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Kelly Landis

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Parking Lots to Avoid Friday, October 18

Tomorrow, October 18, Lawrence will be hosting Microsoft President Brad Smith for a community conversation about this new book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age.  With nearly 450 alumni, community members, faculty, staff and students expected to fill every seat in Stansbury Theatre, we are asking for your help rolling out the blue carpet for our guests.  Please refrain from parking in the following lots on Friday morning:

·         Shattuck

·         Music-Drama Center

·         Chapel

·         Faculty/staff lot on the SW corner of Lawe and Washington

The forecast is calling for 57 and partly cloudy skies – a perfect fall morning for a nice walk or bike ride across campus!

Explore Role of Technology with Microsoft President Brad Smith

President of Microsoft and Appleton native Brad Smith will be appearing on the Lawrence campus on Friday, October 18, at 9 a.m. in Stansbury Theatre. The event is free but registration is required on a first-come, first-served basis. Smith will join Professor of Mathematics Scott Corry for an intimate fireside chat-style conversation about issues raised in his new book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age. It delves into issues around cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, sustainability, and more. The event will also feature a Q&A opportunity.

As Microsoft’s president, Smith leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society.

This is an exciting opportunity for the Lawrence community to hear a global technology leader discuss major issues confronting both the technology sector and society as a whole.

Register today!

Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age with President of Microsoft Brad Smith

Friday, October 18, 2019
9-10 a.m.

Lawrence University, Music-Drama Center
Stansbury Theater

Annual Admissions and Financial Aid Gratitude Cookout

To All Faculty and Staff:

Annual Admissions & Financial Aid Gratitude Cookout

Tuesday, June 4, 2018
Wriston Amphitheater  (rain date Wed, June 5)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Many of you have heard me say: recruiting students is a team sport.

To thank you, our recruiting teammates, your colleagues on the Admissions & Financial Aid team will throw a gratitude cookout to celebrate the work of our entire community in providing a welcoming environment to our prospective students and their families.

Our friends in Bon Appetit need a ballpark count by Tuesday, May 28 at noon.

RSVP to Lynn Van Zeeland or by simply completing this form with a yes or no.

Please join us to celebrate our work together.

Thank you for all you do,

Ken Anselment
Vice President for Enrollment & Communication | Dean of Admissions

P.S. We are assembling another one of those nifty “by the numbers” sheets, so please send Lynn any fun facts that represent your area (e.g., # of calls to the Help Desk; # of Sriracha bottles downed in Andrew Commons, etc.).

Bjorklunden Student Program Fall Term 2019 – Registration Open!

Greetings from Björklunden!

The Björklunden Application is now available online! Check it out!

Here is a link to the General Info Page:

Here is a link to the Instructions and Application:

We will be accepting applications until Friday, April 26 for Fall Term 2019.

Looking forward to seeing you here at Björklunden!

Comprehensive Fee for 2019-2020

During its recently held meeting, the Lawrence Board of Trustees set the comprehensive fee for the 2019-20 academic year.  Full-time tuition will be $48,822.  Together with room, board and fees, the total comprehensive fee will be $59,841, which is a 3.5% increase over last year.  Thanks to significant efforts to contain operating costs, which are ongoing, Lawrence has held the comprehensive fee increase to 3.5% or less for the last five years. You can see a detailed breakdown of next year’s comprehensive fee at

We will also institute a number of changes in the coming academic year:

  • more flexible dining options that fit class schedules, including 19-, 14-, and 9-meal per week plans, each of which will reset weekly, so you no longer need to manage declining balances over an entire term;
  • a new study abroad pricing and aid policy originally announced last year, which offers Lawrence financial aid toward long-term study abroad programs, with the goal of making these transformative experiences more affordable;
  • modified pricing and financial aid for December term courses to allow more students to take advantage of these enrichment courses; and
  • an increase in most hourly wages for on-campus jobs for the second year in a row.

