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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.

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

A guide to recent and upcoming office moves

As we move into Fall Term, we want to remind everyone that a number of offices on campus have moved.

As mentioned in an earlier letter to the community, the goal of these relocations was to ensure that all student-facing campus services are centralized in one area of campus and easily accessible for all students.

Below is a quick guide to the office moves. A campus map can be found here.

The offices formerly known as Brokaw Central: Previously located on the first floor of Brokaw Hall, this grouping of offices—the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Student Account Cashiering—has joined Admissions and Career Center in Chapman Hall. Brokaw Central will be renamed. Watch for details coming soon.

Office of the President: To free up space for the Office of the Provost and academic affairs in Sampson House, the president and her staff will be relocating to Wilson House in mid-October. University counsel will move to Wilson House as well.

Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: The DEI office, now in Sampson House, will move along with the Office of the President to Wilson House in mid-October.

Center for Community Engagement and Social Change: This office has moved into its new home in Warch Campus Center.

Residential Education: This office has joined Student Life in Raymond House.

Development and Alumni & Constituency Engagement (ACE): These offices are now sharing spaces on the first two floors of Brokaw Hall along with the Office of Communications. (Note that colleagues in Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsored Research within Development remain in Wilson House.)

Office of the Provost: This office will remain in Sampson House and will be included in spaces for academic affairs.

Octoberfest returns to downtown Appleton this weekend

Appleton’s Octoberfest celebration returns to the downtown this weekend after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.

Details can be found at the Octoberfest website.

The festivities begin on Friday with License to Cruise, featuring classic cars up and down College Avenue. The big gathering comes on Saturday. Music begins at 9 a.m. and will go throughout the day on multiple stages. Local nonprofits will be selling an assortment of foods, and arts and crafts booths and family fun areas will be in play.

Traffic will be blocked on College Avenue on Friday evening and all day on Saturday.

The weather forecast looks promising and huge crowds are expected. Plan accordingly.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration

7th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration 2022
Main Hall Green October 10, 2022 5-7 p.m.
Free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

Many cities and states across the United States have replaced the Columbus Day holiday with the official recognition of Indigenous People’s Day. Lawrence University welcomes the entire Fox Cities community to join us in celebrating and learning about the many contributions of Indigenous people globally through song, dance, food, and local Native American guest speakers/leaders.

-Opening Prayer: Dennis Kenote, Menominee elder
-Singing performance by Appleton Area School District high school students
-Guest Speaker: Ron Corn Sr, Tribal Chairman of the Menominee Nation
-Drumming Dreams guided meditation by Navajo artist and community healer Kristina Nez Begay
-Native American & Hawaiian music, singing, and dancing demonstrations
-Indigenous food provided throughout the event

Rain site: WCC/Somerset

Sponsored by LUNA (Lawrence University Native Americans) AASD (Appleton Area School District) D&IC (LU Diversity & Intercultural Center) S&RL (LU Spiritual & Religious Life) and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities)

We collectively acknowledge that Lawrence University is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Menominee and Ho-Chunk people.

Register to vote: Here’s how to do it on campus

The Center for Community Engagement & Social Change and the City Clerk of Appleton have partnered to provide three on-campus voter registration opportunities in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

Location: Mead Witter Room, Warch Campus Center

Tuesday, September 27 – 9am-1pm

Wednesday, September 28 – 1pm-5pm

Monday, October 3 – 10am-1pm

Election Transportation:

Get a ride to the polls! On Election Day (Tuesday, November 8) there will be shuttles going to our polling location from 7am to 8pm! Shuttles will be leaving from Wriston Turnaround all day long!

If you are interested in being a paid shuttle driver, please email the CCE (

Planning to get there on your own? Our polling location is St. Joseph’s Parish (404 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, WI 54911).