Lakeland College - Home - Lakeland College Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:01:08 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us webmaster [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Lakeland College) 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.

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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.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:47:57 -0500
Recognizing Lakeland student athletes sportsbqtOn 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


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:33:22 -0500
Fessler talks Harley-Davidson at Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture Clyde Fessler talks Harley at Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business LectureAs 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.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:33:14 -0500
Lakeland names new director for Milwaukee Center Lakeland College main campusJennifer Christensen has been named director of Lakeland College's Milwaukee Center, which is located at 1135 S. 70th St., West Allis.

Christensen comes to Lakeland from Wisconsin Lutheran College, where she worked for the past 14 months as executive director of enrollment. She led a number of initiatives within WLC's Adult and Graduate Studies program resulting in an increase of 70 percent in new enrollments.

Prior to her role at WLC, Christensen spent 17 years working for the Institute for Professional Development (IPD), a subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. She began her career with IPD as an enrollment representative (seven years) and was later promoted to executive director of enrollment and contracts (10 years).

Through both positions, she played key roles in the successful enrollment management and growth of Cardinal Stritch University, the primary partner/client institution of IPD.

Christensen has a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:22:51 -0500
Lakeland students honored for academic achievement Tess MyklebustTess Myklebust, a senior from Wisconsin Dells, was awarded Lakeland College's Clarence H. Koehler Campus Senior Award on April 2.

She received the award at the college's Honors Banquet, an annual gathering where faculty celebrate the accomplishments of the top students in each academic program. A complete list of award winners is below.

The Koehler Award, named for Lakeland graduate and former board of trustees chair Clarence Kohler, has been presented annually since 1965 to the Lakeland student who best exemplifies Lakeland's spirit through outstanding academic achievement, engagement in campus activities and commitment to the Lakeland community.

Myklebust, who is working toward a double major in business management and marketing, has taken full advantage of her Lakeland experience by amassing a resume of experiences that have her well-positioned for future success.

She served internships with Community Bank & Trust and at Lakeland in sports marketing, and has worked all four years as clerical assistant for the college's business administration office.

She was named Outstanding Business Student in 2014 and 2012, and Outstanding Marketing Student in 2013. She was a J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship recipient all four years, and a four-year member of the Lakeland volleyball team and four-time conference Scholar Athlete. She was a three-time participant of the Spring Break Habitat for Humanity volunteer trip, and served as secretary and treasurer for Lakeland's Habitat chapter. She was secretary for the conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, an officer for Lakeland's SAAC and was a member of Lakeland's Mortar Board. She also logged several volunteer hours with the Maywood Park Earth Day Cleanup, Road America, Boys & Girls Club and as a Salvation Army Red Kettles bell ringer.

2014 Outstanding Student Award Winners

Outstanding International Student for Academic Achievement and Leadership: Alice Antwi-Asimeng

Business Administration Outstanding Student in Accounting: Lisa Steppe
Outstanding Student in International Business: Hyacinthe Botty-Irie
Outstanding Student in Marketing: Braden Woods
Outstanding Student in Resort Management: Jessica Korrison
Outstanding Underclassman in Business Administration: Tyler Magtanong
Outstanding Upperclassman in Business Administration: Theresa Myklebust

Creative Arts Outstanding Art Major: Tyler Holman
Outstanding Student in Communication: Jennifer Kjin
Outstanding Overall Music Student: Thomas Pibal
Outstanding Overall Music Student: Fabian Qamar
Outstanding Theatre Student of the Year: Michelle Fromm
Outstanding Student in Writing: Sean Gilligan

Education Outstanding Student in Education: Abby Hinze

Humanities Outstanding Student in German: Tiffany Miller
Outstanding Student in Religion: Kimberly Thimmig
Outstanding Student in Spanish: Aimee Thrune
Outstanding Student in Spanish: Diana Torres

Natural Science Outstanding Student in Biology: Lindsay Biter
Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry: Samantha Henderson
Outstanding Freshman in Chemistry: Audrey Nichols
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry: Jiacheng Yang
Outstanding Student in Computer Science: Brian Winter
Outstanding Student in Exercise Science: Taylor Jahnke
Outstanding Student in Mathematics: Brian Winter

Social Science Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice: Brittni Peterson
Outstanding Student in History: Brendan Lichtenberg
Outstanding Student in Nonprofit Organization Management: Amy Borntrager
Outstanding Student in Political Science: Matthew Bilinski
Outstanding Student in Psychology: Ryan Krzyzkowski
Outstanding Student in Sociology: Kimberly Daane

