Displaying items by tag: Lakeland College - Lakeland College - Lakeland College http://lakeland.edu Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:32:02 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us Welcome back, recent grads! http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/welcome-back-recent-grads http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/welcome-back-recent-grads Tina Filipovic is an account service excecutive with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Seven recent Lakeland College graduates returned to campus on Monday to take part in freshman orientation. The grads - Tina Filipovic, Ryan Holm, Jackie Jirschele, Ben Koepsell, Ndamyo Mwanyonga, Brittni Peterson and Jared Petrie - mingled with parents of incoming students. The graduates answered questions and talked about their Lakeland experience, then dined with the new Lakeland families.

These young men and women are succeeding at companies and organizations such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Orion Energy Systems and Curt Joa. One of our guests, Ndamyo, is now training teachers in her her home country of Malawi, Africa.

It's just another example of how connected so many Lakeland alumni feel to their alma mater, and how willing they are to give back to the Lakeland community after they leave.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
"I feel like I am needed here" http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/i-feel-like-i-am-needed-here http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/i-feel-like-i-am-needed-here

For 2014 Lakeland College grad Diana Torres, the end of an internship meant the beginning of a career.

On the last day of her five-month internship at Safe Harbor, a domestic abuse shelter in Sheboygan, Wis., Torres was asked if she'd like to stay – full time. She quickly answered yes.

"I feel like I am needed here," says Torres, Safe Harbor's new Hispanic community advocate. "Yes, there are times I want to go home and cry. It's not always easy hearing about and seeing the struggles. But, I can make a difference and that makes it worth it."

According to an email from Amanda Drossel, Safe Harbor's shelter services coordinator, Safe Harbor's mission is to "provide prevention, intervention, education and outreach services to empower individuals, families and the community to end all forms of domestic violence and sexual assault."

"If it wasn't for Diana, we would be struggling to reach out to our Spanish-speaking residents and the Spanish-speaking clients who call on the phone," Drossel continues. "We have definitely had a great experience with Diana."

Diana graduated from Sheboygan South High School in 2005 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan for a semester before leaving. Thinking higher education might not be for her, she worked for a few years before enrolling at Lakeland in 2010.

Driven to become an interpreter, Diana double majored in Spanish and criminal justice. Once a disinterested student, she changed her approach at Lakeland.

"I worked hard," she says. "I adopted a very different mindset. Seeing my name on the dean's list made me feel good, and I really liked Lakeland. The small class sizes and the close relationships with the professors were perfect for me."

Diana also blossomed out of the classroom, serving as president of the Spanish National Honor Society for two years, helping fellow students as a Spanish tutor and earning recognition as Lakeland's Spanish Student of the Year as a senior.

"Lakeland really helped me grow as a person," Diana says. "The school and the professors did a great job preparing me for my career path and my critical thinking skills were really developed while at Lakeland. I'll always be very grateful for everyone there who helped me reach my potential."

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Talk about a cool summer internship! http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/talk-about-a-cool-summer-internship http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/talk-about-a-cool-summer-internship Talk about a cool summer internship!

If you happen to check out Bastille Days in Milwaukee this weekend, head on over to the Bucks' display area. Chances are you'll find Lakeland College student Jake Maechtle making kids smile.

Jake is enjoying a summer internship with the Milwaukee Bucks, and since sports and people are two of his passions in life, it's no wonder he's having a blast.

"I love it," he says. "This is such a great opportunity for me to work with people, and I've always been a huge sports fanatic. I'd really love to continue with this and make a career out of it."

As a paid summer promotional intern with the Bucks, Jake goes to fairs and festivals around the state, setting up temporary baskets, encouraging fans to play interactive games and offering discounted Bucks tickets.

"I've been told to apply for the in-season internship, so I think they've been happy with me so far," says Jake, who will be a senior at Lakeland this fall. His major is business administration with emphases in sports management and economics.

