Lakeland College Blog - Lakeland College - Lakeland College Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:40:19 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us Lakeland grads who work at Kohler Co. visit campus Lakeland grads who work at Kohler Co. visit campus

Did you know that more than 300 Lakeland College graduates work at world-renowned Kohler Co.? On Friday, six of those successful alumni returned to campus for a special “Employer Spotlight Event” featuring Kohler Co.

The Lakeland grads spoke to current students about how Lakeland prepared them for post-graduate success and gave advice on how to launch great careers at Kohler Co. – or anywhere.

Kohler Co. is a manufacturing company and global leader in kitchen and bath products, as well as in cabinetry, engines and generators. The company is also known for its hospitality establishments, including the state’s only AAA 5-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort hotel, along with renowned golf courses that have hosted majors.

Johanna Beckmann, a 2005 Lakeland grad and Kohler Co. senior HR specialist, was joined by colleague Ashlee Ansay for a general presentation to Lakeland students about Kohler Co. and how to apply there. Beckmann graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Her 2004 internship with the PGA Championship at the Kohler-owned Whistling Straits golf course helped spark her career with Kohler Co.

In addition to sitting in on the general presentation, the other five alumni then spoke to classes that relate to their former majors:

Artur Barsegyan, communications specialist – email marketing at Kohler Co., spoke to John McKenzie’s Critical Communication Approaches to New Media class. Artur graduated with his bachelor’s in business management and international business in 2001, then earned his master of business administration in 2003.

Jake Frias, certified personal trainer, spoke to Kathy Rath Marr’s Nutrition for Sport and Exercise class. Jake earned his bachelor’s in fitness and sports studies in 2010, then added a master of arts in counseling in 2013.

Joel Frias, corporate security officer, spoke to Richard Lemke’s Ethics and Justice class. Joel graduated in 2013 with a criminal justice degree.

Matt Holm, senior master scheduler, spoke to Abe Qastin’s Management Principles class. Matt graduated in 2009 with a degree in business management.

Megan Hoffmann, master scheduler for Kohler Water Spa, spoke to Qastin’s Management Principles class later in the day. Megan graduated in 2011 with a degree in business management.



BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Andy Kay's excellent adventure Andy Kay's excellent adventure


Andy’s excellent adventure has begun.

At the time of this posting, 2014 Lakeland College grad Andy Kay is on an airplane somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, heading fast toward his new life.

“I’m super excited,” he said Tuesday, while waiting in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal for his flight to China. “This is amazing. I’m really not even that nervous, but I’m sure it will sink in soon that I’m about to live on the other side of the world. For right now, I’m just along for the ride.”

Andy, who double-majored in writing and English at Lakeland, has a two-year agreement to teach kindergarten students English at the Giraffe English academy in Shanghai. He’ll begin three months of intensive training – including Chinese language instruction – on Sept. 10 before he begins teaching.

“I wanted to take some time off before graduate school, while also getting real-world experience and gaining a more worldly view of things,” Andy said. “I eventually want to teach writing at the college level, so this is not a career move for me.”

While at Lakeland, Andy was the epitome of the open-minded liberal arts student who learns to branch out, expand horizons and take chances. He dabbled in just about everything artistic, from writing columns for The Mirror school newspaper to playing piano and percussion to acting in plays and much more.

“Experiencing all the things I did at Lakeland helped me learn to adapt to different situations,” Andy said. “I learned to move around in and out of different worlds, and it definitely helped prepare me for what I’m doing now.”

Andy added that Lakeland’s writing program helped him master his recent online teaching English as a second language certification curriculum.

“I breezed through it, and I recognized a lot of mechanics of writing and grammar from my classes,” he said.

When he gets to China, Andy will start a blog and enjoy writing about his experiences.

Looking back on his time at Lakeland, he relishes the friendships he made and the close-knit nature of the community.

“I graduated with a personal friendship with Meg Albrinck,” he said, referring to Lakeland’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “That never would have happened at a big state school.

“And I was able to really develop as an artist in so many ways. I got the opportunity to try many things.”

After several interviews with Andy via Skype, email and a Webchat phone app, the leaders at Giraffe English told him what he hoped to hear.

“We were on Skype, and suddenly, they said, ‘We’d love you to join our team,’” Andy recalled with a laugh.

“I immediately responded, ‘Absolutely.’”



BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Our cool new cross country course! Cross country assistant coach Monika Kalicinska and Lakeland cross country runner Brooke Koslowski helped put the finishing touches on our new course last week.

Lakeland College has a brand new, on-campus 5-kilometer cross country running course, and we're hosting two local high school meets and the Homecoming run there this fall.

