Lakeland College Blog - Lakeland College - Lakeland College Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:05:42 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us Criminal justice program expands Richard Lemke, left, and Karin Miofsky are committed to keeping Lakeland's criminal justice program fresh and current.
Lakeland University’s Criminal Justice program, dedicated to keeping its curriculum fresh and current, is adding seven courses beginning this fall.

The following new classes will help keep the program among Wisconsin’s most progressive and relevant when it comes to meeting the needs of an ever-evolving industry:

* Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

* Victimology

* Violence and Violent Crime

* Media, Crime and Violence

* Drugs, Crime and Society

* Data Analysis in Criminal Justice

* Criminal Justice Administration

The additions are the result of extensive research and outreach by assistant professors of criminal justice Richard Lemke and Karin Miofsky.

“We added courses that highlight what is relevant in today’s society,” said Miofsky. “Over the past few years, Dr. Lemke has put an enormous amount of work into identifying what our students should learn prior to leaving Lakeland in order to succeed in the criminal justice field.”
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:23:18 -0500
Lakeland's cell tissue lab being put to good use this summer Lakeland's cell tissue lab being put to good use this summer
Imagine taking an adult cell, wiping its coded memory clean, then re-programming it to become any kind of cell needed to benefit humanity.

That’s an oversimplified way to describe the exciting work Lakeland College students Jamie Gundlach and Suzette Rosas are doing this summer under the tutelage of Jered McGivern, Lakeland’s assistant professor of biochemistry.

The trio’s cutting-edge experimentation is taking place in Lakeland’s brand new Feldmann Lab, which opened in spring thanks to an $840,000 gift from 1969 graduate Clifford Feldmann.

McGivern, Gundlach and Rosas are working with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), taken from the donated skin tissue of an adult female.

“While our bodies develop in the womb, our cells learn what they will become – heart cells, brain cells, liver cells, skin cells, etc.,” McGivern explained.

“Scientists have discovered how to erase adult cells’ memories and create ‘naive’ cells, or embryonic-like cells. Once these adult cells have been re-programmed, they act very much like embryonic stem cells. We can then take those cells and develop them into any kind of cell we want.”

McGivern said Gundlach, who’s from Ripon, and Rosas, who’s from Sheboygan, are interested in eventually re-programming the donated skin cells into astrocytes – specialized cells that support neurons in the brain.

“This work will help us understand the human brain, and could have implications down the road in terms of understanding diseases and finding cures,” said McGivern, a Wausau native.

“But first, we must develop a reliable and reproducible system.”

On a recent Friday afternoon, McGivern assisted Gundlach and Rosas as they “chopped” iPSCs into smaller pieces, so they would continue to grow and replicate. The cells are kept in liquid that mimics human blood, and are stored in incubators set at the temperature of the human body with regulated concentrations of oxygen.

“This process will give us an almost unlimited supply of tissue for our ongoing experiments,” McGivern said.

“We are extremely excited to launch this research and proud to be processing the first cell line in this lab space. We are obviously grateful for Dr. Feldmann and his generous donation, which makes this important work possible.”

McGivern said the kind of work Gundlach and Rosas are doing is fairly commonplace at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin, but not at the nation’s smaller, liberal arts institutions.

“This lab here at Lakeland provides a tremendous opportunity for our undergraduates to delve into this fascinating field,” he said. “At the bigger universities, they primarily serve their graduate students.

“Wisconsin has a strong tradition in biotechnology, and this cell lab will give our students the opportunity to explore this rapidly developing technology right here at Lakeland.”
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:40:50 -0500
Lakeland students explore Belize Lakeland students explore Belize
Ten Lakeland College students recently returned from Belize, Central America, where they traveled for the bi-annual BIO 400 Tropical Biology course.

“When you encounter such rich biodiversity in person, you really can’t describe how incredible it is,” said Paul Pickhardt, Lakeland associate professor of biology.

