Lakeland News - Lakeland College Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:42:02 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us 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
Two Lakeland College alumni named to Board of Trustees

LakelandSpringTwo Lakeland College graduates have been elected to the college's Board of Trustees. Bob Loffredo, a 1970 graduate, and Jill Wagner, a 1992 graduate, will participate in their first meeting in October.

Their election in May by the current trustees brings the board's membership to 25.

"I am delighted to welcome these very successful Lakeland graduates to the board," said Robert Melzer, chairperson of the board of trustees. "They both bring a wide range of skills that will complement the talents of the current board. I have met with them, and they are both excited to help chart the future direction of the school they love and give something back to a place that helped prepare them for their successful careers."

Loffredo is vice president for U.S. industrial sales for Snap-on Incorporated in Kenosha, Wis. Snap-on is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks.

In his current role, Loffredo directs the entire North American region, which has gross volume sales in excess of $200 million. Loffredo began his career with Snap-on holding various positions within the industrial division starting as an industrial sales rep in 1977.

Loffredo earned a bachelor's degree in education from Lakeland in 1970 and a master's degree in education administration from the University of Illinois in 1974. He taught school for seven years, was an assistant elementary principal and the assistant varsity coach of a conference champion football team for the Kewaunee, Ill., School District. He was inducted into the Lakeland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982 in recognition of his accomplishments as a Lakeland football player.

Wagner is president of Appleton-based Integrity Insurance. She previously held the role of vice president of commercial lines for the property and casualty insurer. Wagner has worked in the insurance industry for 22 years, including positions with Rural Mutual Insurance and Acuity Insurance.

She is a 1992 summa cum laude graduate of Lakeland, and she also earned her master of business administration from Lakeland in 2005.

Wagner is a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Fox Cities, served as the chairman of the Commercial Lines Underwriting Conference Committee for the National Association for Mutual Insurance Companies and is a Business Advisory Group Member of Lakeland College and Concordia University. She has also held numerous volunteer board positions with youth-focused organizations.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:01:11 -0500
Calling all local bands, this event is for you

Best of Summer event at Kohler Arts CenterLakeland College is partnering with The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Paradigm Coffee & Music, Monument Music, Midwest Communications and The Sheboygan Press, to search for the best band this summer in an online video contest, with our online users choosing the top finalists. Finalists will compete at the Best of Summer concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 6-10 p.m. at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

The contest is open to all bands and duos within 60 miles of the Arts Center at 608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081. To be eligible, at least one band member must live within that radius. All participating bands and performing individuals considered for submission may not be signed by a major recording label and bands must perform original music—no cover bands. See the official contest rules for more information.

Eligible bands and duos can submit a video of ONE of their songs to the Arts Center by way of the YouTube platform, see "Submitting a video" instructions on our website at All entries must be received by June 30 and voting ends on July 31. On July 1, the Arts Center will put band videos online and give you a chance to check out the videos from area bands and vote for your favorite. Voting starts Tuesday, July 1.

Ready to enter? Click here!

Video content can be footage taken at live performances, just jamming out in the basement, or an image slide show or still photo. If the band does not appear in the video, a band photo must be submitted as well. Please email .jpg, .jiff, or .pdf to mike [AT] jmkac [DOT] org.

The top bands will perform live on the M.I.K.E. stage at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on Thursday, August 21, 2014, and will be featured in a special section in the Sunday, August 16 edition of the Sheboygan Press. One winner as determined by the audience and a panel of judges at the Best of Summer Concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014 will receive an extensive, promotional prize package including but not limited to on-air promotion by a local radio station, a professionally written press release about your band and your success in the competition, one free hair cut for each member of the band courtesy of Salon Tula, one free four hour recording session by Monument Music, one complimentary photo shoot, a live CD recording of your performance at the Best of Summer event, and more!

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:52:13 -0500
Lakeland College moving its Milwaukee Center

New Milwaukee Center locationLakeland College is moving its Milwaukee Center to Honey Creek Corporate Center IV, 9000 W. Chester St. in Milwaukee this fall.

The new location, which will house the college's Evening, Weekend and Online program classes offered in the Milwaukee area, will be at the intersection of 84th Street and Interstate 94, giving the college a prime, highly accessible spot for students living in the city and the surrounding counties.

Lakeland had previously explored leasing a new facility at West Layton and 43rd Street in Greenfield, Wis.

"After further analyses of the home addresses of our students and many of their employers, it became clear that this space at the Honey Creek Corporate Center was the best fit due to its accessibility and shorter drive times for our constituents," said Zach Voelz, Lakeland's vice president for enrollment management.

"There is a lot of excitement surrounding Lakeland's commitment to the greater Milwaukee area. The Milwaukee center is one of the college's largest, and this new facility will match the high quality programming we have offered hundreds of students in Southeast Wisconsin for 35 years."

