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Lakeland College hosted its inaugural Community Book Read on April 15, 2014 with Wisconsin native Chad Harbach, author of the best-selling novel "The Art of Fielding." Harbach met with students for a Q&A earlier in the day. The evening event featured Harbach reading excerpts from the novel and answering questions about the work and his life as an author and magazine editor. "The Art of Fielding," Harbach's debut novel, was named one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2011.

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larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Events Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:47:57 -0500
Mission House Lecture to feature minster, author Reid

Stephen ReidThe role our social standing plays in our interpretation of the Bible will be the focus of the annual Lakeland College Mission House Lecture.

Stephen B. Reid, a faculty member at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, a Baptist theological seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, will discuss the role that one's social and economic status, ethnicity and race plays in the interpretation of the Bible.

The free talk is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Bradley Theatre. The Mission House Lecture is an annual talk by a leading religion leader and pays tribute to Lakeland's founding as Mission House College.

Following the lecture, a luncheon with Reid is planned from 12:30-2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and reservations are required by Oct. 14. Register online at or contact Linda Bosman at bosmanlr [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu or 920-565-1023, ext. 2151.

Reid is the author or editor of "Experience and Traditions: A Primer in Black Biblical Hermeneutics," "Listening In: A Multicultural Reading of the Psalms," "Prophets and Paradigms: Essays in Honor of Gene M. Tucker" and "Psalms and Practice: Worship, Virtue and Authority."

An ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:34:22 -0500
Presnell-Weidner to showcase work Denise Presnell-Weidner
Denise Presnell-Weidner, who retired in the spring as an associate professor of art at Lakeland College, will open her final exhibit at Lakeland with a reception at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.

The exhibit, which will be in the Bradley Gallery in the college's Bradley Fine Arts Building through Oct. 30, will include her newer work along with some old favorites.

The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.

Presnell-Weidner came to Lakeland in 1989 as a member of the faculty and co-director of the Bradley Gallery with her husband, Bill Weidner. She served as chair of the Creative Arts Division and helped lead development of the graphic arts emphasis within the art major.

A prolific professional painter, printmaker and pastel artist, her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. She is represented by professional art galleries in Milwaukee, Mishicot and Elkhart Lake.

Presnell-Weidner said she has been inspired to return to figurative work with the development of new printmaking methods, specifically digital printing, solar etching and polyester plate lithography.

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"My work is a dance between two realities – observed nature and intuition," she said. "Often, the natural world leads, but intuition becomes emboldened by inspiration's desire to take steps in an entirely different direction. I am never quite sure where the dance is leading – which I find exhilarating. My intuition decides when the song is over and waits for the next tune to begin.

Presnell-Weidner said after working with traditional methods for years, she is pushing the boundaries of her art through experimentation.

"This exploration is guided by a desire to think differently about how art is made," she said. "After many years of working in traditional methods where artwork was a flat, singular image, experimentation with new methods of image making has influenced how I put an image together. The methods and motivation are now entwined. I am at a time of shameless experimentation with combining unlike imagery onto substrates of any kind. The frame has become the art.

"I am not interested in 'playing it safe' with my artwork. There were many years when I was not bold enough to allow myself to step outside my own rules. I now challenge myself to dissolve the rules and boundaries that define art."

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retlichc [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Chris Retlich) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:13:50 -0500
Lakeland receives $50,000 Bradley Foundation grant

Bradley Foundation GrantLakeland College has received $50,000 from the Bradley Foundation as part of the college's ongoing efforts to improve the economic understanding of Wisconsin teachers and students

Lakeland will use the grant to fund a series of one-day workshops for up to 100 Wisconsin high school teachers of American history.

The workshops will introduce teachers to the economic way of thinking, which stresses choices, costs, incentives, rules of the economic system and gains from trade. It will include supply and demand analysis and the basic institutions of a market economy including private property rights, profit motive, consumer sovereignty, competition and freedom of contract.

The seminars will feature interactive presentations and simulations, video clips and other active learning experiences.

All participating teachers will receive copies of "Economic Episodes in American History" for their classrooms.

"This initiative helps us make progress toward providing teachers with the content knowledge and instructional tools they will need to improve the economic understanding of their students," said Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland's Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Economics and director of the college's Center for Economic Education.

"While few people seriously question the importance of understanding the basics of economics, it remains scarce in the K-12 schools. When included at all, a course in economics is delayed until the last possible moment—usually in grade 11 or 12. American history is required in nearly every high school, so integrating these concepts into that curriculum is an easy way for schools to make sure these important concepts are being taught."

Since 2012, annual gifts from the Bradley Foundation have enabled the Lakeland College Center for Economic Education to establish a foundation for a strong economic history teacher training and curriculum implementation program.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:23:51 -0500
In Memoriam: Lakeland Trustee Emeritus Don Hinze

Donald HinzeLakeland College Trustee Emeritus Rev. Dr. Donald Hinze passed away on July 17, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Waupaca after a brief battle of cancer. He was 85.

Hinze graduated from Lakeland College (Mission House) in 1952. He was named a Lakeland trustee in 1985, and served on the Academic & Student Affairs committee for years. He retired from the board in 2007 and was named a trustee emeritus. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Lakeland in 1982, and was Lakeland's baccalaureate speaker at commencement in 1988.

He had deep roots with the college. His grandfather, Daniel Schaefer, graduated from Mission House in 1882, and several of his uncles were also Mission House graduates.

Hinze held ordained ministry his entire career in the United Church of Christ. He served faithfully as pastor to congregations in Owosso, Mich., Des Plains, Ill. and Longmont, Colo. In 1974 he came back to Wisconsin with his family to become minister of the Northeast Association, Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ, an elective post he held for 21 years. In 1994, he became interim Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.