While we strive to minimize cost increases, we remain committed to sustaining the distinctive nature of a Lawrence education.  We aim to provide a highly personalized and transformative college experience, driven by one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the country that prepares students for success in an ever-changing world. 

Our financial aid team plans to post aid awards for the 2019-20 academic year to students’ Voyager accounts in April. For those of you who have received need based financial aid and who have not yet completed your FAFSA for the coming year, you are encouraged to do so soon. Please visit Brokaw Central for any additional assistance.

Convocation and Art Installation with Matika Wilbur April 11: Changing the Way We See Native America

Spring Convocation

What: Convocation featuring Matika Wilbur, creator and director of Project 562, Changing the Way We See Native America

When: 11:10 a.m. April 11; unveiling of mural on campus to follow.

Where: Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Brigetta Miller calls it a historic moment for Lawrence University, a big step forward in the understanding of Native communities and the need to embrace and value the knowledge, history and contributions of indigenous people.

When Matika Wilbur, creator and director of Project 562, arrives on campus on Friday, April 5 for a week-long artist-in-residency — including the creation of a contemporary mural celebrating area tribal communities — and an April 11 convocation address at Memorial Chapel, it will be significant.

Significant for Native students and alumni. Significant for the 11 federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. And significant for the university.

“I see this spring convocation as history unfolding before our eyes since it’s the first Native American woman who has been chosen as a university convocation speaker since the opening of the institution in 1847,” said Miller, an associate professor of music in the Lawrence Conservatory of Music and a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee (Mohican) Nation.

“Given the fact that our campus is on sacred Menominee ancestral homelands, I believe our ancestors are truly smiling down on this event. It’s a very big deal for us to be visibly represented in this way.”

Stories to tell

Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, has been traveling the country as part of Project 562, using photography and art installations to connect with tribal communities and help redirect the narrative of their history, their present and their future. The 562 is a reference to the number of federally recognized tribes in the United States at the time the project launched in 2012.

Wilbur sold most of her belongings, loaded her cameras into an RV and set out to document lives in tribal communities across all 50 states. Connecting to college campuses along the way has been a big part of her journey.

“We are in a very critical time that requires educators, administrators and college communities to create a more inclusive environment for Native American students,” Wilbur says in her Project 562 plan. “By engaging in this social art project, students will have the opportunity to, a) organize, b) have their voices heard on campus, and c) elevate the consciousness and encourage the social paradigm shift to acknowledge the contemporary indigenous reality.”

That’s music to the ears of Miller, a 1989 Lawrence graduate who teaches ethnic studies courses in Native identity, history, and culture and works with Native American students on campus as a faculty advisor to the LUNA (Lawrence University Native Americans) student organization.

This community — on campus and beyond — needs to know that Native culture is alive, vibrant, intelligent, resilient, and moving forward, she said.

“I learned of her work a few years ago,” Miller said of Wilbur. “I saw her mission. I’ve been an educator for many years, and when I saw the beauty of what she was doing, substituting the historical distortions and fixed images of the past for the truth about our people, raising visibility for the historic erasure that has happened, sharing the many parts of our culture that often don’t make it into the history books, that inspired me.

“Her message is that we are resilient and we are strong and that we’re reclaiming our own narrative. She’s really aiming to share that part of our story, as opposed to one that popular American culture often believes is dead or invisible. As indigenous people, we are interrupting the settler narrative of the past, embracing our present and ensuring the future for our children. We are moving, we are shaking, we are scholars, we are artists — the sky is the limit for us.”

Wilbur recently teamed with Adrienne Keene, a member of the Cherokee Nation, to launch a new podcast, All My Relations, now live on iTunes, Spotify and Googleplay. It’s an extension of Project 562 in many ways, aimed at exploring relationships and issues important to Native people.

“I see her as a change agent,” Miller said. “Heads are turning.”

