Lakeland College Blog - Lakeland College - Lakeland College Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:48:07 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us Welcome, transfer students Breanna Weber was pleased that almost all of her credits transferred seamlessly to Lakeland College.

Breanna Weber was shocked. Shortly after earning her associate degree in graphic art and web design from Lakeshore Technical College, she received some disheartening news.

“I had been accepted to UW-Milwaukee, but found out they would only take 16 of my 68 credits,” she recalled. “I was blown away. I thought, ‘Can this be right?’

“My goal was to get a bachelor’s degree, and suddenly I was stuck. To think I’d have to enter a four-year school as a second-semester freshman was sickening. It would have been like starting over.”

Fortunately, Breanna, who had graduated from Sheboygan North High School, gave Lakeland College a closer look. After discovering she’d be eligible for an attractive academic scholarship, Breanna realized a Lakeland degree was much more affordable than she had thought.

But the best news came when Breanna learned that Lakeland would accept 60 of her 68 LTC credits. Lakeland takes pride in working with transfer students, and currently accepts up to 72 credit hours from transfers with associate degrees. Lakeland also accepts up to 90 credits from transfers from four-year schools.

“I thought, ‘Thank goodness,’” said Breanna, a senior who is one of 190 transfer students this year in Lakeland’s traditional undergraduate program. “I finally had an outlet to pursue my ultimate academic goal.”

Zach Voelz, Lakeland’s vice president for enrollment management, said Lakeland is deeply committed to working with transfer students.

“The transferability of coursework into Lakeland from accredited programs is critical to keeping students on a direct path to graduation,” Voelz said. “While we love having our students here, we want them to receive the credit they deserve, earn their degree and move on to find success in the professional world.  That is exactly what they want as well. In terms of transferability, Lakeland does it as well as anyone, and certainly better than most.”

Lakeland admissions advisor Ben Zuengler said it is rewarding helping transfer students make a seamless transition to Lakeland.

“Sometimes students may not have chosen Lakeland out of high school, but then realize later that Lakeland is a great fit for them after all,” Zuengler said. “We take great pride in welcoming transfer students, because they bring a wide range of life experiences and educational backgrounds to our diverse community.”

Diana Strand, a Lakeland College non-traditional Evening, Weekend and Online student at the Central Wisconsin Center in Wisconsin Rapids, had a similar experience to Breanna’s. Diana, a Marshfield native, had started her college path at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, then transferred to Mid-State Technical College – where she earned her associate degree.

“I wanted to earn my bachelor’s, but I was really hesitant to pursue it,” she said. “I figured it was going to be a big hassle and I was afraid I wouldn’t get credit for a lot of the courses I had taken. I was worried I was going to basically start over.”

She was pleasantly surprised, however, when Lakeland informed her that 72 of her 74 credits would be accepted.

“I was so happy, and it was the smoothest transfer I could have imagined,” said Diana, who’s on course to graduate in the spring of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on management.

“The whole experience with Lakeland has been awesome, just flawless. The communication between Lakeland’s admissions department and students is phenomenal. They explained things so well, I always knew what was going on. The one time I did have a question, they got back to me right away. There was no waiting game. I would highly recommend Lakeland College to anyone.”

Breanna, who’s set to graduate in May with a degree in art with an emphasis on graphic design, aspires to make a living through photography and/or graphic design, and appears to be well on her way. She started her own business, Breanna Rae Photography & Design, and enjoys her work taking pictures of animals for the Sheboygan County Humane Society, among other projects. See her work for the SCHS here: Breanna is also the chief photographer and website/social media manager for the Lakeland student newspaper, The Mirror .

“I’ve learned a lot since I’ve come to Lakeland, and I really love the small class sizes and meeting so many friendly people,” she said. “I really like it here.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
An awesome field trip An awesome field trip

Talk about a memorable field trip!

Lakeland College Assistant Professor of Accounting Brett Killion recently took his 400-level Accounting Information Systems class to Lambeau Field for an informative, up-close look at how the Green Bay Packers use information systems in their accounting department.

