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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.  

2021-22 Course registration is open!
Dear Students,


Online registration opens Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 am Central Time for current and rising seniors (those with 15.0 earned credits or more, including transfer credits – not including any credits you are currently taking this semester) to select Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 courses. See the full registration timeline here.

 Please review the following resources before registering:

Registration Guide (PDF)
Registration Guide (video)

Frequently Asked Questions

 Summer Session registration remains open for all students.

 Please contact us at with any questions or concerns!



 Registrar’s Office

 BJ White – Registrar

Jennifer Kenworthy – Associate Registrar

Katie Isler – Transfer and Registration Coordinator 

LAKE FOREST COLLEGE | 555 N Sheridan Rd Lake Forest, IL 60045

 Posted April 14, 2021


Hello everyone! 

Ramadan is starting soon, and the cafeteria has accommodated a meal plan for those students who will be fasting during the upcoming month. 

This plan will consist of three packed meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that will be ready for pick-up at 8 PM every day in Boomers. Attached to this email you will find a list of what each packed meal contains. The students will be able to pay for each meal with their meal swipes, meaning that getting the 3 boxes every day will require the students to pay with 3 meal swipes. 

Below you'll find the link to a form to sign up for this meal plan. The form also allows for choosing which meals you want to pick up every day, so in case you have a 15 meal plan, you can choose to pick up only the boxes for breakfast and dinner every day, for example. 

There will be a new form sent every week for the rest of the month to accommodate for those students who are starting the fast later in the month. You will also have the opportunity to change the meals you pick up each week with each new form. 

Here is the form for week 1 of Ramadan:

Ramadan Meal Plan Week 1
Hello everyone! This is the form to sign up for the meal plan specially arranged for students fasting Ramadan this month. There will be packed meals ready for pick-up at Boomers starting at 8 pm. Be mindful that you will be paying for each packed meal with a meal swipe, so plan according to your original meal plan with the meals you decide to pick up each week. A different form will be sent each week to accommodate for those who are starting the fast later in the month. If there are any questions or concerns regarding this meal plan please do not hesitate to contact Ramadan Mubarak!

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact 

Bill LangloisGeneral Manager
Parkhurst Dining - Lake Forest College
555 N Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest IL 60045

P: 847-735-6225 C: 708-927-5020

 Posted April 13, 2021

New course this fall: ART/ES 229: Art and Environment
Dear Colleagues,
While advising, please encourage your students to consider Art and Environment this coming fall. This is a new course addressing the interests of students to explore the intersection of art and environmentalism. No prerequisites; ES110 or ES120 recommended for Environmental Studies majors. (Under the Forester Fundamental Curriculum, this course meets the Creative & Performing Arts requirement.)
cross listed: ES 229 TR 1:30 pm 3:50 pm

Art and Environment Sanchez Burr TR 1:30 pm 3:50 pm

ART 229: Art and Environment

(Art and Environment: Exploring Landscapes and Sustainability.) In this course we explore the unique relationship and history of the arts and the environment. In recent times an increasing number of creatives in fields such as sculpture, sound art, and architecture have shifted their focus towards environmental awareness. Production methods and materials that embrace sustainability, repurposing and reutilization are making their mark around the world. We learn about these efforts and use them as inspiration to create new work. Students explore ways that artists can use social practice to create awareness, study western and non-western concepts of the landscape, and discuss the everlasting desire to look at nature for inspiration. We use a variety of recycled/repurposed materials and electronic media to produce artwork focused on our relationship with the environment and how we can create immediate and long-term positive impact on our habitats. No prerequisites; ES110 or ES120 recommended for Environmental Studies majors. (Under the Forester Fundamental Curriculum, this course meets the Creative & Performing Arts requirement.)
cross listed: ES 229


David Sanchez Burr

 Posted April 13, 2021

Revised vacation days policy announcement
Dear Staff,


We are pleased to share a revised Vacation Days policy for College staff: we are shifting the end date for use of vacation time to August 31. In this year, 2021, a year that has brought many stresses and prevented some from planning vacation, you will have an extra three months to use your vacation. Going forward, this new policy will afford staff greater flexibility in the planning of vacation time by putting the summer at the end of the vacation period, and your accrued vacation will align with the payroll period of September 1 – August 31.


We recognize that many staff members find it difficult to schedule vacation time during the academic year and prefer to schedule vacation time during summer months. Under the current policy, vacation days had to be used by May 31, and under the new policy, staff members will have three more months to use their vacation days. Your time off will now expire August 31, 2021 instead of May 31, 2021.


During the new policy transition period (June – August 2021), staff members will continue to earn vacation time for each month they work. The maximum amount of paid time off eligible to be used will be based upon their length of service plus these three months. Please see the attached updated policy for details.


Paid vacation days that are not used by August 31 will be forfeited, except for up to five (5) unused vacation days that may be carried over into the next academic year. The days carried over must be used by January 31.


For example:


Assume that Staff Member A accrues vacation at the rate of 22 days per year. This means they earn 1.83 per each full month worked.


