LU Insider

Megan Scott

Author: Megan Scott

LU Insider July Publication Schedule

The LU Insider will be published twice during the month of July–Thursday, July 7, and Thursday, July 21.

Please continue to submit posts to the LU Insider blog throughout the month. Communications will publish the posts as they are received, and the posts will appear on MyLU. Posts will also be shared in the two editions of the newsletter noted above.

Please email if you have any questions, and continue to follow campus events online.

Appleton Covid-19 Health Clinic Offers Free Testing & Vaccines

The City of Appleton is now offering a new Health Clinic, which offers free testing and vaccines to our local community. There is no cost for the services, and no I.D. or insurance is required to participate. 

Testing services are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and walk-ins are welcome. You are encouraged to pre-register at Vaccines, including 1st, 2nd, and booster doses, are available Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to Noon. Walk-ins are welcome. All services are located at 2411 S. Kensington Drive in Appleton (there former Best Buy building).

If an employee needs to take advantage of these services, you can do so during work hours. Please work with your supervisor and/or others to make accommodations.

More information is available on the Wellness Services website.

Björklunden Weekend Applications Available

Greetings from Björklunden!

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

Here is a link to the General Info Page:

Here are the links to the Instructions and Application:

We will be accepting applications until Sunday, October 31, 2021, for Winter and Spring Terms.

Björklunden weekends provide a distinctive and highly memorable integrative experience. Each weekend during the academic year groups from Lawrence gather to explore and reflect upon ideas, artistic expressions, and community issues. Topics are wide-ranging and students have the opportunity for intensive inquiry and discussion with faculty members and among themselves in an informal, intimate setting.

NOTE: Winter Term is filling up fast – some weekends are full already. Please consider a Spring Term visit!!

Update on Summer 2021 Antiracism Fellowships

The new Antiracism Fellowship program provided faculty and staff the opportunity to incorporate an antiracist approach in a pre-existing course or program. The 10 fellows received a stipend to support summer planning for their projects thanks to generous funding from the newly established Inclusive Excellence Fund: Creating a more Just, Equitable, and Diverse Lawrence created by an anonymous alumni couple. The purpose of the Fund is to support activities and initiatives that improve the equity of experience for students, faculty, and staff of underserved and underrepresented identities. Fellows attended a workshop conducted by Perception Institute in June to help them conceptualize the work. During the spring 2022 term, the fellows will participate in an Antiracism Symposium to share the results of their project. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is providing assistance throughout implementation. 

The following brief summaries give you a sense of the projects underway.

