Former Muskie Ringeisen finds football success in EuropeThe conclusion of a four-year football career at Lakeland College was not the end of football for former Muskie Martin Ringeisen, who has found a unique place to ply his trade in the sport.
Ringeisen, a 2007 graduate of Lakeland with a degree in computer science, is part of a growing list of Muskies who have played professional football overseas in Europe. He has also had a good share of success playing in several different countries, and the three-year veteran of playing in Europe plans to head back overseas to play again this year.
Ringeisen, a native of St. Cloud, Wis., and a graduate of New Holstein High School, played football from 2003-06 at Lakeland. He was a tight end and caught 12 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in his four-year career, playing on successful teams that finished with a 28-13 record over those four years. Despite his relatively modest statistics, Ringeisen decided after college that he didn't want to be done with football, and decided to look abroad for opportunities.
Ringeisen first found out about European football from former Muskie quarterback Brent Luebke, who played in Austria upon his graduation from Lakeland in 2005. Former Muskies Ryan Van De Loo and Ryan Maiuri also played overseas, and Ringeisen credits Van De Loo with helping him get connected with teams in Europe.
Ringeisen began his professional career in 2009 in Austria when he played for the Linz Steelsharks. When he began playing in Europe, Ringeisen made a position change to quarterback, and though his team was not a success on the field, finishing with a 0-9 record, he said he was able to learn a lot, including what teams in Europe are looking for in an American player both on and off the field.
In 2010, Ringeisen signed with the Wernigerode Mountain Tigers in Germany. In his second season as a quarterback, Ringeisen led the team in Germany to a 10-0 record, the first perfect season in team history.
"Having that be my first perfect season in any sport ever was something truly amazing," Ringeisen said. "It is something that nobody can take away from me."
Ringeisen bounced around in 2011, with a spell of bad luck resulting in him playing for two different teams for reasons out of his control. After the 2010 season, he had a number of teams looking at him due to his experience and his team's perfect season the year before, and he joined the Esbjerg Hurricanes in Denmark.
"That was my first season where I was able to be a part of building the playbook for the offense and help with the preparations for the game plan each week," Ringeisen said. "After a few games we were 3-0, but there was talk about the team losing one of its biggest sponsors. Sure enough, two weeks later I had a meeting with the president saying the team no longer had enough money to cover my full contract."
Rather than giving up on his dream, Ringeisen immediately began looking for another team. He signed with the Coventry Jets out of England on a Wednesday, and capped a crazy week by playing his last game with the Hurricanes on that Saturday. He finished his final game with one passing touchdown and three rushing scores, including a 70-yard TD to clinch the win in the fourth quarter via a 50-point mercy rule, a bittersweet finish to his season with the Denmark team, which was 5-0 at the time of his departure and capped a 15-game winning streak for teams Ringeisen played for.
While playing in England, Ringeisen played on a team that struggled on the field, but he was able to teach the European players in the fundamentals of the game. Then in his fifth game with the England team, he tore his MCL, ending his season.
Despite his injury, Ringeisen decided to push on and said he has spent "countless hours in the pool, gym and weight room" rehabilitating his knee. And after all that work, he has signed on to play in Europe once again, this time for a team for Lausanne University in Switzerland. He is the team's starting quarterback and also its offensive coordinator, and before he went to Switzerland he spent several weeks working out with Lakeland's wide receivers in preparation for his season overseas.
Remembering his time at Lakeland, Ringeisen credits a number of former professors as well as his coaches with being influences on him as he has built a career in football.
"The way Lakeland most affected me to be ready to be able to enjoy such an amazing opportunity can be summed up in two points," Ringeisen said, "the first probably being my influences from some of my professors. Pam Engebretson, Karl Elder, David Lynch…in their classes I was able to learn how to use certain words in the correct order to help build creditability. (I gained) the ability to stand up in front of crowd and just improve something from the heart with only a few minutes to prepare. And how to end a very productive teaching session by asking: 'Does anyone have any questions, comments or concerns?'
"The second point would be summed up in four letters-R.Y.F.P. Reach. Your. Full. Potential." (This was a point emphasized by former Lakeland College football coach Jim Zebrowski) Whether it was in the classroom, on the football field, or just in life, Lakeland taught me to always keep striving to be great. This same attitude kept me striving to reach my goal of playing football overseas."
More than 700 graduate at Lakeland's 151st commencementLakeland College awarded degrees to more than 700 students Sunday as the college celebrated its 151st commencement.
A total of 715 graduates received diplomas, including 492 undergraduates and 223 graduate students. Just over 360 graduates participated in the ceremony, held in the college's Wehr Center.
