Presnell-Weidner to showcase work
Denise Presnell-Weidner, who retired in the spring as an associate professor of art at Lakeland College, will open her final exhibit at Lakeland with a reception at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.
The exhibit, which will be in the Bradley Gallery in the college's Bradley Fine Arts Building through Oct. 30, will include her newer work along with some old favorites.
The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
Presnell-Weidner came to Lakeland in 1989 as a member of the faculty and co-director of the Bradley Gallery with her husband, Bill Weidner. She served as chair of the Creative Arts Division and helped lead development of the graphic arts emphasis within the art major.
A prolific professional painter, printmaker and pastel artist, her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. She is represented by professional art galleries in Milwaukee, Mishicot and Elkhart Lake.
Presnell-Weidner said she has been inspired to return to figurative work with the development of new printmaking methods, specifically digital printing, solar etching and polyester plate lithography.
"My work is a dance between two realities – observed nature and intuition," she said. "Often, the natural world leads, but intuition becomes emboldened by inspiration's desire to take steps in an entirely different direction. I am never quite sure where the dance is leading – which I find exhilarating. My intuition decides when the song is over and waits for the next tune to begin.
Presnell-Weidner said after working with traditional methods for years, she is pushing the boundaries of her art through experimentation.
"This exploration is guided by a desire to think differently about how art is made," she said. "After many years of working in traditional methods where artwork was a flat, singular image, experimentation with new methods of image making has influenced how I put an image together. The methods and motivation are now entwined. I am at a time of shameless experimentation with combining unlike imagery onto substrates of any kind. The frame has become the art.
"I am not interested in 'playing it safe' with my artwork. There were many years when I was not bold enough to allow myself to step outside my own rules. I now challenge myself to dissolve the rules and boundaries that define art."
Lakeland receives $50,000 Bradley Foundation grant
Lakeland College has received $50,000 from the Bradley Foundation as part of the college's ongoing efforts to improve the economic understanding of Wisconsin teachers and students
Lakeland will use the grant to fund a series of one-day workshops for up to 100 Wisconsin high school teachers of American history.
The workshops will introduce teachers to the economic way of thinking, which stresses choices, costs, incentives, rules of the economic system and gains from trade. It will include supply and demand analysis and the basic institutions of a market economy including private property rights, profit motive, consumer sovereignty, competition and freedom of contract.
The seminars will feature interactive presentations and simulations, video clips and other active learning experiences.
All participating teachers will receive copies of "Economic Episodes in American History" for their classrooms.
"This initiative helps us make progress toward providing teachers with the content knowledge and instructional tools they will need to improve the economic understanding of their students," said Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland's Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Economics and director of the college's Center for Economic Education.
"While few people seriously question the importance of understanding the basics of economics, it remains scarce in the K-12 schools. When included at all, a course in economics is delayed until the last possible moment—usually in grade 11 or 12. American history is required in nearly every high school, so integrating these concepts into that curriculum is an easy way for schools to make sure these important concepts are being taught."
Since 2012, annual gifts from the Bradley Foundation have enabled the Lakeland College Center for Economic Education to establish a foundation for a strong economic history teacher training and curriculum implementation program.
Lakeland Music Camp students to perform world premiere of original piece
Students attending Lakeland College's 59th annual Music Camp have the unique opportunity to perform the world premiere of a piece specially commissioned for Lakeland's camp.
Composer Kimberly Archer (kimberlyarcher.com), associate professor of composition at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, has been working with students this week and helping them learn her original piece, "Irish Blessing." The piece was commissioned by Chris Werner, director of Lakeland's Music Camp and the college's assistant professor of instrumental music.
The work will be performed as part of the camp's final concert on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Wehr Center Fieldhouse. Werner will conduct.
"I've worked with her pieces many times, but this is the shortest amount of time I've had to prepare myself and the players for a world premiere, so this is unique," Werner said. "Not only had the students not seen this music, but it's brand new. There is a coolness and pressure to having the composer in the room."