The students who took on the 15-day excursion were: Brook Bignell, Nicole Cox, Jamie Gundlach, Brandy Hahn, Madison Hull, Chad Larson, Abbie Mason, Natasha Robinson, Emily Thomas and Andrew Wagner.

For more on this incredible trip, check out the feature article recently published in the Sheboygan Press.

This was the fifth time since 2008 Pickhardt has led a May term trip to Belize. Greg Smith, professor of biology, co-led the group, which spent about 10 days in a lowland tropical rainforest and three days on a barrier island. In the rainforest and throughout the course, the students saw howler monkeys, kinkajous, coatimundis, dozens of species of bird (including toucans), a tapir, a crocodile and many snakes and lizards.

Snorkeling and boating off the island, the Lakeland group spotted loggerhead turtles, dolphins, eagle rays, barracudas, squid, jelly fish, giant rock lobsters and more.

The students spent two days in a Mayan village, where they stayed with host families, and enjoyed the crystal clear, spring-fed Golden Stream.

“When you’re standing in water that’s over your head, you can look down and see your toenails,” Pickhardt said.

As thrilling as those and other discoveries were, the trip was, at times, grueling. Pickhardt said it only rained once while they stayed in the rainforest, and temperatures were stifling – in the mid-90s with high humidity. The group walked 10-15 miles some days.

Upon their return to Wisconsin, the students presented on their hours of extensive research.

Robinson, Thomas and Wagner researched the effect that Neem plant extract has on animals eating native limes, local bananas and tropical apples.

Hahn and Larson studied the decomposition rates of cohune palm nut clusters that fall to the ground, comparing and contrasting the decomposition rate near the river, near a swamp and in the forest’s interior.

Bignell, Gundlach and Mason studied sapling cohune palm leaves, and whether the amount of sunlight they receive affects the size of the leaves.

And Cox and Hull studied insect and animal consumption of cacao (the tree that produces chocolate) leaves in an under-canopy cacao farm in the rainforest.

“When you see it, taste it, smell it, walk through the amazing amount of life forms these tropics offer, it’s all so in your face, there’s so much that’s new and different,” Pickhardt said.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the students experience that. It’s life changing for them.”
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:01:41 -0500
'I've come full circle' 'I've come full circle'
Camille Solberg is pumped up about serving as president of the Lakeland College Council of Ambassadors.

“It’s very exciting for me, and I feel honored to have been elected by my peers,” says Solberg, who earned a master’s degree in K-12 guidance counseling from Lakeland in 2007.

“What I will bring to the equation is a strong desire to expand our population and motivate our alumni. I think we need to engage them and present to them leadership roles. If you feel you have an important responsibility, you will make time for it. We will sell opportunities to enhance the lives of others.”

Since 2011, Solberg has worked as regional director and state minority outreach coordinator for United States Senator Ron Johnson. Helping minorities understand that college is a viable option is one of Camille’s great passions. “I have made it my purpose in life,” she says.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Solberg, living in New London, Wis., chose to continue her education at Lakeland. She attended the Fox Cities Center in Neenah and relished the experience.

“I really wanted a program that was flexible, and Lakeland certainly met that requirement,” she says. “I was able to do online work or attend in the classroom, whichever I preferred. That flexibility allowed me to raise my children while earning the master’s degree I was looking for.”

A native of Puerto Rico (Camille moved to the U.S. mainland when she was 14), she has always felt a strong calling to advocate for minority rights and be a voice at every table for “those who can’t speak for themselves.”

When she considers Lakeland College and its proximity to Sheboygan, Camille sees great potential.

“I think the location of Lakeland is ideal, considering the growth Sheboygan is experiencing in terms of Hmong and Hispanic populations,” she says.

Camille is always eager to talk about Lakeland, and how it can help students of all kinds reach their dreams.

