Category: Students

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. 

LU Food Pantry is Temporarily Closed for Relocation

The LU food pantry is temporarily closed so that we can manage the relocation process.  Please do NOT leave donations at the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life as we are in the process of relocating the pantry to a more accessible location.  The pantry will be coordinated by some new folks in its new location.  Watch for updates here.

Crane Lift over Kohler Hall – September 24, 2021 at 9AM

On Friday, September 24, from 9am-11am, there will be a crane lifting a large fan to the roof of Kohler Hall.  Everyone will need to be out of Kohler Hall during this time. Half of the parking lot will be coned off for the delivery of the crane, which will be arriving around 8:30am and departing by Noon. We ask that everyone avoid this area during this crane lift, for safety reasons. Thanks!Facility Services

Nominate a Convo Speaker Today!

Dear Lawrence Community,

I write to solicit your nominations for the 2022-2023  Lawrence Convocation Series and the 2023 Commencement Ceremony. Over the years the Convocation Series has featured a wide range of distinguished speakers, including writers, artists, activists, scientists, scholars, and journalists. TheCommencement Speaker customarily receives an honorary degree from Lawrence in recognition of their accomplishments.

Please email me ( the names of people you would like to see deliver a Convocation and/or receive an honorary degree at Commencement. Any additional information you would like to include about them will also be appreciated.

Information about this year’s Convocation Series can be found here.  

A list of past convocation speakers can be found here.

And a list of past commencement speakers can be found here.

Thank You! 

Allison Fleshman, Chair of the Public Events Committee 

Join us at the Community Engagement Fair this Friday!

Join us on Friday, September 17th for our Annual Community Engagement Fair! We’ve invited nearly two dozen of our community partners to campus to showcase their very good work in the Fox Cities.

Come and chat with representatives from some of our oldest and closest partners to discover how you might engage in service during your time at Lawrence.
In addition to tables and activities hosted by our partners, there will be carnival style games, food trucks, live music, and a chance to win a $50 gift from Amazon! The first 300 Lawrentians to register at the event will also receive a coupon for a free fruit pop from Fox Pop!

Festivities start at 5:30pm at the Quad. If it is raining-we will have the fair set up in the Esch Hurvis Room (2nd floor in Warch Campus Center)

See you there!

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

Join the fall 21-Week Equity Challenge

The 21-Week Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

How it works:

  • Individuals are encouraged to take on the challenge themselves, or form groups for discussion and reflection.
  • Those who sign up will receive an email at the beginning of each week for 21 weeks, starting Monday, August 30, 2021 to Monday, January 17, 2022.
  • Weekly topics take participants through a journey that starts with understanding internalized racism and explores how racism permeates person-to-person interactions, institutions, and social structures.
  • The experience is intended to deepen understanding, suggest ways to act, and helps launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our communities. 

This Challenge is being hosted by United Way of Wisconsin. To learn more about it, visit the Equity Challenge page on their website.

Lawrence University’s Celestial Histories

Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, Megan Pickett, and her student Avery Greene ’24 celebrate Lawrence’s connection to the Night Sky.  Pickett and Greene are compiling a written and oral history of Lawrentians “Celestial Histories” as part of their summer research.  They are looking for stories, traditions, and important moments from all Lawrentians related to personal encounters with the night sky.  Their work will lead to an archive and website that paints another portrait of who we are as a community.  To volunteer, use:

You can choose between a written survey or an interview.  Look for future LU community events in which we can all share the night sky through the coming term!

Watson Fellowship Info Session

Are you interested in learning about one of the coolest fellowships ever offered? That would be the Watson Fellowship. Join Brian Pertl, Dean of the Conservatory of Music, on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 1pm CDT and hear how a winner receives $36,000 to carry out a one-year independent study of their own design outside the United States. See Handshake for more details and connect on Zoom with passcode: 430633.