Lakeland women’s tennis team delivers on a promise
Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County Executive Director Laura Roenitz had tears in her eyes as she talked about what the Lakeland College women’s tennis team has done for the community.
“I can’t tell you how incredibly in awe I am of these young women,” Roenitz said. “Young women helping other women. I get a little bit choked up when I talk about it. They’re amazing.”
Lakeland’s women’s tennis team took a van to Sheboygan last week to present Roenitz with a check for $2,064. The Muskies raised the money for Safe Harbor, a shelter for abused women and children, through pledges they earned by scoring points in their final match of the season last month.
Roenitz said after news of the fundraiser got out in the community, she received three phone calls from citizens who pledged personal checks of their own for the cause.
During the team’s visit, the eight players and Lakeland head coach Casey Carr sat with Roenitz and listened intently as she described Safe Harbor’s mission and work in the community. Roenitz stressed that the team’s donation will go a long way toward providing food, shelter and other necessities for those who turn to Safe Harbor for help.
Carr, who conceived the fundraiser idea, told Roenitz this would be an annual event moving forward.
The What If? founder to speak at Mission House Lecture
The founder of a nonprofit that provides food and educational opportunities to Haitian children will deliver the 2013 Lakeland College Mission House Lecture. The lecture is Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in Lakeland’s Bradley Theater.
Margaret Trost, founder of The What If? Foundation, will give a talked “Piti piti na rive” (Little by little, we will arrive): A Journey of Faith and Hope in Haiti. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The What If? Foundation has worked with Haitian members of the Ti Plas Kazo Community to serve impoverished children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for more than 13 years.
Inspired and transformed from her experience, Trost comes to Lakeland to share her journey to Haiti and what her Haitian friends have taught her about courage, hope and putting faith into action, even amidst the most difficult of circumstance.
The What If? Foundation serves an average of 6,000 meals to hungry children and some adults each week. In addition, the foundation provides more than 200 school scholarships annually and supports after-school and summer camp programs. The group recently launched a $1.2 million building project to build a school and cafeteria to allow more children to be served. Learn more online at www.whatiffoundation.org.
Area's top mathletes face off at Lakeland
A team from Sheboygan North High School won the 24rd annual Lakeland College Michael J. Devaney Math Meet, held Oct. 21 at Lakeland. It’s the fourth straight title for a team from North, and their 17th title in the last 18 years.
Members of the winning North team were seniors Samuel Wang, Jonathan Cook, Molly Knoedler and Trenton Sarnowski; juniors Morgan Ross and Claire Andreasen; sophomore Angelica Drees; and freshman Brooklyn Landgraf.
Second place went to team No. 1 from Kohler and third place went to Sheboygan County Christian team No. 1 and North No. 2. Teams from Plymouth and South placed fifth and sixth, respectively, among the 35 teams entered.
Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah and Howards Grove also had teams in the competition, which included 262 students.
Wang from North won a medal for the top individual score with 36 out of a possible 40 points. Second place went to Yuxiang Zi from Kohler with a score of 35. Tied for third with a score of 30 were Sarnowski, Ross and Gabby Tauscher, all from North. Tied for sixth place with a score of 29 were John and Nick Cook from North and Cooper Ebbott from Plymouth. Ninth place went to Nathan Waniorek from Kohler with a score of 27. Tenth place went to Nick Steenwyk from Sheboygan County Christian.
Nine other students won honorable mention awards: Matt Seider from Sheboygan County Christian, Knoedler, Andrew Suscha and John Masse from North, Logan Wright and Andrew Grose from Kohler, Sean Reinemann from South and Haley Olson and Matt Primozic from Plymouth.
Great Lakes Writers Festival bringing two authors to Lakeland
Two authors will visit Lakeland College to share their talents as part of the 16th annual Great Lakes Writers Festival, the college’s annual celebration of the written word.
Nick Lantz and Allyson Goldin Loomis will be spotlighted throughout the two-day event, which features readings and workshops with the guest authors and members of Lakeland’s faculty.
The festival welcoming, including readings by the featured writers, is Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Lakeland College’s Bradley Theatre. The event is free and is open to the public. Area high school students will attend programming with the authors on Friday, Nov. 8.
Lantz authored two recent collections of poetry. “We Don’t Know We Don’t Know” (Graywolf, 2010) won the Bead Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize, the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award and the Larry Levis Reading Prize. “The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House” (University of Wisconsin, 2010) was selected by Robert Pinsky for the Felix Pollak Prize. A native of Berkeley, Calif., he currently teaches in the MFA program at Sam Houston State University, where he is the poetry editor of the Texas Review. Learn more online at http://www.nick-lantz.com.
Goldin Loomis’ fiction and nonfiction have appeared in “Glimmer Train,” “Pleiades,” “Harper’s Magazine” and the “Nashville Review” among other fine publications. For the past 10 years, she has served as a professor of English and creating writing at The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. A Los Angeles native, she began her Wisconsin career as the J.C. & Ruth Halls Fellow with the Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in teaching creative writing and contemporary literature. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and bachelor degrees in English literature and philosophy from Boston University.
In Memoriam - Lucile Fessler
We are saddened to inform you that Lucile Fessler, a member of the Lakeland College Board of Trustees for nearly three decades, former board chair, a board member emeritus and a great friend and supporter of the college, passed away Friday. She was 100.
Lucile, a staunch supporter of liberal arts education and winner of numerous awards and honors for her service to the community, became a Lakeland trustee in 1973, and served as board chair from 1982 to 1986. She is the only female board chair in the college's history. She was named trustee emeritus when she retired from the board in 2003.
In 1999, she was named an honorary alumna by the Lakeland College Alumni Association, and in 2003 she was awarded a doctor of humane letters for her service to Lakeland and the community.
"Mrs. Fessler was a model for civic responsibility and contributing in any way possible to the common good," said Robert Melzer, chair of the Lakeland Board of Trustees. "Her considerable service to Lakeland was but a small part of her work that benefited all of Sheboygan. We are a better place for having been recipients of her leadership and her friendship."
In 2003, when she received the honorary degree, Lucile said, "It's wonderful to see the part Lakeland plays in the lives of so many people. There's a wonderful sense of community that you feel among the young people."
Lucile was a significant financial supporter of the college. She was a member of the college's 1862 Society, and longtime contributor to the Annual Fund for Excellence. In 1990, she was instrumental in establishing the Jacob and Lucile Fessler Professorship in Creative Writing. The position is held by Karl Elder.
Visitation will be between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Grace Episcopal Church, 1011 N 7th Street, Sheboygan. Family and friends may gather at the Church on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. until reflections by selected family members at 10 a.m. and a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. See a complete obituary online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sheboyganpress/obituary.aspx?n=lucile-f-fessler&pid=167647529.