Spring-Summer 2014

Wisconsin Public Radio
August 13, 2014
Headline: Breaking Down Tuesday's Primary Election Results
Link: http://www.wpr.org/shows/breaking-down-tuesdays-primary-election-results 
Excerpt: Wisconsin’s fall primary is in the books and the November ballot is set.  Joy Cardin’s guest political scientist [Lawrence government professor Arnold Shober] analyzes the results of Tuesday’s elections and examines the issues shaping the races for governor, attorney general, and control of the state Senate.


NBC 26 (Green Bay, Wis.)
August 13, 2014
Headline: Plans For Outagamie County Cemetery Move Forward
Link: http://www.jrn.com/nbc26/news/Plans-For-Outagamie-County-Cemetery-Move-Forward-271177681.html
Excerpt: In Outagamie County, leaders want to honor the people buried at the county insane asylum cemetery with a new memorial and they're looking to a local university to help make that happen. A special committee has approved a site plan for the cemetery, but they have to clear some hurdles to make it happen.

One of them is finding out where the graves are underground and that's where Lawrence University comes in.

Anthropology professor Peter Peregrine and his class this fall will use a device to find the graves in that empty field. "Important for us to be respectful of them and not disturb their graves. So it's really important again to plan," says Peregrine.

Professor Peregrine needs a permit from the county and state level to proceed with the scanning. They expect to do it late next month.


Philanthropy News Digest (New York, N.Y.)

July 27, 2014
Headline: Lawrence University Receives $2.5 Million to Expand Teacher Education
Link: http://www.philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/lawrence-university-receives-2.5-million-to-expand-teacher-education 
Excerpt: Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, has announced a $2.5 million gift from the Mielke Family Foundation to expand the university's current teacher education program to include elementary teacher education.

The university's teacher education program currently offers teacher certification in grades 5-12 in computer science, English, math, social studies, and theater arts, as well as K-12 certification in art, music, foreign language, and English as a Second Language. Beginning in the fall of 2015, new offerings in the renamed Mielke Family Department of Education will include an apprenticeship-based program for future pre-K-6 teachers. Students pursuing their teacher certification in those grades will spend an entire academic year in a local host school under the guidance of an established teacher.


The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
July 25, 2014
Headline: Sager had huge impact on education
Link: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2014/07/25/sager-huge-impact-education/13185041/
Excerpt: Ken Sager was a true titan of education in Appleton. Just look at his resume — 18 years as a teacher at Appleton High School; 38 years as an education professor at Lawrence University, with another seven years teaching as a professor emeritus; and 39 years on the Appleton Area School District Board of Education.

Sager, who died July 18 at age 96, leaves a vast legacy that has affected thousands of students — and will continue to. He taught at Lawrence full-time until he was 83 and, in his emeritus capacity teaching speech, until he was 90.


CBS News
July 25, 2014
Headline: Who's benefiting from test-optional colleges?
Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whos-benefiting-from-test-optional-colleges/ 
​Excerpt: One of the most unpleasant roadblocks that teenagers face when getting into college is taking the ACT or SAT admissions tests. Studies have shown that the most important factors in predicting college success aren't standardized test scores, but high school grades and the rigor of a student's high school classes. In contrast, standardized test scores are highly correlated with income.

On average, for instance, students whose parents make $150,000 a year are going to perform better on the SAT than teenagers who live in households making $100,000 and so on down the income ladder.

In the face of criticism about the relevance and fairness of the standardized tests, a large number of schools over the years have become test-optional, which generally means students can apply for admission without submitting their scores. Just this week, Bryn Mawr College, an elite women's college, became the latest school to make the ACT and SAT optional.

...None of this means some schools haven't made strides in becoming more diverse since making tests optional. At Lawrence University, for instance, the percentage of minority domestic students increased from 10 percent when it rolled out a test-optional policy in 2006 to 25 percent today. Coupled with its testing policy, said Ken Anselment, dean of admissions, the Wisconsin college also began partnering with nonprofits working with underrepresented teenagers.


WLUK-TV Fox 11 (Green Bay, Wis.)
July 21, 2014
Headline: Lawrence University receives donation
Link: http://fox11online.com/2014/07/21/lawrence-university-recieves-donation/
Excerpt: [video] Lawrence University received a $2.5 million donation from the Mielke Family Foundation.

The Mielke Family Foundation has been a major university donor for the last 30 years.

The donation will expand Lawrence University’s current teacher education program to include elementary teacher education beginning in the fall of 2015.

Mark Burstein, Lawrence University President, says “Lawrence has also been just so grateful for the investments that the Mielke family has made and has really made Lawrence a more quality and stronger institution.”


Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel
July 21, 2014
Headline: $2.5 million gift to launch expanded teacher training at Lawrence University
Link: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/267959681.html
Excerpt: A $2.5 million endowment from the Mielke Family Foundation, in partnership with John and Sally Mielke, will finance the expansion of Lawrence University’s teacher training program to include elementary education. The new program will begin in the fall of 2015.

The new program will feature an apprenticeship based pre-kindergarten through 6th grade teacher preparation, in which prospective teachers will spend an academic year in a local host school under the guidance of a teacher. They’ll also receive weekly subject-specific instruction from master teachers. 

“We believe this will become not only a signature program for Lawrence, but also a lighthouse program for Wisconsin,” said Stewart Purkey, professor of education at Lawrence.

The university currently provides teacher certification in most subjects for grades 5-12 as well as k-12 certification in art, music, foreign language and English as a second language. The private liberal arts college has roughly 1,500 full-time students.


Milwaukee (Wis.) Business Journal
July 21, 2014
Headline: Lawrence University receives $2.5M gift
Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2014/07/21/lawrence-university-receives-2-5m-gift.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+industry_22+%28Industry+Education%29
Excerpt: The Fox Valley's Mielke Family Foundation and members of the Mielke family have donated $2.5 million to Lawrence University in Appleton to allow the university to expand its teacher education program to include elementary teacher education beginning in the fall of 2015.

In honor of the family's investment in education studies and teacher training, the education program at Lawrence will be named the Mielke Family Department of Education. The new offerings in elementary education will increase the reach of Lawrence's existing teacher education program. The expansion will feature an apprenticeship-based program of pre-K-6 teacher preparation.


The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
July 19, 2014
Headline:  Editorial: Thumbs Up and Down
Link: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/07/19/editorial-thumbs/12858645/
Excerpt: Thumbs Up: To Lawrence University, for hitting a new fundraising mark.

Lawrence raised a record $3.7 million in its annual giving program in the last year, president Mark Burstein’s first year at the school. Of particular note is the $800,000 donated by the class of 1964 as part of its 50-year reunion. It was part of an overall fundraising total for the year of $17.6 million.

A strong Lawrence University makes our whole community stronger, so we’re pleased to see its success. More light, indeed.


The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
July 16, 2014
Headline: Lawrence University raises record $3.7 million
Link: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2014/07/16/lawrence-university-fundraising-record/12749489/
Excerpt: During President Mark Burstein’s first year on campus, Lawrence University raised a record $3.7 million for the college’s annual giving program, university officials announced Tuesday.

The Lawrence Fund provides nearly 10 percent of the college’s annual operating budget and helps bridge the gap between what students pay in tuition and actual operating costs, a university statement said. The fund and endowment earnings help reduce each student’s tuition by more than $10,000 per year and provide support for everything from scholarships and classroom resources to athletic equipment and sheet music for conservatory students.

“This past fiscal year’s record-setting Lawrence Fund total is testament to our alumni’s loyal support of the college’s mission. I’m humbled by the generosity of the 10,308 individual donors who gave to Lawrence last year,” Burstein said in a prepared statement.


WLUK-TV Fox 11 (Green Bay, Wis.)
July 16, 2014
Headline: Lawrence alumni donations set record
Link: http://fox11online.com/2014/07/16/lawrence-alumni-donations-set-record/ 
Excerpt: Lawrence University alumni donated a record amount to their alma mater in the past year, the school announced Wednesday.During the recently completed 2013-14 fiscal year, $3.7 million was donated to the Lawrence Fund. That broke the previous record of $3,647,269, which was set in 2008-09.

An $804,817 donation from the class of 1964 – the most ever for a 50th reunion class – helped push the total to a record high.The annual Lawrence Fund provides nearly 10% of the university’s annual operating budget. College leaders say it also cuts each student’s tuition by more than $10,000 per year.

Overall, fundraising added $17,681,384 to the college’s coffers in the past fiscal year.


Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel
July 16, 2014
Headline: More than a third of Lawrence University's alums gifted last year, helping set a new record
Link: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/267338631.html
Excerpt: More than a third of Lawrence University's alumni contributed to the private school's annual giving program last fiscal year, helping the school set a new record for money raised to help bridge the gap in the operating budget between what students pay in tuition and actual operating costs, the university announced Wednesday.

During the recently completed 2013-14 fiscal year, the college raised a record $3.7 million for what's known as the Lawrence Fund, breaking the previous mark of $3,647,259 set in 2008-'09.

The Lawrence Fund and endowment earnings help reduce each student's tuition by more than $10,000 per year, support scholarships and pays for classroom resources, athletic equipment and sheet music for conservatory students, according to the university.

