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Category: Communications

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.

Website Redesign Preview & Update Presentation

Thank you to the 70+ faculty and staff who joined us at this week’s update on and preview of the website redesign project. We greatly appreciate the time you spent with us, as well as your enthusiasm and questions.

For those faculty and staff who were not able to join us, a recording of the hour-long session is now available.

If you have any questions about the website redesign or the presentation, please email

Please also save-the-date for Web Writing Workshop on Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. If you regularly update web pages or compose email or other digital communications, please join us to learn more about best practices for digital copy writing.

Website Redesign Preview & Update | Tuesday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.

Please join the Office of Communications and Web Development Team for a preview of and update on the website redesign project.  In fall 2019, we began work on a full redesign of the main Lawrence University website, including overall navigation, site organization, and content review and development, to compete digitally with other schools, better represent the on-campus educational experience, and meet the needs of the internal community. The goals of the new website are to:

  • 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 community about operations and events.
  • Inform and delight prospective employees.

Please join us via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m. to learn about the project’s progress to date, see a preview of the new design, and learn
about next steps as we prepare for a launch of the new website in January 2022. 

Join at:

Meeting ID: 992 5011 5425
Passcode: 033861

We will share a recording of the presentation in the LU Insider so that those community members who are not able to join us will be able to follow our progress. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Questions for President Burstein & President-Elect Carter

The Office of Communications is recording a conversation with 16th President Mark Burstein and incoming 17th President Laurie A. Carter next week, and they want to answer some questions from the Lawrence community!

If you have a question for either President Burstein or President Carter, please submit it to by noon on Wednesday, April 21.

We will do our best to answer as many questions as time allows.

Winter Weather Advisory

The Crisis Management Team is keeping a close watch on the current winter storm system that is expected to last through tomorrow and will bring several inches of snow, high winds, and dangerously cold temperatures. The cold temperatures are currently forecasted to remain over the weekend and into next week. In preparation for this onset of extreme winter weather, we want to remind the campus community of important winter protocols and safety measures.

As the majority of classes are being taught online this term and on-campus events are limited due to the pandemic, much of campus life will proceed as normal during inclement weather:

  • Remote classes will continue to meet as normal; in-person classes may pivot to remote instruction if necessary. Please contact your professor if you have any questions about your class.  
  • Personnel in Facilities, Campus Services, and Bon Appetit will continue to work and report as scheduled, unless otherwise informed by your manager. Please utilize your best judgment regarding travel decisions when reporting and communicate with your supervisor concerning any schedule changes you may have. 
  • All other staff should continue to work remotely or shift to remote work if you are unable to make it to campus due to inclement weather. If you are unable to work remotely due to technology challenges or personal circumstances, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources.  
  • If any in-person curricular and co-curricular gatherings or events, including the College, Athletics, Conservatory, and Community Music School, need to shift to remote gatherings or be canceled, we ask that all event hosts share updates with the community via the campus event calendar, social media, or other appropriate channels. 
  • Off-campus shuttle services may be limited.

For those students living in campus, please note the following:

  • Information on dining hours can be found on the Lawrence Bon Appetit Facebook page.
  • Regular services provided by the Warch Campus Center, Mudd Library, or the Wellness Center, may be limited. Please visit their web or social media pages for information. 
  • Please also keep all windows shut to avoid freezing pipes. 
  • Continue to Honor the Pledge by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and following other health and safety protocols. 

Regardless of where you live, please remain indoors as much as possible in such extreme conditions. If you do venture outside, please ensure that you are dressed appropriately, including loose layers, winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves, as frostbite can occur at extreme temperatures in fewer than five minutes. 

We will continue to evaluate weather conditions over the next few days, and we ask that you please keep a close watch on email, the Lawrence website, social media, and other means of communication in case of additional developments.

Thank you for your patience during these extreme weather conditions. 

Stay warm, Lawrentians!
Crisis Management Team