Lakeland expects to move from its current location at 1135 S. 70th St. in West Allis to the new facility this September. It's unclear if the move will happen before fall classes start on Sept. 2.

The college will occupy the majority of the third floor of the Honey Creek Corporate Center IV. Lakeland's location, which is nearly 16,000 square feet, includes 11 classrooms, one laptop lab and one computer lab, a student lounge, eight offices, Wi-Fi throughout the facility and ample free parking. Classrooms will be 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 400 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. Last year, 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 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:48:32 -0500
Lakeland welcomes new faculty

Lakeland College has added two full-time faculty to its ranks for the 2014-15 academic year. Daniel David Black has been named instructor of music and director of choral activities. Jered McGivern has been named assistant professor of biochemistry.

Black brings to Lakeland’s music department a rich background in teaching and conducting. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Arizona where he is finishing a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting. While there, he led four academic choirs.

He received his master of music in choral conducting at Houghton College in New York, where he also conducted three of the college’s choirs and later served as faculty conductor of the men’s choir.

He served as assistant conductor for the Vocális Chamber Choir (Buffalo, N.Y.), assistant director/manager for the Tucson Chamber Artists and assistant conductor/manager for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Black has conducted a number of master classes at local, state, regional, and national levels, and in March 2013 was a graduate division finalist in the National Conference Conducting Competition hosted by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

His scholarly interests include the exploration of Franz Liszt’s choral music, the use of sports training mobile apps in the teaching of conducting and the application of Music Learning Theory (MLT) to collegiate choral ensembles.

Black has a bachelor’s degree in choral music studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

McGivern brings to Lakeland a broad research experience in biochemistry, developmental biology, neurodegenerative disease, cell biology, molecular biology, proteomics, histology and infectious disease.

Since 2011, he has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching organic chemistry and biochemistry lab courses in the chemistry department at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis.

He has a diverse research background that includes opportunities at the Marshfield Clinic, Novartis, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin and additional collaborations with a variety of institutions.

McGivern has a doctorate in biomolecular chemistry from UW-Madison and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

ADVSW01 [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (ADVSW01) Featured Lakeland News Thu, 22 May 2014 11:40:10 -0500
Movers & Shakers Gala goes out with a bang

Tracy Wusterbarth, 2014 Movers & Shakers championMore than 500 guests gathered at Lakeland College on May 17 for a spectacular evening of dancing, multi-course gourmet food, fellowship and philanthropic fundraising.

The seventh annual Movers & Shakers Gala was the final time this popular community event offered an evening of dancing. Beginning next year, the Gala will feature a lineup of various talent acts.

Saturday's event, which benefits Lakeland College, the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and numerous local charities, showcased the dancing skills of nine community leaders and their professional partners.

Tracy Wusterbarth, a human resources specialist at ACUITY, won the 2014 Movers & Shakers Gala championship, which goes to the dancer with a combination of the best judges' scores and the most purchased votes. Wusterbarth, the last dancer of the night and a former Miss Wisconsin, danced the jive and showcased her strong tap dancing skills. Votes purchased for Wusterbarth, who was sponsored by ACUITY, also benefited the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

Winning the "Judges' Choice" award was Julie Steinert, who danced a dazzling Cha-Cha hip-hop routine. Votes for Steinert, a nonprofit organization professional currently working as an office administrator at her husband's dental practice, also benefited Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County. She was sponsored by Peter J. Steinert DDS SC and Bank First National.

Lakeland's Todd Wehr Center was transformed into a majestic ballroom, which included an elegant dance floor framed by wall-to-wall carpeting plus professional lighting and two large video screens.

In its previous six years, Movers & Shakers raised more than $2.5 million, including a four-year total of $263,500, for more than 30 nonprofit organizations.

Major sponsors of this year's Gala were the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, Festival Foods and Studio Gear Technology. Additional event sponsors included Blue Moon Studios, Huber Creatives, Salon Sase, Zimmermann Printing and Canopies Events with Distinction.

This year's celebrity dancers, in addition to Wusterbarth and Steinert, were:

  • Jason Bemis, of Bemis Manufacturing, danced the Viennese Waltz. Votes for Bemis benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County. Bemis was sponsored by Bemis Manufacturing Co.
  • Rodney Ellison, a Lakeland graduate who works as a physical trainer at the Sports Core, danced the Mambo. Votes for Ellison benefited the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund. Ellison was sponsored by Plastics Engineering Company.
  • Eric Kriete, a Lakeland graduate who owns The Silver Fern Pub in Sheboygan, danced a 70s "disco themed" Swing medley. Votes for Kriete benefited The Salvation Army-Sheboygan. Kriete, who wore an all-white suit reminiscent of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, was sponsored by The Silver Fern.
  • Ashok Rai, the president and chief executive officer of Prevea Health in Green Bay, danced a Bollywood-style Tango. Votes for Rai, whose performance was preceded by a videotaped good luck message from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, benefited the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund. Rai was sponsored by Prevea Health.
  • Tammy Schaefer, whose husband, Larry, founded the popular Legend Larry's chicken wings franchise, opened the show and danced the Viennese Waltz. Votes for Schaefer benefited Bookworm Gardens and Rainbow Kids. Schaefer was sponsored by Legend Larry's.
  • Johanna Schmidt, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, danced the West Coast Swing. Votes for Schmidt benefited Rotaract. She was sponsored by Sheboygan County Rotary Clubs and Sartori Cheese.
  • Nichola Stayer-Suprick, an active volunteer in the community, danced the Cha-Cha Two-step. Votes for Stayer-Suprick benefited Safe Harbor. Stayer-Suprick was sponsored by Johnsonville Sausage.

