Lakeland Theatre to bring Lombardi to life
Vince Lombardi, who awakened his Green Bay Packers from a decade-long slumber and returned them to NFL dominance, is the subject of this fall's Lakeland College Theatre production.
Lakeland's interpretation of "Lombardi," the former Broadway play based on the book, "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi," will be performed six times in November. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14. A special matinee on Nov. 15 begins at 4.
The play, written by Wisconsin-born playwright and director Eric Simonson, is based on a magazine reporter's account of a week in the life of Lombardi, the iconic head coach and general manager who transformed the Packers from a 1-10-1 team the year before he arrived into a five-time NFL champion and two-time Super Bowl winner.
The six shows offered are the most for any Lakeland Theatre production in the nine years Charlie Krebs has been the college's associate professor of theatre.
"Because of the broad appeal of Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in the state of Wisconsin, I think this production may draw people from our community who have never been to the theatre before," Krebs said.
"This production connects sports and the arts, which is one reason I think this play will have such huge appeal. Everyone's heard of Vince Lombardi; he's a larger-than-life figure. But sometimes we forget he was a human being, and through this play, we see his human side, his vulnerability. I like that. It makes him real."
"Lombardi" is an unusually intimate production with just a six-person cast – the smallest Krebs has directed. The role of Lombardi will be played by Anthony Liguori, associate professor of psychology at Lakeland. Liguori has vast community acting experience, and, like Lombardi, he grew up in New York.
"His acting is impeccable," Krebs said. "He's done a lot of theatre throughout his life. One of the things I like doing sometimes is casting experienced actors so that our students can watch them and learn. Anthony is a role model because of how seriously he takes his craft and how he treats rehearsals."
The lead female role, Lombardi's wife, Marie, will be played by Christi Sadiq, an Elkhart Lake resident who's also a seasoned community actor. The other four roles will be performed by Lakeland students. Zach Petrowsky, a junior who has performed in all four plays since he's been at Lakeland and last year was Lakeland's student actor of the year, plays reporter Michael McCormick. The other three characters are former Packers players. Lakeland students Zach Mock, Jake Johnston and Kory Peterson will play the roles of Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor and Dave Robinson, respectively.
To purchase tickets ($10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for non-Lakeland students) to Lakeland's production of "Lombardi," visit Lakeland.edu/tickets.
Lakeland College, Lakeshore Technical College unveil transfer partnership
Lakeland College and Lakeshore Technical College on Tuesday announced an innovative new partnership that will provide a unique higher-education option to eastern Wisconsin students.
The Lake to Lake program invites students to complete an associate degree at LTC, then transfer seamlessly to Lakeland as a college junior. LTC graduates who meet all the requirements are guaranteed direct admission to Lakeland, where they can complete a related bachelor's degree.
Initially, 17 LTC programs are part of Lake to Lake and align with nine Lakeland majors. Career areas range from business and information technology programs to health and hospitality related programs.
A morning announcement event was held at Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc County, followed by an afternoon announcement event at ACUITY in Sheboygan County.
LTC is focused on career training for high-skilled, in-demand jobs in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, and LTC's success is tied to graduates finding employment and to local employers securing the skilled talent their organizations need. LTC President Mike Lanser said Lake to Lake embraces that mission.
"From their first semester on the LTC campus, Lake to Lake students will be immersed in hands-on, career coursework," Lanser said. "Their instructors bring real-world, career experiences to their classrooms, and each of our programs' local advisory committees ensure the curriculum is cutting-edge and relevant to today's job market.
"While our graduates are ready to enter the workforce, many find that their associate degree sparks the desire and confidence to continue their education. Lakeland, because of its location and BlendEd and other flexible learning options, is a great option for LTC graduates who want to balance their career with continuing education."
Lakeland College President Dan Eck said Lake to Lake capitalizes on the unique strengths of both institutions and builds off the long history the two institutions have of working together to benefit local students.