The undergraduate group included 175 students who attended classes at Lakeland's main campus program and 317 students who took classes through Lakeland's evening, weekend and online program, which includes seven centers around Wisconsin.
World class sailor, Emmy Award-winning television commentator and author Gary Jobson delivered the commencement address. He shared a series of short, humorous stories from his 57-year sailing career (that began at age 6) and his 28-year job with ESPN.
He encouraged graduates to write down their goals and take time to plan their lives, find ways to inspire and help other people, use their training when facing life's curve balls and do things that no one has done before.
"Always say nice things about people," Jobson said. "It will come back to help you. You never know what's going to happen in life. When you help others, in the end, the person you could be helping out the most is you."
He noted a recent New York Times article that reported college graduates chances of getting hired have increased 9 percent over other groups. "I have good news for you - the world is ready for you, and you are prepared," Jobson said.
A survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and America's Cup champion, Jobson was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree for his career and his efforts that have raised more than $43 million for cancer research.
Also receiving honorary degrees on Sunday were former Lakeland College Trustee Bill Younger (honorary doctor of humane letters) and David Moyer, conference minister for the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ, who received an honorary doctor of divinity.
Younger's leadership at Lakeland has spanned four decades, and also includes service as the director of the Center for Business and Economics. Younger has served as a friend, advisor and mentor to Lakeland presidents and senior staff, and has been a tireless advocate of the college and its mission.
Moyer, who is retiring this July after working more than 40 years in the ministry, delivered the sermon at Lakeland's baccalaureate service, which was held earlier on Sunday in the Bradley Theatre.
The weekend got started with the Graduation Celebration Banquet on Saturday night, where the college handed out two major student awards.
Sarah Wagner, of Sheboygan, who graduated with a bachelor's in international business and marketing, was named winner of the Clarence H. Koehler Campus Senior Award. Diane Le Roy, of Green Bay, who earned a bachelor's in marketing, was named winner of the Robert W. Lope Award.
The Koehler Award goes to the full-time student at the main campus who qualifies academically and who best exemplifies Lakeland's spirit through engagement in campus activities and outstanding commitment to the Lakeland community.
Wagner started taking classes at Lakeland in 2009 after being hired to manage the college's coffee shop. She received a bachelor's degree with a double major in international business and marketing.
She has received a presidential scholarship for four years, was an active member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society and this year was named the winner of the Outstanding Student Award in International Business.
"She is always trying to identify ways to grow and improve herself, whether it be taking a foreign language, considering the best major or minor, pursuing an internship or managing the Daily Grind," said her academic advisor, Scott Niederjohn, associate professor of economics and business. "She did all of these things with great skill and class."
The Lope Award goes to the Kellett School graduate who has shown unusual persistence, dedication and commitment in the course of earning their bachelor's degree.
Le Roy started taking class at Lakeland in 1994, and Sunday earned a bachelor's in marketing. She set a goal of graduating with no student debt, and she spent eight of the 19 years it took her to finish in the classroom. Along with way, she started her own business, which thrived despite the recession.
"Diane's objective was not to complete her degree quickly, but to complete her degree responsibly," said Zach Voelz, Lakeland vice president for the Kellett School. "Diane's skill, dedication and determination have carried her a long way. She sits before us now as a strong, assertive entrepreneur with a very bright future."
Business faculty member named Fulbright Scholar
Koehler Award Winner - Who Will It Be?
Business management with communications minor
Emma Drake's campus activities are numerous. She was the Bradley Fine Arts Building supervisor from 2011-13 and has served in many capacities in the theatre department including: technician, crew chief, designer, writer, assistant director, director and assistant to the director. Emma has been involved in LC-CAB, BSU and has been an orientation leader, a conversation partner and vice president of Theatricians. She has done a wide variety of service projects both on- and off-campus including: CSI volunteer (2009-2010), Masquer's theatre production stage manager (spring 2012), Sesquicentennial volunteer (summer 2012), ticket box volunteer for the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra (2012-2013), SSO Wine Tasting (spring 2013) and interning for this year's Movers and Shakers Gala. Emma received the Dorothy Dings Kohler Scholarship and the James Roenitz Sales & Marketing Scholarship. Awards received are: Outstanding Student Leader Award (2011 and 2012), Presidents Choice Award (2012) and the Outstanding Student in Theatre Award 2012-2013.