The visit started with a one-hour tour, during which Killion and the 11 students were shown the Lambeau Field atrium area, a large suite overlooking the playing field and the area that leads into the Green Bay Packers locker room and media interview room. One of the highlights was when the Lakeland group ran out of the tunnel to the sounds of game-day music and recorded crowd noise.

“Then they took us up into the club seats, where we got down to business,” said Killion, who had sent the Packers representatives questions in advance. “Two people from their accounting department talked to us about issues closely related to the topics we cover in our class.

“They answered everything from, ‘What’s your disaster recovery plan?’ and ‘What are the most common tools you use in Excel?’ to ‘What types of internal controls do you use regarding accounting information systems?’ ”

Killion’s students learned that the Packers’ biggest source of revenue is their share of the national TV contracts, and their biggest expense is players’ salaries.

Everyone in the Packers’ accounting department received Super Bowl rings after the team’s championship for the 2010 season, and both of the accountants passed theirs around to the students.

“Our students really enjoyed the entire experience,” Killion said. “They were all very attentive. The Packers would like to have us back next year, and this time, we’d like to bring the entire accounting club.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Niederjohn profiled in Money Magazine Niederjohn profiled in Money Magazine

Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland College Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust Associate Professor of Business Administration, is profiled in the December 2014 issue of Money Magazine.

Each month, Money highlights two “Heroes” who are making extraordinary efforts to improve the personal finances of others. In December, Niederjohn was one of two people featured for their work in personal finance education.

The piece recognized Niederjohn for creating Lakeland’s Center for Economic Education, which was established in 2006 and has created programming and training for hundreds of K-12 teachers to introduce students to economic and financial concepts.

A member of Lakeland’s faculty since 2004, Niederjohn has become one of the Midwest’s foremost advocates for financial literacy and economic education. In 2011 and 2012, he was named a Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award winner by The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.

In the fall of 2013, Niederjohn taught undergraduate and graduate courses as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Luxembourg in Western Europe. He has also worked to establish a student exchange program between Lakeland and the University of Luxembourg.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
A fun way to prep for finals A fun way to prep for finals

Final exams start next week, but about 100 Lakeland students got a jump on their preparation by attending the first annual “Cram Jam” event on Monday at the Esch Library.

Billed as a one-stop venue for academic support – with some fun mixed in – Cram Jam took place from 8 p.m. until midnight.

“It went really well,” said Whitney Diedrich, student success and engagement coach and a member of the Cram Jam planning committee. “The students who attended said it was fun, but also very beneficial. Many indicated they would like this to be a regular event.”

Signe Jorgenson, Lakeland associate professor of composition, and Jodie Liedke, assistant professor of composition, provided writing guidance. Graduate assistant Amanda Farrar demonstrated how to present using Prezi, and student tutors from all of the major academic disciplines were available throughout the night.

There was music and complimentary appetizers and beverages. Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech Charlie Krebs led one of the interactive games, and services such as free chair massages and relaxing with scents were also offered. Director of Counseling Services Cary Knier and Campus Chaplain Rob Sizemore were on hand to talk to students about successfully dealing with stress and Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies April Arvan led a stretching exercise.

At the end of the night, dozens of drawings took place, and students who had participated won prizes such as gift cards from various area merchants.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Local Thanksgiving tradition revived Local Thanksgiving tradition revived

Lakeland College is helping revive a free community Thanksgiving Day meal after it was canceled last year.

The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Dinner in Sheboygan will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for any community member who wants one. The meal will be offered at Immaculate Conception Parish in Sheboygan.

Lakeland is contributing to the dinner with food and supplies. On Monday, with snowflakes falling, Director of Dining Services Mark Wagner, Executive Chef and Assistant Director of Dining Services Joe Johnson and dining services staff member Kristi Piasini loaded up Lakeland Community Relations Manager Gina Covelli’s SUV with 125 pumpkin pies, among many other items.

In addition to the pies, Lakeland donated:

  • Two dozen 46-ounce cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • Two dozen 46-ounce cans of Swanson chicken broth
  • Four bottles of food flavoring
  • Three boxes of corn starch
  • 20 pounds of butter
  • Six bundles of parsley
  • Two cases of sugar packets
  • 20 pounds of ice
  • A case of paper towels

Another way Lakeland contributed was through publicizing the event. Students in Dana Schowalter’s advertising and public relations class created marketing materials, which included writing press releases, creating posters and ads and developing a website:

The dinner, now in its 27th year, was canceled last year by organizers due to a lack of funds.


