"Nuns on the Bus" Leader to Speak at Lakeland College
Sister Simone Campbell, a provocative and sometimes controversial award-winning religious leader, attorney and poet, will deliver Lakeland College’s Mission House Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m.
The free lecture, which will be held in the Bradley Theatre, is open to the public. Her talk is entitled, "The Burning Bush – Faith and Advocacy for the 100%."
Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is also the author of "A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community," published in April 2014 by HarperCollins.
"Because of my faith, I know that I cannot leave anyone out of my care," Campbell said. "It is also true in these challenging times, we are called to engage people who think differently if we are to find a way forward in our democracy. In this talk, we will explore these intersections of faith, the Constitution and the needs of our nation in order to create a community for the common good."
Since 2004, Campbell has served as executive director of NETWORK, a self-proclaimed progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 40 years.
Campbell lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.
During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous "nuns’ letter" supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters to sign on. This action was cited by many as critically important in passing the Affordable Care Act.
In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the "Nuns on the Bus" tour of nine states to oppose the "Ryan Budget" approved by the House of Representatives. Campbell argued that the budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need.
"Nuns on the Bus" received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. In 2013, she led a new cross-country Nuns on the Bus trip focused on comprehensive immigration reform.
Simone has received numerous awards, including a "Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award" and the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Former Lakeland College Trustee passes away
Alice Senty, a former Lakeland College Trustee and a generous friend of the institution, passed away on Sept. 29. She was 91.
Senty served as a Lakeland Trustee from 1994-2006. In 2007, the college honored her with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to recognize her lifetime of civic engagement and service to her community. It was one of many honors and awards she received for her work. In 2013, she received an Honorary Alumni award.
Senty also served on the college’s church relations board for a number of years. She established an endowed scholarship at Lakeland in 2004, and she visited campus each year to meet her scholarship recipient. She was a member of the college’s Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, and was a member of the Founders’ Society and an annual member of the 1862 Society.
A lover of learning, she would often attend academic and other events at Lakeland to broaden her own circle of knowledge.
A complete obituary can be found here.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at First Congregational Church, 310 Bluff Avenue, Sheboygan. There will be a visitation with family at 1 p.m., service at 3 p.m. and a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory can be made to The Alice K. Senty Scholarship Fund at Lakeland College.
Speaker to give Lakeland a behind-the-scenes look at special effects
Have you ever wondered how Hollywood makes that special effects magic in movies like "Star Wars," "Star Trek" and "Transformers?" Lakeland College is welcoming a speaker who is involved in making those special effects happen.
Beth D'Amato, a digital paint supervisor with Industrial Light & Magic, George Lucas' visual effects company, will deliver a talk entitled Industrial Light and Magic: Inside the Amazing World of Visual Effects on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Bradley Theatre.
Her free talk is open to the public.
D'Amato has worked on many films, including the "Star Wars" prequels, "Pearl Harbor," "Mission Impossible III," "Transformers," "Star Trek," "Pacific Rim" and "Lucy."
D'Amato will trace her journey from Milwaukee business television to the box office blockbusters of Hollywood, giving the audience a look inside the scenes of some of the most groundbreaking and innovative visual effects of all time.
She was only 7 years old when she saw the original "Star Wars" for the first time in 1977, but it inspired her and sparked a lifelong passion for movies, toys and science fiction. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Marquette University and spent several years immersing herself in Milwaukee's television and video industry.
She moved to northern California and was hired by Industrial Light & Magic, and the galaxy that Lucas created didn't seem quite so far away anymore.
D'Amato was also part of the team that brought "Star Wars" to television's "The Big Bang Theory." She won a Visual Effects Society (VES) award in 2007 for her work on "Transformers" and was also nominated in 2009 for "Avatar."
Prevea teams up with Lakeland College athletic department
Sheboygan — The Prevea Sports Medicine team is proud to partner with Lakeland College as the exclusive health care provider for the school's athletic department. Lakeland College, located in Sheboygan County, has 18 NCAA Division III men's and women's athletic teams — including football, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, cross country, volleyball, soccer, track and field, tennis and wrestling.
Dr. Jose Armendariz, a family and sports medicine physician for the Prevea Health Center in Sheboygan, will serve as the medical director to oversee the health care provided to Lakeland College athletes. "Prevea Sports Medicine offers comprehensive prevention, diagnosis, treatment and therapy services for sports-related injuries," said Dr. Armendariz. "Our goal is to get athletes healthy and back in the game."
Prevea Sports Medicine experts will also provide the Lakeland College Athletic Department with a strength and conditioning coach, and certified athletic trainers.
"The Prevea Sports Medicine partnership is the first of its kind for the college, and we are thrilled to be associated with a wonderful patient-centered health care organization," said Nathan Dehne, Vice President of Athletics and Wellness at Lakeland College. "Prevea will assist our student-athletes in reaching their full potential athletically, and create a foundation of lifelong wellness that is so very important."
Prevea Sports Medicine experts and long-standing orthopedic physicians, Dr. Bruce Van Dommelen and Dr. Scott Glaeser, will also assist with the health care needs of Lakeland College athletic teams.
Federal judge to deliver Lakeland's Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 18
Federal judge Robert M. Dow, Jr., will deliver Lakeland College's annual Constitution Day Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Bradley Theatre. This free lecture is open to the public.
In 2004, a federal law designated Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the U.S.
Dow will deliver a lecture entitled, "The Constitution for Non-Lawyers." He will discuss background on the Constitution that reinforces his belief that everyone should have a basic understanding of the Constitution and how it informs many of the major public policy debates that shape America's place in the 21st century world. He will focus primarily on the separation of powers and the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments.
Dow has served as a United States district judge for the Northern District of Illinois since December 2007. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He serves by appointment of the chief justice on the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and as the Chair of the Rule 23 Subcommittee.
He is the current chair of the Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules for the Seventh Circuit and also serves as a member of the Rules Committee for the Northern District of Illinois. He has sat by designation on the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. He serves as a director of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation and is heavily involved at the Cathedral of St. Raymond parish in Joliet, where he has coached youth sports for the past decade.
Prior to entering into judicial service, Dow was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown LLP, where he was a member of the firm's litigation, telecommunications and supreme court and appellate litigation practice groups. In 2007, Dow was listed among the top 100 lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine, and he was named a "leading lawyer" in the field of telecommunications law in Chambers USA from 2003-2007.
Dow received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in history and political science from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship where he earned master's and doctorate degrees in international relations, as well as three varsity letters for basketball. He earned his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the editorial board of the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the Harvard Human Rights Journal and a recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
He lives in Joliet with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.