Koehler Award Winner - Who Will It Be?
Business management with communications minor
Emma Drake's campus activities are numerous. She was the Bradley Fine Arts Building supervisor from 2011-13 and has served in many capacities in the theatre department including: technician, crew chief, designer, writer, assistant director, director and assistant to the director. Emma has been involved in LC-CAB, BSU and has been an orientation leader, a conversation partner and vice president of Theatricians. She has done a wide variety of service projects both on- and off-campus including: CSI volunteer (2009-2010), Masquer's theatre production stage manager (spring 2012), Sesquicentennial volunteer (summer 2012), ticket box volunteer for the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra (2012-2013), SSO Wine Tasting (spring 2013) and interning for this year's Movers and Shakers Gala. Emma received the Dorothy Dings Kohler Scholarship and the James Roenitz Sales & Marketing Scholarship. Awards received are: Outstanding Student Leader Award (2011 and 2012), Presidents Choice Award (2012) and the Outstanding Student in Theatre Award 2012-2013.
Emma looks forward to finishing up her internship with the Movers & Shakers Gala, assisting with Lakeland's Summer Orientation Program and then moving to the Madison area to pursue a career in business. "I will miss being able to see the college grow," she says. "It has grown so much over the last four years and overcome many different things. Lakeland isn't just a college. With its strong foundation and values, it's a community and a family; one that I am so honored to be part of."
Psychology and sports studies
Jessica Eichner has served in many different capacities on campus. She has been a resident assistant (2010-13), campus ambassador (2011-13) and orientation leader (2011-12). She played on the softball team (2011-13) and belonged to several organizations including the Psychology Club, SAAC, the LC-CAB executive board and Mortar Board. Her service experiences include working with Building Bridges, Kidz Klub at Kiel Alliance Church and Now is the Time Missions in Antigua, Guatemala. She was the recipient of a Lakeland College Faculty Scholarship and received the award for Outstanding Student in Exercise Science & Sport Studies. After graduation, she will attend Minnesota State University-Mankato and is excited to go somewhere larger where she looks forward to new people and new experiences.
She writes, "The thing that I will miss most about Lakeland is the family/community feel here. It was so easy to meet people, talk to professors and get involved here on campus. I'm going to miss the athletic events where you can cheer on your friends. I'm going to miss those late night runs to Walmart to pick up junk food for random movie nights in Brotz. I'm going to miss that incredibly short 5-minute walk to class, in which you would see 15 people you know along the way. I'm going to miss those fall days where you want to spend all day outside whether it's on the beach, playing volleyball outside the apartments or going to an outdoor concert on campus. I think the better question is: what am I not going to miss? And that I could not answer for you."
Roberto C. Frias
Marketing with art (studio) minor
Roberto, known as Robby to his friends, has been involved in a wide array of life on campus. A wrestler (2009-13) and a leader in Mu Lambda Sigma fraternity, (including positions as treasurer, president, pledge educator and alumni rep), he has also been a member of SAAC, an IGC representative, a campus ambassador, an admissions assistant and a marketing assistant. He has been involved in theatre on campus as an actor, set designer and light coordinator. His service work includes being a volunteer wrestling coach at North High School in Sheboygan, and a volunteer for Texas Road House Special Olympics, Project Linus and the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. He is the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship (2009-13), the Marinus J. Kregel Athletic Scholarship (2011, 2012, 2013) and the Windway Foundation Scholarship (2012-13). His awards are: Outstanding Student in Marketing (2011, 2012), LC Man of the Year (2012), Academic All American - NCAA DIII Athletics (2012), Dean's List (2009-2013), Kudek Academic Excellence Award (2011, 2012), Highest GPA Award - Wrestling (2011, 2012) and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2011, 2012, 2013).
After graduation, Robby will stay at Lakeland as a graduate assistant in marketing and will pursue a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in project management. He writes, "I look forward to facing challenges, opportunities, experiences and obstacles with the lessons I have learned from my classmates, professors, coaches, teammates, friends and colleagues. I look forward to discovering the type of person I have matured into since entering college, identifying how I have grown and ultimately discovering who I will become. I have been in the presence of success in so many different ways here at Lakeland and it has impressed upon me an understanding of the benefits gained through the discipline of hard work. For this, I am truly grateful. I will miss the genuine compassion, commitment and pride that people take at Lakeland in facilitating the growth of exceptional and well-rounded men and women. I will miss the connections and experiences I have shared with teammates, coaches, teachers and friends. I will miss being a big fish in a deep pond. I will miss being a Muskie."