This Thursday, Sheboygan North and South will compete in a girls’ varsity dual meet and boys’ junior varsity meet on the new 5k course. On Oct. 16, we will host the big 12-school Fox River Classic Conference varsity meet.

Next year, our course will be expanded to include an 8k option so our cross country teams can enjoy home meets.

Also, this year’s Homecoming run, the chip-timed “Fish out of Water 5k Trail Run,” will take place on the new course at 10 a.m. on Oct. 4. Registration is open to all at

“We are excited to open a home cross country course on campus, not only for our growing intercollegiate cross country programs, but also for local high school and middle school programs,” said Nate Dehne, vice president for athletics and wellness.

Part of the course goes through campus, but a large portion of it winds through Lakeland’s picturesque Grether Woods. Another part of the course hugs the perimeter of an open meadow. As runners close in on the finish, they will come around an on-campus pond, then sprint the length of the football field to the finish line.

“The course is a wonderful blend of open fields and wooded paths and is ideal for a cross country course,” Dehne said. “Our hope is that recreational runners will also find their way to campus and run the course.”


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Improvements all around campus Improvements all around campus

While Lakeland’s students were away for summer, the college underwent some significant, positive improvements.

Following is a brief recap of those upgrades:

  • Bandwidth capacity on campus increased tenfold, and 233 wireless access points were installed across campus for improved coverage.
  • The Suites received new carpeting, paint, bathroom fixtures and furniture.
  • All residence halls were outfitted for HD cable TV.
  • The Esch Library was re-carpeted.
  • The dining hall received a new coat of paint and new chairs and blinds. In addition, the floor was stripped, bringing out its original shine.
  • The softball team dugouts were completed, making the field available to the Muskies this spring.
  • The Wehr Center gym floor was refinished.

There are also ongoing projects, such as:

  • Arthur M. Krueger Hall will receive a new boiler and temperature control system to address problems with inconsistent temperatures.
  • A new security card access system will be installed, further strengthening security across campus.


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Musko is on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum! Musko is on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum!


Musko is on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum!

Yes, our popular 4-inch foam rubber Musko Muskie doll has landed a co-starring role in a display titled “Animal Icons.” In the encased exhibit, Musko stands proudly next to a stuffed Badger, which, of course, represents the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The exhibit will be up until April 2015, said Dawn Scher Thomae, curator of collections at the museum. Read more about it here: The Milwaukee Public Museum, which opened in 1882, hosts about 700,000 visitors a year, according to its website.

So how did our very own beloved mascot land in this fun, educational exhibit? Last year, Scher Thomae and her daughter, Alex, toured Lakeland and Alex received a Musko Muskie doll. Though Alex chose a different school, she and her mom were highly impressed with Lakeland, and Alex kept the doll on her desk at home.

“When I was thinking about the section of the exhibit about mascots, of course I thought of Musko, because he’s so cute,” said Dawn Scher Thomae, laughing. “I told Alex I was going to borrow him for about a year.”

A sign that’s part of the display says, “Schools and sports teams frequently adopt animal mascots to inspire pride and create a shared group connection with their fans.”

Scher Thomae coordinates and teaches graduate courses in the UW-Milwaukee/MPM museum studies graduate program, serves as the museum’s internship coordinator and is involved a variety of museum educational programs.

She’s also a big fan of Lakeland College.

“I’m a big believer in small, liberal arts colleges, and we had a fabulous visit to Lakeland,” she said. “Yes, my daughter chose a different school, but Lakeland was a very close No. 2 choice. I still talk up Lakeland College quite a bit.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Nice honor for Joshua Kutney Nice honor for Joshua Kutney

Joshua Kutney, Lakeland College assistant professor of composition, recently learned that his paper, “Rhetoric, Transfer, and the Students We Actually Teach,” has been chosen for presentation at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

The CCCC annually attracts about 3,000 attendees. Past speakers at the conference have included Olympic medal winner and social activist John Carlos, Huffington Post blogger Todd Farley and “The Meaning of Freedom” author Dr. Angela Davis.

Kutney’s paper, which is based on a portion of his dissertation research, will be presented in Tampa, Fla., next March. The CCCC is the premier conference regarding composition studies.

Kutney said his work is based on analysis of more than 400 student papers and will be part of a session about the transfer of writing skills and knowledge from introductory composition courses to major-specific courses.


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Opening Convocation Opening Convocation

Lakeland College graduate Olena Mykhaylova ’02 was the featured speaker at Thursday’s well-attended Opening Convocation, which annually serves as the official start to the college’s academic year.

Olena, who left Lakeland with a triple major (economics, chemistry and math), is an assistant professor of economics in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She holds a master of arts and a doctorate in economics from Georgetown University.

