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Annual and Endowed Scholarships

Annual and Endowed Scholarships

Lead staff: Beth Borgen, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Lakeland College has been fortunate to receive the tremendous generosity of a multitude of donors who have created named and/or endowed scholarships for our students. The gifts made by these individuals in support of student learning are a large part of what makes the academic community of Lakeland College much like a family.

It is a great joy to match students with scholarships that are designed to assist them in particular fields of study or because they exhibit talents in music, language or other disciplines. We currently have more than 200 annual or endowed scholarships that award close to $650,000 in aid each year. Because many of our students come from low- to moderate-income homes, there can never be too many scholarships. A scholarship is a great way for a donor to honor or commemorate a family member or beloved faculty or staff member of the college. The Advancement Office nurtures the relationship between the donor and student recipients with an annual luncheon where donors and students can meet and share experiences.

There are many cases of deserving students receiving named scholarships. Recent graduate Dan Carriveau '14 was able to attend Lakeland with help from the Francis and Georgia Ariens Scholarship and the John E. Viglietti Scholarship, among several others. Dan graduated with a double major in accounting and resort management and is currently working as an assistant front office manager at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton.

Another fine example of a deserving student receiving a named scholarship was Madison Mindiola '13. Along with a Trustees Scholarship and a Lakeland College Alumni Award, Madison received the Helen Boatwright Music Scholarship. Madison majored in secondary education and English. She is living in Chicago and working as a lead teacher and program administrator at Academic Approach (an organization that specializes in standardized test preparation and academic tutoring).

Current sophomore Emily Lensmire is the 2014-15 recipient of the Nash Family Scholarship. Emily is majoring in Spanish and minoring in Communication. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career as either a translator or interpreter. She aspires to work in a school and help young children understand the English language. She writes, "As the recipient of the Nash Family Scholarship this year, I am very grateful for the individuals who provide funding for scholarships so I don't have to worry about graduating with large financial debt."

The minimum annual contribution to create a named scholarship is $5,000. Donors can designate the scholarship amounts if they prefer (for example, one $5,000 scholarship, two $2,500 scholarships, five $1,000 scholarships). A gift of $25,000 creates an endowed scholarship that generates an annual scholarship in perpetuity, based upon the returns of the investment (typically 4.5 percent). In both cases, donors can be involved in determining the scholarship name and criteria.

Choir Tour

Choir Tour

Lead Faculty: Daniel David Black, Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Activities

The Lakeland College Concert Choir has, for many years, booked a spring tour around the state of Wisconsin and often the Midwest, that culminates on a Sunday afternoon concert at the main campus. As Lakeland's new director of choral activities and assistant professor of music, Daniel David Black points out that the choir can be a tremendous ambassador for the institution in ways that other departments simply cannot. He owns the fact that the choir has a big responsibility for presenting the college in the best possible light, and he intends to challenge the choir in living up to a very high standard of performance excellence. "We will take the best we have," he says, "and shout it from the mountain tops!"

In the spring of 2015, the choir will be on the road April 16-19 and will perform not only at churches, but also will sing at high schools in a few key cities to augment and support student recruitment. Discussions are underway between the offices of admissions, advancement, alumni, marketing and the music department to create a powerful tour itinerary. The tour will include venues that will draw large crowds of alumni to evening concerts as well as accommodate week-day visits to high schools that could prove beneficial to the college's recruitment efforts.

A rough outline of places tentatively included on the tour are: Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine/Kenosha, Grafton and, of course, the Bradley Theatre on the main campus. Dr. Black has also arranged for the students to sit in on a rehearsal of a professional choir that will be in Milwaukee the weekend of April 18, exactly coinciding with the Lakeland group's visit to the area. This will give the Lakeland students an opportunity to hear the choir rehearse, engage in a Q & A session with its members and learn first-hand how a professional choir operates.

One important element for a successful choir tour will be to identify an alumnus or alumna at each venue who will be responsible for coordinating the concert in his or her community. This person will coordinate home stays for the students, recommend marketing outlets and assign volunteers as needed to create a great event. The cost for the four-day event, which includes bus travel for 30 students, two chaperones and the choral director, some meals for the students and accommodations for the choral director is $5,000.

In preparation for the tour, Dr. Black plans to take the choir on a two-day off-campus retreat at Green Lake Retreat Center in January 2015. A gift of $2500 would support the cost of the retreat.

Community Book Read

Community Book Read

Lead staff: Gina Covelli, Community Relations Manager

Lakeland's Community Book Read program began in April, 2014. It was intended to encourage people to read for pleasure and to experience the joy of discussing a shared text with other readers. In its first year, the project hosted Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding. We enjoyed a successful start to this program with over 300 community members visiting campus to attend an evening with Harbach.

In 2015, we tackle a very different story as we feature acclaimed author and human rights advocate, Ishmael Beah. Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. When he was 11, Beah's life was derailed by the outbreak of a brutal civil war. After his parents and two brothers were killed, Beah was recruited to fight as a child soldier. He was 13. He tells his riveting story in his memoir, A Long Way Gone. The book chronicles the horrifying violence he was forced to endure and inflict, as well as his effort to regain his humanity at a UNICEF rehabilitation center years later. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope. The book was named one of the Top 10 nonfiction books of 2007 and has been translated into 40 languages.

Beah's story presents ethical dilemmas that raise consciousness about political violence, children's rights and conflict resolution. A Long Way Gone will be assigned in all of Lakeland's Core I freshman classes and in Professor Karl Kuhn's honors class, "Revolutions." We will reach out to area libraries including Mead Public Library in Sheboygan as well as the libraries in Elkhart Lake, Kiel, Kohler, Manitowoc, Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls. Through this outreach effort, we envision that another 300+ community members will read the book under the auspices of local libraries and independent book clubs.

A "pre-event" discussion will be held at a community venue one month prior to the author event with four Lakeland professors leading a group discussion. This event will build awareness about Beah's work in advance of his visit. On March 31, the author will be on campus to share his story and his work as an advisory board member of the Center for the Study of Youth & Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He will speak to students, attend a pre-event VIP reception and then talk to the public in an open dialogue in the Bradley Theatre.

With this program, it is our intention to demonstrate how words have the power to transform. We want to encourage people to read in order to gain an awareness of the greater world, and to have the opportunity to address difficult topics in an open forum.

This year's program cost is $25,000 including the speaker's fee, travel, accommodation, and program marketing. A gift at this level would provide the donor an opportunity to creatively "name" the 2015 community book read event.

