to share an important update: We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Björklunden seminars through September 4. To those who have already registered for a seminar this summer, we will contact each of you in the near future regarding seminar fees you may have already paid and options moving forward.

We do not yet have a decision on seminars scheduled post-September 4. That decision will be made over the summer and we will let you know as soon as it is reached. 

This has not been an easy decision, but it was the best one for our community given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We so love welcoming each of you to our beautiful Björklunden and will miss seeing you, but the safety and health of you, our seminar participants, as well as seminar leaders, Björklunden staff and student workers is our chief concern.

We hope that everyone is staying healthy, safe, and optimistic during these trying times – and appreciate your patience and understanding about this year’s seminar program. As always, we look forward to seeing you at Björklunden as soon as that becomes possible.

Our deepest thanks,

Mark Breseman ’78

Executive Director

Alex Baldschun

Assistant Director


Update on COVID-19 & the Lawrence Community | April 23

The University continues to track the impact of COVID-19 on our campus community. Since the original spread of the virus, 17 employees have been self-isolated; none currently remain in self-isolation. Six students have been self-isolated since the original spread; one remains in isolation. To date, no individuals working or living on campus have tested positive for of COVID-19. 

It is imperative that we continue to practice physical distancing no matter where we are; we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect others and ourselves by staying home whenever possible and practice proper safety measures, including the wearing of masks in public. If you are feeling ill, please follow these guidelines.


Physical Distancing is Working | April 22

Dear Lawrentians, 

More than a month since Lawrence announced it was moving to remote learning and nearly three weeks into this unprecedented spring term, we write today to share some good news: our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are working!  

Thanks to Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order and our individual commitments to physical distancing, our state has seen a decrease in the exponential growth in the number of COVID-19 cases since the order was put into place on March 25. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the rate of infections doubling moved from 3.4 days in early March to approximately 12 days at this time. In addition, the model created by the DHS projected Wisconsin having between 440 and 1,500 deaths from the 22,000 COVID-19 infections by April 8. As of April 21, 242 individuals have passed away in our state. Every death from this virus is one too many, but our efforts to flatten the curve through physical distancing shows that at least 200 lives, and perhaps as many as 1,400 lives, have been saved. 

Thanks to this news, Governor Evers announced on Monday a plan to safely reopen Wisconsin. Called Badger Bounce Back, the plan outlines a phased reopening of our state, guided by data and an ongoing commitment to continue to limit physical contact between people. As the new plan states, “the challenge is that all of us who have remained safe at home can still become ill if we move too quickly or act without an achievable plan in place.” It is imperative that we continue our collective work to flatten the curve.  

To highlight Lawrence’s commitment to helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University has joined the Be Safe Wisconsin initiative. This group of regional organizations, including Thedacare, Ascension, United Way Fox Cities, Feeding America, and others, is dedicated to amplifying the importance of a sustained commitment to safe behaviors to fight this virus. Visit the Be Safe Wisconsin website to learn more about the organization, explore resources, and pledge to be a leader in the fight against COVID-19. 

As there are no medications or vaccines to protect us from COVID-19 yet, please continue to: 

  • Maintain at least six feet between you and another individual.
  • All individuals working at Lawrence campus are required to wear masks when they are outside or in public areas. If you need a mask please contact your supervisor.
  • Avoid public transportation whenever possible.
  • Limit non-essential travel.
  • Limit social gatherings and avoid crowded venues.
  • Practice good hygiene, disinfect surfaces you touch, and avoid touching your face. 

All of these actions are necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Please also stay in touch over the phone with your family, friends, and fellow Lawrentians as much as possible. Contact us in Wellness Services, reach out to your personal physicians, or take advantage of the employee EAP benefit program if you need any physical or mental health support. More resources are available on the COVID-19 News blog. Please also continue to read the LU Insider, follow Lawrence’s social media channels, and take advantage of community outreach efforts when possible. 

Again, thank you all for your support, resilience, and patience as we weather this unprecedented global emergency. Continue to take care of yourselves and each other.  

Sincerely,
Rich & Jill 

Richard L. Jazdzewski, Psy.D., LP
Associate Dean for Wellness Services 

Jillian Drier
Director of Health Services
Campus Nurse


Lawrence makes residence hall available to city in COVID-19 fight | April 22

Lawrence University is donating the use of Trever Hall to the City of Appleton for the next four months to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Trever is being made available to the city from now until the end of August. It will not be used as a medical facility and will not house COVID-19 patients, but rather will be a space the city can utilize for its personnel as needed.

“All of us are in this fight together,” said Christyn Abaray, assistant to the Lawrence president.

“Providing Trever Hall to our city is a natural step we at Lawrence could take to support our community in this effort.”

No Lawrence students or staff will be in the building. The university has cleaned and prepped the hall and made key-access available to city personnel. The city will provide its own bedding and will be responsible for the ongoing cleaning of the facility. City personnel staying in the hall will have access to the kitchen and laundry facilities, and free wi-fi is being provided.