Prior Policy: Staff Member A earned 22 days for their work from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021 (earning 1.83 days per month). Staff Member A had 9.5 unused vacation days as of May 31, 2021. The current policy allows 5 unused vacation days to be carried over into the next fiscal year, which means the remaining 4.5 days would expire. The 5 carried over days a) must be used no later than September 15, 2021 or b) could be saved and used during winter break (expiring, if unused, on December 31, 2021).


Updated Policy: Staff Member A earned 22 days for their work from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021 (earning 1.83 days per month), and will continue earning an additional 1.83 days per month worked (for a total of an additional 5.5 days) from June 1 – August 31, 2021.


If Staff Member A had 9.5 unused vacation days as of May 31, they will have 9.5 + 5.5 (15) days eligible to be used before August 31, because they will continue to earn days during the summer of 2021.  If Staff Member A uses 10 days of vacation by August 31, 5 unused vacation days will rollover to the new academic year. As of September 1, 2021, Staff Member A will continue accruing new vacation days over the next 12 months at the rate of 1.83 days per month (22 days per year). Employees are allowed to carry a negative vacation balance, up to the maximum number of vacation days accrued per year. The 5 carryover days expire on January 31, 2022.


We encourage staff to take time off and to utilize their vacation days if they are able and want to do so. Vacation time does not need to be used for a traditional vacation but can and should be used also for self-care, stress prevention, and general time away from work. Staff that are planning to take vacation time should follow the same time-off request process for their individual areas as they have done in the past.

To complete the transfer to new policies, all time off taken as of May 31st must be recorded in ADP on time. We will remind you of this in May. 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Agnes Stepek 
Director of Human Resources


P | 847-735-5036  E |  
LAKE FOREST COLLEGE 555 N Sheridan Rd Lake Forest, IL 60045



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Posted April 13, 2021
New Summer 2 course [Africa in Films: Gender, Education, and Development]
New Summer 2 Course [Africa in Films: Gender, Education, and Development]

Greetings, Colleagues!


The course below was recently added to the Summer 2 menu. It satisfies the FFC/GEC Global Perspectives and Social Science requirements as well as requirements for Educational Studies, Cinema Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies programs. Kindly put this on the radar for your advisees who might benefit from or enjoy this course.


With thanks,




EDUC 346: Africa in Films: Gender, Edu., (Africa in Films: Gender, Education, and Development.) Africa is an enigma in global imagination. This course uses film as lens to explore historical, cultural, political, and theoretical perspectives on education and social change in African societies. Specifically, it examines gender mainstreaming and global education norm making in the broader contexts of international development. Key themes--such as tradition and modernity, heteropatriarchy, culture and identity, power and politics, demography and ecology, gods, and technology--all draw from historical and contemporary representations of Africa in films to deepen our understanding of the complex origins of humanity and its connection to rest of the world. Class sessions feature films in/on Africa and discussions on select themes. No prerequisites. (Under the Forester Fundamental Curriculum, this course meets the Social Sciences and Global Perspectives requirements.) Cross listed: CINE 346, GSWS 346

 Posted April 13, 2021

2021 Richter Scholars

Dear Colleagues,

The Richter Scholar Committee presents the list of the 2021 Richter Scholars who will be pursuing research projects with faculty this summer.  We were impressed by the wide range of scholastic accomplishments of this stellar group of scholars.  Please join us in congratulating these students.

If you are on campus this summer, you might also see the thirteen Richter Scholars from 2020 who deferred their projects to this year.

Best wishes for a smooth end of this academic year and a productive summer,

The Richter Scholar Committee
Cassondra Batz-Barbarich, Jason Cody, Anna Jones, Margot Schwalbe, Tessa Sermet

2021 Richter Scholars
A.C. C. Macartney
Aarti P. Singh
Adam M. White
Alexis R. Rosenfeld
Ashley J. Ocampo
Beau Henry Grimes
Candi Albarran
Ceylin K. Sahin
Demetra Tsakos
Elya Gasparyan
Farhan M. Ahmed
Hayley J. Headley
Ian J. Cox
Jack M. Farrell
Kotryna Andriuskeviciute
Majo Orozco Fuentes
Malek Elaghel
Mauricio Calderon
Megan Y. Yim
Minori Aoki
Morgan E. Blank
Natalie N. Kamau
Natalie T. Hingsberger
Nikki L. Garcia
Noella S. Ufitinema
Otoha Tatami
Sophia G. Timm
Stanzin Zasal
Veronika V. Chernik
Vraj Patel
Wambui Kahende
Wiktoria M. Pedryc

 Posted April 9, 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programing coming up!

Good afternoon Lake Forest College,

 On behalf of the Office of Intercultural Relations, the Intercultural Advisory Group and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit Group, I am reaching out to remind everyone of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion events coming up next week!

 Please also take a few minutes to check out the last faculty/staff Choose Anti-racism video of the Spring semester featuring myself Claudia Ramirez Islas,  Director for the Office of Intercultural Relations as I reflect on Chapter 18: Survival from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s work of How To Be An Antiracist.  

