Lakeland News - Lakeland College Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:31:26 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us 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 and MagicBeth D'Amato, a digital paint supervisor with Industrial Light and MagicBeth 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."


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:50:56 -0500
Federal judge to deliver Lakeland's Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 18

Constitution Day at LakelandFederal 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.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:27:50 -0500
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.

Fish Plate Pat RobinsonFish Plate by Pat RobisonAn 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."


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:40:31 -0500
Lakeland to host Wisconsin Education Fair on Sept. 23

Wisconsin Education FairLakeland 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

Students and parents will be free to move about the fair, spending as much time as they wish with the individual representatives.

For more information, contact Becka Holm in the Lakeland College admissions office at holmrl [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu or 920-565-1353.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:07:55 -0500
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 NTC LC agreementdegree 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.

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larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:00:44 -0500
Lakeland names assistant professor of criminal justice

New Criminal Justice FacultyLakeland College has named Karin Tusinski Miofsky an assistant professor of criminal justice.

Tusinski Miofsky comes to Lakeland from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., where she has been an assistant professor in the criminal justice program since 2011. She previously worked as an assistant professor in the department of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Mass., for three years.

Her doctoral dissertation is entitled "The Causes and Consequences of Bullying," and she has done research on cyber bullying and gangs. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles, reports and presentations on a wide range of criminal justice topics, with her most recent research investigating the perceptions and consequences of teen "sexting" within local communities.

Tusinski Miofsky received both a doctorate and master's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor's in psychology and criminal justice from St. Louis University.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:58:12 -0500
Lakeland names new aviation science instructor

Lakeland College Aviation MinorLakeland College has named Brandon Molina, an accomplished pilot and flight instructor with extensive aviation industry experience, its instructor of aviation science.

Molina comes to Lakeland from Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., where he has been working since 2013 as an engineer for one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the country. He has also served as chief flight instructor with Tailwind Flight Academy.

Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Molina worked for 14 years at Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich.

He has also worked in higher education, serving as a certified flight instructor at Western Michigan University. Molina has a bachelor’s degree in aviation flight sciences from Western Michigan, and he holds multiple pilot ratings and certifications.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:48:15 -0500
Lakeland, ACUITY and South H.S. team up for computer science program

Lakeland College, ACUITY and Sheboygan South High School have announced a partnership that will provide South students the chance to position themselves for careers in computer science, while helping make college more affordable.

New Computer Science PartnershipThe Information Technology (IT) Pathway community partnership is the latest in a series of pathways being offered at South that allow students to take classes that earn both high school and college credit and get access to work-based learning opportunities with local employers.

The IT Pathway comes at an ideal time for students interested in computer science careers. "In 2014, the top two jobs were in the computer science field as ranked by US News & World Report in their '100 Best Jobs' report" said Sheboygan South High School Principal Mike Trimberger. "South is transforming the high school experience by helping students learn how they might make careers out of their interests. The IT pathway will give our students more academic rigor as well as support them academically, financially, and career-wise."

"ACUITY has made a strong commitment to partnering with public education," said Ben Salzmann, ACUITY President and CEO. "The IT Pathway partnership reflects that commitment and our long history of giving back to the local community."

The IT Pathway curriculum has been jointly developed by South and Lakeland. Students will take South High computer science courses as freshmen, and then will have access to Lakeland College computer science courses in data base basics and programming as sophomores and juniors. As upperclassmen, high school students will have the opportunity to culminate the pathway with internships at ACUITY. Through a combination of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Advanced Placement (AP), and dual-credit Lakeland College courses, students could earn up to 30 college credits while still in high school, with little cost to parents.

Lakeland's computer science program is led by Assistant Professor Cindy Lindstrom, who came to Lakeland after more than two decades of creating and analyzing technology systems in the corporate world. Enrollment in Lakeland's computer science major has tripled under her leadership, as she works closely with regional employers to create internships and other class experiences that have students working on real-world industry issues.

ACUITY will provide nearly $120,000 over four years, funding the acquisition of Android tablets and Arduino open-source programmable micro controllers, giving South students access to cutting-edge programming tools. The partnership with ACUITY will help South High School stay current with industry standards in computer science, while giving students real-life experiences and connections to the best medium-sized workplace in America.

"By helping provide resources to high school students through the partnership program, and by giving them exposure through rewarding internship opportunities, ACUITY is helping to prepare the next generation of workers in the growing field of technology," added Marcus Knuth, ACUITY's Vice President - Enterprise Technology. "We also hope that when students graduate, they consider ACUITY as a place they want to work because they see the value ACUITY places on education."

Lakeland College President Dan Eck said the IT Pathway directly addresses concerns he hears from local employers.

"Local companies are concerned about the skills gap, and with the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age, there are widespread concerns whether there will be enough skilled workers to replace them," Eck said. "Local CEOs have told me they often recruit new employees from other regions to move to our area. After being trained and gaining experience, many of those employees move back to their own home communities."

"These pathway programs are introducing our local students to attractive careers with local employers while they're still in high school. We are all working together to make sure we keep our best talent here at home to live and work and support this community. It also can provide a student with several courses worth of transferrable Lakeland College credit, saving the student thousands of dollars when they enter college."

"This is a valuable partnership between K12 education, higher education and the business community as well as an innovative approach to preparing students for college and careers," said Dr. Joseph Sheehan, Superintendent of the Sheboygan Area School District. "We thank our partners for their commitment to improving opportunities for high school students."

The Information Technology Pathway joins similar programs in healthcare, broadcasting, and education. The Healthcare Pathway is projected to have more than 250 students enrolled in the 2014-15 school year. Soon, South High will also be launching a Manufacturing and Engineering Pathway.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:47:14 -0500
Lakeland welcomes new faculty for 2014-15 academic year

studentsinclassLakeland College has added two full-time faculty for the 2014-15 academic year. William Ebben has been named associate professor of exercise science and sport studies. Juli Cáceres García has been named assistant professor of Spanish.

Ebben has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years, and has a strong record of motivating students to succeed. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where he had been an associate professor in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management since 2010.

Prior to teaching at UW-Parkside, he was an assistant professor in Marquette University's Department of Physical Therapy/Program in Exercise Science for nine years. He has also taught at Waukesha County Technical College, Concordia University Wisconsin and Northern Michigan University.

He has extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach, serving as head strength and conditioning coach at Marquette for three years and holding various strength and conditioning roles with the Green Bay Packers, UW-Madison, the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich., and the U.S. Luge Association with the Olympic Development Team.

His teaching model includes significant emphasis on engaging students in research. Through his support, his students have become award-winning scholars, and he has co-authored numerous studies and publications with them. He has an active research agenda and is looking forward to bringing Lakeland's students into this model.

He has a doctor of philosophy in exercise science from Marquette, a master of science in exercise science from Northern Michigan, a master of science in social work from UW-Madison and a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Norbert College.

Cáceres García comes to Lakeland from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he had been an assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures since 2008. Prior to that, he was a teaching associate in the Spanish and Portuguese department at Georgetown University for eight years.

During his time at Georgetown, he earned a doctorate in Spanish literature and cultural studies, a master of science in Spanish and Spanish American literature and cultural studies and a master of arts in communication-culture and technology. He has a bachelor's in English with a concentration in communications from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

A native speaker of Spanish and Catalan, Cáceres García has authored and presented research at numerous conferences, lectures and workshops, and he has won several awards and grants that helped make that research possible. His own research interests include the Spanish language; modern and contemporary peninsular and Latin American film, literature and popular culture; and feminist and gender/queer studies.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:23:09 -0500