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Category: University Announcements

New Employees/Rehires/Promotions

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees:

Kaden Kolosso – Bon Appetit

Diana Hernandez – Payroll and Human Resources Coordinator

Grace Guilette – Bjorklunden Summer Staff

Makayla Raley – Circulation Services Assistant and Night Supervisor

Riley Szymik – Materials Management Assistant

Nolan Richey – Materials Management Assistant

Anne Brink – Helpdesk Coordinatior

Addison DeShambo – Summer Research Assistant

Sophie Ulik – Summer Research Assistant

Brett Wall – Head Men’s Ice Hockey Coach


Jen Mielke – Technology and Print Service Manager

Peter Chang – Admissions Counselor, Coordinator of Access & Outreach

New Employees/Rehires/Promotions

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees:

Theodore Klika – Bon Appetit

Pakou Yang – Bon Appetit

Katherine Lehman – Facilities & Construction Project Coordinator

Madison Pierson – Collections and Gallery Assistant

Parnee Poet – Custodian

Samir Datta – Vice President of Finance and Administration


Alex Baldschun – Assistant Director of Prospect Research

U. S. News & World Report data collection

We may need your help! The U. S. News & World Report (USNWR) data collection opened this week.  The USNWR Rankings (that you may be hearing about more often these days) are released each fall and are based on three surveys in this collection:  Main, Finance, and Financial Aid. 

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) will be working diligently over the next few weeks to collect the data needing to be entered and submitted in these surveys.  If Kristin McKinley or Sarah Dunnagan has contacted you in the past (or you recently took over a role contacted in the past) about survey questions pertaining to your area, we will again be reaching out to you as soon as possible for confirmation of rolled-over or updated responses.  As in previous years, we will likely request a less than two week turn-around time for your answers.  This is necessary because we need time to not only complete the 147-page Main Survey but the institution’s designated administrators also need sufficient time to review and approve the surveys prior to the June 1st submission deadline. 

Thank you in advance for your expertise and help in this collaborative effort!

Speak with a Transamerica Retirement Planning Consultant

We have exciting news to share! With your WAICU Retirement Readiness Plan, you now have access to a retirement planning consultant (RPC) at no additional cost to you. An RPC provides retirement education and financial guidance — so you can get the support you need to pursue a healthier, more secure retirement.

RPCs can help you:

  • Make the most of your workplace retirement plan and take full advantage of its features and services.
  • Improve your overall financial wellness, with tips on saving, budgeting, and other money management essentials.
  • Navigate life events that may have a financial impact, such as getting married or having children.
  • Transition to retirement and understand your Social Security and Medicare options.  

To and Through Retirement

Financial questions can come along at every stage in your career. No matter where you are on your journey to retirement, we can provide resources and guidance to help keep you on course. Schedule a virtual or phone appointment today! CLICK HERE

The role of the retirement planning consultant is to assist you with your retirement plan. There are no additional charges for meeting with your retirement planning consultant, who is a registered representative with Transamerica Investors Securities Corporation (TISC), member FINRA, 440 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528. Investment advisory services are offered through Transamerica Retirement Advisors, LLC (TRA), registered investment advisor. All Transamerica companies identified are affiliated but are not affiliated with your employer.


©2022 Transamerica Retirement Solutions, LLC                                                                   3/22

New Employees/Rehires/Promotions

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees:

Kat Mueller – Lecturer of Biology

Eric Schacht – University Counsel

Nick Guzzo – Assistant Baseball Coach

AJ Verhage – Assistant Baseball Coach

Haley Kolosso – Bon Appetit

Derek Krull – Bon Appetit

Cheryl Licht – Bon Appetit

Mirwais Alami – Custodian

Aracelis Paulino – Custodian

Gilbert Park – Campus Safety

Kyle Tauschek – Gift Processing Specialist

Stephanie Chitel – Human Resources Manager


Frank Babbitt – Lecturer of Music

Gregory Riss – Lecturer of Music


Helena Dulaney – Office of Residential Ed & Housing office Coordinator

Shelby Rae – Human Resources Coordinator

Jenny Ziegler – Executive Director of Development Analytics and Operations

Winter Term Convocation – Alexandra Bell’s “Counternarratives”

The University Convocation, “Counternarratives”, will be held in Memorial Chapel on Friday, February 18th and will feature multidisciplinary artist Alexandra Bell.

To register for in-person attendance, fill out this form. The registration process will be first-come-first-served for students, faculty and staff; attendance will be limited to 300.

Convocation will begin at 12:30 PM on Friday, February 18th. A Q&A will follow immediately.

The ceremony will be livestreamed at so that all Lawrentians can watch from their rooms, offices, or another location. 

LU-RF Summer Research

LU-RF Summer Research application deadline is Friday, February 18th, 2022

Find more information and the application at:

QUESTIONS? *Where do I find the projects? *What is the stipend? *How do I ask for reference? *Do I need prior experience? *How do I talk to a professor about the research? Contact:

DROP-IN HOURS in the Science Atrium Session 1: Thurs, Jan. 27th, 2022 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Session 2: Weds, Feb. 2nd, 2022 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Drop by the Science Atrium to ask Dr. Deanna Donohoue all your questions, get advice, or just chat.

Celebrate Lawrence’s 175th Anniversary!

Giveaways! Trivia contest! Cookies! A birthday recital! Join the Lawrence community in celebrating our 175th anniversary on Founders Day Weekend, January 14 &15. This is the kick-off of a year-long celebration of our 175th year.

(In order to protect the health and safety of our community, we will be offering grab-and-go and virtual events to celebrate this incredible milestone.)

Founders Weekend Events

  • Friday, January 14 from 12:30-2 p.m. We’ll be kicking off with an event in Warch Campus Center.
    • The first 50 students to arrive will win some awesome Lawrence gear. All members of the community can pick up some swag, including a calendar, stickers, and a special anniversary sweet treat, and can write a birthday card to Lawrence. This is a grab-and-go event.
  • Friday, January 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. join Lawrentians from around the world for a special virtual trivia contest. (Advance registration required.)
  • Saturday, January 15 at 8 p.m., tune in for a very special virtual 175th Birthday Recital live streamed from the Chapel featuring performances from our talented Conservatory faculty.

Watch your email and the LU Insider for more information as the anniversary approaches and be sure to visit the 175th-anniversary webpage for historical content, a look at key moments in Lawrence history, and more information about these events.

Save The Date-Saying ‘So Long’ to Curt Lauderdale, Dean of Students

We’ll be sharing best wishes, extending congratulations, and expressing gratitude for the many years of service and dedication. Please join with your fellow Lawrentians in wishing the best to Curt Lauderdale as he departs the Viking ship.

You are invited to save January 11, 2022 from 4pm-6pm to celebrate, show respect, share a memory, and help close a chapter within the dynamic Lawrence storyline.

A Kudoboard has been set up to capture positive sentiments. Please share your own post, and feel comfortable sharing the link with folks off campus who may want to share a parting word or photo.

We respectfully ask that you RSVP via this form so that we know who can attend.