Evening, Weekend and Online (EWO) Program

Evening, Weekend and Online (EWO) Program

Lead Staff: Zach Voelz, Vice President for Enrollment Management

In Wisconsin's current economy, local business and civic leaders are increasingly concerned about the region's workforce. According to a 2012 Lumina Foundation report, approximately 60 percent of Wisconsin's jobs will require post-secondary education by 2018. Currently, only 40 percent of Wisconsinites and 34 percent of people in this region have this level of educational attainment. The faculty and staff of Lakeland College are committed to graduating well-rounded, highly-skilled and career-ready individuals into the regional work force, to strengthen and expand Wisconsin's potential for growth in the coming decade. With our region being the headquarters for many world-class companies, there are ample opportunities here for well-educated, motivated graduates to build professional careers.

Today's students have embraced technology and expect access to classes that are not limited by geography, time or modalilty. Lakeland has grown to meet this expectation and, over the last 30 years, has seen the Kellett School of Adult Education evolve into the fully-accredited, flexible, student-centered Evening, Weekend and Online (EWO) program. In the last five years, the college has been continuously upgrading the way in which it delivers classes online, taking advantage of developments in new technologies, incorporating online learning environments, digital classrooms, BlendEd® course formats and a full array of flexible learning options for working adults who are seeking their degrees.

At all the centers, students can attend class in a traditional classroom or online through the BlendEd® delivery system. Lakeland is now in the process of introducing the most flexible and powerful learning environment, BlendEd® Live. Students can watch a real-time lecture on their own computers from a remote location and interact with the class and the instructor. Or, students can access the lecture later and still see the professor present the information. This enhanced technology affords students a high level of flexibility paired with high quality teaching; a master teacher can be available to that student no matter where the student lives, works or studies. In every community where Lakeland College has established an academic center, the college has a close relationship with the local two-year technical college. Many students come to the centers as transfers from a nearby technical college or other institution. Lakeland works cooperatively with these other institutions to guide students efficiently and effectively through the transfer process.

It is the mission of Lakeland College to educate "women and men of diverse backgrounds, preparing them to think critically, to communicate effectively, to succeed professionally, and to lead ethical, purposeful and fulfilling lives. Rooted in the values of the United Church of Christ, Lakeland integrates the liberal arts and experiential learning to develop the whole person for success in a dynamic, multi-faceted world." The college's new strategic plan emphasizes student support by providing a quality educational experience that reflects 21st century teaching and learning practices, improving student preparation for post-graduate success and providing a vital resource to the communities that the college serves. We aim to do all this for our students while keeping tuition affordable.

Naming Rights and Donor Recognition

Green Bay Project

Lakeland's Green Bay Center is moving to an entirely new, $2.8 million building at 2601 Development Drive in Bellevue. Upon completion of the building in late 2014, the college will equip the center with appropriate furnishings, fixtures, and technology totaling $553,000. It is our intention that all classrooms be outfitted with the appropriate furniture and technology to undertake the entire array of teaching options, including the new BlendEd® Live, in January of 2015.

  • Lobby/Entrance ($10,000)
  • Basic classrooms ($15,000)
  • BlendEd Live-enhanced classrooms ($25,000)
  • Student Lounge ($30,000)
  • Center ($500,000)
Milwaukee Project

This center is leasing and moving into an existing building (at 9000 W. Chester Street in Milwaukee) that must be outfitted to meet the high-quality of teaching that Lakeland delivers, in a more convenient location. The move will take place in November 2014.

  • Lobby/Entrance ($10,000)
  • Student Lounge ($15,000)
  • Basic classrooms ($15,000)
  • BlendEd Live-enhanced classrooms ($25,000)
  • Center ($500,000)
Madison Project

A new Madison Center opened at 1650 Pankratz Street in January 2013. Like the Green Bay and Milwaukee Centers, this building is leased by the college. Our goal is to equip all the classrooms with all the technology options, including BlendEd™ Live.

  • Lobby/Entrance ($10,000)
  • Basic classrooms ($15,000)
  • BlendEd Live-enhanced classrooms ($25,000)
  • Student Lounge ($30,000)
  • Center ($500,000)

In all cases, benefits to the donor include:

  • Professional signage to name the room (will move with lease)
  • One complimentary week of sponsored space per year (rental fee waived)
  • Corporate Partnership tuition rates (20 percent discount undergraduate program, 10 percent discount graduate program)
  • Recognition in press releases

Evening, Weekend and Online (EWO) Faculty Development

Evening, Weekend and Online (EWO) Faculty Development

Lead Staff: Jim Begotka, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Courses in the Evening, Weekend, and Online program are taught by well-qualified adjunct instructors who meet specific criteria related to content expertise and educational credential attainment. The adjunct instructor is typically a person who is assigned and contracted to fulfill instructional duties on a semester basis and for a specific class (location and delivery mode).

Funds are being sought to develop and sustain the adjunct faculty development effort, and to expand current training past a baseline level. These higher tiers of training involve a progression of adjunct development. Adjuncts should be trained to initiate and sustain communities of practice focused on identifying and proliferating proven best practices given the unique challenges and opportunities related to the BlendEd® delivery model.

There are 375 EWO adjuncts who have received an EWO assignment for a minimum of two terms in the past three terms. Given these numbers, the aim in the coming year is to develop seven "communities of practice" and involve 25 percent of the undergraduate and graduate EWO adjunct population across all seven centers in grant-funded faculty development initiatives. This effort will benefit students and student learning by developing adjuncts who are well-trained in the BlendedEd® delivery model and who exhibit best practices related to classroom assessment, active learning design and engagement of the adult learner.

Grant funding applied for and received in a given academic year would be utilized to fund the development of "communities of practice" during summer institute trainings. A minimum of $10,000 will fund one summer institute.

The "mini faculty development grant" process will provide EWO adjuncts with the opportunity to highlight a project that furthers the development and active participation in communities of practice. Through the process, best practices will be identified, proven, and shared with the greater Lakeland College community.

Faculty-Student Research Grants

Faculty-Student Research Grants

Lead Faculty: Meg Albrinck, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College & Professor of Literature and Writing

A central element in Lakeland College's educational mission is the engagement of students in the practice of their disciplines. To further the realization of this aspiration, Lakeland has a grant of $10,000 that is awarded each academic year to a project that involves faculty and students in a collaborative research and/or performance project. Proposals are submitted by faculty members each spring for the following academic year. All disciplines as well as multidisciplinary partnerships are eligible for the grant.

