Category: Communications

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

Wish 2021 Grads Congrats – Upload Video or Photo

Would your organization, class, office, team, department, family, or group of friends like to wish the Class of 2021 congrats? Submit a photo or video here to be shared on Commencement day:

Please submit by the end of the day, Friday, June 11.

Web Writing Workshop Presentation & Checklist

Thank you to the nearly 50 faculty, students, and staff who joined us at last week’s Web Writing Workshop. We greatly appreciate the time you spent with us, as well as your enthusiasm and questions. 

For those community members who were not able to join us, a recording of the hour-long session is now available. Please also find a PDF of the presentation slides from the workshop, as well as a one-page checklist, below:

Writing for the Web Workshop Slides

Writing for the Web Checklist

If you have any questions about the presentation, please email

P. S. Need a good playlist to inspire your creativity? Check out the Web Jamz Spotify playlist, a compilation of the favorite songs Web editors from around the university shared in advance of the workshop. It’s an eclectic and inspiring mix!

Professional Communications Opportunity for Graduating Senior: Web Communications Fellow

Are you graduating from Lawrence and interested in a career in digital communications and looking to build new skills in writing and editing, project management, and web work? If the answer is yes, the Office of Communications may have a job for you!

We are seeking a creative, collaborative, and detail-oriented individual to serve in the newly created Web Communications Fellow position. Working with members of the Communications and Web Development teams, as well as university-wide web stakeholders, this one-year position will be integral to the successful launch of the redesigned Lawrence University website. 

Candidates should be strong writers, passionate about digital media, willing to grow and develop new skills, confident in their project management abilities, and committed to Lawrence’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Learn more about the Web Communications Fellow–or even apply–here.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Save the Date: Writing for the Web Workshop | May 20

Writing for the Web Workshop
Hosted by Laura Pochodylo, freelance web designer and writer
Sponsored by the Office of Communications
Thursday, May 20, 2021
11:00 a.m.

If you regularly update web pages on the Lawrence website, write e-newsletters, or simply want to help bolster your digital communications skills, please join us for this Writing for the Web Workshop on Thursday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m. Sign up to attend!

Our writing practices have always adapted to our communications technology. A newspaper broadsheet only holds so many words; brevity is worth money when sending a telegram; and you cannot put a paragraph of text on a billboard if you want to get your point across. We are used to limitations, so what happens when there are no limits? The endless ways the world wide web allows us to communicate present a new type of challenge for us. 

Discover how to write effectively for the web using concepts of user-centered design. We will review the basics of user interaction practices, explore how well-written web content assists with digital accessibility, and share simple practices you can use in your work to deliver your message digitally. 

If you plan to attend the workshop, please let us know. We will share the Zoom details the day before the workshop on May 19.

About Our Host
Laura Pochodylo is a freelance web designer and writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Laura is currently assisting the Lawrence University Office of Communications with written content for the website redesign and has loved learning more about Lawrentians and their world. No stranger to the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Laura graduated from Knox College as a double major in English Literature and American Studies  in 2014. Before freelancing, Laura worked in digital marketing and public relations for brands like the Grand Ole Opry, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Highlights for Children, and Moosejaw Mountaineering. Laura primarily focuses on eCommerce site builds, website data analysis, and web content strategy. Beyond work, Laura hosts a weekly all-vinyl radio show with her husband Casey. If she is not found reading a book with her cat Rosalita by her side, she is likely playing pinball or out hiking.