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Avoid Chapman Lot April 29

The admissions office will be welcoming many prospective students and their families to campus for three events in the month of April.

To help provide the best possible guest experience, we will be blocking off the parking lot next to Chapman Hall those days to exclusively allow our guests to park there.

With about 100 admitted students and their families visiting on April 29, we are expecting parking to be limited, and appreciate your efforts in making these families feel welcome!

Sara Beth Holman to leave Lawrence, join The College Board

After leading our financial aid team for nearly 16 years (after three years as an associate director of financial aid), Sara Beth Holman will be trading her daily two-hour commute for a home-based position as Director of Financial Aid Solutions for The College Board, where she will provide support to clients who use the CSS Profile (including Lawrence).

In her nearly 19 years at Lawrence, Sara has been a key member of the university’s leadership team, and–even more important–she has been a helpful guide to thousands of Lawrentians who have come to her for financial aid counseling and support. Her colleague, Ken Anselment, hears from families every year who are grateful for the care and service Sara has provided, and modeled for the rest of her team, which will continue that student-centered approach.

Ryan Gebler, our director of enrollment planning and associate director of financial aid (himself an eight-year veteran of Lawrence’s admissions & financial aid teams), will assume leadership of the financial aid office as interim director.

Sara’s last day will be March 14, at which time we will celebrate her tenure properly in the Viking Room from 4 to 6 p.m. Please stop by and wish her well.

In the meantime, feel free to send her a note to try persuading her to stay.

😉

Winter Coat Drive

Give your gently used coats and other winter wear (scarves, gloves, etc.) new life by donating them to those in need! Coats will first be made available to Lawrence students who can use the help, and any leftovers will be donated to a local charity.

Donations can be dropped off in the Admissions Office in Chapman Hall from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

If you know of a student in need of a coat, please connect them with Gaelyn Rose in Admissions at gaelyn.rose@lawrence.edu or x6889.

Campus Visit Coordinator – Welcome Chyna Witzke

The admissions office is pleased to announce that Chyna Witzke will join our team as the Campus Visit Coordinator beginning on Wednesday, August 29. 

Chyna is an Appleton native and attended the University of Ottawa where she majored in anthropology and dabbled in art history.  She also rowed on the crew team in college.  Her professional experience included stints with Ritz Carlton (well known for their excellent customer experience), building the family meal program at Ronald McDonald House and coordinating volunteers for a non-profit organization that provided hundreds of staff members on game days at Lambeau Field. We are excited about the direction of the Visit Experience Team as we strive to provide an excellent experience for all who walk through the doors of Chapman Hall.

Many of your will work closely with Chyna as she coordinates our individual visit to campus.  Please help us welcoming her to the Lawrence family!

Staff and Faculty Thank You Picnic June 5

The time is approaching for our annual celebration of the role our entire community plays in providing a welcoming environment to our prospective students and their families.

Annual Admissions & Financial Aid Gratitude Cookout
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Wriston Amphitheater (rain date Wed, June 6)

11:30am-1:00 pm

Please RSVP to Lynn Van Zeeland at ext. 6506 or lynn.vanzeeland@lawrence.edu We hope you can join us to celebrate our work together.

We are assembling another one of those nifty “by the numbers” sheets, so please send Lynn any fun facts that represent your area (e.g., # of calls to the Help Desk; # of Sriracha bottles downed in Andrew Commons, etc.).
Thank you for all you do,

Ken Anselment

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Staff and Faculty Thank You Picnic June 5

The time is approaching for our annual celebration of the role our entire community plays in providing a welcoming environment to our prospective students and their families.

Annual Admissions & Financial Aid Gratitude Cookout
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Wriston Amphitheater (rain date Wed, June 6)

11:30am-1:00 pm

Our friends in Bon Appetit need a ballpark count by Wednesday, May 30 at noon. RSVP to Lynn Van Zeeland at ext. 6506 or lynn.vanzeeland@lawrence.edu We hope you can join us to celebrate our work together.
We are assembling another one of those nifty “by the numbers” sheets, so please send Lynn any fun facts that represent your area (e.g., # of calls to the Help Desk; # of Sriracha bottles downed in Andrew Commons, etc.).
Thank you for all you do,

Ken Anselment

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Staff and Faculty Thank You Picnic June 5

To All Faculty and Staff:

The time is approaching for our annual celebration of the role our entire community plays in providing a welcoming environment to our prospective students and their families.

