A series of receptions in early 2024 featuring Lawrence University President Laurie A. Carter will build connections with alumni, families, and friends while providing opportunities to discuss the university’s strategic planning.

Following last year’s “Time to Shine” events, these receptions, titled “Lawrence In,” will be held in the Fox Cities, Chicago, Seattle, and Madison between January and May. Admission is free.

The events include:

Lawrence in the Fox Cities

  • Thursday, January 11, 2024
  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Warch Campus Center, Somerset Room, Appleton

Lawrence in Chicago

  • Friday, April 5, 2024
  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Chicago History Museum, Morse Genius Chicago Room, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago

Lawrence in Seattle

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024
  • 6-8:30 p.m. PT
  • Olympic Sculpture Park, PACCAR Pavilion & Outdoor Terraces, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle

Lawrence in Madison

  • Thursday, May 30, 2024
  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Community Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison

“These events give us an opportunity to bring Lawrence to our alumni, parents, and friends across the nation,” Carter said. “I am excited to continue building connections with members of our community and discussing their essential role in our future.”

Matt Baumler, associate vice president of Alumni and Constituency Engagement, said the success of last year’s “Time to Shine” events—held in New York, San Francisco, Twin Cities, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee—provided the impetus to continue these important gatherings.

“Lawrentians have so many reasons to be grateful,” he said. “These events allow us to both celebrate that gratitude and build upon the community we call Lawrence. They will be four of my favorite days of the year.” 

The receptions come as Lawrence has developed strategic plans designed to build on its strengths as a leading liberal arts college, including investments in new academic and living spaces, advancements in academic offerings and career discernment, a revitalized approach to the first-year experience, upgrades in facilities across campus, and plans for a new recreation center.

Carter will discuss how these investments are vital to positioning Lawrence to thrive in a rapidly changing higher education environment.

“Bringing alumni, parents, and friends together always results in fun, engaging conversation, and a commitment to the future,” Baumler said.

Information on registering for a “Lawrence In” reception with President Carter can be found here.