Lawrence University

Lawrence University is a liberal arts college and conservatory of music in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 1847, the school held its first classes on November 12, 1849. Lawrence was the second college in the United States to be founded as a coeducational institution.

In a study by the National Science Foundation, Lawrence ranked 28th nationally in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctorates in science and engineering.[3] Lawrence is consistently ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. [4]

Lawrence University
Lawrence University of Wisconsin seal
Former names
Lawrence College (1913-64)
Lawrence Institute (1847-49)
MottoLight More Light!
Veritas est lux
Motto in English
Truth is Light
TypePrivate - liberal arts
Established1847
Endowment$318.2 million[1]
PresidentMark Burstein
Administrative staff
164 faculty[2]
Students1,555 undergraduates
(fall 2013)[2]
Location, ,
Coordinates: 44°15′40″N 88°24′00″W / 44.261°N 88.400°W
CampusUrban - 84 acres (34 ha)
Björklunden - 425 acres (172 ha)
AthleticsDivision III (NCAA)
23 varsity teams
AffiliationsOberlin Group
CLAC
Annapolis Group
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Websitewww.lawrence.edu
Lawrence University of Wisconsin logo
Lawrence University is located in Wisconsin
Lawrence University
Lawrence University
Location in Wisconsin

History

Lawrence's first president, William Harkness Sampson, founded the school with Henry R. Colman, using $10,000 provided by philanthropist Amos Adams Lawrence, and matched by the Methodist church. Both founders were ordained Methodist ministers, but Lawrence was Episcopalian. The school was originally named Lawrence Institute of Wisconsin in its 1847 charter from the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature, but the name was changed to Lawrence University before classes began in November 1849.[5][6] Its oldest extant building, Main Hall, was built in 1853.[7] Lawrence University was the second coeducational institution in the country.[8]

Lawrence's first period of major growth came during the tenure of alumnus Samuel G. Plantz as president. From 1894 to 1924, when Plantz presided over the school, its student body grew from 200 to 800.

From 1913 until 1964, the school was named Lawrence College, to emphasize its small size and liberal arts education focus. The name was changed to Lawrence University when it merged with Milwaukee-Downer College. The state of Wisconsin then purchased the Milwaukee-Downer property and buildings to expand the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Initially, the university designated two entities: Lawrence College for Men and Downer College for Women. This separation has not lasted in any material form, though degrees are still conferred "on the recommendation of the Faculty of Lawrence and Downer Colleges" and the university by-laws still make the distinction.

During World War II, Lawrence College was one of 131 colleges and universities in the nation that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program, which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[9]

The Lawrence Conservatory of Music, usually referred to as "the Con", was founded in 1874. Lawrence offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music. It also offers a five-year dual degree program, where students can receive both B.A. and B.Mus. degrees.

Freshman Studies at Lawrence is a mandatory two-term class, in which all students study the same selected 11 classic works of literature, art, and music. President Nathan M. Pusey is credited with initiating the program in 1945, although Professor Waples chaired the Freshman Studies Committee and was responsible for implementing the program. The program continues to this day, despite being temporarily suspended in 1975.[10]

In 2005 Lawrence University initiated a capital campaign called "More Light!", which aimed at raising $150 million. By October 2011 the college had raised $160,272,839, with the conclusion event held on October 28, 2011.[11]

Lawrence University is part of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of liberal arts college libraries.

Milwaukee-Downer traditions

Main Hall at Lawrence University
Main Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an Appleton landmark.

The traditions and heritage of Milwaukee-Downer are woven into the Appleton campus, from the grove of hawthorn trees (called Hawthornden) between Brokaw and Colman halls, to the sundial on the back of Main Hall, to the bestowing upon each class a class color and banner.

The Lawrence Dean of Women was referred to as the "Dean of Downer", but when the offices of Dean of Men and Dean of Women were merged to form the Dean of Students, the substantive duties of the "Dean of Downer" came to an end; the title is still borne by a senior female professor, but her only duty is to carry the Downer Mace in academic processions. For many years the women's choir was called the Downer Chorus. At one time the BA was conferred upon women in the name of "Downer College of Lawrence University" and upon men in the name of "Lawrence College of Lawrence University"; now all B.A. degrees are conferred in the name of "Lawrence & Downer Colleges of Lawrence University." (The B.Mus. degree is from "the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.)

Presidents

Lawrence University Chapel
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

University presidents

Presidents of Milwaukee-Downer College

  • 1895–1921 Ellen Sabin
  • 1921–1951 Lucia Russell Briggs
  • 1951–1964 John Johnson

Academics

Muddlib
Seeley G. Mudd Library. The library contains over 420,000 volumes.

Lawrence University operates on a trimester calendar. The academic year runs from mid-September to mid-June. The student/faculty ratio at Lawrence is 9:1.[12] Lawrence grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, with a double degree possible. Lawrence offers a number of cooperative degree programs in areas such as engineering, health sciences and environmental studies.

