Lakeland celebrates Earth Day with a walk, picking up litter
More than a dozen Lakeland College students and two faculty members joined Associate Professor of Biology Paul Pickhardt Tuesday for an hour-long walk in Grether Woods behind campus to commemorate Earth Day.
The idea for Lakeland's inaugural Earth Day Walk belongs to a trio of students, led by Nicole Cox, who developed the concept when assigned to promote an event for a communications class. Students were armed with plastic bags to pick up litter while also learning about the Grether ecosystem.
"I wanted it to be an event that's related to something I'm passionate about," said Cox, a sophomore. "Once we started planning it, it wasn't about the assignment anymore."
As students strolled and picked up trash, Pickhardt gave walking ecology lessons. He talked about the budding trout lily, which will soon produce beautiful yellow flowers, while the sound of wood frogs provided the soundtrack. Pickhardt also warned of the impending poison ivy that will carpet much of the Grether floor.
Pickhardt pointed out and talked about numerous species of trees and plants. He discussed the Emerald Ash Borer's devastation of Wisconsin's Ash trees, praised the taste of maple syrup from the sugar maple tree and raved about the flavor of hickory nuts from the Shagbark tree. Pointing to tiny holes in the sugar maple tree, Pickhardt explained that a yellow-bellied sap sucker will peck those holes so syrup will surface and attract insects. When the bugs come to feed on the syrup, the birds pick them off.
He also showed the group what a pileated woodpecker can do to a dying tree, putting his entire hand inside a large hole the bird had created four feet off the ground.
This time of year, the Grether Woods hold about a half-dozen temporary pools of water that for a few months are home to frogs, salamanders and all sorts of other life. Chest deep at some points, these ponds will dry up by mid-summer, but their role in Lakeland's ecosystem is significant.
Pickhardt's pride in and love for the 50-plus-acre Grether Woods – located just a short walk from the natural sciences classrooms – is palpable. He takes many classes into those woods for real-world, hands-on research and course work.
"Lakeland is lucky to have this property," said Pickhardt. "I really enjoy it back here."
Brown named Student Employee of the Year
When sophomore Brandon Brown found out he was named Lakeland's "Student Employee of the Year," he was certainly appreciative — though a bit perplexed.
"Where I'm from, when you're hired to work, you work — no excuses," said the New Orleans native. "So when I'm given an award for doing the job I was hired to do, I didn't understand the reason for the award. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant, but I'm just doing my job."
Brown does his job — dining service head supervisor — with dedication, passion, integrity and creativity. He stands out so regularly that Joe Johnson, Lakeland's executive chef and assistant director of dining services, felt compelled to nominate him for the award.
"Brandon's quality of work has always been top notch," wrote Johnson on the nomination form. "He takes great pride in keeping the standard at a high level … He has an eye for detail and it shows."
Johnson added: "He has proven himself to be a star performer."
Each year, the Student Employment Department names the Student Employee of the Year based on reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to the position.
In addition to his strong work ethic and positive attitude, Brown has brought some southern flavor to Lakeland's dessert selection. Johnson wrote that Brown's "pecan pie is out of this world."
"I haven't been able to bring crawfish here yet, but I've been able to bring some pies and pastry ideas," Brown said with a smile.
As for his award, Brown said he appreciates the honor, but added that working in dining services is reward enough.
"The people I work with are not just friends to me; they are mentors and teammates," he said. "The way I look at it, I get to hang out with great people for a few hours, and they pay me for it."
The other student employees nominated for this award were:
- Caitlin Bailey — Campus card office
- Daniel Carriveau — Campus Center desk
- Elizabeth Raddatz — Muskie Mart
- Janel Weir — Housekeeping
- Jenny Kjin — Residence Life
- Kimberly Daane — Psychology
- Mackenzie Merriman — Women's softball
- Thomas Pibal — Accompanist piano fellowship
Recognizing Lakeland student athletes
On Tuesday, Lakeland College celebrated National Student-Athlete Day for the third consecutive year by awarding 78 Muskies with lunch and a certificate of achievement.
Lakeland’s honorees carry at least a 3.25 grade point average, participate in at least one of the school’s 18 men’s or women’s sports and engage in community service at their school and in the community.
National Student-Athlete Day, sponsored by the National Consortium of Academics and supported by the NCAA, is celebrated annually and has seen 3.7 million student-athletes honored across the nation since 1997.