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Bringing smiles to little faces Bringing smiles to little faces

Emily Gonyo wasn’t sure what to expect.

“I thought we’d get maybe 10, 15 boxes,” the Lakeland College junior said. “Especially since this was just our first year doing this.”

Emily was filled with pride as she looked down at the 40-plus boxes lying underneath a Christmas tree in the Ley Chapel.

Emily, a business management major and the secretary for Lakeland’s Spiritual Life Counsel, organized Operation Christmas Child, which sends shoeboxes filled with gifts and necessities to underprivileged children all over the world. Lakeland’s Pi Kappa Gamma sorority and the Muskies dance team participated, along with the Spiritual Life Counsel and several individual students, faculty and staff.

Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by national non-profit organization Samaritan’s Purse, and has provided gift boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993. Read more about this annual drive here:

Emily filled a shoebox for a yet-to-be-determined girl somewhere in the world with a beautiful scarf, a small purse, school supplies, socks and a bag of candy, among other treats. She will now be able to track the box electronically and discover where it went.

Earlier this week, Emily took the boxes to the local pickup location, Sonlight Christian Books in Sheboygan. From there, Lakeland’s boxes will begin their journey around the world.

“This is a time for giving, and it’s so rewarding to be able to help children in need,” Emily said.


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
A special day indeed A special day indeed

About 50 Special Olympians from Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties participated in last Saturday afternoon’s All-Sport Clinic at Lakeland College.

Nearly 100 Lakeland athletes worked with their guests on multiple sports skills, including baseball, basketball, cheer/dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball. The Special Olympians rotated to various stations for about 90 minutes and enjoyed different facets of all the sports.

“It was a really great experience,” said Lakeland junior golfer Natalie Neitzel. “Just seeing them having such a blast and enjoying all of the different sports was a remarkable experience.”

The event, sponsored by Lakeland’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, also included lunch. Autographs and plenty of smiles were exchanged between the Special Olympians and the Lakeland athletes, and friendships were forged.

At halftime of Lakeland’s football game, the Special Olympians were introduced at midfield.

“It was truly awesome,” said Lindsey Vande Hoef, Lakeland’s women’s head basketball coach and SAAC advisor. “It made my heart melt to see all of our Muskies working with these wonderful Special Olympians, and everyone having such a great time. It was amazing.”


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
He's come a long way He's come a long way

First-year Sheboygan North High School counselor Joey O’Brien glanced proudly at the Lakeland College pennant hanging prominently on his office wall.

“I’m probably the biggest Lakeland supporter in the world,” he said with a big smile. “I owe Lakeland so much. I really do.”

Joey, just 26, is a talented newcomer to the Sheboygan Area School District. Intelligent and engaging, he brings impressive academic credentials and plenty of energy to his important position at North.

“I’m excited to take everything I’ve learned at Lakeland and give back to others by helping our students here at North,” he said.

In 2010, Joey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Lakeland, then followed up quickly with a Master of Arts in counseling degree in 2013. He worked for one year at Chilton Middle School, a job he enjoyed, before accepting the position at North High, where he had previously interned.

“I love Sheboygan and am so happy to be here,” he said. “And I like how close it is to Lakeland College. This is home now.”

Joey came to Lakeland from Cary, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. He admits now that he was an average student in high school, and cared mostly about playing football. That’s what brought him to Lakeland, and academics were a distant afterthought.

“I was the cliché of a jock,” he said. “I guess as a football player, I kind of thought I shouldn’t be smart. I got by in high school just by the seat of my pants.”

But priorities shifted suddenly during his very first football practice at Lakeland, when he suffered a torn ACL in his knee. His freshman season was over before it had begun.

“If not for the great people at Lakeland, I’d have probably packed up, gone home and been done with it,” Joey recalled. “But from Day 1, everybody was so good to me. Professors, staff members, everyone really made me feel like a Muskie.”

