All-Star Band Concert Set for January 25
Lakeland College band director Chris Werner will be working with band directors of Eastern Valley Conference-member schools to put together an all-star concert in the Little Chute area on Jaunary 25.
With a total of 400 students, the group will gather in the morning for a day of rehearsing prior to the evening performance. The middle school honors groups will perform their concert at 3 p.m. in the Little Chute Fieldhouse, followed by the high school honors concert at 4:30 p.m. Werner is directing the high school honors band. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
The Easter Valley Conference Honors Band performance will be comprised of students from Berlin, Clintonville, Fox Valley Lutheran, Freedom, Little Chute, Omro, Ripon, Waupaca, Winneconne, and Xavier.
"It's a great opportunity to get the students playing together," Werner said. "It is an 'all-star' type of experience in that they are coming together, the best of the best, in a short time to put on a concert. A group of 400 students who haven't played a note together will assemble a full concert program with about eight hours of rehearsal time. That's pretty cool!"
Senior Art Exhibit Opens January 24
Lakeland College will spotlight the work of two senior art students when the first of two Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibitions opens on Friday, Jan. 24.
Tyler Holman, of Sheboygan, and Jinsu Ryu, of Tokyo, Japan, will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus.
The exhibit, which will feature works created by these students during their time at Lakeland, will run through Feb. 24. 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.
The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for advertising (creating a poster), mounting the exhibition, speaking at the opening reception and removing all of their work when the exhibit is over. This gives the students a real life experience as a professional artist, which will be very useful after they graduate and continue to exhibit their artwork.
Holman is working towards a bachelor's degree in art with a studio art and graphic art emphasis. He has various art-related work experiences including internships and substitute instructor positions where he has selected and directed student driven designs and instructed his peers.
Holman is also the recipient of several art related awards, a second-place award for his pastel drawing in the Lakeland College Annual Competitive Student Art Exhibition, and a medal in computer illustration from the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Art Show, to name a couple. He is extremely self-driven and has a very unique style.
"There's a structure to the process I use when creating art," Holman said. "It's not painstaking or torturous. That would be silly. Instead, the structure is simple, and makes the event of creation rewarding, desirable and quite addicting. The structure consists of layers that describe who I am, the ideas I have, the field I'm pursuing and the message I wish to convey through art."
Lakeland to celebrate MLK with Peace Walk
Lakeland College will celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a Peace Walk on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 20.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., members of the Lakeland community — students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college — are invited to gather in the Younger Family Campus Center. The group will depart Lakeland by 4:45 p.m. for a candlelit walk up the hill to Immanuel United Church of Christ, located on the corner of County Roads M and FF. The Lakeland group will be joined by Immanuel congregation members at the church.
Following some remarks about King's legacy and a message of peace, everyone will walk back to Lakeland's campus center for coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and fellowship.
Photo from the National Archives and Records Administration.
Lakeland College Campus Shop announces new hours
The following are the Lakeland College Campus Shop dates and hours of operation beginning February 3:
Regular spring term operating hours run March 31 through May 31.
Visit the Lakeland College Campus Shop website for more information.
VITA program again providing free tax assistance
Every year during tax time, Lakeland College accounting students power the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax return service for lower-income citizens.
"VITA is a wonderful thing," says Lakeland College graduate Brittney Mauk, who completed her degree in accounting last December and now works for Schenck Business Solutions. "Not only did it give me hands-on experience; it also connects Lakeland College students to the community. It's such a great feeling to see the joy in people's faces and hear them say, 'Thank you so much!'"
The Sheboygan VITA program, sponsored by Guaranty Bank and Schenck SC, takes place one night a week from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sheboygan Salvation Army. For participating Lakeland College students, the volunteer work is linked to their Federal Income Tax 2 class.
Brett Killion, in his third year as Lakeland's assistant professor of accounting, said his students – with help from Lakeshore Technical College students – handled 766 state returns and 665 federal returns last spring. The average federal return yielded $1,356 and the average Sheboygan VITA state refund was $540.
In its first nine years, Lakeland's program has collected more than $9 million in tax refunds for low income earners in the area.
"You're dealing with live emotions," says Lakeland senior Tara Guell, who will graduate with her accounting degree in May and who works with VITA. "Happy, sad, angry, confused … I can relate to the people coming in for help. As a single mother I once struggled with some of the things they're going through. It feels good when we can help."
Lower-income citizens bring in their paperwork and conduct a short interview with the accounting student assigned to the return. There are 10 computers set up in the Salvation Army for the Lakeland students to use. Most returns take between an hour and an hour-and-a-half. The returns are then reviewed by the more experienced students and tax practitioners. After that, the paperwork is compiled. Mauk says she has completed anywhere from one to five returns per shift.
"There are people out there who are struggling," says Killion. "We provide that free service and hopefully put dollars in their pockets."
Citizens who receive money aren't the only ones with a sense of reward. "We actually have alums contact me and volunteer to help, even after they graduate," says Killion.