Personal Health Assessment (PHA) Registration is Now Open

What is a PHA?

The Personal Health Assessment is a tool that highlights how our lifestyle choices directly impact overall health. Two scores are provided:

  • Your Lifestyle Rating is based on your self-reported daily habits related to nutrition, physical activity, alcohol consumption, stress and depression, and tobacco use.
  • Your Biometric Score is based on tobacco use, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar.

The Personal Health Assessment Report provides personalized feedback, tips to improve your lifestyle habits, and resources for more information.

Who is eligible to participate?

All staff and faculty are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the PHA process. Participation is also encouraged for the following individuals covered under the Lawrence University medical plan: spouses/domestic partners of employees, retirees and spouses/domestic partners of retirees. 

Note for Medical Plan Participants

Participation by employees, retirees covered under the medical plan, and spouses/domestic partners covered under the medical plan will provide the discounts to the medical plan premium.  All participants must complete both the biometric screening and the lifestyle questionnaire to receive the premium discount. The questionnaire can be completed through Wellworks portal (ThedaCare’s new platform) while signing up for your biometric screening appointment.  Discounts are provided based upon participation and are not scoring or results based.

Along with their new platform, Wellworks, ThedaCare will be switching to a finger stick blood collection as opposed to an arm draw. This process is less invasive and gives instant results.

If you or your spouse/domestic partner is pregnant or within 6 months post-partum during the time of the assessments, participation by the pregnant/post-partum individual will not be required to obtain the discounts on medical plan premiums. Human Resources must be notified if this is applicable to you or spouse/domestic partner by October 15, 2021.  

How do I sign up?

Scheduling directions can be found in the 2021 PHA Instruction Sheet or click here to sign up: The PHA schedule books quickly.  To ensure you receive your preferred appointment time, do not delay in scheduling your appointment.

What is the PHA schedule?

All appointments will be held in the Warch Campus Center – Hurvis & Mead Witter rooms. Appointment time and dates are as followed:

  • Wednesday, October 6th at 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Thursday, October 7th at 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Friday, October 8th at 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Monday, October 11th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Wednesday, October 13th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Thursday, October 14th at 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Friday, October 15th at 6:00am – 10:00am

Please contact your HR Representative if you have any questions regarding the PHA process including scheduling your assessment.   

Thank you,

Human Resources

Accounts Payable – updated ELECTRONIC submission process beginning September 7

The Financial Services office wants to update campus on its procedures for submitting invoices and disbursement requests to Accounts Payable. These processes were initially updated at the start of the pandemic to include an electronic option. Now that operations are returning to normal, a revised electronic process will be available on a permanent basis. For those who wish to revert to submitting paper copies of invoices and forms, that option continues to be available.  Please read the full updated processes available for submitting an invoice or disbursement request on the Lawrence University Accounts Payable webpage link below. 

For questions, please contact Brandie Jewett X6542

Staff Connections: Calling All Staff Members

The Staff Connections Committee believes in creating a stronger Lawrence community where staff members have the opportunity to create and develop personal and professional connections across faculty and staff, voice opinions about their community, and work with administration in order to foster the understanding of the needs of staff.

Last year, Staff Connections announced their rebranding in response to your feedback on increasing staff representation in shared governance. As the committee continues to put effort into this rebranding, we are seeking to grow our committee and would like to invite any staff members who are interested in taking part in this rebranding. This is an opportunity for professional development where you can impact the campus greatly. Currently, we are looking for staff representatives for the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team (LPPT) and Financial Planning Committee (FPC).

If you are interested in being part of this rebranding or being the staff representative on the LPPT or FPC, please reach out to Staff Connections at or complete the staff member form on our webpage

We look forward to working with you!