Lawrence's overall fundraising for the 2013-14 fiscal year totaled $17,681,384, the sixth-most in school history.


Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wis.)

July 5, 2014
Headline: EC woman serves people of Senegal, West Africa
Link: http://www.leadertelegram.com/features/lifestyles/article_9553d482-41f4-591d-b35e-4aa11fc8d0c0.html
Excerpt: As a junior at Lawrence University in Appleton in 2009 and 2010, Katie Van Es contemplated what to do after she graduated from college.

The Eau Claire woman, a 2007 North High School graduate, pondered going straight to medical school or possibly volunteering with the Peace Corps.

"I had no clue what to do," Van Es said. "I thought about the Peace Corps but then brushed it off because I didn't want to commit two years."
But after further consideration, the Peace Corps became more attractive. "I had never been out of the country before that," she said. "And to work at the grass-roots level, I was looking forward to that."

Van Es applied to the Peace Corps in the spring of 2010. On her application, she could request her continent of preference.

"But other than that, you didn't really have a say in where you were going," she said. "I had no idea where I was going, but I was hoping to work in health. You can say what you would like to do, but they can't guarantee that's what you will be doing."


Manitowoc (Wis.) Herald Times Reporter
June 25, 2014
Headline: Manitowoc native honored by Lawrence University
Link: http://archive.htrnews.com/article/20140626/MAN0502/306260133/Manitowoc-native-honored-by-Lawrence-University
Excerpt: Former Manitowoc resident and 2011 Emmy Award winner Garth Neustadter was recently recognized with a distinguished achievement award by Lawrence University during the college’s annual alumni reunion celebration.

A composer and musician, Neustadter was presented the college’s Nathan M. Pusey Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes Lawrence alumni of 15 years or less for significant contributions in their career fields.


ABC World News (New York, N.Y.)
June 15, 2014
Headline: Charlie Gibson Receives Honorary Degree from Lawrence University
Link: http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=999&DateTime=6/15/2014+6:53:20+PM&Term=Lawrence+University&PlayClip=TRUE
Excerpt: So many of you will recognize this face, our friend, Charlie Gibson, getting an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin. Charlie, who spent more than three decades on the air at ABC News, telling students to leave college with a good moral foundation that will serve you throughout your life. Looking good, Charlie.


Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
June 7, 2014
Headline: ABC broadcaster Gibson to speak at LU commencement
Link: http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20140608/APC04/306080127/ABC-broadcaster-Gibson-speak-LU-commencement
Excerpt: Award-winning broadcast journalist Charles Gibson will deliver Lawrence University’s principal commencement address June 15 at the college’s 165th graduation ceremony.

Gibson, whose distinguished television career spanned more than 40 years, including 33 at ABC News, where he was anchor of “World News” and co-anchor of “Good Morning, America,” will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

With its largest graduating class in school history, Lawrence is expected to award 387 bachelor degrees to 370 students from 35 states and 20 countries during commencement exercises that begin at 10:30 a.m. on Main Hall green. The ceremony is free and open to the public. A live webcast of the commencement ceremony will be available at www.livestream.com/lawrenceuniversity.

President Mark Burstein, who will preside over his first commencement, along with Lawrence Board of Trustees chairman Terry Franke and senior Fanny Lau from Chicago, also will address the graduates.


Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
June 6, 2014
Headline: Campus notes: Retiring LU prof once gave Madonna a C in class
Byline: Ed Bethiaume
Link: http://post.cr/1liN9Es
Excerpt: When retiring Lawrence University professor Richmond Frielund looks back on his lengthy teaching career, he has one former student whose name will surely catch your attention.

Prior to joining Lawrence, Frielund taught for two years at the University of Michigan, where he once had a freshman in a stagecraft for dance class by the name of Madonna Ciccone, who he said “weighed 85 pounds soaking wet but was a really good dancer.” He said he gave her a C for the class.

“She had other interests,” Frielund said of his erstwhile student, who wound up doing alright for herself. “She didn’t come back to school the next year and I heard she’d gone off to New York. I had no idea that the Madonna on the radio was the same person I had in class until I read a magazine article about her.”

Frielund is one of two retiring LU professors who will be honored at next weekend’s commencement ceremonies. Richard Yatzeck, who led students on summer-long treks through Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, is the other. Together, they have a combined 82 years of teaching at Lawrence.

Frielund, associate professor of theater arts, and Yatzeck, professor of Russian, will be recognized with professor emeritus status and awarded honorary master of arts degrees as part of the graduation ceremonies on Main Hall green.