"For 154 years, Lakeland has produced graduates with the skills needed by local employers – critical, ethical thinkers who can communicate clearly and effectively," Eck said. "This region is filled with leaders who have graduated from Lakeland.
"The Lakeland programs that are part of Lake to Lake are some of our most popular degree programs, and are helping employers fill some of the fastest growing sectors of the job market. Our BlendEd programs allows students enrolled in most of our classes to decide on a weekly basis if they want to attend class in the traditional classroom setting or online. It's exactly the flexibility our students need to complete their degree."
Lake to Lake will give LTC honors students the opportunity to receive a $12,000 annual scholarship through the junior college honor society Phi Theta Kappa, in addition to other financial aid that is available.
Students who select the Lake to Lake program will be assigned an academic advisor from each institution to help guide them through their coursework.
Lake to Lake also offers a number of benefits to LTC students, including:
- A pass to Lakeland athletic contests
- Invitations to Lakeland's Big Fish Festival and the college's Business Colloquiums
- Opportunities to access Lakeland housing and participate in Lakeland intramural sports
"We want LTC students enrolled in Lake to Lake to start getting the feel of being a Lakeland student from Day One," Eck said.
Students who wish to enroll in Lake to Lake would apply for admission to an eligible LTC program, meet with their LTC advisor to select their LTC coursework, register in Lake to Lake and meet with their Lakeland advisor on the LTC campus to outline next steps.
More information about the program is available at LakeToLakeTransfer.com.
Great Lakes Writers Festival bringing accomplished writers to campus
Lakeland College will welcome a popular Wisconsin writer and an accomplished poet to its annual celebration of writing and reading, the Great Lakes Writers Festival, set this year for Nov. 5-6 on Lakeland's main campus.
Nickolas Butler and A. E. Stallings will join the Lakeland community for conversations about their craft and to read from their work. The event, hosted by Lakeland Fessler Professor of Creative Writing Karl Elder, provides seasoned and emerging writers the opportunity to learn from professional writers and share and discuss their work with peers.
Community members are invited to participate in all events, but are especially encouraged to attend readings and workshops. All events are free and open to the public.
For a complete schedule, visit the events page at greatlakeswritersfestival.org.
Butler was born in Allentown, Pa., raised in Eau Claire, Wis., and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel, "Shotgun Lovesongs," and a collection of short stories entitled, "Beneath the Bonfire."
He is the winner of France's prestigious PAGE Prix America, the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Award and the 2014 Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, and was long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty Dunnan Award for First Novel and short-listed for France's FNAC Prix.
Along the way, he has worked as a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk and an author escort. His itinerant work includes: potato harvester, grape picker and Christmas tree axe-man. His short stories, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in: Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Lumberyard, The Christian Science Monitor, Narrative, Sixth Finch and several other publications.
He lives on 16 acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children.
Among the finest New Formalist poets in the world, Stallings studied classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford. She has published three collections of poetry: "Archaic Smile," "Hapax" and "Olives," and a verse translation (in rhyming fourteeners) of "Lucretius, The Nature of Things."
She has received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She speaks and lectures widely on a variety of topics, and has been a regular faculty member at the West Chester Poetry Conference and the Sewanee Summer Writers' Conference.
Having studied in Athens, Ga., she now lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband and their two children.
300 math masters invade Lakeland
About 300 Sheboygan County high school math masters descended on Lakeland’s campus this week for a spirited competition.
The top team from Sheboygan North won the 26th annual Michael J. Devaney High School Math Meet. It is North’s sixth straight championship at Lakeland and its 19th title in the last 20 years.
In addition to North, schools represented were Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove, Kohler, Oostburg, Plymouth, Sheboygan County Christian, Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan South.
Members of the winning Sheboygan North team were seniors Chris Lacy, John Masse and Andrew Suscha; junior Christian Henke; sophomores Preston Pond, Carl Pickhardt and Eric Yang; and freshmen Noah Bartelt.
