Lakeland College welcomed over 1,500 people to campus to celebrate a host of activities.
General - posted on 10/10/2005
Lakeland College welcomed over 1,500 people to campus the weekend of Oct. 8-9 as alumni, family and friends of the college gathered to celebrate a host of activities.
People from throughout the region helped the college celebrate a victorious conclusion to the record-setting three-year, $15 million Legacy for Lakeland campaign by touring the renovated Chase Science Center, the expansion of the Wehr Athletic Center and the new state-of-the-art North Residence Hall.
It was a sort of holiday for Lakeland as Sheboygan County Board Chairman William Goehring and Sheboygan Mayor Juan Perez had proclaimed it Lakeland College Day in their respective communities.
In addition, State Sen. Joe Leibham and State Rep. Steve Kestell co-sponsored a Legislative Citation honoring Lakeland for its successful campaign and the college's contributions to the region.
Hundreds of alumni returned to their alma mater for Homecoming 2005, and the Lakeland football team did its part with a 42-21 victory over MacMurray.
The weekend's activities, which included the Lakeland Athletic Hall of Fame banquet on Friday night, drew about 300 alumni back to campus. The Classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1980 and 1995 all celebrated milestone reunions with get-togethers.
At Saturday night's Lakeland College Alumni Association banquet, the group presented three awards: head women's basketball coach April Arvan '93 MEd '95 won the Service to the College award; Trustee William Younger and his wife Phyllis, both tremendous supporters of Lakeland, were named Honorary Alumni; and Shannon Kring-Biró '96 was named the winner of a new award, Outstanding Recent Alumni.
The women's basketball team got into the act with a highly-successful alumni game that saw over 30 former players return for a spirited game Saturday morning in the new Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
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