Trever is well removed from where students on campus during spring term are being housed.

“We purposefully chose a residence hall where there would be limited interaction with our own campus community,” Abaray said.


Update on COVID 19 & the Lawrence Campus Community | April 17

The University continues to track the impact of COVID-19 on our campus community. Since the original spread of the virus, 17 employees have been self-isolated; six currently remain in self-isolation. Five students have been self-isolated since the original spread; none remain in isolation. To date, no individuals working or living on campus have tested positive for of COVID-19. 

It is imperative that we continue to practice physical distancing no matter where we are; we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect others and ourselves by staying home whenever possible and practice proper safety measures, including the wearing of masks in public. If you are feeling ill, please follow these guidelines.


CAS Guide to Academic Success in Distance Learning

Welcome back again to Spring Term! I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I also hope your first days of classes are going well.

I see all Lawrentians giving their best effort to make this transition to distance learning as smooth as possible. It will be a bumpy term. Please remember to be kind to yourself and give grace to others as we navigate these uncharted waters.

The staff in CAS are here to help you with any academic challenges that arise this term. We are all working remotely too, but are still willing to connect with you to provide all the support we normally offer face-to-face. We have created specific information on our webpage to give you just-in-time information about how to access our services: https://www.lawrence.edu/academics/academic-success/work-with-cas-during-covid-19-

We also created a thorough guide to find your best academic life virtually. A special thanks goes out to our Academic Success Skills Specialist, Joanna Morey, for taking the lead in putting together this material for you. It cover 6 important topics:

  • Staying organized and learning
  • Avoiding multitasking
  • Making the most of video lectures
  • Setting a schedule
  • Fostering a growth mindset and changing strategies
  • Working with a group
  • Staying connected to other people

The guide is available in two forms. We hope you’ll use it readily throughout the term.

Online Study Habits & Strategies Guide in PDF:  https://www.lawrence.edu/mw/klnjpbgvtm.pdf

Online Study Habits & Strategies Guide in Microsoft Word:  https://www.lawrence.edu/mw/cfpmsfplxq.docx

Take good care and let us know what you need,

Monita


Important Update from Wellness Services

Dear Lawrence Community, 

 Last Friday, community spread—or spread of the COVID-19 virus for which the source of infection is unknown—was confirmed in Outagamie County and, more recently, in Appleton. With the news, it is even more important that we follow Governor Evers’ Safer-at-Home order and the guidance of our local health department and CDC in order to ensure the safety of our community and mitigate the spread of the virus.  

The most important thing of each of us can do is to practice social distancing. Every Lawrentian needs to continue to do everything we can to help “flatten the curve” by social distancing. As we continue to learn more about the impact of community spread, the ease of which the virus spreads, and the impact of spread from individuals who are not displaying symptoms, social distancing is crucial. 

  • Maintain at least six feet between you and another individual.
  • Avoid public transportation whenever possible.
  • Limit non-essential travel.
  • Limit social gatherings and avoid crowded venues.
  • Practice good hygiene, disinfect surfaces you touch, and avoid touching your face.

These guidelines need to be followed whether you are at work, at home, on campus, or out in the community. We also encourage all members of the community to wear masks whenever they are outside of their home. Lawrence is currently in the process of procuring cloth coverings for students and employees on campus. In the meantime, people are encouraged to make their own out of scarves, bandanas, T-shirts, or other cloth materials. 

Please remember that it is imperative that you stay at home if you are ill.  It is critical that employees do not report to work—and students do not visit campus facilities outside of their residence—while they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath (information on symptoms including atypical symptoms, along with a self-checker, can be found on the Wisconsin Health Connect website). Currently, the CDC recommends that individuals remain at home until at least 72 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications or at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.  

If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please call your health care professional immediately. If you are a member of faculty or staff, or a student living off-campus, this means your local health care professional. Students living on campus can reach out to Wellness Services

 As was expected, our campus community is not immune from the impacts of COVID-19. As of this morning, 12 employees are currently self-isolating after potential exposure to the virus. Five students have been self-isolated since the original spread of the virus; one student currently remains in isolation and is expected to leave on April 10. None of the students exhibited signs of the virus.

We will share updates on the impact of the virus on our campus community as needed on the COVID-19 News blog. The blog remains the best source of information about the University’s response to this evolving situation, including a thorough FAQ and links to resources for our community.  

Thank you all for your support, resilience, and patience as we weather this unprecedented global emergency. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. 

Sincerely,
Rich 

Richard L. Jazdzewski, Psy.D., LP Associate Dean of Students for Wellness Services


Registrar’s Office Update: New Online, Interactive Forms | April 6

The following forms from the Registrar’s Office have been converted to online interactive forms:      

These forms can be found on the Registrar’s Form page at https://www.lawrence.edu/s/registrar/forms.  

Note regarding Overloads

The Overload Form was not converted and is only available as a PDF.  If you need to overload in spring term, you will need to complete the PDF and email it your advisor for approval. Your advisor will then email approval and the completed form to the Registrar’s office.