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Between now and December, the Office of Alumni Relations is offering many great opportunities for alumni to gather both on and off campus. Join us for an alumni and parents weekend starting on Friday, Sept. 24, when we will celebrate at Oktoberfest in Grand Rapids, Mich. The next day, Sept. 25, we'll cheer on the Muskies as they battle the Hope College Flying Dutchmen in Holland, Mich. A few days later, on Thursday, Sept. 30, we'll enjoy a boat cruise on the Wolf River in the Fox Valley with Lakeland alumni. We'll hear from assistant professor of exercise science, Dr. Kelly R. Quick, who will share information on staying healthy holistically. You can register for these events and many others at http://lakeland.edu/alumnievents.
This year, we celebrate special reunion years for the classes of 1960, 1970, 1985, 2000 and 2005. But Homecoming is a celebration for everyone, so we hope many of you will join us. At lunch on Friday, Oct. 8, we will induct the class of 1960 into the Emeritus Club, those who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Lakeland. There is also a champagne reception at the President's house for those classes celebrating the official reunion years noted above.
On Saturday, Oct. 9, there will be some new elements added to the traditional fun. In addition to the tailgate, football game (this year the Muskies take on Rockford College), and the ever-popular Kids' Zone, there will also be an alumni flag football tournament and a classic car show in front of the Campus Center. Saturday evening's Alumni Celebration Banquet in Bossard Hall will prove to be exceptional. Not only will six alumni awards be given, but there will also be special recognition given to Dr. Stephen A. Gould, as this is his last Homecoming as Lakeland's president. Don't delay, register today! register for this event
This long-standing campus tradition continues to bring engaging authors to Lakeland's campus for two days of readings and workshops. This year, the featured writers are Michael Kriesel and one of Lakeland's own, Shannon Kring Buset '96. Join us on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the intimate setting of the campus Pub for a reading by both writers and a reception in their honor. register for this event
Michael Kriesel's poems have appeared in Nimrod, North American Review, The Progressive, Rattle, and Seems, among others. He is a recipient of the Muse Prize from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Lorine Niedecker Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Kriesel also writes reviews and articles on poetry and was a U. S. Navy journalist for 10 years.
In her writing and her work as an executive producer of film and television, Shannon Kring Buset is dedicated to bridging the gap between professional success and personal fulfillment. She has been featured on NPR and The Rachael Ray Show, and in more than 150 publications including The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney Magazine, TV Guide, Redbook and the New York Post. The author of four books including Sister Salty Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry, she is completing her first novel. register for this event
Making a return performance, the chefs of Lakeland's Dining Services will dazzle you with their culinary flair and the secrets to some delicious holiday recipes. This year, the event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 6. Sample scrumptious appetizers, desserts, and beverages, and pick up some nifty tips for making your holiday table look extra special during the coming season. More information
It would not be Christmastime without a visit from Santa to Lakeland's campus. We will have a full buffet breakfast, caroling, a craft table and, of course, time to sit on the lap of the man in red. register for this event