Lakeland News - Lakeland College Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:54:40 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us 1969 Lakeland graduate gives generous gift to benefit natural sciences
Cliff Feldmann

Dr. Cliff Feldmann remembers vividly the care and support he received as a Lakeland College student from many of his teachers, most notably, longtime chemistry professor and division chair David Rath.

Now, more than 45 years after graduating with a bachelor's degree, Feldmann is giving the college a significant gift that will allow the continued transformation of the programs in Lakeland's natural sciences division.

Feldmann, president of Sheboygan Falls-based Feldmann Engineering & Mfg. Co. Inc. and a resident of Florida, recently made a gift of $840,000 to Lakeland's natural sciences division.

The money will set in motion significant expansion of the Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE), fund cutting-edge equipment that will provide new student research opportunities and create significant new scholarships designed to attract top-tier, high-achieving students from throughout the Midwest.

Prior to earning a chemistry degree at Lakeland in 1969, Feldmann had to withdraw from classes for several months due to family challenges. Feldmann credits Rath for stepping in to make sure he stayed on track to graduate.

"Dr. Rath provided me with an opportunity to continue my education," said Feldmann, who later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked a number of years for Hewlett-Packard. "He provided me extra time and a facility on campus at which I could study. That made it easier for me to transition through a difficult time.

"I had a very positive experience there while doing my undergraduate work and now I'm at a point in my career where I want to give back in the hopes of making a difference for this generation of faculty and students. I want to fund programs where students can access their professors with an opportunity to develop close, mentoring relationships."

Lakeland President Dan Eck said the college is excited to work with Feldmann to see how his generous gift will transform the natural sciences programs.

"Lakeland is grateful to have loyal alumni who are willing to share their hard work and good fortune in support of the college's mission," Eck said. "We have a very talented faculty, and we are all looking forward to seeing the positive impact on our academic programs and the increased opportunities for students that will come with this incredible gift."

Feldmann's gift will benefit a program that has been experiencing significant growth in the last several years.

Paul Pickhardt, chair of the natural sciences division and associate professor of biology, said some of the funds will strengthen LURE, the college's 10-week summer program that allows undergraduate students to work alongside faculty members to design and conduct research which is later presented at regional or national conferences.

"Our faculty are enthusiastic to provide hands-on learning opportunities to our students, and the planned equipment acquisitions from this initial gift will allow us to do that," Pickhardt said. "Currently our students are somewhat limited on the types of research questions they can explore in the laboratory, and these purchases will greatly expand their opportunities within coursework and independent research projects. Research equipment investments that can lay the foundations for strong programs yet also strengthen interdisciplinary ties across traditional disciplines will be emphasized."

Additionally, Pickhardt said Feldmann's gift will put Lakeland's programs in a stronger position to enhance current relationships create new ones with community and industry partners. The gift will also help the growth of the college's exercise science program.

Feldmann said he's been impressed with Lakeland's commitment to the sciences and the focus on the same kind of faculty-student interaction that benefitted him more than four decades earlier.

"Lakeland is a great setting for getting a good, private, liberal arts education in a small environment. This is getting more difficult today, particularly for students with limited means, to achieve their educational goals," Feldmann said. "That is a particular area I would like to support.

"The important thing is the student relationship with faculty focused on teaching in a smaller environment where they can work more intimately. That's the experience I had many years ago."

Feldmann Engineering & Mfg. Co. Inc. started in 1947 in a cheese factory building near Plymouth by Feldmann's parents, Marvin and Myrtle Feldmann. It has evolved over the decades, and today the company has become the world leader in the manufacture and sale of its Jiffy Ice Drills. Other popular products include lawn aerators, portable fencing, shrub and tree planting augers and specialty products.


retlichc [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Chris Retlich) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:37:18 -0600
Band concert to celebrate director's strength

The Lakeland Concert Band will celebrate the strength of its director during its fall concert on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the college's Bradley Theatre. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Lakeland College BandIt will be the first performance under Director and Assistant Professor of Music Chris Werner since he underwent successful cancer surgery in August.

The theme for the concert is "Bright!" and the program includes classic band works by Gustav Holst and Henry Fillmore and an array of newer compositions that build the bright theme: Frank Ticheli's "Sun Dance," Kimberly Archer's "Hymn to the Dawn," John Mackey's "Aurora Awakes," Joseph Turrin's "Lullaby for Noah" and David Maslanka's "Illumination."

"This concert is purposefully designed to be happy, invigorating, inspiring and bright," Werner said. "Oddly enough, I programmed this concert the week before my cancer surgery in August, during a time when most people would probably be in a very dark, depressed and scary place.

"However, the amount of positive energy from family, friends, students and faculty at Lakeland got me through this difficult period and this concert repertoire is reflective of their spirit and gifts in helping me survive. Try as I might to come up with a program brooding, intense and reflective – the universe would have nothing of it! This program is direct, celebratory and certainly 'bright!'"

