Lakeland hires new communication faculty member
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.
David Black named 17th president
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.”
Lakeland prepares for graduation weekend
Lakeland University will award degrees to more than 600 students on Saturday at the institution's 155th commencement.
A total of 645 students will graduate, including 447 undergraduates and 198 graduate students. A graduate student ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m., with an undergraduate ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., both in the Wehr Center fieldhouse on Lakeland's campus.
Both ceremonies will be streamed live via the internet at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/lc.
Additional details about the ceremony can be found at https://lakeland.edu/graduation.
This will be the school's first graduation ceremony as Lakeland University; the institution adopted this new name on July 1, 2016.
Lakeland offers classes at its main campus in Sheboygan County and through its Evening, Weekend and Online program with seven centers in Wisconsin.
Michael Lanser, a veteran leader of the regional higher education landscape, will deliver the commencement address at the graduate ceremony. Lanser will retire this summer following nearly 30 years of service at Lakeshore Technical College, including 13 years as president.
Lanser will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
The Rev. John McFadden, a Lakeland trustee emeritus, will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony. McFadden, who served on the Lakeland board for two decades, writes and speaks extensively about aging, spirituality and dementia.
John and his wife, Susan McFadden, will each be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoring their work in aging and their commitment to the community.
Under Lanser's leadership, LTC expanded education options for students in areas such as wind energy and nuclear technology, agribusiness, advanced manufacturing and hospitality, including the creation of the Lakeshore Culinary Institute.
Three times, Lanser has guided LTC to placement among the Top 150 Community Colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute, which honors institution that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students.
Lanser serves on a number of local, state and national boards. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota, a master's and educational specialist degrees from Truman State University and his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.
John and Susan McFadden are co-authors of "Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship and Flourishing Communities."
In retirement, John has served as volunteer chaplain for two years at an extended care facility, with a particular focus on pastor presence to persons with advanced dementia, and five years as workplace chaplain for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.
He previously served as senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Appleton, Wis. His board experience includes serving as the president of Goodwill Industries' board as well as on the board for the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Community.
John joined the Lakeland Board of Trustees in 1995. He served on the Academic & Student Affairs Committee for a number of years, before assuming the chair in 2012. He also served on the board's executive committee for the last four years of his tenure as a trustee.
A prolific writer and researcher, Susan McFadden is professor emerita of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she taught from 1985-2012.
In retirement, she continues to work with faculty colleagues, undergraduates and graduate students on research related to dementia, and she's authored a number of white papers. In 2011, Susan helped establish the Fox Valley Memory Project (FVMP), an organization that offers programs and services for people living with dementia.
Susan and John facilitate one of the seven monthly FVMP Memory Cafes, events that offer two hours of enjoyable stigma-free social connection for people with dementia and their care partners.
Lakeland launches new graphic design program
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.
Lakeland's online accounting program among nation's best
We are proud to announce that Lakeland University's accounting program has again been rated one of the nation's 25 best online bachelor's degree-earning programs by Accounting.com!
Lakeland is No. 7 on the list, up from No. 18 the last time the list was published.
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.
Lakeland Assistant Professor of Accounting Brett Killion said this improved national ranking reflects the time and effort Lakeland 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 Johnsonville."
In discussing Lakeland's accounting program, Accounting.com says, "Graduates understand and can critically analyze all types of economic information. … Graduates learn to communicate business information through writing, speaking, presenting, and graphing."
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