“Being involved as an alumna is the cherry on top for me,” she says. “I’ve come full circle.”
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:38:27 -0500
Enjoying England Enjoying England
Nine Lakeland College students are in the midst of a nearly two-week adventure in England, where they will study Great Britain’s sports history and culture up close.

The students – Afton Barrows, Sarah Dahm, Crystal Dickman, Gage Hackl, Nathan Miller, Eric Nygaard, Tyler Schaut, Amber Sitte and Brooke Wilder-Corrigan – are enrolled in “The Class History of British Sports May 2016,” a May Term class being taught by Rick Dodgson, associate professor of history and native of Great Britain.

Prior to flying to England last week, the students learned about sports like cricket, and even practiced the game on the Old Main lawn.

Though the subject matter of this class is sports-heavy, students are also taking a “Beatles Tour,” enjoying a circus and visiting the Lancaster Castle and Museum and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

The sports-related facets of the trip are exciting and diverse. The Lakeland group will attend a rugby match between the Wigan and Hull, tour the world-famous Lytham St. Annes golf course and watch green bowling, cricket and horse racing.

But perhaps the highlight of the trip was the Premier League soccer match between Everton FC and Norwich City on Sunday. The Lakeland contingent met Everton keeper Tim Howard, the acclaimed former United States national team star.
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 16 May 2016 07:59:56 -0500
Lakeland faculty share expertise with senior citizens Lakeland faculty share expertise with senior citizens
Three members of Lakeland’s faculty shared their expertise with more than two dozen Neenah-area senior citizens earlier this week at the college’s Fox Cities Center.

The free, two-hour event, titled “School for Seniors,” was a collaborative initiative between Lakeland and Neenah’s Committee on Aging.

Following introductory remarks by organizer Joshua Kutney, Lakeland’s assistant professor of composition, Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert welcomed the audience. Herb Allen, a retired psychiatrist, then discussed the value of engaging new ideas throughout the lifespan. He shared with the audience a few tips on maintaining good health: eating "mostly plants," engaging in "interval training" (which means shorter bursts of more intense exercise rather than longer sessions of mild exercise) and avoiding sitting and surrounding yourself with people you like. After Allen's talk, Lakeland’s three faculty members offered the following hour-long presentations and discussion sessions:

* “Respect our Elders? The Psychology of Elderspeak,” by Anthony Liguori, associate professor of psychology

* Safety and Privacy in the Computer Age,” by Cynthia Lindstrom, associate professor of computer science

* “Is it Bullying? A guide for Grandparents,” by Karin Miofsky, assistant professor of criminal justice.

Each presentation was repeated, so the visitors could select two of the three sessions.

Liguori’s talk centered on the way Americans unwittingly – but usually without malice – “talk down” to senior citizens, almost infantilizing them.

Lindstrom discussed the dangers of cyber fraud and how passwords and other safeguards can help prevent it. She legally hacked onto web cam feeds from a citizen in France and a flower shop in Israel to show her audience how easy it is to do.

And Miofsky discussed the pratfalls of pre-teen and teenage sexting, social media abuse and online bullying. She provided warning signs for grandparents so they can tell when their grandchildren are having issues.
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 12 May 2016 11:36:11 -0500
Lakeland students become teachers Lakeland students become teachers
More than 40 Sheboygan Falls High School students recently spent half-a-day at Lakeland College, working with top Lakeland students and learning how to cut, splice and manipulate DNA.

The high school students, enrolled in Lakeland’s Concurrent Academic Progress Program (CAPP) life sciences class, conducted agarose gel electrophoresis.

Learning from and working with standout Lakeland students Addison Mertler, C.J. Mueller, Emily Thomas and Brooke Wilder-Corrigan, the Falls students isolated DNA from bacterial cells, cut that DNA using enzymes, and visualized the resulting DNA fragments on a gel.

“The feedback I’ve received from my students is that they had an incredible, invaluable experience at Lakeland College,” said Pamela Salm, who teaches the Falls CAPP class. “They had a wonderful time using equipment in a college laboratory setting with college professors and college students helping them. They were very excited about the experience.”