This exciting internship opportunity came about through a mix of Jake's initiative and help from Lakeland Success and Engagement Coach Whitney Diedrich and 2010 Lakeland grad Tina Filipovic. Tina, an account service executive with the Bucks, got the ball rolling by putting in a good word. Then, Jake nailed a couple of phone interviews, and got the gig. One thing that helped prepare Jake for those phone interviews was a mock interview set up by Lakeland with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers minor league baseball team.

"Whitney helped me out a ton in so many ways," Jake says. "She helped me strengthen my resume, gave me a lot of great advice and encouraged me throughout the process. Whitney and (fellow Success and Engagement Coach) Kay Voss have been great."

Spend just a few minutes with Jake, and you'll find it hard to believe he arrived at Lakeland from his hometown of Port Washington, Wis., as an extremely introverted person.

Things changed his sophomore year, when Jake took Professor of Business Administration J. Garland Schilcutt's business protocol course. In this class, students are driven hard to communicate – privately and publicly.

"I was scared to death," Jake recalls. "One day, Professor Schilcutt pulled me aside and told me I needed to speak up more. But I was shy and very nervous. I was worried people would think I was stupid. Professor Schilcutt encouraged me and told me he was once the same way, but was able to overcome it and become successful in life. I really took that to heart and decided to get more involved."

Did he ever. First, he joined Lakeland's "call team," reaching out by phone to prospective students and alumni. Then, Jake became an admissions ambassador and, the following year, an orientation leader and captain of the wrestling team.

Jake has really come out of his shell over the past few years. He gives Lakeland's nurturing environment, caring professors and numerous opportunities to branch out and shine a lot of credit for that.

"Lakeland has been great for me," he says. "It's amazing how much I've grown as a person here."

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Making a great impression http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/making-a-great-impression http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/making-a-great-impression Making a great impression

It didn't take Tara Guell long to make a strong impression.

Just halfway through last winter's four-month internship at Schenck SC in Sheboygan, the 2014 Lakeland College graduate had a job offer in hand.

"My goal was to have a fulltime position before I graduated," says Guell, who majored in accounting at Lakeland. "I'm really excited."

Guell will fill a brand new staff accountant position at Schenck's Port Washington office, where she'll work one-on-one with small business clients.

"I feel like I fit the bill, because I'm a social person, and I like to build relationships," she says.

Guell enrolled at Lakeland after earning her associate degree from UW-Sheboygan.

At Lakeland, she exceled in the classroom and played a lead role in Lakeland's highly regarded Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program features Lakeland students preparing free tax returns for the Sheboygan area's lower-income residents.

As her senior year approached, Guell honed in on internships, taking advantage of the many career development and networking opportunities offered at Lakeland. She met with a Schenck HR representative on campus, then got a phone interview and landed the internship that quickly led to full-time employment.

"I was a little nervous about the public accounting realm," she says. "But Schenck has been very welcoming, very helpful. They really make me feel like part of the team."

As she prepares to begin her fulltime accounting career, Guell looks back fondly on her Lakeland experience.

"The Lakeland business division became a family to me," she says. "All of the professors helped me grow and become a professional. I talk up Lakeland all the time. It's small enough that all of the professors know your name, know who you are as a person and what's going on in your life."

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Chicken & Waffles! http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/chicken-waffles http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/chicken-waffles Chicken & Waffles!

Everybody was talking about today's special lunch treat at Lakeland College. Thanks to Lakeland students Romaine Johnson and Demonta Hall, who came up with the idea and carried it out, Wednesday's "Creative Cuisine" entry featured the delictable combination of chicken and waffles. That's right: chicken and waffles!

This is just one example of Lakeland students taking ownership and showcasing initiative and leadership skills. When Johnson and Hall approached Mark Wagner, director of dining services, he was all for the idea. Johnson called home to get the family recipe, and the pair of students went to work. The result was succulant boneless fried chicken on a freshly made Belgian waffle that Johnson made by pouring batter onto a hot griddle. That interesting combo was topped with syrup and, for the really adventurous, hot sauce.