Suddenly unable to play football for the first time in years, Joey turned his passion toward learning. He earned a 3.5 grade point average his first semester and never looked back.

“I learned how to become a student, really for the first time,” he said. “The smaller class sizes, the professors taking time to really ask me if I was understanding everything; that made me feel comfortable raising my hand in class. At a big school, I would have failed.”

Joey got an on-campus job in the financial aid office working for Sue Bialk, and he said Sue and Director of Financial Aid Patty Taylor were tremendously positive influences on him.

“You can get an education anywhere, but it’s that connection to people that makes Lakeland so special,” he said.

Joey met his wife, Megan, in class at Lakeland, and he eventually got to play football, too. He started more than 20 games as a safety, racked up nearly 100 tackles his last two seasons and earned second-team all-conference honors as a senior. His leadership shone through, as he won the “Fighting Muskie” award after each of his last two seasons. Lakeland defensive coordinator Colin Bruton said that coveted award goes annually to the Lakeland football player who best exemplifies leadership, talent and passion.

After earning his bachelor’s degree, Joey worked as a graduate assistant defensive backs coach and track and field coach for the Muskies. These days, he serves as an assistant football coach at North. He still loves football, and always will, but he’s no longer that naïve “jock” who enrolled at Lakeland more than seven years ago.

“Lakeland definitely helped me reach my potential,” he said. “You might say I was raised in Chicago, but I definitely grew up at Lakeland.”


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Helping Lakeland College stay connected Helping Lakeland College stay connected

Deb Bilzing, Director of Lakeland’s Master of Arts in Counseling program, has been appointed to the board of the Wisconsin Counseling Association (WCA) and will serve as the professional liaison.

“Becoming a WCA board member provides a very exciting opportunity for me and for Lakeland College,” Bilzing said. “Having the support from the college to be actively involved demonstrates the commitment Lakeland has to the MAC program and to the advancement of our graduate students.

“I can’t think of a better way to network with my peers and other professionals, and to keep up with all of the latest developments in the field.”

In her role as the professional liaison, Bilzing will be responsible for:

  • attending all board meetings.
  • providing WCA members with information regarding licensure, legislative hearings, bills and laws that impact professional counselors in Wisconsin.
  • communicating with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and regional groups regarding legislative matters.
  • working with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) in approving continuing credits for renewal of licenses of professional counselors.
  • representing, along with the president of the WCA, WCA at various Professional Counselor Section meetings through the Department of Safety and Professional Services.



BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
High school math masters visit Lakeland for 25th Devaney meet High school math masters visit Lakeland for 25th Devaney meet

Sheboygan North High School’s No. 1 team edged Plymouth’s top squad by just one point to win the 25th annual Michael J. Devaney High School Math Meet Monday night at Lakeland College.

Sheboygan North also had the individual winner, as Morgan Ross scored a perfect 40 points in testing.

Eight area high schools and 269 outstanding mathematics students competed in the event, then gathered in Lakeland’s dining area for a spirited awards ceremony. In addition to North and Plymouth, schools represented were Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove, Kohler, Sheboygan County Christian, Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan South.

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 at Lakeland 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.”

North’s winning team was comprised of Ross and fellow senior Monique Felix; juniors Angelica Drees, John Masse and Andrew Suscha; sophomore Christian Henke and freshmen Preston Pond and Eric Yang.

Following second-place Plymouth were Kohler’s No. 1 team, Sheboygan Falls, North’s No. 2 team and Kohler’s No. 2 group. There were 35 teams from the nine schools.

Individually, Sheboygan North’s Chris Lacy Jr. was second with a score of 39, followed by Steven Lavey from Cedar Grove-Belgium (36), Carolyn Hundley from North (35) and Eric Yang and Shamus Zenk from North (34). Tied for seventh were Jaryd Larson and Drew Schweiger from Plymouth – each of whom had a 33.

Seven students won honorable mention awards. Zak Hoell from Kohler was ninth with 32 and Samuel Staehling was 10th with 31. Eleventh place was shared by Anton Pohl and Matt Primozic from Plymouth, each of whom scored a 30. Rounding out the honorable mention selections were John Masse from North (29) and Nathan Theune and Alex Kerr from South (28).




BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500