Early adolescence through adolescence education and broad field social studies
Aaron played football at Lakeland for four years (2007-2011). During that time, he was part of two conference championship teams and a playoff qualifier. He earned all-Northern Athletics Conference honors two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He also won the Pat Curran Award in 2011. Aaron was also a member of Lakeland College Concert Choir and Lakeland Singers from 2007 to 2012. Aaron performed in three musical productions at Lakeland. He was a chorus member in "Camelot," the character of Amos in "Chicago" and played the role of Judas in "Godspell." He was named Lakeland College Choir's Most Improved Choir Member (2008) and Outstanding Senior (2012). Other awards include the Helen Boatwright Scholarship for Choral Music, the Esther Kohler Music Scholarship and being twice recognized in Who's Who in Wisconsin Colleges. As for his service work, he was a volunteer coach for the Lakeland football team for the past two years. He also worked on the Give a Buck program.
After graduation, Aaron looks forward to a career in teaching and coaching. He writes, "Teaching has been the only thing that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I finally have the opportunity to do it." As far as what he will miss most: "The friendship and camaraderie that Lakeland offers is completely unique. People from all walks of life come together in an amalgamation that we call our student body. Being able to interact with all of my friends and 'family' at Lakeland is what I will miss the most."
Accounting emphasis in fraud and forensics with a resort management minor
Rebecca was the captain of the women's basketball team for two years, a member of the Northern Athletic Conference tournament championship team that qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament. She served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) as vice president and treasurer, was a member of the Lakeland College Accounting Club and a competitor in the ALCPA Fraud Competition. Her service work was quite varied both on- and off-campus and includes: (VITA) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, volunteer for Lakeland dining service, Lakeland women's youth basketball camp, Lakeland Junior Muskies program volunteer, volunteer referee for Special Olympics, Special Olympics basketball camp, American Heart Association Walk volunteer, Salvation Army bell ringer.
Rebecca was on the Dean's List for seven semesters and received numerous scholarships and awards: J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship, FEI Student Achievement Award, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (two years), the Ellen J. Kregel Award 2012-13, District 6 CoSida First Team Academic All-American Women's Basketball, First Team All-Conference Northern Athletics Conference, Lakeland College Muskie Athlete of the Week Award, Northern Athletics Conference Women's Basketball Student- Athlete of the Week. She was Woman of the Year in 2012-13.
After graduation, she looks forward to a trip to Italy at the end of May and then returning to begin working for PricewaterhouseCoopers or PwC in July 8. She will be sitting for the CPA exam this fall. She writes, "I will miss all the people and relationships I developed at Lakeland, as well as the atmosphere of the school and playing basketball."
English and early adolescence to adolescence education (6-12)
Madison completed the Lakeland College Honors Program and sang with the Lakeland College Concert Choir and Frauenchor, serving as secretary. She was also a member of the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus and served as a volunteer with Girl Scout Troop 8059. She received awards and scholarships including: Outstanding Student in English Department Award, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award, the Virginia Garton Student Teaching Scholarship, the Lakeland College Trustee Scholarship and the Helen Boatwright Music Performance Scholarship
She writes, "After graduation, I look forward to finding a teaching job and building a new home for myself. What I will miss the most about Lakeland are the supportive and caring relationships I have found here. Every year, the thought of good friends kept me coming back. Next year, I know I will miss seeing their familiar faces."
