Lakeland launches $12 million campaign that includes Campus Center revitalization
Lakeland University has launched a $12 million campaign that includes a $6 million revitalization of its Younger Family Campus Center.
Lakeland's Board of Trustees authorized the campaign on Thursday. On Wednesday, Lakeland received confirmation of a $3 million lead gift to revitalize the Younger Family Campus Center – one of the largest gifts in the institution's 155-year history. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous at this time.
Coupled with the previously announced new outdoor athletic facility, a $2.8 million project, Lakeland will be making nearly $9 million in upgrades to its main campus, located in rural Sheboygan County. Another $4 million will be raised for student scholarships.
The outdoor athletic facility work will begin this spring, and completion is set for this fall. The field will be home to Lakeland's football and men's and women's soccer programs, and will be available for extensive community use.
The Campus Center work will be done in phases to accommodate current needs during construction. Target completion is fall of 2018.
"Once this work is completed, the Younger Family Campus Center will be a jewel for our main campus," said Lakeland President David Black. "The Campus Center has been altered and adapted several times since its construction in 1964. The current facility is dated and lacks the social vitality and sense of place to be a true social hub for Lakeland.
"The architectural design study completed as part of this project describes a vision for a Campus Center that will be uniquely suited to Lakeland's current and future social and academic needs. It also leverages state-of-the-art student center design practices that reflect the latest trends in higher education."
The revitalized Campus Center will fulfill a variety of roles, including:
- Addressing healthy lifestyles through new dining options and setups that promote healthy eating and socializing.
- Offering additional space for Lakeland's Student Success & Engagement program, including hosting coaching sessions, workshops and small events to support students in achieving their goals.
- Providing an enhanced environment for community-building, camaraderie and personal growth – enriching the spirit of Lakeland and the individual lives of our students.
- Providing commuters with a place to "touch down" between classes so they can feel more connected to the campus community.
- Providing spaces to host a variety of events and activities.
Snap-On CEO to deliver annual Kohler Business Lecture
Nick Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer at Snap-On Incorporated, will lead Lakeland University's 16th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Business Lecture.
Pinchuk will lead a talk entitled, "The Dignity of Work and the American Economy," at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the Bradley Theatre. The event is free and open to all.
His appearance is made possible by a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust.
Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on's board. He was elected CEO in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on's Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.
Before he joined Snap-on, Pinchuk was president of global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion-dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation.
Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Pinchuk received an MBA from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer's Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management; and on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College.
Lakeland main campus cancelations for Wednesday night
Due to the weather, Lakeland University's Sheboygan Center is closed tonight and face-to-face classes are canceled. Students should check Blackboard and LU email for announcements from instructors on completing work for this week.
Also, the Founder's Day convocation at the main campus, the men's volleyball home match and the men's basketball road game at Concordia, Wis., are all postponed.
Lakeland, Dublin Institute of Technology partner for study abroad program
Lakeland University's School of Business & Entrepreneurship and Ireland's Dublin Institute of Technology are partnering to create a new study abroad experience for students preparing to enter the hospitality industry.
Lakeland students will have an opportunity to study at Ireland's leading and largest university-level provider of hospitality, tourism, leisure and event programs. DIT students will have a chance to learn as part of Lakeland's program, which has partnerships with Destination Kohler, Blue Harbor Resort and The Osthoff.
"Students from both institutions are going to gain so much knowledge and experience through this exciting partnership," said Britanni Meinnert, instructor of hospitality management. "DIT will provide Lakeland students opportunities in hospitality management that we do not offer, including event planning, and practical courses in culinary arts and running a restaurant or hotel.
"Along with the classroom work, students will have access to internships at some leading hospitality providers."
The first students will begin studying abroad in the 2017-2018 academic year. For Lakeland students, all DIT courses transfer to Lakeland and will not delay graduation. Students will pay Lakeland tuition. Financial aid is applicable and housing accommodations are available.
DIT Head of School Dominic Dillane praised the new partnership.
"We are excited to work with the students and staff at Lakeland, and are confident that this partnership will present successful opportunities for both parties," Dillane said. "Both DIT and Lakeland University already have very strong international credentials, and this exchange is part of our ongoing commitment to creating international opportunities for DIT students in the U.S., both as part of their academic courses and also for internship.
"The close ties that Lakeland University has with the hotel and event sector in the U.S. makes this partnership an excellent fit for the school's students, and we look forward to building on these ties. It will be a pleasure to welcome our first students from Lakeland University to DIT."
Beyond the academics, Lakeland students will have opportunities to explore Ireland and other parts of Europe.
"Studying abroad teaches students that we truly are part of a global community," Meinnert said. "The experiences and memories these students gain will be life changing."
Approximately 2,000 part-time and full-time students are enrolled in DIT's downtown campus in Dublin. DIT programs combine accredited academic learning with practical experience, both through internships, in-program volunteering, action learning and practical kitchen and restaurant learning. DIT graduates hold leading positions with international and Irish companies.
Recently, a group of nine Lakeland students and two faculty members visited DIT and toured Ireland during a week-long study abroad class titled Irish Business, Culture and Hospitality.
"That experience allowed our students to see the impact the hospitality industry can have on a small country's economy," Meinnert said. "Our students got a first-hand look at another country's culture, its politics, its economy and its education system."Learn more about DIT at http://www.dit.ie/.
Lakeland to host new program at Sheboygan Senior Activity Center
Lifelong Learning, a collaborative community program developed by Lakeland University and the City of Neenah Committee on Aging, will offer its first interactive seminar on Jan. 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sheboygan Senior Activity Center.
The topics on the agenda for this free, half-day program for adult learners will be self-motivation and memoir writing. Charlie Krebs, associate professor of theatre and speech, will provide information and activities to help participants realize they are more self-motivated than they realize. And Nathan Lowe, dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts, will provide an interactive seminar on memoir writing, guiding participants through memory exercises that will lead to the beginning of a personal essay.
Members of Lakeland's faculty will present Lifelong Learning events up to three times a year at selected locations. Topics vary and are selected based on participant interest. The goal of the Lifelong Learning program is to promote learning across the lifespan by engaging university faculty and the senior population in conversations about social issues and topics of interest to the participants.
Registration for the Jan. 25 event begins at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is preferred, as there are limited seats available. Please contact the Sheboygan Senior Activity Center at 459-3290 to reserve your spot in one or both of the sessions.
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