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ForesterNet provides easy access to helpful resources, services, and tools for the campus community. Here you can access your webmail, faculty/staff and student directories, academic and career resources, as well as other important services. You can view the latest campus news, upcoming events, and see what’s on the menu in the Caf.

Note: my.lakeforest continues to house Moodle, important forms, reports, committee minutes, and other password protected information and resources.  


Latest Stentor available online
The third issue of the semester of The Stentor is available online
Stay at Home Guidance from Illinois Department of Public Health

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) yesterday recommended strongly that employees work from home over the next three weeks if possible. To quote IDPH, everyone should “stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries.”  The IDPH recommendation comes as the coronavirus is surging throughout Illinois and across the nation.


For everyone’s protection and the safety of our campus, the College intends to follow the IDPH recommendation, as indicated below:


  • Only essential employees should plan to work on campus over the next three weeks.  Faculty and staff should teach or work from home wherever possible.  Faculty who have special circumstances should contact Associate Dean Scott Schappe; staff who have questions about their work requirements should contact their immediate supervisors or Director of Human Resources Agnes Stepek.


  • Students, faculty and staff on campus must strictly observe CDC protocols and wear masks in all locations where other people are present, maintain social distancing, and frequently wash hands.


  • Students living on campus should limit, as far as possible, shopping trips to area stores or any other off-campus trips.


·         Campus visits by prospective students have been modified to a “tour only” schedule and restricted to one family per time slot. 


  • Access to the Sports Center is now limited to students currently living on campus.  Faculty and staff access to the Sports Center is suspended.


  • External programs using the ice rink or swimming pool are strictly limited to the time periods specified in their contracts, and can enter and exit facilities only through restricted entrances.


  • Construction workers in Brown Hall must observe the same CDC protocols as students, faculty, and staff.


The College will continue to closely monitor the course of the pandemic, and will continue to follow IDPH and CDC guidance and recommendations.  We all need to take every possible step to arrest the spread of the coronavirus and protect each other.  Thanks to everyone for your cooperation and ongoing good work, and best wishes for your continued health and safety.


Stephen D. Schutt


Lake Forest College

 Important end-of-term policies to consider: For your academic success


We are in the last few weeks of this unusual term, and I am writing to remind you about several important policies that may help you finish in as strong an academic position as possible:


  • Consider making use of the P/F policy: This flexible policy can help with your success, even for courses in your current or potential major. You can always flip” a Pass grade to the letter grade later on. The P/F procedure (see attached form) is designed to reduce your stress in a stressful term.  Please consider taking full advantage of it as needed in consultation with your academic advisor.  Your grades will still be submitted by your professors.  The decision to take a course P/F is between you and your advisor.  Course instructors are not informed of this decision.
  • Consider withdrawing from courses in which you are currently failing (see attached form):  If you are in this position, professors will have communicated this to you in a number of ways, including by Academic Alert emails to you and your advisors.  Turning around a course in the final weeks is very difficult to do under regular circumstances, and, therefore, may be too much to even consider now.  Instead, consider withdrawing from a course that may be impeding your ability to think positively and produce work in other courses, and making up a credit during the J-term or Summer Session.  Please do not see withdrawing from a course as a personal failure.  This term, especially, we all need to give each other a break, including ourselves, whenever possible. While you have until last day of classes to make these decisions, you may benefit from taking action now. If applicable to your situation, you can benefit from the decision by doing more and better work in your other courses and, in general, feel better about finishing a term like no other in the College's history.
Finally, and more importantly, feel free to reach out to me to discuss any of these decisions in more detail.  Meanwhile, stay well, stay positive, and stay productive.
Dawn Abt-Perkins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Success
Professor of Education
Lake Forest College
Student Accounts Notice - Includes Upcoming Deadlines and Dates

Dear Forester, 

Registration for the upcoming school year will begin for students at 7:00am CST on Thursday, November 12, and the Student Accounts Office would like to ensure you are prepared. To ensure you are all set, please log into your student account online to confirm your student account is paid-to-date. 


To access your account online and view your balance due:    

·                           Log into your Forester Account at

·                           Click on “Students” 

·                           Click on “My Account” 

·                           In the View My Account Information box, click Billing Statement 

·                           If you have an amount in the box in the top right corner greater than your spring semester balance, you may be at risk for a registration hold. 


If you log-in to your account online and notice you have an ‘AR Hold,’ it means your registration your account is on hold from registration, transcripts, and/or diplomas. After you have reviewed your balance due, please remit payment or contact student accounts if you would like to discuss a payment arrangement (PA).

currentPA hold will not prevent registration; however, transcripts and diplomas require the account balance to be satisfied. If you believe you have a payment arrangement on file, access your account online and make sure your payments have been made per your agreement.