  1. In collaboration with a team of university staff, faculty, and student partners, build and execute a career conference uncovering the “hidden curriculum” of access to student career development resources at Lawrence. This conference will provide historically marginalized students with knowledge of and access to resources, skills and confidence needed to engage in career development and networking early in their college careers. (Amanda Netzel, Asst. Director, Career Center) 
  2. Geology courses aim to explore some of the ways that the geosciences explore topics of environmental justice. We will be focusing on issues such as legacy contaminants, primarily lead, in urban soils, air pollution associated with industrial facilities, various threats to water quality, and some of the human impacts of climate change. Sadly, the brunt of these environmental degradations is borne disproportionately by people of color. In addition to considering how training in geo and environmental sciences can help us to better understand and mitigate these issues, we will also be considering the historical and contemporary decision-making that permits and perpetuates such environmental racism. (Andrew Knudsen, Professor of Geosciences)
  3. This proposal supported a summer reading workshop for library staff to learn and engage with antiracist and critical race theory texts, with the goal being to implement antiracist and social justice practices at public service points (interlibrary loan, circulation, reference, and classroom instruction) as well as in back-end processes and “invisible” departments (cataloging, electronic resources, archive). Staff met weekly to discuss portions of the texts and learn/discuss how to apply this material to our everyday work. We aim to uncover biases in all aspects of the library’s work for the public, and make change that will benefit the marginalized within our student, staff, and faculty body.  (Andrew McSorley, Reference and Digital Liberal Arts Librarian)
  4. Develop a Studio Art course that focuses specifically on artwork by LGBTQ People of Color, incorporating elements with the focus of diversity in the past while also addresses specific contemporary populations. This approach will support deeper and more meaningful conversations while producing compelling, poignant, and timely imagery/artwork. (Ben Rinehart, Professor of Art)
  5. The University staff advisor for The Lawrentian is crafting an onboarding curriculum and set of resources to ensure all student staff members adhere to best practices as they move toward systemic change in how they create and disseminate content.  (Emily Bowles, Administrative Assistant, Development Office) 
  6. With racism increasingly being recognized as a public health hazards and the COVID-19 pandemic laying bare race-based disparities in our healthcare system, this project will incorporate antiracist principles in the LU Career Center’s pre-health advising programming. The rationale for pursuing this project is to 1) better prepare all pre-health Lawrentians with the necessary cultural humility and awareness of racial equity issues to be an effective future healthcare provider for all patients and 2) to provide more intentional support at Lawrence to BIPOC students who have been historically underrepresented and excluded in the field of medicine. (Jacklyn Fischer, Asst. Director, Career Center)
  7. Math 140 has historically been a gateway course into multiple math and science majors at Lawrence; students must complete the course in order to undertake any of these majors. Unfortunately, Math 140 has also historically had quite a high D/F/W rate (percentage of students who earn a D or F, or withdrew from the course), with a disproportionate representation of students of color. In Fall 2018, the Math/CS/Stats department implemented the ALEKS placement exam, and began teaching what would eventually become Math 103, a course designed to prepare students for Math 140. This has led to some success in reducing the D/F/W rates in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic seems to have led to an uptick in the D/F/W rate in Winter 2021, back up at 30%, and again, disproportionately students of color. This fellowship projects aims to unpack the reasons for this continuing disparity and identify options and implement changes to the way courses are taught/graded to address them. (Julie Rana, Assistant Professor of Mathematics)
  8. The course “Acting I” frequently attracts a large population of students of color, domestic and international. The class requires students to engage in a great deal of personal reflection as a means to find “entry” into the experiences of the characters they are asked to play. The class demands what those in the theatre call “Community Effort,” meaning it’s of paramount importance that students respect others and feel respected by their classmates to allow the free and safe exchange of creative ideas. The aim of the fellowship project is to develop strategies that inspire perspectives and honors the shared humanity that each student brings to the class by engaging with the growing number of specialty theatre companies that are advancing plays and playwrights engaged in stories from artists who are Black, Latinx, Asian-American. This would include the growing number of organizations who are using theatre as a means to address issues of Social Justice. (Jacque Troy, Lecturer in Theatre Arts)
  9. A fully inclusive institution willingly examines its policies, practices, processes, procedures, and structures to uncover mechanisms maintaining white power and privilege. The project aims to create a system for compiling policies, practices, procedures, and structures for bias evaluation, followed by facilitation of organizational learning (assessing and understanding contexts, examining and challenging assumptions, acquiring and practicing new competencies) and organizational change (crossing disciplinary boundaries, re-conceptualizing the future, and re-invigorating institutional steering.)  (Kristin McKinley, Director, Office of Research Administration)
  10. A course redesign proposal for Spanish 330: Introduction to Latin American and Spanish Film, to include thematic materials taking an intersectional approach to the representation of marginalized and subaltern racial, sexual, socio-economic, gender, and ethnic identities. (Rosa Tapia, Professor of Spanish).

Join a Guiding Coalition

At last week’s Matriculation Convocation, President Carter shared with our community a framework for a new way of collaboratively working together to strengthen our university. At the conclusion of her address, she called on Lawrentians–faculty, staff, and students alike–to join together to transform Lawrence into a university that is poised to lead in the new higher education landscape.

Bolstered by the sense of urgency that comes with the external challenges at hand, Lawrence will create five guiding coalitions that will serve as accountable, integrated groups bound by opportunity, strategy, and action. Consisting of a volunteer army of Lawrentians from across the university, they will form strategic visions and initiatives to move us forward. They will also work and be authorized to remove barriers so that they are able to generate short-term wins, sustain acceleration, and ultimately institute change.

Each coalition will be provided a charge and timeline for the work. Structurally, each will have co-leads (at least one faculty member and one staff member) who facilitate the group’s work and will consist of members from multiple layers of the university hierarchy and will represent all constituents—faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni. Members of the coalitions must have a sense of urgency and a commitment to the change initiative at hand. Our five guiding coalitions and their co-leads are:

  • Visioning Our Five Priorities—Jason Brozek, Stephen Edward Scarff Professor of International Affairs & Associate Professor of Government & Jenna Stone, Associate Vice President of Finance
  • Full Speed to Full Need—Cassie Curry, Director of Major & Planned Giving & Jake Frederick, Professor of History
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism—Connie Kassor, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Jacklyn Fischer, Assistant Director, Career Center – Health Professions
  • Athletics—Kim Tatro, Director of Athletics & Gary Vaughn, Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Coordinator, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program
  • 175th Anniversary—Ed Berthiaume, Director of Public Information & Lina Foley-Rosenberg, University Archivist

All members of the Lawrence community have the opportunity to participate, step up and act like never before. Everyone, regardless of role, can engage in this process.

If you are interested in joining a guiding coalition, please email Alice Boeckers, executive assistant to the president, at by Friday, September 24. And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your Cabinet member or one of the leads listed above. Coalition membership will be finalized and communicated with campus by September 30.

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. 

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

Help Welcome the Newest Lawrentians to Campus!

 New Student Orientation will officially begin next week, with the arrival of new students and families on Wednesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 9. In honor of this historic return to campus,  members of our community are invited to join Student Life in welcoming the newest Lawrentians to campus. 

