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Important Campus Construction & Project Updates

Facilities was able to restore power to Colman and Brokaw Hall at 10:00 PM Tuesday evening. Shout out to that team for staying late and making it happen!

Safety first! Do not enter construction areas! Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times as most construction and projects have begun.

Construction is well under way at Kohler Hall. The lower level is currently being demoed to lay new piping and the window replacement has begun.

Demo of the lower level in Music Drama has also begun for new flooring and HVAC system.

Thank you for you cooperation and patience as we make these many upgrades to our beautiful campus!

Lawrence among recipients of ‘Solar for Good’ grants

The Solar for Good grant program has awarded over $450,000 in grants and solar panel donations to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations. Thirty-five nonprofits will install over 2,200 kilowatts of solar electricity, leading to more than $6 million in renewable energy investments in Wisconsin.

Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden is part of that.

The following organizations have been offered Spring 2022 Solar for Good grants to install new solar energy systems: 

Agrace HospiceCare – health care, Janesville

Albany Lions Club – community services, Albany

Aldo Leopold Foundation – conservation, Baraboo

Antigo Public Library – community services, Antigo

City of Altoona – affordable housing, Altoona

Couleecap – community services, Westby  

Curative Connections – human services, Green Bay

Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center – conservation, Madison

Edgerton Retirement Apartments – affordable housing, Edgerton

Emmanuel Community United Methodist Church – religious, Menomonee Falls

Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO) – human services, Racine

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum – conservation, Kenosha

Hunger Task Force – meal distribution, West Milwaukee

Lawrence University – education, Baileys Harbor

Madison Area Cooperative Housing Alliance (MACHA) – affordable housing, Madison

McFarland Lutheran Church – religious, McFarland

Milwaukee Teachers Education Association (MTEA) – education, Milwaukee

Movin’ Out – affordable housing, Cottage Grove

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church – religious, Trempealeau

Northwest Side Community Development Corp – community development, Milwaukee

Outreach Community Health Center – health care, Milwaukee

Racine County Food Bank – meal distribution, Racine

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter – animal shelter, Prairie du Chien

Rooted – agriculture, Madison

Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program – community services, Dodgeville

St. Mary Parish – religious, Omro

St. Robert Parish – religious, Shorewood

Tina’s K9 Rescue – animal shelter, Sparta

Trinity Episcopal Church – religious, Baraboo

Union Congregational United Church of Christ – religious, Green Bay

Vernon Economic Development Association – community services, Viroqua

Westcare Wisconsin – human services, Milwaukee

Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp – affordable housing, Madison

Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve – conservation, Two Rivers

One organization has asked to remain anonymous at this time.

The grant recipients from the Spring 2022 round represent various sizes and types of nonprofits from across Wisconsin.

The 35 nonprofits are a part of Solar for Good’s 10th round of funding. The program has offered solar grants to 152 Wisconsin-based nonprofits since it began in 2017. Once projects are complete and energized, Solar for Good grant recipients will add over 7.3 megawatts of renewable energy to Wisconsin’s electric grid, providing enough electricity to power approximately 1,400 Wisconsin households.

Don’t Miss Lawrence’s Baccalaureate!

What: Time for seniors, their families, and members of their Lawrence supporters to gather and reflect on the class of 2022’s spiritual journey. Expect an interactive invitation to process your own experience, music (it IS Lawrence!), movement, and inspiration.  The Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin Awards are a part of the service.

When: Saturday, June 11th, at 3:00 pm.

Where: Memorial Chapel or live stream

Who: Planned by a small, multi-faith group of seniors with Linda Morgan-Clement.  These folks have worked hard since January to reflect on the class’ collective journey and create a shared ritual to honor it and offer perspective and release.  This year our speaker is Professor Karen Carr.

Striving for Zero – Injuries – Shortcuts – Distractions

Boldt Construction has been a Lawrence University construction partner for many years. Boldt states on their Website that Safe construction requires a holistic approach. “We don’t buy the idea that incidents are part of the job.” To build safely, we must focus on eliminating:   

  • SHORTCUTS – avoiding unintended consequences
  • DISTRACTIONS – keeping focused on safe practices
  • REWORK – ensuring adequate timelines
  • NEAR MISSES – anticipating potential dangers
  • INJURIES – equipping everyone to build their best life

(APPLETON, WI) On March 18, 2021- The Boldt Company has received a Platinum Safety Award from ConstructSecure, Inc. This award is presented to companies that register a safety score 95% or greater in the Safety Assessment Program administered by ConstructSecure.

We can follow the Boldt Company example in striving for “0 zero today – INJURIES – SHORTCUTS – DISTRACTIONS”

Boldt worker with safety glasses, Hi-Viz vest, and hardhat (required Personal Protective Equipment when working in construction zones)

To achieve zero injuries, we must learn to recognize hazards and control the risk of working in hazardous areas. Working around a construction site requires us to be alert to our surroundings, paying attention to safety signs posted to keep us safe.


This summer the Lawrence University campus will have many construction projects in progress at the same time. Only authorized personnel wearing the proper safety equipment are allowed in construction zones. Ask your supervisor if you need more information about a building project that affects you.

Pedestrians have the right-of-way. Drive SLOW when driving golf carts or vehicles on sidewalks or on fire lanes in-between buildings. Maintain at least 3 feet or more between the vehicle and pedestrians, be prepared to stop as you approach pedestrians exiting buildings, changing their walking pace or direction.


To AVOID distractions while driving on campus, pull over in a safe place and stop vehicle before using a cell phone or answering a phone call.

