Lakeland College's main campus is buzzing as classes for the 2013-14 academic started on August 26. New students move to campus on August 22, and the college's 10 residence halls are once filled with activity.
The campus welcomed approximately 310 new students and the semester started with approximately 885 total students in the traditional campus program.
In addition to the new students, Lakeland welcomes several new faculty members this year as the college grows some of its most popular majors. Five faculty will begin teaching this fall in new positions, and four new faculty are filling positions left open due to faculty retirements or departures.
The academic year will formally begin with the opening convocation on Thursday, August 29. Wisconsin State Assemblyman Dale Kooyenga, a 2000 Lakeland graduate, will deliver the featured address at the annual event, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Bradley Theater.
New students were introduced Friday to a Lakeland tradition - the college's fifth annual "Building Bridges, Building Community" event, which gives new students an opportunity to meet and work with one another in a large-scale service effort that benefits several local organizations.
First-year students, joined by the college's student life staff and several faculty, spent a portion of the day at eight sites in the Sheboygan area performing volunteer tasks. The students got involved in painting, building, fixing and other work to help the community. This year's service sites were:
- Camp Anokijig
- Camp Evelyn
- Habitat Site 1 and 2
- Above & Beyond Children's Museum
- Salvation Army
- Sunnyside Townhomes
- Kohler-Andrae State Park
After a few hours of work, the groups met at Firemen's Park in Elkhart Lake for a cookout and celebration. "This was great, great for Lakeland College, the students and the community," said Josh Hill, a new Lakeland student from Schoolcraft, Mich. "It shows how much our school cares, and how Lakeland educates us in different ways. Most of us choose Lakeland because we know it's such a tight-knight community, and this is just one of many examples of that."