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SAAC food drive underway

The Midwest Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) canned food drive competition has started! The Lawrence SAAC will be collecting nonperishable food or cash donations ($1=2 cans of food) for the next four weeks. We are competing against the other Midwest Conference SAACs for the most donations of cash and food. Last year we collected $144.50 and 99 cans for a total of 388 cans. Knox College was the winner with a grand total of 10,593 cans of food.

We are hoping to step it up this year! Please help in any way you can, please drop them off at Alex Gym. Thank you!

LU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee


Understand your PHA report

Learn how to interpret your PHA (personal health assessment) report by attending one of the educational sessions hosted by our registered nurse educator, Laurie Ehlers.

Laurie will be sharing how to read your report, understand your numbers and how the report trends from prior years.

Please join us on one of the following days/times:

  • Oct. 25, 3 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Steitz Hall Room 202
  • Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m–9 a.m., Briggs Hall Room 420
  • Nov. 1, noon–12:30 p.m., Steitz Hall Room 202

Laure is also available for individual appointments. Email or call 920-832-7498. These appointments can be used to discuss individual results, identify goals and plan how to achieve goals.

Boleyn-Fitzgerald memorial service Oct. 19

The Lawrence community is invited to join a Buddhist service to honor Patrick Boleyn-Fitzgerald and the goodness that he lived, modeled and brought to this world, and that is expressed and carried on through each of you. The memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center’s Esch Hurvis Room.

During the service, there will be opportunities for guided meditation and for consciously and intentionally turning inward. There will also be space provided in front of the center dais for any who wish to bring a cushion or zafu and join a seated circle on the floor.

A reception will follow, with a variety of opportunities to share memories.

Boleyn-Fitzgerald, the Edward F. Mielke Professor of Ethics in Medicine, Science and Society and associate professor of philosophy, died last month following a lengthy battle with kidney cancer. To learn more about Boleyn-Fitzgerald and the mark he left on the Lawrence community, read a story from the Lawrence news blog.

2016 Major, Intern and Research Symposium Oct. 13

One more reminder to attend the 2016 Major, Intern and Research Symposium on Oct. 13.

  • Explore majors, minors, interdisciplinary programs and talk with faculty
  • View student research posters
  • Talk with student interns about their experiences
  • Declare your major!

When/where: Oct. 13, 7–9 p.m., Esch Hurvis and Mead Witter Rooms in the Warch Campus Center (second floor)

Research posters will be up from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Reminder: Complete your PHA questionnaire online

As a reminder, please complete the PHA questionnaire online at

Note: please allow five business days to pass after your screening (blood draw) appointment to complete the online questionnaire, allowing ThedaCare time to process the lab data. The questionnaire needs to be completed for you to be able to see your results.

  1. Enter the following address into your web browser:
  2. Click on “Start Your Online Questionnaire HERE” (to complete your online questionnaire), located in the yellow box.
  3. Enter your unique access code: hbv4mdcv
    (Hint: The access code is case sensitive.)
  4. Enter the required account information. Click “Proceed to Registration.
    (Hint: Use your “legal” first and last name.)
  5. See box below. 

First Time User

Repeat User

Enter email address and create login and password.

(Hint: Please write down for future use.)

Hint: Your email (if previously entered) and login will autopopulate.

Enter new password and confirm password

  1. Click “Sign up.
  2. Choose the most current lab date (even if it differs from your screening date) and click “Go.”
  3. Click on “Begin your Questionnaire.”
    (Hint: You must answer ALL of the questions before submitting your questionnaire.)
  4. After submitting your questionnaire, on the main menu click on the “Printable Report” button to view your Personal Health Assessment Report.

Important information security training announcement

Every day Lawrence faculty, staff and students are exposed to many attempts to compromise their accounts, computers and mobile devices. These attacks are constantly evolving as the cyber criminals adapt to changes in technology, work harder to create “smarter” scams and come up with new methods of making or stealing money.

At Lawrence, we have seen several of these new attacks on campus. A few examples include very targeted spear phishing email messages that appear to come from cabinet members requesting sensitive information via email, email messages that appear to come from coworkers requesting recipients to open infected attachments and computer infections that attempt to encrypt all the data on a computer and network share folders (with the goal of demanding payment to unlock your data).

The most important thing to know about information security is that YOU are the target of the cyber criminals. The easiest way for these criminals to make money is to target individuals and smaller organizations like Lawrence. The two most common methods computers are compromised is by clicking on links or attachments in email messages or by using a search engine such as Google to search for something online and then clicking on compromised links in the search results.

