Lakeland University's Student Engagement Advocates

Student Engagement Advocates

Every college and university says they care about student success, but Lakeland backs it up with words and action. The latest example is our highly progressive "Student Engagement Advocates" initiative.

Your student, along with every other Lakeland University traditional undergraduate student, is assigned a Student Engagement Advocates. These are dedicated professionals who provide personal support across many platforms to help your student succeed — at Lakeland and beyond.

Guiding You Towards Success

Lakeland University Student Engagement Advocates

Among the many ways your advocate will be there for your student include:

  • Helping your student stay connected to your professors and advisors
  • Keeping your student abreast of extra-curricular activities on and off campus
  • Assisting your student as they navigate the world of higher education
  • Informing your student about Lakeland's many existing resources and networks, such as the Hayssen Academic Resource Center
  • Mentoring your student through the sometimes complicated academic and social transition into college
  • Knowing your student's post-graduate career plans and helping them stay on course to achieve them
  • Guiding your student toward satisfying, valuable internships and other pre-professional experiences
  • Serving as your student's primary point of contact when they seek assistance or have concerns
A Lakeland University success coach talks with two students.

The cost of obtaining a bachelor's degree has increased dramatically over the past two decades. Lakeland wants students to maximize their college experience, while minimizing its costs.

Meet Your Student Engagement Advocates!

Our Student Engagement Advocates are driven to make sure your student — and every other Lakeland University student — succeeds. Because we care!

Emily Krug, Lakeland University Student Engagement Advocate.


Emily joined the Lakeland University Student Success Team in October 2017, originally serving as the Student Development Coordinator. She transitioned into her current role of Student Engagement Advocate in March 2019. Emily enjoys the connections she has been able to make with students on her portfolio. Emily is a 2015 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Social Services. Emily is currently pursing her Masters of Science in Leadership & Organizational Development with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Lakeland.

Emily is originally from Fond du lac, Wis., and enjoys spending her free time with family & friends, hiking, trying local restaurants and traveling. 


Joshuan is a native from Chicago, Ill., and is a Lakeland University graduate. Josh a productive four-year career playing men's basketball for the Muskies from 2014-18 as a three-year starter. Originally he started as a graduate assistant in the admissions department. Joshuan is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development degree. As a kid, Joshuan's family would give people hats and gloves during Christmas who couldn't afford it. He values helping others, which is why he loves coaching and giving back.

Joshuan McNeal, Lakeland University Student Engagement Advocate.
LaJill Edge, Lakeland University Student Engagement Advocate.


LaJill is a 2020 Lakeland graduate and is proof that throughout life you are always learning. Her motivation to earn her degree came from watching her husband receive his bachelor's from Lakeland and then supporting her kids as they completed their master's degrees from Lakeland. She moved into the Student Engagement Advocate position after serving as the assistant to the president. LaJill enjoys working with students and assisting them find who they are as an adult. She looks forward to providing leadership guidance and growing students' ability to be a leader and productive community member.


Le'Shay is a native from Pontiac, Mich., and is a 2012 Lakeland graduate. Le'Shay started her career at Lakeland as a graduate intern with Career Readiness and Cooperative Education. In 2020, Le'Shay finished her Master of Arts in Counseling degree, and in August 2020 transitioned into the role of Student Engagement Advocate and Director of Multicultural Affairs. Le'Shay enjoys directly working with students and values collaborating with other departments to promote student engagement. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Josh, working out, and playing volleyball.

Le'Shay Guy, Lakeland University Student Engagement Advocate.

Interested in learning more about Lakeland's Student Engagement Advocates? Contact us today and one of our admission counselors will personally call you and tell you more about how this program can help you prepare for the future.