Daily Herald (Chicago, Ill.)
June 6, 2014
Headline: Sting gives Wayne native big break on 'Last Ship'
Byline: Scott C. Morgan
Link: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140606/entlife/140609370
Excerpt: Wayne native Martha McDonnell will miss her college graduation ceremonies later this month from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. The reason? Sting hired her to play violin in the Chicago orchestra for his Broadway-bound musical "The Last Ship."

"It was very surreal," said McDonnell, who auditioned for the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter himself at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. "I just sat down to start playing and then Sting walked in."

But instead of just sitting back and sizing up McDonnell's fiddle-playing, Sting pulled out his guitar and joined in with the musicians in an impromptu jam session.

"Because the music is new and the orchestrations hadn't been figured out yet, I sort of wrote a part," McDonnell said, noting that she was more excited than nervous. "And then they asked me to play a few of my own fiddle tunes as well."

It was precisely a moment like this that McDonnell -- a 22-year-old alum of St. Francis Preparatory High School in Wheaton -- had prepared for as a musician. Not only has McDonnell trained in classical violin, but she's also adept in Scottish and bluegrass fiddle-playing as well.


Chicago Sun-Times
June 5, 2014
Headline: Curtain Call: Martha McDonnell
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjQRAUQc4bo
Excerpt: Chicago Sun-Times theatre and dance critic Hedy Weiss sits down with Martha McDonnell, fiddler in the pit orchestra of Sting's upcoming play, The Last Ship.


The Scene (Fox Valley, Wis.)
June 5, 2104
Headline: "Forgotten History": Giving Voice to the Struggles of African-American Students and Alunmni of Lawrence University
Byline: Alysa Levi-D'Ancona
Link: http://bit.ly/1qiYCob
Excerpt: Lights, camera…intolerance! Well, that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but two talented individuals are working to bring to light the racial intolerance that still exists in the Appleton area, more specifically at Lawrence University.

Current student Zach Ben-Amots, ’16, as well as alumnus and artist-in-residence Catherine Tatge, ’72, have been working on a Lawrence-based documentary entitled “Forgotten History,” exploring the needs of African-American students at the university since their admittance in 1858.

Ron Dunlap, a retired administrator of the Appleton Area School District, spoke to Tatge’s Civic Life Film Project course in the fall of 2013, sharing his insight on the struggles of African-Americans in the school system. While his classmates chose to explore other topics for their ten-minute documentaries, Ben-Amots was struck by the racial isolation that Dunlap described, deciding to take on the project for the term.

What started out as a short film grew into more than Ben-Amots or Tatge could have ever predicted. Ben-Amots narrowed his scope from the Appleton area to Lawrence, interviewing African-American alumni from the 60s to the present day.


June 1, 2014
Headline: Higher education- paying for college 101
Byline: MaryBeth Matzek
Link: http://www.insightonbusiness.com/9779/insight-higher-education-paying-college-101/
Excerpt: For high school students deciding on a college, figuring out how to pay for it is almost as big of a decision as picking the school.

That’s something the Willems family of Appleton knows well. With a daughter entering her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this fall and a son starting there, paying for college is definitely a family affair with parents and children chipping in, along with help from scholarships, grants and loans.

...All students heading off to college – and those already there – are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, annually. This document is sent to any colleges the students are interested in attending. The FAFSA does not take into account the value of a family’s primary residence, the value of a designated retirement account or the equity a parent may have in a business unless it has more than 100 employees and he or she owns more than 50 percent of it. Schools then put together individual financial aid packages consisting of work study, student loans, family contribution, grants and scholarships, Rohan says.

It’s at this stage – if not before – that the tough conversations start, says Sara Beth Holman, director of financial aid for Lawrence University in Appleton. Some parents may talk about taking out a loan to help a child pay for college, borrow from a retirement plan or take out a second mortgage, she says.

“I have to raise the point that if they take money from their retirement account, what will they do when they retire? You can’t take out a loan for that. I also point out that if they use a home equity loan to pay for college, will they be able to still get a new roof if they need it?” she says.


Gazettes (Long Beach, Calif.)
May 31, 2014
Headline: COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Learning Outside the Classroom Crucial
Byline: Ralph Becker
Link: http://www.gazettes.com/news/college-counselor-learning-outside-the-classroom-crucial/article_f6fba2fc-e840-11e3-bce5-001a4bcf887a.html
Excerpt: While emphasis on standardized tests and core subjects such as reading, writing, math and sciences has reduced the number of out of classroom learning opportunities, the value of learning outside class remains undeniable.

According to Richard J. Light — a Harvard Professor from the Kennedy School of Government — in his ten-year study of the most successful students at Harvard, many had their most important and memorable academic learning outside of class. He reported that 80% of the students,  cited a critical incident that occurred outside the classroom that changed them profoundly.

