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Harbach leads first Lakeland Community Book Read Harbach leads first Lakeland Community Book Read Lakeland College hosted its inaugural Community Book Read on April 15 with Wisconsin native Chad Harbach, author... More detail
Recognizing Lakeland student athletes Recognizing Lakeland student athletes On Tuesday, Lakeland College celebrated National Student-Athlete Day for the third consecutive year by awarding... More detail
Fessler talks Harley-Davidson at Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture Fessler talks Harley-Davidson at Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture As he took the stage at Lakeland College's Bradley Theatre Thursday night to tell the story of how he helped rev... More detail

Harbach leads first Lakeland Community Book Read

Lakeland College hosted its inaugural Community Book Read on April 15 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.

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Community Book Read 2015

Join us in March 2015 as the Lakeland College Community Book Read proudly presents Ishmael Beah, author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" and "Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel." Details of this event will be announced later this year.

Recognizing Lakeland student athletes

sportsbqtOn Tuesday, Lakeland College celebrated National Student-Athlete Day for the third consecutive year by awarding 78 Muskies with lunch and a certificate of achievement.

Lakeland’s honorees carry at least a 3.25 grade point average, participate in at least one of the school’s 18 men’s or women’s sports and engage in community service at their school and in the community.

National Student-Athlete Day, sponsored by the National Consortium of Academics and supported by the NCAA, is celebrated annually and has seen 3.7 million student-athletes honored across the nation since 1997.

Following are Lakeland’s student-athlete honorees:

Baseball: Brady Callahan, Ashton Holzman, Derek Loomans, Samuel Martin, Jared Rear, Travis Stever, Justin Willman

Cheer/Dance: Aubrey Day, Madison Hull, Peri Luedke, Becca Skalestski, Reinlyn Tucker

Football: Jacob Battle, Alex Busch, Jacob Lefluer, Brandon Pribbernow, Sam Spaeth, Trevor Tanck

Men’s basketball: Mark Gryszkiewicz, Brandon Hagenow, Stanley Mckenzie, Mitchell School, Zachary Van Engen, Justin Ward

Men’s golf: Beau Gundersen, Tyler Kubicek, Casey Wusterbarth

Men’s soccer: Yasu Gima, Leo Guariglia, LoganMassey, Killian McKenzie, Tyler Schaut

Men’s tennis: Carlos Rodriguez

Men’s volleyball: Casey Bolda, Tyler Boyce, Dayton Erickson, Christian Frahm, Dan Mtijevic, Anthony Puccini, Alec Redlich, Jordan Smith, Matt Stolz

Softball: Emmie Dessart, Tatiana Gonzalez, Bailey Grayvold, Ashley Hough, Megan Lawson, Kaylee Ninnemann, Sami Jo Williams, Jocelyn Yeager

Women’s basketball: Kayla Clark, Rachael Millner, Bailey Grayvold, Alexandra Greenheck, Taylor Jandrin, Callie Olson, Aimee Thrune

Women’s golf: Finni Simko, Samantha Williams

Women’s soccer: Brianne Frank, Kelly Jens, Brittni Peterson, Alexa Piskule, Stephanie Rock

Women’s tennis: Sarah Allman, Erica Hoffmann

Women’s track: Heather Kirby

Women’s volleyball: Shaina Carlson, Caleigh Galvan, Le'shay Jones, Ashley Lehman, Taylor Levitt, Emily Thomas, Jenna Ward

Wrestling: Aaron Almedina, Mitchell Fucile, Rainger Rossway, Jacob Schmidt


Fessler talks Harley-Davidson at Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture

Clyde Fessler talks Harley at Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business LectureAs he took the stage at Lakeland College's Bradley Theatre Thursday night to tell the story of how he helped rev up the Harley-Davidson brand, Clyde Fessler revved up the crowd with just the right marketing flair.

Immediately after a brief video introduced the Harley-Davidson culture, Fessler roared onto the stage riding a Softail Heritage Classic FLSTC motorcycle.

Fessler's presentation, part of Lakeland's 13th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture, recounted the Milwaukee-based company's establishment as one of America's iconic brands.

The lecture was part of a festive night for Harley enthusiasts, a night that included a pre-lecture reception that had Lakeland's Wehr Center decked out with Harley motorcycles, clothing and advertising courtesy of Route 43 Harley-Davidson in Sheboygan. Owner Richard Kummer and several members of his staff attended, and the event drew many local Harley riders who parked their bikes outside the Wehr.

