Category: Student Updates

Looking Forward to Fall: A Message from President Burstein | May 11

Dear Lawrentians,

I hope that you and your loved ones are well in your homes, on campus, across the nation, and around the world. Things are going well on campus. But I miss the energy that Spring Term brings when you are all here:  ensembles and theater performances, senior recitals, athletic competitions, research and art presentations, LUaroo and other community gatherings to attend. Most importantly, I miss the impromptu interactions I had with students, faculty and staff each day. I know I am not alone in a feeling of loss of these truly Lawrentian moments.

With midterms almost complete, we now turn our thoughts to fall and our hopes for gathering again as a community enriched by collaborations and supportive relationships among students, faculty, and staff, and by a campus culture wonderfully alive. We hope to welcome students back to Appleton this fall, if federal and state policies allow, even though we also need to develop contingency plans … just in case. If we are allowed to gather again in September, we will have rules in place that will foster a safer environment in response to the pandemic. We plan to make a final decision about the fall term before the end of July. 

Until then we will continue to make preparations for a reimagined re-union on campus, and a fall experience that embraces both community and physical distance. It is likely that fall term will begin two to three weeks later than our scheduled start date of September 7. This potential change to our academic calendar gives us more time to develop—in association with some of the state’s leading health care researchers and advisors—appropriate protocols to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater Appleton community.

Lawrence’s leadership team, including the President’s Cabinet and COVID-19 Management Team, are currently working with the University’s shared governance to develop a spectrum of scenarios for fall term. The range of scenarios includes on-campus learning as noted above, a second term of distance learning, and a mixed model featuring both on-campus and home-based instruction. Each scenario will aim to provide our students with the best educational experience possible, no matter the circumstances. Last week we announced our plans for summer. You can find that information here. If you have questions about this or any other matter, please reach out to the appropriate office, faculty advisor, or supervisor. Communication is essential as we determine the changes ahead.

COVID-19 is not the first pandemic that Lawrence has had to endure and overcome. The 1918 influenza outbreak also brought with it public health concerns and operational challenges that reached us here in Appleton. While the circumstances 100 years ago might have been different, the impact on teaching and learning for our student body is in many ways the same. We must strive to keep our campus community safe, while also preserving the University’s mission and rich, inclusive learning environment.

Thanks to aggressive state-wide actions, the influenza outbreak took less of a toll in Wisconsin than in other areas of the country. We are also grateful that, just as in 1918, our own current efforts are making a difference in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This success, along with the ingenuity of our students, faculty, and staff, brings me hope. I promise you that the University’s leadership will continue to work to ensure that we keep our community safe and that Lawrence continues to share its light with the world.

Be well and make choices that keep others well.

Yours,

Mark


Requests for COVID-19 Student Support Funds Due by Friday, May 8

The shift to distance learning has created challenges for many Lawrentians. We know many students have incurred extraordinary or unplanned expenses in the wake of the changes brought on by the global pandemic.

Using donor-supported institutional funds, as well as funds the university has received from the CARES Act via a grant from the Department of Education awarded to us on April 24, we are able to provide emergency grants to help Lawrentians recover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Grants can be used for eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Grants are available to all students, regardless of citizenship status.

To formally request funds, please complete this short form, which will initiate a special review by a team of Lawrence professionals, who will review your financial circumstances to determine eligibility and financial distribution.

The priority consideration date to complete the form is Friday, May 8. The team will move quickly to notify all applicants of the results as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we wish you well as we near the midway point of the spring term.

Until we can see each other again, be well and do well,

Christopher Card
Vice President for Student Life

Ken Anselment
Vice President for Enrollment & Communication


2020-2021 Housing Selection Timeline | May 4

Dear Students, 

We hope this email finds you well.  We are writing today to outline the current plan for housing selection for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please note that the university is still in the process of determining what next year’s program will look like given the global pandemic. Given this, we thought it reasonable to share our current housing selection process in the event that we are able to resume full residential operations for fall term.  We will advise you of any changes. 

The Residential Education and Housing Office along with the Residence Life Committee of LUCC have been creating a new approach to returning student Housing Selection for 2020-2021 that will utilize Zoom.  

Despite the need for modifications to the process to manage in a remote fashion, we believe the changes made will serve all of us best for the 2020-2021 academic year and keep the basic tenets of selection at its core.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we do our best to make housing selection work for all. At the heart of this process, we rely on your commitment to the Lawrence community, the components of the honor code and social code, and respect of and for your peers. 

Please refer to the Housing Selection Webpage for specifics, and email all questions to residential.education@lawrence.edu

With many thanks,
Residential Education & Housing


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.


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. 


Wear cloth face coverings when out in public | April 6

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that all people use cloth face coverings when out in public.

Lawrence is in the process of procuring cloth coverings for students and workers who remain on campus. In the meantime, people are encouraged to make their own out of scarves, bandanas, T-shirts, or other cloth materials.

The CDC provides answers here to frequently asked questions about cloth masks and why it is now recommending they be used as the rate of community spread increases: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html

Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrates here how you can make your own face covering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI1GxNjAjlw

The CDC notes that surgical masks are in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers or other medical first responders. Cloth face coverings are a next best option.

“In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms,” the CDC reports on its web site.

Please note that the face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.


Spring Term 2020 CAS Tutoring Information for LU Students

Center for Academic Success (CAS) tutors will be available in Term III. Our goal, as in any academic term, is to provide tutoring for all Lawrence students who request assistance. Julie Haurykiewicz and Kelsey Uherka are available to answer questions or provide direct support to both instructors and students throughout the term. 

All tutoring will take place by appointment (see below for information regarding how to request a tutor). It will be up to students and their tutors to determine the tutoring logistics that work best for them (date/time, method of connecting [Zoom, FaceTime, email, phone, etc.], frequency of meetings, etc.). 

The best ways for students to get connected with a tutor in Term III are as follows: 

1. Students should contact a tutor directly whenever possible. To locate a tutor, students should check their course Moodle site, course syllabi, and/or ask their instructors who the tutors are for a particular course. 

2. If a student wants to work with the same tutor throughout the term, they can simply make arrangements with the tutor about how meet in an ongoing manner. 

3. To request a tutor more generally (for any subject/assignment in which a tutor has not already been identified), a student can use the tutor request form in Voyager (a direct link is also available on the CAS website and in Voyager under the Student Services tab—>Academic Resources & Services link—>Tutor Request form). CAS staff will monitor requests in Voyager and assign them to tutors each day. 

4. If a student experiences difficulty in connecting with a tutor, they should contact Julie and Kelsey directly. 

Students should be aware of any requirements for or restrictions on tutoring made by individual course instructors (e.g., you must meet with a tutor before submitting a certain assignment or you cannot work with a tutor on certain assignments). The LU Honor Code will, as always, be in place whenever a student works with a tutor. 

If you have questions or concerns related to tutoring, please contact Julie and/or Kelsey. Take care and be well!