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.
Local artist is subject of second Bradley Gallery show
Local artist Peg Haubert will bring her show, "Venus Rising," to Lakeland University for the second art exhibit of the 2017-18 season.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 10.
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.
Haubert received a bachelor of fine arts degree in independent filmmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1983. After years of being a video producer, writer, director and editor, she turned to making visual art to relieve stress.
"The only thing I needed to make art was my imagination and a variety of art supplies and years of learning and practice," Haubert said. "I firmly believe 'creating' visual art is the highest form of personal freedom I can expect to have in life."
She studied visual art in a zigzag manner, taking Traditional Realism classes with artist James Prohl and learning mixed media techniques with artist Kenn Kwint. She currently works primarily in mixed media.
"I think of mixed media as a type of alchemy; a way to create something that is not easily duplicated and will not appear in limited edition prints," Haubert said. "I believe that original art needs to be viewed in person to be enjoyed and evaluated thus my work is difficult to photograph due to the textures and reflective surfaces. It is best viewed in person."
She used glyphs or symbols in most of my mixed media works. "This stems from my interest in language and the development of written texts," she said. "Languages from around the globe started as drawings. To me, the glyphs are a reminder that people have wanted to express themselves since the beginning of conscious thought. They also provide a mysterious visual rhythm to my work."
Haubert's work has been shown at the UW-Milwaukee Fine Arts Gallery, UW-Madison Art Gallery, Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, Nevel Museum in Green Bay and many galleries including the James Dixon Art Gallery in Tory Island, Ireland.
She participates in Sheboygan Visual Artists group shows at EBCO Artworks, 1201 Erie Ave., Sheboygan, and conducts finger painting parties monthly in the SVA Art Factory.
Her studio is open by appointment. Visitors are welcome, but appointments are advised. To see more of her work, visit ArtenSoulStudio.com or follow ArtenSoul Studio on Facebook.
New Lakeland scholarship honors Hmong leader
Lakeland University has established a new scholarship that honors the legacy and contributions of Col. Yong Chue Yang, who led Hmong families to the Sheboygan area in search of freedom and opportunity.
The Col. Yong Chue Yang Scholarship will award $15,000 annually to student descendants of families who were displaced by the Vietnam conflict, who qualify for admission to Lakeland University bachelor's degree programs and who demonstrate the qualities of community service and diligence Yang embodied.
"Col. Yang showed great courage, leadership and resolve in building opportunities in this community for Hmong people facing the most difficult of challenges as political refugees," said Lakeland President David Black. "The qualities of wisdom and diligence that were modelled by Col. Yang and then exemplified by succeeding generations in the Hmong community continue to make Lakeland a better university."
Black noted that several families influenced by Yang have seen relatives enroll at Lakeland, some later teaching and filling administrative positions at Lakeland and one, Kashoua "Kristy" Yang, recently becoming the first female Hmong judge in the nation.
The Hmong settlement in Sheboygan mirrors the German settlers who founded Lakeland, Black said. In the mid-1800's, German families who were no longer welcome in their homeland came to Sheboygan County in search of freedom and opportunity.
"As they overcame barriers of language and economics, they founded what is now Lakeland University as a place where succeeding generations would prepare for successful lives and professions," Black said.
More than a century later, in 1976, Yang led Hmong families to this same community, again in search of freedom and opportunity, and again facing challenges of language and economics.
"Col. Yang was wise and determined," Black said.
While working with religious and governmental agencies to organize and lead the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association in Sheboygan and across the state, Yang set an example for his people of gainful employment in local companies and an insistence on education for the Hmong community. In 1985, Yang and his wife, Plia Yang, received U.S. Citizenship.
To apply for this scholarship, students will be required to attach a 100-250-word personal statement that outlines the student's family background and the impact that community service has made in the student's own life.
Access to the Col. Yong Chue Yang Scholarship application is available at lakeland.edu/scholarships. For more information about the scholarship, contact Sam Poullette at or 920-565-1022 ext. 2131.
