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Lakeland College President Dan Eck today announced the appointment of Nate Lowe as dean of Lakeland University's School of Humanities and Fine Arts, rounding out the institution's new academic leadership team.
As part of the transition to Lakeland University, which begins July 1, the college's existing seven academic divisions will be restructured into three schools – a School of Business & Entrepreneurship; a School of Science, Technology & Education; and a School of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Lowe, a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2007, will lead academic majors within the School of Humanities and Fine Arts and the development of new programming. He will also be responsible for supporting curricular alignment between the traditional and Evening, Weekend and Online delivery models. He will teach two courses annually.
The School of Humanities and Fine Arts will house Lakeland's undergraduate majors and minors in art, broad field social studies, communication, English, history, music, religion, Spanish and writing. Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission, it will also offer a bachelor of fine arts degree in creative writing.
Lakeland previously announced that Meg Albrinck has been named Lakeland University's provost, Brian Frink will be dean of the School of Science, Technology & Education and Scott Niederjohn will be dean of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship.
All roles are effective Aug. 1.
Lowe currently serves Lakeland as chair of the Creative Arts Division and as associate professor of writing. He has served many administrative roles in the creative arts, interdisciplinary studies and academic assessment. He teaches creative writing, composition, interdisciplinary core and honors courses. In his classes, students are encouraged to share their knowledge, experience and writing with each other, where they find and learn from commonalities and differences.
Lowe's essays have been published in journals such as Ascent, Blood Orange Review, Beecher's Magazine and The Chattahoochee Review, honored with two Pushcart Prize nominations and listed among the year's "notable" in Best American Essays 2007. This May, the Council of Wisconsin Writers will award him an honorable mention for their annual Kay W. Levin Award for Short Nonfiction.
He is currently at work on a book of essays set in the many farm and ranch trucks in which he grew up, witnessed the lives of adults around him and eventually drove for himself.
He received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Idaho.
Lakeland College awarded degrees to more than 750 students on Sunday at the college's 154th commencement.
A total of 764 students graduated, including 508 undergraduates and 256 graduate students. Lakeland held separate ceremonies for its graduate and undergraduate students in the Wehr Center fieldhouse on Lakeland's main campus.
It was the final graduation ceremony as Lakeland College, as the institution will become Lakeland University on July 1.
President Dan Eck told the students they join graduates of Mission House College, the institution's name prior to 1956, as important parts of the Lakeland story.
"We will still be the Lakeland you know and love," Eck said. "We will remain connected and honor our history and all of those people that have built this institution and witnessed its evolution from Mission House, to Lakeland College, and forward into the future."
Callie Olson, the winner of the Lakeland's Koehler Campus Senior Award and a double major in nonprofit organization management and religion, challenged her classmates to look up from their portable devices and invest in those around them.
"While I wish for you all to set out and follow your dreams and accomplish the many goals you have set for yourself, I wish even more for you to invest in and have meaningful relationships with others that continuously encourage you and uphold you during your times of need," Olson said. "Always strive to be a blessing to those around you every day, and never lose sight of those individuals who have helped you get to where you are today."
Benjamin M. Salzmann, president and CEO of ACUITY Insurance, delivered the commencement address for the undergraduate ceremony.
In addition to being an employer of dozens of Lakeland graduates, the college and ACUITY are partners in a program at Sheboygan South High School that allows South students to take computer science courses that earn both high school and college credit and creates work-based learning opportunities at ACUITY.
"We have hired more graduates from Lakeland than any other college or university in the nation," Salzmann said. "Lakeland graduates are absolutely vital to ACUITY's success."
Dale Vos, a Lakeland graduate and district sales manager for Great Lakes Hybrids, delivered the commencement address for the graduate ceremony. Vos received a master of business administration degree from Lakeland in 2012. His daughter, Grace, received her bachelor's degree in psychology with honors on Sunday.
The works of an estimated 70 students will be featured as part of the 2016 Annual Lakeland Student Art Exhibition, an annual competitive show that features pieces by Lakeland students enrolled in the college's various studio and graphic art classes in the current school year.
A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on the Lakeland campus. The show will run through May 25. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session.
The show will feature more than 500 works in a wide range of media. The works are the best examples of any given assignment in addition to the most advanced course work in which students set his/her own objectives.
The opening reception features an awards ceremony including Best of Show, second place, third place and several honorable mentions. In addition, there will be a People's Choice Award determined by all those in attendance at the beginning of the reception who will be given time to take in the entire exhibition and cast their ballot for their favorite piece.
