Lawrence University’s Celestial Histories

Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, Megan Pickett, and her student Avery Greene ’24 celebrate Lawrence’s connection to the Night Sky.  Pickett and Greene are compiling a written and oral history of Lawrentians “Celestial Histories” as part of their summer research.  They are looking for stories, traditions, and important moments from all Lawrentians related to personal encounters with the night sky.  Their work will lead to an archive and website that paints another portrait of who we are as a community.  To volunteer, use:

You can choose between a written survey or an interview.  Look for future LU community events in which we can all share the night sky through the coming term!

Watson Fellowship Info Session

Are you interested in learning about one of the coolest fellowships ever offered? That would be the Watson Fellowship. Join Brian Pertl, Dean of the Conservatory of Music, on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 1pm CDT and hear how a winner receives $36,000 to carry out a one-year independent study of their own design outside the United States. See Handshake for more details and connect on Zoom with passcode: 430633.

New Hires and Promotions

The following colleagues have been hired or rehired within the last weeks. If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

Laurie Carter – President (President’s Office)

Helena Dulaney – Administrative Assistant (Library)

Jacquelyn Feldy – Bjorklunden Staff Assistant (Bjorklunden)

Danielle Hensel – Custodian (Custodial)

Amanda Jaskolski – Administrative Coordinator for Athletics (Athletics)

Andy Paider – Assistant Football Coach – Defensive Assistant Coach (Athletics)

Kayla Shanley – Assistant to the Registrar’s Office (Registrar’s Office)

Josh Sheron – Assistant Football Coach – Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator (Athletics)

Free Webinars and Monthly Live Talks Provided by ERC

Did you know our Employee Assistance Program, ERC, provides free webinars and live talks on various topics? Here is what’s coming up this month:

  • Resiliency Today: Letting Go of Worry & Anxiety – August 5th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk is designed to help participants cope with anxiety by understanding how it affects them, how to reduce it, and signs of anxiety disorders.
  • Parenting a Child with Special Needs/Disabilities: Financial Planning – August 10th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk will provide participants with strategies and tips to create a successful financial plan. The information will help you to assess your current financial situation so you can make the right decisions for your family.
  • Financial Wellness: Basic Banking & Banking Tips – August 11th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Learn the different aspects of banking and their effect on managing money. Participants will review the basic concepts of accounting, how to balance multiple accounts and understand the difference between mutual funds vs CD’s.
  • Parenting Your Teen: Success in School – August 12th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Participants will learn which health habits are important to school success, how to help your teen deal with teachers and academics and how to help them get organized. Participants will also explore how to recognize when your teen is over- or under-involved, how to deal with peer pressure and how to handle discipline.
  • Caregivers Network: Livable Spaces – August 18th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s live talk offers participants a virtual home makeover tour of the latest product designs and modifications to make homes work at any age. Multigenerational living is on the rise and a Livable Home Maintenance Plan will be provided to guide smart and green home living.
  • Succeed at Work: The Science of Goal Setting – August 19th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Examines goal setting as a brain function. Participants will look at how the brain works and create an awareness of the mental process, making it easier to develop new habits in relation to goal setting.
  • Strong Parents, Strong Families: Children’s Nutrition – August 25th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Participants will learn the basics of nutritional requirements for growing children, tips for healthy eating, health risks of obesity in children, recognizing when weight is a problem and building self-esteem. 
  • Your Healthy Lifestyle: Healthy Meal Planning – August 26th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Learn how to feed your family healthy foods on a budget, how to identify healthy foods and ingredients, and how to incorporate them into your meals. This talk will help you identify ways to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, understand portion control, and learn to read and understand food labels.

Click here to register for any of the upcoming monthly talks. To log in to their website and view more resources, use the following credentials:

  • Username: ERC
  • Password: ERC

Personal Health Assessment (PHA) – Save the Date

Personal Health Assessments will be returning this fall at Lawrence.  The PHA process is part of a large initiative to assist participants in managing their health and wellness.  We are excited to share that ThedaCare will be switching to a finger stick blood collection as opposed to an arm draw. This process is less invasive and gives instant results.

