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Some individuals embody the spirit of Lakeland College so fully, that they cannot help but to give back to the college in multiple ways over long periods of time. Dave Aldag is one of those folks. Dave graduated from Lakeland with a degree in business administration through the Kellett School, back in the day when the program was called Lifelong Learning. Dave also has completed graduate work in engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. A native of Sheboygan, Dave is now president of Aldag-Honold Mechanical, a family business where he began working 34 years ago as a sheet metal apprentice.
Dave fondly remembers his student days at Lakeland: "After going to a couple of public state colleges, Lakeland was refreshing because my instructors, like Rick Gaumer, came from the business world, and taught from practical real world experience, rather than textbook theory. I found that to be of great benefit when it came time to apply what I had learned to my everyday business experiences."
Over the years, Dave has been a very active volunteer on behalf of his alma mater. In 2004, he became involved with the Lakeland College Alumni Association, currently serving as the president of the organization's board of directors. He is also a member of the Sesquicentennial planning committee. "My most fond memories of Lakeland have been over the last few years. I have had the honor to serve on the Alumni Board, and have had an opportunity to give back to an institution that has, and will continue to impact so many people in such a positive way. It is very gratifying to have a small part in that mission."
Dave's newest, and perhaps most "out-of-the-box" effort to support the mission of Lakeland College is his involvement as one of the nine celebrity dancers in the upcoming Movers and Shakers Gala. Perhaps we'll see Dave lift his partner overhead as he glides across the dance floor. As a competitive weightlifter, he can probably do it! Dave is currently in rehearsal learning the foxtrot from dance partner, Sue Alby, and says of this latest endeavor: "Sue and I are having a great time, although unfortunately her student gives her very little to work with (I don't even know how to polka, and I live in Wisconsin!)" Dave feels he's up against some pretty stiff competition, and is enjoying being the underdog. Like the little train that could, his new mantra, he says, is: "I think I can, I think I can!"
Dave and his wife, Kelly, have two children; their son Brad, 19, is a freshman at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and his daughter Chloe, 17, is a junior at North High School in Sheboygan. Dave enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially on the golf course. Along with his many efforts on behalf of the college, he is also a long time community leader of the Sheboygan County YMCA where he has served as chairman of the county board and currently serves on the endowment trust board.
For the 2009 Movers and Shakers Gala, Dave is sponsored by Aldag-Honold Mechanical and has chosen the Sheboygan County YMCA as the recipient of 50% of the proceeds raised through the purchase of extra votes on his behalf. Go Dave! Thank you for all you do for Lakeland College!
You can purchase a vote for Dave Aldag, or any of the other celebrity dancers, by going to http://www.moversandshakersgala.org/votes.asp