Beth Borgen Promoted to VP for Advancement
Beth Borgen, a member of Lakeland College's staff for more than a decade, has been named the college's vice president for advancement, President Dan Eck announced.
Borgen joined the college in October, 2005, as assistant director of alumni relations, and has worked in a variety of progressively larger roles. She will provide leadership and direction for a team that includes fundraising, alumni and church relations, event planning and management, marketing, communications and external relations.
Borgen has extensive experience in all facets of Lakeland's fundraising efforts and outreach programs, and she has introduced a number of new, successful programs.
She had been interim vice president for advancement since June, after serving as associate vice president for advancement since July, 2013. Previous roles at Lakeland include director of major gifts, director of the annual fund, director of corporate and foundation relations and director of alumni relations.
Prior to coming to Lakeland, Borgen was event manager at St. Norbert College for four years. She received a bachelor's degree in communication, media and theater from St. Norbert, and received a master of business administration from Lakeland.
Winter break hours at Lakeland College
To mark the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, the majority of Lakeland College's offices will be closed beginning Thursday, Dec. 24, and re-opening on Monday, Jan. 4.
For prospective Lakeland students interested in visiting the main campus, Lakeland’s traditional admissions office will be open Dec. 28-30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with staff monitoring email outside of these hours.
Lakeland's Evening, Weekend and Online centers will be open per the following schedule:
- Central Wisconsin Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Green Bay Center: Dec. 28-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Fox Cities Center: Dec. 28-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Madison Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Sheboygan Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Chippewa Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Milwaukee Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The fitness center in the Wehr Center will be closed during this time. It will re-open on Jan. 4 at 6 a.m.
Lakeland College wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016!
Art Exhibit Opens November 6
The works of two local artists will be featured in the second exhibit of Lakeland College's Bradley Gallery season.
Agata Augustine and Liz Lange will discuss their work during an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.
The exhibit will be in the Bradley Gallery in the college's Bradley Fine Arts Building through Dec. 11. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
Lange, a Sheboygan resident and Air Force veteran, earned a bachelor's degree in art in 2010 from Lakeland, where she studied studio arts and graphic design.
Since then, her line of work has taken her on a fascinating journey of assisting art conservators and archivists, designing vector art and graphic layouts, being commissioned for paintings and providing guidance to those wanting to integrate more of the visual arts into their own practices.
Lange dabbles in various hands-on media ranging from acrylic painting to metalwork, but her true passion lies in the materials and techniques of oil painting. The content of her work usually centers on representational portrayals of urban and suburban landscapes and the overlooked elements within.
Liz has led various introductory painting and printing workshops, and is an active member of the art community in Sheboygan. She is the resident artist at Sheboygan North High School for the fall 2015 semester.
"Lately, my work has become more of a deeper exploration of the materials and techniques of oil painting," Lange said. "I attempt to depart from a meaningful scene, avoiding a faithful reproduction of my source imagery, and, in doing so, I find myself enjoying the process much more. My latest paintings have been as much about working the paint and the raw materials as they've been about the visual outcome, or the image I began working from."
Augustine, of Plymouth, works as an art instructor at Obraz Art Studio in Elkhart Lake, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan and for the Plymouth Arts Foundation. A native of Poland, she received a master of arts in painting at W. Strzeminski's Academy of Fine Art & Design in Lodz, Poland.
She has worked as a movie set artist and a freelance interior decorator in addition to her 20 years of individual and group teaching. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Wisconsin and Poland.
"For me the most interesting art works are including things just suggested or things which are not painted but are implied and somehow visibly exist," Augustine said. "It is much the same as a musician who can play or compose something that makes you hear notes that are not really being played. I try to create to achieve a similar impact on my viewer with my art. I play with my viewers' imagination because I trust them. I know that they can see."
Two new Lakeland Trustees elected; two retiring
The Lakeland College Board of Trustees elected two new members and bid farewell to two retiring members at its meeting on Oct. 22.
Sheboygan community leader Tryg Jacobsen and Lakeland graduate and former Sheboygan businessman José Araujo were elected to three-year terms.
