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 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.
LU community mourns death of freshman
Lakeland University continues to mourn the loss of freshman student Kaelin O'Neal, whose body was recovered from an on-campus pond early Wednesday afternoon.
The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department is proceeding with its investigation to continue to rule out foul play. Additional details about that investigation will come from the sheriff's department.
On Wednesday night, hours after O'Neal's body was found, students and other members of the Lakeland community gathered for a vigil. Several students memorialized O'Neal, and those in attendance sang "Amazing Grace" and "Eagle's Wings." Dozens of students, holding candles, then walked together to the pond to pay their respects.
Counselors and the campus chaplain are among the support services available to students and employees during this difficult time.
In an email sent to parents of Lakeland students, Bryan L. Bain, dean of students, wrote: "I want you to know that the safety of your children and the security of this campus is always a top priority. We have a strong team that includes campus security, student success, student-athletics, pastoral care and counseling care, and those people worked quickly yesterday to make sure our students were getting the support they needed.
"We had many people go above and beyond their roles to help, but that's part of what makes Lakeland a special community."
Lakeland President Dan Eck cautioned against giving credence to rumors.
"We are all struggling with why or how this happened," Eck wrote in an email to Lakeland students, faculty and staff. "If there is any additional information regarding this case, it will be released by the sheriff's department, and we will communicate that as needed. We do not have a time frame for this, especially with the coming holidays, so please be patient.
"We are thankful to be part of a caring community and we are ready to assist you as needed as we move forward."
A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up by Kaelin's family at https://www.gofundme.com/kaelin-oneal
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.
Lakeland Announces Leadership Change
Lakeland University President Daniel Eck has given notice that he will resign in January, and former Lakeland President David Black will return to serve as interim president, LU Board of Trustees Chairperson Barbara Gannon announced this morning.
Eck, a member of the Lakeland University community for nearly a decade and president for nearly three years, has accepted the role of deputy director of the Sarasota Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. Additionally, Eck's wife, Christine, will be resigning her position in admissions.
Gannon said the board of trustees has formed a transition team that will work with Eck and Black to develop a transition timeline. A search for a new president will be conducted in 2017, and details will be shared with the Lakeland community when they are finalized, Gannon said.
"Lakeland is well positioned to attract top-quality candidates to lead our institution," Gannon said. "We have outstanding academic programs led by talented faculty, and, along with them, a dedicated staff that's always willing to go the extra mile for our students. We are financially sound and we have a good strategic plan in place."
Eck was named Lakeland's 16th president in February of 2014 after serving 10 months as interim president. He came to Lakeland in February 2008 as a special assistant to then-Lakeland President Steve Gould, and he was named senior vice president in September of 2008.
For Eck, the move allows him to return to the museum industry. He previously served as associate general counsel at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, deputy director of administration at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan and director of development and external relations at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
"This decision is bittersweet," Eck said. "I love Lakeland, our students, alumni, faculty and staff and the many people who support the great work we do here. Everyone associated with Lakeland is committed to the well-being and success of our students, and I am fortunate to be part of this family.
"Despite my positive experiences at Lakeland, my passion has always been in the museum field, and I am excited for this unique opportunity to return to that industry."
Eck's tenure as president saw significant positive changes. He led the transition from Lakeland College to Lakeland University, and played a central role in the development of the institution's strategic plan. He stressed partnership and collaboration, and the university has formed and strengthened a number of key partnerships during his presidency.
He led the move to build a new outdoor athletic field planned for spring 2017, and managed completion of Lakeland's main campus front entrance project. He also led the restructuring of several administrative departments which led to more efficient operations.
"We are grateful to Dan for his progressive leadership and for helping us move Lakeland forward during a challenging time in higher education," Gannon said. "His vision and philosophy have Lakeland perfectly positioned for a strong future."
Black served as Lakeland's 13th president from 1989-97. He left to become president of Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. He retired in 2013, and lives with his wife, Valerie, in Fort Myers, Fla. He was most recently at Lakeland in 2012 for the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
"I am very pleased to have been asked to return to this wonderful place," Black said. "Valerie and I have missed it. We have wonderful memories of the work we did at Lakeland and the many great relationships we made. I have admired how Lakeland has grown, and I look forward to working with everyone to keep Lakeland moving forward."
Black is a dynamic leader and his presidency saw some of the most significant growth in the institution's history. Enrollment nearly doubled during his tenure, thanks in part to development of Lakeland's first graduate programs (the Master of Education and Master of Business Administration) and the founding of Lakeland's Tokyo, Japan, campus in 1991.
Other highlights of Black's presidency include construction of Hill and Morland residence halls, permanent center locations in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Chippewa Falls and Neenah and major renovations of Old Main, W.A. Krueger Hall and Esch Library.
"We're excited to welcome Dr. Black back to Lakeland to work with us," Gannon said. "He was a driving force of Lakeland's growth in the 1990s. We are thankful to him for this opportunity to once again have him lead this institution."