The Lakeland Concert band includes 48 students and represents nearly every academic major on Lakeland's campus. In addition to Werner, former longtime Lakeland Director of Bands Lewis Schmidt will be a guest conductor on this program.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:34:03 -0600
New Bradley Gallery show to spotlight work of three seniors

Lakeland College will spotlight the work of three senior art students when the first of three Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibitions opens on Friday, Nov. 7.

Katie LaPlaunt - Still Life with Tennis ShoeKatie LaPlaunt - Still Life with Tennis ShoeBecca Elliot, Renjie Zhou and Katie LaPlaunt will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus.

The exhibit, which will feature works created by these students during their time at Lakeland, will run through Dec. 10. 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.

The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for planning the show, putting the public relations together, hanging their work and any other details.

Elliot is a double major in art (graphic arts emphasis) and communication (professional emphasis). She has been working as a freelance graphic artist since the spring of 2012 and has created work for several on- and off-campus organizations. She won an honorable mention award at the 2012 Lakeland College Student Art Exhibitions.

She served a graphic art and communication internship in the first half of 2014 with Fond du Lac Festivals, Inc. She planned and organized a Walleye Weekend 2014 logo re-launch party and created a number of works for Walleye Weekend, including 20 digital billboards. She also served as a graphic art intern with Lakeland's Career Development office in 2013.

Becca Elliot - Break the Shell Becca Elliot - Break the Shell Elliot said her work for this show features a few different mediums. "In my digital art I tend to add layers at different opacities to give the final product a feel of depth or texture," she said. "While a lot of my work has these characteristics, I do have pieces that are more flat, although I try to still add a few drop shadows or textures to the majority of my pieces. Nature, space, depth and texture are my favorite aspects to find and put into my work."

LaPlaunt is majoring in art with a graphic arts emphasis. She is in her second year working as a graphic design intern with Lakeland's marketing department, and she spent two years working as a student assistant in the college's art department.

She won honorable mention awards at the 2013 and 2014 Lakeland College Student Art Exhibitions. She is the recipient of several scholarships, and she has been on the Dean's List for academic achievement.

"One of my favorite things about art is beginning a new project," LaPlaunt said. "I set high expectations for myself and look forward to the finished piece. Usually mid-project I will come to a point where I don't like it and I need to push myself to finish it. One of the worst parts of creating artwork is trying to figure out where to end. It's hard to spend a lot of time and effort on something, and then finally say it's finished when it's not quite perfect yet. Perfection cannot be achieved, so eventually I stop before I mess it up."

Renjie Zhou portrait with basketballRenjie Zhou portrait with basketballZhou, an international student from China, is majoring in art with both a graphic arts and studio arts emphasis. His work has been featured in a number of previous exhibits at both the college and in the Alive in the Arts exhibit at the Plymouth Arts Center. In 2014, he won a second-place and honorable mention award at Lakeland's Student Art exhibit.

Since the fall of 2012 he has worked as a studio assistant and gallery receptionist for Lakeland's art department. He designed and painted a mural for the college's IT Center and teaches painting classes in his native China.

"What keeps artists spending time on making art? Not just having a passion for art, but also always giving yourself challenges," Zhou said. "Inspiration is very important, but not feeling inspired is not an excuse to stop making art. There is no way that anyone will have inspiration for art in every single day of life. But, if you keep painting and drawing you will sustain yourself with many good art ideas."


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:51 -0500
Grand opening of new Lakeland College Milwaukee Center is Nov. 19

Lakeland College will formally celebrate moving its Milwaukee Center to Honey Creek Corporate Center IV, 9000 W. Chester St., Milwaukee, with a grand opening on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 4-6 p.m.

Lakel;and's New Milwaukee Center

Tours of the new location will be available, and a short program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers will be served. As part of the festivities, 94.5 The Lake FM will be onsite with giveaways and promotions, including the chance to win an iPad.

The new location houses Lakeland's Evening, Weekend and Online program classes offered in the Milwaukee area.

"Lakeland has been offering educational options for adult students in Milwaukee for 35 years, so we're certainly not a newcomer to higher education in this area," said Zach Voelz, Lakeland's vice president for enrollment management. "This new center provides advances in technology that match the evolution of Lakeland's BlendEd flexible course formats and sets us up to serve our students and continue to evolve in what has become a rapidly changing higher education marketplace."

The college occupies the majority of the third floor of the Honey Creek Corporate Center IV. Lakeland's center, which is nearly 16,000 square feet, includes 10 classrooms, one laptop lab and one computer lab, a student lounge, eight offices, Wi-Fi throughout the facility and ample free parking. Classrooms are available for daytime rentals to businesses, clubs and other organizations.

