Religion professor selected for seminar on teaching interfaith understanding
Lakeland College Professor of Religion Karl Kuhn has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Kuhn will join 25 other faculty members in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar from July 31-Aug. 4 at DePaul University in Chicago.
The program aims to broaden faculty members' knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources. Kuhn said he is hoping to gain insights that will not only lead to new curriculum development, but also inform ways in which the religion program at Lakeland can provide resources to area public school educators.
The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses; and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University.
"Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse," said CIC President Richard Ekman. "Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America's future success as a democracy."
Lakeland's Japan campus hosts Global Higher Education Conference
A record number of more than 90 participants took part in the third annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland College Japan (LCJ) on June 4.
There were more than 45 presenters from all corners of Japan (Okinawa, Hiroshima, Kyushu, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Niigata) representing 25 different universities, as well a presenter from China and one from Turkey.
There were also student presenters from the School of Global Studies at Tama University, NIC International College and, of course, from LCJ.
"It was the best turnout with representation from the widest assortment of universities, districts and even nations," commented Alan Brender, associate dean of Lakeland College Japan.
Topics ranged from Internationalizing a Japanese University and Perspectives on Culture to Embracing Technology and The Global Classroom.
Among the universities represented were: Wenzhou Kean University in Wenzhou, China, Bezmialem University in Istanbul and such noted Japanese universities as Sophia University, Japan Advanced University of Science and Technology, the University of the Ryukyus, Hiroshima University, Niigata University, Meiji University, International Christian University, Kobe University, Kyushu University, Asia University, Osaka University and Temple University Japan.
A highlight of the conference was a student symposium composed of eight students from three universities, including LCJ, during which students discussed their views on transnational education. Several professors participating in the conference commented that the student symposium gave a much appreciated added dimension to the conference.
"This conference was an appropriate event to mark the 25th anniversary year and the last event which Lakeland College will sponsor," Brender said. Next year, as Lakeland enters its second quarter century in Japan, the event will be sponsored by Lakeland University Japan.
"Global Education is not something new for Lakeland College," said Lakeland President Dan Eck in his written message to the attendees of the conference. "Not only do we have our wonderful colleagues at our campus in Tokyo, we also have partner universities and colleges in China, South Korea, Germany, Luxembourg and Columbia. Our collective student body and faculty have participated in cultural and academic exchanges that have benefitted everyone involve."
Lakeland mourns passing of former President Richard Hill
Richard Hill, Lakeland College's 12th president, passed away Wednesday night in Florida. He was 87.
Services will be held in Florida and Wisconsin. Burial will take place at Immanuel United Church of Christ on June 2 in a private ceremony. A public celebration of Hill's life will be held at the Ley Chapel on the Lakeland campus at 1:30 p.m. on June 2.
Hill led Lakeland from 1977-89, a time that saw significant growth both physically and financially. The Todd Wehr Physical Education Center (1984), Bradley Fine Arts Building (1987) and the Verhulst Center for the Arts (1988) were all constructed during his tenure, and the library received a significant addition and was named for former trustee John Esch.
During his Lakeland presidency, Hill served on several local boards, and also was president of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
After leaving the presidency, Hill served as Lakeland's only chancellor from 1989-91 during the early years of the presidency of David Black. Hill was named president emeritus by the board of trustees upon his retirement, and in 1994, the trustees named two new apartments for Hill and former Lakeland President John Morland.
Hill received honorary doctorates from Lakeland and Carroll College (his undergraduate alma mater), and an endowed Lakeland scholarship in his name was created at the time of his retirement.
After leaving Wisconsin, Hill and his wife, Marilyn, often hosted Lakeland visitors at their home in Florida and were regular attendees at Lakeland’s annual Florida alumni gathering.
The early years of Hill's presidency saw the establishment of the Lifelong Learning Program, the state's first degree-completion program for working adults. Today, the Evening, Weekend and Online program has more than 2,000 students. Another highlight of the Hill presidency came in 1978, when the science center, which was dedicated in 1968, was named for former trustee Lucius Chase.
