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 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 art students prep for annual show
Nearly 300 works will be featured in the 2017 Lakeland University Annual Student Art Exhibition, a competitive show that features the best pieces by Lakeland students enrolled in the university's various studio art and graphic design classes from the current school year.
Visitors will view a wide range of media and the best examples of any given assignment, in addition to the most advanced course work in which students largely set their own objectives.
A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 28, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on the Lakeland campus. The show will run through May 31. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when Lakeland is in session.
The opening reception features an awards ceremony including Best of Show, second place, third place and several honorable mentions. In addition, there will be a People's Choice Award determined by all those in attendance at the reception. Attendees will be given time to take in the entire exhibition and cast their ballot for their favorite piece.
Courses represented include Drawing I, II and III, Two-Dimensional Design, Painting I, II and III, Watercolor I, Digital Page Layout/InDesign, Image Editing/Photoshop, Digital Illustration/Illustrator, Color Theory, Communication Graphics, Typography and Illustration.
Associate Professor of Art Bill Weidner said, "I am especially pleased with the strong body of creative work from Two-Dimensional Design, as well as some ambitious examples of well-executed pieces from Drawing II and III and from the Painting courses."
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."
Lakeland announces 2017 Sheboygan County Scholars
Four seniors from Sheboygan County's three largest high schools will make up the 2017 class of Lakeland University Sheboygan County Scholars.
The latest recipients of this full-tuition scholarship will join seven current LU Sheboygan County Scholars, bringing the total number in the program to 11.
Emerging this year from a field of 18 finalists to earn the full-tuition scholarships were: Dominique Lee (Sheboygan North), Alyson Piper (Sheboygan South), Tegan Schneider (Plymouth) and Eeshi Vue (Sheboygan North).
The Sheboygan County Scholars program is a Lakeland University initiative, with support from the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce and leading businesses and philanthropists. The goal of the program is to keep the area's most promising young people at home and prepare them to assume leadership positions within the community and region.
Up to four Sheboygan County Scholars are chosen each year. These recipients meet rigorous academic standards, complete an application process and interview with an LU committee.
Upon acceptance into the program, scholars will be expected to excel academically, be engaged in campus life and the Sheboygan community through volunteer opportunities and maintain the highest ethical standards.
The four newcomers to the program will join sophomores Zachery Mock (Howards Grove); Matthew Seider (Sheboygan Christian); and Emma Schad (Sheboygan Falls) and freshmen Lauren Bruggink (Oostburg); Brandon Herrin (Plymouth); Shyanne Koski (Random Lake) and Dante Williams (Sheboygan North).
Here's a closer look at this year's class of Sheboygan County Scholars:
- Dominique Lee, Sheboygan North – Plans to major in business administration and/or broad field social studies at LU … is heavily involved in Future Business Leaders of America while at Sheboygan North, and currently serves as a FBLA state parliamentarian and on various state boards … is involved in Holy Covenant Alliance Church youth programs … played bass guitar in the church band … is involved in North's Interact, an arm of the Rotary Club … serves on North's student council … intends to pursue a master's degree in history … would like to become a high school social studies teacher.
- Alyson Piper, Sheboygan South – Plans to major in chemistry or biochemistry at LU, then pursue a doctorate of pharmacy … plays in the jazz band, pep band and concert band at South … participates in forensics … was in the environmental club … is a multi-year National Honors Society member … serves as a swim instructor and lifeguard for the Sheboygan Area School District Recreation Department … tutors students in German.
- Tegan Schneider, Plymouth – Plans to major in biology and pursue a pre-medicine track at Lakeland … after completing her undergraduate work at LU, expects to attend a two-year physician's assistant program … career goal is to become a physician's assistant who specializes in neurology … participates in FBLA, jazz band, German band and concert band at Plymouth … active in student government and acted in the fall play … is a National Honor Society member … did a service-based excursion to Ecuador.
- Eeshi Vue, Sheboygan North – Plans to major in biochemistry at LU, then attend graduate school and pursue a doctorate degree in biochemistry … plans to someday conduct research in molecular and structural biology … at North, played on the boys' tennis team … is on the National Honor Society … has been a member of the Chess Club and debate team, as well as serving on the pep and marching bands … plans to participate in men's tennis and concert band at LU, among other extra-curricular activities.
For more information about the Sheboygan County Scholars program, visit lakeland.edu/scholars.