As we work on campus during this busy summer, remember to strive for ZERO injuries, shortcuts, and distractions.

Let us prepare to work safely in the many different tasks that will be performed this summer.

Following the SafeStart method of checking that we are not in any of these four mental states. Rushing – Frustration – Fatigue – Complacency can affect how we perform a task, even a simple task like walking.

RUSHING – FRUSTRATION – FATIGUE – COMPLACENCY are states that can cause or contribute to critical errors, and can influence or affect critical decisions.

Making poor critical decisions can lead to critical errors in many of the tasks performed on campus, not only walking (and these errors can cause or contribute to injuries). Our attention must be focused on the task at hand, especially when working on or repairing equipment.

Following manufactures guidelines and procedures insures that we are performing the task in a safe manner. Paying attention to details and warnings in instructions will help us as we strive for ZERO injuries, shortcuts, and distractions.

Sources: https://www.boldt.com

Construction update: Power out June 13-14 for Colman and Brokaw

Important announcements as construction and projects are underway!

Reminder: Power will be out for Colman and Brokaw Halls June 13th & 14th as work continues on the Drew Street Bridge

We appreciate your flexibility and cooperation as construction begins full swing next week! Lots of exciting (and not so exciting behind the scenes) changes to come! Please be aware of your surroundings at all times as your safety is priority! There will be construction happening at some point in and around most of the buildings. Watch for updates weekly:

Kohler Hall – The cranes will be moving in Monday to begin work on the new windows

Music Drama – basement demo begins Tuesday for new flooring, along with preparation for a new HVAC system

Res Life renovations kick off on Tuesday

*Please note, the Chapman and Music Drama parking lots will be closed for construction equipment

Should you come across any issues due to the current projects taking place around campus, please contact Katherine with Facility Services:  or extension 6893

Student Food Pantry Summer Hours

The Student Food Pantry will be open for the summer! Effective Monday, June 13 the Pantry will be open 10 AM-10 PM daily with ID access. The Pantry includes non-perishable food items, hygiene products, and basic school supplies.

Location: Memorial Hall-West entrance, main floor

The Student Food Pantry is available to all students who are in immediate need or do not have access to essential items. Please be conscientious in what you take and how much you take from the space.

Visit the LU Student Food Pantry Website for information on how to help, questions, comments, or suggestions.

The pantry is supported through the generosity of community, local businesses, and personal donations of money and supplies, as well as a small budget provided by Lawrence University. We continue to seek partners on and off campus who are willing to support our students.

Staff Contact:

Assistant Director of the Diversity & Intercultural Center

Residence hall projects this summer

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the projects that will be taking place in some of the Residence Halls this summer!

Colman Hall

  • New ceiling tiles
  • New carpet in the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th floor hallways

741 E. Boldt

  • Bathrooms renovations on the first floor
  • Kitchen renovation
  • New flooring in the kitchen & living area
  • New furniture in the public space

742 E. Boldt

  • New furniture in the public space

203 N. Union

  • New flooring in living area
  • New furniture in public space

Sage Hall

  • New flooring in the lobby
  • New blinds in student rooms
  • New lighting in student rooms

Brokaw Hall

  • New ceiling tiles on the 3rd & 4th floors
  • New lounge furniture on the 3rd floor

Trever Hall

  • New ceiling tiles in hallways
  • New furniture in the public space
  • Complete new carpet in hallway

Quad 4

  • New public area furniture

Plantz Hall

  • Fresh paint in the lobby
  • New ceiling tiles in the basement lounge

Ormsby Hall

  • New lighting in student rooms
  • Bathroom renovation on the 1st floor

Quad 2

  • Fresh paint
  • New flooring in public space
  • All bathrooms will be renovated

Student-run Rabbit Gallery opens in downtown Appleton

The Rabbit Gallery is back after a two-year absence.

The week-long pop-up art gallery organized, curated, and run by Lawrence University students returned to downtown Appleton this week for the first time since 2019. It was on hold the past two years because of pandemic protocols.

The gallery, featuring artwork from more than 20 Lawrence students and three community artists opened Wednesday in a space inside City Center Plaza, 100 W. College Ave. It will remain open through Monday, June 6. Times are 3 to 8 p.m. June 3, noon to 7 p.m. June 4, 2 to 6 p.m. June 5, and 2 to 8 p.m. June 6.

The Rabbit Gallery is part of an entrepreneurship practicum led by Gary Vaughan, coordinator of Lawrence’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and lecturer of economics. It gives students an opportunity to plan, coordinate, and execute a gallery on their own.

The gallery features photography, poetry, paintings, and sculpture.

Sophomore Izzy Allison, curator for the gallery and a member of the marketing team, said students in the entrepreneurship program divided into teams early in Spring Term to begin preparations for the pop-up gallery.

“In the first few weeks of Spring Term, we meet, discuss finding a location, figure out the teams: who is doing marketing, who is on financial, who is finding the space, who is doing curation,” she said. “Once we get a space, we get everything set up and send out a call for art.”

Allison, an art history major from Denver, played a lead role in choosing the art and hanging it.

“This has definitely been great for me as I want to end up going into museums,” she said. “This has been a great way to learn about curatorship and how to run a gallery basically without any help. The students involved are doing everything.”

The art on display is for sale.

The gallery includes a fund-raising aspect for KidsGive, a nonprofit program run by Lawrence students and alumni as part of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program. Its mission is to support education in Sierra Leone and promote education in the United States about African and Sierra Leonean life and culture.