The Bradley was dedicated on Oct. 18, 1987, on a night that included a performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Bradley Gallery's first exhibit. The campaign to build the Bradley Building included a $500,000 gift from Lloyd and Jane Pettit, at the time one of the largest contributions in Lakeland's history.
The completion of the Wehr Center ushered in the modern era of Lakeland athletics, giving the Muskies a state-of-the-art facility which was expanded in 2005, and the completion of both the Verhulst Center and the Bradley signaled Lakeland's strong commitment to the fine arts.
Prior to serving at Lakeland, Hill was president of Huron College in South Dakota and assistant to the president and other roles at Carroll College. He received a master of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, was an ordained Presbyterian minister and served churches in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Lakeland communication professor published twice
Lakeland College Assistant Professor of Communication Casey Schmitt had a pair of articles published this spring.
An original criticism essay was published in the peer-reviewed journal "Persona Studies." The essay conducts a rhetorical analysis of two speeches by actor-director Clint Eastwood – his celebrated Super Bowl XLVI halftime commercial for the Chrysler Group and his maligned address at the 2012 Republican National Convention. The essay investigates the role of persona and expectation in the rhetoric of massively famous public figures.
The essay can be accessed online at https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/ps/article/view/510/576.
Schmitt also had an article published in the peer-reviewed digital rhetoric journal, "Harlot." The article, titled "Deconstructing Trailheads: Six Frames for Wilderness and a Rhetorical Intervention for Ecology," applies rhetorical analysis to the entry and boundary markers of nature preserves and national park spaces, with special attention to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Northern Wisconsin.
The article can be accessed online at http://harlotofthearts.org/issues/issue_15/schmitt/index.html.
West Foundation grant will help Lakeland expand computer science program
Lakeland College has received a $50,000 grant from the West Foundation in Manitowoc to enhance its computer science program and to fund efforts to increase graduation rates.
A total of $31,200 will fund several new pieces of equipment that students studying computer science can access. With the new equipment, the program will give every computer science student an artificial intelligence programming experience with modern robots, delve into computer forensics and perform hands-on 3D printing with resin.
Lakeland will purchase three new humanoid robots to go with the two it currently has to expand its artificial intelligence program. The new robots will allow for team exercises and open the door to Lakeland students competing in regional or national robotics competitions. The two existing robots have benefitted Lakeland students and hundreds of area high school and middle school students who have visited campus for hands-on computer science experiences.
A portion of the funds will be used to create a forensic computer lab, where students will learn hacking, engage in penetration testing exercises and allow Lakeland to host hackathon competitions.
"The skills necessary to fend off hacker and malware attacks are in high demand in the marketplace, but we cannot teach these skills without appropriately safeguarded systems," said Cindy Lindstrom, assistant professor of computer science. "This lab will allow us to significantly expand this portion of our program."
Students interested in technical design will now have access to a new, state-of-the-art, 3D resin printer, which allows design in unbreakable materials and additional designs.
Previous support from the West Foundation had allowed Lakeland to create a state-of-the-art classroom and a lab with leading-edge technologies, including the first 3D printer and the two robots.
"Last year, every traditional computer science graduate found employment in their field," Lindstrom said. "With the support of the West Foundation, we are earning a reputation as a leading program and provider of quality computer science graduates, and this additional equipment will allow us to do even more. I'm excited for our students and the opportunities we will have for them."
The additional money will also fund a software program, Starfish from Hobsons, which will support Lakeland's student success and retention initiative.
The new software will provide a single communication platform for all student information including alert and intervention status. It will allow for advisors, faculty, staff and student success coaches to monitor students assigned to their classes, monitor student goals, create action plans and coordinate intervention strategies. This platform will be deployed for both traditional and non-traditional Lakeland students, serving nearly 3,000 students in the first year.