Lisa Orzepowski Hearld ’92
Lisa Orzepowski Hearld ’92 loves volunteering for Lawrence. A former marketing professional, Lisa now spends most of her time caring for her children and volunteering for various organizations, including Lawrence. Lisa has served on multiple Reunion committees and has been an alumni interviewer since the inception of the program. Through interviewing prospective students, Lisa has made profound connections that have lasted long past admissions season.
“I was interested in interviewing prospective students because I have such a fondness and enthusiasm for liberal arts and specifically, Lawrence. However, I was skeptical that an eager 18-year-old would look across the table at a middle-aged woman, not currently working, and be inspired to choose Lawrence. I was supposed to help get students to go to Lawrence, not turn them away. My LU friends (lawyers, doctors, business owners, artists, professors, actuaries, musicians, architects, etc.) would be much better equipped to inspire an incoming college student. But my underemployment is a choice and a privilege that one day teenagers might be able to understand, so I went ahead and scheduled interviews with a handful of students. The one that stuck out the most was David Brooker. He was an Appleton native/townie, played tennis, was interested in a government major (all the same for me) and went to high school in my kids’ district. This was perfect. We met at Starbucks and chatted easily. David was smart, charming, enthusiastic and had a great sense of humor. I could tell instantly he would thrive at Lawrence. So, I shared my story about going to France, the Washington semester, and that my favorite and most memorable class was an Intro to Studio Art class I took my senior year—a random, yet interesting, fact. He ended with saying Lawrence was a strong contender for its academics, reputation and opportunity—but also because Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Ken Anselment had hand-delivered his Lawrence acceptance letter to him at Appleton North High School. And in true Ken fashion, he was sporting his Superman socks. That was impressive.
Three months later I entered the Fox Cities Racquet Club, and whom do I see sitting at the front desk? David Brooker. I re-introduced myself since we were both out of context and then curiously asked, ‘Are you going to Lawrence?’ He answered, ‘Yes!’ Yes, indeed—he is a full-time student and working a part-time job at the tennis club. I was so happy for him. Over the next few years we chatted weekly about school, classes, professors, LU culture, his ambition to graduate in three years, his grassroots political volunteering, off-campus programs and the fact that he ordered a Flat White at Starbucks. He confessed it was the worst-tasting drink he has ever had, but he drank it nonetheless. Then a few weeks ago he stuns me by telling me he is taking an Intro to Studio Art class. I was so thrilled to hear this; I hope that my story was his inspiration to take this class. We talked about how hard this class is, how impressive artistic ability is, and how it works such a different part of your brain. He recently elaborated on a collection of art they had studied from Elizabeth Ann Richardson M-D’40, who was a Red Cross volunteer during World War II. Remaining members of her family gave the art collection to LU as they settled the family’s estate. From the ’40s to the ’90s to present day, Lawrentians are being connected through art.
I couldn’t be prouder of David’s choice of school, courses, personal achievements and amazing work ethic. Connecting with another generation of Lawrence students has been a fantastic experience. I certainly am not taking credit for his attendance or performance at LU, but I have an enormous sense of pride in knowing how well he fits in and encouraging him to take Intro to Studio Art. If I was a betting woman, I’d put my money on Dean Ken Anselment’s Superman socks sealing the deal for David to be a Lawrentian.”