News in Brief

Lawrence Voyager now onlineBeginning April 21, Lawrence Voyager, the new Web-based information service, was made available for student and faculty use. The system will allow students to check grades, view class schedules and academic history, get a degree requirements audit, and view or change personal information. There is also an option for taking online surveys.

Future announcements will be made as additional features become available.

Anne Norman, Lawrence Registrar, noted, “Voyager is a work in progress.” She states, “I hope you will find the first edition to be useful and friendly to use. Please let us know how we’re doing.”

She may be reached at

Lawrence faculty salaries near average

According to figures recently published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the average salary during the 2002-2003 academic year for professors at private Baccalaureate institutions was $79,928.

The average salaries for associate and assistant professors at these institutions were $57,340 and $47,409, respectively.

Comparatively, the average salary for a Lawrence professor during the 2002-2003 academic year was $71,445. The average for associate professors at Lawrence was $57,358 and $47,500 for assistant professors.

The American Association of University Professors has noted that there has been a continual gap in salary discrepancy between male and female professors at all levels. For example, a full professor at a doctoral institution averaged $99,502 last year. Women in the same position made about $9,000 less.

Steve Butts, Director of Institutional Research at Lawrence, noted, “In past years, if you take into account differences in the proportions of the sexes in the different ranks and in the seniority of women compared to men, there is very little difference in salaries by gender, and I suspect that this finding is true for this year as well.”

The highest paid full professors at a liberal arts college were those at Pomona College, where they earned an average of $109,700 for the 2002-2003 year.

Lawrence close to earning NEH Freshman Studies grant

Lawrence’s goal of raising $2 million to fully endow the Freshman Studies program is over 70 percent complete.

This figure is required in order for the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide a $500,000 grant to match the money raised by Lawrence. The amount must be raised by July 31, 2005.

According to Beth Giese, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Lawrence, “Lawrence has raised $1,420,191 in gifts and pledges from faculty/staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the college” as of April 21, 2003.

If Lawrence raises $2 million in time, the entire $2.5 million fund will be named the Nathan Marsh Pusey Freshman Studies Endowment. Pusey, Lawrence’s 10th president, began the Freshman Studies program at Lawrence in 1945.

The endowment will allow Lawrence to improve the program in many ways, such as allowing more outside lecturers to come to campus and expanding library material and technological resources.

The NEH website explains that it is a federal agency that “serves and strengthens our Republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by providing grants for high-quality humanities projects in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education, research, and public programs.”

Rogness awarded Udall Scholarship

Senior economics environmental studies double major Steve Rogness has been granted the prestigious Morris K. Udall Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship given to 80 students nation wide.

Rogness was the only student in-state to receive the scholarship for the 2003 academic year, but is the third consecutive Lawrence student to win the honor.

The scholarship is awarded annually to American undergraduate students involved in the area of study environmental study and to Native American and Alaska natives who are involved in the fields of health care or tribunal policy.

The scholarship was established in 1992 to honor U.S. House of Representatives member Morris Udall for his 30-year commitment to the preservation of America’s natural environment.