Accounting with a communications minor
Kaylin's activities on campus were many and varied. She was the Spectrum editor- in-chief (2012-13), an Accounting Club member (2010-13), intramural basketball participant 2010-12), orientation leader (2012-13), resident assistant (2010-13), campus ambassador (2010-13) and an executive member of the Campus Activities Board (2010-11). Her service work included: Volunteer Kidz Klub at Kiel Alliance Church, Volunteer Income Tax Assistant at Sheboygan Salvation Army, Vacation Bible School teacher Kingsford, Mich., and a volunteer at Now is the Time Missions, Antigua, Guatemala. Kaylin's scholarships and awards: Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2012-13), Mortar Board (2012- 2013), the Melvin & Ellen Wagner Accounting Scholarship (2009-13), Outstanding Student Leader (2011-12) and Outstanding Student in Student Publication (2011-12).
"I am very excited to start the next chapter in my life," she said. "I am ready to utilize my education to pursue my lifelong dream to make the world a better place. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me. I will miss the entire atmosphere at Lakeland. I will miss the morning walks to class, the late night study sessions for Professor Killion's accounting exams, the knee-high snow drifts, the 2 a.m. RA rounds, the half-court sock shots during basketball games, the candy on Nate Dehne's desk and I might even miss the morning wake-up calls from the overly friendly campus geese. But, most of all, I will miss the many friends I have met from all over the country and all over the world. The people who are a part of the Lakeland College family are very special. For the past four years, this college has been my second home, and for that I am eternal grateful."
Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Kayla's campus involvement was varied and includes: Mortar Board VP (2012-13), Student WI Education Association (2009-13), Student Association (2009-10), writing tutor (2010-12) and alumni relations assistant (2009-12). She had many service projects including starting her own fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. In addition, she volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, Level Teen Lounge, Sheboygan County Head Start, Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County, NOURISH and Farm to Family Philanthropy. She was on the Dean's List all four years and completed the Lakeland College Honors Program. She received the Lakeland College Trustee's Scholarship (2009-13), the Rath Distinguished Scholarship (2012-13), the Sue Guinther Kochner Scholarship (2012-13) and the LC Outstanding Student in Education Award 2012-13. She also attended a prestigious Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA in the summer of 2012.
She writes, "Once I finish student teaching in mid-June, I am looking forward to starting a teaching position in a warmer climate!" As far as what she will miss about Lakeland, she writes: "The people—the professors, friends, and colleagues—I have met during my time at Lakeland have all helped to shape me into the person I am today. I will forever be grateful to them."
Music-piano performance and pedagogy
James was involved in many campus activities including: Global Student Association (GSA), an ELI Language Partner, men's soccer for three years, the Badminton Club, Concert Choir and the theatrical production of "Camelot" in 2009. He was a member of the National Association for Music Education and also served as the chapel pianist in 2011-12.
His service work included: reading and math tutor at Northview Elementary (2009), worship leader (occasional) at area churches (Plymouth Alliance Church, Kiel Alliance Church, Ebenezer UCC, Bethany Reformed and St. Peters Episcopal) as well as being a youth leader at Plymouth Alliance Church for three years. He was a guest artist in Sheboygan Falls and played a middle school benefit concert in 2010. He sang "The Messiah" with the Sheboygan Symphony in 2009 and performed for UNICEF's Artists Together for Haiti in 2010. He was involved in the Lespwa International Fundraiser and was the featured artist on Black Nouveau for PBS Milwaukee in 2011. His scholarships and awards: the G & S Aebisher Music Scholarship, the Kuehn Achievement Award, the Q & D Moeschberger Scholarship, the LC Presidential Scholarship, Lakeland College Most Improved Pianist award (2012), Outstanding International Student (2013) and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2013). He made the Dean's List in spring of 2011 and fall of 2012.
He writes, "After graduation, I will be looking for a teaching job in music somewhere between Milwaukee and Chicago. I will miss the nice people in the Lakeland community, teachers, friends and staff members."
International business, marketing
In 2007, Sarah began working for the college through a temporary job placement service. Shortly after, she was hired full time at Lakeland to manage the coffee shop and began to take classes. She received the presidential scholarship all four years she was a student. She was an active member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. In 2012-13 she received the Outstanding Student Award in International Business award and also Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. Sarah was "the face" of the Daily Grind. She also helped with many of the college's catered events through bartending and food service. She participated in the Movers and Shakers Gala from its inception in 2008, holding many different volunteer roles including wait staff coordinator, bartender, and server. During the summer of her junior year, she married alumnus John Wagner. Her senior year, she completed her marketing internship at the Sheboygan County YMCA and volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.
