Lakeland College Blog - Lakeland College - Lakeland College Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:15:14 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us FOUR internships bolster Lakeland student's resume FOUR internships bolster Lakeland student's resume

By the time Emmaculate Dika graduates from Lakeland College in May, she will have built a resume so strong, it will catch the eye of employers everywhere.

Dika, a senior from Kenya, is double majoring in international business and business management, with a minor in economics. But what stands out about Emma is that she will graduate with four internships on her resume.

“They have all truly helped me develop professionally,” Emma says. “Developing my communication skills and working with such mature professionals really helped me understand what to expect in the real business world.”

Emma’s first internship was with The Law Office of Mandy Tran Garrels, a Sheboygan firm that specializes in patents and trademark law. Next up was an internship on campus with Lakeland’s human resources department, followed by an internship as a project analyst at Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc and finally, a marketing internship at Sheboygan’s Rockline Industries.

Emma would like to pursue an entry-level career in market research analysis or business development, then eventually move back to Kenya and start her own company so she can employ as many of her countrymen and women as possible.

As she enters the homestretch of her journey as a Lakeland College student, Emma praises the career development talents of Lakeland’s Success and Engagement Coaches, particularly Kay Voss, who worked closely with Emma.

“Kay and all of the Success Coaches been very helpful,” Emma says. “They have so much experience in career development, and they offer great feedback and help with things like cleaning up a resume.”

Lakeland students land more than 200 internships each year, many of them resulting from relationships built by the college’s career development office.

“It’s very exciting to work with students like Emma who have such drive,” says Voss. “It’s critical for all of our students to set themselves up for success by working with our office. We have a lot of connections, and when employers reach out to us with internship opportunities, we love to match our students up with those great opportunities.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:47:31 -0600
Lakeland College's Exercise Science and Sport Studies program offers comprehensive pre-PT track Lakeland College's Exercise Science and Sport Studies program offers comprehensive pre-PT track

Lakeland College’s Exercise Science and Sport Studies bachelor’s degree provides interested students with comprehensive preparation for graduate study in physical therapy.

College students who plan to become physical therapists must earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT), which has become the required degree to enter this increasingly popular – and competitive – field. The DPT track is “four-plus-three,” which means students earn a bachelor’s degree, generally natural-sciences based, then apply for and complete three years of DPT school. The Exercise Science and Sport Studies major is recommended as a pre-physical therapy track at Lakeland.

William Ebben, Lakeland’s first-year associate professor of exercise science, has vast experience and a track record of success when it comes to helping undergraduates apply for and gain acceptance into professional programs for physical therapy. Ebben, previously an assistant professor at Marquette University and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, estimates he has helped about 400 students get into DPT programs.

“The personal attention students will receive here at Lakeland is really beneficial,” said Ebben, who holds a doctorate from Marquette and two master’s degrees (one from UW-Madison and one from Northern Michigan University).

“From the moment they walk on campus, we will work with them on a career development plan, and help them understand all the things it takes to reach their goal. We can help them optimize their chance of being accepted into a DPT program. In terms of courses, we offer 100 percent of the prerequisites for acceptance into a DPT program.”

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life.

Ebben explained that earning excellent grades in classes like chemistry, biology and physics, as well as exercise science and sports studies classes such as kinesiology and biomechanics and physiology of exercise, is just one facet of gaining an advantage over the many other students around the country who are seeking admittance into DPT programs. He is a strong proponent of student-driven research, writing and presenting work at conferences, and has plenty of experience with all three. Ebben has written more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters.

“Those are some of the things that distinguish the students who are accepted into DPT programs from those who are not,” he said.

Ebben’s impressive background includes serving as head strength and conditioning coach at Marquette, strength and conditioning coach at UW-Madison, strength and conditioning coordinator at the United States Olympic Education Center and strength and conditioning assistant for the Green Bay Packers. He has won numerous awards and mentored several students who received prestigious awards.

Ebben’s plans for Lakeland’s exercise science and sport studies programs include helping bring high-end physiological equipment to the program, with hopes for a new exercise science research lab.

Lakeland’s exercise science and sport studies major can lead to many other outstanding careers and graduate and professional school paths. A few of these include:

  • Physician’s assistant
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Occupational therapist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
  • Corporate wellness director
  • Personal trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:46:37 -0600
Lakeland EWO grad wins prestigious investigative reporting award Lakeland EWO grad wins prestigious investigative reporting award

Tonight will be special for Marybeth Jacoby, a 1995 graduate of Lakeland’s Evening, Weekend and Online program.

