Month: April 2020

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. 


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.


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


Looking to Spring Term | April 1

Dear Lawrentians,

In just a few short days, we begin our Spring Term. Much has changed in our world since Lawrence originally announced that we were extending spring break and moving to distance learning for the remainder of the year. During that time, our community has been hard at work preparing to house the roughly 185 students who remain on campus, to ensure that our faculty and students are prepared to engage distance learning on Monday, and to maintain the daily work necessary to support the mission of our institution. Know that we remain committed to delivering the rigorous and supportive educational experience that you have come to expect from Lawrence. Of course, while the way we engage may change, our commitment to a supportive, collaborative, and meaningful experience remains.

Before sharing details regarding the start of term, I’d like to take a moment to thank the staff, faculty, students, parents, alumni, and friends for all of their work, patience, and support as we’ve come together during this difficult time. In the past few weeks, we have seen staff assist with student moves, more donations to our food pantry to support students who remain on campus, and Lawrentians continuing to tutor Appleton public school students through virtual means. The goodwill that so many of you have displayed towards our University and each other has been remarkable and speaks to the wonderful community we have developed together.

As I noted above, roughly 185 students will remain on campus during spring term. Like our students who are off-campus, these students will all participate in distance learning and will access needed resources, such as the library or Center for Academic Success (CAS), remotely like their classmates. We are adhering to social distancing guidelines and have begun the relocation process to house each student in an individual room within three residence halls on campus: Coleman, Hiett, and Kohler. 

On-campus resources like the Café continue provide food for students; the Food Pantry is moving to Raymond House temporarily and will be accessible for several hours each week; Health and Wellness Services are available via phone and email; and Brokaw Central is available to students as needed (telephonically and virtually). Be reminded that many of our offices are physically closed, but staff and faculty are working remotely in most cases and are accessible. Hours of on-campus offices are available on the COVID-19 News blog.

We are working closely with members of Campus Services to ensure that access to academic and administrative buildings is available to faculty and staff who may need to work in their offices, labs, or studios. Campus Services has increased its cleaning schedule to ensure that our campus’ most trafficked areas and residential halls are cleaned and sanitized frequently, helping to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and ensuring the safety of our community members on campus.

We are also working hard to ensure that all Lawrentians are supported, whether they are living on campus, at their homes, or at another remote location. Support services like the CAS, Center for Career, Life, and Community Engagement, Brokaw Central, International Student Services, Technology Services’ Help Desk and Mudd Library, and others are still available to students. I encourage you to visit each office’s webpage for more information on how to utilize their services if needed. I also encourage you to stay in close contact with your faculty advisor and professors, coaches, and other mentors during this time. While we may not be together in Appleton, we are still here for you and will work to ensure that you have a supportive and meaningful Lawrence experience. 

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. It is also important that we stay connected to each other over the next few months. Please stay in touch with your friends and colleagues, follow Lawrence social media channels, submit tips in the LU Insider, and host Zoom hangouts with your friends. Please continue to encourage and support each other!

Now that Spring Term is upon us, we on campus are now working through various ways we can continue to sustain our close-knit community. Some community members have already started reaching out to Lawrentians around the globe—coaches are hosting virtual workouts for their teams; the Conservatory is hosting a live Deep Listening session every Tuesday on Facebook; and a special Trivia weekend has been planned by Trivia Masters. Take advantage of these and other opportunities as they become available. Remember, we are stronger together!

I do want to take a moment to give a special shout-out to the Class of 2020. I share your disappointment that your final term is not what you hoped it would be. But do remember that one term will not define your Lawrence experiences and accomplishments. Your engagements, contributions, persistence, and impact have been a part of the relationship between you and Lawrence since you first joined our community. You have shaped our collective experience in more ways than you can imagine! You are in the forefront of my mind as we work to ensure that our community stays connected. 

Please remember to visit the COVID-19 News blogfor the most up-to-date information regarding our campus community and our response to the pandemic, and be sure to read the LU Insider, which not only includes important information for our campus but also tips for and celebrations of our campus community.

We look forward to seeing you soon, either virtually or in person.

Take care of yourselves and each other,
Chris

Christopher Card
Vice President for Student Life