Sarah writes, "Looking forward, this June I will be traveling with six other Lakeland colleagues to Barranquilla, Colombia. As we study abroad, I am looking forward to creating lasting relationships and enjoying my first international experience. I am also ready to begin a new chapter in my life. At this point, I am not sure where exactly life will take me, but Lakeland has given me the confidence and the tools I need to excel in my future and I am positive good things are to come." As far as what she will miss: "If I had to name one thing I will miss the most about Lakeland College, it would have to be the people. Nowhere else will I be able to find such an eclectic group of people who share a common pride and a deep sense of caring for one another. I feel truly blessed with the relationships I have established here at Lakeland College, and hope to continue these relationships in the future."
Business faculty member named Fulbright Scholar
Homecoming dedications celebrate football, wrestling
Lakeland College celebrated a significant coach from its past and looked ahead to a bright future during a pair of dedication ceremonies as part of Saturday’s Homecoming activities.
The college dedicated the completion of a new wrestling room, and renamed the football practice field for the late John Thome, the winningest football coach in Lakeland history.
Thome, who died in 2011, was head coach during Lakeland’s golden age of football. He is Lakeland’s all-time wins leader in football, having compiled a 78-53-2 record and winning seven conference championships in 14 seasons as head coach from 1967-80. He was a six-time conference coach of the year, three-time NAIA coach of the year nominee and was inducted into the Lakeland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001.
He also served on the coaching staffs at Kiel, Howards Grove, Oostburg and Plymouth, wrapping up his career as a physical education teacher at Howards Grove High School and coach of the golf team.
The college erected a large stone bearing a plaque with Thome’s likeness beside the practice field, located behind the Wehr Athletic Center. Money was also raised to contribute to the existing John Thome Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Thome’s wife, Darlene, and their three children, sons Craig and Jon, and daughter Trecia Shane, and their families attended the event, along with several former Lakeland football players who were coached by Thome.
“It’s so appropriate that we’re dedicating a practice field in his honor,” Trecia said. “It was before, during and after practice that my father made so many memories. I’m just now beginning to understand the important influence he had on so many people. Teachers, coaches and business people I run into say, ‘You’re Coach Thome’s daughter? I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for your father.’
“My dad wore so many hats – coach, teacher, professor, recruiter, husband, father, friend. We can all be thankful that he crossed our paths.”
Mike Brunmeier, a 1973 graduate, served on the leadership committee that spearheaded the naming of the field. He spoke at the dedication on behalf of Thome’s former players.
“He was our coach, but he was also our big brother,” Brunmeier said. “He was prowling campus night and day looking for us to see what we were doing, see what we were getting into and make sure we were studying. He held our feet to the fire and made sure we were making the right choices.”
Dan Eck, the college’s interim president, said the monument behind the Wehr Center will allow Thome to “watch over everyone here. As a college we will change, but we can never forget what made this a special place.”
The wrestling room is a space in the southwest portion of campus previously occupied by GT Graphics, a privately-owned print shop. Originally intended to be a temporary solution, Lakeland renovated the space to accommodate the needs of the wrestling program and allow the team to permanently use it as a standalone practice facility.
Members of the current team were joined by several former Lakeland wrestlers, as well as former head coach Pete Rogers, now assistant wrestling coach at Purdue University. The facility has wall-to-wall mats, kettlebells, pull-up bars, Bulgarian training bags, ropes and other top-flight training equipment.
The walls of the room spotlight Lakeland’s All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, providing current wrestlers with role models from the program’s past.
“This takes the possibilities for our program and our student-athletes to much higher levels,” said Lakeland head wrestling coach Mike DeRoehn. “The facility provides a safe, clean, motivating environment for our athletes to train in on a year-round basis, if they choose. It will increase our practice efficiency and team training opportunities exponentially, as well as greatly enhance our recruiting.”
John Stossel to deliver Lakeland College's Kohler Business Lecture
Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter, investigative journalist, author and libertarian commentator John Stossel will deliver Lakeland College's 12th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture on April 25 in the college's Bradley Theatre.