Jacoby, the news director at WLTX in Columbia, S.C., led an investigative team that won a 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Outstanding Local Television Investigative Reporting. The award will be presented tonight in New York.

The WLTX team is being honored for its series on a four-year-old boy, who died while in the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services. After the news reports, the agency’s state director resigned and policy changes occurred in the Child Protective Services Division, according to a press release by WLTX.

“Winning an award is satisfying, but this was such a sad, traumatic story,” said Jacoby by phone from New York. “It was very difficult for the whole team. We cried. We cried together about what happened to this child.”

Jacoby’s path to becoming one of the nation’s premier news directors is an interesting one. After graduating from Random Lake High School, she earned a diploma in fashion merchandizing. After working full time as a retail manager, she took a job with a Milwaukee TV station. Meanwhile, she was taking night classes at Lakeland’s Milwaukee Center. She earned a degree in marketing in 1995, and her career in TV news soared. In Milwaukee, she became a special projects producer and helped lead coverage of the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl win in February, 2011.

“The Lakeland night program is really good for anyone looking to continue their education,” she said. “When you go back to school as an adult, you love it so much more than when you were young. It’s much more fulfilling. School at Lakeland was great. I really enjoyed learning and being in my classes, and I really appreciated the professors. I loved it.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:34:29 -0600
A celebration of song A celebration of song

Daniel David Black, Lakeland College assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, served as the guest conductor at last weekend’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference high school concert in New Holstein.

Black, accompanied by pianist and Lakeland grad Thomas Pibal, worked with honors choir singers from Campellsport, Kiel, New Holstein, Sheboygan Falls, Two Rivers and Waupun high schools. The day of song was comprised of about four hours of rehearsal followed by the performance.

The talented high school singers performed four pieces: “Jesu dulcis memoria” (Victoria), “Abendlied” (Brahms), “Three Madrigals” (Diemer) and “Achieved is the glorious work” (Haydn).

Conducting a conference festival choir is like coaching an all-star team with only one day of practice,” Black said. “These students worked incredibly hard all day, and put together an outstanding concert of music that spanned more than 400 years. It was a privilege to conduct them!”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:10:19 -0600
Lakeland students direct, perform play Lakeland students direct, perform play

For the second year in a row and fifth time in six years, members of Lakeland’s Theatricians drama club will stage an entirely student-led performance.

The local production of “In My Shoes,” a tale of life as a teen in a military family, debuts tonight at 7:30 at the Bradley Theatre. Additional performances are Friday and Saturday at the same time. Admission is $2 for members of the general public and is free for Lakeland students, faculty, staff and military veterans.

Lakeland students Katherine Zielsdorf and Brittany Beckmann are the co-directors of the 45-minute play, which will be performed with the audience seated in chairs on the stage.

Zielsdorf said “In My Shoes,” written by Craig Thornton with help from high school students in upstate New York, focuses on how military dependents deal with frequent moves and other issues unique to children of military personnel.

Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech Charlie Krebs, who has a part in the play, has enjoyed watching Zielsdorf and Beckmann run the show.

“They’ve got lots of good ideas, and it’s really fun watching them try things,” Krebs said. “I like sitting back and having them tell me what to do. It puts them in a leadership position and I love that. They have determined what they want the lighting to look like, and they have created the entire program and casting. It’s rewarding to watch them pull this off.”

Student cast members for “In My Shoes” are:

  • Zielsdorf
  • Beckmann
  • Josh Borts
  • Becca Elliott
  • Rachel Hakala
  • Greg Heinen
  • Lindsay Kleckner
  • Miranda Miller
  • Elizabeth Plotka
  • Leah Ulatowski
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:19:59 -0600
Let's send Devin to camp! Let's send Devin to camp!

Manitowoc seventh-grader Devin Argall will be Lakeland’s special guest at Saturday’s home basketball doubleheader.

Devin, who has muscular dystrophy, will be an honorary player during both the women’s game (2 p.m. tip) and the men’s game (4:15) against Aurora University. He’ll sit with the Muskies on the bench and be part of the pre-game and halftime locker room talks.

“Send Devin to Camp” is an initiative of Lakeland’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Admission proceeds from the games, along with proceeds from the 50-50 raffle and money collected during two halftime “Bucket Dashes” through the stands, will go toward funding Devin’s Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp experience in Green Bay.

Devin, 13, serves as the Green Bay area’s MDA goodwill ambassador. He walks in the Muscle Walk annually and has been to MDA summer camp six straight years.

An avid sports fan, Devin also enjoys playing Minecraft, hunting, riding on ATVs, building with Legos and science.

