New Employees/Promotions

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees:

Elizandro Garcia Montoya – Lecturer of Music (Conservatory of Music)

Eric Mayes – Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion (Office of Diversity and Inclusion)

Lee Sterling – Administrative Coordinator in the Of f ice of
Spiritual & Religious Life

Jeff Simon – Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Evan Wick – Assistant Baseball Coach

Jessica Quintana – Assistant Director of the Diversity and
Intercultural Center (Diversity and Intercultural Center).

Robyn Bowers – Dean of Admissions

Dr. Ashley Lewis – Associate Vice President for Enrollment

Patrick Ploen – Custodian

Lee White – London Centre Resident Director

Christina Powers – Senior Systems Analyst (IT)

Lauren Vanderlinden – Assistant Director of the Visual & Performing
Arts and Education and Non-Prof it Careers (Career Center)

Sasha Higgins – Teacher of Clarinet (LCMS)


Brittany Bell – Associate Dean for Diversity, Engagement and Student Leadership (Diversity and Intercultural Center)

Donuts for D-Term – Dec 15

In light of our recent change in operational status to orange light, Staff Governance is switching its Donuts for D-Term Celebration to a grab-and-go event.

Faculty and staff are still welcome to stop by the Mead Witter Room in Warch on December 15, from 9-10 a.m., but donuts will be offered as a grab-and-go treat.

If you plan to stop by for a donut, please let us know you are coming by filling out the D-Term Celebration form by December 10. We hope to see you there!

Inclusive Syllabus Workshop

Sponsored by the HHMI grant management team and the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee

Dr. Rose Theisen and Jedidiah Rex will lead participants in an exploration of what it means to create an inclusive syllabus and why it is important to do so. Participants will be provided with a rubric and other syllabus resources. Participants will be given the opportunity for structured peer-to-peer discussion.

The workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions. In the morning session, workshop participants will review the inclusive syllabus rubric, discuss why inclusive syllabi are important, and summarize and compare elements of an inclusive syllabus. In the afternoon session, workshop participants will analyze syllabi for inclusive elements, and create an evaluation and action plan for making their own syllabus more inclusive.

The sessions will be held in Science Commons/Youngchild 121 on December 7, 8, 14, and 15 from 10:30AM-12:00PM and 1:30-3:00PM. Choose one day that works for your schedule. An RSVP is encouraged, but everyone is warmly welcome regardless!

In keeping with our support for the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) initiative, we’ve outlined the workshop’s Tasks, Purposes, and Criteria below.

• To learn about strategies and best practices for inclusive syllabus development.
• To engage with peers on issues of teaching and learning.
• To use tools and resources to examine, evaluate, and revise one’s own syllabus.

Participants will:
• review and become familiar with the Inclusive Syllabus Rubric [AM]
• engage in discussion with peers around information shared in the session [AM, PM]
• examine assumptions and fears about creating a more inclusive syllabus [AM, PM]
• collaboratively evaluate a recent or upcoming draft syllabus with the Inclusive Syllabus Rubric [PM]
• create an action plan for making their own syllabus more inclusive [PM]

Successful participation means that after the sessions a participant can:
• summarize the parts of an inclusive syllabus as defined in the rubric.
• identify positive examples of inclusive syllabus elements using the rubric.
• explain to a peer why creating an inclusive syllabus is important.
• use what you learned from the workshop when developing your next syllabus and be willing to share what you learned with others in your department or office.

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: Gratitude  – December 2nd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk will explore the science behind gratitude and how it can help to increase meaningful relationships in all areas of your life. The newest research empowers individuals to incorporate gratitude both at work and home and participants will learn tips to help them do that.
  • Financial Wellness: Overcoming Debt  – December 8th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk will address the different types of debt and how participants can work towards living a debt free life.
  • Parenting Your Teen: Sibling Rivalry/Relationships – December 9th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Many parents suffer from sibling rivalry in their households. In this talk, participants will discuss how to reduce tension between siblings and even between parents. They will also examine which habits may encourage rivalry.
  • Your Healthy Lifestyle: Stress Busters –December 13th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • In this month’s talk, participants will explore the newest research, learn what experts are saying about the impact of stress on the body and the newest techniques to manage stress.
  • Parenting a Child with Special Needs/Disabilities: Positioning for the Future– December 14th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk is specifically designed to assist parents in advancing their capacities to further equip children with valuable life skills as they continue securing the strong foundation for their lives. Planning, preparing and pursuing life dreams alongside your children is a journey well worth investing in with long lasting benefits for all.
  • Caregivers Network: Holiday Gift Guide – December 15th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk is the annual Caregiving Tech Guide. Participants will explore the latest gadgets, apps, and age-tech using AI, Voice First, VR and more to support your older loved ones and you on the caregiving journey.
  • Succeed at Work: Understanding Personality Types– December 16th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk discusses different personality types and how they can impact behavior. Participants will learn to use type preference to enhance interpersonal communication.
  • Strong Parents, Strong Families: Keeping Children Safe in an Uncertain World – December 22nd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk offers parents and guardians information on keeping children safe from violence. The discussion will cover the prevalence of violence, talking to children about violence (e.g., media, war, terrorism, school violence, bullying, gangs, peer pressure, etc.), safety strategies and preventive skills, and recognizing reactions to violence. 

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

  • Username: ERC
  • Password: ERC

Off-Campus Programs Winter Break Hours

Interested in learning more about an off-campus program or have a question about an application you have already started? The Off-Campus Programs office can help! We will be open during winter break through December 17 and available to meet with you via Zoom both by appointment and during regularly scheduled Tuesday and Thursday office hours. Go to our Meet with an OCP Advisor page for details.

Support the United Way


You should have received your United Way materials via campus mail earlier this month, and I hope you will join me in supporting United Way!  

Did you know you can win a Subaru Crosstrek? Any donor who gives a new, undesignated gift of $26 ($1/paycheck) or a previous donor who increases their support by $1 is entered to win!

Enter United Way Fox Cities’ sweepstakes for a chance to win a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek!


Return your completed pledge form to: Stacy Mara, Wilson House Development Office, via a campus mail envelope by November 29. You may give via check, credit card or payroll deduction. Payroll deductions will begin December 10, 2021.

With thanks,

Stacy J. Mara

Associate Vice President of Development


Brighter Together Term Closing Ceremony

Please gather from 4:00-4:45pm this Friday, November 19th to point to or seek light as we close our Fall term. Together in the GoldGarden we will release the⁠ hopes, cares, and prayers that have been shared,⁠ through our Brighter Together Community Practices, ⁠ to the universe through ritual burning. ⁠

The Goldgarden is the outdoor space located east of the Center for Spiritual & Religious Life.