Following are Lakeland’s student-athlete honorees:
Baseball: Brady Callahan, Ashton Holzman, Derek Loomans, Samuel Martin, Jared Rear, Travis Stever, Justin Willman
Cheer/Dance: Aubrey Day, Madison Hull, Peri Luedke, Becca Skalestski, Reinlyn Tucker
Football: Jacob Battle, Alex Busch, Jacob Lefluer, Brandon Pribbernow, Sam Spaeth, Trevor Tanck
Men’s basketball: Mark Gryszkiewicz, Brandon Hagenow, Stanley Mckenzie, Mitchell School, Zachary Van Engen, Justin Ward
Men’s golf: Beau Gundersen, Tyler Kubicek, Casey Wusterbarth
Men’s soccer: Yasu Gima, Leo Guariglia, LoganMassey, Killian McKenzie, Tyler Schaut
Men’s tennis: Carlos Rodriguez
Men’s volleyball: Casey Bolda, Tyler Boyce, Dayton Erickson, Christian Frahm, Dan Mtijevic, Anthony Puccini, Alec Redlich, Jordan Smith, Matt Stolz
Softball: Emmie Dessart, Tatiana Gonzalez, Bailey Grayvold, Ashley Hough, Megan Lawson, Kaylee Ninnemann, Sami Jo Williams, Jocelyn Yeager
Women’s basketball: Kayla Clark, Rachael Millner, Bailey Grayvold, Alexandra Greenheck, Taylor Jandrin, Callie Olson, Aimee Thrune
Women’s golf: Finni Simko, Samantha Williams
Women’s soccer: Brianne Frank, Kelly Jens, Brittni Peterson, Alexa Piskule, Stephanie Rock
Women’s tennis: Sarah Allman, Erica Hoffmann
Women’s track: Heather Kirby
Women’s volleyball: Shaina Carlson, Caleigh Galvan, Le'shay Jones, Ashley Lehman, Taylor Levitt, Emily Thomas, Jenna Ward
Wrestling: Aaron Almedina, Mitchell Fucile, Rainger Rossway, Jacob Schmidt
Harbach leads first Lakeland Community Book Read
Lakeland College hosted its inaugural Community Book Read on April 15 with Wisconsin native Chad Harbach, author of the best-selling novel "The Art of Fielding." Harbach met with students for a Q&A earlier in the day. The evening event featured Harbach reading excerpts from the novel and answering questions about the work and his life as an author and magazine editor. "The Art of Fielding," Harbach's debut novel, was named one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2011.
Community Book Read 2015
Join us in March 2015 as the Lakeland College Community Book Read proudly presents Ishmael Beah, author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" and "Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel." Details of this event will be announced later this year.
Fessler talks Harley-Davidson at Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture
As he took the stage at Lakeland College's Bradley Theatre Thursday night to tell the story of how he helped rev up the Harley-Davidson brand, Clyde Fessler revved up the crowd with just the right marketing flair.
Immediately after a brief video introduced the Harley-Davidson culture, Fessler roared onto the stage riding a Softail Heritage Classic FLSTC motorcycle.
Fessler's presentation, part of Lakeland's 13th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture, recounted the Milwaukee-based company's establishment as one of America's iconic brands.
The lecture was part of a festive night for Harley enthusiasts, a night that included a pre-lecture reception that had Lakeland's Wehr Center decked out with Harley motorcycles, clothing and advertising courtesy of Route 43 Harley-Davidson in Sheboygan. Owner Richard Kummer and several members of his staff attended, and the event drew many local Harley riders who parked their bikes outside the Wehr.
Fessler, a Sheboygan native who retired as a Harley executive in 2002, played an integral part in Harley-Davidson's rebound from near bankruptcy. Some highlights of his presentation:
- Fessler said Harley's marketing turnaround started with three main questions: Who are we? Who are our customers? What do they expect from us? Those questions can help any company or person formulate their brand, he said.
- Spend time getting to know your customers, because they are your best salespeople. Fessler said he used to stop shaving at Thanksgiving so he would physically fit in with Harley customers at the annual gathering in Dayton Beach, Fla., each December. "Problems are in the office; solutions are in the field," he said.
- Fessler said Harley-Davidson's brand successfully expanded when the company stopped selling just a product (the motorcycle) and started selling a lifestyle. The company developed a line of Harley clothes and started marketing them to females and children. The company assisted dealers all over the world in redesigning their dealerships. "Our riders want to visit our stores because each one presents a unique experience," Fessler said.
- The company had to overcome negative images about motorcycles fueled by movies in the 1950s and 1960s that painted riders as violent gang members looking to pillage when they went on rides. Harley-Davidson owners have raised millions of dollars for a variety of charities, most notably the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Fessler joined Harley-Davidson in 1977, and he recalled spending two days at the Sheboygan Harley dealership owned by Bill Kummer researching to prepare for his job interview. He served as director of marketing services, general sales manager, director of licensing, vice president of general merchandise and vice president of business development
The University of Notre Dame graduate also served on the board of trustees for the American Motorcycle Association and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Fessler's appearance at Lakeland was 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 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Forbes Media President and CEO Steve Forbes and Emmy Award-winning journalist and author John Stossel.
The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust is named for former Wisconsin Gov. Walter Kohler Jr. and his wife, Charlotte.