...Even though out-of-classroom learning often seeks to dispense with technology, particularly the ubiquitous cell phone, sometimes digital technology serves a valuable purpose. Lawrence University students in northern Wisconsin, as part of an environmental science course, collected and tagged water samples using GPS devices (their smartphones) and a tablet PC to measure pollution levels, and determine the source of the pollution.


WLUK-TV Fox 11 (Green Bay, Wis.)
May 29, 2014
Headline: Angelous received honorary degree, gave address at Lawrence
Byline: Andrew LaCombe
Link: http://fox11online.com/2014/05/28/angelou-received-honorary-degree-gave-address-at-lawrence/
Excerpt: Maya Angelou is being remembered for many things, including her powerful speaking.

Wake Forest University announced Angelou’s death Wednesday morning. She was 86.

The author and poet received an honorary degree from Appleton’s Lawrence University in 1976. Angelou also delivered the school’s annual Honors Convocation on May 29, 1997.

The sights and sounds of that speech 17 years ago are remembered fondly by two Lawrence professors.

“Out of this incredible pain and suffering, there was this sense of overcoming,” said Eilene Hoft-March, a French professor. “I also remember that she sang part of the address and she used no notes whatsoever. It was really quite lovely.”

“Maya Angelou’s voice which was just musical, she’s just wonderful to listen to,” said Paul Cohen, a history professor.

The professors recalled that so many people came to hear Angelou speak, a fire marshal had to ask some audience members to leave.

“It was as though the Messiah had arrived,” said Hoft-March. “The Chapel was absolutely packed.”

“There were people sitting in the aisles, all over the place,” added Cohen.

English professor Karen Hoffman came to Lawrence the year after Angelou spoke. She saw Angelou another time, while in high school. She uses Angelou’s works in her classes.

“She was certainly part of the whole rise of African-American woman writers, starting around the time that she was writing, 1970s to the present,” said Hoffman.

Hoffman believes many of Angelou’s values can be applied to our world today and into the future.

“We can certainly learn from her emphasis on having courage in the face of difficulties,” she said.

Angelou also made other appearances in Northeast Wisconsin, including at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on July 25, 2005.


Real Clear Politics
May 29, 2014
Headline: More VA Problems; Obama Doctrine; Romney's Return; Maya Angelou: Still She Rises
Byline: Carl M. Cannon
Link: http://bit.ly/1k43g9G
Excerpt: Good morning. It’s Thursday, May 29, 2014, and the world has noticeably less color than it did only yesterday: Maya Angelou has passed over to the other side.

An abused daughter of segregated Dixie, she went as a young woman to California, New York, and Africa to find her voice -- and, once discovered, that voice could never be stilled -- before returning in triumph and a hard-won peace of mind to her native South.

...Millions of Americans feel the same way. On this date in 1997, Angelou spoke at Lawrence University, the Wisconsin college that gave the poet her first honorary degree. It was the largest crowd ever assembled in the school chapel -- fire marshals temporarily halted her speech to clear the aisles -- and graduates drove great distances to hear her.

Among those making the trek was Judy Holmes-Jensen, who brought her teenage daughter along. “This is something she’ll treasure her whole life,” the mother said. “This is a gift beyond belief.”


WFRV-TV (Green Bay, Wis.)
May 28, 2014
Headline: Appleton Community Reflects on Maya Angelou Visit
Byline: Evan Kruegel
Link: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/1fulltext-news/d/story/news/25984/PYPMyixXMki2GwcYYNxaYA
Excerpt: Over the course of Maya Angelou's lifetime, she made a handful of appearances in our region including a pair of stops at Lawrence University.

Her first trip was in 1976, when she was awarded an honorary degree.

She returned to speak at a convocation in 1997 - an event faculty remember fondly.

"It was the most remarkable convocation that I've ever been to on this campus," recalls French Professor Eilene Hoft-March. "First of all, it was like the Messiah had arrived, the chapel was absolutely packed."
Hoft-March was one of hundreds who crowded into the Memorial Chapel for the address. An event that included poetry, song, and a clear message.

"It talked about pain and suffering," she says. "And a great deal of hope."

Paul Cohen was also on hand, for an event he'll cherish forever.

"I think that we've lost a great poet, I think we've lost a broad minded poet. Someone who appreciated where she came from."

It was Angelou who inspired English Professor Karen Hoffmann to pursue a literary career, while attending an address back in high school.

"She had a real presence to her," she says. "She spoke from a very centered place, and I remember she made direct eye contact with me and other individuals in the room. I felt like she really wanted to reach each individual."

She says there's a lot her students can learn from the trials and tribulations of Angelou.

"She said I write for the black voice, and any ear which can hear it," says Hoffmann. "And I think we all can learn a lot from that."


Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
May 24, 2014
Headline: The Buzz: LU students open downtown gallery
Byline: Maureen Wallenfang
Link: http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20140524/APC0301/305240251/The-Buzz-LU-students-open-downtown-gallery
Excerpt: The Rabbit Gallery is a temporary “pop-up” art gallery of drawings and sculpture open through June 7 at 502 W. College Ave. in downtown Appleton, next to Acoca Coffee.

Lawrence University students open The Rabbit Gallery for a few weeks every year in an empty downtown storefront as part of their “Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Society” economics class in the college’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program.

Besides getting class credit, the shop allows students to sell their own work and raise money for NAMI Fox Valley, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Additional artworks will be sold in a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. June 7. For information and related events, see Facebook.com/TheRabbitGallery. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
This story also appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald (Wausau, Wis.)

Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
May 22, 2014
Headline: The best fit: Try many colleges on for size when figuring out the one that's right for you
Byline: Cheryl Anderson
Link: http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20140524/APC0406/305240032/The-best-fit-Try-many-colleges-size-when-figuring-out-one-s-right-you
Excerpt: Jill Endries has been a runner for years.

“It’s really important when I go out and get my running shoes to have shoes that are a good fit,” Endries said. “There are so many different styles, so many different colors, so many different brands, so many different prices. My friends might all wear a certain kind or style, but I have to find the one that fits me the best because I’m going to get the best run.”

That same logic applies to picking a college, said Endries, director of admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

...“I always encourage students to — and it’s tough at this age — realize it’s their college search,” said Ken Anselment, dean of admissions and financial aid at Lawrence University. “It’s nobody else’s college search, even though everybody is going to have an opinion on what college is the right college for you ... and they’re all well-meaning, but you’re the one that has to live with the decision. Remember to be your best advocate when you’re going through that process.”

...Anselment suggests students take the definitive word “the” out of the equation, which limits the search.

“When people are looking for ‘the’ perfect college, it limits it to one school when, in fact, there may be a handful or a dozen colleges that may be a perfectly good fit,” he said. “It depends on who you are and what you want to become.”

Also, be comfortable going beyond, what Anselment calls, the “usual suspects” when looking at colleges.

“I think a lot of times students take their cues from where the pack may be going,” he said. “It may be a big-name school or an Ivy-League school or whatever. There are a whole bunch of students that apply to the most selective colleges in the country and may not even have an interest in going to these schools. But it sure is nice to say I got into this particular college. It becomes this self-fulfilling, follow-the-herd mentality.”


Modern Farmer
May 21, 2014
Headline: From Quads to Plots: Colleges With Great Campus Farms
Byline: Caleb Pershan
Link: http://modernfarmer.com/2014/05/quads-plots-colleges-great-campus-farms/
Excerpt: This spring, as high school seniors (or, more likely, their parents) sign acceptance letters to schools based on resources and rankings, a new breed of prospective student might consider this attribute: their campus farms.

Along with gender neutral bathrooms and YikYak downloads, a farm is the hottest collegiate accessory. College farms and gardens are practically traditional by now, taking root over the last decade to teach and feed the modern undergraduate. In part, this effort is in keeping with new sustainability goals set by colleges, and in part, it’s a reaction to the local food movement within and beyond the ivory tower.

...With a student population of about 1,500 Lawrence is home to SLUG: Sustainable Lawrence University Gardens. A student-run, non-profit project of the university, the gardens consist of an apiary, a perennial fruit tree orchard, and garden with a 90-foot hoop house. Students also maintain a humorous blog with absurdist advice on composting etiquette and photos of bugs on the farm. SLUG runs the Community Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture conference, of which Festenstein speaks highly.


Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.)
May 7, 2014
Headline: Once a fiddler-in-hiding, LU senior Martha McDonnell gets to shine with Sting
Byline: Shane Nyman
Link: http://appletonhub.postcrescent.com/article/20140507/APC0502/305070369/Once-fiddler-hiding-LU-senior-gets-shine-Sting
Excerpt: When Martha McDonnell came to Lawrence University four years ago, she was a classical violinist who discretely dabbled with fiddling.

“I had a lot of teachers who said to me, ‘I can’t believe you do that on the side,’” said the native of Wayne, Ill.

Gradually and with the help of students and staff at Lawrence, she learned it was OK to stand with one foot in the classical realm and the other among the fiddlers. Her love for traditional folk music continued to blossom and now has caught the attention of a man no stranger to the blending of genres: rock icon Sting.

The 22-year-old senior recently scored her biggest gig to date, fiddling in the pit orchestra for the 16-time Grammy Award winner’s new musical “The Last Ship.” The show sets sail June 10 at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago for a 38-show run.

