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Two longtime Lakeland College faculty members have been promoted from associate professor to full professor.
Greg Smith, who joined Lakeland's faculty in 2003, is now professor of biology. Scott Niederjohn, who joined Lakeland's faculty in 2004, is now Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust Professor of Business Administration.
Lakeland President Dan Eck announced their promotions this week. The decision is based on their accomplishments in the classroom and their service to and on behalf of the institution.
Smith has played a significant leadership role in the growth of Lakeland's natural science majors, which continue to be some of the college's most popular programs.
He is co-founder of the popular Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE), which allows students to work alongside their faculty as peers in conducting primary research. Smith's research with students in the LURE program focuses on understanding the mechanisms of protein aggregation as they relate to prion diseases (Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk, Mad Cow Disease in bovines, etc.)
Smith partnered with fellow biology faculty member Paul Pickhardt to create Lakeland's tropical biology course in Belize, a hands-on opportunity to conduct research in the rainforest. Among other courses Smith designed or co-designed at Lakeland are bioinformatics and scientific analysis and writing I and II.
Smith serves as advisor for the pre-nursing program, a partnership between Lakeland and Columbia College of Nursing, and he is the college's Commencement Grand Marshal.
Smith received a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2001 and completed his post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. His bachelor's degree is from Carleton College.
Niederjohn is in his second stretch as chair of the Business Division, which contains the college's largest programs. He also serves as director of the master of business administration program.
A nationally-recognized expert on financial literacy, Niederjohn led the creation of the Lakeland Center for Economic Education, which works with EconomicsWisconsin to create financial literacy and economics curriculum and other tools for K-12 teachers. The center has trained hundreds of teachers since its inception.
Niederjohn serves on the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and won the Governor's Financial Literacy Award in 2011, 2012 and 2014. In December 2014, he was featured in Money magazine for his work on financial literacy.
His research has been featured in numerous academic journals, and his research and thoughts on public policy and other state issues regularly have him quoted by statewide media outlets.
In the fall of 2013, Niederjohn taught at the University of Luxembourg as a Fulbright Scholar.
Niederjohn received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA with an applied economics concentration and a bachelor's degree from Marquette University.
Essence of Heritage, Lakeland College's annual homage to Black History Month, will feature song, dance, poetry, academic awards and more starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Bradley Theatre.
Admission is free to this convocation credit-bearing event, which is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Beta Sigma Omega fraternity. Lakeland senior Romain Johnson will emcee.
Keynote speaker James C. Hayes, a 2003 Lakeland College graduate, is the founder and CEO of Run the Race Performing Arts Ministries. Hayes is a motivational speaker who travels the world and trains people in the areas of attaining goals, leadership, fellowship and personal growth.
After earning his bachelor's degree from Lakeland, Hayes added a Master of Education (with an emphasis in leadership of educational organizations) from American InterContinental University.
Prior to Hayes' address, Lakeland students will perform the following:
After those performances, there will be an academic awards ceremony for high-achieving minority students.
The event will be capped off with a high-energy step show, courtesy of the Betas.
Sheboygan County Masterworks, a new choral-orchestral collaboration of some of the county's top music ensembles, will give its debut concert at the end of February.
Led by Daniel David Black, Lakeland College assistant professor of music and the college's director of choral activities, a concert featuring approximately 125 local voices will perform on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's UCC, 1248 Lincoln Ave, Sheboygan.
General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at Lakeland.edu/masterworks.
The Lakeland Choir is partnering with the Lakeshore Chorale, the Lakeshore Youth Chorale and the Sheboygan Lutheran High School Concert Choir to perform Maurice Duruflé's transcendent Requiem. Kimberly Prins Moeller, mezzo-soprano, and Fabian Qamar, baritone, will be featured soloists. A professional orchestra will join the voices, with Black conducting.
Black said the concert came together in his search to raise the profile of Lakeland's choral program and get his students more involved in the local community.
"Just under a year ago, I decided to pursue a collaboration with an area ensemble, putting together our performing forces for a concert that neither of our ensembles could do alone," Black said.
After initially partnering with the Lakeshore Chorale and the Lakeshore Youth Chorale, Black heard the Lutheran High Choir while serving as a clinician for a Wisconsin School Music Association festival at Lakeland, and asked them to join the program.
