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Alumni and Constituency Engagement

Category: Alumni and Constituency Engagement

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.

It’s Reunion 2022! Let’s all welcome our alumni back to campus

Reunion 2022 is here!  After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be welcoming over 700 alumni, friends and family to campus for a celebration of all the people, places and programs that make us uniquely Lawrence. For a complete list of events, please check out the online schedule of events, and then join in the fun. Do you want to know who’s coming back? You can search that list online as well. We are asking for your help in rolling out the red (or should I say blue?) carpet for our guests. With so many alumni back on campus, parking will be limited. Please make an effort to use street or off-campus parking on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

Matthew K. Baumler
Associate Vice President of Alumni and Constituency Engagement

Student reps sought for Reunion

Are you interested in connecting with alumni? Do you ever wonder about the experience of reconnecting to your alma mater after graduation? Reunion is a great way to help welcome Lawrentians back to campus and get a glimpse of the alumni experience—and it’s not too late to apply to be a Reunion Student Rep. This year, our Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer alumni will be back on campus the week following commencement (June 14-19). If you want to join the team that hosts this special event, check out the Reunion Student Representative position on handshake or connect with Amy Hutchings, Associate Director of Donor Engagement at or 920-832-6661.

Handshake Link:

This is a paid position open to all class years—including soon-to-be graduating seniors.

Reminder: McFleshman’s Presidential Pale Ale to be shared May 12

In honor of the May 13 Inauguration, Lawrence has partnered with McFleshman’s to brew McFleshman’s Presidential Pale Ale. You can kick off Inauguration Weekend with a free glass of the newest brew in town.

A happy hour featuring McFleshman’s Presidential Pale Ale will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in the VR.

Free soda and standard happy hour deals will also be available.

Registration is not required for this event.  To register for the inauguration ceremony on May 13 or the Brighter Together! Events on May 14, visit

Song and silence; an invitation to embodied uncertainty

The ACE office invites the campus community to join us for our next Learning @ Lawrence session. This Friday our speakers are Katie Mueller ’20 and Linda Morgan-Clement, Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain to the University. They will be discussing Song and Silence; an invitation to embodied uncertainty.

Webinar: Friday, October 30 | 12-1 p.m. CT

Learning @ Lawrence for all

The ACE office started the new Learning @ Lawrence program in June, when we were unable to host other Lunch at Lawrence, Alumni College at Reunion, and Bjorklunden Summer Seminars programs. We invite the campus community to join us! This Friday our speaker is Dr. Matthew Arau ’97, assistant professor of Music, chair of the Music Education Department, and associate director of Bands.

Webinar: Friday, October 9 | 12-1 p.m. CT

Without alumni, life *socks*

There have been so many great efforts made by alumni to support our community in this unprecedented time. As the ACE office, we want to make sure they know we appreciate them. If you are a faculty member and an alum is adding value to your new distance learning curriculum or a staff member or student who has been helped by an alum in an impactful way, please fill out our form below! We want to send them a gift.

They may not be able to join us physically on campus, but we can send a little LU spirit to them. Please help us give them a proper thank you by letting the Alumni Office know.

Fill out the form here.

Last year we thanked more than 34 alumni guest speakers on campus.

SAP Nominations

Hello Faculty and Staff,

The Lawrence University Student Ambassador Program (SAP) is looking to receive new membership for this upcoming year. Please help us by nominating any student, not including departing seniors, who seeks to promote Lawrence pride and philanthropy with the purpose of making the lasting Lawrence experience better for past, present, and future Lawrentians. The Student Ambassador Program seeks to inform the student body of the impact personal donations have on their Lawrence experience, with the ultimate goal of helping students with their eventual transition into active alumni after graduation. Our outreach to the student body involves working on different events throughout the year that are focused on raising awareness of philanthropy’s impact on Lawrence and connecting current students with alumni. Our mission is as follows:

The Student Ambassador Program (SAP) bridges the gap between students and alumni, spreading awareness of philanthropy’s impact in order to instill gratitude and lasting Lawrence pride.

SAP strives to be the voice of the student body by discussing opportunities of connection between alumni and the campus. Through our programs and events, SAP pushes for a more conscious and caring Lawrence that gives, lives, and learns as a community. 

Please reply to SAP Advisor Kate Allison and Emily McFarland with your nominations by February 11th. Thank you for all of your help!

Best, Emily McFarland ’22, SAP President

Thank you, Janice Staedt!

Janice Staedt, otherwise known as the rock, the glue, organized, efficient, detailed, collaborative, amazing to the core. Well, after 12 glorious years, she is about to add another one to the list – RETIRED!  She will log out of Banner for the final time on Friday, January 10. While it might be difficult to imagine a Lawrence without Janice, it is not at all difficult to celebrate the impact she has made.  She has touched nearly every corner of campus through her work in alumni and donor engagement.  Suffice it to say, she has earned a more relaxed approach to life, enjoying bike rides with her husband, more time in Arizona and bottomless cactus juice cocktails.

To celebrate all things Janice, we will be hosting a Janice Jubilee on Thursday, January 9 from 4-6 p.m. in the Viking Room. Bon Appetit will provide some treats and a cash bar will be available.  Join us for the fun!

Parking Lots to Avoid Friday, October 18

Tomorrow, October 18, Lawrence will be hosting Microsoft President Brad Smith for a community conversation about this new book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age.  With nearly 450 alumni, community members, faculty, staff and students expected to fill every seat in Stansbury Theatre, we are asking for your help rolling out the blue carpet for our guests.  Please refrain from parking in the following lots on Friday morning:

·         Shattuck

·         Music-Drama Center

·         Chapel

·         Faculty/staff lot on the SW corner of Lawe and Washington

The forecast is calling for 57 and partly cloudy skies – a perfect fall morning for a nice walk or bike ride across campus!