Free Webinars and Monthly Live Talks Provided by ERC

Did you know our Employee Assistance Program, ERC, provides free webinars and live talks on various topics? Here is what’s coming up this month:

  • Parenting Your Teen: Effective Homework Skills – September 9th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Provides tips on how to promote effective study and homework habits. Participants will go over the role of parents, helping children with homework, tutoring options, working with teachers and encouraging learning outside of school.
  • Parenting a Child with Special Needs/Disabilities: Education – September 14th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This talk centers on identifying strategies and resources to provide essential support to successfully educate and enrich the lives of children with special needs/disabilities.
  • Caregivers Network: Caregiver Shopping Tips & Tricks – September 15th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • What are the essential services, products and devices caregivers may need when caring for an older loved one? This month’s talk will help prepare participants for what to buy, where to buy it and what it will cost.
  • Succeed at Work: Increasing Mental Toughness – September 16th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Explores how to use challenging times as an opportunity to increase mental toughness and find a positive way to look at negative events. Participants will discuss what is means to be mentally tough and will also dive into the topic of “Grit.”
  • Strong Parents, Strong Families: Encouraging Effective Homework & Study Habits – September 22nd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • The discussion will include: the role of parents/guardians, helping children with homework, tutoring options, working with teacher(s), and encouraging learning outside of school.
  • Your Healthy Lifestyle: Promote Family Health – September 23rd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This talk is designed to empower people with knowledge to promote healthy living on the home front. We will discuss the benefits of healthy living, nutrition and exercise, doctor’s involvement, and how to have informed conversations with children.

Click here to register for any of the upcoming monthly talks. To login to their website and view more resources, use the following credentials:

  • Username: ERC
  • Password: ERC

Help Welcome the Newest Lawrentians to Campus!

 New Student Orientation will officially begin next week, with the arrival of new students and families on Wednesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 9. In honor of this historic return to campus,  members of our community are invited to join Student Life in welcoming the newest Lawrentians to campus. 

There are many opportunities to participate in New Student Orientation activities and celebrations:

  • Greet our newest Lawrentians as they arrive on campus! We are looking for faculty and staff to join us on Wednesday, September 8, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, to welcome new students and families to campus and answer any questions they may have. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up by Thursday, September 2, at 5:00 p.m. If you can’t volunteer, download these welcome posters to hang on your office window or door.
  • Show your pride in Lawrence University by wearing a Brighter Together t-shirt during New Student Orientation. Every faculty and staff member can pick up their shirt on Friday, September 3. Stop by the patio outside the Warch Campus Center with your LU ID between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (One shirt per person, please.) 
  • Join us at the annual President’s Welcome, which will take place on the Main Hall Green this year. In my remarks, I will ask all members of our community to turn and face new students and their families as a symbolic matrix of support, so please come and position yourselves on all sides of the gathering. There’s plenty of room for all members of our community to join the festivities. Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Kick-off the academic year at President Carter’s first Matriculation Convocation in Memorial Chapel on Friday, September 17. If you can’t attend Convocation in-person, it will be livestreamed on the Lawrence website.

We are Brighter Together. Thanks for helping Lawrence shine.

Personal Health Assessment (PHA) – Save the Date

Personal Health Assessments will be returning this fall at Lawrence.  The PHA process is part of a large initiative to assist participants in managing their health and wellness.  We are excited to share that ThedaCare will be switching to a finger stick blood collection as opposed to an arm draw. This process is less invasive and gives instant results.

Upon completion of the PHA, participants will receive a personalized report to help better understand how your lifestyle habits affect your overall health.  Participants will be able to log in to the Wellworks site (new ThedaCare platform) to complete the questionnaire, sign up for their onsite screening, and to view their results. Your results of the biometric and lifestyle scoring are confidential.  Participation in the PHA process is open to all staff and faculty employees and all spouses/domestic partners on the Lawrence University medical plan.

Assessment days are as follows:

October 6, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:30 AM Warch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 7, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:30 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 8, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:30 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 11, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 12, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 13, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 14, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter
October 15, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:00 AMWarch Campus Center
– Hurvis & Mead Witter

If you or your spouse/domestic partner who is covered under the medical plan have any concerns regarding availability during the available assessment days, please contact your HR Representative to discuss participation options. 

More information regarding how to sign up for your appointment will come in the future.

Upcoming Retirement Plan Webinars

The WAICU Retirement Readiness Plan in partnership with Transamerica is pleased to offer a series of live webinars designed to help you take full advantage of everything the Retirement Readiness Plan has to offer. To register, please click on the title of the webinar and follow the on-screen prompts to register for the live webinar of your choice.

Upcoming webinars are as followed:

Life and Legacy
Date: August 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM CST

Explains estate planning best practices and how to put a plan in place.

Get Ready to Retire
Date: November 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM CST

A review of five key areas to consider as retirement approaches: Lifestyle, Investments, Income, Healthcare, and Legacy.