The college offers majors in most of the liberal arts. The school also offers the option of interdisciplinary areas of study and allows students to design their own majors. All students are required to take Freshman Studies, which introduces students to broad areas of study and provides a common academic experience for the college. Lawrence's freshman studies program focuses on a mixture of Great Books and more contemporary, influential works. The 2013–2014 list included Plato's Republic and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

The school has an independent study option that allows students to design their own courses. This allows students to explore academic interests not covered by Lawrence’s classes or to explore topics more deeply. Over 90% of the students take advantage of the independent study program.

Conservatory of Music

The Lawrence University Conservatory of Music was founded in 1874 and has been a part of Lawrence University ever since. The Conservatory offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Theory/Composition, Music Education, and a five-year double degree option that grants both a BM degree from the Conservatory and a BA degree from the College. Approximately 25% of the Lawrence student body, or 350 students, is in the Conservatory. The Conservatory has three choirs, two bands, two jazz ensembles, a symphony orchestra, an improvisation collective, five world music ensembles, and numerous chamber music groups.

Campus

The 84-acre (34 ha) campus is located in downtown Appleton, divided into two parts by the Fox River. The academic campus is on the north shore of the river, and the major athletic facilities (including the 5000-seat Banta Bowl) are on the southeast shore. Lawrence also has a 425-acre (172 ha) northern estate called Björklunden (full name: Björklunden vid sjön), which serves as a site for retreats, seminars, concerts, and theatrical performances. It contains a chapel for weddings. Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Illinois, donated the property in Door County to Lawrence in 1963.

Campus development

In the mid-1980s, the Physics Department built a $330,000 small laser laboratory (known as the "laser palace"), which includes 800 5 mW small lasers and more than 500 mirrors.

In 2009, Lawrence opened the Richard and Margot Warch Campus Center, a gathering place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests from the Fox Cities community.[13] The 107,000 square foot building is situated on the Fox River on the site of the former Hulburt House. The Warch Campus Center includes a cinema, campus dining services, campus mailboxes, and various meeting and event spaces. The building has earned a LEED Gold certification for meeting sustainability goals in energy conservation, environmental friendliness, and green building.

The college has a long history of razing buildings on its campus, because of the limited land available for constructing new buildings. Many buildings on campus are built on the site of former buildings. Some razed buildings include:

  • Peabody Hall of Music (20th century)
  • Hamar Union (1960)
  • Underwood Observatory (1962)
  • Alexander Gym I (1962)
  • Carnegie Library (1964)
  • Worcester Art Center (1987)
  • Stephenson Hall of Science (1998)
  • Hulbert House (2006) (new construction: Warch Campus Center, 2009)

Student body

Hietthall
Hiett Hall, a dormitory

Lawrence enrolls about 1,500 students who hail from nearly every U.S. state. The total enrollment in academic year 2010-2011 was 1,566 students,[14] the largest student body in Lawrence University's history. Over 75% of the students identify as white.[14] About 12% are international students.[12] About 25% of students study in the conservatory of music. In the fall of 2014, a quarter of the incoming class were domestic students of color.[15]

Student traditions

At the beginning of every academic year in September, incoming freshmen arrive a week before returning students to partake in Welcome Week. During Welcome Week, various activities are planned in order to help the incoming class get to know one another and to help them acclimate to college life.[16] During the first night of Welcome Week, students and their parents attend the President's Welcome, which concludes with the traditional matriculation handshake, where every member of the incoming class shakes hands and exchanges words with the university's president.[17]

During the fall term, the on-campus fraternity Beta Theta Pi hosts the annual Beach Bash.[18] For this event, the brothers of Beta Theta Pi shovel approximately 14 tons of sand into the fraternity house basement,[19] and install a boardwalk and a lifeguard station that doubles as a DJ booth.

During Spring Term, Lawrence University hosts a music festival, LU-aroo (a play on words on the popular music festival Bonnaroo). Held on the quad, the festival features many talented student bands, both from the college and the conservatory.[20] In 2016, the musician The Tallest Man on Earth played at the festival.[21]

During the university's Spring Term, many seniors participate in the Senior Streak, which typically happens during the eighth week of the term.[22] The goal of the senior streak is to provide seniors with one last opportunity to let loose before finals, graduation, and post-college life.[22] Although rumor says that the senior streak was created as a result of former president Richard Warch's aversion to the activity, this has been proven to be false.[22] Students, often coming from Lawrence's on-campus bar, the Viking Room, strip their clothes and run around the area of Main Hall, as one last hurrah before finals and graduation.

Media

The student newspaper, The Lawrentian, has been published for over a century.

Lawrence University hosts the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, webcast every January over the college radio station, WLFM.

