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Get ready for Blue & White Homecoming Weekend Oct. 6-9

Blue & White Homecoming Weekend is almost here! As we celebrate our 175th anniversary, it’s time to reignite an annual homecoming tradition that will bring alumni and families to campus to celebrate with the Lawrence community. There is something for everyone—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families—and everyone is invited to join.

Blue & White Homecoming Weekend October 6-9, 2022

See the full Blue & White Homecoming Weekend Schedule

Fall Preview Concert
Friday, October 7: 8-9 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Chapel. In addition to the return of our beloved Kaleidoscope, we’re thrilled that the choir is giving us a sneak peek of their work with this fall preview concert.

Vikings Tailgate
Saturday, October 8: Tailgate: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Lawrence vs. Cornell Football Game: 1-4 p.m. Banta Bowl. Experience the Fan Zone at this pre-football tailgate – food trucks, lawn games, inflatables, music, and more! 
*Credit/debit payment required for select offerings.

Saturday, October 8: 8–9:15 p.m., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, 400 W. College Ave., Appleton. First performed in 2006, Kaleidoscope’s nonstop, 75-minute format provides a rapid-fire musical spectrum showcasing the sheer variety and mastery of students attending the Lawrence University Conservatory.
*Tickets required. Purchase tickets here.

Tennis, Cross Country, and More!
Saturday, October 8: On Saturday, our athletes start the day out strong with a women’s tennis match on the Lawrence Courts at 9 a.m. After they swing their way to victory, run over to Reid Golf Course to cheer on our men’s and women’s cross country teams at 11 a.m.

New Employees/Rehires/Promotions

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees:

Jessica Buettner – Assistant Director of Development Operations

Stephanie Knoppa – Director of Residential Life

Mariah, Staelens – Director of Events Management

Sue Steinfeldt – Nurse

Kimberly Schmidt – Bon Appetit – Front of House

Kyle Lockhart – Assistant Director for Residential Education and Housing

Chad Hanson – Technology Deployment Specialist

Thomas McKenzie – Director of Bjorklunden

Anne Brink – Helpdesk Coordinator

Daniela Ly – Print and Mail Specialist

Haley Perkins – Institutional Research Fellow

Nani Agbeli – Lecturer of Music

Shaun Davis – Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Charles Evans – Instructor of Music

Kaitlin Fyfe – Instructor of Film Studies

Sarah Gamalinda – Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Gregory Hitch – Jill Beck NEH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

Daniel Lange – Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

Megan Mey – Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Maeghan Murie – Instructor of Biology

Van Nguyen – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Economics

Taide Prieto – Visiting Professor of Music

Marcy Quiason – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Gender Studies

Kailey Rocker – Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Brittany Sievers – Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

Jonathan Skarlis – Assistant Men’s Ice Hockey Coach and Head Athletic Performance Coach

Mason Wheelock-Johnson – Visiting Instructor of Latin

John Koshuta – Assistant Director, Career Center – Health Professions

Kelsey Gill – Campus Safety Officer

Erin Friederichs – Bjorklunden Staff Assistant and Weekend Student Program Manager

Kady Piloto – Staff Counselor

Olalekan George – Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach & Athletic Department Diversity Coordinator

Luis Mendoza – Bon Appetit – Back of House

Hannah Herzog – Administrative Coordinator of Athletics

Emma Knick – Arioso Girl Choir Manager

Luke Rolf – Web Developer

Malika Chatterji – Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow

Matt Walters – Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach


Julian DeGuzman – Admissions Counselor

Juan Marin – Videographer

Jodie Bonikowske – Consultant to Student Life Systems

D’Andrea Weaver – Area Coordinator

Nora Murphy – Conservatory Logistics Coordinator

Elaina Van De Hey – Custodian

David Schultz – Bon Appetit Manager


Brittany Bell – Dean of Students

Shannon Featherstone – Off-Campus Programs Associate

Leila Ramagopal Pertl – Music Education Instructor, Lawrence University & Performing Arts Director, Appleton Public Montessori & Harp Instructor, Lawrence Academy of Music & Music Education Curator, Mile of Music

Anna Reiser – Teacher of Piano and Lecturer of Music

First of the Town Halls set for Oct. 6

Throughout the 2022-23 academic year, the president’s office will be offering Town Halls at least once per term for all faculty and staff. These will be held in-person; there will not be a virtual option. The topics will vary. Due to faculty and staff schedules, we know that not everyone will be able to attend every term. If you are unable to attend, please check with your cabinet member or a colleague for notes. We will also share what we discuss via our usual methods of communication, including President Carter’s monthly campus update and faculty and staff meetings.

The first Town Hall is set for 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in Somerset. The topic is the Board of Trustees Retreat taking place Oct. 26-28 at Björklunden. We will share an overview of the retreat, what we hope to accomplish, and we will dive into a couple key topics. We anticipate about 40 minutes of presentation time and 20 minutes for questions. Note: Masks are required for this Town Hall.

