Brighter Together Masks Available for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Lawrentians are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our community,  and, as we come together again this academic year, it is more important than ever that we continue to Honor the Pledge to mitigate the spread of the virus.  In gratitude for your continued efforts to keep friends, classmates, students, and colleagues safe, all members of the Lawrence community will receive a Brighter Together mask.

Masks will be distributed by the end of the week to students in their campus mailbox.  If you do not receive a mask, students can reach out to Wellness Services at

Faculty and staff can pick up masks (one per ID) at the Wellness Center desk starting today.  

When we Honor the Pledge by wearing our masks and checking our health daily, we keep our community safe. When we Honor the Pledge, we are brighter together. 

LU Food Pantry is Temporarily Closed for Relocation

The LU food pantry is temporarily closed so that we can manage the relocation process.  Please do NOT leave donations at the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life as we are in the process of relocating the pantry to a more accessible location.  The pantry will be coordinated by some new folks in its new location.  Watch for updates here.

Crane Lift over Kohler Hall – September 24, 2021 at 9AM

On Friday, September 24, from 9am-11am, there will be a crane lifting a large fan to the roof of Kohler Hall.  Everyone will need to be out of Kohler Hall during this time. Half of the parking lot will be coned off for the delivery of the crane, which will be arriving around 8:30am and departing by Noon. We ask that everyone avoid this area during this crane lift, for safety reasons. Thanks!Facility Services

Nominate a Convo Speaker Today!

Dear Lawrence Community,

I write to solicit your nominations for the 2022-2023  Lawrence Convocation Series and the 2023 Commencement Ceremony. Over the years the Convocation Series has featured a wide range of distinguished speakers, including writers, artists, activists, scientists, scholars, and journalists. TheCommencement Speaker customarily receives an honorary degree from Lawrence in recognition of their accomplishments.

Please email me ( the names of people you would like to see deliver a Convocation and/or receive an honorary degree at Commencement. Any additional information you would like to include about them will also be appreciated.

Information about this year’s Convocation Series can be found here.  

A list of past convocation speakers can be found here.

And a list of past commencement speakers can be found here.

Thank You! 

Allison Fleshman, Chair of the Public Events Committee 

Join us at the Community Engagement Fair this Friday!

Join us on Friday, September 17th for our Annual Community Engagement Fair! We’ve invited nearly two dozen of our community partners to campus to showcase their very good work in the Fox Cities.

Come and chat with representatives from some of our oldest and closest partners to discover how you might engage in service during your time at Lawrence.
In addition to tables and activities hosted by our partners, there will be carnival style games, food trucks, live music, and a chance to win a $50 gift from Amazon! The first 300 Lawrentians to register at the event will also receive a coupon for a free fruit pop from Fox Pop!

Festivities start at 5:30pm at the Quad. If it is raining-we will have the fair set up in the Esch Hurvis Room (2nd floor in Warch Campus Center)

See you there!

Seats Still Available for Convocation!

If you’d like to attend this week’s Matriculation Convocation in Memorial Chapel, during which President Carter will deliver her first Convocation address, “Comfort with Discomfort,” room is still available.

Please register in advance by the end of day today, Thursday, September 16. The registration process will be first-come-first-served; attendance will be limited to 300.

To register, fill out this form.

Friday’s Convocation will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The ceremony will be livestreamed at so that all Lawrentians can watch from their rooms, offices, or another location. 

We look forward to opening this academic year together on Friday. Whether we see you in the Chapel or from your room or office, we are brighter together

Personal Health Assessment (PHA) Registration is Now Open

What is a PHA?

The Personal Health Assessment is a tool that highlights how our lifestyle choices directly impact overall health. Two scores are provided:

  • Your Lifestyle Rating is based on your self-reported daily habits related to nutrition, physical activity, alcohol consumption, stress and depression, and tobacco use.
  • Your Biometric Score is based on tobacco use, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar.

The Personal Health Assessment Report provides personalized feedback, tips to improve your lifestyle habits, and resources for more information.

Who is eligible to participate?

All staff and faculty are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the PHA process. Participation is also encouraged for the following individuals covered under the Lawrence University medical plan: spouses/domestic partners of employees, retirees and spouses/domestic partners of retirees. 

Note for Medical Plan Participants

Participation by employees, retirees covered under the medical plan, and spouses/domestic partners covered under the medical plan will provide the discounts to the medical plan premium.  All participants must complete both the biometric screening and the lifestyle questionnaire to receive the premium discount. The questionnaire can be completed through Wellworks portal (ThedaCare’s new platform) while signing up for your biometric screening appointment.  Discounts are provided based upon participation and are not scoring or results based.

Along with their new platform, Wellworks, 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.

If you or your spouse/domestic partner is pregnant or within 6 months post-partum during the time of the assessments, participation by the pregnant/post-partum individual will not be required to obtain the discounts on medical plan premiums. Human Resources must be notified if this is applicable to you or spouse/domestic partner by October 15, 2021.  

How do I sign up?

Scheduling directions can be found in the 2021 PHA Instruction Sheet or click here to sign up: The PHA schedule books quickly.  To ensure you receive your preferred appointment time, do not delay in scheduling your appointment.

What is the PHA schedule?

All appointments will be held in the Warch Campus Center – Hurvis & Mead Witter rooms. Appointment time and dates are as followed:

  • Wednesday, October 6th at 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Thursday, October 7th at 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Friday, October 8th at 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Monday, October 11th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Wednesday, October 13th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Thursday, October 14th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Friday, October 15th at 6:00am – 10:00am

Please contact your HR Representative if you have any questions regarding the PHA process including scheduling your assessment.   

Thank you,

Human Resources

Staff Connections Rebrand: Staff Governance

The Staff Connections Committee has, in response to calls for increased staff representation in university decision making, officially rebranded as the Staff Governance Committee. Our vision is to build a framework for Staff Governance that is more closely aligned to existing Student and Faculty Governance structures.

As we continue to grow the committee and develop its bylaws, our focus will be on:

  • Serving as a formal avenue of communication to all staff, supporting consistent and transparent communication across all areas of the university
  • Recommending individual staff persons to serve on university committees where policies and procedures that affect staff are discussed and determined
  • Conveying feedback and other information to the President and senior leadership related to interests and concerns of university staff
  • Recruiting and maintaining representation from all operational areas of the university and emphasizing the importance of including staff at all levels

That said, this vision is still taking shape, and its final form is fully reliant on staff feedback and participation. As such, we ask that any staff interested in shaping this new governance framework:

  1. Submit feedback on the proposed vision and recommend any additional areas of focus using this form.
  2. Consider joining our committee as we navigate this transition. To express interest, or to request additional information, please contact

This is both an incredible opportunity for professional development and a way to ensure that your voice – and the voices of your colleagues – are being accurately represented in university decision-making.

We look forward to working with you!

Join the fall 21-Week Equity Challenge

The 21-Week Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

How it works:

  • Individuals are encouraged to take on the challenge themselves, or form groups for discussion and reflection.
  • Those who sign up will receive an email at the beginning of each week for 21 weeks, starting Monday, August 30, 2021 to Monday, January 17, 2022.
  • Weekly topics take participants through a journey that starts with understanding internalized racism and explores how racism permeates person-to-person interactions, institutions, and social structures.
  • The experience is intended to deepen understanding, suggest ways to act, and helps launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our communities. 

This Challenge is being hosted by United Way of Wisconsin. To learn more about it, visit the Equity Challenge page on their website.