Lakeland College honored three significant contributors to the college during Homecoming weekend at the college's annual alumni awards banquet.
Alice Senty and Hugh Denison, both of Sheboygan, will receive Honorary Alumni Awards, and Terry Thiessen, of Kiel, received the Service to the College Award.
Senty has been a wonderful friend of the college in many regards. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1994-2006, and was awarded trustee emeritus status in 2013. In 2007, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lakeland to recognize her lifetime of civic engagement and service to her community.
Senty also served on the college's church relations board for a number of years, and was on the state board of the United Church of Christ. She established an endowed scholarship at Lakeland in 2004, and visits campus each year to meet her scholarship recipient. She was a member of the college's Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, and is a member of the Founders' Society and an annual member of the 1862 Society.
Denison is a Sheboygan native who had a distinguished career in the financial services industry. A graduate of Lawrence University and a Vietnam War veteran, Denison followed in the footsteps of his father, Frank "Homer" Denison, who founded H.C. Denison in Sheboygan.
In 1985, Hugh Denison joined Heartland Advisors in Milwaukee in its first year of operation, and he held a number of key roles, retiring as a senior vice president-portfolio manager.
Denison first visited Lakeland as a teen with his father and Lucius P. Chase, a former chairman and member of the Lakeland Board of Trustees. Over the years, Denison has served the college in many capacities including guest lecturer, member of the college's Foundation Committee and an advisor to presidents.
Denison has been engaged in numerous charitable organizations throughout his career. He is a tireless advocate for charitable causes, including the Boys & Girls Club, the Skylight Opera, the Milwaukee Athletic Club, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and as trustee of the YMCA Endowment Trust, the Potowatomi Tribal Foundation Council, Lawrence University and Babson College (Ma.) Locally, he has served on the boards of the Deland Foundation and the JMKAC.
"Lakeland is a unique and treasured asset to the greater Sheboygan community that has remained true to its Christian roots and provides an outstanding education," he said. "We cannot afford to lose an asset of this importance, and it's imperative that leaders step up and help the college remain prosperous."
Thiessen is a 1970 Lakeland graduate whose family has deep roots at Lakeland. His father, Edgar Thiessen, served as a music faculty member and director of bands for many years. Terry has served countless volunteer hours on numerous boards and committees.
He has served for seven years on the Alumni Board, leading the development task force and then becoming vice president. He has served on the Movers & Shakers Gala Committee since its inception, and was event coordinator in the early years. He played a major role as chair of the On-Campus Events Committee for the Sesquicentennial, and helped shape and implement the successful All-College-Reunion in the summer of 2012.
He and his wife, Karen, rarely miss a Homecoming or other local alumni event, and he often volunteers to work the registration desk or act as a greeter. He has also been a longtime donor to the college, further sharing his resources with his alma mater.
Photos from the event are available later on our Facebook page.