After lunch, before viewing the gels, the Falls students chose two of four 15-minute informational sessions – computer science and robotics, mammalian cell culture, exercise science research or ecology research in Wisconsin and Belize.

“This group was very hard-working, engaged and fun to work with,” said Greg Smith, Lakeland professor of biology, of the high school visitors. “Their love and enthusiasm for science was outstanding, and it was exciting and fun to be able to share our equipment and knowledge with them.”

Smith said when the high school students viewed their brightly orange-lit DNA gel samples, they were excited.

“Teachers live for that moment,” Smith said. “You hear them talking about how cool it is, and it’s really satisfying to hear them discuss amongst themselves what they’ve just accomplished as they’re walking away.”

Smith was proud of Mertler, Mueller, Thomas and Wilder-Corrigan, who took the lead in teaching the high school students how to conduct the complex experimentation and use Lakeland’s sophisticated scientific equipment.

“I think high school students can see themselves in our students, who are only a few years older than they are,” Smith said. “The high school students really seem to relate to our outstanding students, and maybe they even think, ‘I want to be like that.’”
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 09 May 2016 10:14:49 -0500
Friends forever Friends forever

Technically, the acronym stands for Illinois (where two of the young men were born), Michigan (where the other two were born) and four (because, well, there are four).

But there’s a deeper meaning to IM4, a meaning that strengthens with time.

“There are four of us, but in reality, we’re one person,” says Joshua Guy.

Sunday afternoon, Guy, Romain Johnson II, Vincent Stepney-Willis and Marvin Warfield graduated from Lakeland College, completing a journey that started in the summer of 2012 and ended with degrees and full-time careers.

“It’s been a long road, but I couldn’t ask for a better experience and better friends to share it with,” says Stepney-Willis.

Adds Warfield: “These guys have been such a huge support system for me. I’ve leaned on them so much.”

Johnson and Guy are from Pontiac, Mich. Warfield is from North Chicago and Stepney-Willis grew up in Madison after an early childhood in Illinois. They were drawn to Lakeland by college football, and while they helped the Muskies win back-to-back conference titles, they achieved more off the field.

Guy, who majored in communication, has been hired as a manager trainee by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Johnson, who majored in communication, has been hired as a recruiter for Tech Systems in Madison. He will place information technology professionals with companies. Stepney-Willis, who majored in nonprofit business management, is the new teen director at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan. And Warfield, who majored in graphic design, will work in marketing, retail and design for Good Karma, a company that specializes in sports and event marketing.

All four graduates took part in Lakeland’s Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation Career Ready Internship Grant, which allowed them to showcase their talent for local companies at a rate of $12 an hour.

All four are also fiercely loyal members of Beta Sigma Omega fraternity, an organization they say forged their bond and fueled their motivation.

“When we pledged, our mindset was to graduate,” Stepney-Willis says. “We bought into what the Betas were selling us, which was unity.”

Adds Johnson: “We knew we had to come here and take care of business. Football is not forever.”

Now that they’ve graduated, they will go in different directions. But ask them if they will be friends for life, and they might laugh at you for posing such a ridiculous question.

There were many ups and downs during their journey. There were financial hardships. Warfield, for example, almost had to go home his freshman year until his sister acquired a loan that allowed him to continue. When they went home during summers, they knew their support system would be waiting for them when they returned to Lakeland.

“I always knew we would see each other through, to the end,” says Stepney-Willis.

“We kept each other level-minded, helped each other grow into men,” says Guy. “We acknowledged our weaknesses, and pointed out each other’s weaknesses. Our goal was always to be real with each other.”

They pushed each other. They supported each other. They leaned on each other. And in the end, they succeeded. Together.

“Our outcome was expected, honestly,” says Johnson. “We put in the work, and we constantly talked to each other and helped each other. It was always, ‘You’ve got this!’”

Yes, they do.

So, IM4 has left Lakeland – for now. But the group remains intact. It always will.
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 04 May 2016 09:44:19 -0500
MBA degree offers new concentrations MBA degree offers new concentrations
Supply chain management and human resources management are important areas for employers in the modern business world.

Starting this fall, Lakeland University’s Master of Business Administration program will offer concentrations in both.

Those are just two of the significant additions to Lakeland’s academic programming, additions that include new marketing emphases and a degree that combines business administration and computer science skills.

Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland’s professor of business administration and director of the MBA program, said the supply chain management concentration will enhance the MBA degree, especially for employees who work in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

The curriculum for Lakeland’s human resources concentration was developed in conjunction with, and endorsed by, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR membership organization.

Meanwhile, Lakeland’s marketing program is changing to meet job market demand. In this digital age, marketing has evolved and grown beyond simply promoting a business or advertising a product or service.

Lakeland University has restructured the program and will offer four new emphases: sales management, digital marketing, retail management and graphic arts.

Niederjohn said these emphases have been added after extensive consultation with Lakeland’s corporate partners. Niederjohn said students will learn all of the traditional marketing skills needed to enter the industry, while at the same time being able to specialize.

Another important new academic initiative is the university’s management information systems (MIS) degree, which, pending Higher Learning Commission approval, will combine expertise in business administration and computer science.

Graduates with an MIS degree will be extremely marketable, because they will be well-versed in project management, digital data analysis and website development, among many other modern business world skills.

“Jobs requiring an MIS degree are frequently ranked at the top of job outlook surveys,” Niederjohn said.
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 03 May 2016 15:41:59 -0500
One Giant opportunity One Giant opportunity
On Thursday morning, Michael Esiobu will board a United Airlines Flight with non-stop service to Newark, N.J.

The next day, 11 miles down the road in East Rutherford, the Lakeland College graduate will don New York Giants blue, white and red practice gear and set out to prove that yes, a wide receiver from a school of fewer than 800 on-campus students can catch footballs in the NFL.

“It’s kind of hard to put everything into perspective right now,” said Esiobu, a 6-2, 223-pounder who will participate in the invitation-only, two-day undrafted free agent mini-camp on Friday and Saturday.

“Playing in the NFL is something you dream about, but for it to actually be happening, to actually have a shot, it’s surreal.”

What a weekend it was for Esiobu, who received a call from his agent confirming the Giants’ invitation on Saturday evening, then graduated on Sunday afternoon. The attention has been overwhelming. He gained more than 200 Twitter followers, his YouTube highlight video went from 600 views to more than 1,500 and his Facebook page and phone have blown up.

“Giants fans are tweeting me, wishing me good luck and telling me to go out and become the next Victor Cruz (the Giants receiver who was also undrafted),” Esiobu said. “My phone has been non-stop. Sheboygan is such a small community, but it seems like everyone wants me to do well. The support has just been unreal.”

Esiobu said he allowed himself to soak up the attention over the weekend, but on Monday, he was working out, because “that’s my job right now.”

Last season, the Muskies’ second-leading receiver snared 56 catches for 792 yards and seven TDs.

“I’m going into this with the mindset that yes, the other players will be bigger and faster than what I’m used to facing in our conference, but I know myself, too” he said.

“I match up physically. Now I’m working hard on the technical stuff. Everyone there will be good. They will all be NFL-caliber players. But if you can play football, you can play football, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from. I’m going to go out there and have fun. I know I’m aggressive attacking the ball, and when the ball is in the air, I think I can win any situation.”

Esiobu said he plans to prove to the Giants coaches how much he wants to be there, from excelling at every drill to jumping in whenever a coach needs a player on special teams.

No matter what happens on Friday and Saturday, Esiobu plans to give it all he has – and not just for himself.

“I just want to thank everyone at Lakeland, from the students to the faculty and really, the entire Sheboygan community.”
BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 03 May 2016 10:20:09 -0500