In Memoriam: Lakeland Trustee Emeritus Don Hinze
Lakeland College Trustee Emeritus Rev. Dr. Donald Hinze passed away on July 17, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Waupaca after a brief battle of cancer. He was 85.
Hinze graduated from Lakeland College (Mission House) in 1952. He was named a Lakeland trustee in 1985, and served on the Academic & Student Affairs committee for years. He retired from the board in 2007 and was named a trustee emeritus. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Lakeland in 1982, and was Lakeland's baccalaureate speaker at commencement in 1988.
He had deep roots with the college. His grandfather, Daniel Schaefer, graduated from Mission House in 1882, and several of his uncles were also Mission House graduates.
Hinze held ordained ministry his entire career in the United Church of Christ. He served faithfully as pastor to congregations in Owosso, Mich., Des Plains, Ill. and Longmont, Colo. In 1974 he came back to Wisconsin with his family to become minister of the Northeast Association, Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ, an elective post he held for 21 years. In 1994, he became interim Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.
Hinze received his masters of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, in 1955 and was ordained to Christian ministry at Immanuel UCC in Kaukauna, Wis. He also attended Garett Evangelical Seminary.
Over the years, he served on ecumenical boards, boards of community service agencies and the Peace Movement. Being somewhat an inventor, he was proud of his one U.S. patent (floatation device for watercraft). He loved writing and had a book published in 1990 about stewardship, "To Give and Give Again" (Pilgrim Press).
Donations in his memory may be made to The Reinhard Ulrich Chair at Lakeland or The American Cancer Society.
Lakeland Music Camp students to perform world premiere of original piece
Students attending Lakeland College's 59th annual Music Camp have the unique opportunity to perform the world premiere of a piece specially commissioned for Lakeland's camp.
Composer Kimberly Archer (kimberlyarcher.com), associate professor of composition at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, has been working with students this week and helping them learn her original piece, "Irish Blessing." The piece was commissioned by Chris Werner, director of Lakeland's Music Camp and the college's assistant professor of instrumental music.
The work will be performed as part of the camp's final concert on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Wehr Center Fieldhouse. Werner will conduct.
"I've worked with her pieces many times, but this is the shortest amount of time I've had to prepare myself and the players for a world premiere, so this is unique," Werner said. "Not only had the students not seen this music, but it's brand new. There is a coolness and pressure to having the composer in the room."
"Irish Blessing" is written for a full band, orchestra strings and voices. More than 200 students will perform. The concert will also include a group performance of "America the Beautiful," and Archer will speak about her piece.
Archer's original work and her residency during the camp are funded by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Archer wrote of her piece, "Having attended and enjoyed many such camps in my own youth, I wanted to offer a concert culmination of joyful song using an Irish blessing – preferably one that actually references the Irish's great love of music."
Lakeland's Music Camp, which this year runs from July 26-Aug. 1, provides band, choir, orchestra and piano instruction for high school and middle school musicians. Learn more at Lakeland.edu/musiccamp.
College hires new biology faculty member
Andrew Karls will join Lakeland's faculty this fall as assistant professor of biology.
He received a Ph.D. from Marquette University's biological sciences program in 2014 and has been working as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Dr. Robert W. Peoples. He uses genetic manipulations followed by physiological assays to understand the molecular targets of alcohol.
During his graduate tenure, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant for four years and has taught a mix of introductory and upper-level laboratory courses. In addition to classroom work, for three summers he served as a mentor in a National Science Foundation-sponsored summer research program, overseeing the research experience of a diverse group of college students who had never worked in a laboratory setting.
He received a bachelor's degree in human biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He also took classes at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and UW-Oshkosh.
Lakeland's accounting program among nation's best
Lakeland College's accounting program has been rated one of the nation's 25 best online bachelor's degree-earning programs by Accounting.com.
Each of the 25 schools is recognized by one of three prominent accrediting agencies for business and accounting programs. Accounting.com used its own methodology to weigh factors such as a school's reputation, graduation rate, quality of curriculum and student preference to identify a selection of more than 20 fully online programs.
Primary factors for ranking included academic rigor, selectivity, student satisfaction and long-term success.
Lakeland was rated No. 18 on the list. The complete list can be found here.
Lakeland Assistant Professor of Accounting Brett Killion said the national ranking reflects the time and effort the college has put into designing a modern, top-notch online curriculum.
"Our BlendEd technology makes online courses feel more like in-person classroom experiences for students," Killion said. "Our goal at Lakeland is for our accounting graduates to be hired quickly upon graduation, and we see that happening time and time again with students earning jobs at leading companies like ACUITY, Schenck SC and Orion Energy."
Lakeland's BlendEd classes allow students to choose the learning platform that best fits their schedule. Students can take courses in the traditional classroom, through a live classroom video broadcast using a personal computer or mobile device, watch a recorded video of the class later or work online with no face-to-face attendance required.
Lakeland's program was lauded by Accounting.com for producing graduates who are able to identify, analyze and solve financial problems and succeed in fields such as tax planning, business consulting and bookkeeping. Lakeland was also recognized for serving a large population of non-traditional students and the ranking noted that 95.4 percent of Lakeland's graduates are working within six months of graduation.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for accountants and auditors is $63,550, with employment rates expected to grow 13 percent through 2022.
To learn more about Lakeland's Accounting program, click here.
Lakeland hires hospitality management instructor
Britanni Meinnert, a Lakeland graduate and veteran teacher and employee in the hospitality industry, will join the college's faculty full time this fall as instructor of hospitality management.
In addition to teaching courses at Lakeland, she will manage the partnership between the college and Blue Harbor Resort & Spa, The Osthoff Resort and Destination Kohler. She will also develop new opportunities for student internships.
Meinnert's background makes her an ideal fit for this role. Since 2012 she has been an instructor in Lakeshore Technical College's supervisory management and hotel/hospitality programs. She created and coordinated student internships, was an academic advisor, supervised the Hospitality Club and designed courses.
She also assisted Blue Harbor Resort with training new employees and provided leadership development for two of their managers. She used her strong industry connections to place students in either full-time or internship positions.
She has also taught in Lakeland's hospitality management program as an adjunct instructor since the spring of 2008.
From the spring of 1998 until the end of 2011 she worked at The American Club in Kohler, spending most of her tenure as manager of the front desk and Carriage House operations. She has significant experience in a wide range of industry skills including employee management and development and customer service for this AAA 5-diamond property.
Meinnert graduated in 2000 from Lakeland with a bachelor's degree in resort management and received a master of business administration degree from Lakeland in 2010.