How can you tell if this message is legitimate and if it is safe to click the links below?

  • Check the sender and reply to address in the message. If you hit reply does it look like the reply is going to a real Lawrence email address? See the third bullet point below even if it looks right!
  • Hover your mouse over the links—does the pop-up link match the link shown and does it make sense? Is it a site?
  • Check the subject of the message. Our email system will flag messages in the subject line with [Warning: Possible Fraud] if they were sent to appear as if they came from on campus but originated from OFF campus. Be very careful with these messages.
  • To be extra safe—just retype the link into your browser instead of clicking on it!

In an effort to reduce the risk of security breaches, Lawrence has invested in a security awareness training program to help protect the campus from information security threats. Lawrence has significant amounts of sensitive data about our students, employees, alumni and donors, thus we all must work together to make sure we do everything we can to protect this information. This training is updated each year to include information about these new attacks, so it is important that we all complete it annually.

While this training is very important to protect ourselves and the university, please note that this annual, online training is required for employees in departments that have access to the most sensitive data or credit card information. All staff in Human Resources, Financial Services, Technology Services, Alumni & Development, Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Financial Aid and Research Administration must complete this entire training course. In addition, if you process or handle credit card information in any way, you must complete the training. Please complete the training by the end of October.

You can complete the online security awareness training anytime by going to Log in using your network/email username and password. The online security awareness training takes about 45 minutes to complete and consists of a series of videos with questions at the end. Your progress and completion of the training will be automatically recorded. This training is delivered using Moodle, the campus learning management system.

If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact the Helpdesk at 920-832-6570 or reply to this message.

Steve Armstrong
Technology Services

For those that want to know more: Passwords & Password Managers

One topic that comes up frequently is passwords and how to manage them. Here are some key points to remember and a link to additional resources on this topic.

  • Do not use the same password (or a version of the same password) for multiple accounts or websites.
  • Use as long and complex a password as possible. Strongly consider using passphrases instead of passwords.
  • Use a password manager.

Learn more about all of these topics, including a link to a review of five popular password managers, at the Technology Services information security page at

D-Term opportunities across the country! Apply by Oct. 24

Boston: 4th Annual KIPP Academy Public Charter School Internships

Two internship opportunities at KIPP Academy in the Boston area. If you are interested in experiencing an innovative system of education in a diverse, inner-city environment, then apply to be a part of this experience today.

  • Sunday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 16
  • Housing and meals provided
  • See LUworks Job ID: 27284 for more details

Chicago: 2nd Annual Forest Preserve Foundation Internship

Internship opportunity for those interested in protecting and restoring the natural habitats of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Interns will assist with donor communications-appeals, mailings, social networking and a potential event with their young professionals association. If you are interested in communications in the environmental field, apply today!

  • Monday, Nov. 28 through Thursday, Dec. 15; Minimum commitment 2–3 days per week
  • See LUworks Job: 27404 for more details

Silicon Valley: 2nd Annual Shadow Silicon Valley (SSV)

Get an insider’s view into Silicon Valley! Visits will include Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and an alumni event with President Burstein, among other networking opportunities. Apply today!

  • Monday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 9; limited space available
  • Search LUworks Career Events, 2nd Annual Silicon Valley, for more details
  • Your cover letter should include your major and your area(s) of potential professional interest
  • Housing provided (two nights in Silicon Valley, two nights in San Francisco)
  • Must attend an orientation prior to the trip; dates and location TBD

West Virginia: Harmony House/First Steps Program Shadow Experience—NEW this year!

The First Steps Recovery Program in Huntington, W.Va., has opportunities in addiction rehabilitation and in development for students who want to make a difference in an area that is facing the largest opioid epidemic in the nation. Watch for more information on LUworks, our biweekly newsletter and/or table tents as details are confirmed.

Please send resumes and cover letters for all positions to by 5 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Transamerica plan updates

As of Oct. 10, Lawrence has made the following changes to the Transamerica plan:

  1. Opened the Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account (PCRA) to all sources
  2. Allow participants to allocate directly to PCRA
  3. Participants must maintain a $3,000 minimum balance in the plan’s core fund lineup
  4. Participants can only allocate 90 percent of their contributions directly to PCRA

*Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account (PCRA) is a self-directed investment option designed to complement your Lawrence University Retirement Readiness Plan core investments. PCRA gives you access to thousands of additional mutual fund options.

Who should choose to invest through PCRA?