Duruflé's Requiem is a personal favorite of Black's and a work he feels is a gem of 20th century choral-orchestral repertoire. Completed in 1947, Duruflé's Requiem was inspired in large part by Gabriel Fauré, another French composer who completed his own Requiem just over 50 years prior.
"Duruflé's work mirrors Fauré's in many ways and incorporates chant or chant-like writing, along with a modern harmonic language," Black said. "This work is not the top echelon of works people know such as the requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Fauré, and for that reason I hope people will be surprised by what they hear. I think it contains some of the most beautiful, affective, dramatic and meaningful music I know."
Black hopes this is the first of what will become an annual event.
"The specific groups involved may change, but Lakeland is looking to form partnerships in the Sheboygan County area so that our community can make great choral-orchestral music right here in our backyard," Black said.
Lakeland College will spotlight the work of four students as part of the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibitions, which opens on Friday, Feb. 26.
Tanner Hackl, Rebecca Stemwell, Marvin Warfield and Justine Watson 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 April 1. 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.
Hackl is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. He transferred to Lakeland after receiving an associates degree in graphic design from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He has owned his own design business since 2012, and he works as a student designer in Lakeland's marketing department. He's also a member of the Lakeland basketball team.
"One of the most valuable aspects I am taking away from my experience at Lakeland has to be the connections and opportunities that I have come across," Hackl said. "I have met a plethora of fantastic connections throughout my experience here. I am not sure where my path as a designer will go after I graduate, but I do know that I love what I do and if I can continue to design on a daily basis I will be happy."
Stemwell is also working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. She currently works for the Boys & Girls Club in Sheboygan Falls and Lakeland's Student Success and Engagement Team, and previously worked at the Luxembourg American Cultural Museum and the Marcus Cinemas in Sheboygan and Mequon.
She is very involved on campus, serving as president of Lakeland's ArtSociety, as an officer for the Pi Kappa Gamma sorority and as a member of the college's dance team.
Stemwell said she's discovered a passion for art through the children she works with as art program leader at the Sheboygan Falls Boys & Girls Club.
"The kids who come through my door have so much passion and creativity in their crafts," she said. "When they start to create, I see future painters, designers and, most importantly I see who they are as an individual."
Warfield is also working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. He has worked as a graphic designer for the college's athletic department, as well as doing some poster and logo design work. He is a member of the football team and Latino Dance, and he's been an officer for the Beta Sigma Omega fraternity and the Black Student Union.
"The emotion within my work ranges from sadness to happiness," Warfield said. "There are always different vibes going on in my work depending on the messages I am trying to express. Many artists throughout the world have different ways of expressing their emotions. I express my emotions through color, text, shapes, and composition. Although those are the most vital elements when it comes to art in general, I like to emphasize those the most within my art."
Watson is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a studio art emphasis and a second major in history. She works as an art program leader at the Sheboygan Boys & Girls Club and has held various roles in the college's art department, won an honorable mention award in Lakeland's 2015 annual student art exhibit and has produced CD cover art for musician Cal Northrun.
She is involved in a number of Lakeland extracurriculars, including serving as president and secretary for Latino Dance and the Japanese Student Association at Lakeland, alumni coordinator for the Phi Delta Omega sorority, vice president of UNITIES and as an officer for the history club and Global Student Association.
Watson counts among her chief influences Georges Seurat, Roy Lichtenstein and John Hicklenton, a comic book penciler known for his edgy, intricate style.
"Overall, my purpose with my art is to show a different perspective to the viewer, much like switching a camera lens, by distorting the image through colours, lines or dots," Watson said. "The mediums that I work with primarily are oil paint, printmaking, along with pen and ink. With each I have a unique approach shaped by my background and personal preferences."
Due to forecasted weather conditions, the following FOUR Lakeland College centers will close today at 12 noon. There will be no face-to-face meetings for classes at these centers. Students in BlendEd courses should check Blackboard for announcements and plan to attend online for this week. BlendEd LIVE classes from these centers may still be meeting online tonight, so please check Blackboard for instructor announcements.
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