There are many opportunities to participate in New Student Orientation activities and celebrations:

  • Greet our newest Lawrentians as they arrive on campus! We are looking for faculty and staff to join us on Wednesday, September 8, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, to welcome new students and families to campus and answer any questions they may have. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up by Thursday, September 2, at 5:00 p.m. If you can’t volunteer, download these welcome posters to hang on your office window or door.
  • Show your pride in Lawrence University by wearing a Brighter Together t-shirt during New Student Orientation. Every faculty and staff member can pick up their shirt on Friday, September 3. Stop by the patio outside the Warch Campus Center with your LU ID between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (One shirt per person, please.) 
  • Join us at the annual President’s Welcome, which will take place on the Main Hall Green this year. In my remarks, I will ask all members of our community to turn and face new students and their families as a symbolic matrix of support, so please come and position yourselves on all sides of the gathering. There’s plenty of room for all members of our community to join the festivities. Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Kick-off the academic year at President Carter’s first Matriculation Convocation in Memorial Chapel on Friday, September 17. If you can’t attend Convocation in-person, it will be livestreamed on the Lawrence website.

We are Brighter Together. Thanks for helping Lawrence shine.

Now with Photos! Summer Construction Update

Dear Lawrence Community, 

As anyone on campus can see, we are already well into construction season at Lawrence. This year there are an especially large number of projects in the works and planned over the course of the summer, many of which are funded by generous donors to the university. The current status and estimated dates for these projects is shown in the list below. 

Look for periodic updates on these projects in the LU Insider over the course of the summer. In the meantime, building coordinators will be notified when any of these projects will have an impact on their building(s).

Mary Alma Noonan
Vice President for Finance & Administration

See photo highlights of the spring and summer 2021 construction projects (PDF).

Summer Construction Projects*

  1. Summer power shutdown: Thursday, August 5, is the annual sub-station cleaning. Power to the entire campus will be shut down from 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  2. Brokaw Hall: Construction is underway to add a ramp to the front entrance on the east side of Brokaw. New sidewalks will also be poured. Completion by the end of July.
  3. Warch Campus Center dining: Renovation of Kaplan’s Café and Andrew Commons is in progress. The Café will be done late July. Andrew Commons starts in mid-June and will be done September 3. 
  4. Warch Campus Center stairwell & third floor: The stairwell and third floor flooring will be replaced from mid-June through the end of August. The entire building will be closed to the public and occupants for the summer.
  5. Kohler Hall: Renovation is underway and will complete August 14. Bathrooms, ramp, windows and the first floor will be completed in Phase I during summer 2021. Phase II will encompass the lower level and remainder of the windows over summer 2022. 
  6. Youngchild 121: This lecture hall is under construction and will be completed by the end of August.
  7. Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk Plaza sculpture: A sculpture by indigenous architect Christopher Cornelius is planned for one of the planter beds in the Plaza in August. A dedication to the new plaza name and sculpture will be held in the fall.
  8. Hardscape between Ormsby and Hiett: The hardscape is scheduled for replacement June 14 – September 3.
  9. Bjorklunden: A lighting upgrade and viewing deck are being installed through the summer. These projects are expected to wrap up in early fall.
  10. Ormsby Hall: HVAC control upgrade. Starting in mid-June and finishing late August.
  11. Colman elevator: A new elevator will be installed in Colman from mid-June through late August.
  12. 224 Park Avenue: A new garage is in progress, with completion expected this summer.
  13. Music Drama electrical: Upgrades to the electrical system are in progress, with an expected early summer completion.
  14. Memorial Chapel windows: All stained-glass windows are currently being replaced in the chapel. Replacements will be complete by the end of the summer.
  15. Briggs: The 1st floor former CAS suite is. Being renovated to house a new faculty lab.
  16. Youngchild labs: A remodel of new faculty lab space is underway.
  17. Sidewalk replacement: General maintenance on campus sidewalks will take place throughout summer.
  18. Johnson Controls: The campus-wide lighting upgrade and science building fume hood upgrades will be complete by the end of July.
  19. Lawrence Community Music School: An upgrade to the building’s HVAC and power will be complete by the end of June.

*Projects and dates subject to change

Web Writing Workshop Presentation & Checklist

Thank you to the nearly 50 faculty, students, and staff who joined us at last week’s Web Writing Workshop. We greatly appreciate the time you spent with us, as well as your enthusiasm and questions. 

For those community members who were not able to join us, a recording of the hour-long session is now available. Please also find a PDF of the presentation slides from the workshop, as well as a one-page checklist, below:

Writing for the Web Workshop Slides

Writing for the Web Checklist

If you have any questions about the presentation, please email

P. S. Need a good playlist to inspire your creativity? Check out the Web Jamz Spotify playlist, a compilation of the favorite songs Web editors from around the university shared in advance of the workshop. It’s an eclectic and inspiring mix!