Lakeland College Blog - Lakeland College - Lakeland College Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:32:11 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us Lakeland Mirror wins awards Lakeland Mirror wins awards

Three Lakeland College student journalists, competing against peers from schools as large as the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and North Dakota State University, won individual awards at last weekend’s Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention in Minneapolis.

There were more than 250 contest entries. States represented included Indiana, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Lakeland Mirror website, which went fully digital this academic year, took 10th place in the Website Small School category, which included institutions with traditional student enrollment of less than 10,000.

Individually, Lakeland freshman Stephanie Figueroa took fourth place in the News Photo category for her photos of Muskies international soccer players with their faces painted in the colors of their native countries. Figueroa painted the faces, then photographed them.

Lakeland senior Ben Wilks was eighth in the Editorial/Commentary category for his column about police brutality.

And senior Peter Ludolph took 10th in the News Story category for his article about vaping and Lakeland’s policies regarding it.

“I think I speak for co-adviser Gina Covelli when I say we are proud of our Lakeland student journalists for the way they have made the transition from mostly print to fully digital this academic year,” said Pete Barth, the college’s manager of communications and, along with Community Relations Manager Covelli, the Mirror’s co-adviser.

“We certainly have room for improvement, but what’s exciting is how our students strive to get better every day. These awards are nice validation of that.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:53:53 -0600
Speaking from the heart Speaking from the heart

When Lakeland’s Pi Kappa Gammas offered a suicide awareness presentation on campus last week, sorority sister Mikayla Hilton could have sat quietly in the background. Her friends certainly would have understood.

Instead, Hilton stood front and center in the 1862 Lounge before more than 50 of her peers, and talked about her father’s suicide just two years ago.

“There were people in the audience with tears in their eyes,” said Pi Kapps treasurer Jessica Luecke.

The Pi Kapps’ presentation included a PowerPoint with suicide statistics, trends, warning signs and informational videos. Hilton, a junior, said talking about her father’s death was difficult, but important. She wanted students who are dealing with suicide in their families, or having suicidal thoughts themselves, to know they are not alone. The Lakeland softball player credited her family, friends, Muskies coaches and teammates for forming a strong support system that helped her get through the tragedy.

“Suicide is a topic people don’t like to discuss, but it’s more of a profound issue in our society,” Hilton said. “When it affects you, it’s not an overnight thing to get through. It’s never easy. But it gets easier.”

Hilton’s opinion about why suicide is so prevalent is that the dominance of social media in people’s lives is causing pain and unrealistic expectations.

“We tend to compare ourselves to others and being like them instead of focusing on being the best person that we can be,” she said.

Hilton said she was nervous before addressing the group. But she soon felt more comfortable talking about the tragedy that will always be part of her life.

“I realized I don’t have to hold this in anymore, that I can now let people know this is a part of my life,” she said. “I am thankful I was able to share my story in this way, and if our presentation helps even one person, mission accomplished.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:00:22 -0600
Lakeland grad Vollmer continues to shine at NFL headquarters Lakeland grad Vollmer continues to shine at NFL headquarters

If you tuned in to Sunday night’s NFL Pro Bowl game, you saw a whole lot of Lakeland College graduate Steve Vollmer.

Well, you didn’t literally see Steve. He was back in New York, enjoying time with his family after spending several days in Hawaii. What you saw was Steve’s vast creativity bursting to life through the décor and various logos, colors, patterns and typography splashed all over the stadium and TV screen.

Vollmer, who graduated in 2003 from Lakeland with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing, is a senior designer for the NFL. It was his creative concept for this game that was chosen by the league’s leadership and approved by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Steve arrived at Lakeland as a business and marketing major. He graduated with a double major in those areas, but took a May Term class in Quark Express, a graphic design program, and fell in love with it. An internship in the college’s communication department allowed him to hone his skill, which he says was pivotal in preparing him for a career as a graphic designer.

“I had always kind of excelled at art, and I loved it,” he says. “But I never really made it a priority in my life because I didn’t know I could make a living doing it. Once I discovered that it could be, I embraced it, and with the help of Lakeland College, I have made a career out of it.”

Steve was in Honolulu for about a week making sure all of the creative content on site – from logos to typography and colors – aligned with his concept and NFL branding guidelines. He also worked with league partners and sponsors to make sure they understood how his concept should be brought to life.

“For me, this has been an absolutely humbling experience,” he said last week by phone from Hawaii. “I think back to my first day of class at Lakeland, and how intimidated I was. Now, to be a part of something like this, I’m very grateful. For my work to have been chosen, that’s something I will never take for granted. I was ecstatic when I found out everyone was on board with my concept.”

