Freshmen don beanies as they are welcomed to campus, 1966.
1970 Learning in London
The London Study Center, Lawrence's second overseas study center,
opens with 41 students.
1971 Generating jazz
A program for jazz studies is initiated at Lawrence, which,
beginning in 1981, sparks a celebration weekend of concerts and
workshops, featuring through the years such jazz greats as Dizzie
Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, and Wynton Marsalis.
LUJE, under the direction of Fred Sturm, 1973.
1971 Under one roof
The university adopts coeducational housing.
1972 Blacks take a stand
Black students occupy Carnegie Library, asking that the college
increase its black enrollment and hire more black professors,
administrators, and counselors. UPI and AP cover the event.
1974 Women's sports strides
Lawrence initiates the formation of the Wisconsin Independent
Colleges Women's Athletic Conference to provide intercollegiate
competition for women's sports.
1974 Birthday bash
The Conservatory of Music celebrates its 100th birthday. Lawrence's
conservatory differs from most professional music schools because
it does not isolate the study of music. Rather, intensive music
study is provided within a community devoted to the ideals of
1975 Another Rhodes
James Hart Merrill becomes Lawrence's sixth Rhodes scholar.
1975 Festive days in May
Celebrate!, Lawrence's spring festival, begins as a successor to
the 1973 Renaissance Fair. Celebrate! continues today and feature
live bands, arts and crafts, an assortment of food and drink, and
good times. More than 20,000 Appleton area residents attend the
Fraternity and hall decorating, a parade, and toilet papering the campus are Homecoming traditions.
1975 Fantastic football
From 1975 to 1985, the victorious football Vikings compile a
stellar record of 72 wins, 19 losses, and one tie. Lawrence is the
first Midwest Conference football team ever selected for the NCAA
Division III playoffs.
1975 Changing landscape
Dutch elm disease hits the campus, killing many trees. By 1980, 300
trees are lost. Two elm trees survive today.
Main Hall, 1980 and 1941.
1976 Lawrence International
Lawrence faculty and staff host an International Dinner.
International Club students now offer this dinner, complete with
entertainment, to the community on an annual basis.
"Beach Day is not silly," proclaims Penn Ritter's, '79, t-shirt. Baby pools, sand, and
beach attire mark the day of fun, which is held annually for a few years in the late 1970s.
1976 Library opens
The Seeley G. Mudd Library, one of the finest small-college
libraries in the Midwest, opens its doors.
The Samuel Appleton Library, built in 1963,
adjions the Carnegie Library, pictured on
the left side of the photo.
The Seeley G. Mudd Library
replaced the Carnegie Library.
1978 Convocations reinstated
The tradition of convocations is reinstated. The roots of this
lecture series stem from twice-daily chapel services, a practice
which continued from 1856 to the mid-1870s, when the services
became daily. Beginning in 1927, the services gave way to
convocations, which were held three times each week and described
as a regular college assembly. During the next 40 years or so, the
frequency and duration of convocations varied, but attendance was
required, a provision which was dropped in 1968, when the number of
convocations was reduced to two a year -- Matriculation and Honors
Day. Sentiment for reinstating the lecture series, described during
Nathan Pusey's presidency as "a kind of general all-college course
without formal requirements or credit," emerged in the late 1970s.