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.
Help us celebrate Lakeland Night at Levitt AMP concert on Aug. 10
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!
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.
Lakeland welcomes new chemistry teacher
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 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.”