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Sole Burner 5K to take place near campus on Saturday

A reminder that the annual Sole Burner walk/run will be held on the morning of Saturday, May 7. The event begins and ends at City Park and will affect parking near the Lawrence University campus. A note from Sole Burner organizers:

More info here:


This year’s 40h annual American Cancer Society Sole Burner 5K walk/run will be taking place on Saturday morning, May 7th at City Park. We will be using our “traditional” course utilizing the College Avenue Bridge. Streets on the route will likely be blocked off starting at around 8:55. a.m. Walkers and runners will start out from City Park at 9:00 a.m. and it is our expectation that all walkers will be past the bridge by 9:40. Streets on the route will likely open before that time when the last walker goes by. Note that streets directly around City Park will be blocked off earlier.

For those of you in the Lawrence area south of College, it is a bit deceiving since Lawe Street is open and there is access to Lawe Street from Alton Street, but E. South River will be closed until about 9:50. Listed below are expected closed times.

  1. 1)  College Avenue Bridge – 8:50 until 9:40 (eastbound is open to Rankin)
  2. 2)  Lawe/E. South River – 9:00 until 9:50
  3. 3)  Lawe/Franklin – 8:55 until 9:20 (after opening, you can take Lawe north out of downtown)
  4. 4)  E. South Island/Olde Oneida and Eagle Flats Parkway/Olde Oneida – 8:55 until 10:10
  5. 5)  College/Drew – 8:55 until 10:20, you may be allowed west via College until about 9:10
  6. 6)  Washington/Drew – you may be allowed west via Washington until about 9:10.
  7. 7)  Newberry Trail is open off Lawe Street to the Telulah park area

Thus, you can get through west on College or Washington until about 9:10 and north on Lawe by about 9:20 there is only about a 10-15 minute window of no way out of the downtown area, except for emergencies.

We realize that this will be an inconvenience to you and hope this notice will help with your morning planning. If you are home, we’d love to have you come out and cheer on the participants as we attempt to raise over $200,000 to fight cancer. Thank you.

Can’t beat us? Join Us! As a thank you for your support, please use the discount code 22NEIGHBOR to get $5.00 off your registration fee when you register for the Sole Burner 5K Walk/Run at

Thank you for your support!


Historic weekend is here: Inauguration Friday, Brighter Together Picnic Saturday

Banners are in place across campus recognizing the 175th anniversary of the founding of Lawrence in 1847. (Photo by Danny Damiani)

The Lawrence community is invited to the May 13 inauguration of President Laurie Carter in Memorial Chapel and a May 14 community celebration that will be highlighted by a Brighter Together Picnic on Main Hall Green.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to register for the inauguration ceremony. The light-filled celebration will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13. Inauguration ceremony tickets require advanced registration. The ceremony also will be livestreamed at

A day of celebratory events will follow on Saturday, May 14, marking both this historic inauguration and the 175th anniversary since Lawrence’s founding in 1847. The festivities include a Brighter Together Picnic on Main Hall Green from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (followed by a closing ceremony), featuring food, live music, games, other entertainment, and a community resource fair with area nonprofits that have been partners with Lawrence through the years. Our neighbors in Appleton and the greater Fox Cities are being invited to gather with the Lawrence community on campus. The day also includes various exhibits, productions, and student, faculty, and alumni presentations. Details of the day’s events can be found on the inauguration page at

 The May 13-14 weekend will be one of the signature events of the year-long 175th celebration.

We hope you’ll join your fellow Lawrentians for this historic and celebratory weekend.

Learn about the new website

The LU Web Team is very excited to invite you to attend one of two presentations next Tuesday to learn more about the new website ahead of the launch date.

Presentations on March 15, 2022

In-Person Presentation: 11:45 a.m. at the Warch Cinema

The in-person presentation will be limited to 100 guests according to current room capacity restrictions. 

Virtual Presentation: 3:15 p.m. on a Zoom Webinar (followed by a Zoom meeting Q&A session)

The link to the webinar will be sent out to those who RSVP on Tuesday.

The virtual presentation will be recorded and posted for later viewing.