ThinkHaus speaker to provide tips for coping with anger
It sure seems like there is a lot of anger these days. The debate over athletes taking a knee during the National Anthem, the tension between the U.S. and North Korea, the great American healthcare debate and the list goes on.
At Lakeland University's next ThinkHaus, Lakeland graduate Greg Sadler will provide audience members with methods for coping with anger that are rooted in the teaching of three ancient philosophers, Plato, Aristotle and Epictetus.
Sadler's talk, the first ThinkHaus event of the 2017-18 academic year, is set for Thursday, Nov. 2. His talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Rocca Room at Mead Public Library in downtown Sheboygan.
Sadler will provide some real examples of anger grabbed from the day's headlines, and offer the audience examples of how these ancient philosophers would have managed the anger, giving attendees some helpful tips along the way.
ThinkHaus is a community conversations series created by Lakeland University, in partnership with Jake's Café in Sheboygan. Following Sadler's talk, which will last approximately 20 minutes, audience members and Sadler will engage in discussion about what he's shared.
Sadler is a practical philosopher whose work includes ethics consulting, philosophical counseling, executive coaching, public speaking, and curriculum development. He is the editor of Stoicism Today and the president of the company ReasonIO.
Certified by the APPA as a philosophical counselor, he works with clients ranging from start-up CEOs, corporate executives, working professionals, fellow professors, medical professionals and psychotherapists. His specialties include anger management, but his broader focus is adapting resources from classical philosophy to practical use in contemporary life.
After graduating from Lakeland with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and mathematics, Sadler earned his master's and doctorate in philosophy from Southern Illinois University. He has taught for Ball State University (behind the walls at Indiana State Prison), Fayetteville State University, Marist College and currently teaches part-time at Marquette University.
He has published one book, dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters and hundreds of popular pieces. His main YouTube channel, with more than 1,000 videos on philosophy, recently passed 4 million views and has more than 40,000 subscribers.
The mission of ThinkHaus is to inspire positive change in the community through knowledge sharing and creativity; promote community wellness through a thoughtful, meaningful forum; and create common ground among community members by sharing new ways of thinking.
LU names business school to honor J. Garland Schilcutt
The Lakeland University Board of Trustees has approved establishing the J. Garland Schilcutt School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Lakeland University.
The board's action honors Schilcutt for nearly six decades of building and growing Lakeland's business programs, as well as teaching and mentoring many hundreds of Lakeland students.
Known affectionately as Prof to most who know him, Schilcutt arrived at Lakeland in January of 1958, and the Gary, Ind., native never left.
He retired from full-time teaching at Lakeland in 2015, having served 57 years, the longest tenure of any employee in the institution's history. He remains a Lakeland ambassador and he regularly consults Lakeland's advancement team.
"Students in the Schilcutt School will be challenged to demonstrate the habits of mind and character that this community has long observed in Prof Schilcutt," said Lakeland President David Black.
"Those include a knowledge of his discipline, his craft and the larger context in which they operate; an urbane awareness of the world combined with a deep sense of place in this, his home; an ethic that includes the golden rule in all matters; a subordination of self-interest to the common good and to the best interest of his students and Lakeland; and the dignity of his hard work."
Schilcutt created and sustained all of Lakeland's business-related academic programs. He was the true progenitor of the evening and off-campus programs, serving as dean for the program in the 1990s. He served as the first director of the Master of Business Administration program.
Schilcutt earned numerous awards and honors over the years, including winning the 1992 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and being named an honorary Lakeland alumnus in 1988.
But his enormous academic and programmatic contributions to Lakeland were dwarfed by the impact he had on individual students. For years, Schilcutt lived on campus, teaching his classes by day, tutoring, mentoring and coaching by night, often until the early morning hours.
Officially both professor and resident director, he was a mentor, father figure, disciplinarian, confessor, advisor, counselor, advocate and friend.
"Today we market how, thanks to technology, Lakeland delivers access to education for students around the clock," Black said. "Prof has been doing this for almost six decades."
Some Lakeland graduates have expressed interest in establishing scholarships within the Schilcutt School. Those interested in contributing to this effort should contact Beth Borgen at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2152.