Emma looks forward to finishing up her internship with the Movers & Shakers Gala, assisting with Lakeland's Summer Orientation Program and then moving to the Madison area to pursue a career in business. "I will miss being able to see the college grow," she says. "It has grown so much over the last four years and overcome many different things. Lakeland isn't just a college. With its strong foundation and values, it's a community and a family; one that I am so honored to be part of."
Psychology and sports studies
Jessica Eichner has served in many different capacities on campus. She has been a resident assistant (2010-13), campus ambassador (2011-13) and orientation leader (2011-12). She played on the softball team (2011-13) and belonged to several organizations including the Psychology Club, SAAC, the LC-CAB executive board and Mortar Board. Her service experiences include working with Building Bridges, Kidz Klub at Kiel Alliance Church and Now is the Time Missions in Antigua, Guatemala. She was the recipient of a Lakeland College Faculty Scholarship and received the award for Outstanding Student in Exercise Science & Sport Studies. After graduation, she will attend Minnesota State University-Mankato and is excited to go somewhere larger where she looks forward to new people and new experiences.
She writes, "The thing that I will miss most about Lakeland is the family/community feel here. It was so easy to meet people, talk to professors and get involved here on campus. I'm going to miss the athletic events where you can cheer on your friends. I'm going to miss those late night runs to Walmart to pick up junk food for random movie nights in Brotz. I'm going to miss that incredibly short 5-minute walk to class, in which you would see 15 people you know along the way. I'm going to miss those fall days where you want to spend all day outside whether it's on the beach, playing volleyball outside the apartments or going to an outdoor concert on campus. I think the better question is: what am I not going to miss? And that I could not answer for you."
Roberto C. Frias
Marketing with art (studio) minor
Roberto, known as Robby to his friends, has been involved in a wide array of life on campus. A wrestler (2009-13) and a leader in Mu Lambda Sigma fraternity, (including positions as treasurer, president, pledge educator and alumni rep), he has also been a member of SAAC, an IGC representative, a campus ambassador, an admissions assistant and a marketing assistant. He has been involved in theatre on campus as an actor, set designer and light coordinator. His service work includes being a volunteer wrestling coach at North High School in Sheboygan, and a volunteer for Texas Road House Special Olympics, Project Linus and the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. He is the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship (2009-13), the Marinus J. Kregel Athletic Scholarship (2011, 2012, 2013) and the Windway Foundation Scholarship (2012-13). His awards are: Outstanding Student in Marketing (2011, 2012), LC Man of the Year (2012), Academic All American - NCAA DIII Athletics (2012), Dean's List (2009-2013), Kudek Academic Excellence Award (2011, 2012), Highest GPA Award - Wrestling (2011, 2012) and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2011, 2012, 2013).
After graduation, Robby will stay at Lakeland as a graduate assistant in marketing and will pursue a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in project management. He writes, "I look forward to facing challenges, opportunities, experiences and obstacles with the lessons I have learned from my classmates, professors, coaches, teammates, friends and colleagues. I look forward to discovering the type of person I have matured into since entering college, identifying how I have grown and ultimately discovering who I will become. I have been in the presence of success in so many different ways here at Lakeland and it has impressed upon me an understanding of the benefits gained through the discipline of hard work. For this, I am truly grateful. I will miss the genuine compassion, commitment and pride that people take at Lakeland in facilitating the growth of exceptional and well-rounded men and women. I will miss the connections and experiences I have shared with teammates, coaches, teachers and friends. I will miss being a big fish in a deep pond. I will miss being a Muskie."
Early adolescence through adolescence education and broad field social studies
Aaron played football at Lakeland for four years (2007-2011). During that time, he was part of two conference championship teams and a playoff qualifier. He earned all-Northern Athletics Conference honors two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He also won the Pat Curran Award in 2011. Aaron was also a member of Lakeland College Concert Choir and Lakeland Singers from 2007 to 2012. Aaron performed in three musical productions at Lakeland. He was a chorus member in "Camelot," the character of Amos in "Chicago" and played the role of Judas in "Godspell." He was named Lakeland College Choir's Most Improved Choir Member (2008) and Outstanding Senior (2012). Other awards include the Helen Boatwright Scholarship for Choral Music, the Esther Kohler Music Scholarship and being twice recognized in Who's Who in Wisconsin Colleges. As for his service work, he was a volunteer coach for the Lakeland football team for the past two years. He also worked on the Give a Buck program.
After graduation, Aaron looks forward to a career in teaching and coaching. He writes, "Teaching has been the only thing that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I finally have the opportunity to do it." As far as what he will miss most: "The friendship and camaraderie that Lakeland offers is completely unique. People from all walks of life come together in an amalgamation that we call our student body. Being able to interact with all of my friends and 'family' at Lakeland is what I will miss the most."
