First-year President Mark Burstein will open Lawrence University's 165th academic year as well as the 2013-14 convocation series Thursday with the annual matriculation address.
Burstein will present "Crossing the Threshold: Community as Curriculum" at 11:10 a.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. He will discuss Lawrence's strengths as a learning community and explore opportunities to improve on what the college provides.
Named Lawrence's 16th president in December, Burstein began his tenure in July after nine years as executive vice president at Princeton University. Prior to that, he spent five years as vice president of facilities management at Columbia University.
A native of Cedar Grove, N.J., Burstein earned a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Other speakers on Lawrence's 2013-14 convocation series include:
? Oct. 15: Alison Bechdel, creator of the self-syndicated cartoon strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" and author of the graphic memoir "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic," which Time magazine named Best Book of 2006.
? Jan. 23: Morgan Spurlock, filmmaker, humorist and political activist, best known for his documentary film "Super Size Me," which chronicled a 30-day experiment in which he only ate food from McDonald's while examining the balance between corporate responsibility and nutritional education. More recently, Spurlock directed the documentary film on boy band One Direction that's now in theaters.
? May 29: Annual honors convocation featuring a member of the Lawrence faculty.
FVTC 2nd at BBQ competition
The Chefs Gone Grillin' student team in Fox Valley Technical College's Culinary Arts program earned second place among 28 contestants at the second annual Death's Door Barbecue competition at Washington Island. The event drew a crowd of more than 3,500 people.
FVTC's team earned top five finishes in the chicken and pork rib contests, and a top 10 finish in all competition categories. Students from FVTC's Appleton welding program built the smoker the culinary grilling team competes with at various competitions like Death's Door as part of their learning experience.
FVTC to host job fair
Student Employment Services at Fox Valley Technical College will host a free job fair for the automotive, diesel, collision and vehicle refinishing industries from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the safety bay at its J. J. Keller Transportation Center on the Grand Chute campus.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their resumes and be prepared to discuss full- and part-time job opportunities with regional employers.
For more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/adcrfair.