Lakeland has offered evening degree programs in Milwaukee since 1979. Today, the college serves more than 500 students in the Milwaukee area and 2,800 students statewide. Lakeland's total enrollment is approximately 3,600.

In 1978, Lakeland developed an evening degree-completion program for working adults, the first in the state at that time. In 2012, Lakeland celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of its main campus, which is located in Sheboygan County.

Lakeland students in Milwaukee can earn a bachelor of arts degree in accounting, business administration, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, marketing, psychology and specialized administration. Lakeland also offers a master of business administration, master of arts in counseling and master of education.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:50:15 -0500
Lakeland to host International Food Fest on Oct. 25

International Food FestivalLakeland College's Global Student Association will host its annual International Food Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6-8 p.m.

The food fest, which will feature native cuisines prepared by Lakeland students from more than a dozen countries from around the world, will be held in Bossard Hall, which is located on the second floor of the Younger Family Campus Center. Food from China, Japan, Nepal, Kenya, Brazil and Malawi are among the cuisines that will be available.

The cost is $6 per person, and only cash can be accepted.

retlichc [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Chris Retlich) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:41:16 -0500
"Nuns on the Bus" Leader to Speak at Lakeland College

Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell, a provocative and sometimes controversial award-winning religious leader, attorney and poet, will deliver Lakeland College’s Mission House Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m.

The free lecture, which will be held in the Bradley Theatre, is open to the public. Her talk is entitled, "The Burning Bush – Faith and Advocacy for the 100%."

Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is also the author of "A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community," published in April 2014 by HarperCollins.

"Because of my faith, I know that I cannot leave anyone out of my care," Campbell said. "It is also true in these challenging times, we are called to engage people who think differently if we are to find a way forward in our democracy. In this talk, we will explore these intersections of faith, the Constitution and the needs of our nation in order to create a community for the common good."

Since 2004, Campbell has served as executive director of NETWORK, a self-proclaimed progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 40 years.

Campbell lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.

During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous "nuns’ letter" supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters to sign on. This action was cited by many as critically important in passing the Affordable Care Act.

In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the "Nuns on the Bus" tour of nine states to oppose the "Ryan Budget" approved by the House of Representatives. Campbell argued that the budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need.

"Nuns on the Bus" received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. In 2013, she led a new cross-country Nuns on the Bus trip focused on comprehensive immigration reform.

Simone has received numerous awards, including a "Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award" and the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


retlichc [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Chris Retlich) Featured Lakeland News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:23:20 -0500
Former Lakeland College Trustee passes away

Alice Senty, a former Lakeland College Trustee and a generous friend of the institution, passed away on Sept. 29. She was 91.

Alice SentySenty served as a Lakeland Trustee from 1994-2006. In 2007, the college honored her with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to recognize her lifetime of civic engagement and service to her community. It was one of many honors and awards she received for her work. In 2013, she received an Honorary Alumni award.

Senty also served on the college’s church relations board for a number of years. She established an endowed scholarship at Lakeland in 2004, and she visited campus each year to meet her scholarship recipient. She was a member of the college’s Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, and was a member of the Founders’ Society and an annual member of the 1862 Society.

A lover of learning, she would often attend academic and other events at Lakeland to broaden her own circle of knowledge.

A complete obituary can be found here.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at First Congregational Church, 310 Bluff Avenue, Sheboygan. There will be a visitation with family at 1 p.m., service at 3 p.m. and a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory can be made to The Alice K. Senty Scholarship Fund at Lakeland College.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:35:04 -0500
Prevea teams up with Lakeland College athletic department

Sheboygan — The Prevea Sports Medicine team is proud to partner with Lakeland College as the exclusive health care provider for the school's athletic department. Lakeland College, located in Sheboygan County, has 18 NCAA Division III men's and women's athletic teams — including football, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, cross country, volleyball, soccer, track and field, tennis and wrestling.

PreveaDr. Jose Armendariz, a family and sports medicine physician for the Prevea Health Center in Sheboygan, will serve as the medical director to oversee the health care provided to Lakeland College athletes. "Prevea Sports Medicine offers comprehensive prevention, diagnosis, treatment and therapy services for sports-related injuries," said Dr. Armendariz. "Our goal is to get athletes healthy and back in the game."

Prevea Sports Medicine experts will also provide the Lakeland College Athletic Department with a strength and conditioning coach, and certified athletic trainers.

"The Prevea Sports Medicine partnership is the first of its kind for the college, and we are thrilled to be associated with a wonderful patient-centered health care organization," said Nathan Dehne, Vice President of Athletics and Wellness at Lakeland College. "Prevea will assist our student-athletes in reaching their full potential athletically, and create a foundation of lifelong wellness that is so very important."

Prevea Sports Medicine experts and long-standing orthopedic physicians, Dr. Bruce Van Dommelen and Dr. Scott Glaeser, will also assist with the health care needs of Lakeland College athletic teams.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:37:12 -0500
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