Annual Admissions & Financial Aid Gratitude Cookout

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 

Wriston Amphitheater  (rain date Wed, June 6)

11:30am-1:00 pm

Our friends in Bon Appetit need a ballpark count by Wednesday, May 30 at noon.  RSVP to Lynn Van Zeeland at ext. 6506 or lynn.vanzeeland@lawrence.edu  We hope you can join us to celebrate our work together.

We are assembling another one of those nifty “by the numbers” sheets, so please send Lynn any fun facts that represent your area (e.g., # of calls to the Help Desk; # of Sriracha bottles downed in Andrew Commons, etc.).

Thank you for all you do,

Ken Anselment

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Thank You from Ken Anselment

The worst snowstorm in decades brought out the best of the Lawrence community earlier this week.

Your warmth and hustle metaphorically melted 21+ inches of snow to create a warm and welcoming environment for about 100 visitors who, themselves, braved nasty (and, at times dangerous) conditions to come from places like California, New Mexico, Texas, Chile, Japan, and—of course—the upper Midwest to experience Lawrence before they make their final college decisions by May 1.

Those students and their families left Lawrence with evidence that this is a community that hustles and cares in extraordinary ways:

You plowed and shoveled back-straining snow to clear the lots and paths around campus…

You prepared food on the fly and showered our guests with cookies (so many cookies)…

With classes cancelled Monday—effectively wiping out an entire day of open house programming—you answered our 11th-hour call for volunteers to come in impromptu mock classes and presentations…

You opened your house for an improvised reception that turned into a 60-person pizza party. (I’m looking at you, Mark Burstein and David Calle)…

You got out of bed early to trudge through the snow and play fiddle music to greet our guests at 8:30 Monday morning…

Colleges like to talk about their warm, welcoming, and caring communities—but on Sunday and Monday, Lawrence University showed it in ways our visitors (and I) will never forget.

Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but—on behalf of your friends on the admissions & financial aid team—I think we know how George Bailey feels at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life when the entire town comes together to help him in his time of greatest need.

Your generosity is extraordinary.

You are the Lawrence difference.

Ken Anselment
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid

A new chapter for Craig Gagnon

It turns out that a scuba diving trip has a funny way of clearing one’s mind…

Upon returning from a diving vacation with his wife, Ann, Craig Gagnon (our Associate Vice President of Communication, and a 1976 Lawrence graduate) decided that he kind of likes this vacation thing so much that he’d prefer to do it more often. Which is why, on Tuesday, April 10, he sent the following message to members of the Lawrence family:

Dear friends and colleagues,

I’ve always found it difficult to strike a balance between work and personal life. For most of my career, the balance has tilted toward work. It’s now time for it to swing the other way. That’s why I’m announcing my retirement this summer.

Lawrence teaches the value of lifelong learning and there’s much I still want to learn. I’m planning to use the coming months to treat myself to a sabbatical of sorts: to travel with my wife, to explore some neglected interests and to recharge before setting off in new directions.

As many of you know, Lawrence has been an important part of my life. First as a student, then as a volunteer, later as president of the alumni board and finally as a proud member of the staff. Thanks to all of you who have made this a wonderful journey. It’s been a privilege to work in a community of dedicated and passionate colleagues in support of an outstanding institution. I look forward to seeing you at campus events for many years to come.

Cheers,

Craig

After ably leading Lawrence’s Office of Communication for more than six years, Craig plans to work full-time through commencement in June, at which point, he will transition to part-time status through the end of July. In the meantime, a search for the next leader of our communication team will begin in May, with the hope of having that person on board in time to take full advantage of Craig’s experience and expertise in the transition.

Stay tuned for details about a retirement celebration for Craig… which may or may not be themed around diving.