Hinze received his masters of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, in 1955 and was ordained to Christian ministry at Immanuel UCC in Kaukauna, Wis. He also attended Garett Evangelical Seminary.

Over the years, he served on ecumenical boards, boards of community service agencies and the Peace Movement. Being somewhat an inventor, he was proud of his one U.S. patent (floatation device for watercraft). He loved writing and had a book published in 1990 about stewardship, "To Give and Give Again" (Pilgrim Press).

Donations in his memory may be made to The Reinhard Ulrich Chair at Lakeland or The American Cancer Society.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:04:19 -0500
Lakeland Music Camp students to perform world premiere of original piece

Students attending Lakeland College's 59th annual Music Camp have the unique opportunity to perform the world premiere of a piece specially commissioned for Lakeland's camp.

Composer Kimberly Archer (, associate professor of composition at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, has been working with students this week and helping them learn her original piece, "Irish Blessing." The piece was commissioned by Chris Werner, director of Lakeland's Music Camp and the college's assistant professor of instrumental music.

The work will be performed as part of the camp's final concert on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Wehr Center Fieldhouse. Werner will conduct.

"I've worked with her pieces many times, but this is the shortest amount of time I've had to prepare myself and the players for a world premiere, so this is unique," Werner said. "Not only had the students not seen this music, but it's brand new. There is a coolness and pressure to having the composer in the room."

"Irish Blessing" is written for a full band, orchestra strings and voices. More than 200 students will perform. The concert will also include a group performance of "America the Beautiful," and Archer will speak about her piece.

Archer's original work and her residency during the camp are funded by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Archer wrote of her piece, "Having attended and enjoyed many such camps in my own youth, I wanted to offer a concert culmination of joyful song using an Irish blessing – preferably one that actually references the Irish's great love of music."

Lakeland's Music Camp, which this year runs from July 26-Aug. 1, provides band, choir, orchestra and piano instruction for high school and middle school musicians. Learn more at

retlichc [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Chris Retlich) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:47:25 -0500
Lakeland's accounting program among nation's best

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Lakeland College's accounting program has been rated one of the nation's 25 best online bachelor's degree-earning programs by

Each of the 25 schools is recognized by one of three prominent accrediting agencies for business and accounting programs. used its own methodology to weigh factors such as a school's reputation, graduation rate, quality of curriculum and student preference to identify a selection of more than 20 fully online programs.

Primary factors for ranking included academic rigor, selectivity, student satisfaction and long-term success.

Lakeland was rated No. 18 on the list. The complete list can be found here.

Lakeland Assistant Professor of Accounting Brett Killion said the national ranking reflects the time and effort the college has put into designing a modern, top-notch online curriculum.

"Our BlendEd technology makes online courses feel more like in-person classroom experiences for students," Killion said. "Our goal at Lakeland is for our accounting graduates to be hired quickly upon graduation, and we see that happening time and time again with students earning jobs at leading companies like ACUITY, Schenck SC and Orion Energy."

Lakeland's BlendEd classes allow students to choose the learning platform that best fits their schedule. Students can take courses in the traditional classroom, through a live classroom video broadcast using a personal computer or mobile device, watch a recorded video of the class later or work online with no face-to-face attendance required.

Lakeland's program was lauded by for producing graduates who are able to identify, analyze and solve financial problems and succeed in fields such as tax planning, business consulting and bookkeeping. Lakeland was also recognized for serving a large population of non-traditional students and the ranking noted that 95.4 percent of Lakeland's graduates are working within six months of graduation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for accountants and auditors is $63,550, with employment rates expected to grow 13 percent through 2022.

To learn more about Lakeland's Accounting program, click here.

retlichc [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Chris Retlich) Featured Lakeland News Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:13:03 -0500
College hires new biology faculty member

Biology faculty hiredAndrew Karls will join Lakeland's faculty this fall as assistant professor of biology.

He received a Ph.D. from Marquette University's biological sciences program in 2014 and has been working as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Dr. Robert W. Peoples. He uses genetic manipulations followed by physiological assays to understand the molecular targets of alcohol.

During his graduate tenure, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant for four years and has taught a mix of introductory and upper-level laboratory courses. In addition to classroom work, for three summers he served as a mentor in a National Science Foundation-sponsored summer research program, overseeing the research experience of a diverse group of college students who had never worked in a laboratory setting.

He received a bachelor's degree in human biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He also took classes at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and UW-Oshkosh.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:21:37 -0500
Lakeland hires hospitality management instructor

sp-oneBritanni Meinnert, a Lakeland graduate and veteran teacher and employee in the hospitality industry, will join the college's faculty full time this fall as instructor of hospitality management.

In addition to teaching courses at Lakeland, she will manage the partnership between the college and Blue Harbor Resort & Spa, The Osthoff Resort and Destination Kohler. She will also develop new opportunities for student internships.

Meinnert's background makes her an ideal fit for this role. Since 2012 she has been an instructor in Lakeshore Technical College's supervisory management and hotel/hospitality programs. She created and coordinated student internships, was an academic advisor, supervised the Hospitality Club and designed courses.

She also assisted Blue Harbor Resort with training new employees and provided leadership development for two of their managers. She used her strong industry connections to place students in either full-time or internship positions.

She has also taught in Lakeland's hospitality management program as an adjunct instructor since the spring of 2008.

From the spring of 1998 until the end of 2011 she worked at The American Club in Kohler, spending most of her tenure as manager of the front desk and Carriage House operations. She has significant experience in a wide range of industry skills including employee management and development and customer service for this AAA 5-diamond property.

Meinnert graduated in 2000 from Lakeland with a bachelor's degree in resort management and received a master of business administration degree from Lakeland in 2010.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:13:06 -0500