The number one criterion considered by the award committee is that the proposed project must involve students in the creative process and not simply in data-gathering and support functions. The projects are always completed in one academic year and the results are presented to the college/local community through an on-campus event. Formal effort is made by project participants to secure an opportunity to present the results through an appropriate medium (e.g. a professional conference, a journal, a performance event) that extends beyond the college/local community. In all public documents pertaining to each event, student participants are acknowledged as full collaborators in the project.

Recent examples of faculty-student research projects include:

  1. HIV Prevention in Western Kenya: A Longitudinal Study of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior Change; 2012; this project was led by former assistant professor of psychology, Alicia Helion and involved six student researchers. The purpose was to conduct an HIV intervention and evaluate attitudes and behaviors associated with HIV prevention in the rural town of Mumias in western Kenya, the area of the country most affected by HIV.
  2. Affective Shifts and Recovery in Newspaper Headlines about a Multicultural Mass Casualty Event: Dictionary Data Collection and Analysis; 2013; sociology professor Christopher Moore and student researchers examined shifts in the affective meanings associated with headlines pertaining to tragic events that involved multiethnic actors as the public and the news media attempt to "make sense of" tragic multicultural events. Their findings are published in the Hmong-American cultural dictionary data published and archived on the Affect Control theory website.

An outside funder could indicate what discipline they might prefer to support, or if they would be open to any discipline as long as student creativity and ingenuity is the focus of the research effort. Gifts may range from $5,000 to the full $10,000.

Fellowships in Band and Choir

Fellowships in Band and Choir

Lead Faculty:
Christopher Werner, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands
Daniel David Black, Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Activities

Both the band and the choir offer student fellowships in the following areas:

Muskie Pep Band Fellowships are $500 a semester and are available to 26 students for their musical participation at athletic and other Lakeland College functions. A typical schedule for the pep band includes home football games, select men's and women's volleyball games and select men's and women's basketball games. Each fellow is scheduled to play for at least eight events per semester, a yearly commitment of 16 events, mostly occurring on nights and weekends. Students can qualify for the Muskie Pep Band during their regular semester auditions.

A Thiessen Band Clerical Fellowship is awarded in the amount of $2,150 per year to an interested and deserving student. This student serves as the assistant to the Director of Bands in a variety of capacities: librarian for concert, jazz and pep bands, coordinator for instrument check-out/rentals, coordinator for key cards to Verhulst for practice, liaison between students and director for attendance and other needs.

As for choir fellowships, twelve deserving students receive $1,000 per semester to be a member of Lakeland Singers. The group sings at numerous local churches and other venues throughout the semester. In addition, there is a clerical fellowship awarded to a choir student who helps the director track attendance, manage the library, plan on-campus marketing, and plan elements of Choir Tour.

A gift of $1,000 can support one band fellow for the academic year. $2,000 supports a choir fellow for a year. A gift of $2,150 supports a student in the Thiessen Band Clerical Fellowship or the Choir Clerical Fellowship for one year.

The Great Lakes Writers Festival

The Great Lakes Writers Festival

Lead Faculty: Karl Elder, Fessler Professor of Creative Writing & Poet in Residence

The Great Lakes Writers Festival brings esteemed writers to campus to join Lakeland College and the surrounding community for conversations about their art and craft. The festival is free and open to the public and includes readings by the featured writers, a book signing and writing workshops for Lakeland students, community members and area high school students.

The annual event, hosted by Karl Elder, Lakeland's Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence, provides seasoned and emerging writers the opportunity to talk with peers, discuss their work and learn from professionals in hands-on writing workshops. Since its inception in 1991, the festival has consistently hosted stellar writers including Pulitzer Prize recipient Henry Taylor. The college has been proud to present best-selling authors like W.P. Kinsella and Sapphire and poets like Mark Strand and Billy Collins, both of whom have served as Poet Laureate of the United States.

This year, $5,000 covers the cost of bringing two writers to campus (one is Wisconsin-based) including travel, accommodations for up to three nights, food and honoraria. The writers coming in the fall of 2014 are David Jauss (Vermont) and Karla Huston (Wisconsin).

David Jauss

David Jauss is the author of three short story collections, Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories, Black Maps and Crimes of Passion; two poetry collections, Improvising Rivers and You Are Not Here; and the essay collection On Writing Fiction. He has also edited three anthologies: Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the MFA Faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts; The Best of Crazyhorse: Thirty Years of Poetry and Prose; and (with Philip Dacey) Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms.

Karla Huston

Winner of a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Small Presses award in 2011, Karla Huston earned an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is the author of a full collection of poems A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag Publications: 2013) and seven chapbooks, most recently Outside of a Dog (dancinggirlpress: 2013). She serves on the board of directors for the Council for Wisconsin Writers, Foot of the Lake Collective and The Mill: A Place for Writers.

More information about the Festival can be found at

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Lead Staff: Nate Dehne, Vice President for Athletics and Wellness

The Lakeland College Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has been actively involved in house building projects each spring break for the past seven years. The student group has led its own fundraising efforts each academic year to support the annual out-of-state build. In addition, the group receives substantial support from the college in the form of staff time, food service support and use of college vehicles for transportation to the work site. The annual spring break trip has become a life-changing event for the 15-20 students who participate in it each year, teaching the value of moving outside of one's comfort zone, working together for a common purpose and the personal rewards that come from serving others. And yet, some students are denied the opportunity of going on the trip because it is costly to participate in the experience and time-consuming to raise the funds person-by-person.

The college is looking to build on the students' efforts and support this worthy activity by securing funds that will allow more students to participate in more ways. The students and their staff advisors are hoping to expand their activities this year in three key ways. First, the college would like to support the group in its intention to plan and implement a weekend "mini-project" in the Green Bay area, which is just about an hour north of the main campus and the location of one of Lakeland's centers. Second, the college would like to help the students spend less time on numerous small fundraising projects leading up to the spring break trip and more time doing activities locally, for example, the weekend mini-build mentioned above or volunteering more regularly at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in nearby Sheboygan. Third, the advisors would like to fly up to 30 students to a Habitat destination during spring break, thereby reducing travel time and allowing more time at the work site.

A gift of $7,000 will fund the airline tickets for 20 students to travel to the out-of-state work site, which in spring of 2015 is going to be in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. $5,800 would pay the fees and insurance that are required of the students in order to participate in an out-of-state Habitat for Humanity project ($290 per student). A gift of $2,000 would support 15 students participating in a weekend mini-build in the Green Bay area.

