Nation pauses to remember JFK assassination
President John F. Kennedy visits Lakeland College in 1960
Today, millions of Americans will pause to mark the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Kennedy’s death stunned the world, and while today it is a history lesson or television documentary for many, it remains a fascination thanks, in part, to several story lines and subplots intertwined in and around the event, said Lakeland College Associate Professor of History Rick Dodgson.
“The assassination has become an almost mythical event, a national obsession” said Dodgson, an expert on 20th Century American history. “The fact that the details of the case were mishandled and that there were holes in the investigation gave rise to all sorts of conspiracy theories. Set in the Cold War, with the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, only recently returned from living in Russia, the whole thing reads like a real life James Bond movie.”
The last presidential assassination before Kennedy was William McKinley, who was shot by an anarchist while attending the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo, N.Y., in fall 1901. McKinley’s death caused an outpouring of national grief, but his assassination did not generate the same sort of long-term interest as Kennedy’s. Dodgson suggests that is largely the result of media coverage.
“Just like the first presidential debate between Kennedy and Richard Nixon, all these events were viewed in real time by an American television audience,” Dodgson said. “The shooting of Oswald occurred on live television. Kennedy’s assassination was the start of the modern media age.”
The assassination took on additional significance in the years to come. Dodgson noted that many historians believe Kennedy’s death helped his successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson, persuade Congress to approve two landmark pieces of legislation – the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “Most historians believe their passage would have been more difficult had that tragedy not been hanging over the country,” Dodgson said.
And the story remains relevant today because people use notable events like Kennedy’s assassination to place themselves in the context of history, Dodgson said. “If you can remember where you were when Kennedy died or when the Challenger exploded or when the planes hit the World Trade towers, that makes you a witness to history,” Dodgson said. “It’s a shared experience that adds to our sense of American identity.”
Lakeland to bring South Korean teachers to Kiel kindergarten
Kiel kindergarten classrooms will welcome student teachers from South Korea next fall thanks to an agreement with Lakeland College.
Lakeland and Koje College in Geoje, South Korea, signed an agreement earlier this month creating a Global Internship Program.
Students from Koje’s Early Education Department will come to Lakeland in August 2014 to take English classes and have two opportunities to interact with local children.
The first Koje cohort, which will include four students, will volunteer in Lakeland’s daycare during August and September. Then, in October and November, they will volunteer half-days in kindergarten classrooms at Zielanis Elementary School in Kiel.
The program is expected to continue on a yearly basis.
Jen Siebert, Lakeland’s director of international programs, said Koje has a need for teachers, and due to the international makeup of the region, speaking English is important.
“These internships will give Koje students an opportunity to use their English skills in American classrooms, which will be invaluable experience when they graduate,” Siebert said. “We reached out to our contacts at Zielanis Elementary and they were enthusiastic about welcoming these students into their classrooms. These internships will be valuable international experiences for all involved.”
The agreement was signed at Koje in early November during a week-long visit to South Korea by Siebert and Lakeland Interim President Dan Eck.
Lakeland and Koje initially signed a sister school agreement in 2008, which was renewed during this recent visit. Under the agreement, accounting students from Koje can finish the final two years of their bachelor’s degree at Lakeland. Also, each summer, Koje sends students to participate in Lakeland’s English Language Institute (ELI).
Eck and Siebert also visited Ansan University in Ansan, a suburb of Seoul. Lakeland and Ansan have had a sister school agreement since 2006.
Like Koje, each summer Ansan sends students to Lakeland’s ELI. Lakeland sends up to six students to Ansan each July to participate as conversation partners at Ansan’s English Camp. Last fall, four Ansan students participated in an internship program at Lakeland, enrolling in the ELI and working in on-campus departments.
Horace Mann tops Middle School Math Meet
A team of students from Horace Mann Middle School topped a field of 278 students from 11 schools to win the 23rd annual Michael J. Devaney Lakeland College Middle School Math Meet, held Monday night at Lakeland.
Members of the winning team included eighth-graders Preston Pond, Zachari Schroeder and Hannah Redlich; seventh graders Julia Henke, Juliet Chang, Seamus Kennedy and Erin Konter; and sixth-grader Ian Zempel. The team finished with a total of 217 of 380 possible points.
Students compete in teams of eight, first working individually on four sets of four problems, then as a team on the last six exercises.
In second place was Howards Grove team No. 1 with 205 points, and in third place was Urban No. 1 with 204 points. The next three places went to Cedar Grove-Belgium No. 1, Farnsworth No. 3 and Lake Country Academy No. 1.
The individual winner was Horace Mann eighth-grader Preston Pond with a score of 39 out of 40. In second place, with a score of 36, was seventh-grader Jack Baldwin from Howards Grove. Third went to eighth-grader Sam Butzen from Urban.
Rounding out the top seven scorers were eighth-graders Blake DeSwarte from Cedar Grove Belgium, Katie English from Seton Catholic, Reese Sarnowski from Urban and Ethan Traas from Urban.
Honorable mention honors were to Carl Pickhardt and Ella Reinemann from Urban; Sierra Thein from Oostburg; Tre’ Johnson, Chase Williams and Dustin Eilers from Howards Grove; Stephen Lavey from Cedar Grove-Belgium; and Augie Rice from Lake Country Academy.
The top sixth-grade score came from Garrett Scapellato from Farnsworth.
Other schools participating in the meet were Oostburg Christian, Sheboygan Christian and Sheboygan Leadership Academy.
International Food Festival hits Lakeland
Lakeland College’s Global Student Association will present its annual International Food Festival on Saturday, Nov. 23, in the college’s cafeteria, in the Younger Family Campus Center.
Students from 13 countries prepared dishes from their homeland, giving their fellow students and community members a chance to sample some native dishes.
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."