Chad Harbach - 2014 Community Book Read
Lakeland College hosted its inaugural Community Book Read on April 15, 2014 with Wisconsin native Chad Harbach, author of the best-selling novel "The Art of Fielding." Harbach met with students for a Q&A earlier in the day. The evening event featured Harbach reading excerpts from the novel and answering questions about the work and his life as an author and magazine editor. "The Art of Fielding," Harbach's debut novel, was named one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2011.
Lakeland hires new associate dean
Martha Madkins has joined Lakeland University as associate dean for academic affairs. Her first day was Monday, November 28.
In this role, Madkins will provide administrative leadership in instructional design and for academic matters particular to Lakeland’s undergraduate Evening, Weekend & Online program. Madkins will also be responsible for faculty development initiatives in EWO, will work with EWO students, faculty and staff to address concerns and review requests and will play a key role in facilitating the integration of assessment measures and review of assessment data in EWO. Her office will be located at W.A. Krueger 200 on the main campus.
She comes to Lakeland from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., where she served as senior director of curriculum and instruction for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. She also taught a variety of business courses online at Olivet in the MBA and MOL program, and courses in the curriculum and instruction program.
She served City Colleges of Chicago for seven years as associate dean for curriculum and online learning in addition to teaching. She worked for a decade at Robert Morris University in Chicago as a full-time faculty member and a variety of administrative roles including director of faculty teaching and learning, director of Title V Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Grant and curriculum program director.
Madkins has a Ph.D. in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Online Teaching Certificate from the University of Illinois, a Master of Science in Ecommerce Information Systems from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration in Information Systems from Roosevelt University Graduate School of Business.
Please join us in welcoming Martha to the Lakeland family.
Senior art major spotlighted in year's first student exhibit
The work of Lakeland University senior Amanda Bagnall-Newman will be featured as part of the first Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition for this academic year.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 4, 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 Bagnall-Newman during her time at Lakeland, will be on display until Dec. 9. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the university 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.
Bagnall-Newman will be on hand to discuss her work. In addition, The Fret Set II, a jazz duo featuring guitarists Dave Sullivan and Dave Kirk, will be performing live music.
Bagnall-Newman will graduate this December with a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis and a minor in communication.
She is currently visual media editor for the Lakeland University Mirror, creating videos, photos and graphics for this online publication. She's also served the Mirror as website manager and layout manager. She has been graphic designer for United Methodist Church of Sturgeon Bay and Jacksonport, Wis., and is a freelance graphic designer who has worked on a variety for projects for clients.
She's done a pair of internships, one for the Door County Adventure Center that included developing a social media-focused marketing campaign, and one for Lakeland's Student Success and Engagement Team that had her creating print and digital marketing materials.
Bagnall-Newman was born and raised in Wisconsin's Door County area, and she said the beauty of that part of the state has always been a source of inspiration.
"Rarely am I found without a sketchbook in my possession," she said. "Inspiration is hidden around every corner, so I am constantly illustrating whatever thought comes to me. There is beauty to be found everywhere; in the texture of tree bark, white caps of a wave and the cream being poured into your coffee. As a designer, my eyes have developed to pick up on these subtle beauties found throughout a typical day which has allowed me to reflect them into my work."
We are saddened to report that two beloved members of the Lakeland family, Lew and Gerry (Matzinger) Schmidt, were killed Wednesday in an auto accident near their home outside Elkhart Lake. Lew was 80, and Gerry was 79.
A leader in Lakeland's creative arts division, Lew, a 1958 Lakeland graduate, served as Lakeland professor of music education and director of bands from 1982-98. During his tenure, the band program and music education curriculum were considered among the best in Wisconsin. He was also chair of the creative arts division.
Gerry, who also attended Lakeland as a student, worked as a secretary and support person in both the office of the president and general counsel, as well as for the alumni relations and advancement offices.
Lew and Gerry were married on June 7, 1958.
Lew taught music in Wisconsin schools for 41 years until he retired in 1998. Prior to his 16 years at Lakeland, he spent 25 years in the public school system, the last 16 of which were as head of the department and high school band director at River Valley High School in Spring Green, Wis.
Lew grew up on the Lakeland campus, as his father, Clarence, taught religion at Mission House.
Lew won numerous awards and honors during his long career. During Lakeland's Sesquicentennial celebration in 2012, he was inducted into the Arts Department Wall of Distinction. In 1986, he received the Outstanding Service to the College Award. In 1996, he was named to the Sheboygan County Music Wall of Fame at the Fountain Park band shell in Sheboygan.
His Lakeland accomplishments include a concert band tour of Czechoslovakia in 1990, a performance in France in 1994 and performances at Wisconsin Bandmasters Association conferences in 1988 and 1993.
Lew taught at Lakeland's Music Camp beginning in the 1960s and served as camp director from 1984-98. He served as a field representative and consultant for the Wisconsin School Music Association, and served as an adjudicator and clinician many times.
In 2014, he served as a guest conductor for a piece during the fall Lakeland Band concert.
Lew received his master's degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago in 1963, and later was awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook. He was also longtime conductor of the Kiel Municipal Band. He served on the alumni relations board of directors for both Lakeland and VanderCook, and was also a member of VanderCook's board of trustees, including service as board chair.
Lew played many years in the Blaster's Golf Classic, and the Rev. Clarence T. and Mary C. Schmidt Scholarship is named for Lew's parents.
Lakeland mourns death of longtime supporter Terry Kohler
Terry Kohler, a dedicated supporter of Lakeland University whose impact was felt across a wide range of his professional and personal interests, died Tuesday. He was 82.
In May of 2001, The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust gave $1.5 million to the Lakeland's endowment fund, which at that time was the largest single gift in the institution's history. The Trust is named for Terry's parents, former Wisconsin Governor Walter Kohler Jr. and his wife, Charlotte.
The gift funded Lakeland's Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust Professor of Business and Economics, a position held by Scott Niederjohn, dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, since its creation. The gift also established the Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture Series.
"Terry Kohler will be remembered as one of the true giants of this community," said Niederjohn, who got to know the Kohlers through his position and his work managing the Kohler Lecture Series. "He made his mark on state and national politics, the business community, the sailing industry and through his philanthropic and conservationist efforts.
"He always had a soft spot for Lakeland. He and Mary are certainly among the most significant supporters the institution has known over its long history. He helped Lakeland secure internationally known speakers while also supporting many other programs to enhance the experience for Lakeland students.
"Lakeland will miss Terry. I'm proud to continue to serve Lakeland in this position named for the trust, and the institution is so grateful for his many years of support."
A 32-station computer lab in the Harold G. Laun Center for Business and Technology is also named as a result of a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust. Terry Kohler also financially supported student scholarships and experiences and Lakeland's aviation program.
Terry Kohler served as Lakeland's first Businessman in Residence in the late 1970s, launching a program that invited high-level executives to campus to lead sessions with students and offer them real-world lessons and networking opportunities.
At the time of the Trust's gift in 2001, Terry Kohler said, "As the first Businessman in Residence at Lakeland, I remember clearly the student commitment to learning about the economic world. The private enterprise system held an allure for them in that academic environment that was very edifying to me. Lakeland demonstrated its ability to interest and educate its students in the ways of the marketplace."
This past spring, the Kohler Business Lecture celebrated its 15th talk. Series speakers have included some of Terry's personal contacts, including former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and noted publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes.