Women’s tennis team raises money for Safe Harbor
KOHLER – Victoria Powelson hails from Ishpeming, Mich., but judging by her proud smile late Tuesday afternoon, the top women's tennis player at Lakeland College feels quite connected to Sheboygan County.
"This is amazing," said Powelson, a sophomore. "To help the community while I'm playing the game I love is a really special feeling."
Lakeland shut out Wisconsin Lutheran 9-0 on a bright, crisp afternoon to finish 11-2 and cap its best season ever. But as the match wound down, much of the discussion was about the Muskies' fund-raising effort for Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County.
The players' final donation will exceed $2,000, and next week, Lakeland's entire team will make the short drive from Lakeland's campus to Sheboygan to present Safe Harbor with a check.
"Community service is extremely important," said Lakeland senior tennis player Erica Hoffmann, a Sheboygan Falls native. "Young people have so much potential to help their communities, because they have so much idealism and enthusiasm. It's crucial to tap into that energy."
For the past week, that's exactly what Lakeland's tennis players did, collecting pledges for Safe Harbor – a refuge for victims of sexual and domestic abuse. Supporters of the players had the option of making a flat donation or pledging a certain amount of money for each game won. Earlier Tuesday, a couple of players set up a table at Lakeland's dining facility so fellow students could make pledges.
"We grabbed every kid we could," said Powelson. "I think we raised about $400 just at lunch. And even the students who couldn't make a pledge were very supportive of what we were doing."
Added Hoffmann: "The really cool thing I've noticed is how willing people are to give to a worthy cause. This brought our whole school together. The faculty really got involved, and we had a large number of students out here today cheering us on."
Even before the afternoon's first serve, the pledged total, based on flat pledges, was $817. Lakeland's dominant performance raised that figure significantly and steadily into early evening.
"I couldn't be more proud of this team," said Lakeland College head coach Casey Carr, a former Sheboygan North and Lakeland standout tennis player. "This wonderful group of student-athletes is really making a difference in our community.
"Today was a perfect example of what we are supposed to teach young adults. It wasn't just the tennis team that raised the money. It was the students, the faculty, the professors and the athletic department. This is what Lakeland College and being a liberal arts college is all about." Lakeland College Interim President Dan Eck, who attended the match, said he was extremely impressed by the players' philanthropic spirit, but not surprised. "This is the type of student Lakeland attracts," he said. "They think about more than just themselves." Laura Roenitz, executive director at Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County, said community donations make up more than 50 percent of the nonprofit organization's budget. She added that this contribution will be used to support direct client services such as providing food and shelter, and that because food and shelter supplies are running low, "This could not have come at a better time."
Last year, Roenitz said, Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County served 664 individuals and 464 households and supplied 4,000 nights of shelter for direct and indirect victims of sexual assault or domestic abuse.
"We are thrilled with the results, and this really demonstrates these young women's tremendous commitment to our community," said Roenitz of the Lakeland tennis team's effort. "It's not only a great example of their community stewardship, but also speaks highly of the education they're receiving. It is clear to me that connecting students to the community is very important at Lakeland College."
On the court, these are the best of times for Lakeland's women's tennis team. Just 1-36 from 2006-2011 and 6-7 last season, the Muskies are now surging. They were predicted to finish eighth in their conference this fall, but locked up second place with Tuesday's win.
Young standouts like Powelson and fellow sophomore Lynn Pipke, along with seasoned players like Hoffmann and fellow seniors Brittany Jurek and Jenna Oberthaler, have the program surging under the steady coaching hand of Carr.
On Tuesday, Powelson won her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0 over an opponent who hadn't previously lost in conference play. But after her win, the player who likes to be called "Tor" seemed more proud of her team's contribution to Safe Harbor than her own dominant performance.
"Helping others is huge," she said. "Giving back is so important. I can't wait to do this again next year and I think we will do even better."
If you would like to contribute to Safe Harbor of Sheboygan, call 1-800-499-7640
Black Violin and The Moxie Strings coming back to Lakeland
Strings will be the thing as Lakeland College opens its 2013-14 Krueger Fine Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 27. Black Violin – the wildly popular group that had students buzzing in 2010 – returns to the Bradley Theatre stage, along with special guest The Moxie Strings.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with The Moxie Strings. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for non-Lakeland students, and can be purchased in advance by contacting Deb Fale at 920-565-1536 or at the door.