Hayssen Academic Resource Center (HARC)

Hayssen Academic Resource Center (HARC)

Lead Faculty: Paul White, Director of Hayssen Academic Resource Center & Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Hayssen Academic Resource Center (HARC) at Lakeland College has been in existence for 12 years and offers free tutoring services to students provided by experienced and qualified peer-tutors. Its mission is to address the academic support needs of students by providing content tutoring, skills training and support in the areas of learning skills, critical thinking, information access and assessment. Peer-tutors help their fellow students have a better understanding of the course material, teaching them how to find and correct their own errors. Peer-tutors help students to develop better study habits and to learn from their mistakes.

In the 2014-15 year, Lakeland is initiating the division of Student Success and Engagement. A group of five success coaches will work directly with every undergraduate student to monitor their progress. Success coaches will get students into the HARC earlier, if need be, so that academic difficulties are detected early enough to address and remedy. With close to 40 percent of our students being the first in their families to attend college, many students arrive as freshman without mentoring on how to succeed in college. HARC staff and peer-tutors step in to help. Many of the peer-tutors were once students in need of help themselves.

The HARC has a track record of helping students improve their academic standing. The Center routinely employs between 40 and 50 peer-tutors and these tutors make about 700 contacts with students in a semester. Each year, the students who use the services of the HARC are able to bring their grade point average up (generally to 3.0) and find resources that help them succeed in school. With the new Student Success and Engagement initiative, we anticipate more use of the HARC than ever before.

A wonderful example of how tutoring works is the story of Vashia Gordon. Vashia came to the HARC as a freshman athlete, worried about her studies and lacking confidence. She found that working with a peer-tutor was highly beneficial to her. "Working with the tutors was probably the best thing I ever did because it gave me a lot of confidence. Once I got over that fear, so many doors opened for me." In time, Vashia herself became a peer-tutor. In the spring of 2014, she walked across the stage at Commencement to receive her diploma carrying a 3.3 grade point average with the intention of becoming a middle school math teacher.

The total annual budget for the HARC is $172,000 with almost three-fourths of that going to administrative costs (staffing), supplies and ADA accommodations. With 40-50 tutors to fund each year, the need for student wages totals over $45,000. A gift of $1,000 will pay for one tutor for one semester; $2,000 will cover one tutor for an entire academic year.

Krueger Fine Arts Series

Krueger Fine Arts Series

Lead faculty: Alan Mock, Professor of Sociology

Each year, the Krueger Fine Arts Series brings world-class performers and artists to the stage of the Bradley Theatre on Lakeland's campus. The offerings in music (ranging from classical to blues to alternative), theatre, dance and occasional talks by writers or visual artists give Lakeland students an opportunity to experience performing arts as a compliment to the liberal arts education they are receiving in the classroom.

Lakeland students need to earn 24 convocation credits as part of their graduation requirements. There are an array of opportunities that fulfill the convocation credit requirement, with the offerings of the Krueger Fine Arts Series being key among them.

In addition to expanding the repertoire of our students who may never have seen performances of this caliber, we also develop the program as a way to bring community members to campus to enjoy great performing arts. Lakeland's annual Krueger Fine Arts Series lineup offers a little something for everyone. Recent past luminaries have included:

  • Andrew Bird
  • Gaelic Storm
  • Guthrie Traveling Theatre Troupe
  • John Hammond, Jr.
  • Davy Knowles
  • The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Keb' Mo'
  • The Mystical Arts of Tibet
  • Second City
  • Art Spiegelman
  • Black Violin

We do charge community members a fee for tickets but this revenue does not come close to covering the costs associated with these events. Individual performance tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for non-Lakeland students, and free to Lakeland students.

The series gets its name from the late Lyle L. Krueger '64 MBA'97, a former member of the Lakeland College Board of Trustees, and his wife the former Kay Walkenhorst '65. In 1990, the couple made a gift to establish the Krueger Fine Arts Series. Lyle and Kay were both accomplished actors during their time at Lakeland and ardent supporters of the theatre. Each year the college spends approximately $42,000 on presenter fees and travel. Smaller gift levels could sponsor an individual performance.

The Lakeland College – USAID Educational Partnership for Malawi

The Lakeland College – USAID Educational Partnership for Malawi

Lead faculty: Jeff Elzinga, Professor of Writing

To assist the country of Malawi in growing its children into skilled readers and thus well-equipped citizens of the future, Lakeland College is once again partnering with the Ministry of Education to provide a Master of Education degree to Malawian teachers here on Lakeland's home campus. This is a 36-credit-hour graduate program (M.Ed.) with an emphasis on primary grade level reading. All the elective hours of this program deliberately focus on courses having to do with reading and literacy theories, teaching methodologies and practicums for grades 1-8. As part of their coursework, the Malawi students will spend time—under the supervision of reading specialists—using what they learn in class to work one-on-one with children in area elementary schools. After 13 months on campus, the students will return home to complete a five-month thesis project based on field research done in Malawi.

This opportunity will be given to 20 teachers selected from Malawi's Teacher Training Colleges (TTC) to live and study at the Lakeland campus amongst the ranks of their American peers. The first cohort of 10 began their studies in June of 2014. You can read about them and their experiences at

A second cohort of 10 will start in June of 2015, and will finish up 13 months later back in Malawi. The 20 Malawians who go through this degree program will benefit, their American and Malawian peers will benefit and, most importantly, children in Malawi will benefit by having well-trained reading specialists working in their schools.

In March of 2014, Lakeland secured an $880,000 federal grant from the United States Agency for International Development. This funding will cover the students' airfare, tuition, books and some incidentals. Each student will receive a laptop. What is not covered by the grant is room and board. For the two cohorts, this amounts to $303,000. A gift of $15,600 would underwrite the cost for the college to provide housing and meals for one student during their 13-month stay at Lakeland.

Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE)

Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE)

Lead faculty: Greg Smith, Associate Professor of Biology

Albert Einstein said, "The only source of knowledge is experience," and his wisdom speaks to the notion that the best learning comes from doing. In 2005, the science faculty at Lakeland College began an innovative program called the Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE). This unique, student-driven research program has just completed its ninth year. Through this program, students are encouraged to do science, rather than learn about how science is done.

