Lakeland names new aviation science instructor
Lakeland College has named Brandon Molina, an accomplished pilot and flight instructor with extensive aviation industry experience, its instructor of aviation science.
Molina comes to Lakeland from Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., where he has been working since 2013 as an engineer for one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the country. He has also served as chief flight instructor with Tailwind Flight Academy.
Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Molina worked for 14 years at Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich.
He has also worked in higher education, serving as a certified flight instructor at Western Michigan University. Molina has a bachelor’s degree in aviation flight sciences from Western Michigan, and he holds multiple pilot ratings and certifications.
Lakeland, ACUITY and South H.S. team up for computer science program
Lakeland College, ACUITY and Sheboygan South High School have announced a partnership that will provide South students the chance to position themselves for careers in computer science, while helping make college more affordable.
The Information Technology (IT) Pathway community partnership is the latest in a series of pathways being offered at South that allow students to take classes that earn both high school and college credit and get access to work-based learning opportunities with local employers.
The IT Pathway comes at an ideal time for students interested in computer science careers. "In 2014, the top two jobs were in the computer science field as ranked by US News & World Report in their '100 Best Jobs' report" said Sheboygan South High School Principal Mike Trimberger. "South is transforming the high school experience by helping students learn how they might make careers out of their interests. The IT pathway will give our students more academic rigor as well as support them academically, financially, and career-wise."
"ACUITY has made a strong commitment to partnering with public education," said Ben Salzmann, ACUITY President and CEO. "The IT Pathway partnership reflects that commitment and our long history of giving back to the local community."
The IT Pathway curriculum has been jointly developed by South and Lakeland. Students will take South High computer science courses as freshmen, and then will have access to Lakeland College computer science courses in data base basics and programming as sophomores and juniors. As upperclassmen, high school students will have the opportunity to culminate the pathway with internships at ACUITY. Through a combination of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Advanced Placement (AP), and dual-credit Lakeland College courses, students could earn up to 30 college credits while still in high school, with little cost to parents.
Lakeland's computer science program is led by Assistant Professor Cindy Lindstrom, who came to Lakeland after more than two decades of creating and analyzing technology systems in the corporate world. Enrollment in Lakeland's computer science major has tripled under her leadership, as she works closely with regional employers to create internships and other class experiences that have students working on real-world industry issues.
ACUITY will provide nearly $120,000 over four years, funding the acquisition of Android tablets and Arduino open-source programmable micro controllers, giving South students access to cutting-edge programming tools. The partnership with ACUITY will help South High School stay current with industry standards in computer science, while giving students real-life experiences and connections to the best medium-sized workplace in America.
"By helping provide resources to high school students through the partnership program, and by giving them exposure through rewarding internship opportunities, ACUITY is helping to prepare the next generation of workers in the growing field of technology," added Marcus Knuth, ACUITY's Vice President - Enterprise Technology. "We also hope that when students graduate, they consider ACUITY as a place they want to work because they see the value ACUITY places on education."
Lakeland College President Dan Eck said the IT Pathway directly addresses concerns he hears from local employers.
"Local companies are concerned about the skills gap, and with the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age, there are widespread concerns whether there will be enough skilled workers to replace them," Eck said. "Local CEOs have told me they often recruit new employees from other regions to move to our area. After being trained and gaining experience, many of those employees move back to their own home communities."
"These pathway programs are introducing our local students to attractive careers with local employers while they're still in high school. We are all working together to make sure we keep our best talent here at home to live and work and support this community. It also can provide a student with several courses worth of transferrable Lakeland College credit, saving the student thousands of dollars when they enter college."
"This is a valuable partnership between K12 education, higher education and the business community as well as an innovative approach to preparing students for college and careers," said Dr. Joseph Sheehan, Superintendent of the Sheboygan Area School District. "We thank our partners for their commitment to improving opportunities for high school students."
The Information Technology Pathway joins similar programs in healthcare, broadcasting, and education. The Healthcare Pathway is projected to have more than 250 students enrolled in the 2014-15 school year. Soon, South High will also be launching a Manufacturing and Engineering Pathway.
Two Lakeland College alumni named to Board of Trustees
Two Lakeland College graduates have been elected to the college's Board of Trustees. Bob Loffredo, a 1970 graduate, and Jill Wagner, a 1992 graduate, will participate in their first meeting in October.
Their election in May by the current trustees brings the board's membership to 25.
"I am delighted to welcome these very successful Lakeland graduates to the board," said Robert Melzer, chairperson of the board of trustees. "They both bring a wide range of skills that will complement the talents of the current board. I have met with them, and they are both excited to help chart the future direction of the school they love and give something back to a place that helped prepare them for their successful careers."
Loffredo is vice president for U.S. industrial sales for Snap-on Incorporated in Kenosha, Wis. Snap-on is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks.