Accounting emphasis in fraud and forensics with a resort management minor
Rebecca was the captain of the women's basketball team for two years, a member of the Northern Athletic Conference tournament championship team that qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament. She served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) as vice president and treasurer, was a member of the Lakeland College Accounting Club and a competitor in the ALCPA Fraud Competition. Her service work was quite varied both on- and off-campus and includes: (VITA) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, volunteer for Lakeland dining service, Lakeland women's youth basketball camp, Lakeland Junior Muskies program volunteer, volunteer referee for Special Olympics, Special Olympics basketball camp, American Heart Association Walk volunteer, Salvation Army bell ringer.
Rebecca was on the Dean's List for seven semesters and received numerous scholarships and awards: J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship, FEI Student Achievement Award, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (two years), the Ellen J. Kregel Award 2012-13, District 6 CoSida First Team Academic All-American Women's Basketball, First Team All-Conference Northern Athletics Conference, Lakeland College Muskie Athlete of the Week Award, Northern Athletics Conference Women's Basketball Student- Athlete of the Week. She was Woman of the Year in 2012-13.
After graduation, she looks forward to a trip to Italy at the end of May and then returning to begin working for PricewaterhouseCoopers or PwC in July 8. She will be sitting for the CPA exam this fall. She writes, "I will miss all the people and relationships I developed at Lakeland, as well as the atmosphere of the school and playing basketball."
English and early adolescence to adolescence education (6-12)
Madison completed the Lakeland College Honors Program and sang with the Lakeland College Concert Choir and Frauenchor, serving as secretary. She was also a member of the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus and served as a volunteer with Girl Scout Troop 8059. She received awards and scholarships including: Outstanding Student in English Department Award, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award, the Virginia Garton Student Teaching Scholarship, the Lakeland College Trustee Scholarship and the Helen Boatwright Music Performance Scholarship
She writes, "After graduation, I look forward to finding a teaching job and building a new home for myself. What I will miss the most about Lakeland are the supportive and caring relationships I have found here. Every year, the thought of good friends kept me coming back. Next year, I know I will miss seeing their familiar faces."
Accounting with a communications minor
Kaylin's activities on campus were many and varied. She was the Spectrum editor- in-chief (2012-13), an Accounting Club member (2010-13), intramural basketball participant 2010-12), orientation leader (2012-13), resident assistant (2010-13), campus ambassador (2010-13) and an executive member of the Campus Activities Board (2010-11). Her service work included: Volunteer Kidz Klub at Kiel Alliance Church, Volunteer Income Tax Assistant at Sheboygan Salvation Army, Vacation Bible School teacher Kingsford, Mich., and a volunteer at Now is the Time Missions, Antigua, Guatemala. Kaylin's scholarships and awards: Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2012-13), Mortar Board (2012- 2013), the Melvin & Ellen Wagner Accounting Scholarship (2009-13), Outstanding Student Leader (2011-12) and Outstanding Student in Student Publication (2011-12).
"I am very excited to start the next chapter in my life," she said. "I am ready to utilize my education to pursue my lifelong dream to make the world a better place. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me. I will miss the entire atmosphere at Lakeland. I will miss the morning walks to class, the late night study sessions for Professor Killion's accounting exams, the knee-high snow drifts, the 2 a.m. RA rounds, the half-court sock shots during basketball games, the candy on Nate Dehne's desk and I might even miss the morning wake-up calls from the overly friendly campus geese. But, most of all, I will miss the many friends I have met from all over the country and all over the world. The people who are a part of the Lakeland College family are very special. For the past four years, this college has been my second home, and for that I am eternal grateful."
Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Kayla's campus involvement was varied and includes: Mortar Board VP (2012-13), Student WI Education Association (2009-13), Student Association (2009-10), writing tutor (2010-12) and alumni relations assistant (2009-12). She had many service projects including starting her own fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. In addition, she volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, Level Teen Lounge, Sheboygan County Head Start, Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County, NOURISH and Farm to Family Philanthropy. She was on the Dean's List all four years and completed the Lakeland College Honors Program. She received the Lakeland College Trustee's Scholarship (2009-13), the Rath Distinguished Scholarship (2012-13), the Sue Guinther Kochner Scholarship (2012-13) and the LC Outstanding Student in Education Award 2012-13. She also attended a prestigious Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA in the summer of 2012.