“The Last Ship” is inspired by the 16-time Grammy Award winner’s childhood in a shipyard town in northern England and features some of the music from his 2013 album of the same name. The production also boasts two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello as director and a book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer prize winner Brian Yorkey.
This story also appeared in the Oshkosh Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.), the Wausau Daily Herald (Wausau, Wis.), the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.), and the Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wis.)


Wisconsin Public Radio
May 5, 2014
Headline: Before Job Hunting, Colleges Help Graduates Clean Up Their Online Profiles
Byline: Patty Murray
Link: http://www.wpr.org/job-hunting-colleges-help-graduates-clean-their-online-profiles
Excerpt: With ubiquitous social media and searches available to every potential employer, job-seekers need to think about more than just their resume. Colleges and universities are helping soon-to-be graduates manage their online profiles and put their best face forward.

One of the first things an employer does is to Google a new applicant. Schools are helping students make sure what those prospective employers see looks good.

Rachel Crowl is the New Media and website coordinator at Lawrence University in Appleton. She began offering free professional grade headshots to students this year. So far she's done 170 of them.

“A nice professional photo of yourself is like digital currency these days, with all of these social networks and places you can be linked to and found out,” Crowl said. “So just in the sense of owning what that Google search is going to look like, taking a little responsibility for, 'when they type in my name, then what's going to pop up?' You don't want the keg stand picture the first thing that pops up.”

Lawrence senior Taylor Tomaszewski is graduating with an economics major. She began privatizing or “cleaning up” some social network sites a while ago and took advantage of the head-shot service.

“I need one of those because in the business world this is very, very important,” Tomaszewski said. “You want to make sure when somebody searches you don't have some crazy high school picture or your senior yearbook photo. It's like, no this is me, this is currently who I am and I'm ready to enter the professional world.”

Besides Lawrence, public universities and technical colleges now offer online marketing help to students.


NBC 26 (Green Bay, Wis.)
April 25, 2014
Headline: Lawrence Music Student Gets Big Break
Byline: Mike Conroy
Link: http://www.jrn.com/nbc26/news/Lawrence-Music-Student-Gets-Big-Break-256688591.html
Excerpt: A Lawrence University student Is getting her big break. She's been chosen to play in the pit orchestra of a new musical composed by Grammy Award winner Sting.

Violinist Martha McDonnell aced her audition,  wowing the famous musician. "I'm going to enjoy this experience, and I think what ever comes next will definitely involve music," Martha told us. "Its my passion so its something I love to pursue.for the rest of my life."

The musical, Called 'The Last Ship' opens in Chicago in June.


WLUK Fox 11 (Green Bay, Wis.)
April 24, 2014
Headline: Lawrence sees record applications
Link: http://fox11online.com/2014/04/24/lawrence-sees-record-applications/
Excerpt: With a week to go before the deadline, Lawrence University has already set a record for number of applications received.

As of Thursday, 2,734 students had applied for the 2014-15 school year, the college announced. That tops the previous record of 2,711, set last year. Applications have increased nine percent in the past five years.

“We seemed to buck a trend this year in the upper Midwest,” said Ken Anselment, dean of admissions and financial aid. “In our primary areas of Wisconsin and Illinois, which has been and will continue to see shrinking numbers of 17- and 18-year-olds, we have seen an increase of about two percent in our applications.”

The East and West coasts have also contributed to the rise in applications. The university received 20 percent more applications from California than last year and seven percent more from New York.

The number of international applications has also set a record, with 415. More than 130 of those came from China, with Vietnam, Ghana, Jamaica, Pakistan and Canada also providing large numbers of applications.

The deadline for applying to Lawrence is May 1.


April 11, 2014
Headline: It's a mad, mad, mad, 'Mad Men' world
Byline: Todd Leopold
Link: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/11/showbiz/tv/mad-men-season-7-preview-impact/index.html
Excerpt: A funny thing happened to "Mad Men" on its way to its seventh season.

It became just another TV show.

The series about a 1960s ad agency that intersects with the American experience spent its sixth season wading through the shocks of 1968 -- the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the presidential race that culminated in the election of Richard Nixon.

When "Mad Men" premiered in 2007, "there wasn't anything comparable in look," said style consultant and beauty expert Rachel Weingarten, whose book "Hello Gorgeous!" focuses in part on the "Mad Men" era. "Modern television and especially cable didn't have anything like it -- that stylized look, that way of speaking. Everyone felt sophisticated talking about it."

It didn't hurt that the show addressed issues, such as sexism and image-making, through the prism of an era that seemed even more distant than it was, adds Jerald Podair, a history professor at Wisconsin's Lawrence University.