Second place went to team No. 1 from Kohler and third place went to Plymouth No. 1. Teams from Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County Christian and North placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, among the 32 teams.
Eric Yang from North won a gold medal for the top individual score with 34 out of a possible 40 points. Second place went to John Masse from North with a score of 28. Third place went to Archie Brohn from Kohler with a score of 26. Other finishers in the top seven were Mitch Christiansen, Sheboygan Falls; Nick Spredemann and Jenny Claerbaut, Cedar Grove-Belgium; and Samuel Staehling and Mitch Heun, Plymouth.
Eight students won honorable mention awards: Andrew Suscha, North; Matt Primozic, Plymouth; Nathan Waniorek, Kohler; Mason Liebe, Sheboygan Falls; Micah Chrisman, Sheboygan Christian; George Palof, Kohler; Thomas Lang, North; and Tim Koerber, Sheboygan Christian.
Lakeland welcomed largest incoming class in a decade
Lakeland College welcomed its largest incoming class in a decade to its main campus this fall.
The 154-year old college has 277 new students at its main campus in Sheboygan County, the largest group since 2005. The total includes 211 traditional full-time freshmen, a 29 percent increase over last fall.
"We had a great recruiting year for our home campus, enrolling an energetic, active and engaged group of young people, and we did it at a time when many of our peers throughout the Midwest are facing tough enrollment challenges," said Lakeland President Dan Eck.
The college's total enrollment for this fall is 3,292 students. That includes 798 students at its home campus in Sheboygan County; 2,204 undergraduates and graduate students taking classes through the college's seven Evening, Weekend and Online centers across Wisconsin; and 290 students enrolled at its two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan.
"Our recruiting process is helping students understand why they should choose Lakeland, and how to approach this very significant decision in their lives," Eck said. "It's easy to take for granted, but the effort required to successfully transition from high school to college should not be underestimated. Our faculty and staff excel at helping students make the right choices on their paths towards graduation and beyond.
"Students are also selecting Lakeland for the quality of our programs, such as our accounting program, which is ranked in the top 100 in the nation. In addition, numerous facilities and equipment upgrades, including the newest classroom technologies, a new cellular lab for undergraduate research and state-of-the-art airplanes for our aviation program, are driving students to Lakeland."
Lakeland's main campus incoming class includes 211 domestic freshmen, 52 transfers from other institutions and 12 international students. The class includes students from 18 states. Fifty-five percent are from Wisconsin, 17 percent from Illinois and 7 percent from Michigan. There are 27 students from Sheboygan County, a 23 percent increase from a year ago.
"We had a higher percentage of out-of-state students this fall, so our 10 residence halls are full," Eck said. "We also saw a nice increase in local students choosing Lakeland, and we'll continue to make that a priority. I often hear people in the community say ‘I am seeing and hearing about Lakeland everywhere.' We need to keep that momentum rolling."
The 290 students in Japan are also a record for that campus, which Lakeland opened in 1991. Lakeland offers students in Tokyo a two-year associate's degree, and many transfer to the Wisconsin main campus to complete their bachelor's degree.
"Lakeland graduates will live and work in a global marketplace, and advances in technology are increasingly making connections easier," Eck said. "Students from Asia, Europe and Africa are discovering that they can receive a U.S.-style education through Lakeland College-Japan, and the door opens for them to come to the U.S. to get a full cultural immersion as part of their education."
Lakeland continued to see large numbers of Wisconsin high school students enrolling in its Concurrent Academic Progress Program (CAPP) courses. These courses are approved by Lakeland faculty and allow high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. This fall, 520 high school students in Sheboygan County are earning college credit through Lakeland while taking classes within their high schools. Many are enrolled in more than one course.
"Lakeland's CAPP courses give college-bound students a great opportunity to save money on the cost of college," Eck said. "We are proud of our partnerships with high schools throughout the region in giving students the chance to prepare for the rigors of college and make access to higher education more affordable."