Involvement Guide

Want to find out more about how to get involved in campus life at Lawrence? Check out our Involvement Guidebook by downloading it here (PDF), or reading on below.

Involvement in campus organizations is an important part of the university’s total educational program. Student organizations offer opportunities to explore and cultivate interests, build relationships, broaden acquaintances and develop the skills of leadership and collaboration. Membership provides individual students with social, recreational and service opportunities to complement the academic program. For more information, contact the Campus Life Office at 920-832-6600.

Clubs and Organizations

Lawrence strives to create a climate that is open and welcoming to students of diverse backgrounds. Many campus organizations exist at Lawrence for the purpose of promoting cultural interests and diversity. Others meet around shared interests, teach skills or provide opportunities for students to develop new interests. Still others exist to promote a particular cause, address a social issue, or advance a political agenda. Most campus organizations host speakers and plan activities open to the entire Lawrence community. Students are invited to attend meetings, participate in programs and activities, and share in the life of an organization, whether or not they decide to join.

An alphabetical list of clubs and organizations at Lawrence, as well as their meeting times and contacts, can be found at the Directory of Student Organizations.

Athletics

Intercollegiate Athletics

Lawrence offers a variety of varsity sports for women and men. Most of the training facilities are located at Alexander Gymnasium. The university provides transportation between the main campus and the gym on a regular schedule during practice and competition periods.

Many students are recruited by individual coaches. If a student has a strong interest in a sport and has not been contacted by a coach, he or she should not hesitate to initiate contact. Information and brochures for each of the individual sports are available in the admissions office, 920-832-6550.

More information about athletics can be found on the Athletics page.

Women
Basketball
Cross Country
Fencing
Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Volleyball
Men
Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Fencing
Football
Golf
Hockey
Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field
Soccer
Swimming and Diving
Tennis

 

Campus-wide Events and Traditions

In addition to structured organization or committees, Lawrence also hosts a large number of campus-wide events that get you involved with your community in a multitude of ways.

Some of the yearly happenings and traditions at Lawrence are:

  • Fall Festival: Alumni, family and friends visit the campus for a weekend of reconnecting and a variety of activities (a combination of Family Weekend and Homecoming)
  • Trivia Weekend: Lawrence plays host to the longest-running trivia contest in the world webcast by LU’s very own WLFM
  • Convocations: Engaged speakers discuss relevant topics in our world that underline your liberal arts education
  • Winter Carnival: Recently reborn, it is a jam-packed weekend of wonderful winter fun–sledding, ice- sculpting, a winter-themed ball, and more!
  • Mardi Gras: Lawrentians can try their hand at blackjack or just enjoy the sounds of the New Orleans jazz —the food and prizes are great too!
  • Zoo Days: Traditionally organized by Ormsby Hall community members, Zoo Days is a carnival-themed outdoor event on Main Hall Green with booths and tables that highlight activities from residence halls, student organizations and Greek Life. Carnival booths are a staple with sno-cones, popcorn and cotton candy.
  • LU-a-Roo: Lawrence’s very own music festival, LU-a-Roo, combines the best of local and on-campus music for a weekend of fun in the sun with sweet tunes.

Governance

Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC)

Lawrence believes students have the power to shape their lives and their communities now, not just in the future. Being involved in Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) is a great way to gain leadership skills and be an integral part of raising awareness of issues on campus and creating policies with your peers.

As the student governing body at Lawrence, LUCC has authority to legislate policies affecting non-curricular campus concerns. The president and vice president are elected through all-campus elections in which students and faculty may vote. Cabinet members are appointed by the president and vice president subject to approval by the council. Students have representation on the council through 16 representatives elected by academic class years. Faculty members collectively appoint three representatives.

The General Council usually meets biweekly throughout the academic year. Members serve on the council and also on one of several standing committees, including the Finance Committee; Steering Committee; Publicity Committee; and Polling, Elections, and Leadership Committee.

Any student interested in serving as a representative on the council should contact LUCC@lawrence.edu to learn more about the election process.

LUCC Standing Committees and Other Committees

In addition to the LUCC General Council, students are able to contribute in campus governance through participation in LUCC committees. The following committees consist of students appointed by LUCC through an application process or selected through procedures determined by individual committees.

Committee on Community Service and Engagement Publicity Committee
Committee on Diversity Affairs Residence Life Committee
Environmental Responsibility Committee Student Welfare Committee
Judicial Board Sustainability Fund Committee
Polling, Elections and Leadership Committee Theme House Selection Board

Faculty, University and Trustee Committees

The following faculty, university and trustee committees include student members appointed by LUCC:

  • Committee on Convocations, Commencement and Colloquia
  • Committee on Instruction
  • Committee on the Curriculum
  • Physical Planning Committee
  • President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs
  • Sexual Harassment and Resource Board
  • Trustee Committee on Student Affairs
  • University Parking Committee

Residence Hall Council

Students interested in taking a role shaping their community at the residence hall level are invited to participate in Hall Forum. Members meet regularly to discuss suggestions, improvements and community issues in their hall. The Residence Hall Forum also plans social and service programs for the residents. Students interested in participating in Hall Forum should contact their Residence Hall Director to learn more about how to get involved.

