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A Pulitzer Prize-nominated fictional novel is the centerpiece of Lakeland College's third annual Community Book Read.
The college has planned a number of events this spring around author Karen Russell's "Swamplandia!", which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
Russell will be at Lakeland on Tuesday, April 12, to discuss her novel. The free event, set for 7:30 p.m. in the college's Bradley Theatre, will including a book signing following the discussion. "Swamplandia!" was among The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011.
Other events, all of which are free and open to the public, include:
March 9 - Joint Book Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.Join several book club members from across the county for a joint book club discussion, facilitated by a member of Lakeland's faculty. The event will be held at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 Mill St., Plymouth.
April 5 - Writing Workshop: Blackout Poetry, 6-8 p.m.Put your creative writing skills to the test with this writing workshop led by a Lakeland faculty member. You will create your own "Swamplandia!" inspired poem, using material from the novel. This event will be held at Generations: an Intergenerational Center, 1500 Douglas Dr., Plymouth.
April 7 – "Swamplandia!" Panel Discussion, 6-8 p.m.Family is a significant theme in the novel, and three Lakeland faculty from different backgrounds will discuss the importance of family to the story. This discussion will be held in the Rocca Room at Mead Public Library, 710 N 8th St., Sheboygan.
Learn more about the Lakeland Community Book Read at Lakeland.edu/bookread.
Warren Buffett, an iconic figure in business and investing, will be the topic of discussion at Lakeland College's 15th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Business Lecture.
Robert P. Miles, an internationally acclaimed keynote presenter, author and distinguished authority on Warren Buffett and his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will lead a talk entitled "The Genius of Warren Buffett: The Science of Investing and the Art of Leading" at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the Bradley Theatre. The event is free and open to all.
Miles' appearance is made possible by a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust.
His presentation will outline how Buffett, using gifts of memory, math and interpersonal skills, became one of the world's most renowned investors and most respected chief executives, and why investors should study Buffett.
"Genius is a gift bestowed on a rare few of intellectual types," Miles said. "Throughout history, scientists and artists have advanced human achievement, but there are few, if any, advancements made by someone who was both a scientific and artistic genius."
Pursued by journalists and media moguls on just about every move that Buffett makes, Miles is not only a long-term shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, he has gotten to know Buffett personally.
Miles is the author of three books, has created assorted audio and video programs and has appeared on many radio and television programs on five continents, including NPR, CNN, CNN International, CNBC, FOX Business, Channel News Asia, Sky Business News, Shanghai Today, CNBC Asia, CNBC Africa and Bloomberg TV. His Buffett CEO book was featured as a special on National Public Television's Nightly Business Report.
Two longtime Lakeland College faculty members have been promoted from associate professor to full professor.
Greg Smith, who joined Lakeland's faculty in 2003, is now professor of biology. Scott Niederjohn, who joined Lakeland's faculty in 2004, is now Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust Professor of Business Administration.
Lakeland President Dan Eck announced their promotions this week. The decision is based on their accomplishments in the classroom and their service to and on behalf of the institution.
Smith has played a significant leadership role in the growth of Lakeland's natural science majors, which continue to be some of the college's most popular programs.
He is co-founder of the popular Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE), which allows students to work alongside their faculty as peers in conducting primary research. Smith's research with students in the LURE program focuses on understanding the mechanisms of protein aggregation as they relate to prion diseases (Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk, Mad Cow Disease in bovines, etc.)
Smith partnered with fellow biology faculty member Paul Pickhardt to create Lakeland's tropical biology course in Belize, a hands-on opportunity to conduct research in the rainforest. Among other courses Smith designed or co-designed at Lakeland are bioinformatics and scientific analysis and writing I and II.
Smith serves as advisor for the pre-nursing program, a partnership between Lakeland and Columbia College of Nursing, and he is the college's Commencement Grand Marshal.
Smith received a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2001 and completed his post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. His bachelor's degree is from Carleton College.
Niederjohn is in his second stretch as chair of the Business Division, which contains the college's largest programs. He also serves as director of the master of business administration program.
A nationally-recognized expert on financial literacy, Niederjohn led the creation of the Lakeland Center for Economic Education, which works with EconomicsWisconsin to create financial literacy and economics curriculum and other tools for K-12 teachers. The center has trained hundreds of teachers since its inception.
Niederjohn serves on the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and won the Governor's Financial Literacy Award in 2011, 2012 and 2014. In December 2014, he was featured in Money magazine for his work on financial literacy.
His research has been featured in numerous academic journals, and his research and thoughts on public policy and other state issues regularly have him quoted by statewide media outlets.
In the fall of 2013, Niederjohn taught at the University of Luxembourg as a Fulbright Scholar.
Niederjohn received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA with an applied economics concentration and a bachelor's degree from Marquette University.
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