Upon completion of the PHA, participants will receive a personalized report to help better understand how your lifestyle habits affect your overall health.  Participants will be able to log in to the Wellworks site (new ThedaCare platform) to complete the questionnaire, sign up for their onsite screening, and to view their results. Your results of the biometric and lifestyle scoring are confidential.  Participation in the PHA process is open to all staff and faculty employees and all spouses/domestic partners on the Lawrence University medical plan.

Assessment days are as follows:

October 6, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:30 AM Warch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 7, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:30 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 8, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:30 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 11, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 12, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 13, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 14, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 15, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter

If you or your spouse/domestic partner who is covered under the medical plan have any concerns regarding availability during the available assessment days, please contact your HR Representative to discuss participation options. 

More information regarding how to sign up for your appointment will come in the future.

One last Griff’s Grill

Wednesday, July 28th 11am – 1 pm

All good things must come to an end and Griff’s Grill is no exception. Join us one last time next Wednesday in front of the Con for our traditional fare of dogs, brats and veggie options. In order to make things simple lunch will be all-you-can-eat for $5 (chips, cookies and beverage included). Payment via cash or Venmo please.

Hope to see you there.

FINAL REMINDER – Finance year- end deadline is Friday, July 16 for invoice and CERTIFY processing

In order for Finance to process the June 30 year end accurately, please be reminded of the following:

    • Please approve invoices for FY21and forward them to the Financial Services office by Friday, July 16th (scan and email is acceptable!)
      • Any invoice received after July 16th , will be entered into FY22.  If you are expecting an invoice that needs to be posted to FY21, but have not received it by the deadline of July 16, please contact Financial Services to work out a solution.
      • For invoices being processed near June 30, please clearly identify which fiscal year the invoice relates to as FY21 or FY22. 
        • Generally, invoices should be recorded in the fiscal year for which the delivery of the product or service relates. For example, if an invoice is dated June 25th, 2021 but is for services that will be provided after July 1st, the invoice should be posted to FY22. Conversely, if the invoice has a date of July 5th, 2021 but was for services provided prior to June 30th, that invoice should be posted to FY21. 
        • If there has been a consistent alternate posting method for a routine vendor invoice, please make note of this on the invoice.
    • All FY21 expense reports should be created, reviewed and approved NO LATER than July 16.
      • If you are contacted by Financial Services regarding late reports, PLEASE comply with their requests to complete your outstanding CERTIFY reports for compliance with our annual outside audit. 
    • If any down payments for product or services were made on an LU credit card, please contact Financial Services for proper coding.
    • CAUTION:  In CERTIFY, please review credit card purchases made near June 30 and only include purchases that should be entered into FY21 on your final June 15-June 30 expense report.  There may be transactions that were purchased prior to June 30; however, they may be posted with a July 2021 date in CERTIFY due to the banking industry processes.  If there is a July posted transaction that should be in FY21, you may include that transaction on your final June CERTIFY report.  You will have to modify your report date range to June 15- July 1 or as applicable. 
  • Please contact Brandie Jewett X6542, Kay Guilette (credit cards) X7205 or Amy Price X7164 with any questions.

Music for Food

On July 11 at 6:30 pm CT, the piano studio of Catherine Kautsky, in conjunction with Music for Food, will premiere an online recital of piano music by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, and others. All proceeds will go directly to benefit Appleton’s own Pillars:

Appleton is proud to have a chapter in Music for Food, a national organization of musicians devoted to addressing hunger in communities across the country.

You can read about Music for Food HERE

Please see the link for additional information on the recital HERE.

And here’s the direct link to the premiere on July 11, 7:30 ET:

Special Edition of The Ariel

Hello Lawrentians,
I hope your summer is going well.  I am beyond excited to share The 2013- 2021 Ariel with you. This special edition of The Ariel was brought to you by the staff of The Lawrentian and members of the Lawrence University Community Council.

The Ariel is intended to celebrate the student body and President Mark Burstein, as he embarks upon his next adventure. Thank you for your leadership and your light.  

To view The Ariel, click here.

Kelsi Bryant ’22
LUCC President