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New Employees/Rehires/Promotions

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

New Employees:

Laura Hoekstra – Assistant Director – Visual & Performing Arts and Nonprofit, Education, & Social Impact

Jason Imperati – Director of Athletics

Whitney Lang – Assistant Volleyball Coach

Ryan Ruzziconi – Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach

Annie Showlater – Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach

Katie DeRuyter – Library Administrative Assistant

Jeffrey Lee – Bon Appetit General Manager

Steven Elizondo – Campus Safety Officer

Dena Reuben – Assistant Dean of Students for International Student Services


Maria Jankowski – Bjorklunden Summer staff

Frances Marshall – Campus Safety Officer


Chris Clarke – Interim Vice President for Student Life

Jacklyn John Fischer – Director of Academic Advising

Gretchen Revie – Acting Director of the Seely G. Mudd Library

Important Campus Construction Updates

Gateway Welcome Arch: You can’t miss the amazing work happening on the corner of College Ave. and Drew St! Watch this project daily as the progress happens that fast!

Drew St. Pedestrian Bridge: The framing is being installed in preparation for pouring the concrete. Everything is on track for this project!


Brokaw Hall: The new window install on floors 3 & 4 is near completion. The basement renovation design is underway and will be an ongoing project for a few months yet.

Resident Halls: Some of the resident halls will be receiving new furniture for their public spaces this week.

As always – safety first! Do not enter construction areas! Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times as construction is in full swing. Should you have questions or see anything concerning as you’re out and about, please contact Katherine in Facility Services at: or at ext. 6893

What you should do before lifting

Planning ahead before lifting items can reduce the possibility of experiencing a material handling injury. Here is a list of tips to follow to ensure that you are lifting in a safe manner.

  • Always check before lifting to see if mechanical aids such as lift trucks, dollies or carts are available (if the lifting task involves moving items from one floor level to another use an elevator if available instead of the stairs).
  • Get help with heavy or awkward loads.
  • Assess and identify the weight of the load.
  • Be sure that you can lift the load without over-exertion.
  • Be sure that the load is “free” to move.
  • Check that the contents of the load are stable and balanced. Repack items so the contents will not shift, where possible.
  • Check that the planned location of the load is free of obstacles and debris.
  • Be sure that the path to the planned location of the load is clear. Grease, oil, water, litter and debris can cause slips and falls.
  • Particular handling and lifting techniques are needed for different kinds of loads or materials being handled (for example, compact loads, small bags, large sacks, drums and barrels, cylinders, sheet materials like metal or glass). Check here or on materials for details
  • Do not lift if you are not sure that you can handle the load safely.

If you are ready – prepare for the lift by warming up the muscles.

You can follow along with Nerd Fitness Senior Coach Staci Ardison for about 4 minutes, this warm-up video of exercises will elevate your heart rate (get your blood flowing), put your muscles and joints through their range of motion to warm them up and make sure everything is functioning properly, and prepare your body to lift.

(Note: you can skip the jump rope and mountain climbers’ exercises)

Beginner Dynamic Warm-up Exercises [4:31]

Now that your warmed up, follow these general tips for lifting

  • Stand close to the load and face the way you intend to move.
  • Use a wide stance to gain balance.
  • Be sure you have a good grip on the load.
  • Keep arms straight.
  • Tighten abdominal muscles.
  • Tuck chin into the chest.
  • Initiate the lift with body weight.
  • Lift the load as close to and as centered to the body as possible.
  • Lift smoothly without jerking.
  • Avoid twisting and side bending while lifting.
  • Avoid carrying loads with only one hand.

Eye on Safety – Lifting Items at Work – Video (skip adds after 5 seconds)

Lifting objects is a common activity in many workplaces. If not done properly, there are many ways you can be injured while lifting objects at work. In this video, we are going to show you some good lifting techniques and share some tips to help you minimize the risk of injury.

Eye on Safety – Images of Lifting at Work

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Off-Campus Programs is Hiring!

