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The Lakeland College Board of Trustees elected two new members and bid farewell to two retiring members at its meeting on Oct. 22.
Sheboygan community leader Tryg Jacobsen and Lakeland graduate and former Sheboygan businessman José Araujo were elected to three-year terms.
The Lakeland Board also recognized two retiring trustees — Doron Green and Harold Gries. Both were elected to Trustee Emeritus status, the highest honor that can be bestowed to a retiring board member.
Araujo, who received his undergraduate degree from Lakeland in 2005 and his master of business administration in 2009, served for five years as the program director at Sheboygan's Partners for Community Development and is now the associate director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.
He remains active with the college by participating in focus groups and career development programming. Araujo received the Top Young Professional Award of Sheboygan County in 2013, and Lakeland's Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2014.
Jacobsen was the owner and chairman of Jacobson Rost for almost 30 years. In 2010, he founded Jake's Café, a 20,000-square-foot creative campus inspired by Richard Florida's book “The Rise of the Creative Class” and the award-winning architectural firm of Kubala Washatko. Located in downtown Sheboygan, Jake's Café is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary community of creative thinkers that enjoy working together to solve business and marketing problems in unique ways.
Jacobsen was a longtime board member of Kohler Foundation, and is heavily involved in the sailing community, including serving as a director of the U.S. Sailing Center in Sheboygan.
Green, a 1970 Lakeland graduate and longtime leader in the financial services industry, served on the board for 24 years. He spent most of those years on the board's academic and student affairs committee and recently on the enrollment and retention committee. He will continue to serve on the Lakeland Foundation board. Green also was Lakeland's head men's tennis coach, and is a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame honoring his own standout tennis career.
Gries, a 1965 Lakeland graduate who later earned his doctor of medicine and led development of several medical facilities, served on the board for just more than 20 years. He spent the bulk of his work devoted to the board's marketing and development committee, now called the external and community relations committee. A Sheboygan native and graduate of South High School, Gries lives in Phoenix, Ariz., and often hosted students, donors and friends of the college on many occasions. In 1994 he received Lakeland's Alumni Association award for outstanding professional achievement.
The works of two local artists will be featured in the second exhibit of Lakeland College's Bradley Gallery season.
Agata Augustine and Liz Lange will discuss their work during an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.
The exhibit will be in the Bradley Gallery in the college's Bradley Fine Arts Building through Dec. 11. 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.
Lange, a Sheboygan resident and Air Force veteran, earned a bachelor's degree in art in 2010 from Lakeland, where she studied studio arts and graphic design.
Since then, her line of work has taken her on a fascinating journey of assisting art conservators and archivists, designing vector art and graphic layouts, being commissioned for paintings and providing guidance to those wanting to integrate more of the visual arts into their own practices.
Lange dabbles in various hands-on media ranging from acrylic painting to metalwork, but her true passion lies in the materials and techniques of oil painting. The content of her work usually centers on representational portrayals of urban and suburban landscapes and the overlooked elements within.
Liz has led various introductory painting and printing workshops, and is an active member of the art community in Sheboygan. She is the resident artist at Sheboygan North High School for the fall 2015 semester.
"Lately, my work has become more of a deeper exploration of the materials and techniques of oil painting," Lange said. "I attempt to depart from a meaningful scene, avoiding a faithful reproduction of my source imagery, and, in doing so, I find myself enjoying the process much more. My latest paintings have been as much about working the paint and the raw materials as they've been about the visual outcome, or the image I began working from."
Augustine, of Plymouth, works as an art instructor at Obraz Art Studio in Elkhart Lake, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan and for the Plymouth Arts Foundation. A native of Poland, she received a master of arts in painting at W. Strzeminski's Academy of Fine Art & Design in Lodz, Poland.
She has worked as a movie set artist and a freelance interior decorator in addition to her 20 years of individual and group teaching. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Wisconsin and Poland.
"For me the most interesting art works are including things just suggested or things which are not painted but are implied and somehow visibly exist," Augustine said. "It is much the same as a musician who can play or compose something that makes you hear notes that are not really being played. I try to create to achieve a similar impact on my viewer with my art. I play with my viewers' imagination because I trust them. I know that they can see."
Lakeland College and Lakeshore Technical College on Tuesday announced an innovative new partnership that will provide a unique higher-education option to eastern Wisconsin students.
The Lake to Lake program invites students to complete an associate degree at LTC, then transfer seamlessly to Lakeland as a college junior. LTC graduates who meet all the requirements are guaranteed direct admission to Lakeland, where they can complete a related bachelor's degree.
Initially, 17 LTC programs are part of Lake to Lake and align with nine Lakeland majors. Career areas range from business and information technology programs to health and hospitality related programs.
A morning announcement event was held at Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc County, followed by an afternoon announcement event at ACUITY in Sheboygan County.
LTC is focused on career training for high-skilled, in-demand jobs in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, and LTC's success is tied to graduates finding employment and to local employers securing the skilled talent their organizations need. LTC President Mike Lanser said Lake to Lake embraces that mission.
"From their first semester on the LTC campus, Lake to Lake students will be immersed in hands-on, career coursework," Lanser said. "Their instructors bring real-world, career experiences to their classrooms, and each of our programs' local advisory committees ensure the curriculum is cutting-edge and relevant to today's job market.