The meal was a hit! Students, staff and faculty complimented Johnson and Hall as the lunch hour wound down.

Wagner was ecstatic and proud of the students. "This is what it's all about," he said. "They did a wonderful job!"


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
2014 grad lands job at American Club http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/2014-grad-lands-job-at-american-club http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/2014-grad-lands-job-at-american-club 2014 grad lands job at American Club

When John Wormwood selected Lakeland College out of high school, a handful of friends in his hometown of Menominee, Mich., gave him a hard time.

"They razzed me about it, because they were going to big schools like Michigan and Michigan State," recalls Wormwood with a smile. "But for what I was interested in, business, I knew that the successful local companies like Kohler Co., ACUITY, Johnsonville and Sargento were going to provide a lot of opportunities."

Wormwood's instincts were right on the money. Shortly after graduating from Lakeland in May with a double major in business management and marketing and a minor in economics, he was hired as group sales coordinator at the prestigious American Club – a Kohler Co. property and Wisconsin's only AAA 5-diamond and Forbes Five-Star rated hotel.

When a group books a stay at the American Club, Wormwood helps hammer out details and make sure critical logistics – dining reservations, lodging, excursions, etc. – are in order.

"I am doing a lot of contract writing and sales outreach to groups," Wormwood says. "I work with the director of national accounts, so we're dealing with some pretty big contracts."

Wormwood credits Lakeland Student Success and Engagement Coach Kay Voss for helping him seize the Kohler Co. opportunity. He says Voss not only helped him sharpen his resume and LinkedIn profile, she also helped him hone his interview skills so he would exude just the right amount of confidence.

Now, as he launches into an exciting new career with this world-class company, Wormwood looks back proudly on his Lakeland experience.

"I loved it," he says. "Lakeland prepared me for a career, and I met so many awesome people from all over the world. It was a great experience."

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Trip of a lifetime http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/trip-of-a-lifetime http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/trip-of-a-lifetime Trip of a lifetime

Boat route for Lakeland gradTalk about the trip of a lifetime!

Lakeland College grad Gary Weichmann '72 and his son, Joe, are on the front end of an incredible sailing journey that started in Sturgeon Bay at 6 a.m. on June 6 and will last at least a year-and-a-half.

The Weichmanns will sail their Catalina 445 through Canada and enter the Atlantic Ocean near New York. They'll hug the east coast of the U.S. before continuing on past the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, South America and Central America. If all goes according to plan, the father-son sailors will arrive at their final destination of Costa Rica sometime in late 2015.

"We are not on a fixed schedule or course," writes Gary in an email. "But we have windows we're trying to meet. I want to meet my mother on the Erie Canal, go to the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City over Labor Day and stay in Charleston for a month."

The idea was hatched on a cold November day in Sturgeon Bay. Gary and his son had just winterized and covered the boat, and were talking while driving home to Neenah. Gary mentioned the possibility of the trip and Joe "was all in, immediately."

Joe, 28, crafted a letter of resignation to his employer. Gary, 64 and retired, began working on logistics.

"I then started a mental plan on how to tell my wife," Gary writes. Mindy, he explains, loves to sail, too, but she gets seasick and wouldn't be up for such a long, arduous journey.

So, it's just the boys.

"Every time someone asks Joe why he is doing this, he responds, 'To be with my dad,'" Gary writes. "I respond, 'To be with my son.'"

Gary points out that he will miss his wife, his daughter, his granddaughter, his dog and cat and playing tennis and golf with his friends. But he knows how special this time with his son will be.

"I am blessed, and I know it," he writes.

Follow the Weichmann's spectacular journey on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/svcarpediem and by following their blog at http://svcarpediem.com/2014/ .

