- Lawrence University
image_size = 190px
name = Lawrence University
motto = Light More Light!
Veritas est lux
("Truth is Light")
established = 1847
type = Private
city = Appleton
country = USA
students = 1,420 undergraduates
staff = 132 faculty
campus = Urban, 84 acres (340,000 m²) main campus, 425 acres (1.7 km²)
free_label = Athletics
free = 23 varsity sports teams
endowment = $200.4 million
website = [http://www.lawrence.edu/ www.lawrence.edu]
Lawrence University is a private liberal arts college located in Appleton,
Wisconsin. Founded in 1847, the first classes were held on November 12, 1849. Lawrence was the second college in the United Statesto be founded coeducational.
Lawrence University has a convert|425|acre|km2|sing=on northern campus,
Björklunden, in Door County, Wisconsin. Björklunden serves as a site for retreats, seminars, concerts, and theatrical performances. Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Illinois, donated the property to Lawrence in 1963.
Lawrence University is known by many for the
Great Midwest Trivia Contestbroadcast every January over the college radio station WLFM.
Lawrence's first president,
William Harkness Sampsonfounded the school with Henry R. Colman, using $10,000 provided by famed philanthropist Amos Adams Lawrence, and matched by the Methodistchurch. Both founders were ordained Methodist ministers, but Lawrence was Episcopalian. The school was originally named Lawrence Institute, documented in its 1847 charter from the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature.
Lawrence's first period of major growth came during the tenure of
alumnus Samuel G. Plantzas president. From 1894 until 1924, Plantz presided over the school and led its student body to grow from 200 to 800.
From 1913 until 1964, the school was named Lawrence College, to emphasize its small size and
liberal artseducation focus. The name was changed to Lawrence University when it joined with Milwaukee-Downer College, symbolizing the two schools united as one. 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.
The Lawrence Conservatory of Music, affectionately referred to as "the Con," was founded in 1894. The university confers a
Bachelor of Musicdegree and also offers a five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Artsin addition to the musicdegree.
Lawrence University is distinguished by originating the idea of
freshman studies. Freshman Studies at Lawrence is a mandatory two trimester class that panoptically exposes students to notable literature from many fields. President Nathan M. Puseyis credited with initiating the program in 1945, although Professor Waples chaired the Freshman Studies Committee and was responsible for actually getting the program off the ground. The program has continued to this day, despite being temporarily suspended in 1974, and has been adapted by many liberal arts colleges.
traditionsand 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 sundialon the back of Main Hall, to the bestowing upon each class year a class color and banner. Milwaukee-Downer alumnae are generous both financially and spiritually to Lawrence University, attending yearly reunions and other events there, and contributing to the school's endowment. The State of Wisconsin purchased the Milwaukee-Downer property and buildings to expand the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When the University had separate offices for a "Dean of Women" and a "Dean of Men", the officer overseeing women students was called the "Dean of Downer." That title is still borne by the senior woman on the faculty, but her only duty now is carrying 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 BA degrees are conferred in the name of "Lawrence & Downer Colleges of Lawrence University."
Ranking and reputation
Lawrence consistently ranks in the first tier of liberal arts colleges in the report released by "
U.S. News & World Report".
Lawrence is also highlighted as a "Best Value" by the Princeton Review. The school has a strong
financial aidprogram: it is one of the few colleges in America that has need-blindadmissions, and the college awards both need and merit-based financial aid to over 93% of its students.
It is included in
Loren Pope's, " Colleges That Change Lives"
Unlike most colleges, Lawrence University operates on a trimester calendar. A complete academic year runs from late September to mid-June.
The student/faculty ratio at Lawrence is 9:1, much lower than the national average. This allows for small class sizes and individual attention from professors.
Lawrence distributes Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. A
double degreeis possible and double degree students are not uncommon. Lawrence offers a number of cooperative degree programs in areas such as engineeringand environmental studies.
The college has major programs in most areas of the
liberal arts. The school also offers the option of interdisciplinarymajors and allows students to create 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.
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.
In 2005, Lawrence University began the [http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/fellows/ Lawrence Fellows Program] , initially selecting eight recent Ph.D.s to teach and research at Lawrence for a period of two to three years. The goal is to expand the program to twenty Ph.D.s.
In 2005/06, the Lawrence University men's basketball team's record was 25-1, and was ranked number one in
NCAA Division IIIfor much of the season after starting the season unranked. The team was the only undefeated team in all divisions of college basketball for the last six weeks of the season. Star forward Chris Braier won the Josten's Award as the top player in the country, an award for both playing ability and community service. Coach John Tharp was named Division III Midwest Coach of the Year. Excitement among fans caused attendance to increase to capacity for home games, causing local fire officials to demand that Lawrence cap attendance for the NCAA tournament games that Lawrence would host. The university decided to issue passes to attendees.
Lawrence enrolls about 1,400 students. The school's students hail from nearly every U.S. state, though the majority of them are from
Wisconsinand other Midwesternstates.
The school has a low number of American minority students: over 75% of the students identify as white. However, Lawrence has a significant number of
international students : about 12%.
* William Baird, vice-president of
Jennifer Baumgardner, feminist writer and activist
Richard C. Bush, chairman and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan
Louis B. Butler, Jr., associate justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Tom Conley, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Director of Graduate Studies in French at Harvard University
Dale Duesing, baritone
James D. Ericson, chairman Northwestern Mutual
Edna Ferber, author
Walter Samuel Goodland, governor of Wisconsin
John Rankin Gamble, congressman from South Dakota
Raymond Herzog, president and chairman of 3M
Lorena Hickok, confidant of Eleanor Roosevelt
James Merrell, Professor of History at Vassar College
Win Jones, watercolor painter
Scott Klug, former congressman from Wisconsin
Harry M. Kraemer, Jr., chairman and CEO of Baxter International
Bob Landis, Emmy-award winning cinematographer
Barbara Lawton, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor
Fred Lerdahl, composerand music theorist
John A. Luke, Jr., CEO of MeadWestvaco.
Terry Moran, chief White House correspondent for ABC News
David Mulford, U.S. ambassador to India
Tom Neff, CEO and Founder of
Justus Henry Nelson- Methodist missionary in the Amazon
Adam Nickel- Marathon Runner
Alice Peacock, singer-songwriter
Eben Eugene Rexford, author of stories, poems, songs, and books on gardening
Josh Sawyer, video game designer at Obsidian Entertainment
Bob Schaupp, General Secretary of Beta Theta Pi
Campbell Scott, actor
Eric Simonson, Oscar-winning writer-director
Janet Steiger, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
Mark Uhlemann, bass-baritone
William Warner (Missouri), U.S. Senator from Missouri
Erik Wielenberg, philosopher
William Harkness Sampson, principal
Edward Cooke, president
Russell Zelotes Mason, president
George McKendree Steele, president
Elias DeWitt Huntley, president
Bradford Paul Raymond, president
Charles Wesley Gallagher, president
L. Wesley Underwood, acting president
Samuel G. Plantz, president
Wilson Samuel Naylor, acting president
Henry Merritt Wriston, president
Thomas Nichols Barrows, president
Ralph Jerome Watts, acting president
Nathan Marsh Pusey, president
* 1954-1963 Douglas Maitland Knight, president
Curtis William Tarr, president
Thomas S. Smith, president
Richard Warch, president
Jill Beck, president
List of NCAA fencing schools
* [http://www.lawrence.edu/ Lawrence University] official web site
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