LURE is a 10-week summer program in which each student works closely with a faculty member to design his or her own research project, conduct all publishable research, troubleshoot, analyze data and eventually present his or her findings at a state or national scientific conference. For their work, each student receives a stipend and also has tuition waived for the three-credit course of study.

We are proud to say that in the past nine years, more than 48 students have benefitted from this program and at least 17 have gone on to pursue graduate degrees (10 in research Ph.D. programs in biology, biochemistry, and chemistry; and seven in the applied sciences professions of pharmacy, medicine, chiropractic, genetic counseling, and forensic science). Fourteen alumni of the program currently work in a science-related profession.

Some recent graduates of the LURE program include:

  • Joshua Hakala, 2013, now pursuing a Ph.D. program in biology at Marquette University
  • Brent Blahnik, 2011, now a micro lab technician at Johnsonville Sausage
  • Amber Koenig, 2010, now pursuing a Ph.D. program in chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The total cost of supporting eight students in the LURE summer program annually is $55,200. A gift of $5,500 will allow the college to support one deserving student's participation in the program. This covers the $3,200 stipend paid to the student for 10 weeks of work, and also funds the cost of tuition ($2,300). Additionally, there is a faculty cost of $7,200 and supplies totaling $4,000.

Language Lab

Language Lab

Lead Faculty: Katie Shumway, Spanish Instructor

In its statement of values and expectations and in its varied curricula, Lakeland emphasizes the importance of a global awareness. The college serves a large number of international students from countries all around the world and is committed to increasing the size of its international programs as it moves further into the twenty-first century. Lakeland believes that this stated institutional commitment should be supported materially with funding for language lab facilities for use by both our international and domestic students who are learning English and other languages.

Our language programs have been strong in recent years, with students enrolling in Spanish in particular in record numbers. There is also strong enrollment in Chinese, with steady interest in Japanese, German and our English Language Institute, as well. Enrollment in these programs is supported by the General Studies Cross-Cultural requirement, as well as by Resort Management and International Business majors (which require two to four semesters of language proficiency).

A key feature of language learning is practice. A language lab would not only provide space and materials for students enrolled in introductory courses to complete their one-hour lab requirement each week, but could also be used by students in the English Language Institute who are trying to increase their language proficiency and bridge into academic courses.

A language lab at Lakeland would be a place of learning and camaraderie. Through the use of Skype technology, students could have language partners—students much like themselves—who live in other countries. The lab would become a place where diversity would be illuminated and celebrated through the study and exchange of language; where people could share commonalities across cultures.

A gift of $50,000 would equip the lab with furniture, 26 computers, headsets, software and funding for student employees to staff the lab during hours of operation. Smaller gifts are welcome but the lab must be fully funded before the project can move forward.

Math Meet

Math Meet

Lead faculty: Ron Haas, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

This annual event, now in its 25th year, draws math clubs from area high schools to Lakeland College to participate in an exciting and energetic math meet. This year, the event was held on Monday, October 20. The schools present this year were: Sheboygan North and South, Plymouth, Cedar-Grove Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove, Kohler, Sheboygan County Christian and Sheboygan Falls.

Ron Haas, longtime professor of mathematics and computer science at Lakeland College, has been the driving force behind this event – which honors beloved late Lakeland professor Mike Devaney – since its inception, in 1990. There's also a middle school math meet held each winter. "I personally have enjoyed meeting and getting to know most of the area mathematics teachers over the years," Haas said. "I derive a great deal of satisfaction from the fact that thousands of students in our greater community have been encouraged to excel academically and have been rewarded for doing so for the past 25 years."

The meet consists of five events, one of which is a team event. The individual events present problems that must be solved in 15 minutes each. In the team event, all members of a team work together on a set of six problems in a twenty-minute period.

The meet requires a large number of volunteers. The graders and the proctors come primarily from the participating schools. From our campus, students, faculty and staff supervise the various test locations (including Chase, Laun, Wehr and Old Main.) These campus volunteers are involved in set-up, ferrying students to classrooms, running tests from the classrooms to the scoring room, posting test scores, serving refreshments, tabulating results and cleaning up at the end of the evening.

A gift of $3,200 supports the math meet annually, covering the cost of postage to the schools, supplies, refreshments and medals and plaques for the winners.

Mission House Lectures

Mission House Lectures

Lead faculty: Karl Kuhn, Professor of Religion

Throughout its 152-year history, Lakeland College has been intentional about maintaining a relationship with its founding church, now the United Church of Christ. Over the years, the college has done this by providing educational services to its church constituency in a number of innovative ways. Most recent among these has been the establishment of the Mission House Center, founded in 1996. Its founder, Reinhard Ulrich, envisioned the center as an ecumenical endeavor that would provide broad-based opportunities for continuing education and reflection for students, clergy and laity alike.

Offerings of the Mission House Center include lectures, biannual theological consultations, theological colloquies, the Clergy in Residence Program and various exchanges with local churches. The focus of this funding request is to support the two annual theological lectures that intentionally engage a contemporary context: the Mission House Lecture in the fall, and the Founders Day lecture in the spring. These lectures are geared towards the student body, but are always well-attended by area community members.

This November, the Mission House Lecture was given by Sister Simone Campbell of "Nuns on the Bus" fame. Since 2012, Sister Campbell and a small group of sisters have made tours on a dedicated bus to highlight social issues. In their first journey, they called attention to nuns' work with the poor and to protest planned aid cuts. In honor of her advocacy work she was the 2014 recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award. Sister Simone addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and has had numerous national television appearances.

The Founders Day offering this academic year will happen in late January and will feature Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York. Jones was formerly the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and chair of Gender, Woman and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.

These events promote the center's mission of providing innovative, informed and relevant reflection on religious faith and its insight into our world. A gift of $7,050 would sponsor one year of the series. Speaker fees are estimated at $3,600. Travel and accommodations are covered by $3,450.

Psychology Lab

Psychology Lab

Lead faculty: Jessica Kalmar, Assistant Professor of Psychology

The Lakeland College Psychology Lab was initiated several years ago as a place where psychology students could collaborate with their professors to work on research projects together. With the arrival last year of neuropsychologist and assistant professor Jessica Kalmar, the lab has flourished. Professor Kalmar is working with a group of five students on a multi-year research project to study stigmatizing attitudes toward people with mental illness.