Performing Arts Series: Akropolis Reed Quintet

Akropolis Reed Quintet

Friday, September 30, 2022

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

8 p.m.

Ticket Information

Purchase tickets at the Lawrence University Box Office, located in the Music Drama center, at 420 East College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911 or call the box office at 920-832-6749. Discounts available for LU students, faculty and staff with an LU ID.

The box office will be open Monday through Saturday from 1:00pm until 6:00pm and an hour prior to events.

About Akropolis Reed Quintet

Celebrating their 13th year making music with “faultless detail and refreshing artistry” (I Care if You Listen) as a “collective voice driven by real excitement and a sense of adventure” (The Wire), Akropolis has “taken the chamber music world by storm” (Fanfare). As the first reed quintet to grace the Billboard Charts (May 2021), the untamed band of 5 reed players and entrepreneurs are united by a shared passion: to make music that sparks joy and wonder.

Winner of 7 national chamber music prizes including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal, “the performance standards of Akropolis are award winning for a reason” (Fanfare). Remaining the same 5 members since their founding in 2009, Akropolis delivers 120 concerts and educational events worldwide each year and has premiered and commissioned over 130 works by living artists and composers. They are the first ensemble of their kind to grace the stage on noteworthy series like Oneppo (Yale University), Chamber Music San Antonio, Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Summerwinds Münster (Germany), Flagler Museum (Palm Beach), and many more. The “rise of the reed quintet” (Chamber Music America) and Akropolis’ “infallible musicality and huge vitality” (Fanfare) make them one of the most sought-after chamber ensembles today.

Experimenters and creators at their core, “there’s nothing tentative in their approach, and that extends to their programming of multifariously challenging and imaginative new works” (The Wire). Akropolis has collaborated with poets, a metal fabricator, dancers, small business owners, string quartets, pop vocalists, and more. Currently, Akropolis is collaborating with GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf and drummer Christian Euman on an album and touring program drawing classical and jazz idioms together to reflect on American identity, entitled, Are We Dreaming the Same Dream?

Akropolis’ chief collaborators are youth and their Detroit community. Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award and a nonprofit organization which has received 5 consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Akropolis runs a summer festival in Detroit called Together We Sound and holds an annual, school year long residency at Cass Tech, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Detroit School of Arts high schools. Akropolis believes anyone can compose great music and during their 20-21 season premiered and recorded more than 30 works by youth aged 12-22 alone.

An engine perpetually generating new sounds and ideas, Akropolis’ 22-23 season will include world premieres by Pulitzer Prize finalist Augusta Read Thomas and Omar Thomas; imaginative renditions of music by Ravel, Bernstein, Rameau, Shostakovich, and Gershwin; Storm Warning, a concerto grosso for reed quintet and wind band by Roshanne Etezady; and touring their recently released 4th album, Ghost Light, lauded for its “range, agility, and grace” (The Whole Note), by “exploring everything from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to racial violence in their native Detroit” (AnEarfull).

Kaleidoscope 7 is coming Oct. 8

400 students
11 ensembles

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

The most comprehensive musical evening on Lawrence’s concert calendar, Kaleidoscope is performed every other year and spotlights the large ensembles and select chamber groups.

Ticket Information

Adults $20
Seniors $15
Students $8

LU Discount tickets of $8 available at the Lawrence University Box office only with LU ID.

Tickets are available from:

Lawrence University Box Office
The Box Office is open Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m., and is located inside the Music-Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave.

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Additional info about the Fox Cities PAC:

Off-Campus Programs Fair Week Oct. 3-7

Applications for 2023-24 off-campus programs are now open! And, to help you learn about your options, we’ve invited representatives for over 30 programs to visit campus next week. They will be visiting classes, tabling outside the Commons, hosting information sessions, and more!

Look for notices and posters around campus with information or for a complete schedule go to our OCP SharePoint Fair Week Schedule page.

If you have any questions, please email

Sign up to help on Giving Day; get a free shirt

Lawrence’s annual Giving Day is set for Wednesday, Oct. 26, and organizers are looking for Lawrence faculty and staff to help out. You know Lawrence University like no one else. We believe your voice in support of Giving Day will carry a lot of weight. That is why we are asking our faculty and staff to become Giving Day Ambassadors. 

Ways that you can be a Giving Day Ambassador: Spread the word by posting on social media, texting, emailing, or calling your LU connections asking them to support Giving Day; participate in the Giving Day Challenges on the Lawrence Facebook and Instagram pages; wear your Giving Day T-shirt (more information on that below) to campus events; talk about Giving Day in your classes.

As a thank you, we will gift you with a LU Giving Day shirt to show off your school pride on Giving Day and beyond.  If you’re ready to help, just fill out this simple form, and we will get in touch with you on how you can help. Please note we will need to receive the completed form by Sept. 25 to get the T-shirt to you in time for Giving Day.