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Lakeland College hosted its inaugural Community Book Read on April 15, 2014 with Wisconsin native Chad Harbach, author of the best-selling novel "The Art of Fielding." Harbach met with students for a Q&A earlier in the day. The evening event featured Harbach reading excerpts from the novel and answering questions about the work and his life as an author and magazine editor. "The Art of Fielding," Harbach's debut novel, was named one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2011.
Iris Moran, a 1961 Lakeland College graduate and a strong, lifelong supporter of the school's music program, died last month after a fall while visiting the Hoover Dam in Nevada.
Moran, of Mountain View, Calif., decided to attend Lakeland in 1957 after watching a performance by the Dis-Chords, a Lakeland singing quartet, in her hometown of New Salem, N.D.
"Receiving a scholarship and the promise of a part-time job made my college education possible," she said in 2012. "Lakeland College opened up my world and has motivated me to contribute to Lakeland all these years."
Iris grew up in the United Church of Christ and loved to sing, which made her a perfect fit for Lakeland and legendary music professor Henry Ellerbusch.
Iris and her husband, Tom, made a significant pledge to Lakeland's choir program in 2014, and the family asks that memorial gifts are made to Lakeland's Professor Ellerbusch Music Scholarship Fund, W3718 South Drive, Plymouth, Wis., 53073; or to Foothills Congregational UCC Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos, Calif., 94022.
"Iris lived life to the fullest," said her obituary. "Her energy was legendary, her love was expansive, and her ebullience infectious. She gave selflessly to her family, friends, church and other organizations. No task was too great if it benefited her family and others."
Read the full obituary online.
Hugh Denison, a generous friend of Lakeland College and a recipient of an Honorary Alumni Award, died on Friday. He was 70.
Denison received an Honorary Alumni Awards in 2013 during homecoming weekend. A Sheboygan native, he had a distinguished career in the financial services industry, following in the footsteps of his father, Frank "Homer" Denison, who founded H.C. Denison in Sheboygan.
In 1985, Hugh Denison joined Heartland Advisors in Milwaukee in its first year of operation, and he held a number of key roles, retiring as a senior vice president-portfolio manager.
Denison first visited Lakeland as a teen with his father and Lucius P. Chase, a former chairman and member of the Lakeland Board of Trustees. Over the years, Denison has served the college in many capacities including guest lecturer, member of the college’s Foundation Committee and an advisor to presidents.
"Lakeland is a unique and treasured asset to the greater Sheboygan community that has remained true to its Christian roots and provides an outstanding education," he said in receiving the alumni award. "We cannot afford to lose an asset of this importance, and it’s imperative that leaders step up and help the college remain prosperous."
Denison was engaged in numerous charitable organizations throughout his career. He was a tireless advocate for charitable causes, including the Boys & Girls Club, the Skylight Opera, the Milwaukee Athletic Club, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and as trustee of the YMCA Endowment Trust, the Potowatomi Tribal Foundation Council, Lawrence University and Babson College (Ma.) Locally, he served on the boards of the Deland Foundation and the JMKAC.
A profile of Denison that includes information about services can be read here: http://www.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/hugh-denison-had-a-passion-for-investing-and-volunteering-b99742411z1-382569251.html
The wait is over. At midnight on July 1, Lakeland College will officially become Lakeland University.
Two new majors and several academic program enhancements are part of this historic change, along with a new academic structure and leadership team. The following three schools will house all of Lakeland’s academic programs:
"These changes position Lakeland as a leader in higher education for decades to come," Lakeland President Dan Eck said. "This is more than just a name change. We are responding to student and employer needs and the wave of developments impacting higher education."
For a complete look at all the changes and the motivation for them, read an expanded story.
Lakeland College Professor of Religion Karl Kuhn has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Kuhn will join 25 other faculty members in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar from July 31-Aug. 4 at DePaul University in Chicago.
The program aims to broaden faculty members' knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources. Kuhn said he is hoping to gain insights that will not only lead to new curriculum development, but also inform ways in which the religion program at Lakeland can provide resources to area public school educators.
The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses; and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University.
"Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse," said CIC President Richard Ekman. "Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America's future success as a democracy."
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