Two highly successful recent Lakeland graduates returned to campus earlier this week to share their expertise with current students.
Jessica Luecke, a 2016 grad and the school’s Clarence H. Koehler Award winner last spring, was a guest lecturer in Bob Martin’s federal income tax class. Luecke is a global tax analyst and participant of the Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP) at Actuant Corporation.
And Tess Myklebust, a 2014 graduate and also a Koehler Award winner, spoke to the sports marketing and promotion class. She is the volunteer operations manager for the 2020 Ryder Cup, the latest in a series of positions she has held with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).
During her visit, Myklebust detailed her role, which includes the recruitment and management of the nearly 4,000 volunteers who will work the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan County in 2020. She also gave students practical advice on how to position themselves for success after graduation.
Luecke, before delving into the subject of sales and use tax for about 45 minutes, talked about her company’s rotational program and its culture, while urging seniors to research those things before accepting a position after graduation.
“It was rewarding,” said Luecke, a native of Fox Point, Wis., of her return. “I know what it’s like to sit in that classroom seat and listen to someone else in the field speak. Today I was able to give back and be one of those speakers.”
Currently wrapping up her first rotation (tax), Luecke will rotate to two other positions within Actuant before the completion of her three-year FLDP. She aspires to land her next rotation in a cost accounting role.
“Corporations with rotational programs acknowledge that young professionals, right out of college, have the drive to succeed and the foundation to do so, but that they might not know exactly what area of the field they want to invest their time in,” said Luecke.
“Instead of committing to one specific role that they might not appreciate, students who are exposed to different aspects of the company benefit the company and the individual alike.”
While at Lakeland, Luecke, the 2017 Outstanding Student in Accounting, completed two internships, was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and served as president of the Foundation Board and Accounting Club.
“My experience was one of a kind, one that I am honored to have had,” she said.
Myklebust, a Wisconsin Dells native, was two-time Outstanding Business Student at Lakeland, 2013 Outstanding Marketing Student and a J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship recipient. She completed two internships, was an officer and participant in Habitat for Humanity and was a four-year member of the Lakeland volleyball team and four-time conference Scholar Athlete.