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larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Tue, 20 May 2014 09:36:46 -0500
Professor transforms assessment into "zombie apocalypse"

Zombies at Lakeland CollegeFake blood gushing from a professor's mouth doesn't generally inspire thoughts of higher education.

But Lakeland College Associate Professor of History Rick Dodgson believes there's a time and place for innovative learning through good old-fashioned – even goofy – fun.

Dodgson and five other Lakeland professors, charged with the annual evaluation of Lakeland's general studies program and the liberal arts competence of graduating students, put an irreverent twist on one phase of this exercise with their recent "Zombie Assessment."

Approximately 30 seniors who volunteered to be part of the assessment, not knowing what to expect, were brought into a classroom, where they were shown a video depicting zombies invading Lakeland's campus.

Following the short video, the students, who were asked to represent various countries, broke off into groups to determine which nations were in most need of a limited supply of "anti-zombie vaccine." Armed with demographics about their countries, the seniors studied natural disaster pamphlets produced by the Center for Disease Control. Then they debated each other.

The exercise, which was observed by the faculty who designed it, measured the students' ability to process information, think critically, build a case and verbally communicate it.

"We took the topic seriously," said senior writing major Michelle Fromm, whose country was China. "We got into a few little tiffs about the nature of zombies, whether they could swim and things like that, but it was really fun. I thought it was definitely unique. Zombies are popular in pop culture, so I think a lot of people latched on to that theme. It was cool, hip."

Produced by Lakeland's History Club, the video features Dodgson as a TV anchorman reporting live. When his character, "Rick Diculous," is overwhelmed by the fast-growing zombie population, fake blood spills cartoonishly from his mouth. The students reacted with smiles of amusement.

"At Lakeland, we take education seriously, but we also recognize the need to appeal to our students' outside interests to engage them in their learning," said Dodgson. "We had great fun with this event and all of the students seemed to get a real kick out of it. We had some very creative solutions to the zombie problem we presented to them."

Along with Dodgson, faculty members who oversaw the evaluation were Associate Professor of Writing Nate Lowe, Fessler Professor of Creative Writing & Poet in Residence Karl Elder, Assistant Professor of General Studies & Director of Academic Advising Pam Engebretson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Richard Lemke and Instructor of Communication John McKenzie.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Mon, 05 May 2014 10:33:59 -0500
More than 900 graduate at 152nd commencement

More than 900 students earned degrees Sunday as Lakeland College celebrated its 152nd commencement.

Lakeland Graduation 2014The college awarded diplomas to 949 graduates, including 633 undergraduates and 316 graduate students. Nearly 450 students were part of a crowd of more than 3,000 people attending the ceremony, held Sunday afternoon in the college's Wehr Center.

The undergraduate group included 208 students who attended classes at Lakeland's main campus and 425 students who completed Lakeland's Evening, Weekend and Online program at one of seven centers around Wisconsin.

Jeffrey Selingo, an award-winning author, columnist and speaker who has spent nearly 20 years as a journalist covering colleges and universities worldwide, delivered the commencement address. Selingo is the author of "College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students," which explores how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn and what skills will lead to success in the job market.

Selingo told Sunday's graduates that while their college education was ending, the opportunities to learn were just beginning. He referred to the ability to adapt in today's ever-changing economy and job market as the "killer app."

"In the 21st century, where the jobs of tomorrow haven't even been dreamed of yet, learning never ends," he said.

Selingo told the students that the best way to tackle the future is to become masters of "learning, unlearning and re-learning."

Tess Myklebust, of Wisconsin Dells, spoke on behalf of the class. She graduated with honors with a double major in business management and marketing and was named winner of the college's prestigious Koehler Campus Senior Award.

"When I was a junior in high school and looking for colleges, I never would have thought I would be signing myself up for such a wonderful experience," Myklebust said. "Lakeland has surrounded me with so many positive opportunities. At Lakeland, we were not just a number, we were valued learners with names and faces that were remembered."

See photos and Twitter posts from the 152nd commencement here.

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larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Featured Lakeland News Sun, 04 May 2014 18:24:04 -0500