The need for this research is summarized by Professor Kalmar and her students: "A report issued by the Surgeon General on Mental Health in 1999 highlighted the fact that in order to decrease the burden that mental illness places on society, public stigma towards mental illness must be reduced. The majority of American adults who suffer from a mental illness do not seek treatment for the disorder (Wang et al 2005)….The reduction of stigma has been prioritized as a major objective of national mental health policies (Hogan, 2003). The Centers for Disease Control (2012) have published a report that outlines suggested action items for combating stigma, including continued research monitoring attitudes towards those with mental illness."

Each year, as seniors graduate, new students are incorporated into the project. This year, a survey is being developed based on the literature and this will be rolled out to the campus community in the current academic year. Next academic year, the survey will go out into the Sheboygan community. The purpose of the survey is to understand and quantify attitudes toward mental illness, taking into account various factors of the individual being surveyed: cognitive ability (e.g. flexible thinker vs. rigid thinker), age, ethnicity and several other potentially meaningful factors. The long-term plan is to create a program on campus to ameliorate the stigma attached to mental illness.

In this first year, data will be collected to establish a "pre-program" measurement of people's attitudes. Then, as data collection in the community continues, the students will design and begin to implement an awareness-building program on campus that will aim to combat the negative attitudes toward people who suffer from mental illness. In subsequent years, a "post-program" survey will be run to measure the shift in attitude that will hopefully have taken place. Eventually, the entire project will be written up and submitted to conferences and journals for presentation to the scholarly community.

The cost associated with the lab this year is $6,840 to upgrade the computers in the laboratory and purchase appropriate software and other supplies needed for data collection. Professor Kalmar is excited about the work she sees her students doing, the ownership of the project they exhibit and the strength a research project of this nature will add to their resumes going forward. In addition, the data the students will gather in the process will have an important, real-world application to the mitigation of stigma associated with mental illness.

Science Fair

Science Fair

Lead faculty: John C. Yang, Chair, Education Division and Associate Professor of Education

The Lakeland Science and Engineering Fair—an Intel Affiliated Regional Fair sponsored by the college—is held every spring at Lakeland's main campus. The competition is open to projects from Wisconsin high school students in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Calumet, Kewaunee, Door, Outagamie, Winnebago and Brown Counties. This academic year, the fair will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

One project will be selected by a panel of judges for an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which will be held May 10-15, 2015, in Pittsburgh, Penn. The Intel ISEF is the largest pre-college science competition in the world where students compete for over $4 million in scholarships, tuition grants, scientific equipment and scientific trips. To be eligible to participate in the Lakeland Science and Engineering Fair, a student must be in grades 9-12 or equivalent and not have reached age 20 on or before May 1 preceding the Intel ISEF.

The goal of the fair is to develop interest in STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math) among high school students in Wisconsin by providing a venue for these students to compete for scholarships and prizes here at our regional fair and also, potentially, at the Intel International Fair. Last year, a student from Appleton North High School won first place at the Lakeland Science Fair and went on to the international competition in Los Angeles with a project called, "A Study of Caching in Distributed Computing." There, this student received numerous awards including the Google Thinking Big Award (presented to only one project overall) for the project that addressed "a large and seemingly-impossible problem, finding an elegant solution with broad impact." He also won the first-place award from the Association of Computing Machinery, and perhaps most significantly, a four-year scholarship from Arizona State University.

The fair, is first and foremost, about giving area high school students an opportunity to explore ideas and present them to an interested public. It is also a valuable recruitment tool, and indicates to potential students that Lakeland is a place where exciting things happen. The cost related to putting on the science fair annually is $5,250 which covers marketing to area schools, (in the form of posters and other communications with high school teachers), the affiliation fee, and hotel, food and travel accommodations for the finalist to attend the Intel ISEF.

Sheboygan County Scholars Program

Sheboygan County Scholars Program

Lead staff: Jason Duff, K-12 School Relations Manager

Sheboygan County has long been rich, fertile ground for success, with generation after generation of genuine, hard-working people leaving their mark at home and around the world. And for 152 years, Lakeland College has proudly played a role in educating its share of Sheboygan County's top young men and women—helping them prepare for satisfying lives and careers in all facets of business, education and civic leadership.

Lakeland thinks it's time to fortify that bond between Sheboygan County's only four-year college and the young local leaders of tomorrow, and the college has introduced the new Sheboygan County Scholars program. The program is a collaborative initiative of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce, leading businesses, philanthropists and the college. The goal of the program is to retain the area's most promising young people and prepare them to assume future leadership positions within the region.

Scholars will receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Lakeland College and will participate in exclusive leadership development and networking opportunities. This competitive program will foster the intellectual development, professional networking and leadership skills of the next generation of Sheboygan County's corporate, professional and civic leaders.

Each year, up to four students will be selected as Sheboygan County Scholars. All scholars will have met rigorous academic standards and be required to complete a competitive application process—which will include a personal interview—to be accepted into the program. Upon acceptance into the program, scholars will be expected to excel academically, be engaged in campus life and the Sheboygan community through volunteer opportunities and maintain the highest ethical standards.

The program invites the County's best and brightest young people to choose Lakeland College, blossom here and showcase their skills, education and leadership in Sheboygan County and neighboring communities for years to come.

Yearly tuition is $24,000 and the college is committed to providing $12,000 of institutional support per student per year. The college is seeking support from donors to make up the rest of each scholar's award. A gift of $12,000 sponsors a scholar for one year or $48,000 sponsors a scholar for all four years. Donors who contribute $6,000 or more (sponsoring one semester for one scholar) will have the opportunity to meet their Sheboygan County Scholar at the college's annual scholarship recognition luncheon.

Success and Engagement Coaches

Success and Engagement Coaches

Lead staff: Eric Blacknall, Senior Director, Student Success and Engagement

It is a long-standing tradition at Lakeland College to provide "a place that is always home," and to care about each student as though a member of our family. The college has always taken pride in its sense of community and caring. We know this sense of community is a major part of how and why our students succeed in school and after graduation. However, we recognize that we face some challenges in retaining a large demographic of our students, including those who are the first in their family to attend college (close to 40 percent of our students in the traditional program), students of color (about 10 percent of our students) and those students from families with modest income. (The median annual salary of families sending their college-age children to Lakeland is $63,000.)

For these students and their families, college can provide many challenges (academic, personal and financial) and we know that we can do more to help them. In fact, it is our moral imperative to provide a path to success for our students. The cost of obtaining a bachelor's degree has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. If students leave Lakeland without a degree and only student loans to show for their efforts, they likely will never enjoy the career and financial rewards afforded to those who do successfully complete a college education.