"While our graduates are ready to enter the workforce, many find that their associate degree sparks the desire and confidence to continue their education. Lakeland, because of its location and BlendEd and other flexible learning options, is a great option for LTC graduates who want to balance their career with continuing education."
Lakeland College President Dan Eck said Lake to Lake capitalizes on the unique strengths of both institutions and builds off the long history the two institutions have of working together to benefit local students.
"For 154 years, Lakeland has produced graduates with the skills needed by local employers – critical, ethical thinkers who can communicate clearly and effectively," Eck said. "This region is filled with leaders who have graduated from Lakeland.
"The Lakeland programs that are part of Lake to Lake are some of our most popular degree programs, and are helping employers fill some of the fastest growing sectors of the job market. Our BlendEd programs allows students enrolled in most of our classes to decide on a weekly basis if they want to attend class in the traditional classroom setting or online. It's exactly the flexibility our students need to complete their degree."
Lake to Lake will give LTC honors students the opportunity to receive a $12,000 annual scholarship through the junior college honor society Phi Theta Kappa, in addition to other financial aid that is available.
Students who select the Lake to Lake program will be assigned an academic advisor from each institution to help guide them through their coursework.
Lake to Lake also offers a number of benefits to LTC students, including:
"We want LTC students enrolled in Lake to Lake to start getting the feel of being a Lakeland student from Day One," Eck said.
Students who wish to enroll in Lake to Lake would apply for admission to an eligible LTC program, meet with their LTC advisor to select their LTC coursework, register in Lake to Lake and meet with their Lakeland advisor on the LTC campus to outline next steps.
More information about the program is available at LakeToLakeTransfer.com.
Vince Lombardi, who awakened his Green Bay Packers from a decade-long slumber and returned them to NFL dominance, is the subject of this fall's Lakeland College Theatre production.
Lakeland's interpretation of "Lombardi," the former Broadway play based on the book, "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi," will be performed six times in November. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14. A special matinee on Nov. 15 begins at 4.
The play, written by Wisconsin-born playwright and director Eric Simonson, is based on a magazine reporter's account of a week in the life of Lombardi, the iconic head coach and general manager who transformed the Packers from a 1-10-1 team the year before he arrived into a five-time NFL champion and two-time Super Bowl winner.
The six shows offered are the most for any Lakeland Theatre production in the nine years Charlie Krebs has been the college's associate professor of theatre.
"Because of the broad appeal of Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in the state of Wisconsin, I think this production may draw people from our community who have never been to the theatre before," Krebs said.
"This production connects sports and the arts, which is one reason I think this play will have such huge appeal. Everyone's heard of Vince Lombardi; he's a larger-than-life figure. But sometimes we forget he was a human being, and through this play, we see his human side, his vulnerability. I like that. It makes him real."
"Lombardi" is an unusually intimate production with just a six-person cast – the smallest Krebs has directed. The role of Lombardi will be played by Anthony Liguori, associate professor of psychology at Lakeland. Liguori has vast community acting experience, and, like Lombardi, he grew up in New York.
"His acting is impeccable," Krebs said. "He's done a lot of theatre throughout his life. One of the things I like doing sometimes is casting experienced actors so that our students can watch them and learn. Anthony is a role model because of how seriously he takes his craft and how he treats rehearsals."
The lead female role, Lombardi's wife, Marie, will be played by Christi Sadiq, an Elkhart Lake resident who's also a seasoned community actor. The other four roles will be performed by Lakeland students. Zach Petrowsky, a junior who has performed in all four plays since he's been at Lakeland and last year was Lakeland's student actor of the year, plays reporter Michael McCormick. The other three characters are former Packers players. Lakeland students Zach Mock, Jake Johnston and Kory Peterson will play the roles of Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor and Dave Robinson, respectively.
To purchase tickets ($10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for non-Lakeland students) to Lakeland's production of "Lombardi," visit Lakeland.edu/tickets.
About 300 Sheboygan County high school math masters descended on Lakeland’s campus this week for a spirited competition.
The top team from Sheboygan North won the 26th annual Michael J. Devaney High School Math Meet. It is North’s sixth straight championship at Lakeland and its 19th title in the last 20 years.
In addition to North, schools represented were Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove, Kohler, Oostburg, Plymouth, Sheboygan County Christian, Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan South.
Members of the winning Sheboygan North team were seniors Chris Lacy, John Masse and Andrew Suscha; junior Christian Henke; sophomores Preston Pond, Carl Pickhardt and Eric Yang; and freshmen Noah Bartelt.
Second place went to team No. 1 from Kohler and third place went to Plymouth No. 1. Teams from Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County Christian and North placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, among the 32 teams.
Eric Yang from North won a gold medal for the top individual score with 34 out of a possible 40 points. Second place went to John Masse from North with a score of 28. Third place went to Archie Brohn from Kohler with a score of 26. Other finishers in the top seven were Mitch Christiansen, Sheboygan Falls; Nick Spredemann and Jenny Claerbaut, Cedar Grove-Belgium; and Samuel Staehling and Mitch Heun, Plymouth.
Eight students won honorable mention awards: Andrew Suscha, North; Matt Primozic, Plymouth; Nathan Waniorek, Kohler; Mason Liebe, Sheboygan Falls; Micah Chrisman, Sheboygan Christian; George Palof, Kohler; Thomas Lang, North; and Tim Koerber, Sheboygan Christian.
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