 In addition, I invite everyone see the eighth student video response to the Choose Anti-racism video campaign as Sam Lau’ 22 a Finance Major, and member of the Men’s Ice Hockey reflects on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s work and how to apply the lessons of Chapter 8: Behavior to campus in an effort to make Lake Forest College truly anti-racist.

 Chapter 18 – Survival: Claudia Ramirez Islas, Director for the Office of Intercultural Relations

 Chapter 8 – Behavior: Sam Lou ’22

 Please also take some time to check out the recording of Professor Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Professor RL Watson on How To Be An Antiracist from last week’s kickoff event for the 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit.

Here is the link:

 Intercultural Advisory Group Community Caucus: Monday, April 12th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Check your email for Zoom link.


"Once we lose hope, we are guaranteed to lose. But if we ignore the odds and fight to create an antiracists world, then we give humanity a chance to one day survive, a chance to live in communion, a chance to be forever free" ~ Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Thank you,

Claudia Ramirez Islas, 

Director of Intercultural Relations 


Office of Intercultural Relations

Lake Forest College

(847) 735 – 5204 l

Posted April 9, 2021
April 15th lecture by author and ecologist, Dr. Rob Dunn sponsored by Tri Beta
Don't miss this incredible opportunity! The Lake Forest Chapter of Tri-Beta, the biological honor society is pleased to announce a seminar by well-known author and ecologist, Dr. Rob Dunn on April 15th at 4:30pm CST! He is a well-known author of popular books such as "The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today" and many more. He is currently a professor at NC State University, and he will be discussing his most recent book entitled "Delicious, The Evolution of Flavor and How It Made Us Human" which can be found at the following link
Check your email for the Zoom link. 
Michelle Burgener
Department Assistant
Science, Music, & Theater Departments
Lake Forest College
Posted April 9, 2021
Perspectives Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available starting on April 15th

Dear Faculty and Staff,

 I am pleased to announce that the Employee Assistance Program services will be available starting on April 15th. Professional counselors are available to help employees, their family members and significant others to tackle various personal issues, confidentially and at no cost. The contact information, including username and password to the website can be found in your email. Call or log in at any time to get started.

 Perspectives EAP can be accessed three ways:

 Over the Phone

Professional EAP counselors are available 24/7 to answer your questions, provide counseling or assist you with useful appropriate resources. Call 800-456-6327 at any time.

 In Person

Counselors will listen to your concerns, assess the situation and help you develop an action plan best suited to your needs. When appropriate, this plan may include further in-person sessions with Perspectives or a referral to another qualified professional. Call 800-456-6327, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment.


Perspectives Online is a special website for everyone with Perspectives EAP. It provides information, resources and tools for a vast number of issues, ranging from parenting and child care to health and wellness, career development, workplace training and more. Just visit and login with your username and password (see attached flyer for details).


 Agnes Stepek 
Director of Human Resources

 P | 847-735-5036  E |  
LAKE FOREST COLLEGE 555 N Sheridan Rd Lake Forest, IL 60045


 Posted April 9, 2021

Vaccinated? Be sure to keep your card!
Students, staff, and faculty,


We are pleased to hear that many of you are starting the process of being vaccinated for COVID-19!  On April 12, eligibility will open up to all of us in Illinois over the age of 16, including all students (whether in-state, out-of-state, or international). As I’ve mentioned to you in previous correspondence, we encourage you to take any opportunity you can find to get the vaccine through a local pharmacy or through Lake County’s AllVax system. We continue to work on opportunities to be vaccinated through the College, too. 


In the meantime, please keep and protect the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that you were given. Since we expect that all community members will get this important vaccine in the coming months, we are currently devising a system for you to submit that proof of vaccination to the College so we can keep track. Instructions will be forthcoming.  More soon!




Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College


Rosemary House

555 North Sheridan Road

Lake Forest, IL  60045


Pronouns: she / her / hers


 Posted April 8, 2021

Writing Center expanded schedule: Help with research papers through the final stretch!

Writing Center Support: 

It's research paper time! Do you want to feel confident that you are turning in your best work and finishing the semester strong? 

If so, we are ready to help. We have expanded our schedule and have more hours available Sunday through Friday. Check out our online scheduler to reserve an appointment today. 

Tutors can
Help you organize source materials and evidence
Help you plan your argument
Help you refine your thesis
Be a test audience before your professor reads it
Help you edit your writing

Connect you with a librarian
Cheer you on!
We hope to see you soon. 

The Writing Center 

Kate Oakley, MA
Writing Center Director

College Writing Professor

Lake Forest College

 Posted April 7, 2021

New and departed employees

Lake Forest Colleges welcomes:

Patrick Hussey, Access & Outreach Librarian, Library

Jason Andersen, Maintenance Mechanic, Facilities Management


Vernard Lockhart, Executive Internship and Employment Recruiting Strategist, CAC

Updated on April 6, 2021