Courses represented include Drawing I, II and III, Two Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Painting I, II and III, Watercolor I, Printmaking I and II, Digital Page Layout/InDesign, Image Editing/Photoshop, Digital Illustration/Illustrator, Color Theory, Communication Graphics, Typography and Illustration.
Associate Professor of Art Bill Weidner said, "I am especially pleased with the strong body of work in Drawing I, II and III this year. And Printmaking I and II will display some cutting-edge techniques."
Lakeland College will award degrees to more than 750 students on Sunday at the college's 154th commencement.
A total of 764 students will graduate, including 508 undergraduates and 256 graduate students. A graduate student ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m., with an undergraduate ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., both in the Wehr Center fieldhouse on Lakeland's campus.
Both ceremonies will be streamed live via the internet at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/lc/.
Additional details about the ceremony can be found at http://lakeland.edu/graduation.
This will be the final graduation ceremony as Lakeland College, as the institution will become Lakeland University on July 1.
Lakeland has classes at its main campus in Sheboygan County and through its Evening, Weekend and Online program with seven centers in Wisconsin.
Benjamin M. Salzmann, president and CEO of ACUITY Insurance, which last month was named the second-best place to work in the United States by Fortune magazine, will deliver the commencement address for the undergraduate ceremony.
ACUITY, rated as A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's, has been listed by Ward Benchmarking as one of the Best Run Insurance Companies for each of the past 16 years. ACUITY is one of the most profitable insurers in the nation based on 16 years of financial results, and writes business across 25 states, with $4 billion in assets.
Dale Vos, a Lakeland graduate and district sales manager for Great Lakes Hybrids, will deliver the commencement address for the graduate ceremony. Vos received a master of business administration degree from Lakeland in 2012.
Vos has extensive leadership and business experience and teaches sociology and business courses for Lakeland's Evening, Weekend and Online program. He is a former ordained pastor, division manager of a midsize retail agricultural business, small business owner, consultant for Iowa State University and production engineer.
His daughter, Grace, will receive her bachelor's degree in psychology with honors on Sunday.
Lakeland College today announced a number of significant changes, which include renaming the institution Lakeland University and changing its academic structure beginning on July 1.
Two new majors and several academic program enhancements are part of the announcement.
They're the most significant changes announced by the school since Lakeland College was created in 1956, said Dan Eck, the institution's president. Lakeland was founded as Mission House College and Seminary in 1862.
"As we mark the 60th anniversary of a major milestone in this institution's history, we're announcing a number of changes that will position Lakeland as a leader in higher education for decades to come," Eck said. "This is more than just a name change. We are responding to student and employer needs and the wave of developments impacting higher education."
The new academic structure merges the college's existing seven academic divisions into three schools – a School of Business & Entrepreneurship; a School of Science, Technology & Education; and a School of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Meg Albrinck has been named Lakeland University's provost, and will be responsible for oversight of all of Lakeland's academic programs. A member of the Lakeland community for 17 years, she has served as the college's vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college since 2008. She also holds the title of professor of literature and writing.
Each school will be led by a dean. Brian Frink, professor of chemistry and physics, has been named dean of the School of Science, Technology & Education. Scott Niederjohn, Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust Professor of Business Administration, has been named dean of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship. The dean for the third school has yet to be named.
The School of Science, Technology & Education will house Lakeland's undergraduate majors and minors in aviation, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, criminal justice, computer science, education, exercise science, mathematics, psychology and sport management and leadership and the master of arts in counseling and master of education programs.
The School of Business & Entrepreneurship will house Lakeland's undergraduate programs in business, including accounting, business administration, economics, hospitality management, marketing and specialized administration, and the master of business administration.
The School of Humanities and Fine Arts will house Lakeland's undergraduate majors and minors in art, broad field social studies, communication, English, history, music, religion, Spanish and writing.
Lakeland also announced a number of academic program additions and enhancements, changes that stem from ongoing program assessment that includes feedback from employers and students:
A number of factors drove the change from college to university, said Eck, including:
Eck said that one Lakeland tradition won't change: "Universities often conjure images of sprawling campuses with thousands of students. I've had people ask me if we plan on becoming a much bigger institution. We do want to grow, but we will always be that tight-knit community that understands and addresses individual student needs.
"Small class sizes, a wide range of student services and being one of Wisconsin's most affordable private institutions are all points of pride for Lakeland, and those will all continue."
Apparel featuring the new LU logos will be sold in Lakeland's Campus Shop beginning the week of April 25, which leads up to graduation on May 1, the final commencement as Lakeland College. Lakeland will also launch a new website on July 1 featuring the college's new name and logos.
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