A reflection of who we are

At Lawrence, in the week leading up to the convocation address, Wilbur will work closely with Native students and allies to bring the outdoor mural to fruition. They’ll start with a workshop on photography and the important role of art in social justice, focused on how they can document the lives of indigenous people ethically and respectfully.

A group of students will then join Wilbur on visits to nearby reservation lands, where they’ll meet with tribal members, take photos, and participate in a seasonal longhouse ceremony. They’ll use the photos in the creation of a collage that will form the core of a mural to be installed using wheat paste on the outside north wall of the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center.

The mural, a non-permanent installation expected to remain visible for two to five years, will be unveiled following the 11:10 a.m. convocation on April 11.

“It means a lot to me that this convocation and art installation will show the beauty and forward-thinking of our culture,” Miller said. “It means more than one can imagine for our current Native students. It’ll be the first time we’ve had contemporary Native American artwork on the side of one of our buildings. Our indigenous students will see themselves reflected back for the first time ever.”

In her convocation address, Wilbur will discuss Project 562 and takeaways from her interactions with Lawrence students, the visits to area tribal lands and the creation of the mural.

Beth Zinsli, an assistant professor of art history who chaired this year’s Public Events Committee, said the invitation to Wilbur is part of a rethinking of convocation.

“In addition to our excitement about bringing an indigenous woman to campus for this honor, the Public Events Committee was interested in expanding what Lawrence’s convocation series could be — does a convo have to be a single, stand-alone lecture, or can its significance extend beyond the speaker’s visit and have a more lasting and visible impact?” she said. “I think Matika’s residency and the mural will be an excellent example of this.” 

The convocation will include a traditional Menominee flutist and an Oneida drum/dance group. There also will be an opening invocation spoken in the Menominee language by Dennis Kenote, chairman of the Menominee Nation Language and Culture Commission. That, too, is hopeful, a reflection of understanding and acceptance that hasn’t always been felt by Native communities on college campuses, Miller said.

“I hope this entire experience opens up the door to further meaningful conversations between cultures,” Miller said. “And I hope it attracts more Native students, faculty, and staff to our campus. I hope it raises visibility about the importance of the deeper cultural knowledge that indigenous people inherently bring to a college campus.

“I want Lawrence to be perceived as a welcoming place for Native students, families, and communities. We do welcome an indigenous presence here — students, faculty, local tribal members. Our doors are open to you. I want our people to know that.”

Cross-posted from the Lawrence University News Blog.

D3 Week April 1-7

D3 Week April 1st-7th: We will be celebrating D3 Week next week. Join us in celebrating all things Division 3!

Monday, April 1st D3 Spotlight – Academics and Athletics

·         Check out our website and social media for stories

Tuesday, April 2nd D3 Trivia

·         Stop by the table in Warch from 11:30-12:30 to answer D3 Trivia

Wednesday, April 3rd LU Vikings Gear Day

·         Wear your LU gear!

Thursday, April 4th Lunch & Learn with SAAC

·         Eat lunch with members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in Andrew Commons from 11:15-12:15 and hear about the D3 experience

Friday, April 5th Student-athlete D3 Selfie Scavenger Hunt

·         Teams of three will compete to complete the scavenger hunt the fastest

·         Rules meeting and team organization begins at 2:15 in the lobby of the Wellness Center

Saturday, April 6th Cheer on our baseball team as they take on St. Norbert College

·         Games are at 12:00 & 3:00

The Crowdfund for Lawrence Athletics

Each of our 21 NCAA Athletics programs is looking to fund individual projects that are focused on enhancing the student-athlete experience. In the spirit of March Madness, each team will compete for donor support. The overall goal is to beat the number of donors last year’s crowdfund had and reach at least 650 donors by April 2. 

Don’t want to wait until March 27 to support our student-athletes but still want to be counted in the crowdfund? No worries, if you make your gift today we will still count you in our donor totals once the crowdfund officially launches.