The Lakeland Board also recognized two retiring trustees — Doron Green and Harold Gries. Both were elected to Trustee Emeritus status, the highest honor that can be bestowed to a retiring board member.
Araujo, who received his undergraduate degree from Lakeland in 2005 and his master of business administration in 2009, served for five years as the program director at Sheboygan's Partners for Community Development and is now the associate director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.
He remains active with the college by participating in focus groups and career development programming. Araujo received the Top Young Professional Award of Sheboygan County in 2013, and Lakeland's Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2014.
Jacobsen was the owner and chairman of Jacobson Rost for almost 30 years. In 2010, he founded Jake's Café, a 20,000-square-foot creative campus inspired by Richard Florida's book “The Rise of the Creative Class” and the award-winning architectural firm of Kubala Washatko. Located in downtown Sheboygan, Jake's Café is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary community of creative thinkers that enjoy working together to solve business and marketing problems in unique ways.
Jacobsen was a longtime board member of Kohler Foundation, and is heavily involved in the sailing community, including serving as a director of the U.S. Sailing Center in Sheboygan.
Green, a 1970 Lakeland graduate and longtime leader in the financial services industry, served on the board for 24 years. He spent most of those years on the board's academic and student affairs committee and recently on the enrollment and retention committee. He will continue to serve on the Lakeland Foundation board. Green also was Lakeland's head men's tennis coach, and is a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame honoring his own standout tennis career.
Gries, a 1965 Lakeland graduate who later earned his doctor of medicine and led development of several medical facilities, served on the board for just more than 20 years. He spent the bulk of his work devoted to the board's marketing and development committee, now called the external and community relations committee. A Sheboygan native and graduate of South High School, Gries lives in Phoenix, Ariz., and often hosted students, donors and friends of the college on many occasions. In 1994 he received Lakeland's Alumni Association award for outstanding professional achievement.
Lakeland Theatre to bring Lombardi to life
Vince Lombardi, who awakened his Green Bay Packers from a decade-long slumber and returned them to NFL dominance, is the subject of this fall's Lakeland College Theatre production.
Lakeland's interpretation of "Lombardi," the former Broadway play based on the book, "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi," will be performed six times in November. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14. A special matinee on Nov. 15 begins at 4.
The play, written by Wisconsin-born playwright and director Eric Simonson, is based on a magazine reporter's account of a week in the life of Lombardi, the iconic head coach and general manager who transformed the Packers from a 1-10-1 team the year before he arrived into a five-time NFL champion and two-time Super Bowl winner.
The six shows offered are the most for any Lakeland Theatre production in the nine years Charlie Krebs has been the college's associate professor of theatre.
"Because of the broad appeal of Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in the state of Wisconsin, I think this production may draw people from our community who have never been to the theatre before," Krebs said.
"This production connects sports and the arts, which is one reason I think this play will have such huge appeal. Everyone's heard of Vince Lombardi; he's a larger-than-life figure. But sometimes we forget he was a human being, and through this play, we see his human side, his vulnerability. I like that. It makes him real."
"Lombardi" is an unusually intimate production with just a six-person cast – the smallest Krebs has directed. The role of Lombardi will be played by Anthony Liguori, associate professor of psychology at Lakeland. Liguori has vast community acting experience, and, like Lombardi, he grew up in New York.
"His acting is impeccable," Krebs said. "He's done a lot of theatre throughout his life. One of the things I like doing sometimes is casting experienced actors so that our students can watch them and learn. Anthony is a role model because of how seriously he takes his craft and how he treats rehearsals."
The lead female role, Lombardi's wife, Marie, will be played by Christi Sadiq, an Elkhart Lake resident who's also a seasoned community actor. The other four roles will be performed by Lakeland students. Zach Petrowsky, a junior who has performed in all four plays since he's been at Lakeland and last year was Lakeland's student actor of the year, plays reporter Michael McCormick. The other three characters are former Packers players. Lakeland students Zach Mock, Jake Johnston and Kory Peterson will play the roles of Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor and Dave Robinson, respectively.
To purchase tickets ($10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for non-Lakeland students) to Lakeland's production of "Lombardi," visit Lakeland.edu/tickets.