"Irish Blessing" is written for a full band, orchestra strings and voices. More than 200 students will perform. The concert will also include a group performance of "America the Beautiful," and Archer will speak about her piece.
Archer's original work and her residency during the camp are funded by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Archer wrote of her piece, "Having attended and enjoyed many such camps in my own youth, I wanted to offer a concert culmination of joyful song using an Irish blessing – preferably one that actually references the Irish's great love of music."
Lakeland's Music Camp, which this year runs from July 26-Aug. 1, provides band, choir, orchestra and piano instruction for high school and middle school musicians. Learn more at Lakeland.edu/musiccamp.
In Memoriam: Lakeland Trustee Emeritus Don Hinze
Lakeland College Trustee Emeritus Rev. Dr. Donald Hinze passed away on July 17, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Waupaca after a brief battle of cancer. He was 85.
Hinze graduated from Lakeland College (Mission House) in 1952. He was named a Lakeland trustee in 1985, and served on the Academic & Student Affairs committee for years. He retired from the board in 2007 and was named a trustee emeritus. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Lakeland in 1982, and was Lakeland's baccalaureate speaker at commencement in 1988.
He had deep roots with the college. His grandfather, Daniel Schaefer, graduated from Mission House in 1882, and several of his uncles were also Mission House graduates.
Hinze held ordained ministry his entire career in the United Church of Christ. He served faithfully as pastor to congregations in Owosso, Mich., Des Plains, Ill. and Longmont, Colo. In 1974 he came back to Wisconsin with his family to become minister of the Northeast Association, Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ, an elective post he held for 21 years. In 1994, he became interim Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.
Hinze received his masters of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, in 1955 and was ordained to Christian ministry at Immanuel UCC in Kaukauna, Wis. He also attended Garett Evangelical Seminary.
Over the years, he served on ecumenical boards, boards of community service agencies and the Peace Movement. Being somewhat an inventor, he was proud of his one U.S. patent (floatation device for watercraft). He loved writing and had a book published in 1990 about stewardship, "To Give and Give Again" (Pilgrim Press).
Donations in his memory may be made to The Reinhard Ulrich Chair at Lakeland or The American Cancer Society.
Lakeland's accounting program among nation's best
Lakeland College's accounting program has been rated one of the nation's 25 best online bachelor's degree-earning programs by Accounting.com.
Each of the 25 schools is recognized by one of three prominent accrediting agencies for business and accounting programs. Accounting.com used its own methodology to weigh factors such as a school's reputation, graduation rate, quality of curriculum and student preference to identify a selection of more than 20 fully online programs.
Primary factors for ranking included academic rigor, selectivity, student satisfaction and long-term success.
Lakeland was rated No. 18 on the list. The complete list can be found here.
Lakeland Assistant Professor of Accounting Brett Killion said the national ranking reflects the time and effort the college has put into designing a modern, top-notch online curriculum.
"Our BlendEd technology makes online courses feel more like in-person classroom experiences for students," Killion said. "Our goal at Lakeland is for our accounting graduates to be hired quickly upon graduation, and we see that happening time and time again with students earning jobs at leading companies like ACUITY, Schenck SC and Orion Energy."
Lakeland's BlendEd classes allow students to choose the learning platform that best fits their schedule. Students can take courses in the traditional classroom, through a live classroom video broadcast using a personal computer or mobile device, watch a recorded video of the class later or work online with no face-to-face attendance required.
Lakeland's program was lauded by Accounting.com for producing graduates who are able to identify, analyze and solve financial problems and succeed in fields such as tax planning, business consulting and bookkeeping. Lakeland was also recognized for serving a large population of non-traditional students and the ranking noted that 95.4 percent of Lakeland's graduates are working within six months of graduation.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for accountants and auditors is $63,550, with employment rates expected to grow 13 percent through 2022.
To learn more about Lakeland's Accounting program, click here.