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Karen Brennan

Author: Karen Brennan

Buses from Chicago and Minneapolis-End of Break

Worry just a bit less about how to get back to campus.

With travel beginning in Chicago and Minneapolis and additional stops happening at the midway points, you can sign up to come back to campus on March 27 in the comfort of a Lamers coach bus.

The cost is $30 and registration ends when the bus is full or by March 23, whichever happens first. Riders may take 2-3 large bags on the bus back. Both buses are actively gaining riders each day, so don’t delay in signing up.

Visit here for information and to register for your spot

Party For Curt Lauderdale-POSTPONED

Honoring the pledge means making adjustments.

Due to Orange status and the departure time of Curt to his new role, the official LU sendoff for Curt Lauderdale that was scheduled for January 11th has been postponed.

We encourage everyone to contribute to the Kudoboard. Several Lawrentians past and present already have. The Kudoboard will stay up for several weeks… but don’t wait to leave your message!

Access the Kudoboard here to leave a personalized note.


(Users can skip past leaving their email address as the software will inevitably ask.)

Save The Date-Saying ‘So Long’ to Curt Lauderdale, Dean of Students

We’ll be sharing best wishes, extending congratulations, and expressing gratitude for the many years of service and dedication. Please join with your fellow Lawrentians in wishing the best to Curt Lauderdale as he departs the Viking ship.

You are invited to save January 11, 2022 from 4pm-6pm to celebrate, show respect, share a memory, and help close a chapter within the dynamic Lawrence storyline.

A Kudoboard has been set up to capture positive sentiments. Please share your own post, and feel comfortable sharing the link with folks off campus who may want to share a parting word or photo.

We respectfully ask that you RSVP via this form so that we know who can attend.

Closing the Prayer Wall

Leave your mark, feed the wall, and let go of that thought until another day. Join the burning ceremony as the messages and prayers are released to the universe.

As this term and this remarkable academic year come to a close, what better time to let go of what’s been holding you back, to dream for what you hope will come to fruition, and to share gratitude for the ability to transition and share in the collective loss and growth.

The prayer wall in the Library and in the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life will be picked up on Friday, June 4.

The ceremony will start at the library and move to the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life where the prayers will be burned. Meet at the Library where the bricks of the prayer wall are located.

Friday, June 4th
4:30pm
Seely G. Mudd Library

image of what the prayer wall looks like.
Prayer Wall

Lawrentian Invitation to Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate is a multifaith celebration of the spiritual journey of the Class of 2021. Created by seniors, it highlights the unique perspectives of the graduating class. Baccalaureate seeks to show how an academic rite of passage transcends books and computers, while it simultaneously asks if the journey could ever have been anything other than spiritual.

A limited number of in-person seats available for Lawrence students, faculty and staff. To request an in-person seat for the service, please fill out this form.

Baccalaureate 2021
Baccalaureate 2021
June 12 at 3pm
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

No Fourth Friday Lunch – A Summer lunch survey instead

Hello diners of the mid-day. Who’s up for lunch this summer?
We are interested in your thoughts on summer lunch gatherings as we all learn to move back into campus settings.

Since we can’t be all places all the time, or satisfy all people in all situations – we’ve decided to survey instead. Please complete the linked survey and stay tuned as options and allowances on campus are more fully considered.

Screens are great. In person is great. Really, it’s all good depending on your life.

Transitions and Walls

As we prepare to close this term, you are invited to be open with yourself and the community. Reflect on your hopes for yourself and the understanding you encourage from others. Give thanks for memories gained, grieve for experiences lost, or reflect on how those concepts help define each other. Wish meaningful transitions for yourself.

The Library and the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life will all be host to a space that allows you to be open by placing your intentions, wishes, hopes, thanksgiving, fears, confessions, questions, or prayers into the “wall” regardless of background or beliefs. (A remote option will be available through the Spiritual and Religious Life webpage.)

Spiritual and Religious Life understands prayer to be many different things for the members of our community. In all times and traditions, it is a way of being in the moment, being present, and opening your heart, soul, and mind to connection.

At the end of term we will dismantle the wall and collect the prayers. They will be released, unopened, to the universe through burning.

Everyday Spirituality-batteries not necessarily required

When we open ourselves to the knowledge that busy days require many pockets, we must also engage in emptying those contents on occasion. Remove the rocks, the sharp things that have gathered, the lint, the tiny scraps of garbage, and that sticky note with a word so smudged its no longer legible.

Place back in the empathy, the ability to step back for a moment, that refreshing scent of a cleansed mind and body, and maybe add a snack nugget or two for sharing with friends later. Put your intentionality back in as well.

Monday
Meditation (virtual)

Tuesday
Take a Hike with Mudd the dog

Wednesday
Evening Tai Chi

Thursday
Meditation (in person) & lunchtime Tai Chi

Friday
Choose your own practice

Revisit your passion and connect with what you value by taking in your surroundings, exploring beyond your screen, or maybe even visiting the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.

Need your MTRP Dog Fix?

Think you’ve got your capstone under control, but need a teeny tiny healthy rest???
You have a lot of energy cuz you’re soo excited about the Holi event on Saturday???
Missing your usual MTRP spring ‘vacay’???
Need an excuse to get away from your roommate for just a few minutes???
Meditation is just not cutting it today???
Sports got ya’ down???

Come see Murphy! (Lovable Golden Retriever) He’ll be in the quad on Friday, May 7th at 1pm.

NOTE: He will not be masked, and he can be a little slobbery. We will expect the opposite from his visitors.