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Mackenzie Huber

Author: Mackenzie Huber

Paddle film series tells of outrageous accomplishments

Whether diving into a waterfall in a kayak, crossing the Atlantic on a stand-up board or risking it all as a fashion designer turning to building rafts, the characters in the 2022 World Tour Paddling Film Festival clearly are a different breed.

Local paddling club Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers will present five films from the series starting at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Cinema Theater in the Warch Campus Center at Lawrence University. Tickets are $10 in advance at or $15 at the door.

NEWP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the goal of encouraging and advancing paddle sport education and safety by offering kayak classes and group paddles open to the public.

The films range from five minutes to just under an hour and were all winners in the 2022 World Tour Paddling Film Festival. Here is the lineup.

  • “Quality of Imagination” features a whitewater paddler who chooses his destinations based on where he can get the most air as he flips his boat over and over in rapids.
  • “Last Known Coordinates” follows a stand-up paddler who attempts to go from Africa to the Caribbean while encountering major storms in his tricked-out board.
  • “Voice Above Water” describes the devastation plastics are causing in the world’s oceans through the eyes of 90-year-old Indonesian fisherman.
  • “Sheri” tells the inspirational story of a woman who was at the top as a designer of downhill ski clothing when illness robbed her of all of it, until a request from her son sends her back into prominence designing and sewing whitewater rafts.
  • “Jotuun” follows three adrenalin-junkie friends taking on the waves and waterfalls of Iceland’s Jotuun River.

Learn about the new website

The LU Web Team is very excited to invite you to attend one of two presentations next Tuesday to learn more about the new website ahead of the launch date.

Presentations on March 15, 2022

In-Person Presentation: 11:45 a.m. at the Warch Cinema

The in-person presentation will be limited to 100 guests according to current room capacity restrictions. 

Virtual Presentation: 3:15 p.m. on a Zoom Webinar (followed by a Zoom meeting Q&A session)

The link to the webinar will be sent out to those who RSVP on Tuesday.

The virtual presentation will be recorded and posted for later viewing.

If you plan to attend either presentation, please RSVP here by 8 p.m. Monday, March 14:

About the New Website

A rebuild of the website has been underway for 2.5 years and Lawrence staff from the ITS and Communications offices have dedicated themselves to designing, building, writing, and creating this new website.

Goals for the project include:

  • Encourage prospective students to apply and enroll. ​
  • Encourage alumni, parents, and friends to support Lawrence.  ​
  • Make daily operations for faculty, staff and current students easier.  ​
  • Inform the local community about operations and events. ​
  • Inform and delight prospective employees.

Due to pandemic delays, the website will be launched in two phases. Phase one will launch in March 2022 and will include major sections of the site that serve external audiences such as prospective students and families, alumni, and community members. Phase one will also include the introduction of MyLU, a customizable landing page for students, faculty, and staff with quick links to many of the pages and forms we need on a regular basis.

Phase two will include several offices and services such as the Registrar, the Office of Residential Education & Housing, International Student Services, etc. that will be moved over to the new site in the coming months. Until those sections of the site are built on the new site, they will be accessible via the current website.

For the last few months, the new website has been under review by staff, faculty, and a selection of current students to ensure it’s ready for launch. Much of the collected feedback has been implemented and we will continue to implement feedback even after the site is launched.

Learn more about the new website and get answers to your questions by attending one of the two presentations next Tuesday!

Northwestern history professor to deliver Povolny Lecture on Tuesday

Lauren Stokes, assistant professor of history at Northwestern University, will discuss migration and race in Germany on Tuesday, March 8 as part of the Povolny Lecture Series in International Studies. The address, “Harlem in Germany: Race, Migration, and the American Analogy in the Federal Republic of Germany,” is open in person to the Lawrence community at 4:30 p.m. in Room 201 of Main Hall.

Named in honor of the late Mojmir Povolny, a long-time Lawrence government professor, the lecture series promotes interest and discussion on issues of moral significance and ethical dimensions.

Stokes is a historian of modern Germany, with a particular focus on migration and race in German history. Their book, Fear of the Family: Guest Workers and Family Migration in the Federal Republic of Germany, was released in February. It provides a history of “family reunification,” the predominant pathway for legal migration to Germany since 1973, and offers interpretations of debates about race and migration in postwar Germany.