If you plan to attend either presentation, please RSVP here by 8 p.m. Monday, March 14:

About the New Website

A rebuild of the website has been underway for 2.5 years and Lawrence staff from the ITS and Communications offices have dedicated themselves to designing, building, writing, and creating this new website.

Goals for the project include:

  • Encourage prospective students to apply and enroll. ​
  • Encourage alumni, parents, and friends to support Lawrence.  ​
  • Make daily operations for faculty, staff and current students easier.  ​
  • Inform the local community about operations and events. ​
  • Inform and delight prospective employees.

Due to pandemic delays, the website will be launched in two phases. Phase one will launch in March 2022 and will include major sections of the site that serve external audiences such as prospective students and families, alumni, and community members. Phase one will also include the introduction of MyLU, a customizable landing page for students, faculty, and staff with quick links to many of the pages and forms we need on a regular basis.

Phase two will include several offices and services such as the Registrar, the Office of Residential Education & Housing, International Student Services, etc. that will be moved over to the new site in the coming months. Until those sections of the site are built on the new site, they will be accessible via the current website.

For the last few months, the new website has been under review by staff, faculty, and a selection of current students to ensure it’s ready for launch. Much of the collected feedback has been implemented and we will continue to implement feedback even after the site is launched.

Learn more about the new website and get answers to your questions by attending one of the two presentations next Tuesday!

New Website Coming Soon

Later this month, Lawrence will be launching a brand new website. Here are a few things you should know:

  • MyLU: a new landing page just for students, faculty, and staff will be part of the new site. Here you’ll find quick links to the resources you use most as well as Lawrence news and events.
  • Beta testing: faculty, staff, and a selection of students are currently reviewing the website and offering feedback to help get the site ready for launch.
  • Goals of the site: the new website is meant to be a better tool for prospective students to understand what they can study and expect at Lawrence. At the same time, we are working hard to make the site a better tool for our current students, faculty, and staff to find what they’re looking for easily.
  • New look, new feel: the new site reflects a new, modern design and has been built to be more accessible and inclusive than our current website.

Stay tuned for the new website at the beginning of Spring Term and email with any questions.

Help celebrate Lawrence’s 175th birthday; cookies and giveaways in Warch on Friday, Feb. 4

Cookies that say Lawrence University 175, 1847-2022.
Get a free cookie on Friday!

Lawrence is celebrating 175 years since its founding in 1847. The year-long celebration kicked off on Founders Day weekend.

Next up for the campus community is a grab-and-go event complete with sweet treats and giveaways. It’s set for 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 in the Main Floor Gallery on the third floor of Warch Campus Center. It will include cookies featuring the newly unveiled Lawrence 175 logo. The first 50 students to arrive will receive either a winter cap or a campfire mug, both featuring the 175th logo, and all students, faculty, and staff will be able to grab a 2022 Lawrence wall calendar and a sticker featuring the logo. In addition, a wall in the gallery space will be newly adorned with the 175th logo, and Lawrentians will be invited to write birthday messages to be featured on the wall.

Bonus: If you can’t make the Friday giveaway, you can pick up a calendar and sticker at the information desk in Warch when it’s convenient.

Digital Accessibility Best Practices Training – open to all

Do you put content online, post on social media, or send emails? Would you like your communications to be more inclusive by making them more accessible? If yes, attend one of the open sessions on digital accessibility best practices put on by the Office of Communications.

Dates and Times

Friday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m.

These sessions are open to anyone who is interested. Join with this Zoom link:

What will I learn?

The first 20 minutes will be focused on digital accessibility best practices that apply to web, email, documents, and social media. Digital Accessibility information is also available here if you’d like to access it as text.

The second 20 minutes will be for editors of our new Lawrence website. We’ll be demonstrating the use of a new tool for checking the accessibility of your webpages.

If you’re interested in the first 20 minutes but are not a web editor at Lawrence, you’re free to leave the session after the first part.

One of these sessions will be recorded and made available on the Web Governance site at a later date for those interested.


If you have questions, thoughts, or expertise to add to the conversation, contact and

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