General - posted on 8/30/2005
This record enrollment thing is becoming quite a habit here at Lakeland College.
The majority of Lakeland's new and returning students moved in on August 27, and classes for the college's 144th year got started on Monday, Aug. 29, the first pre-Labor Day start in several years.
While the numbers are not official yet, Lakeland has welcomed back a record number of students, thanks in larger part to another record incoming class of freshmen and transfers.
When the final enrollment totals are set and announced in a few weeks, it will be the seventh straight year the college has set a record for students in the traditional, campus-based program.
This fall marks the opening of North Hall, Lakeland's ninth and newest residence hall. The 96-bed, state-of-the-art facility was made possible by the $15 million Legacy for Lakeland campaign, which is in its final weeks.
Students also returned to find the massive expansion of the Todd Wehr Athletic Center completed and ready for use. The expansion includes the Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium, a beautiful new wood-floor facility that will become the Muskies' home court beginning this fall, and a spacious fitness center filled with life fitness equipment so all our students can work out their bodies after a day of working out their minds.
Students got an up-close look at those projects during a Welcome Back Celebration Monday night. In addition to building tours, students were treated to a picnic outside the new residence hall and some live music as the sun set.
The college is busy making plans for a major Legacy for Lakeland celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, which will include a community open house featuring tours of North Hall, and Wehr Center expansion and the Chase Science Center. Watch www.lakeland.edu
for more details soon.
The college officially kicked off the school year with the annual Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Bradley Fine Arts Building. Students heard from Student Association President Ryan Holm, and 2004 graduate Melissa (Braaksma) Neeb, an accounting and business administration double major who is currently working at Schenck Business Solutions in Sheboygan.
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