Current Initiatives

Lawrence University has reached and surpassed its goal of raising $4.5 million for the Banta Bowl Renovation. We are grateful for the leadership of our campaign co-chairs David C. Blowers ’82 and Dr. Charles A. McKee ’68 who provided excellent leadership, our athletics advisory committee and all of our generous donors who made the renovation possible.

On October 17, 2015, Lawrence University celebrated the official reopening and rededication of the renovated Banta Bowl in tandem with the venue’s 50th anniversary.  The field was named in honor of Lawrence’s legendary football coach and director of athletics, Ron Roberts. Thanks to the support the college received from alumni, parents, friends and community partners, we now are home to a preeminent multi-sports and multi-purpose venue serving Lawrence and the Fox Cities.

The upgrade will vastly enhance the experience for our current student athletes as well as help us attract and retain high quality students in the future. We are excited for all the ways the new Banta Bowl will impact athletes and the campus, as well as the larger Fox Valley community.

The college continues to seek funds to upgrade the Press Box at the Banta Bowl and to provide sustainable support through endowed funds specifically for Vikings Athletics. To learn more about the Banta Bowl renovation and ways to support Lawrence athletics, please contact:

Kristen Mekemson
Campaign Director and Principal Gifts Officer
711 E Boldt Way – Wilson House
Appleton, WI 54911-5699

The Goal