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Welcome letter from President Schutt

President Stephen Schutt welcomed students, faculty, and staff to campus through an emailed letter on Wednesday, August 24.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Welcome to Lake Forest College at the start of a new academic year. It’s an invigorating time, and I’m excited to see everyone on campus. I hope you’ve all had a great summer and are ready for classes to begin tomorrow. 

Over the past week we have welcomed 448 new students, including 363 members of the Class of 2020 and 85 transfer or readmitted students. The Class of 2020 comes from across the country and around the globe, including students from 33 states and 27 different countries. Also on campus are 11 outstanding new full-time faculty members in these departments or programs: chemistry, education; English; economics, business, and finance; entrepreneurship and innovation; modern languages and literatures; philosophy; and psychology. Please check the next Lake Forest Weekly News for further information about our new faculty members. New staff members have also arrived in several offices, and I hope to see all of you at the Matriculation Ceremony later this afternoon. Line-up for the gauntlet is on North Campus at 4:30 p.m.

It’s been a busy summer on campus. As you can tell, construction of our new science center is now well under way. The impressive “front door” addition will be completed by the end of 2017, and renovation of existing Johnson Science Center labs and classrooms will be finished during 2018, in time for the 2018-19 academic year. Please be patient over the next few months as we all get used to construction noise and new traffic configurations.  In the next few days Lee Family Professor of Biology Doug Light will send a follow-up email with more specific details on construction this fall. Please also note that all of the departments and programs in the existing science buildings, including the academic support services in Johnson B, remain open.  

New “home ice” was also installed in the hockey rink this summer, and our tennis courts were resurfaced. Our Library and Information Technology Department improved wireless coverage in several residence halls and other buildings, and added 10 GB fiber optic cable to North and South campuses for greater digital capacity. Middle Campus will also receive new fiber next summer. In our “In The Loop” program in Chicago, 27 students have moved into their new facility at The Flats on South Wabash Street, which features beautiful views of Lake Michigan and enhanced amenities such as a computer lab, gymnasium, workout room, and 24-hour security.

The Week of Welcome (WOW), a new campus initiative, will begin this Saturday. Students are encouraged to participate in a range of activities including the All-Campus Party Saturday night in Mohr Student Center, open houses in various centers and offices, next Wednesday’s Forester Fair, and the first Forest Friday of the year (don’t forget to wear red and black). I hope to see many of you at the home-opener football game against Beloit College on Saturday, September 3. Look for posters, emails, and social media postings—or our website:  lakeforst.edu/wow—for more WOW details.

Here are several events to note on your calendars for the year:

  • Our men’s and women’s soccer teams will host—on our home Farwell Field September 9–11—the Soccer Showcase of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Come cheer on the Foresters against ACM rivals Macalester, Lawrence, and Coe.
  • Global Fest, one of the College’s signature Forester Five programs, will take place September 19–24 with Globalpalooza on Friday, September 23 and the Intercultural Gala on Saturday, September 24.
  • The annual Oppenheimer lecture Thursday evening, October 6 at the First Presbyterian Church—across the street from our North Campus—will feature animal behaviorist and autism activist Temple Grandin. See today’s Weekly News for information about reserving your seat. A biopic based on Temple Grandin’s life starring Claire Danes is showing on September 30 and will be followed by a panel discussion with faculty.
  • Homecoming Weekend October 7–8 will be a wonderful time, with run-up events occurring throughout the preceding week. Many more Homecoming details are available on the College’s online calendar and website.
  • Access: The Campaign for Lake Forest College will officially launch during Homecoming Weekend with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 7 in Calvin Durand Hall. All members of our community are invited to attend. 
  • Next spring the College will undergo a 10-year reaccreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission. I look forward to meeting with HLC representatives and sharing Lake Forest College’s many virtues during their campus visit on March 6–7, 2017.

Our campus community is full of life and energy, and I encourage all of you to take advantage of the lectures, performances, art exhibitions and athletic contests that are weekly on our calendar. Best wishes to everyone for a productive and fun semester.

Stephen D. Schutt