The show quickly became a shorthand for a different kind of America -- one remembered for its hard-drinking men, subordinate women and cigarettes everywhere -- than the one we live in now. It was a different America than the one that existed in the late '60s, for that matter.

"For us, 1962 is much more of a foreign country than 1968, because 1968 is basically who we are now, and 1962 is who we were," Podair said.

"It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode," said President Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address, and nobody had to ask what he meant.

"It's rare that the name of the show becomes a shorthand for an era," said Podair, noting that "Mad Men" now represents the early '60s in the way that "Father Knows Best" or "Leave It to Beaver" represent the 1950s.

...If representing the more recognizable late '60s -- with its mixed-up, shook-up, psychedelic world -- means the show is less exotic to us, so be it.

"It's a sign of the show's triumph and also its failure," said Podair. "When we remember the show, we're going to remember the 1962 portion and we're probably not going to remember the '67 and '68 portion because we've been there and we've done that."

This story also appeared in the Peoples 411, KCCI (Des Moines, Iowa), WPTZ (Plattsburgh, New York), KHBS (Fort Smith), World News Update, WCTI (New Bern, N.C.), KVIA (El Paso, Texas), KESQ (Palm Springs, Calif.), WLWT (Cincinnati, Ohio), KWCH (Wichita, Kans.), and KEYT (Santa Barbara, Calif.)


The Daily Item (Sunbury, Penn.)
April 6, 2014
Headline: Jazz at Bucknell concert includes world premiere
Link: http://www.dailyitem.com/0300_entertainment/x787240017/Jazz-at-Bucknell-concert-includes-world-premiere
Excerpt: The Bucknell Jazz Band will perform in concert Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university’s ongoing Jazz at Bucknell series.

Directed by Barry Long, music professor at Bucknell, the concert will feature guest composer and conductor Fred Sturm and guest soloist trumpeter Clay Jenkins.

...Sturm is the director of jazz and improvisational music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis. He serves as guest conductor/composer/arranger for professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Norway; as director of university jazz ensembles and high school all-state jazz bands throughout the U.S.; as clinician at national educational conferences and festivals; and as composer-in-residence for school and university music programs.

Sturm’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, wind ensembles and chamber groups worldwide, featuring renowned artists Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Gary Burton, Arild Andersen and John Scofield. He was the 2003 recipient of the ASCAP/IAJE Commission In Honor of Quincy Jones, a prize granted annually to one established jazz composer of international prominence.

He served as professor and chair of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music in New York from 1991 to 2002, where he directed the internationally acclaimed Eastman Jazz Ensemble, conducted the 70-piece Eastman Studio Orchestra, and coordinated the Eastman jazz composition and arranging program. During his university teaching career, Downbeat Magazine cited his ensembles as the finest in the United States and Canada nine times.

Sturm studied at Lawrence, Eastman and the University of North Texas, and was a founding member of the jazz nonet Matrix. He received the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at Lawrence in 2005 and the 2010 Downbeat Jazz Education Achievement Award.


Inside Higher Ed
April 2, 2014
Headline: Vowels Remain at Bryn Mawr - Plus Other April 1 Humor
Link: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/02/vowels-remain-bryn-mawr-plus-other-april-1-humor
Excerpt: The University of Idaho announced that each new freshman in the fall would receive a kitten. The effort was called the Feline-Undergraduate Relationship for Retention Initiative, or FURRI. And Lawrence University decided to offer a different kind of special benefit to newly admitted students and their parents.


April 1, 2014
Headline: Colleges Offer Photo Shoots; Students Can Discard the LinkedIn Selfie
Byline: Vicki Salemi
Link: http://www.mediabistro.com/mediajobsdaily/colleges-offer-photo-shoots-students-can-discard-the-linkedin-selfie_b17280
Excerpt: Have you ever seen a colleague upload a new LinkedIn profile photo and said to yourself, “A selfie? Really?!”

What you really wanted to tell them how unprofessional it looked but alas, you held your breath instead.

Well, according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, schools like Lawrence University are offering professional headshots to their students for free. Here’s the thing — per the social media site, profiles with photos are 11 times more likely to be viewed than profiles without pictures.Considering all of the eyeballs viewing various profiles, it makes sense to have a high quality image looking polished and professional. Per the piece, thus far 135 students have taken the school up on their offer. Even freshmen and sophomores have sat for a photo shoot, ranging from performers to French majors.

The photos apparently don’t boost one’s personal brand on LinkedIn but they turn the page on thinking about careers, too.

Mary Meany, the school’s dean of career services, explained that sitting for a formal photo lends itself well for students thinking about their professional futures and how their life will unfold after the hallowed halls of higher ed.