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Thinkhaus Archives - Scott Niederjohn

Scott Niederjohn

Would Raising the Minimum Wage be Good for Sheboygan?
Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland College Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Economics and Business and director of Lakeland's Center for Economic Education

Would raising the minimum wage be good for Sheboygan's economy? Scott Niederjohn discussed the demographics of minimum wage both nationally and in Sheboygan County. As part of the discussion, he presented a case for why raising the minimum wage is not the best way to help Sheboygan's working poor, proposing an alternative policy for helping those struggling to get by in low wage jobs in the local area.

Since joining Lakeland's faculty in 2004, Niederjohn has become one of the state's foremost advocates for the need for more economic education to improve financial literacy. He led the creation of the Lakeland Center for Economic Education, which works with the statewide non-profit group EconomicsWisconsin to create financial literacy and economics curriculum and other tools for K-12 teachers. He is a member of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, and was named a 2011 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award winner. His research has been featured in numerous academic journals, and he is often quoted by the media on a range of business and economic issues. Niederjohn holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA with an applied economics concentration from Marquette University. He recently taught in Europe at the University of Luxembourg as a Fulbright Scholar.

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ThinkHaus Archives - Paul Pickhardt

What if? A Look at Alternative Energy in Sheboygan
Paul Pickhardt, Lakeland College associate professor of biology and chair of Lakeland's Natural Sciences Division

Paul Pickhardt

Pickhardt discussed the pros and cons of burning coal as an energy source at this Nov. 13 Thinkhaus event at Jake's Café. Touching on the history of the Edgewater Power Plant in Sheboygan, he challenged the audience to consider what Sheboygan could look like if a community-driven effort led to using alternative, sustainable energy sources.

An aquatic ecologist with a strong field work background, Pickhardt has published and presented extensively on this work. His area of expertise centers around the interactions of trace elements and contaminants - specifically mercury - on the biota at the base of aquatic food webs. Pickhardt partnered with fellow biology faculty member Greg Smith to create Lakeland's tropical biology course in Belize, and Pickhardt's dedication to environmental issues resulted in the college's participation in Focus the Nation to raise awareness about climate change. Pickhardt currently serves as Lakeland's representative to the Ellwood H. May (Maywood) Environmental Park's advisory board and he is an active steering committee member for the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE). Pickhardt, a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2006, holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

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ThinkHaus Archives - Jon Doll

Jon Doll

Creating Positive, Lasting Change Through Collective Community Impact
Jon Doll, Executive Director at United Way of Sheboygan County

Doll explored the "Born to Succeed-School Readiness" program currently offered in Sheboygan County, and discussed the possibilities for expanding the program through social movement in Sheboygan County at this ThinkHaus event on March 19, 2015, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Matrix. Throughout history, we have generated good ideas that grew into social movements. These ideas ultimately changed the way everyone viewed a particular challenge - and, then, overcame it. Even sweeping movements began on a small scale before gaining momentum and becoming a social norm. Awareness of the importance of early education, child brain development, and its impact on a child's growth is an expensive, arduous process. But, once implemented and accepted as ‘the way we do things', it will have an enormous impact on the education of our children and the quality of our future workforce.

Jon has spent 40 years working as an executive in both the private and non-profit sectors, currently serving as the executive director for United Way of Sheboygan County. He joined the United Way of King County in Seattle in 2001, serving as the Vice President of United Way of King County in Seattle for 10 years, where he led fundraising efforts for what became the largest United Way in the world - in terms of dollars raised. During the last two years of his United Way tenure, he founded the United Way of London and laid the groundwork for a new United Way in the United Kingdom. Throughout a long and successful career, Jon mastered the ability to bring diverse groups together in their efforts to carry out large complex missions to bring about change in the community. Jon graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1972 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. He focused academically on political science, economics and far eastern studies. He studied economics in graduate school in 1973. He currently lives in his hometown of Sheboygan.

 

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ThinkHaus

ThinkHaus is a community conversations series created by Lakeland College, in partnership with Jake's Café in Sheboygan. The series features powerful, thought-provoking talks, no longer than 20 minutes, by an expert on a topic of interest to the local community. Following the talk, the speaker and community engage in discussion that results in new levels of understanding.

The mission of ThinkHaus is to inspire positive change in the community through knowledge sharing and creativity; promote community wellness through a thoughtful, meaningful forum; and create common ground among community members by sharing new ways of thinking.

The conversations are free and open to the public.

For more information or to suggest topic ideas, please contact Lakeland Community Relations Manager Gina Covelli at or (920) 565-1028 ext. 2232.

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ThinkHaus Archive

Paul Pickhardt

What if? A Look at Alternative Energy in Sheboygan
Paul Pickhardt, Lakeland College associate professor of biology and chair of Lakeland's Natural Sciences Division

Pickhardt discussed the pros and cons of burning coal as an energy source at this Nov. 13 ThinkHaus event at Jake's Café. Touching on the history of the Edgewater Power Plant in Sheboygan, he challenged the audience to consider what Sheboygan could look like if a community-driven effort led to using alternative, sustainable energy sources.

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Jon Doll

Creating Positive, Lasting Change Through Collective Community Impact
Jon Doll, Executive Director at United Way of Sheboygan County

Doll explored the "Born to Succeed-School Readiness" program currently offered in Sheboygan County, and discussed the possibilities for expanding the program through social movement in Sheboygan County at this March 19 ThinkHaus event at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan.

Join the conversation

 

Scott Niederjohn

Would Raising the Minimum Wage be Good for Sheboygan?
Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland College Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Economics and Business and director of Lakeland's Center for Economic Education

Niederjohn discussed the demographics of minimum wage both nationally and in Sheboygan County at this May 7 ThinkHaus event at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan.

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