Steve said the key to coming up with a successful concept is combining creativity with research about an event and the community where it will take place. His Pro Bowl vision included some unique typography that payed homage to Hawaiian warriors of the past.

Now that the Pro Bowl game is over, Steve is revving up his creativity again. He’s working on concepts to help promote a series of games played in London, and then he’ll focus on the all-important NFL draft in April.

He said he loves working at NFL headquarters in New York, and appreciates the opportunity for advancement. Possible future moves up the ladder include becoming art director or creative director.

“But my long-term goal is to start my own company someday within the world of sports,” he says. “That’s my dream.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:56:24 -0600
Lakeland again bringing students to WorkForce Career and Internship Fair Lakeland again bringing students to WorkForce Career and Internship Fair

Lakeland College students and alumni who want an internship, a full-time career or admission to graduate school are encouraged to take advantage of a tremendous opportunity available to them on Feb. 16.

On that day, Lakeland students will have direct access to representatives from more than 100 companies, organizations and graduate schools at the WorkForce Career and Internship Fair in Milwaukee.

Free transportation and admission to the event, which takes place from 3-7 p.m. at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds, is provided for all registered Lakeland students, including those in the Evening, Weekend and Online program.

Members of Lakeland’s Success and Engagement team have been manning an information table about the event in Bossard all week. They are there to help you register for this special event, which is coordinated by the Wisconsin Independent Private College Career Consortium.

Check out to pre-register and learn about the participating organizations and institutions.

“We are extremely excited to once again provide this fantastic opportunity to our students,” said Jess Lambrecht, Lakeland’s director of career development.  “This fair provides a couple of hours of one-stop shopping for our students. Having that many employers and graduate schools right there on site provides limitless opportunities.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:28:14 -0600
Breaking the ice Breaking the ice

Charlie Krebs challenged his students, and many of them rose to the occasion.

Krebs, Lakeland’s associate professor of theatre and speech, recently offered students in his public speaking class extra credit. All they had to do was approach a table of students they didn’t regularly interact with at lunch and ask to join them.

Eight students accepted the challenge, and sent Krebs selfies to prove it.

The exercise was a way to nudge students out of their comfort zone, and Krebs said “I’m so proud of them, because I’m sure it was difficult.”

“When we talked about it later, I asked the students if it was hard, and they said it was a little awkward at first, but when they left the table, people said things like, ‘It was really nice having lunch with you,’” Krebs said.

“My feeling is now, when those students see the students they ate lunch with on campus, they’ll say, ‘Hey, how are you doing? We ate lunch together!’ This is just one way to break down that fear of interacting with people we don’t know.”

Krebs said this experiment went so well, he plans to regularly incorporate it into his classes moving forward.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:47:13 -0600
Lakeland Greeks help at North High wrestling tourney Lakeland Greeks help at North High wrestling tourney

Members of two Lakeland College fraternities and a sorority traveled to Sheboygan North High School on Saturday and volunteered their time to help make the school’s large wrestling invitational a success.

There were 23 high school teams from around the state gathered for this large invite. Mu Lambda Sigma member Andrew Wagner coaches at North, so he asked fraternity brothers Alex Busch, Jake Dueppen and Chandler Watson to help with scoring and other mat-side tasks.

Pi Kappa Gamma members Afton Barrows, Mikayla Hilton, Kelsey Raasch and Natasha Robinson and Finni Simko also helped with some of the many tournament logistics.

Five members of the Beta Sigma Omega fraternity – Jody Harrison, Joshua Guy, D’Marjai Jackson-Williams, Vincent Stepney-Willis and Marvin Warfield – helped man the busy concession stand.

“The Lakeland students worked extremely hard; they were awesome,” said Sheboygan North head wrestling coach Ted Schermetzler. “If those kids hadn’t been there, we would have fallen flat. Without them, we would not have had enough volunteers.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:42:49 -0600
Lakeland business students shine in world-wide competition Lakeland business students shine in world-wide competition

Two Lakeland College business students teamed up to finish among the best in the nation last fall in GLO-BUS, a worldwide, web-based business simulation game.

Yuka Nakamura and Hikaru Kinoshita, enrolled in Lakeland’s Global Marketing and Management Strategies course, were ranked in the top 100 worldwide among 2,679 teams from 152 college and universities involved in the GLO-BUS competition.

Nakamura and Kinoshita’s team tied for first place overall three times during the seven weeks of competition. They also placed 59th in earnings per share and 61st in company stock price. Nakamura and Kinoshita, both seniors, transferred to Sheboygan from Lakeland’s Tokyo campus and are majoring in international business.  

