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Hey, Muskies, are you ready for a night of some rock & roll?

Join Lakeland faculty, staff, students and alumni for Lakeland Night on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in downtown Sheboygan during the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series.

The first 100 people who visit the Lakeland tent who are wearing Lakeland University/College apparel will get a free drink ticket!

The headliner is the Banditos whose unique sound is a great mix of '60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top's jangly boogie, garage punk, the Drive-By Truckers' yawp, the populist choogle of CCR, Slim Harpo's hip shake baby groove, the ebullient folk of electric Dylan, gut bucket Fat Possum hill country mojo and the Georgia Satellites. Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKSC3-WLjYg.

The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. and the free show gets underway with Listening Party at 6 p.m. A variety of food trucks will provide plenty of dinner options. Learn more about the Levitt AMP series here: http://concerts.levittamp.org/sheboygan.

Help us celebrate summer, Muskies style!

Amelia Fitzsimmons will join Lakeland's faculty this fall as an assistant professor of chemistry.

Fitzsimmons comes to Lakeland after working as a postdoctoral fellow in the scientific computing group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She is working as part of an interdisciplinary team of computational scientists to prepare scientific applications for the next supercomputer at ORNL. She is also pursuing research in the area of relativistic effects in heavy-element chemistry and quantum chemistry applications in modern programming languages.

Fitzsimmons has a background in physical and computational chemistry research and in teaching physical and general chemistry to undergraduate students.

After completing a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Alberta in 2014, she worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. While there, she developed curriculum for and taught upper level undergraduate chemistry courses.

She received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Oklahoma Christian University and has authored a number of published articles and presentations.

David Black

The Lakeland University Board of Trustees Thursday removed the interim title and named David Black the institution’s 17th president.

The board approved forgoing the establishment of a search committee, a move which was supported by Lakeland’s faculty at a meeting on Wednesday.

“We are very pleased with Dr. Black’s dedication, hard work, enthusiasm and implementation of innovative concepts in the past four months as interim,” said Board Chairperson Barbara Gannon. “He has rapidly renewed relationships in the community that he established during his first tenure as president, and also developed new connections that will benefit Lakeland.”

Black served as Lakeland’s 13th president from 1989-97, and becomes the first person to serve the institution as president twice. Josias Friedli was acting president twice, in 1930-31 and 1950-51.

Black left Lakeland to become president of Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa., and retired in 2013. He returned to Lakeland this past January as interim president.

“The people I have spent recent months with at Lakeland have so many big ideas that I just do not want to leave,” Black said. “We have envisioned a liberal arts university whose students learn on campus and in this communities’ great companies, all at the same time. Thus, we call it cooperative education, and everyone is better for it, especially our students, who will graduate with little or no debt. What a privilege this is for an educator.”

Nathan Stewart will join Lakeland University's faculty this fall as assistant professor of communication.

Stewart comes to Lakeland from Parkland College, a junior college in Champaign, Ill., where he has served as an instructor teaching public speaking and other communication courses since mid-2014.

He has developed and implemented courses in persuasion, research methods, argumentation and debate and interpersonal communication courses. His courses emphasize the need to live in and navigate an increasingly digital and socially/politically conscious world.

He also has significant experience developing new coursework. He implemented a health communication course designed for health professionals that draws on years of experience in the healthcare field, previous work on public health campaign messages and health communication theory.

In addition to his classroom work, Stewart has nearly 20 years of experience competing and coaching competitive academic debate. His Parkland students won several national awards under his guidance.

Stewart finished his Ph.D. this summer at Wayne State University, His dissertation was entitled "Attention Deficit Identity Disorder: The relationship between ADHD-related discourse and the rhetorical concept of self." He earned his M.S. and B.S. from the School of Communication at Illinois State University.

He has given numerous invited lectures and conference presentations, and won several awards, fellowships and grants.

Lakeland University has created a new graphic design degree program, incorporating the latest industry trends to better position Lakeland students for post-graduate success in this popular, fast-changing career.

Previously, Lakeland offered graphic arts as an emphasis area as part of its art major. Graphic design will now be a standalone bachelor’s degree program. It will also be offered as a minor.

The art major will become a studio art major, providing Lakeland students with a second standalone bachelor’s degree program. However, students may opt to pursue both degrees.  

The new graphic design degree is a mix of existing graphic arts courses and new, forward-looking and commercially-focused graphic design curriculum.

The most significant change is removing a number of studio art electives from the graphic arts curriculum, replacing them with industry-specific graphic design courses.

"Our students will learn to understand client goals, target audiences and branding," said Monique Brickham, assistant professor of art and the lead faculty member for the new program. "Our program will be very career focused."

Brickham, who is completing her first year at Lakeland, has brought a wealth of professional experience to the program, having worked as a print and digital freelance designer since 2005, serving a lengthy list of clients.

Prior to coming to Lakeland, she was a graphic designer at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. She also worked as creative director at Convergent Marketing in Appleton, and as a publication designer at Journal Community Publishing Group in Waupaca, Wis.

"Design thinking and technology have evolved at an incredibly fast pace over the past decade, specifically with digital and mobile media," Brickham said. "This new degree will allow our curriculum to adapt by including courses that not only explore print-based design, but also digital design."

The heart of the major is a series of four graphic design courses, each of which focuses on a specific aspect of graphic design: digital illustration, image editing, page layout and brand identity.

Students will learn how to use design software within each of these areas, and the courses will focus on exploring and practicing design thinking and creative problem solving.

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