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From the President

  • I hope you caught the drone video footage of the Lillard Science Center renovation and construction project that was posted on Facebook and embedded in emails in July.
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  • The Princeton Review—an annual publication that surveys students at colleges across the country—ranked our campus #17 for the happiest students in the nation.
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  • Two and a half years after Spectrum published a summary of the College’s five-year plan in early 2014, I am very pleased by our progress.


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  • If you are a regular subscriber to SpectrumExtra, the College’s alumni e-newsletter, then you know that the College has had a good share of exciting news lately.


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  • I love the cover of this Spectrum. The photo is a great illustration of three of our strengths: ambitious, well-prepared students networking with accomplished, helpful alumni about exciting opportunities in the city of Chicago. It’s a terrific combination.
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  • Last fall the Board of Trustees approved an ambitious new five-year plan to position the College for success now and in the future.
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  • A year ago I appointed a Five-Year Planning Committee to make recommendations for the future that will build on the College’s strengths, take advantage of opportunities, manage potential challenges, and enhance our reputation. Chaired by Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty Michael Orr, the Committee includes trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and student representatives.
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  • In this promising new year I want to challenge all Foresters to set a record
    for helping our newest alumni—2012 and 2013 graduates—successfully
    begin their careers. I can’t think of a better illustration of “Foresters Helping Foresters”—one of our community’s most inspiring themes—than an alumnus hiring or recommending another alum for a desirable job.
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  • Dear Foresters:

    I recently learned from Art Miller, the College’s archivist, that even in its earliest days, Lake Forest College produced students who were dedicated to giving back to their communities. In the 1890s Lake Forest College students trekked to Chicago to volunteer with poor immigrant families at Hull House, one of the most influential and famous settlement houses in the United States in its day. Founder Jane Addams was also known to recruit students for service projects on campus. Years later, in the mid-1960s, students tutored underprivileged youth in Chicago and Waukegan; some went as far as Alabama to work with African American students at Miles College.
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  • Dear Foresters:

    Many things at Lake Forest College can be described in the superlative. In late August, for example, we ushered in the largest group of new students in the history of the College. Four hundred six first-year students and 71 transfers joined their classmates to comprise a remarkably active, accomplished, interesting, and culturally and ethnically diverse student body. The energy on campus this fall is infectious, and if you haven’t been back in a while, please visit and see what I mean.
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  • A few words from President Schutt.
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  • Despite the economic recession, there is good news to share from the Class of 2009. Our graduates have accepted jobs at banks, hospitals, schools, and other businesses, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Several graduates have joined Teach for America, while others are going to medical and law school and pursuing advanced degrees in subjects like economics, creative writing, mechanical engineering, and molecular and human genetics. Some are traveling great distances to begin the next phase of their lives — teaching English in China or, in the case of senior class speaker Maria Jose Norero, moving to Ecuador on a Fulbright Scholarship to research the impact of documentary filmmaking on identity in Afro-Ecuadoran communities.
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