Off-Campus Programs is looking to fill three student worker positions for the 2022-2023 Academic Year, including: London Centre Student Assistant, Senegal Student Assistant, and Outreach Specialist & Special Projects Assistant. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please see our postings on Handshake.

If you have any questions, please contact

Important Campus Construction Updates

Gateway Welcome Arch: it’s well underway! The stonework has begun for the sign structure.

Drew Street Pedestrian Bridge: the structural girders have been set – at an impressive 137,000 pounds each!

Warch Campus Center: the existing flooring is removed and leveling for the new flooring is underway.

Kohler Hall: the work is on track with the new windows and basement renovation

Main Hall: Asbestos removal is happening this week and the bathroom remodels are on track.

As always – safety first! Do not enter construction areas! Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times as construction is in full swing. Should you have questions or see anything concerning as you’re out and about, please contact Katherine in Facility Services at: or at ext. 6893

Student Food Pantry Summer Hours

The Student Food Pantry is open during the summer daily 10 AM-10 PM with ID access. The Pantry is a free resource available to all students who are in immediate need or do not have access to essential items. The Pantry is replenished every week with non-perishable food items, hygiene products, and basic school supplies as they become available.

Location: Memorial Hall-West Entrance, Main Floor

Do you have a food suggestion you’d like to see in the Pantry, questions, or have an interest in donating? Visit the LU Student Food Pantry Website, we’d love to hear from you!

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 and Intercultural Center

Hazard Communication – A Guide to Symbols

Not following warning labels can be hazardous to your health and the health of those around you. Products containing hazardous chemicals can cause severe injuries or make you sick. Over exposure to some chemicals can also kill you.

Warning labels are worthless if you don’t read them or understand them. OSHA has adopted a standardized system of labeling to help you identify hazards. Make sure you know what to look for and what the symbols mean. 

Note: Hazardous products with these pictograms can be safely worked with if the safety precautions, proper storage, and handling practices are followed. 

Recognize the symbols used on labels

Flame: A gas, liquid or solid product that can burst into flame.
  • Common flammable chemicals include:
  • Gasoline or diesel fuel
  • Solvents
  • Thinners and adhesives
  • Some can catch fire without air, when heated, or coming into contact with water
Flame Over Circle: The ring or “O” stands for oxidizer. Products that are oxidizers are not flammable. Oxidizers cause other materials to burst into flame.
  • Most common oxidizers – Hydrogen Peroxide. Being a strong oxidizer, reactions with H2O2 tend to produce heat and generate oxygen gas(O2). It is that reason why hydrogen peroxide is closely monitored at concentrations above 32% by the U.S government. Oxygen – Compressed gas in a cylinder in laboratory settings (pure gases or mixtures with an oxidizing power greater than 23.5%).
Corrosion: (hand or material eroding upon contact) These products can damage your skin, causing redness, burns, blisters, and dermatitis. They can also damage your eyes. These products are also corrosive to metal.
  • Many cleaners are corrosive with a high pH 11-13 (Base) or a low pH 1-3 (Acid)
  • Chlorine bleach pH 11-13
  • Liquids that clean clogged drains, sinks, toilets pH 1-3
  • Lime and scale removers (Tub & Tile Cleaners) pH 11-13
Skull and Crossbones – Toxic:  These products poisonous. They can make you sick or kill you.
  • Commonly used toxic chemicals (if swallowed) include:
  • Antifreeze
  • Bleach
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Ammonia (can produce a toxic gas if mixed with other chemicals)
Health Hazard: These products can seriously damage your health. They can cause cancer, damage organs, negatively affect fertility and unborn children, kill you if swallowed.
  • When you are working with materials displaying the health hazard symbol, follow proper safety procedures and precautions to prevent short-term and long-term damage to your health.
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Welding fumes – Hexavalent Chromium
Exclamation Point: These products can hurt you if they are breathed in or swallowed. They can irritate your eyes and skin, and make it hard to breathe. Some products can also make you dizzy or sleepy.
  • The solution is harmful, but it will not cause immediate damage upon contact with materials. Products with this symbol require proper ventilation, and usage to prevent injury
Gas Cylinder: This means the container hold gasses under pressure.
  • If the container is damaged, the gas can be released, causing a fire of explosion. The container can act like a missile when it explodes and can injure people in its path.
  • If the gas is poisonous it can make you or others nearby sick or it may cause death.
  • Check the cylinder labels carefully for other pictograms – Flammable – Oxidizer.
Exploding Bomb: These products are explosive – like dynamite. They can be a solid or liquid.