*Current payment plans are defined as those that are followed according to the agreed-upon terms and conditions with TMS and Student Accounts.  


Upcoming Deadlines!

•         This email is your notification that a Late Charge of $25.00 will be added to your student account as of November 16th, 2020, if your account is still past due on that date

•         Spring semester bills are due January 15, 2021. The deadline to register for a 5-month spring semester payment plan is November 25, 2020.

Special Notices

•         If you have missed a payment or skipped a payment your account is not current. Please contact the Student Accounts Office at to resolve.    

•         If you are missing any expected financial aid, scholarships, grants, or awaiting loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, PLUS, alternative, etc…) to be applied, you may need to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid

•         If you have an upcoming payment plan due and need to make a budget adjustment, contact the Student Accounts Office at 847-735-5032 or for assistance.  

•         If you would like to make a One-Time payment to pay the balance on your account, click here: After making your one-time payment, please contact Student Accounts to have your hold status updated to current.  

Note: Payments made with a credit card are subject to a service fee. Service fees vary based upon the card presented for payment. There is NO service fee for payments made by e-check from a checking or saving account. 




Student Accounts Office 

Lake Forest College 

555 North Sheridan Rd. 

Lake Forest, IL 60045 


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***Please be sure to include your STUDENT ID# in ALL correspondence to Student Accounts*** 

Fall 2021 Study Abroad/Study Away Applications - Due Dec 1
Hi everyone,
The deadline for GEO Fall 2021 applications is approaching fast! 🌍 
The deadline is December 1, 2020 11:59PM (CST).
Link to application: GEO Fall 2021 Applications
See an overview of LFC's approved programs
Please schedule an appointment to discuss programs and/or any application questions! 
You can schedule a time that works best for you here:
A quick overview of the steps after submitting your GEO application:
  1. Applications approval emails will be sent out by the end of December
  2. Complete the GEO Program Confirmation Form (will be included in the application approval email)
  3. Begin your program-specific application
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!


Alexandra (Allie) Olson


Global Engagement Office (GEO)


Schedule an appointment:

847-735-5231 |

In The Loop applications due Friday, November 20

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Dear Students,


The Priority Deadline to apply to the Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022 In The Loop program is next Friday, November 20th.


As a participant in the In The Loop program, you will:


  • Complete an Academic (credit-bearing) Internship in your area of interest
  • Complete academic courses, keeping you on track for graduation
  • Live in an apartment-style suite at the College’s residential space in Chicago


Click here to apply to the 2021-22 In The Loop program.


The In The Loop program serves to help students identify both personal and professional goals. Through hands-on experience at your internship, you will not only bolster your resume, but also gain invaluable clarity regarding your career trajectory during your remaining semesters at the College, as well as after graduation.


It is in the day-to-day living of the In The Loop program that students get a taste for what their life may look and feel like after college, boosting their confidence, while easing their transition to the workforce.



No two students schedules look the same as part of the In The Loop program! I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss how you can make a semester (or year!) in Chicago work for you. Please feel free to email me and/or set-up a Zoom appointment here.


All the best,





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Jennifer A. Larsen ‘07

Director, Center for Chicago Programs

Lake Forest College

555 N. Sheridan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045


p: 847.735.6172


Special Winter Career Programs for Seniors - Deadline to Register this Friday

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As our students look ahead to winter break, this will be a particularly important time for our seniors to take advantage of as they prepare for post-graduation. With this in mind, I am reaching out to you today about three special initiatives that the Career Advancement Center is offering exclusively for the Class of 2021 to help them make the most of their winter break. These programs are designed to help ensure seniors have the industry insight, professional skills, and mentorship they need to be competitive candidates in this challenging employment landscape.


We greatly appreciate your partnership in helping to support our seniors as they move forward with career planning. Please encourage any seniors with whom you are working to register before the deadline this Friday (for the first two programs below). We would like to double our number of registrants and want to make sure our seniors don’t miss out on these valuable programs.



  1. Foresters CAREER mentorship programDeadline to register this Friday, November 20 at 5p.m. CTThis joint effort by the Career Advancement Center and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations will provide seniors with the chance to network with select members of the Forester Network. Students will be paired with 1-2 of the College's alumni, trustees or friends in their Career Pathway, major, or local area who will reach out to schedule a phone or video call with them over the winter break or January-Term, depending on individual preferences. These volunteers are here to talk with students about their career path, offer their support, and where possible, provide advice, referrals, and tips for success.