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Lakeland's Swart thriving http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/lakeland-s-swart-thriving http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/lakeland-s-swart-thriving Lakeland's Swart thriving

Kelly Swart is thriving.

The accounting major, who this fall will enter her senior year at Lakeland College, recently earned a scholarship and landed a 40-hour-a-week accounting internship with highly regarded global company Curt Joa. It's the first time Swart has worked in an accounting department, so she's gaining valuable exposure to real-world corporate accounting.

"I do a little bit of everything, and I'm learning so much," Swart said of her internship at Sheboygan Falls, Wis. based Curt Joa – arguably the world's top manufacturer of machines that produce diapers.

"I work on accounts payable, accounts receivable, just about everything related to accounting. It's been great, and it's really preparing me for a future career. I'm really thankful for everything that's happening right now. I'm happy."

Swart also applied for and won a $500 scholarship from the Institute of Internal Auditors Fox Valley/Central Wisconsin Chapter. In a letter she received telling her she had won, Kenneth J. Stephani, the academic relations committee chair for IIA Fox Valley/Central Wisconsin Chapter, wrote, "The Scholarship Committee is impressed with your passion and desire to build a career in Internal Audit. We know that someone with your attention to detail and drive will succeed in this field."

Swart is from Oostburg, Wis., just 20 miles away from Lakeland College. But after high school, she attended Grace College in Indiana. Swart liked the school, but felt homesick and realized she wanted to eventually establish career roots closer to home. "I knew that with all the great companies in the Sheboygan area, it would be ideal for me to go to Lakeland," she says.

Swart transferred and has exceled in Lakeland's highly regarded accounting program. She has also taken advantage of Lakeland's many career development opportunities, participating in the speed networking event that featured local business leaders, the mock interviews with business leaders and an HR panel, among others.

"Every one of those events was different, and I learned something at all of them," Swart says. "I'm so thankful for how hard Lakeland's career development staff works to provide these opportunities."

Swart also helped with Lakeland's Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which prepares tax returns for lower income citizens in Sheboygan each winter. Swart worked five-hour shifts each Saturday for about two months.

As far as her career goes, Swart isn't sure yet which type of accounting path she will follow. She might take the CPA track, or decide to choose internal accounting. Lakeland's diverse curriculum is giving her a broad sampling. Next spring, she'll pursue a tax internship.

"I think accounting fits my talents," Swart says. "Some people have the talent to give great speeches; other people are great writers. I think I have good attention to detail, I'm organized and I have good analytical skills. I think accounting matches my gifts very well."

As for her indirect journey to Lakeland, Swart says she is thrilled she decided to attend her home-county college.

"Lakeland has exceeded my expectations," she says. "I had heard that the accounting program was very good, but I didn't know what to expect. As soon as I got here, I knew it was a great place. I came in and was challenged in my classes from the start. And the professors are so kind and helpful. It's been a great experience."

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Lakeland grad confident about future at ACUITY http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/lakeland-grad-confident-about-future-at-acuity http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/lakeland-grad-confident-about-future-at-acuity Lakeland grad Katie Freitag

Sheboygan-based insurance company ACUITY has received plenty of press lately for its U.S.-record 400-foot flag pole and 60-foot by 120-foot American flag.

But long before it erected this sky-scraping tribute, ACUITY earned a reputation as one of the nation's most fantastic places to work.

No wonder 2014 Lakeland College graduate Katie Freitag was so delighted when she had not one, but two different job offers at the same time from ACUITY.

"Honestly, it made me feel really great, the fact that such an amazing company offered me two different positions," said Freitag, who graduated in May after majoring in business management and minoring in psychology. "I was ecstatic, having the opportunity to choose from two great opportunities at such an amazing company right out of college."

Freitag, from Kiel, Wis., accepted a commercial underwriter position over a customer service claims representative offer. She began ACUITY's intense training program in mid-June.