Ellen J. Kregel Athletic Award: Amanda Graminske

Who's Who Award: Jennifer Kjin, Brittany Bohm, Braden Woods, Fabian Qamar, Daniel Carriveau, Trevor Tanck, Aimee Thrune, Karissa Anderson, Jacob Flesch, Michelle Fromm, Kimberly DeJong, Kristal Klemme, Elizabeth Pritzl, Emily Cook, Paul Elzinga, Katie Freitag, Daniel Zea Zapata, Amy Borntrager, Taylor Jandrin, Tyler Kulow, Monica Santelli, Alice Antwi-Asimeng, Emmaculate Dika, Kelsey Fulmer, Samantha Henderson, Taylor Jahnke, Tyler Kubicek, Alec Szalewski, Katherine Zielsdorf.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:56:16 -0500
Lakeland Spanish teacher wins 2014 Underkofler Teaching Award Katie ShumwayLakeland College's Katie Shumway, an instructor of Spanish, is the 2014 winner of the annual Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Shumway, who is in her 12th year as a member of Lakeland's faculty, is the college's 23rd winner of the Underkofler, which recognizes outstanding performance in undergraduate teaching.

The Underkofler Award was presented on April 2 at Lakeland's annual Honors Banquet, which recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments of students and faculty.

Shumway's accomplishments include the development of valuable study abroad opportunities and supporting students learning the Spanish language and culture by creating an engaging and comfortable classroom setting.

"Learning a foreign language can be intimidating," said Jessica Korrison, a senior majoring in resort management, in a letter nominating Shumway for the award. "Professor Shumway knows how to take that feeling away. Taking Spanish in high school was far from a pleasant experience for me. I can never thank Professor Shumway enough for changing my view on learning a foreign language."

Shumway has led a number of study abroad experiences that allow Lakeland students to gain immersion into Spanish-speaking cultures. She has partnered with faculty in the hospitality management program to take students to Mexico and Costa Rica and has worked to expand the relationship between Lakeland and its sister school in Colombia, Universidad Reformada.

Karissa Anderson, a junior majoring in education with a Spanish minor, accompanied Shumway to Colombia to study for a month.

"Senorita Shumway helped me to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually by providing an opportunity for a study abroad experience in the life of someone from another culture," said Anderson in a letter nominating Shumway for the award. "She helped us experience their values, create connections with what we learned in Colombia and the United States, be accepting of a diversity of people and make ethical decisions."

Shumway has provided innovative opportunities for Lakeland students throughout her career. She has created an environment where upper-level Spanish students gain experience teaching within the introductory Spanish sequence and has coordinated language learning exchanges through Skype. She has also served as lead English instructor for Lakeland's English Language Institute summer program and engaged students through the interdisciplinary Core.

Shumway has both a bachelor's and master's degree in Spanish from Marquette University.

The Underkofler Award is presented through the Alliant Energy Foundation and the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc. The Underkofler Endowment Fund was created in honor of past Wisconsin Power & Light president and chairman James R. Underkofler to recognize his 48 years of service to the utility industry.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:13:55 -0500
International night a celebration of different cultures international night at LakelandLakeland College will celebrate the 30-plus countries that call the college’s main campus home during its annual International Night, Tuesday, April 8.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Bradley Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Lakeland College Global Student Association.

Alice AntwiAsimeng, president of the Global Student Association, said the evening includes songs, dances, demonstrations, presentations, displays of traditional clothing from various countries and more. Students from China, Japan, South Korea, a Latin American group featuring students from Peru, Puerto Rico, and Columbia, an African student group featuring students from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast will be featured.

There will also be an international fashion show where different countries will showcase their traditional attire.

Noon Day, an organization that sells jewelry from all over the world, will also be part of the celebration. After the event, there will be a short video about Noon Day and their global initiative. A small stand outside the theatre will have sales of jewelry from Pakistan, Africa, India and other countries. Find out more about Noon Day at

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:29:16 -0500
Lakeland concert choir spring tour kicks off April 10 concert choir spring tourStudents in Lakeland College's music department will take the road as the concert choir participates in its annual spring tour.

The week culminates with a homecoming concert on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre on Lakeland's main campus. That performance is free and open to the public.

This year's repertoire includes a wide variety of music from many historical periods, genres and styles. Pieces include "Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me Festina" by G.B. Martini, "Five Hebrew Love Songs" by Whitacre, "Lass Dich Nur Nichts Nicht Dauren" by Johannes Brahms, "Salmo 150" by Ernani Aguiar and "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Faure. The program also includes a gospel song, hymns, folk songs, movie music and a pop song.