A sample of a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label can be found below:

Elements of a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label, product identifier, signal word, pictogram, hazard statements, precautionary statements.
Example: Gasoline Label – GHS Format (same product as before, you just have to pay twice as much now)

Example of chemical product labels used at Lawrence University.

Commonly used by custodians on campus.
Image of a Super Concentrated Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner labels – side label has corrosion symbol.
Bromicide Tablets label and symbols – OXIDIZER, CORROSION

Besides these Hazard Communication Symbols on labels, Safety Data Sheets can provide more detail on the hazards of a product. It will contain hazard statements and precautionary statements you can follow to work safely with the product.

Source: The Center for Construction Research and Training, “Hazard Alert – Hazard Communication A Guide to Symbols”.

Library Summer Coffeehouse Series 2022

It’s time once again for the library’s summer coffeehouse series! If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity to socialize just a bit and to learn about resources and services available to help you with work or leisure interests. We start promptly at 10:00 and end at 10:45. We’ll provide a cool beverage and a snack. All members of the Lawrence community are welcome to attend.

July 13: Summer Reads (outdoor, weather permitting)
The ever-popular Summer Reading coffeehouse returns! Planning your beach reading? Got your own summer reading underway? Come and hear about favorite reads from library staff and whoever else shows up. It could – and should – be you!

July 27: Welcome to the Makerspace (indoor)
Have you been hoping to use the Makerspace with your coursework or academic work but not sure how? Come to this coffeehouse session to learn about the ways your colleagues have been using 3D printers, sewing machines, the laser cutter, and more to incorporate hands-on learning and help their students reach their curricular goals in subjects all over campus.

August 10: Let’s Talk Cookbooks (outdoor, weather permitting)
If you like to cook, you probably have more than one favorite cookbook. Maybe baking and cooking helped you make it through the worst of the pandemic. In any case, we’re taking time to talk about our favorite cookbooks–and our favorite food writing–and discover more.

See previous summer coffeehouse book, cookbook, and podcast recommendations (and more!) on the Summer Coffeehouse Series research guide.

New Employees/Rehires/Promotions

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

New Employees:

Tina Franzen – Assistant to the Registrar’s Office

Sarah Gamalinda – Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Kevin Dessart – Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach


Scott Lefeber – Print and Mail Specialist

Peter Blitstein – Interim Provost, Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of History

Daniel Damiani – Photographer and Multimedia Specialist

Jaime Gonzalez – Associate Director of Admission – Regional

Joe King – Assistant Vice President of Facilities Operations

Matt Schmeltzer – Director of Creative Services

Cheryl Boyle – Assistant Director of Lawrence Community Music School

Mary Kate Smith – Director of Conservatory Admissions

Kelly Coenen – Senior Administrative Assistant


Sarah Haas – Custodian

Shayni Paul – Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach

Important Campus Construction Updates

LU Riverside Trail: paving is complete! Next up – trail lights and access gates.

Kohler Hall: work continues on the window install and basement renovation.

Music Drama: the ceilings have been removed and currently the demo of the old HVAC systems is underway.

Warch Campus Center: work has begun on the 2nd floor removing of existing flooring, which will be replaced with terrazzo.

Drew St. Pedestrian Bridge: work continues as the foundational structures are installed.

As always – safety first! Do not enter construction areas! Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times as most construction and projects are in full swing. Should you have questions or see anything concerning as you’re out and about, please contact Katherine in Facility Services at: or at ext. 6893