Speaker to give Lakeland a behind-the-scenes look at special effects
Have you ever wondered how Hollywood makes that special effects magic in movies like "Star Wars," "Star Trek" and "Transformers?" Lakeland College is welcoming a speaker who is involved in making those special effects happen.
Beth D'Amato, a digital paint supervisor with Industrial Light & Magic, George Lucas' visual effects company, will deliver a talk entitled Industrial Light and Magic: Inside the Amazing World of Visual Effects on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Bradley Theatre.
Her free talk is open to the public.
D'Amato has worked on many films, including the "Star Wars" prequels, "Pearl Harbor," "Mission Impossible III," "Transformers," "Star Trek," "Pacific Rim" and "Lucy."
D'Amato will trace her journey from Milwaukee business television to the box office blockbusters of Hollywood, giving the audience a look inside the scenes of some of the most groundbreaking and innovative visual effects of all time.
She was only 7 years old when she saw the original "Star Wars" for the first time in 1977, but it inspired her and sparked a lifelong passion for movies, toys and science fiction. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Marquette University and spent several years immersing herself in Milwaukee's television and video industry.
She moved to northern California and was hired by Industrial Light & Magic, and the galaxy that Lucas created didn't seem quite so far away anymore.
D'Amato was also part of the team that brought "Star Wars" to television's "The Big Bang Theory." She won a Visual Effects Society (VES) award in 2007 for her work on "Transformers" and was also nominated in 2009 for "Avatar."
Federal judge to deliver Lakeland's Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 18
Federal judge Robert M. Dow, Jr., will deliver Lakeland College's annual Constitution Day Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Bradley Theatre. This free lecture is open to the public.
In 2004, a federal law designated Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the U.S.
Dow will deliver a lecture entitled, "The Constitution for Non-Lawyers." He will discuss background on the Constitution that reinforces his belief that everyone should have a basic understanding of the Constitution and how it informs many of the major public policy debates that shape America's place in the 21st century world. He will focus primarily on the separation of powers and the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments.
Dow has served as a United States district judge for the Northern District of Illinois since December 2007. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He serves by appointment of the chief justice on the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and as the Chair of the Rule 23 Subcommittee.
He is the current chair of the Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules for the Seventh Circuit and also serves as a member of the Rules Committee for the Northern District of Illinois. He has sat by designation on the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. He serves as a director of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation and is heavily involved at the Cathedral of St. Raymond parish in Joliet, where he has coached youth sports for the past decade.
Prior to entering into judicial service, Dow was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown LLP, where he was a member of the firm's litigation, telecommunications and supreme court and appellate litigation practice groups. In 2007, Dow was listed among the top 100 lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine, and he was named a "leading lawyer" in the field of telecommunications law in Chambers USA from 2003-2007.
Dow received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in history and political science from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship where he earned master's and doctorate degrees in international relations, as well as three varsity letters for basketball. He earned his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the editorial board of the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the Harvard Human Rights Journal and a recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
He lives in Joliet with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.
Lakeland to host Wisconsin Education Fair on Sept. 23
Lakeland College will host a Wisconsin Education Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 9-11 a.m. in the Wehr Center on Lakeland's main campus.
The fair is a way for students who are exploring post-high school options, and their parents, to learn more about some of the choices available to them.
Approximately 100 post-secondary community colleges, universities and colleges, vocational schools, trade schools and the military will be attending. A list is available at www.wefs.org.
Students and parents will be free to move about the fair, spending as much time as they wish with the individual representatives.
Faculty artwork featured in opening exhibit at Lakeland College
Members of Lakeland College's art faculty will have some of their latest works featured as part of the first exhibit of the Bradley Gallery's 2014-15 season.
An opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's main campus. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 31.
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.
This exhibit will feature the works of Bill Weidner and Denise Presnell-Weidner, both associate professors of art at Lakeland and co-directors of the Bradley Gallery, as well as adjunct instructors Mark Weber and Pat Robison. Weber is manager of graphic services and sales at Midstar Printing Co. Robison is owner and operator of Two Fish Gallery in Elkhart Lake.
Presnell-Weidner has been enjoying a productive time that has seen her work displayed in numerous solo, two-person and group exhibitions during the last several years. During the past year, Presnell-Weidner's work has begun to focus on water imagery.
"What began as straight-forward monotypes turned into something else as I began to keep the plate and combine it with the paper print," she said. "The work became a message to me from something beyond me, intriguing me to take it further with my lithographs."
She is currently working on a series that combines two plates, one being the reflection of the other. "I have eight of each in process, but I will combine them as diptychs, then at least one will involve two of each prints to become a four-print image, reflected in whatever is the most inquisitive image," Presnell-Weidner said. "These prints ask questions, they don't give answers."
Her recent paintings have also been highly influenced by the printmaking process. She is currently painting on polyester plates and also focusing on water reflection as the imagery. She begins with photographs which are filtered and manipulated on the computer, then she uses the images as the sources for her paintings, prints and pastels.
"In the process of painting, drawing or printing, the images are further manipulated and arrive at something quite different than the original source," Presnell-Weidner said. "I am not interested in copying or capturing nature – I am interested in taking nature and turning it into something even I hadn't thought of. I want my work to surprise me."
Weidner said his latest works are products of the time he has to devote to painting, which varies depending on the time of year.
"As a professor of art, I find time to paint eight or more hours a day during the summer months when I am not teaching," he said. "During the academic year, most of my painting time is limited to Saturdays and Sundays when I again find eight or more hours a day to paint. In addition, sometimes I will also feel energetic enough in the evenings to get in a little painting time before I go to bed.
"Contrary to what I have often been asked, no, painting is not a relaxing thing to do. Pulling weeds out in my garden is a relaxing thing to do."
Robison will be showing a selection of ceramic sculptures that were created this year. He also teaches ceramics at Two Fish School and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
The work Weber will display relates to the two courses he teaches at Lakeland – communication graphics and commercial illustration. Weber has extensive background in development of logos, corporate identity, advertising, packaging, literature and preparing creative work for social media.
"I'm very passionate about teaching illustration because it allows me to promote the basic skill of drawing or, should I say, the art of speaking visual ideas commercially," Weber said. "Commercial illustration simply asks the artist to present an image or concept to aid the sale of a product. Everything from billboards, magazine articles, movie posters, website promotions, advertising, etc., uses commercial illustration. The artist will be asked to tell a quick visual story to promote or lead the viewer to the desired result, which is usually a sale."
NTC Signs Virtual College bachelor's degree partnership with Lakeland College
(Wausau, WI) – Students at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) will now be able to earn their bachelor's degree through a Virtual College partnership with Lakeland College. The partnership allows Virtual College students at NTC to transfer seamlessly into a bachelor's degree program at junior status with a 20 percent tuition discount.
"We are thrilled to provide our Virtual College students with a flexible, cost-effective option to earn their bachelor's degree," said Dr. Lori Weyers, President, NTC. "This collaboration exemplifies a shared commitment to student success between NTC and our partners at Lakeland College."
The first group of Virtual College students at NTC graduated May 2014. The new bachelor's degree partnership with Lakeland College expands flexible learning opportunities for future graduates.
"Lakeland College is pleased to welcome the first students from NTC's Virtual College this spring," said Lakeland College President Dan Eck. "Lakeland has been a pioneer in online education for two decades, and we are always looking for ways to partner with other institutions to offer students affordable access to higher education."
The new partnership allows Virtual College students to have dual enrollment status at both NTC and Lakeland College, resulting in a 20 percent tuition discount.
For information about Virtual College, visit: http://www.ntc.edu/flexible-learning-options/virtual-college.