The Lakeland Singers will join the choir on the program. This small, auditioned group will sing "To Love You," written by Andra Moran and Josh Elson and arranged by Lakeland College student Jacob Nault.

The annual tour takes Lakeland students to various churches around the Midwest. This year's tour includes the following performances:

  • April 10 – Glenview United Methodist Church, 727 Harlem Ave., Glenview, Ill., 7 p.m.
  • April 11 – St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1260 Leonard Point Road, Oshkosh, Wis., 7 p.m.
  • April 12 – St. Peter's UCC, 166 W. Dekora St., Saukville, Wis., 7 p.m.


larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:21:13 -0500
Former Harley-Davidson VP to lead Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture Harley-Davidson's retired vice president of business development Clyde FesslerHarley-Davidson's retired vice president of business development will discuss the Milwaukee-based company's historic rise and enduring success during Lakeland College's 13th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture on April 10.

Clyde Fessler, a Sheboygan native who played an integral part in Harley-Davidson's dramatic turnaround over the past 24 years, will speak beginning at 7 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public. Harley enthusiasts are encouraged to wear biker apparel.

Fessler joined Harley-Davidson in 1977, and as director of marketing services he led the establishment of Harley Owners Group (HOG), which now has more than 500,000 members and is the largest enthusiasts club in the world.

As general sales manager in the early 1980s, he established new policies and programs, many of which are still in effect today. As director of licensing, Fessler created a new business that has received national recognition enhancing the brand to the general public as well as adding substantial financial value to Harley-Davidson.

As vice president of general merchandise, he repositioned the rider accessory department and led dramatic growth in the MotorClothes team from $20 million in annual sales to more than $100 million in five years.

Fessler is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He served on the board of trustees for the American Motorcycle Association and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He also served as an active liaison between the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Harley-Davidson, a relationship that has generated more than $31 million in donations since 1981.

He retired from Harley-Davidson in early 2002 and is now active as a consultant and motivational speaker.

Fessler's appearance at Lakeland is 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, Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter, investigative journalist and author John Stossel and a Federal Reserve Bank president.

The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust is named for former Wisconsin Gov. Walter Kohler Jr. and his wife, Charlotte. The Trust was established by Charlotte Kohler to preserve the society and culture that made their good fortune and success possible.

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:52:25 -0500
Lakeland students learn about careers at ACUITY ACUITY Human Resources Specialist Tracy WusterbarthACUITY has hired more graduates from Lakeland College over the past five years than from any other college or university in the state, said ACUITY Human Resources Specialist Tracy Wusterbarth during a visit to Lakeland on Tuesday afternoon.

Wusterbarth said that when it comes to finding employees for the highly successful, fast-growing and nationally renowned property and casualty insurance company, Lakeland graduates are trusted and coveted.

"They are really producing for us, and that's fantastic, because Lakeland College is literally in our backyard," said Wusterbarth, whose department processed about 4,000 applications for employment last year.

"The people we have on board from Lakeland are doing very well, so yes, we really like Lakeland graduates. We don't want to spend our time visiting campuses that are not producing, so we did a study and found out that Lakeland was our top school in terms of employees over the past five years."

Tuesday's event, free for Lakeland College students, was sponsored and organized by Lakeland's Career Development Office. Wusterbarth was joined by Lakeland grads and current ACUITY standouts Adam Beltran, Brittany Ryan and Nicole Shavlik. The trio of Lakeland grads talked about how satisfying it is to work at ACUITY and how current students can best launch a career there.

Beltran, a 2012 computer science graduate, works as a commercial line system programmer. Ryan, a 2012 business management/marketing graduate, is an inside claims specialist. And Shavlik, also a 2012 business management graduate, is a commercial lines underwriter.

ACUITY, which is based in Sheboygan, Wis., has established a reputation with numerous awards as one of the best places to work in the state. Wusterbarth said ACUITY's retention rate is much higher than the national average.

In the upcoming months, there are expected to be at least 19 openings for information technology (programming) as well as 14 commercial processor positions and 18 underwriter positions.

Wusterbarth said graduating students' major does not make or break them as applicants at ACUITY.

"We have business analysts with English degrees," she said. "It's more about whether or not the applicant is a cultural fit. And the ability to communicate effectively is more important than what your degree is in."

Wusterbarth stressed that the culture at ACUITY, which is about to exceed 1,000 employees nationwide (including more than 750 at the Sheboygan headquarters building), is "family oriented."

"You feel valued at ACUITY," Wusterbarth said. "It's a very happy environment."

larosees [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Eric LaRose) Lakeland News Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:30:10 -0500