“Yuka and Hikaru were outstanding,” said Jim Dagley, the instructor of the course. “It’s quite an achievement and they were excited to be invited to compete in a select worldwide competition reserved for exceptional performances. Both should be very proud of their accomplishment.”

GLO-BUS is a completely online exercise where teams of students run a digital camera company and compete against fictional companies from other universities. Company operations parallel those of actual digital camera companies. Just as in the real world, companies compete in a global market arena, selling digital cameras in four geographic regions – Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Company co-managers must make up to 42 decisions a week relating to research and development, component usage, camera performance, product line breadth, production operations, work force compensation, outsourcing, pricing, sales and marketing, finance and corporate citizenship and social responsibility.

“This competition asks them to take the knowledge they have gained in their Lakeland business studies and integrate it to a leadership position with their product and business,” Dagley said.

For more information about the simulation, visit

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:00:59 -0600
Artists' exhibit opens at Lakeland Artists' exhibit opens at Lakeland

Wisconsin artists and teachers Lori Beringer and Dale Knaak opened their month-long exhibit at the Lakeland College Bradley Gallery on Friday afternoon with a well-attended reception.

Beringer and Knaak shared their background and thoughts about their art and art in general. They also answered questions from members of the audience and interacted with Bill Weidner, associate professor of art and co-director of the gallery.

The talented duo’s art will remain on display at the Bradley until Feb. 19.

For much more information about Beringer and Knaak and their exhibit, click the link:

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:49:06 -0600
'This community will be our students' classroom' 'This community will be our students' classroom'

Britanni Meinnert was a small-town girl with big-time dreams of using higher education to experience the world.

“I initially got into the hospitality industry major so that I could get out of this area,” says the Kiel, Wis., native with a smile. “But I never left. I think it just speaks volumes about what we have to offer right here in our backyard.”

Meinnert, Lakeland’s first-year instructor of hospitality management, earned her bachelor’s degree in that discipline from Lakeland in 2000. Then, while climbing the ladder for 14 successful years in the industry, she earned her Master of Business Administration from Lakeland in 2010.

Now she’s come full circle, and is guiding the college’s popular program on a year-round basis.

“People come from all over the world to be within this 20-mile radius,” says Meinnert. “I’m not sure a lot of people realize we’ve got a five-diamond, five-star resort in Kohler. Blue Harbor, right on the lakefront, looks like an ocean resort and attracts families and conferences and Elkhart Lake is one of the most nostalgic tourist destinations in the country.

“Students go to college for one primary reason, which is to launch rewarding careers. In this industry, there is never a shortage of employment opportunities, especially around here.”

Indeed, Gannett Wisconsin Media reports that in Wisconsin, “Demand for tourism workers exceeds supply.” Read the story, which includes reference to Lakeland’s exciting partnership with Blue Harbor, Kohler Co. and The Osthoff Resort here: Read more about the partnership between Lakeland and those iconic destinations here: .

When Meinnert entered the workforce after graduating from Lakeland, she moved up quickly at Kohler Co. By the age of 25, she was front desk manager at the five-star American Club.

“If you are interested in helping create memorable experiences for people, it’s a great field to go into. If you don’t like sitting at a desk from 8 to 4 each day, it’s great, because no day is like another. It’s a lot of fun. Your days are spent with people who are on vacation.”

Meinnert plans to build her program around real-world experience, stressing: “This community will be our students’ classroom, and there are many opportunities.”

While resorts, hotels and restaurants are obvious destinations for students with degrees in hospitality management, there are many other options. Meinnert mentions Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, and Miller Park, where the Milwaukee Brewers play. Both are about an hour from Lakeland.

“At Lambeau Field, for example, you’re responsible for feeding more than 80,000 people over the course of more than three hours,” she says. “What an exciting challenge that is.”

She gets excited when talking about the potential of the program, and the opportunities it will provide Lakeland students for years to come.

No, Meinnert never experienced the world like she thought she would while growing up in Kiel. It turns out, she thinks the world of this gem of a region.

“When I had to the opportunity to come back to Lakeland to help guide this program, I felt like I was coming home,” she says. “I did what my heart told me to do, and I never looked back.”

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:39:29 -0600
Let's fill the blue barrels! Let's fill the blue barrels!

For the third consecutive year, Lakeland’s Beta Sigma Omega fraternity is collecting clothing and toiletry items for its month-long Salvation Army drive.

There are three large, bright blue plastic barrels located around campus. One is on the bottom floor of WAK, one is in the Wehr Center and one is in the Campus Center across from the bookstore.

Used clothing and new toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. should be placed in the barrels. The Salvation Army will come to campus early next month to pick up all of the donated items and distribute them among Sheboygan County citizens in need.

BarthP [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Pete Barth) Lakeland College Blog Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:11:19 -0600