Campus News

We have reached the halfway mark for the spring semester! Our calendar is packed with events and the students are full of energy. Enjoy this peek into your favourite British Manor!

Thrills and Chills

Several students took a local culture trip to Beaumanor Hall for a day of extreme fun. Despite snow and sleet, they enjoyed zip lining, a high ropes course, and areal trekking.

Pancake Flippin'
The Manor celebrated Pancake Day in Harlaxton fashion by turning the tradition into a House Competition. Students raced around the Manor’s Front Circle while flipping pancakes in a frying pan. House Mercia took home the gold.

Chandler Burwell practices her flip.

Darwin Day
The 12th day of the month marked the 209th birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. Dr. Noah Gordon celebrated by leading a Darwin birthday party in The Bistro. Students discussed Darwin’s merits, raised a glass, and lit 209 candles before enjoying birthday cake.   

Lions and Hoops
Lions Basketball is doing well in their league games this semester. A highlight of a recent game was when a student coach took the phrase “suit up” to a new level. Shout-out to 17-year-old Brock Wandel, son of Harlaxton professor Tamara Wandel, for dressing up on the court and inspiring the lions to take a win.

Football, but Not the European Kind
On 4 February, the Student Development Office hosted a Super Bowl Party in The Refectory. Over 50 students gathered to watch the game, eat copious amounts of junk food, and sing along with Justin Timberlake’s halftime performance. The students even stood as P!nk sang The Star Spangled Banner as a nod to their home country. Given the time difference, the event didn’t begin until 11:30 p.m. but 15 students actually stayed for the entire duration of the game.


British Studies at Evansville
The British Studies program has been granted departmental status by the University of Evansville with an administrative home in the William L. Ridgway School of Arts and Sciences. Given that Harlaxton College itself exists thanks to the generosity of Dr Ridgway this makes a wonderful addition to the links between UE and Harlaxton. As part of this development, UE students will be able to complete a Minor or Certificate in British Studies. The Minor requires students to complete 18 credit hours including the British Studies course at Harlaxton and twelve credits from electives taken at Harlaxton or UE. To gain the Certificate twelve credit hours must be completed including British Studies with the remaining six credits from elective courses offered at Harlaxton or UE. Full details of this will soon be available from the UE course catalogue. 

Victorian Tours
On 27 February, the entire Harlaxton class took a British studies field trip to Southwell workhouse. They also took tours of their own home, Harlaxton Manor. Both tours gave the students a taste of both lower and upper Victorian classes. 

Victoria Keesee, Blake Elliot, and Gillian Herold are all smiles at Southwell.

Gold Room Lecture: Lora Becker
Visiting professor Dr. Lora Becker gave a Gold Room Lecture on 12 Feb. She discussed how emotions, logic, and the human mind impact world political trends. Dr. Becker is the Director of Neuroscience at the University of Evansville and she recently gained full professorship in psychology.



A few of our Galway Girls on the way to the Cliffs of Moher!


A little group photo on our school Scotland trip!


The students loved seeing Caenarfon Castle on our North Wales trip!

The Manor


The Manor in White
While England doesn’t usually see large quantities on snow, Harlaxton received a week-long snowfall thanks to the “Beast from the East” snow storms. Every day over the last week brought fresh powder to the Manor. The snow caused several travel cancellations for the students, but there are worse places to be snowed in.


Dr. Stephanie Perez with three of her fellow students from Texas Lutheran University.

Mother’s Day Tea
Harlaxton Manor will be hosting a Mother's Day Tea on 11 March at 12:00 PM. Tickets are available by phone at 01476 403000 or email at . Find more information on our Facebook page!

Harlaxton staff member Lesley Mees is retiring after fourteen years at Harlaxton Manor. She has worked in textbooks, field trips, the library, house tours, and more. Upon retirement, she looks forward to reading, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Harlaxton History: The Pizza Caper
This year marks the 35th anniversary of a famous Harlaxton story: The Great Pizza Caper. The Harlaxton Spring class of 1983 made international headlines as Harlaxton students Jim Donahue (son of TV personality Phil Donahue) and John Bruce flew forty half-baked pizzas from New York to Harlaxton College. The two collected three pounds and fifty pence from all 141 Harlaxton students and flew to Famous Ray’s Pizza in Manhattan to collect the pies. They, then, flew back to England in under 24 hours and
—with the help of some friendsfinished cooking the pizzas to hold a pizza party at the Manor.

Doing so required a British import license under the name of the “Long Distance Pizza Delivery Committee,” which Jim Donahue led under the alias “Frank Idaball.”

Darcy (Coulson) Reed, President of the Long Distance Pizza Committee, recently re-visited Harlaxton with her husband, Jim (another Harlaxton ’83 alum). She recounted the story.

“It started off as a joke,” Darcy said. “Not to be offensive to the British, but we were really craving American pizza.” She and her friends began getting the ball rolling.

“We figured out a way to get there and back. I had to call the airport to figure out how we could get them into the country. I found out we had to have a veterinarian certify them in the states and certify them here. They were half-cooked. We couldn’t bring raw meat in.”

They took their idea to the principal at the time, who called them crazy, but gave them permission. Darcy elaborated on the two who flew to New York.

“It was Phil Donahue’s son, Jim Donahue. We came up with a fake name for him because at the time, his dad and David Letterman were rivals and we couldn’t let David know we were doing this because he could have done something about it.

The two boys flew out together. I stayed here to organize everything coming back in. Within 24 hours we had the pizzas on their way, coming through Heathrow, and delivered here.”

“The Pizza Caper” received news coverage on several television and radio broadcasts as well as features in huge newspapers such as The Toranto Star, The American, and The Chicago Sun-Times.

John Bruce and Jim Donahue stand with some of their imported pizzas circa the Harlaxton Spring '83 yearbook.

The Community

Community Service
The College is having several community service events within the Grantham area this semester—some of which include volunteering at Wyndham Park and helping refurbish the Grantham Canal. Look for more details in our next newsletter.

Notts County Football
When our list for a trip to see a Notts County football game filled up, the Student Development Office quickly stepped up to provide a ticket to every Harlaxton student who wanted to attend. An extra bus order, a few calls, and a generous donation by the league’s president later, 72 Harlaxton students enjoyed a European sporting tradition.

It was a chilly night in Notts County!

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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