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Britanni 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.
An accidental fire midday Sunday (June 21) caused significant damage to a Lakeland College residence hall.
A fire started in the east building of Hill House from a resident student cooking. Lakeland security was notified of the fire shortly before 12:37 p.m. and immediately contacted the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department. The student was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Both the east and west units of Hill will be closed to residents and the long-term status of Hill is pending further investigation of the structures. Approximately 22 people – some students and non-student area interns – who were living in Hill will be provided different accommodations on campus.
Members of Lakeland’s student life and Student Success and Engagement teams were on campus working to get the affected students whatever they needed. A more organized effort that will allow others to help those affected will be announced soon.
Hill is one of 10 residence halls on Lakeland’s campus. It was built in 1994 and is named for former Lakeland President Richard Hill.
Any media outlets with questions should contact David Gallianetti at 920-980-5313.
The Rev. David Michael, a 1963 Lakeland graduate and one of the longest serving trustees in the college's history, passed away on June 7. He was 73.
He joined the board of trustees in 1972 as a youth member and served on the board for 43 consecutive years. Of the approximately 300 people who have served as the institution's trustees since 1867 (when the college's records begin), he is the second longest serving trustee behind Bob Melzer, who has served for 44 years.
Michael loved the college and faithfully served Lakeland as a leader, ambassador, friend and donor. "Lakeland's greatest strength, in my judgment, is its concern for the whole student as a whole person," he once wrote. "Its size permits the kind of interchange and relationships between students and faculty which is essential for quality education."
At the time of his passing he was serving on the board's Academic Programming & Innovation committee and the Trusteeship & Human Capital committee. He formerly served as a vice president on the board's Executive Committee and chair of the Academic & Student Affairs committee and the Trusteeship and Human Capital committee. He was a member of two presidential search committees.
He also served on the committee that created the aspirational document "Decade 2000" and served on the committee that created the vision document "Lakeland College 2020," both of which created visions for moving the college forward.
A longtime pastor in the United Church of Christ, Michael was a member of the planning committee of the Mission House Center, he was part of the group that helped create the master of arts in theology graduate degree and he led the college's baccalaureate service in 1998.
An obituary, which includes information about funeral services, can be read here.
Lakeland College now offers post-master's certificates in counseling for any individual who holds a master's degree in counseling from a regionally accredited college or university.
This professional development program is designed for individuals who wish to add to and diversify their counseling skills for different audiences, whether in school counseling, community counseling or higher education counseling.
Individuals who complete the post-graduate certificate in school counseling are eligible to apply for licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction while individuals complete the post-graduate certificate in community counseling are eligible to apply for licensure through the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
These certificate programs generally require individuals to complete an additional 12 credit hours (four classes) which includes coursework, practicums and internships. Further coursework may be required in some instances. This non-degree program is offered through Lakeland's seven centers.
"Certification programs are time effective and cost effective, and allow individuals to build upon skills they already have," said Deborah Bilzing, director of Lakeland's counseling program. "Certification can open up career opportunities in other specialized areas of professional counseling."
For more information, please contact Deborah Bilzing at (920) 565-1021 x 2119 or
Learn more about Post-Masters Certificate Opportunities and policies.
Lakeland College has hired two new instructors for its communication and aviation programs.
Casey Schmitt will be joining Lakeland's faculty as instructor of communication, and Steven Vaught has joined Lakeland's faculty as assistant chief flight instructor, joining chief flight instructor Brandon Molina in this fast-growing aviation program.
Schmitt has eight years of experience teaching composition and communication at the college level, including lead instruction/course design and experience designing blended learning courses which used digital technology in and out of the classroom.
He comes to Lakeland from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where, since the fall of 2009, he has been serving as a lecturer and graduate teaching assistant. He is completing his Ph.D. this summer in communication arts-rhetoric, politics & culture from UW-Madison, where he also received a master of arts in communication arts-rhetoric and a bachelor's degree in creative writing and classical humanities.
He also has a master of arts in folklore from the University of Oregon, where he worked as a graduate teaching fellow. His teaching experience includes a year as an instructor at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., where he taught critical reading and writing.
In addition to his academic background, Schmitt has professional, non-academic writing/editorial experience on multiple print and Web publications, including work for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and internships at The Onion and Wisconsin Public Radio.
Schmitt's first day at Lakeland will be August 17.
Vaught comes to Lakeland from Western Michigan University, where he has worked as a certified flight instructor since the spring of 2008. He was also an adjunct faculty member for Western Michigan teaching their aviation weather course.
Vaught holds a master of business administration degree and a bachelor's with honors in aviation flight science, both from Western Michigan. He has earned more than a dozen FAA certifications and endorsements. He is in the process of completing the master instructor program through the National Association of Flight Instructors. As an undergraduate, he served an internship at the Kalamazoo Battle-Creek International Airport.
He has also created and maintains an aviation self-study YouTube channel, has served as an instructor for Advanced Aviation Summer Camp, has done software development and has volunteered as a hurricane and tornado relief worker in several southern states.
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