Lakeland's efforts to address helping students succeed are defined repeatedly in different facets of the college's new strategic plan, adopted in February, 2013:

  • Goal I, Strategy D: The college will provide innovative support services that contribute to academic success.
  • Goal III, Strategy B: The college will provide resources to help students define and achieve personal goals.
  • Goal III, Strategy C: The college will provide opportunities to gain professional experiences in the students' chosen fields.

To meet these goals, the college has instituted a new initiative, Student Success and Engagement. Accountability measures in the plan read as follows:

  • Increase first-time, full-time student four-year graduation rates in the traditional program from 38 to 50 percent and the six-year rates from 48 to 60 percent
  • Increase year-over-year retention rates in the traditional program from 67 to 87 percent

A team of success and engagement coaches will have a cohort of approximately 160 students each and will provide counseling and mentoring services to those students. The emphasis unfolds over time, beginning with successful transition into the college environment, sustained attention on academic performance and collegiate life, and culminates with successful transitions to post-college life, whether employment or further education. The coaches will provide a continuum of attention over all four years that will broaden and vary as each student matures toward graduation and a career. They will not take over any faculty advisor roles, but will simply act as connectors and a "one-stop-shop resource" for students. The coaches will understand and have a passion for and a tireless commitment to the success of their students. They will mentor their students, as well as be leaders for all students, faculty and staff.

This team will be led by Eric V. Blacknall, Ph.D., who arrived on campus in October, and whose position and related programming is funded for the next two years (from fall of 2014 to spring of 2016) by a generous grant from the Caerus Foundation. In addition, the two-year budget (including success coach salaries, student initiatives and engagement opportunities, etc) totals approximately $450,000. A gift of $41,500 would help support the salary of one success coach for one year.

"Eric has tremendous passion for student success and understands that it takes a college community to make it happen," said Lakeland President Dan Eck. "He understands how to collect and use data to drive development of initiatives that increase student participation. He's an engaging person that builds relationships. After working in large, public school settings, he's been looking for a smaller environment where he can directly and quickly implement his plans and see the immediate positive impact of his team's work."

Eric comes to Lakeland from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., where he has worked as assistant director of academic innovation and mentoring programs and services since 2013. In this role, he used assessments to improve outreach and employee performance which led to increases of student participation in academic and campus engagement initiatives.

He was previously associate to the vice president at Georgia State University from 2008-12, where he worked closely with students, parents and college employees on a wide range of student and family issues. Eric is a first generation college student who identifies with the challenges that face many Lakeland students. He has a bachelor's degree in applied social science and a master's in social science from State University of New York and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois. His doctoral research is on student success, giving him a depth and breadth of knowledge that will benefit Lakeland greatly.



Lead staff: Gina Covelli, Community Relations Manager

ThinkHaus is a community conversation series created by Lakeland College, in partnership with Jake's Café in Sheboygan. The series features powerful, thought-provoking talks, no longer than 20 minutes, by an expert on a topic of interest to the local community. Following the talk, the speaker and community engage in discussion that results in new levels of understanding. The mission of ThinkHaus is to inspire positive change in the community through knowledge sharing and creativity; promote community wellness through a thoughtful, meaningful forum; and create common ground among community members by sharing new ways of thinking.

2014-2015 schedule:

What if? A Look at Alternative Energy in Sheboygan

Nov. 13, 7 p.m. at Jake's Café

Paul Pickhardt, Lakeland College associate professor of biology and chair of Lakeland's Natural Sciences Division, will discuss the pros and cons of burning coal as an energy source. Touching on the history of the Edgewater Power Plant in Sheboygan, he will challenge the audience to consider what Sheboygan could look like if a community-driven effort led to using alternative, sustainable energy sources.

An aquatic ecologist with a strong field work background, Pickhardt has published and presented extensively on this work. His area of expertise centers around the interactions of trace elements and contaminants - specifically mercury - on the biota at the base of aquatic food webs. Pickhardt partnered with fellow biology faculty member Greg Smith to create Lakeland's tropical biology course in Belize, and Pickhardt's dedication to environmental issues resulted in the college's participation in Focus the Nation to raise awareness about climate change. Pickhardt currently serves as Lakeland's representative to the Ellwood H. May (Maywood) Environmental Park's advisory board and he is an active steering committee member for the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE). Pickhardt, a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2006, holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Effect of International Business on Sheboygan County

Jan. 15, 7 p.m., location TBD

René S. Ryman, Lakeland College assistant professor of international business, will discuss the expansion of the global markets and how the vastly changing global economy affects Sheboygan County from both a commerce and employment perspective. She will help participants see how these changes over the past decade demand changes in strategic plans to build long-term sustainability in U.S.-based businesses.

Ryman has significant international and intercultural experience, having taught leadership and management at American University of Afghanistan, graduate level courses to Kurdish and Arab students at American University of Iraq. She was an assistant professor at Australian College Kuwait prior to coming to Lakeland. In addition to her work in academia, she served as a policy analyst specializing in transportation for the Colorado Lt. Governor's office and Colorado Department of Transportation as a policy review and development. Ryman is also the founder of Ryman Consulting Inc., based in Denver, Colo., that provides strategic and business plan development and improved performance for sustainable planning for public and private sector clients.

Creating Positive, Lasting Change Through Collective Community Impact

March 19, 7 p.m., Location TBD

Jon Doll, Executive Director at United Way of Sheboygan County, will explore the "Born to Succeed-School Readiness" program currently offered in Sheboygan County, and discuss the possibilities for expanding the program through social movement in Sheboygan County. Throughout history, we have generated good ideas that grew into social movements. These ideas ultimately changed the way everyone viewed a particular challenge - and, then, overcame it. Even sweeping movements began on a small scale before gaining momentum and becoming a social norm. Awareness of the importance of early education, child brain development, and its impact on a child's growth is an expensive, arduous process. But, once implemented and accepted as ‘the way we do things', it will have an enormous impact on the education of our children and the quality of our future workforce.

Jon has spent 40 years working as an executive in both the private and non-profit sectors. He joined the United Way of King County in Seattle in 2001, serving as the Vice President of United Way of King County in Seattle for 10 years, where he led fundraising efforts for what became the largest United Way in the world - in terms of dollars raised. During the last two years of his United Way tenure, he founded the United Way of London and laid the groundwork for a new United Way in the United Kingdom. Throughout a long and successful career, Jon mastered the ability to bring diverse groups together in their efforts to carry out large complex missions to bring about change in the community. Jon graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1972 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. He focused academically on political science, economics and far eastern studies. He studied economics in graduate school in 1973. He currently lives in his hometown of Sheboygan.