The type of muscular dystrophy that afflicts Devin is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fast-progressing form of the disease. There is currently no cure. He recently traveled to the University of Iowa and was just chosen to be a part of a clinical trial for an experimental new drug.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Niederjohn to be honored with prestigious state award Niederjohn to be honored with prestigious state award

Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland College Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Business Administration, is part of a team that will be honored on Jan. 28 in Madison with a 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award.

In addition, the late James Flora, a founding member of the Lakeland College Center for Economic Education Board of Directors and a longtime teacher at New Holstein High School, is a winner in the Legacy category.

Niederjohn serves on the board of directors of BEAM, a Milwaukee charter school that specializes in teaching its students and their parents how to become financially successful. BEAM’s 10-day summer “The Sky’s the Limit Academy” program won in the Organization category. Winners were chosen by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.

Niederjohn was also named a 2011 winner of this award, and the Lakeland College Center for Economic education won in the Organization category on 2012.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Muskies host special visitors Muskies host special visitors

Lakeland’s women’s basketball team hosted a group of special guests for the Muskies’ 81-73 home victory over Rockford University on Tuesday night.

More than 20 select-level sixth-grade girls’ basketball players from Sheboygan and Howards Grove spent a fun-filled evening with the Muskies at the Wehr Center.

The youngsters started off their visit with a spirited practice session in the fieldhouse, which included a fun shooting drill with the Muskies players. The girls then took a break to devour pizza and hang out with Lakeland freshman C.J. Usadel, a former Sheboygan North star.

Just prior to the Muskies’ game, the sixth-grade girls formed a tunnel for player introductions, stood on the court with the Lakeland players for the national anthem and joined the Muskies for a big, enthusiastic pre-game huddle.

Then, the young standouts got to see an exciting Lakeland win.

“Our girls had a blast,” said Sheboygan assistant coach Tom Binder, who’s also the father of a player. “The parents really had a lot of fun watching their daughters interact with the Muskies. We were welcomed to Lakeland with open arms, and it was a great night.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
'Fish Swish' a big hit 'Fish Swish' a big hit

Lakeland College recently made quite a splash when it unveiled the inaugural “Fish Swish” at Sheboygan’s biggest high school sporting event.

North’s Tony Tellez and South’s Sydnee Pribernow, whose names were drawn from among the many students who registered, each got to take one half-court shot between the third and fourth quarters of the boys’ basketball game between North and South. Making the shot would have meant $500 for the student, plus $500 toward the school club or organization of the student’s choice.

Musko made an appearance as more than 2,000 fans watched the two students take a shot at glory and cash.

Both students missed their attempts, but received Lakeland College “swag bags” for their effort and happily posed for photos with Musko. Speaking of Lakeland’s lovable mascot, he was a big hit in the South commons area, as several students posed with him for group pictures and selfies.

The second “Fish Swish” will take place at the second installment of the North-South rivalry, at Sheboygan North on Feb. 14.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Lakeland-Schenck relationship keeps getting stronger The winning accounting team: Lauren Seifert, Peter Caddell  and Rachel Leverenz

Over the past few years, seven Lakeland College accounting graduates have launched careers with Schenck SC, a full-service CPA and business consulting firm with more than 500 employees and eight locations in Wisconsin.

Recently, Schenck SC in Sheboygan hosted 21 Lakeland Intermediate Accounting I students for an educational, competitive project.

This particular collaboration began when Lakeland Assistant Professor of Accounting Brett Killion and Schenck partner Randy Olm created a fictitious business called “Sheboygan Hardware” and devised financial statements.

“Our students were able to really use their analytical skills to solve a real-world case,” said Killion.“They had to find the errors and fix all the problems with the financial statements.”

The students split up into seven groups of three and met with Olm or a Schenck manager to discuss solutions. The groups were graded by Schenck’s leaders on technical skill and professionalism. The day ended with a 30-minute debriefing session, during which the students learned from the professionals what they had done well and what they still need to work on.

“We were impressed by some of the thorough analysis and well-thought-out recommendations,” wrote Olm in an email. “We have high regard for the Lakeland accounting program and hope our involvement in this project has added an expanded vision of what an accounting career can entail.”

Each student on the winning team – Lauren Seifert, Rachel Leverenz and Peter Caddell – received $20 in “Chamber Cash” gift certificates from the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.

“This was real-life problem solving and not just giving answers you learned from a textbook,” said Siefert. “It was a great experience.”

Added Killion: “Schenck got to see our students in action. A lot of them are sophomores and juniors, so when it comes time to look for internships, they know what Schenck is like. And from Schenck’s perspective, when they’re looking for interns or employees, they know what our students can do.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600