The lecture will discuss a deeper history of European migration policy with a focus on how West Germany’s approach to migrants and refugees was shaped by U.S. social science research on race, including policy makers invoking ‘Harlem’ as a racialized space used to formulate urban housing policy for Turkish migrants in Germany during the 1970s, and the impact of U.S. social science on German policies relating to child migration in the 1980s.

New Website Coming Soon

Later this month, Lawrence will be launching a brand new website. Here are a few things you should know:

  • MyLU: a new landing page just for students, faculty, and staff will be part of the new site. Here you’ll find quick links to the resources you use most as well as Lawrence news and events.
  • Beta testing: faculty, staff, and a selection of students are currently reviewing the website and offering feedback to help get the site ready for launch.
  • Goals of the site: the new website is meant to be a better tool for prospective students to understand what they can study and expect at Lawrence. At the same time, we are working hard to make the site a better tool for our current students, faculty, and staff to find what they’re looking for easily.
  • New look, new feel: the new site reflects a new, modern design and has been built to be more accessible and inclusive than our current website.

Stay tuned for the new website at the beginning of Spring Term and email with any questions.

Work at Björklunden this Summer

This summer work at Björklunden ~ Lawrence’s 425-acre estate in Door County. Live and work in the beautiful lodge!

Need student workers from June 12 to September 3 to serve meals, keep house, give Chapel tours, and work outdoors

Remuneration: Hourly wage, housing, meals, tips

Applications available on Handshake

Email or send completed documents to Sherri Immel at Wilson House

For more information and to schedule your interview: Sherri Immel * 920-832-6854 *

Recycling Event

Join the LU Environmental Organization at the recycling fair: A fun event where students and staff can become their most sustainable selves by learning to compost and recycle electronics, batteries, plastic, glass, and metal here at Lawrence! 

At the event, you can play games to win fun prizes including snacks, bath products, coffee and tea, and much, much more!  

The event will be held in the Mead Witter room of the Warch Campus Center on Saturday, Feb 19 from 9:30-1 pm.  See you there!

Winter Term Convocation – Alexandra Bell’s “Counternarratives”

The University Convocation, “Counternarratives”, will be held in Memorial Chapel on Friday, February 18th and will feature multidisciplinary artist Alexandra Bell.

To register for in-person attendance, fill out this form. The registration process will be first-come-first-served for students, faculty and staff; attendance will be limited to 300.

Convocation will begin at 12:30 PM on Friday, February 18th. A Q&A will follow immediately.

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

Campus Race to Zero Waste

Lawrence is once again participating in Campus Race to Zero Waste, a cross-country competition where college campuses measure their waste output to see who can produce the least. Starting now and running through the end of winter term, please do your best to reduce your waste footprint with actions like reducing the amount that you print, use green clamshells in Andrews Commons, and just think more carefully about what you throw away.

Help celebrate Lawrence’s 175th birthday; cookies and giveaways in Warch on Friday, Feb. 4

Cookies that say Lawrence University 175, 1847-2022.
Get a free cookie on Friday!

Lawrence is celebrating 175 years since its founding in 1847. The year-long celebration kicked off on Founders Day weekend.

Next up for the campus community is a grab-and-go event complete with sweet treats and giveaways. It’s set for 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 in the Main Floor Gallery on the third floor of Warch Campus Center. It will include cookies featuring the newly unveiled Lawrence 175 logo. The first 50 students to arrive will receive either a winter cap or a campfire mug, both featuring the 175th logo, and all students, faculty, and staff will be able to grab a 2022 Lawrence wall calendar and a sticker featuring the logo. In addition, a wall in the gallery space will be newly adorned with the 175th logo, and Lawrentians will be invited to write birthday messages to be featured on the wall.

Bonus: If you can’t make the Friday giveaway, you can pick up a calendar and sticker at the information desk in Warch when it’s convenient.

Staff Transitions in Technology Services

Technology Services will be experiencing several changes in staff as we say goodbye to our long-serving Systems Administrator Damien Velasco who is leaving Lawrence after 23 years of service.   Damien’s last day will be February 9th.   Jay Dansand, Senior Web Developer/Systems Analyst, will be leaving Lawrence at the end of the month after 13 years (not counting his years as a student worker in Technology Services).   We wish both of them well in their future endeavors and we ask for patience as we work through this transition.