Greek Life

Greek organizations at Lawrence host formal recruitment processes at the start of the second academic term. Students wanting to learn more about Greek Life at Lawrence can contact the Greek Advisor in the Campus Life Office.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

IFC serves as the governing body for the four social fraternities at Lawrence. IFC also coordinates new member recruitment, social activities and community service projects for the Greek community.

Fraternities

Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Panhellenic Council (Panhel)

Panhellenic Council serves as the governing body of the three National Panhellenic Council sororities at Lawrence. Panhel also coordinates new member recruitment, social activities and community service projects for the Greek community.

Sororities

Beta Psi Nu, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Music Societies

Professional and social music societies promote and support student interests in various professional areas.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Men’s music fraternity

Sigma Alpha Iota

Women’s music sorority

Honor Societies

Lambda Sigma

A national honor society for sophomore men and women, Lambda Sigma fosters leadership, scholarship, fellowship and the spirit of service among college students. Typically they usher at convocations, baby-sit during faculty meetings and sponsor social events on campus.

Mortar Board

A national honor society for senior men and women, Mortar Board elects members at the end of their junior year on the basis of outstanding leadership, scholarship and service to the academic community.

Phi Beta Kappa

The Lawrence chapter elects as members, senior students who have demonstrated superior scholarship. The society sponsors lecturers and awards scholastic honors for academic performance in the freshman and junior years.

Pi Kappa Lambda

In 1918, a number of faculty members in the school of music at Northwestern University were concerned that their students were not eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa, so they created a similar organization for music students. Election to Pi Kappa Lambda represents the highest honor for music majors; it is reserved for students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in both musicianship and scholarship.

Wellness and Recreation

The Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center combines student health and counseling services with recreational, leisure and fitness programs, making this a one-stop resource center. The facility offers a cardiovascular exercise room and a weight room featuring Life Fitness equipment; racquetball courts; a gymnasium with an elevated, four-lane jogging track; and Olympic-size swimming pool. Lawrence students regularly participate in a variety of activities such as jogging, basketball, volleyball, weight training, badminton and water polo. Students, faculty and staff can also participate in activities such as intramurals, Pilates, yoga, taijutsu and more!

Intramurals

The intramural program offers a variety of team and individual activities for men and women.

Questions about intramural athletics may be directed to the Buchanan-Kiewit Wellness Center front desk. For more information, see here.

Club Sports

Club sports at Lawrence are organized by students who take the leadership roles as team captains and often as coaches. Club sports provide students opportunities to participate in team competition with other collegiate and/or community clubs through tournaments and games. Club sports are open to all students regardless of ability. Participants must have health insurance coverage in order to participate in practices or competition.

Community Service

Lawrence provides a number of curricular and extracurricular opportunities for community outreach and civic engagement. Students may enrich their learning experience through service work, internships or as part of community-based research and service learning projects through courses. For more information on community outreach opportunities, visit our pages on the Volunteer and Community Service Center, community resources for volunteering, and internships.

Volunteer and Community Service Center (VCSC)

The Volunteer and Community Service Center coordinates opportunities for service on the campus and within the larger community. Students may register their interest or may stop in for consultation. In addition, the center sponsors service projects throughout the year, assists campus organizations with service and philanthropic projects, and serves as a liaison to community agencies and services.

Some of the organizations in which Lawrence is involved are:

  • Appleton Public School Tutoring
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Brewster Village
  • Fox Valley Literacy Council
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Harbor House Domestic Abuse Shelter
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Riverview Gardens
  • Saving Paws Animal Rescue
  • The Building for Kids (Children’s Museum)

Forming a New Campus Organization

Students may want to form a new organization to explore and share with other students those interests that are not reflected in existing campus organizations. The professional staff of the Campus Life Office can provide advice and support to further the growth of new organizations.

Specific areas of support may include the following:

  • Facilities access for initial organizational meetings
  • Publicity materials and organizing documents
  • Organizational structure, budgeting, fundraising and official recognition through LUCC
  • University and local resources that may support the new organization
  • Assistance contacting prospective members and prospective advisors

Campus organizations are encouraged to have faculty or staff advisors and can often benefit from these relationships. Advisors can help students better negotiate campus policies and procedures, and are usually aware of a range of resources available to support the work of the organization.

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