The Schedule of Events features the Lawrence signature Virtual Reunion 2021 events and any class specific programming planned as of May 14, 2021. 

  Thursday, June 17, 2021

50th Reunion-Class of 1971: Life 50 Years Ago

2-3:15 p.m. CT, Zoom
Current Lawrence students in Professor Brigid Vance's "Introduction to Historical Research and Methods" spring term 2021 course interviewed volunteer alums from the class of '71 as part of an oral history project. For Reunion, please join Brigid and a few of these history students as they discuss the research process and experience interviewing members of your class!

Alumni Awards Celebration

5-5:45 p.m. CT, Zoom

Alumni awards honor individuals for their service to Lawrence, their service to society and their professional achievements. Lawrence University is pleased to kick off Virtual Reunion 2021 with this virtual reception honoring some of our most distinguished alumni. Remarks will be made by LUAA Board of Directors President Irene Strohbeen '78 and Lawrence University President Mark Burstein. Alumni awardees who plan to participate in the virtual reception include:

  • President Award recipient: Patricia (Pat) Hamar Boldt '48 (2021), Susan (Susie) Stillman Kane '72 (2021) and Jeff Riester '70 (2020)
  • The Lucia Russell Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award recipient: Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. ’77 P’10’13 (2021)
  • The Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Distinguished Award recipient: James Moran '00 (2021)
  • The George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award recipient: Brienne Colston '15 (2020) and Andrew Motiwalla '96 (2021)
  • The Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp M-D'18 Outstanding Service Award recipients: Dorothy Fischer '77 (2021), Ted Katzoff '65 (2020), Nancy Perkins-Hanley M-D'54 (2020) and Donna M. Weltcheff Schroeder M-D’54 P'79 (2021)
  • The Marshall B. Hulbert '26 Young Alumni Outstanding Service Award recipients: Chuck Erickson '02 (2021) and Chiao-Yu Tuan '14 (2020)

All-Reunion Trivia

7-8:30 p.m. CT, Zoom

This live-hosted virtual trivia will be moderated by Trivia Mafia and hosted by our very own Keith Rose '01. Alumni are invited to gather up their team and test their Lawrence and general trivia knowledge. Teams can be any size, though Trivia Mafia recommends a team of 10 or less, and all team members must register separately to play. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

45th Reunion - Classes of 1975, 1976, 1977: Freshman Studies

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, Zoom
Freshmen Studies to Senior Studies:  Timeless Thoughts from Then for Now

Please join the classes of 1975, 1976 and 1977 for a Senior Studies event. We will be having three breakout rooms to discuss the attached pieces. (Unfortunately, the 1976 Commencement Speech was unable to be found.)

“Prophesy on the Edge: James Baldwin and Amanda Gorman call us to our better selves.”  How do we fashion a response to their challenge?  After reading the Baldwin essay and Gorman’s poem, join us for a candid discussion of these works in our times.

1975 Commencement Speech
1977 Commencement Speech
Baldwin permalink
Gorman permalink

Alumni College

12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. CT, 50-minute sessions, Zoom
Learn, laugh and leave with NO homework!

12-12:50 p.m. CT
"Seeing Things"
To explain something we can see, are we limited to what we can see? The lives of two mathematicians shed light on the nature of meaning in mathematics and in life.
Alan Parks, professor of mathematics, Lawrence University (retiring 2021)

"Giving Voice to Traumatic Memory: Asian Instrumental Traditions Expressed Through Innovations in Western Music"
Nora Lewis '99, associate professor of music, oboe, Lawrence University

"You CAN See That From Space - If You Know How to Look For It"
A brief introduction to several simple ways to examine NASA images and data.
Dr. James Acker '81, senior scientist, NASA

"In Pursuit of a Liberal Arts Career”
Zach Ben-Amots '16, digital video producer

"I May Be Wrong But Never in Doubt: Learning to Listen as a Leader"
A strong team depends upon a leader who listens carefully, weighs gratefully and understands and values  diverse perspectives as vital components of trust, inclusive teamwork., understanding and solidarity with the leader. LISTENING IS THE KEY Invite, invest and validate viewpoints that strengthen, benefit and fortify the basic foundation of a .WISE.good leader.

