As we close out Fall Term, I’m taking a look back at some of the photographs that I think best exemplify what it means to be Brighter Together here at Lawrence. I had the opportunity to join students, faculty, and staff as they returned to classrooms, stages, and athletic spaces over the past few months. It was a joy to be present for those early morning workouts with teammates and friends, the face-to-face classroom experiences, and the collaborations happening on and off stage in the Conservatory. I’ve gathered a collection of images here (in no particular order) that I hope represent the connections and moments that make this place come alive every single day.

Students play a game of cards on a picnic table.
Lili Hull and Zoë Boston, both seniors, play a game of cards at a picnic table on Main Hall Green Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.
Two students hanging flags on Main Hall in preparation for the President's Welcome.
Midushi Ghimire, a sophomore, and Raian Rith, a junior, help hang flags on Main Hall with Lawrence International in preparation for the President’s Welcome during optional Move-In Day Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.
Student Orientation Leader running toward incoming student with birthday balloons.
Orientation Leaders bring balloons to students with birthdays surrounding the President’s Welcome Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
Students drop off and pick up their bags outside of Andrew Commons
Students drop off and pick up their bags outside of Andrew Commons Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.
Students walking up Memorial Chapel steps for the Class of 2025 class photo.
First-year students begin to take their places on the Memorial Chapel steps before the official photo for the Class of 2025 Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
Teammates surround Lawrence University's Emma Vasconez after scoring a golden goal in overtime
Teammates surround Lawrence University’s Emma Vasconez, a sophmore, after scoring a golden goal in overtime against Monmouth College to send the team to Midwest Conference Tournament Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.
The University organist and lecturer in music works with organ student at the organ in Memorial Chapel.
Thomas Canty, a senior, works with Daniel Schwandt, university organist and lecturer in music, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Memorial Chapel.
Students walking in and out of Memorial Hall as classes changes.
Students walk between classes Friday Oct. 8, 2021.
A student at an electronic keyboard under a blue spotlight sings on a makeshift stage while an audience watches.
JEJ Vinson, a former contestant on The Voice, performs Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 in the Warch Campus Center. JEJ Vinson performed as part of Welcome Week activities on campus.
Matthew Pavlik, a sophomore, talks with Myles Luedecke, a junior, while standing around a fire during the Welcome Back Bon Fire in the Wriston Amphitheater.
Matthew Pavlik, a sophomore, talks with Myles Luedecke, a junior, while standing around a fire during the Welcome Back Bon Fire in the Wriston Amphitheater Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
Student in mask carries instruments down a dorm hall during Move-In day.
Kelly Foy, a senior, carries instruments into Kohler Hall during Move-In Day Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
Students hold signs that say "welcome", "Thank you for coming!" and "we are standing on native land" during the university's 6th Annual Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration.
Students hold signs before the Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk Plaza and Otāēciah sculpture dedication at Lawrence University’s 6th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.
Katie Mahorney, a senior, and Dylan Delgado, a first-year work together on lab experiement during Introduction to Physics
Katie Mahorney, a senior, and Dylan Delgado, a first-year, work together during Introduction to Physics Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Youngchild 121.
Student smashing a pumpkin with golf club during a Beta Theta Phi charity event.
Nathan Ferguson, a senior, smashes a pumpkin with a golf club during a Beta Theta Phi charity event on The Quad Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Participants made donations to smash pumpkins and the proceeds from the event were donated to Pillars.
Four students playing glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
Reese Pike, Eli Elder, Owen Brady, and Mitchell VonEschen, all sophomores, play Glow Mini Golf in the Warch Campus Center Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.
Students during Viking Bassoon Ensemble rehearsals.
Nathaniel Scott, a junior, (center) rehearses with the Viking Bassoon Ensemble Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.
Professor showing students a worm during an Environmental Science lab.
Relena Ribbons, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, shows students a worm during an Environmental Science lab Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.
Lawrence student, Mahina Olores, sitting on Main Hall Green practicing the ukulele
Mahina Olores, a junior, sits in the afternoon sun and plays a ukulele on Main Hall Green Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.
Laurie Carter, the university president, greets students during the President's Handshake in Memorial Chapel.
Laurie Carter, Lawrence University’s President, greets Shelby Stoddard, a first-year student, during the President’s Handshake in Memorial Chapel Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
Four students carrying their boat back to shore after a morning of rowing.
Claude Mazullo, a sophomore, Cristiana Burhite, a sophomore, Jackie McShan, a junior, and Victorio Sirugo, a first-year, carry their boat back to shore after a morning of rowing with the LU Rowing Club Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in Telulah Park.
Kuo-ming Sung, Wendy and K.K. Tse Professor of East Asian Studies, writes on blackboard during Intermediate Chinese
Kuo-ming Sung, Wendy and K.K. Tse Professor of East Asian Studies, teaches Intermediate Chinese Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Main Hall.
Students and professor listen while Madeline Markhem, a first-year, performs during violin studio.
Madeline Markhem, a first-year, performs during violin studio Monday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Memorial Chapel.
Students work together during Introduction to Physics class in new Science Learning Commons
Ryan Johnson, a senior, (center) works with a group of fellow students during Introduction to Physics Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Youngchild 121.
Lawrence football team pregame celebration at Banta Bowl
Lawrence University in the huddle after the team’s win against Beloit College Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 at the Banta Bowl.