Campus News


The spring 2018 semester has officially come to a close. Here is a review on the last two months of an incredible semester.

Lip Sync Battle
Based on the popular television show, students gathered in The Bistro to watch some of their classmates show off their (fake) singing capabilities. From High School Musical to Fergie, students performed lip sync routines to create one of the most hilarious nights of the semester. Pegasus took home the gold with a Hamilton anthem.

 University of Evansville's Grant Burnett giving a stellar solo performance.   

The Great British Bake-Off
This house competition was based on Britain's widely-viewed baking show. Each house had two hours to whip up a sweet treat for a panel of “celebrity judges.” House Newton took home the prize with a superb blackberry and lemon tart.

Costume Ball: Gatsby Style

The traditional Costume Ball was the bee’s knees this semester as students enjoyed a nice dinner and a night of dancing. They donned their bow ties and strings of pearls for a “Roaring Twenties” theme. 

Madison Lewis and Sydney Livingston, all glammed up for the ball.


And the Oscar Goes To…
The last house competition of the semester was a film festival. Each house had 72 hours to write a script, shoot a short film, and make edits while including a specific prop and several pre-established lines. We premiered the films in The Refectory and presented several awards such as “Best Picture” and “Best Performance by an Actor/Actress.”

Shakespeare Event

Dr. Joanne Janssen’s Shakespeare class had to perform an excerpt from a Shakespeare play as their final for the course. Luckily, they invited the rest of the manor to watch! Students performed a hilarious portion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their Harlaxton community.


Our traditional Valedictory took place on 12 April, marking the symbolic end of the Harlaxton semester before the students took finals. Several faculty/staff members gave speeches, presented students with awards, and congratulated the Spring Class of 2018 on completing their time at Harlaxton.

Margee Kassel of Western Kentucky University delievers an inspiring student address.

Principal's Award: Christin Donahoe (University of Evansville). Sports Award: Brianna Gaulke (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). Photography Award: Kate Stern (Western State Colorado University). Music Award: Piper Rennerfeldt (University of Evansville). Essay Award: Maggie Sullivan (University of Evansville). Dean's Award: Celeste Campbell (Texas Woman's University).


And the Winners Are…
Congratulations to House Mercia for winning the golden key to the manor and being the house champions of the Spring 2018 semester! We have constantly been impressed with their spirit and dedication to house competitions.

Nico Brimberry and Luke Rowles proudly don their Mercia gear with the golden key. Brimberry and Rowles were also voted "Most House Spirit" by the student body.

We would also like to announce last place: House Pegasus! They took home the tokened Harlaxton symbol for coming in last–the wooden spoon. We do commend them for their fight and good humour.

Heidi Holgate and Ali Clark sport the wooden spoon.


Big Breakfast
As the final event of the semester, we held our “Big Breakfast” on the last night. Per tradition, faculty and staff served the students, except this semester, a friendly panda bear showed up to serve scrambled eggs. Students received their yearbooks, watched their semester video, and had one last time together.




Honours Poster Presentations
British studies honours students created graphics to showcase their research topics and showcased them in The Great Hall. Students and professors wandered throughout the students to learn a few tidbits of information about British topics. It was a very interesting evening!

Sarah McDaniel poses with her poster about John Knox.

Off to London
The entire student body took a field trip to London on 6 April. They toured St. Paul’s Cathedral, checked out the National Gallery, and enjoyed some beautiful weather at Trafalgar Square.  

Photo from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral by Katie Smith.

With the end of another semester, we say goodbye to several visiting faculty/staff members. We would like to thank them for bringing so much knowledge, laughter, and joy to Harlaxton Manor.

Some of the faculty and staff sharing a laugh on Valedictory night.


Tess Lombard, Sarah Osinski, Mckaila Parker, and Jessica O'Shaughnessy with their fresh macarons on our Paris trip.

Anna McGriff, Piper Rennerfeldt, and Elizabeth Field cheese in the Barcelona sun.

Habitat for Humanity
Several students spent a long weekend selflessly donating their time and energy to Habitat for Humanity. We thank them for their humble service to help build a house in Romania.


The Manor


Egg-cellent Sunday
Students celebrated Easter Sunday with an old-fashioned egg hunt around the manor grounds. They also had an egg-toss, which resulted in a few yokey hands.


Career Panel
As part of our Careers Week, we held an international futures panel with three American panelists who have made the UK part of their extended studies. The panelists were Chad Coomer (M.D./D. Phil candidate in biomedical sciences from the National Insitutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program), Jay Todd Richey (MSc Human Rights student at the London School of Economics), and Amber Pouliot (Teaching Fellow in British studies at Harlaxton College).


Music at Harlaxton
On 5 April, students and Meet-A-Families gathered in The Great Hall for “Music at Harlaxton.” Several students performed musical compositions on various instruments and the Harlaxton choir performed under the direction of Dr. Tim Williams. 

Wedding Fair
For the first time, Harlaxton Manor hosted a wedding fair on 29 April. Over twenty wedding vendors, including photographers, florists, caterers, dressmakers, and musicians, gathered for a public event. The event was a smashing success that will be sure to return to the manor.

The Community

Wyndham Park
Several students gathered for an educational event at Wyndham Park, where they volunteered and taught local children about insects, bats, and animal habitats.


Half Marathon
Five students competed in the Belvoir Half Marathon & Fun Run on 8 April. Student Molly Mersinger had never even ran a 5k before she came to Harlaxton, but she trained for the half throughout the entire semester and finished with a smile.


Furry Friends
Per spring tradition, a local farmer brought newborn lambs to Harlaxton for the students to cuddle. We threw in some puppies and ice cream for day of utter happiness before the students took finals.

University of Evansville's Mary Dearing literally has a little lamb.

Social Media
Can’t get enough of your favourite British manor? Be sure to follow Harlaxton College on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr. In addition to the college, the Manor itself now has a brand new Facebook page! Follow Harlaxton Manor for frequent photos of our humble abode!

Looking for additional ways to keep up with the students? Follow the Harlaxton blog, The Lion's Roar, for stories, insights, and advice from current students living at the Manor. If alumni are interested in guest writing for The Lion's Roar please contact Spring 2018 Media Intern Bryson Keltner at
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