Dr. Michael Johnson '75, medical director and board member of Miriam Medical Clinics, Philadelphia

2-2:50 p.m. CT
"When There Is No Career Roadmap"
Andrew Motiwalla '96, Chief Revenue Officer at monitorQA, founder and director of Terra Education, and The 2021 George B. Walter '36 Service to Society Award recipient

"Professor Mojmir Povolny: His Life and Legacy Over 100 Years"
Claudena Skran, Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science and professor of government, Lawrence University

4-4:50 p.m. CT
"Island on Fire: How a Revolt Freed 800,000 People"
Tom Zoellner '91, award-winning author and professor, Chapman University and Dartmouth College

"Understanding the Effect of the Broadcast Industries on Our Presidential Election and Political Discourse"
Susy Schultz '81, executive director, Museum of Broadcast Communications

"Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Arboreal Arts in the Middle Ages"
Danielle Joyner, associate professor of art history, Lawrence University

"What is Rhizosphere and How Does/Can It Change the World?"
Dr. James Moran, chemist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and The 2021 Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award recipient

Wisconsin Supper Club Happy Hour

5-5:30 p.m. CT, Zoom
Learn how to make a few supper club inspired cocktails before gathering in breakout rooms by decade for conversation and good cheer.

20th Reunion - Classes of 2000, 2001, 2002: Celebration

6-7 p.m. CT, Zoom

30th Reunion - Classes of 1989, 1990, 1991: Trivia and Breakout Rooms

6-7 p.m. CT, Zoom

25th Reunion - Class of 1996: Walk Down Memory Lane

7-8 p.m. CT, Zoom

Alumni Recital

8-9 p.m. CT, YouTube
All alumni are invited to watch a recital featuring talented alumni musicians from all decades.
Performers include: 

  • Jason Batchko '91, percussionist
  • Greg Beyer '95, marimbist
  • Jessica Fogle '00, vocalist, keyboardist, composer
  • David Heller '81, organist
  • Sarah Morris '01, singer-songwriter
  • Stephanie Otto Orvik '96, pianist
  • Marty Robinson '91, trumpeter
  • Lara Slotwiner-Nie '89, mezzo soprano

Saturday, June 19, 2021

40th Reunion - Classes of 1980 and 1981: Coffee Chat

10-11 a.m. CT, Zoom


11-11:30 a.m. CT, YouTube
This annual Reunion tradition brings together all Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer alumni for a moment of reflection, recognition and celebration.  Hosted by LUAA Board of Directors President Irene Strohbeen '78, this year's program will feature President Mark Burstein's final remarks to alumni and a Q&A with President Laurie Carter.  Share your question for Laurie when you register for the event!

LUBAN Open House

1-2:30 p.m. CT, Zoom
Join the Lawrence University Black Alumni Network to reconnect with your classmates, meet other black alumni from across the generations and learn more about Lawrence today.

Open Houses

1-2:30 p.m. CT, Zoom
Academic departments, programs and Athletic teams will host open houses in Zoom breakout rooms. Reconnect with your favorite faculty member, coaches and staff as well as meet new ones. Some of the departments and programs already signed up to participate are:

  • Voice Department (Steven Spears, Joanne & Ken Bozeman)
  • Library (Peter Gilbert, Cindy Patterson, Gretchen Revie, Antoinette Powell)
  • Spiritual & Religious Life (Terra Winston)
  • Career Center (Mike O'Connor)
  • Geosciences (Marcia Bjornerud & Jeff Clark)
  • Bands/Music (Andy Mast)
  • Philosophy (Mark Phelan)

20th Reunion - Classes of 2000, 2001, 2002: Reconnecting

3-4 p.m. CT, Zoom

30th Reunion - Classes of 1989, 1990, 1991: Celebration

4-5 p.m. CT, Zoom

5th Reunion - Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016: Beer Tasting

4-5 p.m. CT, Zoom

45th Reunion - Classes of 1975, 1976, 1977: Wine Tasting

5:30-6:30 p.m. CT, Zoom

25th Reunion - Classes of 1995 and 1996: Where Are They Now?

6-7 p.m. CT, Zoom

45th Reunion - Classes of 1975, 1976, 1977: Virtual Viking Room

6:30-7:30 p.m. CT, Zoom

10th Reunion - Class of 2010 and 2011: Trivia Then and Now

7-8 p.m. CT, Zoom

Sunday, June 20, 2021

A History of Bjorklunden

11 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, Zoom
Discover or rediscover Lawrence's beautiful northern campus located on Lake Michigan in picturesque Door County! Mark Breseman '78, associate vice president of Alumni & Constituency Engagement and executive director of Bjorklunden, will present "A History of Bjorklunden" and highlight some of the upcoming Bjorklunden Seminars happening this summer and fall.


Additional Opportunities:

Friday, June 11- Sunday, June 13
Senior Art Show - view the virtual show