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President Baren discusses Student Emergency Fund, Forester athletics, student space, and events and programming.

Dear Foresters –

We welcome our new and returning students to the Spring 2023 semester! I hope each of you had a restful and restorative break. I write with some important notes, reminders, and well wishes for the semester ahead.

Student Emergency Fund

Just after finals last semester, faculty and staff gathered for our annual holiday party. This year, our raffle and silent auction raised more than $25,000 to support our Student Emergency Fund. This fund is an important resource for students facing extreme and unexpected financial hardship. I’m grateful for the generosity of the faculty and staff who care so deeply about the health and well-being of our community. If you find yourself in a position to need extra support, I encourage you to visit this web page to learn more about what kind of assistance is available and to submit an application. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Dean of Students, Andrea Conner.

Forester Athletics

While many of us traveled away from campus, our winter student-athletes competed in several exciting athletics contests. I encourage all of you to support your fellow Foresters on the hockey rink, the basketball and handball courts, and the swimmers and divers in our pool by attending the upcoming games and meets. You can find the athletic schedule at Good luck to all our student-athletes for the contests ahead!

Student Space

An academic college experience is enhanced by a strong community engagement. This is especially true at a school of our size. The administration and I are continuously considering and implementing ways to improve the student experience both inside and outside the classroom.

Currently, we are evaluating the space available for students between classes. As a reminder, Brown Hall is now open for extended hours. There are a variety of collaboration and quiet spaces in Brown for your use. Most spaces are available without a reservation. The locked study rooms may be reserved using the room scheduler. This is of course in addition to the Library, Mohr Student Center, and various lounges across campus.

Commuter students currently have access to the Commuter Lounge in the lower level of Deerpath Hall on North Campus, but we’ve heard feedback that a dedicated space on Middle Campus would be highly desirable. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement for additional space on Middle Campus.

Events and Programming

I encourage you to take advantage of the amazing and varied programming planned for this semester. Upcoming events include academic lectures, Forester Day, career panels and resume workshops, art gallery openings, the Public Policy Analysis Challenge, social programs, Student Symposium, athletic contests, and more. Events can be found online on the calendar.

Have a wonderful semester! Take care of yourselves and each other and stay healthy!


Jill M. Baren
President, Lake Forest College

Posted 1/18/23

Public Safety issues reminders for student parking on campus during spring semester.

Welcome back all,

I would like to take just a moment of your time to pass along a few reminders as we begin another great semester in Lake Forest together. With regard to Campus Parking, please specifically note that…

  • parking permits are required and that strict enforcement of the “designated campus” identified on the permit has resumed.
  • all other regulations (to include adherence of stop signs, speed limits, fire lanes, designated reserved spaces, and display of permit) remain enforceable at all times without exception.
  • snowy conditions do not negate parking rules and that citations will not be waived solely on the basis of weather (snow, sleet, rain, etc.).
  • the Campus Parking Policy prohibits student parking at any time on “City of Lake Forest streets surrounding the College (Deerpath, College, Rosemary, Illinois, Sheridan, and Washington Roads)” (Page 7).

Please take some time to reacquaint yourselves with the College’s emergency and safety response plans which can be easily accessed here. On this webpage, you will also find a link to our 11-minute RUN – HIDE – FIGHT Active Shooter Response Options presentation.

We would like to remind our residential students that protecting your personal property from theft begins with you locking your door at all times. Equally important is that students should never give someone access into a residential building who they are not certain also lives there. Additional prudent crime prevention strategies include never leaving your belongings unattended (such as in lounges, the library, cafeteria, or other public spaces), and calling Public Safety immediately if you see someone who does not belong in your residence hall or is acting suspiciously by loitering in the hallways or entering (or attempting to enter) multiple rooms.

Finally, we would like to remind everyone to drive carefully and be especially watchful for pedestrians. Even with Facilities Management efforts to plow and salt when needed, slippery conditions will exist and that you should contact Fac/Man (at extension 5040) if you do observe a particularly icy area that has not yet been treated. If you experience hazardous conditions on public sidewalks coming to or leaving campus, let us know and we will pass that information on to the City of Lake Forest. Pedestrians, please also remember that while you do have the “right-of-way,” you certainly should not be cavalier in your travels and be mindful that even if a driver sees you, slippery winter roads might hinder their ability to effectively stop at crosswalks (like on Sheridan Road) or at intersections, stop signs or stop lights.

Thanks for taking a moment to review this message and, as always, please contact us with any questions.

Richard L. Cohen, CPP, CHS-III/NERT
Director of Public Safety

Posted 1/18/23

Health and Wellness offers free, drop-in confidential space for students to chat.

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If you need more immediate assistance during working hours, you may call 847-735-5240 and leave a message for a return call. In case of an emergency, please call your local emergency services or go to your nearest hospital. For an after-hours non-emergency mental health crisis, you can reach the Mental Health Support Line at 847-735-5300. Additional crisis resources include:  

Posted 1/18/23

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