In his current role, Loffredo directs the entire North American region, which has gross volume sales in excess of $200 million. Loffredo began his career with Snap-on holding various positions within the industrial division starting as an industrial sales rep in 1977.
Loffredo earned a bachelor's degree in education from Lakeland in 1970 and a master's degree in education administration from the University of Illinois in 1974. He taught school for seven years, was an assistant elementary principal and the assistant varsity coach of a conference champion football team for the Kewaunee, Ill., School District. He was inducted into the Lakeland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982 in recognition of his accomplishments as a Lakeland football player.
Wagner is president of Appleton-based Integrity Insurance. She previously held the role of vice president of commercial lines for the property and casualty insurer. Wagner has worked in the insurance industry for 22 years, including positions with Rural Mutual Insurance and Acuity Insurance.
She is a 1992 summa cum laude graduate of Lakeland, and she also earned her master of business administration from Lakeland in 2005.
Wagner is a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Fox Cities, served as the chairman of the Commercial Lines Underwriting Conference Committee for the National Association for Mutual Insurance Companies and is a Business Advisory Group Member of Lakeland College and Concordia University. She has also held numerous volunteer board positions with youth-focused organizations.
Lakeland welcomes new faculty for 2014-15 academic year
Lakeland College has added two full-time faculty for the 2014-15 academic year. William Ebben has been named associate professor of exercise science and sport studies. Juli Cáceres García has been named assistant professor of Spanish.
Ebben has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years, and has a strong record of motivating students to succeed. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where he had been an associate professor in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management since 2010.
Prior to teaching at UW-Parkside, he was an assistant professor in Marquette University's Department of Physical Therapy/Program in Exercise Science for nine years. He has also taught at Waukesha County Technical College, Concordia University Wisconsin and Northern Michigan University.
He has extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach, serving as head strength and conditioning coach at Marquette for three years and holding various strength and conditioning roles with the Green Bay Packers, UW-Madison, the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich., and the U.S. Luge Association with the Olympic Development Team.
His teaching model includes significant emphasis on engaging students in research. Through his support, his students have become award-winning scholars, and he has co-authored numerous studies and publications with them. He has an active research agenda and is looking forward to bringing Lakeland's students into this model.
He has a doctor of philosophy in exercise science from Marquette, a master of science in exercise science from Northern Michigan, a master of science in social work from UW-Madison and a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Norbert College.
Cáceres García comes to Lakeland from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he had been an assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures since 2008. Prior to that, he was a teaching associate in the Spanish and Portuguese department at Georgetown University for eight years.
During his time at Georgetown, he earned a doctorate in Spanish literature and cultural studies, a master of science in Spanish and Spanish American literature and cultural studies and a master of arts in communication-culture and technology. He has a bachelor's in English with a concentration in communications from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
A native speaker of Spanish and Catalan, Cáceres García has authored and presented research at numerous conferences, lectures and workshops, and he has won several awards and grants that helped make that research possible. His own research interests include the Spanish language; modern and contemporary peninsular and Latin American film, literature and popular culture; and feminist and gender/queer studies.
Calling all local bands, this event is for you
Lakeland College is partnering with The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Paradigm Coffee & Music, Monument Music, Midwest Communications and The Sheboygan Press, to search for the best band this summer in an online video contest, with our online users choosing the top finalists. Finalists will compete at the Best of Summer concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 6-10 p.m. at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
The contest is open to all bands and duos within 60 miles of the Arts Center at 608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081. To be eligible, at least one band member must live within that radius. All participating bands and performing individuals considered for submission may not be signed by a major recording label and bands must perform original music—no cover bands. See the official contest rules for more information.
Eligible bands and duos can submit a video of ONE of their songs to the Arts Center by way of the YouTube platform, see "Submitting a video" instructions on our website at jmkac.org. All entries must be received by June 30 and voting ends on July 31. On July 1, the Arts Center will put band videos online and give you a chance to check out the videos from area bands and vote for your favorite. Voting starts Tuesday, July 1.
Video content can be footage taken at live performances, just jamming out in the basement, or an image slide show or still photo. If the band does not appear in the video, a band photo must be submitted as well. Please email .jpg, .jiff, or .pdf to .
The top bands will perform live on the M.I.K.E. stage at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on Thursday, August 21, 2014, and will be featured in a special section in the Sunday, August 16 edition of the Sheboygan Press. One winner as determined by the audience and a panel of judges at the Best of Summer Concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014 will receive an extensive, promotional prize package including but not limited to on-air promotion by a local radio station, a professionally written press release about your band and your success in the competition, one free hair cut for each member of the band courtesy of Salon Tula, one free four hour recording session by Monument Music, one complimentary photo shoot, a live CD recording of your performance at the Best of Summer event, and more!