VITA program again providing free tax preparation assistance
Lakeland College and Lakeshore Technical College are partnering again to help collect tax refunds for area residents who need it the most.
Students in the accounting program from each institution will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low income tax filers. This service is available through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which is designed to help low-to-moderate income people file their tax returns. Schenck SC and Guaranty Bank are sponsoring the VITA program again this year.
Students from Lakeland will be available at the Sheboygan Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. The tax preparation service will be open on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. starting Feb. 4 and ending April 7. The service is also available at LTC's Cleveland campus on Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m. starting Feb. 2.
Last year, Lakeland and LTC students prepared and filed over 500 returns that helped local taxpayers collect approximately $1 million in refunds.
People interested in taking advantage of this free service must have income of less than $54,000 a year. Applicants must bring a photo ID; social security cards for themselves, their spouse and dependents; W-2 forms; 1099 forms; rent certificate or 2015 property tax bill; and a copy of their 2014 tax return. Returns cannot be done for those taxpayers having income from outside Wisconsin sources, those having complex tax returns, those having rental income, those who are non-U.S. residents and those who are married filing separately.
Reservations are required for the tax service and are being accepted now. The number to call for reservations at the Salvation Army is (920) 565-1000 ext. 2290. Phone calls are accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number to call for reservations at LTC is (920) 693-1398. Phone calls for the LTC site are accepted between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Wisconsin artists showcased in new Bradley Gallery show
Works by a pair of Wisconsin artists are being featured as part of the 2015-16 series at Lakeland College’s Bradley Gallery.
Selected works by prolific artists and teachers Lori Beringer and Dale Knaak are being displayed through February 19. Admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session.
Beringer, a Wisconsin native, is known for her landscapes, still-lifes and portraits that capture a joyous celebration and a deep reverence for each day.
Recently, she was awarded the Portraiture Honorable Mention in the 22nd Juried National Oil Painters of America Exhibition. She won the bronze medal at the Eastern Regional OPA Exhibition, has competed in many plein air competitions and won numerous awards, including the Sandra McCutchen Pape Award.
Beringer was included in the Charles Allis Museum Exhibition, "Seeing the Light," an exhibit featuring Wisconsin plein air artists. She is a BoldBrush third-place winner competing internationally.
In addition to painting full time, Beringer has taught studio and plein air classes in Door County for several years. She is also an instructor at The Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, Wis., and she teaches ongoing open studio classes at The Plymouth Arts Center in Plymouth, Wis., along with other various workshops.
Learn more at her website: loriberinger.com.
Knaak, a native of Sheboygan, moved to Milwaukee after high school to study art. He lived in Milwaukee for 10 years, where he received the basis of his art training. After obtaining a degree in commercial art, he went on to study painting and drawing for five years with the late James Prohl of Atelier Prohl.
He has held a variety of industry-related positions over the years, including art director at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, illustrator at JK Art Directions Art Studio in Milwaukee and DuFour Advertising in Sheboygan and a mural painter for Interior Systems, Inc., in Fond du Lac.
Currently, he maintains a full-time fine art studio in the EBKO Artworks Building in Sheboygan. He divides his time between fine art drawing and painting, commissioned art and commercial mural projects.
Knaak has work at the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan and in collections for the American Family Insurance Corporate Headquarters, Bank First National, University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics, Johnsonville Sausage World Headquarters, Blue Harbor Resort and Hotel, McDonald’s Corporation, Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, J Gumbo Restaurants, Coca Cola, Sheboygan Chevrolet and private collections.
His work has also been featured in dozens of solo and multi-person exhibitions throughout the Midwest.
Learn more at his website: knaakpaintings.com.
Winter break hours at Lakeland College
To mark the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, the majority of Lakeland College's offices will be closed beginning Thursday, Dec. 24, and re-opening on Monday, Jan. 4.
For prospective Lakeland students interested in visiting the main campus, Lakeland’s traditional admissions office will be open Dec. 28-30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with staff monitoring email outside of these hours.
Lakeland's Evening, Weekend and Online centers will be open per the following schedule:
- Central Wisconsin Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Green Bay Center: Dec. 28-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Fox Cities Center: Dec. 28-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Madison Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Sheboygan Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Chippewa Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Milwaukee Center: Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The fitness center in the Wehr Center will be closed during this time. It will re-open on Jan. 4 at 6 a.m.
Lakeland College wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016!
Beth Borgen Promoted to VP for Advancement
Beth Borgen, a member of Lakeland College's staff for more than a decade, has been named the college's vice president for advancement, President Dan Eck announced.
Borgen joined the college in October, 2005, as assistant director of alumni relations, and has worked in a variety of progressively larger roles. She will provide leadership and direction for a team that includes fundraising, alumni and church relations, event planning and management, marketing, communications and external relations.
Borgen has extensive experience in all facets of Lakeland's fundraising efforts and outreach programs, and she has introduced a number of new, successful programs.
She had been interim vice president for advancement since June, after serving as associate vice president for advancement since July, 2013. Previous roles at Lakeland include director of major gifts, director of the annual fund, director of corporate and foundation relations and director of alumni relations.
Prior to coming to Lakeland, Borgen was event manager at St. Norbert College for four years. She received a bachelor's degree in communication, media and theater from St. Norbert, and received a master of business administration from Lakeland.
Two new Lakeland Trustees elected; two retiring
The Lakeland College Board of Trustees elected two new members and bid farewell to two retiring members at its meeting on Oct. 22.
Sheboygan community leader Tryg Jacobsen and Lakeland graduate and former Sheboygan businessman José Araujo were elected to three-year terms.
The Lakeland Board also recognized two retiring trustees — Doron Green and Harold Gries. Both were elected to Trustee Emeritus status, the highest honor that can be bestowed to a retiring board member.
Araujo, who received his undergraduate degree from Lakeland in 2005 and his master of business administration in 2009, served for five years as the program director at Sheboygan's Partners for Community Development and is now the associate director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.
He remains active with the college by participating in focus groups and career development programming. Araujo received the Top Young Professional Award of Sheboygan County in 2013, and Lakeland's Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2014.
Jacobsen was the owner and chairman of Jacobson Rost for almost 30 years. In 2010, he founded Jake's Café, a 20,000-square-foot creative campus inspired by Richard Florida's book “The Rise of the Creative Class” and the award-winning architectural firm of Kubala Washatko. Located in downtown Sheboygan, Jake's Café is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary community of creative thinkers that enjoy working together to solve business and marketing problems in unique ways.
Jacobsen was a longtime board member of Kohler Foundation, and is heavily involved in the sailing community, including serving as a director of the U.S. Sailing Center in Sheboygan.
Green, a 1970 Lakeland graduate and longtime leader in the financial services industry, served on the board for 24 years. He spent most of those years on the board's academic and student affairs committee and recently on the enrollment and retention committee. He will continue to serve on the Lakeland Foundation board. Green also was Lakeland's head men's tennis coach, and is a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame honoring his own standout tennis career.
Gries, a 1965 Lakeland graduate who later earned his doctor of medicine and led development of several medical facilities, served on the board for just more than 20 years. He spent the bulk of his work devoted to the board's marketing and development committee, now called the external and community relations committee. A Sheboygan native and graduate of South High School, Gries lives in Phoenix, Ariz., and often hosted students, donors and friends of the college on many occasions. In 1994 he received Lakeland's Alumni Association award for outstanding professional achievement.
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