She writes, "Once I finish student teaching in mid-June, I am looking forward to starting a teaching position in a warmer climate!" As far as what she will miss about Lakeland, she writes: "The people—the professors, friends, and colleagues—I have met during my time at Lakeland have all helped to shape me into the person I am today. I will forever be grateful to them."
Music-piano performance and pedagogy
James was involved in many campus activities including: Global Student Association (GSA), an ELI Language Partner, men's soccer for three years, the Badminton Club, Concert Choir and the theatrical production of "Camelot" in 2009. He was a member of the National Association for Music Education and also served as the chapel pianist in 2011-12.
His service work included: reading and math tutor at Northview Elementary (2009), worship leader (occasional) at area churches (Plymouth Alliance Church, Kiel Alliance Church, Ebenezer UCC, Bethany Reformed and St. Peters Episcopal) as well as being a youth leader at Plymouth Alliance Church for three years. He was a guest artist in Sheboygan Falls and played a middle school benefit concert in 2010. He sang "The Messiah" with the Sheboygan Symphony in 2009 and performed for UNICEF's Artists Together for Haiti in 2010. He was involved in the Lespwa International Fundraiser and was the featured artist on Black Nouveau for PBS Milwaukee in 2011. His scholarships and awards: the G & S Aebisher Music Scholarship, the Kuehn Achievement Award, the Q & D Moeschberger Scholarship, the LC Presidential Scholarship, Lakeland College Most Improved Pianist award (2012), Outstanding International Student (2013) and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2013). He made the Dean's List in spring of 2011 and fall of 2012.
He writes, "After graduation, I will be looking for a teaching job in music somewhere between Milwaukee and Chicago. I will miss the nice people in the Lakeland community, teachers, friends and staff members."
International business, marketing
In 2007, Sarah began working for the college through a temporary job placement service. Shortly after, she was hired full time at Lakeland to manage the coffee shop and began to take classes. She received the presidential scholarship all four years she was a student. She was an active member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. In 2012-13 she received the Outstanding Student Award in International Business award and also Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. Sarah was "the face" of the Daily Grind. She also helped with many of the college's catered events through bartending and food service. She participated in the Movers and Shakers Gala from its inception in 2008, holding many different volunteer roles including wait staff coordinator, bartender, and server. During the summer of her junior year, she married alumnus John Wagner. Her senior year, she completed her marketing internship at the Sheboygan County YMCA and volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.
Sarah writes, "Looking forward, this June I will be traveling with six other Lakeland colleagues to Barranquilla, Colombia. As we study abroad, I am looking forward to creating lasting relationships and enjoying my first international experience. I am also ready to begin a new chapter in my life. At this point, I am not sure where exactly life will take me, but Lakeland has given me the confidence and the tools I need to excel in my future and I am positive good things are to come." As far as what she will miss: "If I had to name one thing I will miss the most about Lakeland College, it would have to be the people. Nowhere else will I be able to find such an eclectic group of people who share a common pride and a deep sense of caring for one another. I feel truly blessed with the relationships I have established here at Lakeland College, and hope to continue these relationships in the future."
John Stossel to deliver Lakeland College's Kohler Business Lecture
Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter, investigative journalist, author and libertarian commentator John Stossel will deliver Lakeland College's 12th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture on April 25 in the college's Bradley Theatre.
Stossel's lecture, "Prosperity and Its Enemies," will begin at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Stossel will sign copies of his latest book, "No, They Can't: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed" following the lecture. Copies will be available that night for purchase.
Stossel was a fixture on ABC News and the popular show "20/20" before joining the Fox Business Channel and Fox News Channel in October 2009. He hosts a weekly news show on Fox Business, "Stossel."
Stossel also regularly provides signature analysis, appearing on various Fox News shows, including weekly appearances on The O'Reilly Factor, in addition to writing the Fox News Blog, "John Stossel's Take."
In his decades as a reporter, Stossel has received numerous honors and awards, including 19 Emmy awards, and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club.
He is doctor honoris causa from Universidad Francisco Marroquín. He has also written two books recounting how his experiences in journalism shaped his socioeconomic views, "Give Me a Break" (2004) and "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity" (2007).
Stossel's appearance at Lakeland is made possible by a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust. Lakeland annually brings a nationally known business or economic figure to its main campus to speak with Lakeland students and the general public.
Past lecturers have included former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Forbes Media President and CEO Steve Forbes, a Federal Reserve Bank president and an executive with the Green Bay Packers.
The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust is named for former Wisconsin Governor Walter Kohler Jr. and his wife, Charlotte. The Trust was established by Charlotte Kohler to preserve the society and culture that made their good fortune and success possible.