Editors Note: Since publishing, the Daily Times has been made aware of Dr. Lawson’s passing. Our condolences are with her family and all who knew her during this difficult time. According to Shawnee State Faculty, the benefit will still be held in her honor as scheduled. All who knew her are encouraged to attend and celebrate her life and legacy as a educator, family member and friend.
After finding out that their colleague, Dr. Shannon Lawson was taking medical leave due to a prolonged illness, the Shawnee State University English and Humanities Department rallied together to support Lawson and her family.
The department will be hosting a spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser to assist the Lawson family.
The benefit will be held on campus, 940 2nd Street, in the Morris University Center’s East Ballroom on Nov. 9 from 5-7 p.m.
“Nick Meriwether actually initiated the conversation about having a fundraiser and has helped to coordinate the catering with Sodexo, he’s also coordinating entertainment. Some of our faculty will be playing ambient music throughout the evening,” said Dr. Jen Scott.
Scott has worked to coordinate the silent auction, and members of Lawson’s church have helped to donate items.
Some items include a Kindle Paperwhite, a flat-screen TV, signed books by local authors, along with gift baskets.
Lawson served in many capacities at the University, and her absence is felt deeply by both the faculty and students across campus.
“I will say I never really felt like a success, or even a visible part of the Academy here until she became my advisor. She really saw me, as a student and a peer, and listened to me. It wasn’t until she became my advisor that I actually began to believe that I would graduate someday,” said student Dane Palla. Palla is a Communications major and is set to graduate in May. “She put faith in me and made the whole college process something I could manage and understand. I had been through three or four advisors before I came to her, and she was very professional, caring, and friendly, but also very serious and dedicated to my success, and I saw that from day one. Over the years she became a close friend, and I always think of her as my ‘academic mother.’”
Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 for Shawnee State students and children ages 12 and under are $5.
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