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Spring 2019 Exhibition Opening in Wriston Art Galleries

Please join us for the Spring 2019 exhibition opening in the Wriston Art Galleries!

Thursday, March 28

Artist talk by Mary Griep at 6 PM 

Reception with refreshments to follow

Wriston Art Center 

Mary Griep is a Professor Emerita of Art and Art History at St. Olaf College. This exhibition will feature work from her Anastylosis Project, a series of large-scale drawings of sacred spaces around the world. The drawings are the visual manifestations of her exploration into how to represent the experience of being present in these special spaces. 

See our Facebook page for additional spring term events in the galleries.

Anti-Racist Study Group for White Staff & Faculty

Recognizing that anti-racist work is disproportionately borne by people of color, the Anti-Racist White Affinity Group (ARWAG) is a setting for white people to take responsibility for educating ourselves about racism and for challenging white supremacy from the inside. We’re a community of fellow travelers at various stages of coming to grips with our own racism, our own biases, our participation in systems built to favor people who look like us (socialized as white) and exclude, disfavor, or discourage people of color. 

Some folks in ARWAG are really new to all this stuff and may feel shy or intimidated about talking about race. Other ARWAGgers have been at this awhile and have more skill and confidence in talking about and navigating racial issues–but they’re still learning too. Wherever you are on that spectrum, you’re welcome in ARWAG.

Spring Term we will meet Tuesdays at 4:30 on March 26, April 2, April 16, and April 30.

Email Jenna Stone ( to join the ARWAG Moodle group and get meeting notices, readings, and access to the archives of past readings.

Welcome to Web Content & Social Media Specialist Mackenzie Huber

We are excited to welcome the newest member to Lawrence’s Communications team, Mackenzie Huber, who joins us this week as our new web content & social media specialist.

Mackenzie comes to us from South Dakota, where she most recently served as communications director for the Sutton for South Dakota gubernatorial campaign. In addition to her communications experience, she brings with her a first-hand understanding of higher education, having grown up as the daughter of a coach at the University of South Dakota (USD). She holds a bachelor of science with a major in political science and a minor in communication studies from USD as well.

As web content & social media specialist, Mackenzie will help showcase the Lawrence experience on our two most important digital channels–the Lawrence University website and social media. Working with members of the Communications team and other key University departments, she will help us create compelling digital content to enhance the University’s digital presence and effectively tell the Lawrence story in engaging and broad-reaching ways. Mackenzie’s experience in digital communications, insight into the communications process, and enthusiasm for higher education make her an ideal match her for this new position. 

Please join us in offering Mackenzie a warm welcome to the Lawrence community.

Office of Communications

Open Meetings for Staff and Faculty on Budget & Finance

Mark Burstein and Chris Lee will be hosting two opportunities open to all faculty and staff for discussion and questions surrounding the current budget and that of upcoming fiscal years. 

These informal meetings with occur on:

·    Wednesday, April 3 from 12pm – 1pm (Warch Campus Center Cinema)

·    Thursday, April 4 from 10am – 11am (Warch Campus Center Cinema)

Please join either of these meeting options for a presentation sharing more budget information and an open Q&A.  RSVP is not required and feel free to bring your lunch if attending the April 3 meeting. 

Budget Updates

Dear Colleagues,

Our apologies regarding the amount of time dedicated to budget updates at yesterday’s All Staff Meeting as we ran short on time.  We know that this topic is of importance to many, and it remains our goal to communicate budget updates in a timely and open manner. In follow up, we wanted to be sure that all of the information that was intended to be included is still shared and heard by staff.  You can review materials from the meeting, access ongoing updates and directly submit questions or comments by visiting the Budget Updates page.  We encourage you to submit any questions you may have to Staff Connections ( 

Thank you, 

Staff Connections

March All-Staff Meeting

Join us on March 13th at 9 a.m. in Somerset Room of the Warch Campus Center room for the All Staff Meeting.  The meeting will include introductions from new staff members (AVP of Communications Megan Scott and Title IX Coordinator Shaniqua Crawford), as well as updates from the Division of Student Life and some follow-up information from December regarding the university budget.  Mark your calendars–we hope to see you there!

All Staff Meeting March 13

Join us on March 13th at 9 a.m. in the Somerset Room of the Warch Campus Center for the All Staff Meeting.  The meeting will include introductions from new staff members (AVP of Communications Megan Scott and Title IX Coordinator Shaniqua Crawford), as well as updates from the Division of Student Life and some follow-up information from December regarding the university budget.  Mark your calendars – we hope to see you there!

Annual Academy of Music Raffle

The Academy of Music is holding its annual raffle to benefit the Tutti Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to afford music instruction. Tickets are only $5 each and can be purchased at the Academy office (100 West Water St.) as well as from any Academy student or teacher.


·         $500 Visa Gift Card or Academy tuition credit (winner’s choice)

·         Shiny Car Fast Pass (good for one car wash per week for one year)

·         Two 2019-20 Lawrence University Jazz Series season tickets

·         Four Float Light passes

The drawing will be held March 23, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. following the Academy Girl Choir concert at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Winners need not be present to win.

More information:

Thank you for helping us provide access to the joy of music-making in our community!

Staff Connections Chili Cook-Off

Wednesday, March 20th at 11:30 a.m.-1 pm in Warch Campus Center, Esch-Hurvis Studio

Staff and faculty are invited to come taste test and vote for the best chili at LU! All are welcome to eat, but also encouraged to whip up their most delicious chili creation to win a glorious trophy (and perhaps win a prize!).

To sign up to cook a chili and represent your department/office, sign up here!