Black Violin played to a packed Bradley Theatre in the fall of 2010. The duo of Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester combines the eloquence and proficiency of classical orchestra strings, and forges it with the vibes and smooth flows of hip-hop. Black Violin creates a sound that is refreshing and uplifting to hip-hop lovers and classical string enthusiasts. Their ability to blend the two genres flawlessly promises an evening that everyone is guaranteed to feel.
A review in the New York Times said, "Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play…Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars."
Black Violin has worked alongside many talented artists and groups, including Linkin Park, Akon and Wu-Tang Clan. The smooth duo has also collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith and many more.
The Moxie Strings is a fun, energetic crew that delivers a large dose of feel good. Between their upbeat string style and their natural on-stage charisma, the group gives a new spin to bluegrass, Celtic, Canadian, rock, jazz and old time through a young perspective that is rooted in tradition. The Moxie Strings brings a unique bravura fashioned by the electrifying combination of fiddle player Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn. The duo is joined on stage by world percussionist Fritz McGirr, who adds a dynamic sound with his creative rhythmic energy.
Away from the stage, the group travels the country jumping from classroom to classroom to spend time introducing new genres of music to beginning high school and middle school string students. The group will be giving a free workshop to Lakeland music students and area school music students earlier in the day. The Moxie Strings was also honored as the featured artists/clinicians for MSBOA's first annual Alternative Styles Day.
Kooyenga discusses personal journey at opening convocation
Throughout life's journey, the choices people make determine the content for their life book. Dale Kooyenga, a 2000 Lakeland College graduate currently serving in the Wisconsin State Assembly, asked Lakeland students to examine the contents of their life book during Lakeland's opening convocation, the formal kickoff to the 2013-14 academic year.
Kooyenga, who graduated from Lakeland with a bachelor's degree in accounting, has contributed plenty of positives to his life book since graduating. In addition to his current role as an elected official, he worked as an accountant at KPMG, one of the Big Four accounting firms, and served in the U.S. Army in Iraq/Afghanistan.
Kooyenga reflected on his time in college while addressing a packed Bradley Theatre. He said the skills he learned have led him down a path of career success. He encouraged students to be ready to adjust to life's curves. "There are life experiences that will change your main plan in life, so you need to learn to be flexible and open to change," he said.
Life also requires tough decisions, and Kooyenga suggested students know how to take the right approach and understand what motivates their decisions. That will allow you to write a compelling life book that will be source of pride. "My main goal in life is, someday when my grandkids sit down and read my book, I want them to be able to put that book down and say, ‘Wow that was a very good book,'" Kooyenga said. "'There were some ups and downs, and he made a lot of mistakes, but he fought for what he thought was right, and he fought with a passion.'"
Kooyenga concluded with three pieces of advice: Be there for your loved ones, remember that everyone has something to teach you and to treasure your personal integrity and relationships over material things.
Much of this advice, Kooyenga said, came from his father, who worked as a garbage man. "The biggest thing to the people that love you is for you to just show up and be present," Kooyenga said. "All that truly matters is your integrity, and the relationships you have."
Students also heard from Lakeland Interim President Dan Eck, who delivered the charge for the academic year. He urged students to take care of themselves, take care of each other and take care of the campus.
Petri to speak at Lakeland's U.S. Constitution Day lecture
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri will deliver Lakeland College’s annual U.S. Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 16. Petri will give a talked entitled “The Constitution at 226: A Living, Breathing Document.”
The lecture will begin at 11:15 a.m. at Lakeland’s Bradley Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.
Petri will use historical contexts, debates and present-day issues to discuss how trends have affected the Constitution, and the way the document has been interpreted over the past two decades. He will also offer insight on how he personally uses the Constitution to guide him in his decisions in Congress.
“I’m very excited to be a part of Lakeland’s Constitution Day celebration,” Petri said. “The Constitution is truly a remarkable document that has gone through many interpretations and changes through the years. I look forward to discussing some of these issues with the students, faculty and visitors.”
In 2004, a federal law designated Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the U.S.
Petri represents Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District and is serving his 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. First elected in April 1979, Petri has been returned to office every two years since. He is a current member of both the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce (formerly Education and Labor). As a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, he is a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
Petri is no stranger to Lakeland. In 2002, he delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. Petri also visited the college in 2010 as a part of a greater area tour he organized for Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, who spoke about the value of Lakeland’s Japan campus.
Lakeland welcomes new, returning students
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."