Stossel's lecture, "Prosperity and Its Enemies," will begin at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Stossel will sign copies of his latest book, "No, They Can't: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed" following the lecture. Copies will be available that night for purchase.
Stossel was a fixture on ABC News and the popular show "20/20" before joining the Fox Business Channel and Fox News Channel in October 2009. He hosts a weekly news show on Fox Business, "Stossel."
Stossel also regularly provides signature analysis, appearing on various Fox News shows, including weekly appearances on The O'Reilly Factor, in addition to writing the Fox News Blog, "John Stossel's Take."
In his decades as a reporter, Stossel has received numerous honors and awards, including 19 Emmy awards, and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club.
He is doctor honoris causa from Universidad Francisco Marroquín. He has also written two books recounting how his experiences in journalism shaped his socioeconomic views, "Give Me a Break" (2004) and "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity" (2007).
Stossel's appearance at Lakeland is made possible by a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust. Lakeland annually brings a nationally known business or economic figure to its main campus to speak with Lakeland students and the general public.
Past lecturers have included former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Forbes Media President and CEO Steve Forbes, a Federal Reserve Bank president and an executive with the Green Bay Packers.
The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust is named for former Wisconsin Governor Walter Kohler Jr. and his wife, Charlotte. The Trust was established by Charlotte Kohler to preserve the society and culture that made their good fortune and success possible.
Three significant contributors honored during Homecoming
Lakeland College honored three significant contributors to the college during Homecoming weekend at the college's annual alumni awards banquet.
Alice Senty and Hugh Denison, both of Sheboygan, will receive Honorary Alumni Awards, and Terry Thiessen, of Kiel, received the Service to the College Award.
Senty has been a wonderful friend of the college in many regards. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1994-2006, and was awarded trustee emeritus status in 2013. In 2007, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lakeland to recognize her lifetime of civic engagement and service to her community.
Senty also served on the college's church relations board for a number of years, and was on the state board of the United Church of Christ. She established an endowed scholarship at Lakeland in 2004, and visits campus each year to meet her scholarship recipient. She was a member of the college's Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, and is a member of the Founders' Society and an annual member of the 1862 Society.
Denison is a Sheboygan native who had a distinguished career in the financial services industry. A graduate of Lawrence University and a Vietnam War veteran, Denison followed in the footsteps of his father, Frank "Homer" Denison, who founded H.C. Denison in Sheboygan.
In 1985, Hugh Denison joined Heartland Advisors in Milwaukee in its first year of operation, and he held a number of key roles, retiring as a senior vice president-portfolio manager.
Denison first visited Lakeland as a teen with his father and Lucius P. Chase, a former chairman and member of the Lakeland Board of Trustees. Over the years, Denison has served the college in many capacities including guest lecturer, member of the college's Foundation Committee and an advisor to presidents.
Denison has been engaged in numerous charitable organizations throughout his career. He is a tireless advocate for charitable causes, including the Boys & Girls Club, the Skylight Opera, the Milwaukee Athletic Club, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and as trustee of the YMCA Endowment Trust, the Potowatomi Tribal Foundation Council, Lawrence University and Babson College (Ma.) Locally, he has served on the boards of the Deland Foundation and the JMKAC.
"Lakeland is a unique and treasured asset to the greater Sheboygan community that has remained true to its Christian roots and provides an outstanding education," he said. "We cannot afford to lose an asset of this importance, and it's imperative that leaders step up and help the college remain prosperous."
Thiessen is a 1970 Lakeland graduate whose family has deep roots at Lakeland. His father, Edgar Thiessen, served as a music faculty member and director of bands for many years. Terry has served countless volunteer hours on numerous boards and committees.
He has served for seven years on the Alumni Board, leading the development task force and then becoming vice president. He has served on the Movers & Shakers Gala Committee since its inception, and was event coordinator in the early years. He played a major role as chair of the On-Campus Events Committee for the Sesquicentennial, and helped shape and implement the successful All-College-Reunion in the summer of 2012.
He and his wife, Karen, rarely miss a Homecoming or other local alumni event, and he often volunteers to work the registration desk or act as a greeter. He has also been a longtime donor to the college, further sharing his resources with his alma mater.
Photos from the event are available later on our Facebook page.