Accounting class visited by Lakeland alum
Highly successful Lakeland College grad Bob Keebler '82 recently returned to campus and shared some of his vast knowledge during a guest lecture in Brett Killion's intermediate accounting class.
He also told the students how fortunate they are to be attending Lakeland.
"Don't ever lose faith in the great education you will receive here," he told the class. "When you're in a class with 12 people, you will learn so much. I'm not sure you fully appreciate yet being here at Lakeland. The same classes at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee or UW-Whitewater might have 50 students, even more."
Keebler, senior partner at Keebler & Associates, LLP, gave the students great advice about the industry and how to embark upon a rewarding, successful career. He paraphrased Sir Winston Churchill, stressing to the students that success is gained by moving from one failure to the next with enthusiasm. He also told the class, "The harder you work, the luckier you become."
"Thomas Jefferson said that luck is when perspiration meets inspiration," Keebler added.
Keebler founded Keebler & Associatiates, LLP, a tax advisory and CPA firm in Green Bay, Wis. The firm is nationally known for its advisory, tax and estate planning expertise and counsel.
Individually, Keebler has been named by CPA Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners in the United States" and one of the "Top 40 Tax Advisors to Know During a Recession."
After graduating Cum Laude from Lakeland with a degree in accounting, Keebler earned his master's in taxation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Among the many interesting subjects Keebler touched on during his hour-long lecture were:
- Loyalty to clientele – "You'll earn a great living in this field, but you don't want to become ruthless. Take care of your clients. It's more important to care about your clients and be responsive to their needs, than it is to make money."
- Take the CPA exam – "If you're willing to put in the hard work and pass it, it will pay off. It's something you want to do."
- Don't be afraid to take chances – "You are going to experience failure. So what. If you take a job that's a little bit of a reach and it doesn't go well, that's not necessarily a bad thing."
- Advice to interns – "A lot of it is common sense, things grandmothers talked about in the 1950s. Be there early. Don't cause trouble. Don't be afraid to fix the copy machine. And dress professionally. Figure out how the most successful people at the company dress, and dress like them. Don't let your cell phone become your enemy. Leave it in the car if necessary. And don't surf the Web."
- Sleep – "No sleep is required. At times early in my career, I was up for 48 straight hours. And that was before Red Bull. You need mental toughness, along with the faith that hard work pays off."
After the class ended, Keebler shook students' hands and offered them helpful individual advice before he headed off for an appointment in Milwaukee.
"You have to create your own luck," he said just before class ended. "If you remember anything from today, it's that hard work pays off."
Career Development hosts lunch-and-learn session
Lakeland's Career Development Office hosted another dynamic event on Tuesday, when more than 40 students joined representatives from 19 top local companies for a three-course lunch-and-learn session.
The hour-plus get-together focused on the do's and don'ts of job interviews that take place over a meal.
Sharply dressed Lakeland College senior Ben Manske, of Neenah, said this was a highly successful endeavor.
“All students should jump at the chance to participate in these great events that Career Development is offering,” Manske said. “They are right here, on campus, and are super helpful. I’ve already collected a handful of business cards and been invited to coffee by some of the business representatives. I’m definitely going to take them up on their offer.”
Jess Lambrecht, director of career development, and Kay Voss, assistant director of career development, spoke with the students on Tuesday about everything from what kinds of food items to avoid ordering to how to act during the interview.
Between courses, the company representatives offered tips to the students. Of course, it was also a great chance for the students to network with the business reps at their tables during lunch.
"Lakeland is an important constituent in this community,” said attendee Jim Gallimore, senior vice president at BMO Harris Bank in Sheboygan. “These students are our future, and I enjoy the opportunity to share the value of my experience with them.”
Added Debra Noyes, IT change management process owner at Johnsonville in Elkhart Lake: “I think this is a very good opportunity for the students and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Lakeland Theatre kicks off with Shakespeare - sort of
It's Shakespeare. Scratch that; it's an attempt at Shakespeare.
Lakeland College Theatre kicks off a season devoted to comedy with "The Farndale New Jersey Community College Theatre Guild's Production of Macbeth The Scottish Play."
The play is set for Nov. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Lakeland Theatre on the college's main campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students of any age. Order tickets by phone at 920-565-1536.
The fictional students in the Farndale New Jersey Community College's Theatre Guild believe themselves to be abundantly better actors than they are. They strive to do an adventurous production of Macbeth, but, with missing actors, scenery that falls down and props that sometimes work too often, Shakespeare himself might have struggled to recognize The Scottish Play.
