Koehler Award Winner - Who Will It Be?
- Published: May 1, 2013
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."