  1. 4ProPlus/4MedPlus Professional Trainings and CertificationsDeadline to register this Friday, November 20 at 5p.m. CTThe College is also pleased to partner with 4ProPlus/4MedPlus to provide a valuable opportunity for seniors to complete two online professional training courses within the following areas: Adobe SoftwareDatabase TechnologyHealth Care and Contact Tracing, and/or Programming Languages. These courses are available to students as on-demand webinars to be completed at their convenience, ideally over the winter break or January-Term. Funded by Lake Forest College, these courses are available at no charge. Upon completion of the training courses, students will receive a certificate of proficiency, providing a tangible endorsement of their knowledge and technical skills that is desirable to employers from a variety of industries. Students can learn more about the course offerings on the registration page.



  1. Senior Career Check-In Program, Wednesday, December 2, 3:30-6p.m. CT and Tuesday, December 15, 10a.m.-1p.m. CT via Zoom (Advanced registration is required). Seniors can attend a 20-minute check-in session to discuss progress toward their career goals with an advisor from their Career Pathway, get help with a job or graduate school search, and develop a list of action items to accomplish over winter break. This is a pivotal opportunity for seniors—no matter where they are in their post-graduate planning.



Additional Opportunity For All Class Years - Express Advising: Career Planning over Winter Break, Monday-Friday, Now through December 11, 11a.m.-1p.m. CT via Zoom at addition to our senior program, all students are encouraged to drop by Express Advising to get tips on how to effectively use winter break for career planning and learn about available internships, summer programs, and jobs within their Pathway. Further details about the specific days for each Pathway are listed in the link above, but students are welcome to drop by any day each week.


Thank you once again for your partnership in helping to support our Class of 2021. If you have any follow-up questions regarding the above programs, please don't hesitate to contact our main office at 847-735-5235 ( or myself directly.

Colleen Monks
Director, Career Advancement Center

Lake Forest College | 110 Buchanan Hall | 555 N. Sheridan Road | Lake Forest, IL  60045

(847) 735-5237 |






Foresters CAREER Program. Expand your network and get advice from an alumni who you will be paired with for a call. Register here!


Online Professional Trainings and Certifications. Register here!


Career Pathway Newsletters. Stay up to date on open jobs and events every other Tuesday.           Senior Check-Ins. Sign up for a quick check-in with your career advisor December 2 or 15. Register here!

UWC Davis Projects for Peace - Project Grant $10,000
Hello everyone,
"My challenge to you is to bring about a mindset for preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."- Kathryn Wasserman Davis
Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday, international philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis chose to celebrate by committing $1 million to Projects for Peace
Projects for Peace is an initiative for undergraduate students to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2021anywhere in the world—which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. 
We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.
See all the amazing projects completed in Summer 2019: Projects for Peace Viewbook
Project Proposal Requirements
To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement which includes:
  • A description of the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages)
  • A budget (one separate page)
  • IMPORTANT - All project proposals require a heading to include the following: Title of Project (not to change once submitted), the country where the project will take place, sponsoring college, designated project leader name, remaining team member names and schools, date range of project implementation
  • Proposals should have pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project
For more informationProjects for Peace Q&A
Deadline for proposals: January 15th, 2020
Process to submit a proposal: Email me [] for the Proposal Submission Form. 
Proposal Selection Process: Recommendations for a winning proposal and an alternative proposal will be made by mid-February, by an on-campus selection committee.  The final decision regarding the funding for the winning and alternative proposals will be made by the UWC Davis Scholars Program by mid-March. The implementation of the project(s) would be Summer 2021.
Please feel free to schedule a meeting with me to discuss ideas or questions!
You can use to find a time that works best for you.


Alexandra (Allie) Olson


Global Engagement Office (GEO)


Schedule an appointment:

847-735-5231 |

College launches video series titled "Choose Anti-racism"

Inspired by Dr. Ibram Kendi’s work of How To Be An Antiracist, Lake Forest College is pleased to launch a video series titled "Choose Anti-racism." This series is a digital library of short educational videos created by College faculty and staff that reflects on each of the chapters from Dr. Ibram Kendi’s work. The videos will be released throughout the year and offer insight on how, as a campus community, we can apply the lessons from each chapter to make Lake Forest College truly anti-racist. 

See the videos>

New and Departed Employees

Lake Forest Colleges welcomes:

Magdiel Miranda-Lopez, Slate CRM Specialist, DAR

What's happening on our (virtual) campus this semester? Lots!

Foresters are as busy as ever and connecting in many exciting ways. Look for new videos each week to see what's happening (virtually) around campus. 

This week the Concert Choir, Sylvan Singers, faculty, staff, and community members share their uplifting performance of the Alma Mater with the Lake Forest College community. Enjoy!