"It's well known that ACUITY treats its employees very well," she says. "And the training is outstanding. They really want us to know our stuff before we get out into the field. I will complete a 10-week training process, and after that, I will have three months of mentoring, where I work with someone and learn from them."

Freitag said her Lakeland College experience prepared her for the demanding ACUITY interview process. While a student, she earned an internship at global company Curt Joa in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Her duties there included high-level data entry, matching part numbers with project proposals and performing other logistical duties.

On campus, Freitag completed her senior season with the Muskies volleyball team and absorbed new knowledge during her final year of classes.

"I think Lakeland does a wonderful job preparing students for life after college," Freitag says. "Since it's a liberal arts school, you take a lot of different classes and learn many different things. And the career services staff really helps out with resumes, phone interviews, internships and other helpful tools to succeed in the real world.

"I interviewed at Acuity feeling very confident. Being involved in many different things at Lakeland helped me get to know lots of people. Volleyball was huge for me, because of the teamwork and leadership aspects. I used volleyball examples to answer questions during my interviews.

"I really loved my time at Lakeland. I developed great relationships and grew as a person. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't change a thing."

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Saving lives 8,000 miles from home http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/saving-lives-8-000-miles-from-home http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-college-blog/saving-lives-8-000-miles-from-home Saving lives 8,000 miles from home

She lives 8,000 miles from home, misses her family and friends and witnesses deep suffering more often than she'd like to.

But 2014 Lakeland College graduate Megan Derse is making a difference in this world, and her heart swells with hope and passion every day.

"I am so happy to be here," says Derse via email from Kenya, Africa. "I am thankful for this opportunity, and I can't imagine doing anything else during this season of my life."

Derse, who earned a degree in middle childhood/early adolescent education at Lakeland, is in the fellowship program with Oasis for Orphans, an organization dedicated to rescuing and developing parentless children in Africa.

"I grew and changed a lot during my college years, as I was challenged and stretched," she says. "God did tremendous work in my heart, and I grew to deeply love and care for a group of people on the opposite side of the world."

Derse's relationship with Oasis for Orphans blossomed before she graduated from Lakeland. In 2011, her Sheboygan, Wis., family sponsored a Kenyan child named Mikal. In October of that year, after exchanging letters and Skype conversations with Mikal, the Derses traveled to Kenya for two weeks to get to know the boy even better. It was love at first hug. Two years later, the Derse family again traveled to Kenya for a six-month mission. Megan, by now deep into her curriculum at Lakeland, joined her family for two different stints totaling almost two months. During her time back in Wisconsin between those trips, she felt a strong calling.

"I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of after graduation," she says. "So I prayed that God would open a door to make that possible."

As part of the two-year Oasis Fellowship Program, Megan will be with the children in Kenya until November, then work on sponsorship and educational initiatives and administrative duties at Oasis for Orphans' Illinois headquarters.

"I definitely think my Lakeland experience helped ready me for this experience in many ways," Derse says. "Many of the kids at the children's home never set foot in a school until they came to the home, which, for many of them, meant that they were getting a late start in school. This has been hard, and several of the kids are in need of extra help in many areas. What I have learned at Lakeland has helped me have the knowledge, skills and tools to be able to help support them and help them learn and develop."

Megan writes that the reality of life in poverty-stricken Kenya is at times heartbreaking, given there are about 2.5 million orphaned children in that country alone. But the feeling that comes with helping Oasis for Orphans literally save lives has made the pain worthwhile.

"I love the kids so much and I love being with them," she says. "These kids have tragic stories full of loss, sadness and pain. Really, all of the odds were stacked against them. They had little to no chance of going to school, being loved and cared for or having a promising future. Today, it is amazing to see how God has worked in their lives and to see them not only surviving, but thriving.

"They are healthy, so happy, loved and now they have found hope. Each of their lives is truly a miracle. I love being even a small part of that. It is such a privilege to know and love them and to be able to witness first-hand the things God is doing in them."

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500