During her 25-minute talk, Olena urged Lakeland’s students to make the most of their time, participate in extra-curricular activities, interact with Lakeland’s many international students and, most importantly, work hard not to be average.

Following Olena to the podium was Lakeland President Dan Eck, who offered students some simple advice: Take care of themselves, take care of others and take care of Lakeland College.


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Building Bridges Building Bridges

Lakeland's incoming class of freshmen and transfer students spent this past Friday learning firsthand about the college's strong commitment to community service through our annual "Building Bridges" initiative.

The students, sporting bright orange T-shirts, were divided into eight groups and bused to various non-profit organizations around the area. Then they went to work. For two hours, the students performed various tasks at the following locations:

  • Camp Anokijig
  • Camp Evelyn
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County (Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls)
  • Garden of Weedin, which provides fresh produce for Nourish,a group that collaborates with local farmers, organizations and volunteers to create and share fresh, local food with struggling families in the community
  • Above & Beyond Children's Museum
  • The John Michael Kohler ArtsCenter
  • Walla Hi County Park

After their hard work was completed, the newest Muskies were bused to Fireman's Park in Elkhart Lake, where they enjoyed hot ham sandwiches, games, dancing and karaoke until the sun began to set on a great day.


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Introducing Coach Jurek Introducing Coach Jurek

Lakeland College head softball coach Hailey Dreyer cares about her players. Just ask 2014 graduate Brittany Jurek, who was weighing career options one day last month when Dreyer nudged her into action.

“She said to me, ‘You are not just hanging around here,’ ” Brittany recalls. “She said, ‘You’re going to sit at this cubicle and fill out applications online.’ She’s an amazing person, and I’m so happy she was my coach.”

One of the many jobs Brittany applied for that day was a full-time softball assistant coaching position at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Despite having no graduate assistant coaching experience, she got the job.

Brittany, who graduated with a degree in sociology and played varsity tennis and softball at Lakeland, moved to Lima, Ohio, last weekend to launch her career.

“I have so many emotions,” she says. “It’s such an awesome opportunity. I’m nervous, but mostly I’m super excited.”

Brittany overcame her lack of coaching experience and impressed Northwestern Ohio head coach Tracy Coffman.

“Coach Coffman told Hailey, ‘To be honest, Brittany started at the bottom of the totem pole, but there was just something about her that made her shoot to the top,’ ” Brittany says.

Armed with her Lakeland education, Brittany navigated the potentially intimidating interview process. Her communication skills, outgoing demeanor and passion for softball and coaching shone through.

“Coach Coffman called me and said, ‘How’d you like to be my assistant?’” Brittany recalls. “I said, ‘absolutely!’”

Brittany says she was never an ultra-vocal leader on the court or field at Lakeland, but always felt she could motivate teammates.

“Being in sociology, I’m drawn to helping others,” she says. “When I was a senior, I found myself helping freshmen adjust, get into college mode.”

Now she’ll be helping young people for a living.

They say if you love your job enough, it will not seem like a job,” she says. “I have such passion for this, it won’t feel like a job.”


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Lakeland connections run deep Lakeland connections run deep

When you graduate from Lakeland College, you immediately join a network of successful alumni around the world. And fellow Muskies are happy to step up and help you.

Lakeland grad Tyler Kubicek ’14 recently turned an assist from Lakeland grad Mike Graf ’04 into a rewarding internship that will likely lead to a full-time job.

Tyler loves golf, and he’s good at it. He played for the Muskies, and has a life-best score of 2-under par. He also earned his degree in resort management, so what better place to work at than a golf club?

Tyler contacted Mike, the guest services supervisor for highly regarded Troon Golf in Arizona, and Mike helped Tyler land a guest services internship with Troon property Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards, Colo.

“I’ll be here until the end of October,” says Tyler. “After that, my plan is to transfer to a full-time position in either Arizona or California.”

His internship involves a little bit of everything, from cleaning clubs and carts to helping with the many logistics that keep a golf club operation running smoothly. He’s also getting in some great golf in picturesque Colorado, and he recently blasted his first-ever 400-yard drive.

Down the road, there is opportunity to give lessons, and perhaps someday even fulfill his life goal.

“My dream is to own my own golf course,” says Tyler. “Troon is a great company. It’s the world’s largest golf management company and the world’s largest third-party private club management group. I can learn so much.”

Tyler came to Lakeland from Madison, one of Wisconsin’s biggest and busiest cities, and the transition has helped him grow.

“It was very different at Lakeland, obviously, but it was great for me,” says Tyler. “I feel like the Lakeland community was closer than the one I came from, and being at Lakeland helped me grow up. I used to be really shy and reserved. At Lakeland, I really came out of my shell.”


BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500