Would Raising the Minimum Wage be Good for Sheboygan?

May 7, 7 p.m., Location TBD

Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland College Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Economics and Business and director of Lakeland's Center for Economic Education. Who earns the minimum wage in Sheboygan County? If it was raised, would it be positive or negative for the Sheboygan economy? Scott Niederjohn will discuss the demographics of minimum wage in Sheboygan County, and localize this national debate.

Since joining Lakeland's faculty in 2004, Niederjohn has become one of the state's foremost advocates for the need for more economic education to improve financial literacy. He led the creation of the Lakeland Center for Economic Education, which works with the statewide non-profit group EconomicsWisconsin to create financial literacy and economics curriculum and other tools for K-12 teachers. He is a member of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, and was named a 2011 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award winner. His research has been featured in numerous academic journals, and he is often quoted by the media on a range of business and economic issues. Niederjohn holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA with an applied economics concentration from Marquette University. He recently taught in Europe at the University of Luxembourg as a Fulbright Scholar.

The total project budget is $8,000 to cover speaker honoraria, venue rentals, marketing, technology/equipment, and other event-related expenses.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Lead faculty: Brett Killion, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Every year during tax time, Lakeland College accounting students energize the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax return service for lower-income citizens. The students get great hands-on experience and credit in their Federal Income Tax 2 class for their efforts. The people using the service get their taxes done free-of-charge and hopefully a tax return that makes them smile.

This past April (2014) was the 10th year that Lakeland students participated in the program, assisting area citizens with their 2013 tax returns. The students handled more than 400 state returns and 400 federal returns for total estimated refunds of approximately $750,000. The average federal return yielded $1,356 and the average Sheboygan VITA state refund was $540. In its first 10 years, Lakeland's program has collected nearly $10 million in tax refunds for low income earners in the area.

"You're dealing with live emotions," said Lakeland graduate and VITA volunteer Tara Guell, who graduated with her accounting degree in May of 2014. "Happy, sad, angry, confused … I can relate to the people coming in for help. As a single mother, I once struggled with some of the things they're going through. It feels good when we can help."

"VITA is a wonderful thing," said Lakeland alumna Brittney Mauk, who completed her degree in accounting in December of 2013 and now works for Schenck Business Solutions. "Not only did it give me hands-on experience; it also connects Lakeland College students to the community. It's such a great feeling to see the joy in people's faces and hear them say, 'Thank you so much!'"

Brett Killion is the assistant professor of accounting who oversees the program. He said, "There are people out there who are struggling, and we provide that free service and hopefully put dollars in their pockets. Citizens who receive money aren't the only ones with a sense of reward. We actually have alums contact me and volunteer to help, even after they graduate."

The $8,800 cost of the program includes $3,000 in student wages, $2,000 in site supervision and $2,000 in supplies and equipment. This year the budget also includes $1,800 to purchase six new laptops for use during tax season.

Zawadi Africa Education Fund

Zawadi Africa Education Fund

Lead Faculty: Jen Siebert, Director of International Programs and Instructor of Japanese

Lakeland College partners with the Zawadi Africa Education Fund, a program that provides highly deserving, but financially disadvantaged, young women from East Africa the opportunity to obtain a college degree. The program is based on the famous Africa Student Airlift program created in the late 1950's by Tom Mboya, one of Kenya's independence movement leaders. The program provided a pool of graduates that went on to become the leaders of the young governments in East Africa. The goal of Zawadi is to build Africa one woman at a time. Lakeland is proud to be a part of this global mission. The young women who enroll at Lakeland become role models for future generations of African Girls, by ongoing mentoring, following the "each one, teach one" philosophy of Zawadi Africa.

Since the start of the college's partnership with Zawadi, eight young women have been welcomed to Lakeland's campus community. They are of the highest character and add an important dimension to our classrooms and to campus life. We are proud to sponsor the education of these outstanding students, who become leaders on our campus and who are equipped to make significant contributions to their communities in a continent where, traditionally, women have not had a voice. While women represent 50 percent of the African population today, they constitute less than 2 percent of the region's government leaders.

Our financial commitment to these students is considerable. We provide full tuition, room and board scholarships for four years (in excess of $130,000/student) and, in addition, regular semester and summer work study employment ($4,000/year/student). A gift can support one or more students for one year or can be spread over their four years at Lakeland.


Graduates are guests of the Alumni Association and may attend the event at no cost. The cost for guests is $15 per adult or $7 per child under 12. Online reservations are now closed, however brunch can be purchased the morning of graduation in the lower level of the Younger Family Campus Center. Remember, the graduate is our guest for brunch and your complimentary ticket can also be picked up in the lower level of the Younger Family Campus Center.


  • Breakfast Strata with Egg, Cheese, Vegetables and Ham
  • Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Thick Cut French Toast with Warm Maple Syrup, Strawberries and Whipped Cream Topping
  • Chef Carved Honey Baked Virginia Ham
  • Roasted Yukon Potatoes with Sautéed Vegetables
  • Side Salads
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Danishes, Muffins and Sweets

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Underkolfer Nomination

The 2014 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Nomination Form
Due Thursday, February 27, 2014

The 2014 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award along with a cash prize will be presented at the Lakeland College Honors Banquet. Full-time faculty and students are invited to nominate a recipient for this award.

Selection Criteria:

  • Recipients for the award must have been employed by Lakeland College for at least three years and be teaching undergraduate courses.
  • Recipients should demonstrate outstanding performance and excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • Recent recipients of the Underkofler Award are not eligible. Those recipients include:
    2008 Peter Sattler
    2009 Charles Stockman
    2010 Elizabeth Stroot
    2011 Paul Pickhardt
    2012 Rick Dodgson
    2013 Brian Frink
  • Recipients should reflect the college’s mission, purpose, and commitment to provide the very best undergraduate education through professional and dedicated teaching.

The James Underkofler Endowment Fund was created in 1995 by Alliant Energy Foundation in honor of Mr. James R. Underkofler and his 48 years of service to the utility industry. Its intent is to honor and recognize the importance of excellence in undergraduate teaching. It is presented through the Alliant Energy Foundation and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

To nominate a faculty member, you must:

  • complete this nomination form
  • write a detailed 300-500 word nomination letter explaining why you feel this candidate deserves this recognition

Underkofler Nomination Form

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