"Sometimes, even though we try our hardest, our best intentions don't always produce a masterpiece," said Lakeland Theatre Director Charlie Krebs. "The characters in the fictitious Farndale Community College Theatre Guild are sure trying, but they might have been better off putting on ‘Our Town' instead of Shakespeare."
One of the best-known superstitions in theatre is that you're never supposed to say the word "Macbeth" in a theatre. If you do, all kinds of bad things may happen. Through a series of accidents, the dreaded word is spoken three times by mistake and, of course, disaster ensues.
Everything that can go wrong does, much to the delight of the audience.
Lakeland's production includes nine witches (instead of the usual three) who will be part of a grand musical number filled with glitz, glitter and glam.
"We're taking a trip to the Jersey Shores with this production as the students in the theatre department in the fictitious Farndale New Jersey's Community College try to produce an avant-garde production of Macbeth," Krebs said. "They're trying to think outside the box, but they were obviously a bit confused on the size of the original box."
Krebs had Lakeland cast members chewing bubble gum every night at rehearsal to practice "chewing their words" for the New Jersey dialect they'll use throughout the show.
To make matters worse, as their production of Macbeth is being adjudicated, the Theatre Guild actors are told they have to cut an hour from the show or they will be disqualified. They frantically start cutting scenes from the show, but it soon starts doing more harm than good.
The cast includes:
Witches: Ambrosia Stanbery (Ripon), April Ramirez (Chicago), Becca Elliott (Indian River), Elizabeth Plotka (Sheboygan), Jasmine Butler (Chicago), Jing Li (China), Madeline Pearson (Houston, Tex.), Miranda Miller (Green Bay), Yuge Li (China)
Macbeth: Katherine Zielsdorf (Kenosha)
Lady Macbeth: Matt Troyer (Manitowoc)
Banquo: Skyler Walkowski (Wittenberg)
Macduff: Christians Alexander (Houston, Tex.)
Lady Macduff: Sara Pfile (Sheboygan)
Duncan: Rae Siehs (Kiel)
Murderer: Ben Johnston (Brandon, Wis.)
Doctor: Heather Berry (Blaine, Minn.)
Malcolm/Fleance: Irvin Colon (Milwaukee)
Porter: Kevin Schmitz (Marinette)
Vanessa, Director: Michelle Fromm (Port Washington)
Angelina, Producer: Monica Duplessis
Mr. Abromavotiz: Zach Petrowsky (Belgium)
Stage Manager: Sara Pfile;
Costume Designer: Della Jahnke;
Director: Charlie Krebs
Fall Honors and Department Music recitals in November
Lakeland College will display the talent of its music students this November at the Fall Honors Recital and the Department Music Recital. The Fall Honors Recital is Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., and the Department Music Recital is Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m. Both will be held in the Bradley Theatre on Lakeland’s main campus.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The Fall Honors Recital and Department Music Recital both feature a mix of instrumental and vocal music. The concert includes 10-12 performers, ranging from wind instruments, strings, piano and voice. Students involved have been highlighted by their teachers for good work in their applied lessons. All students performing in the honors recital were assigned a solo piece as a part of their applied lessons at 200- and 400-level classes.
The Department Music Recital features all music majors who are not in the Honors Recital.
Lakeland College names new CFO
Lakeland College has named Carole Robertson vice president for finance and chief financial officer. She will manage the college’s business operations and oversee several departments including finance, facilities, information technology, financial aid and dining services.
Robertson is an experienced administrative leader with a track record of success in both the public and private sectors. She possesses extensive experience working with boards and senior leadership in developing strategic plans and guiding their implementation. Throughout her career, she has led cross-functional teams resulting in efficiencies, enhancement of services, diversification of revenues, institutional cooperation and goal attainment.
"Ms. Robertson not only has the requisite experience as a chief financial officer in higher education, but we also believe she will be a fantastic fit with our Lakeland community," said Lakeland Interim President Dan Eck. "Her open, collaborative style of leadership will be invaluable as we restructure how we create, implement and manage our budgets and our overall financial operations to support our developing strategic plan."
She comes to Lakeland from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she has worked as vice president, finance and administration for the past three years. She has more than 30 years in various finance roles, including finance director/treasurer for the Village of Lakewood, Ill., vice president of finance and administration/treasurer at Elgin (Ill.) Community College, and assistant vice president of finance at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill.
She has a master's degree in finance and a bachelor's in accountancy from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.
She has received a number of honors for her work, including Regional Outstanding Business Officer from the Community College Business Officer Association (CCBO).