PCRA may be appropriate if:

  • You have a sophisticated understanding of investment principles and the stock market;
  • You have the resources to research and monitor your investments;
  • You are comfortable with the additional risk associated with making investment decisions;
  • You are willing to undertake any additional trading and maintenance costs that may apply

How can I obtain additional information about PCRA?

Visit Under the Resource Center tab and Services section, please find the Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account (PCRA) brochure for more information.

How do I open my PCRA?

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in to your account and go to the Messages section (on the top center of the page).
  3. In the Messages section, click on Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account, then click on the link that appears in the message box. Please make sure to note the Retirement Plan ID and Plan Password displayed on this page—you’ll need them for the next step!
  4. You’ll be directed to the Schwab site to complete the process.
  • From the Schwab site, enter the Retirement Plan ID, Plan Password that you noted from the prior page and your Social Security Number.
  • Follow the steps to complete the online PCRA application.
  • Once you click “Submit,” you will receive your account number instantly on the screen.
  • To set up your PCRA for online access, go to, click the “New User” tab, then the “Register” button.
  • Your PCRA is now ready to be funded, and you can begin researching investment opportunities.
  • You will receive welcome materials from Schwab in a few days.

Can I make direct payroll contributions to my PCRA?

Yes, you can allocate direct payroll contributions to PCRA. Log on to your account at and select Manage/Future Allocations. The maximum allocation is 90 percent of payroll contributions to PCRA.

Can I transfer money into my PCRA?

Yes, you can transfer assets from your Lawrence University Retirement Readiness Retirement Plan through the following process:

  • Determine which of your core investments you want to transfer money from.
  • Decide on the amount to transfer. See below for transfer restrictions.
  • Log onto the plan website at and follow the steps to initiate a transfer or call the Transamerica Call Center at 800-755-5801.

Are there transfer restrictions?

  • Transamerica does not impose any charges on your transfer, but certain plan options may charge redemption fees on frequent trading, which could apply if you liquidate a fund with a redemption fee in order to fund your PCRA contribution.
  • Direct transfers to your PCRA from the New York Life Insurance Company Guaranteed Interest Account cannot be transferred directly to your PCRA. You may transfer them to any other fund offered under the plan for a period of 90 days. You may then transfer those funds to your PCRA. Such restrictions are an industry standard and are intended to prevent excessive short-term or disruptive trading to protect the integrity of the fund and its shareholders.

Is there a minimum transfer required?

Yes, the initial transfer minimum is $1,000, and each subsequent transfer must be at least $250. You must maintain a minimum core product account balance of $3,000. 

What does it cost?

  • Transaction fees and trading commissions are outlined in the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Retirement Plan Accounts provided in the welcome materials you receive from Schwab after opening your account. Please contact Schwab at 888-393-PCRA (7272) for questions regarding commissions and transaction fees.
  • Transamerica will apply an annual PCRA fee of $50 that will be withdrawn from your Transamerica account in addition to any other Transamerica administrative fees.

Grants office to host training sessions

The grants office would like to invite faculty and staff to these upcoming training opportunities:

  1. Intro to Grants @ Lawrence: Whether you’re a grants newbie or seasoned pro, register for this eat-and-learn session where we’ll discuss how internal and external grants work at Lawrence and how the Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsored Research Office can help you accomplish your goals. Join us in Kraemer Room at the Warch Campus Center for a lunch session Friday, Oct. 21, noon–1 p.m. (reading period). Space is limited! Please RSVP to by Monday, Oct. 17. Let us know of any dietary restrictions while registering.
  2. Introduction to the Funding Information Network: Come and get your hands on this powerful funder database, hosted at the Mudd Library! We’ll teach you tricks on how to identify potential grant funders, plus fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Space is limited in the ITC, so please email to reserve a seat for either Thursday, Oct. 20, 10-11 a.m. or Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 10-11 a.m.

Public health internship opportunity 1:1 chats

Sara Quandt ’73, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine, will host 1:1 chats on Friday, Oct. 14 to share information and answer questions about the public health internship opportunity she is offering this summer in North Carolina.

The intern will work with several public health research studies, most of which involve Latino immigrant workers and families. Interns will be expected to complete some independent reading to understand the social and political factors that affect health of low-income and immigrant families.


  • Interest in public health
  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Preference to intern who has access to a car (mileage in N.C. will be reimbursed)
  • Must be a continuing student during the 2017–18 academic year to be eligible for the $4,000 stipend

For more information and application instructions, see LUWorks Job ID 27244.