Athletics

Lawrence Vikings
Logo
UniversityLawrence University
ConferenceMidwest Conference
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (hockey only)
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorChristyn Abaray
LocationAppleton, Wisconsin
Varsity teams21
Football stadiumBanta Bowl (5,255)
Basketball arenaAlexander Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumWhiting Field[23]
NicknameVikings (1926)[24]
Fight song"Go, Lawrence, Go"[24]
ColorsNavy and White
         
Websitewww.lawrence.edu/athletics/

Lawrence College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Vikings are a member of the Midwest Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field; women's sports include basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

In 2005-06, the Lawrence men's basketball team was ranked number one in NCAA Division III for much of the season, after starting the season unranked.[25] The team was the only undefeated team in all divisions of college basketball for the last six weeks of the season, ending with a record of 25–1. Star forward Chris Braier won the Josten's Award as the top player in the country for both playing ability and community service.[26] Coach John Tharp was named Division III Midwest Coach of the Year.[27] Beginning in 2004, the men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament in five of the next six years (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009).[25] Their best finish was in 2004 when they lost in the Elite 8 to eventual national champion University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point 82–81 in overtime at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

In 2011 Lawrence's men's cross country team won the Midwest Conference championships for the first time since 1985, beating Grinnell College and ending its 14-year winning streak.

Recognition

In 2011 Newsweek named Lawrence University the 18th most rigorous U.S. college.[28] In 2011, Forbes ranked Lawrence 63rd on the list of America's (600) Best Colleges, which combined national research universities, liberal arts colleges, and military academies in a single survey.[29] Lawrence was ranked 56th on the 2013 U.S. News: List of Best U.S. National Liberal Arts Colleges.[30] Lawrence was included in Loren Pope's 1996 book, Colleges That Change Lives. InsideCollege lists Lawrence University as a college of distinction.[31][32]

In 2016, Niche named Lawrence University the top private university in the state of Wisconsin.[33]

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

See also

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St. Lawrence University (Uganda) (SLAU) is a private university in Uganda.

Terry Moran

Terry Moran (born December 9, 1959) is an American journalist, currently Senior National Correspondent at ABC News. Based in Washington, D.C., Moran covers national politics and policy, reporting from the Trump White House, the Supreme Court, and the campaign trail for all ABC News programs. Previously, Moran served as ABC's Chief Foreign Correspondent from 2013-2018; as co-anchor of the ABC News show Nightline from 2005-2013; and as Chief White House Correspondent from 1999-2005.

Theological School of St. Lawrence University

The Theological School of St. Lawrence University was founded in 1856 at St. Lawrence University and closed in 1965, one of the three Universalist seminaries (Crane Divinity School and Ryder Divinity School being the others).

Thomas A. Steitz

Thomas Arthur Steitz (August 23, 1940 – October 9, 2018) was an American biochemist, a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, best known for his pioneering work on the ribosome.

Steitz was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Ada Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome". Steitz also won the Gairdner International Award in 2007 "for his studies on the structure and function of the ribosome which showed that the peptidyl transferase was an RNA catalyzed reaction, and for revealing the mechanism of inhibition of this function by antibiotics".

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (; Danish: [viːɡo ˈmɒːdn̩sn̩]; born October 20, 1958) is an American actor, author, photographer, poet, and painter. Born in New York to a Danish father and American mother, he was a resident of Venezuela and Argentina during his childhood. He is the recipient of various accolades including a Screen Actors Guild Award and has been nominated for three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.

Mortensen made his film debut in a small role in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness starring Harrison Ford and has appeared in several notable films since, including The Indian Runner (1991), Carlito's Way (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Daylight (1996), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), G.I. Jane (1997), Psycho (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), A Walk on the Moon (1999), and 28 Days (2000).

Mortensen received international attention in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. In 2005, Mortensen won critical acclaim for David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence. Two years later, another Cronenberg film, Eastern Promises (2007), earned him further critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. A third teaming with Cronenberg in A Dangerous Method (2011) resulted in a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture. Other well-received films include Appaloosa (2008) and Far from Men (2014). Further Academy Award nominations came for his leading roles in Captain Fantastic (2016) and Green Book (2018).

Aside from acting, Mortensen's other artistic pursuits include fine arts, photography, poetry, and music. In 2002, he founded the Perceval Press to publish the works of little-known artists and authors.

William Barclay (New York politician)

William A. "Will" Barclay (born January 5, 1969) is a Republican member of the New York State Assembly representing the 120th Assembly District, which includes Oswego, New York and portions of Onondaga, Jefferson and Oswego counties.

Barclay was born in Syracuse, New York. He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1992, and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1995. After graduating from law school he served as a clerk for Roger Miner, a judge in the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit, in both Albany and New York City.He is a partner in the law firm, Hiscock & Barclay. His father is Hugh Douglas Barclay, a former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador.

Barclay was first elected to the State Assembly on November 5, 2002. He won the November 2008 general election with 67 percent of the vote and ran uncontested in the November 2010 and 2012 general elections.Barclay is currently the Deputy Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly, ranker on the Insurance Committee and Chairman of the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.

On December 14, 2007, William Barclay announced his candidacy for New York State Senator, in New York's 48th Senate district. He was seeking to replace former Senator Jim Wright, who announced his resignation on December 12, 2007. He lost the election to Democratic assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (who was defeated the following term by Patty Ritchie, a Republican).

He and his wife Margaret reside in Pulaski, New York, and are the parents of two sons, Harry and George.

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