Fessler, a Sheboygan native who retired as a Harley executive in 2002, played an integral part in Harley-Davidson's rebound from near bankruptcy. Some highlights of his presentation:

  • Fessler said Harley's marketing turnaround started with three main questions: Who are we? Who are our customers? What do they expect from us? Those questions can help any company or person formulate their brand, he said.
  • Spend time getting to know your customers, because they are your best salespeople. Fessler said he used to stop shaving at Thanksgiving so he would physically fit in with Harley customers at the annual gathering in Dayton Beach, Fla., each December. "Problems are in the office; solutions are in the field," he said.
  • Fessler said Harley-Davidson's brand successfully expanded when the company stopped selling just a product (the motorcycle) and started selling a lifestyle. The company developed a line of Harley clothes and started marketing them to females and children. The company assisted dealers all over the world in redesigning their dealerships. "Our riders want to visit our stores because each one presents a unique experience," Fessler said.
  • The company had to overcome negative images about motorcycles fueled by movies in the 1950s and 1960s that painted riders as violent gang members looking to pillage when they went on rides. Harley-Davidson owners have raised millions of dollars for a variety of charities, most notably the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Fessler joined Harley-Davidson in 1977, and he recalled spending two days at the Sheboygan Harley dealership owned by Bill Kummer researching to prepare for his job interview. He served as director of marketing services, general sales manager, director of licensing, vice president of general merchandise and vice president of business development

The University of Notre Dame graduate also served on the board of trustees for the American Motorcycle Association and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Fessler's appearance at Lakeland was made possible by a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust. Lakeland annually brings a nationally known business or economic figure to its main campus to speak with Lakeland students and the general public.

Past lecturers have included former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Forbes Media President and CEO Steve Forbes and Emmy Award-winning journalist and author John Stossel.

The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust is named for former Wisconsin Gov. Walter Kohler Jr. and his wife, Charlotte.


Lakeland names new director for Milwaukee Center

Lakeland College main campusJennifer Christensen has been named director of Lakeland College's Milwaukee Center, which is located at 1135 S. 70th St., West Allis.

Christensen comes to Lakeland from Wisconsin Lutheran College, where she worked for the past 14 months as executive director of enrollment. She led a number of initiatives within WLC's Adult and Graduate Studies program resulting in an increase of 70 percent in new enrollments.

Prior to her role at WLC, Christensen spent 17 years working for the Institute for Professional Development (IPD), a subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. She began her career with IPD as an enrollment representative (seven years) and was later promoted to executive director of enrollment and contracts (10 years).

Through both positions, she played key roles in the successful enrollment management and growth of Cardinal Stritch University, the primary partner/client institution of IPD.

Christensen has a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.


Lakeland students honored for academic achievement

Tess MyklebustTess Myklebust, a senior from Wisconsin Dells, was awarded Lakeland College's Clarence H. Koehler Campus Senior Award on April 2.

She received the award at the college's Honors Banquet, an annual gathering where faculty celebrate the accomplishments of the top students in each academic program. A complete list of award winners is below.

The Koehler Award, named for Lakeland graduate and former board of trustees chair Clarence Kohler, has been presented annually since 1965 to the Lakeland student who best exemplifies Lakeland's spirit through outstanding academic achievement, engagement in campus activities and commitment to the Lakeland community.

Myklebust, who is working toward a double major in business management and marketing, has taken full advantage of her Lakeland experience by amassing a resume of experiences that have her well-positioned for future success.

She served internships with Community Bank & Trust and at Lakeland in sports marketing, and has worked all four years as clerical assistant for the college's business administration office.

She was named Outstanding Business Student in 2014 and 2012, and Outstanding Marketing Student in 2013. She was a J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship recipient all four years, and a four-year member of the Lakeland volleyball team and four-time conference Scholar Athlete. She was a three-time participant of the Spring Break Habitat for Humanity volunteer trip, and served as secretary and treasurer for Lakeland's Habitat chapter. She was secretary for the conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, an officer for Lakeland's SAAC and was a member of Lakeland's Mortar Board. She also logged several volunteer hours with the Maywood Park Earth Day Cleanup, Road America, Boys & Girls Club and as a Salvation Army Red Kettles bell ringer.

2014 Outstanding Student Award Winners

Outstanding International Student for Academic Achievement and Leadership: Alice Antwi-Asimeng

Business Administration Outstanding Student in Accounting: Lisa Steppe
Outstanding Student in International Business: Hyacinthe Botty-Irie
Outstanding Student in Marketing: Braden Woods
Outstanding Student in Resort Management: Jessica Korrison
Outstanding Underclassman in Business Administration: Tyler Magtanong
Outstanding Upperclassman in Business Administration: Theresa Myklebust

Creative Arts Outstanding Art Major: Tyler Holman
Outstanding Student in Communication: Jennifer Kjin
Outstanding Overall Music Student: Thomas Pibal
Outstanding Overall Music Student: Fabian Qamar
Outstanding Theatre Student of the Year: Michelle Fromm
Outstanding Student in Writing: Sean Gilligan

Education Outstanding Student in Education: Abby Hinze

Humanities Outstanding Student in German: Tiffany Miller
Outstanding Student in Religion: Kimberly Thimmig
Outstanding Student in Spanish: Aimee Thrune
Outstanding Student in Spanish: Diana Torres

Natural Science Outstanding Student in Biology: Lindsay Biter
Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry: Samantha Henderson
Outstanding Freshman in Chemistry: Audrey Nichols
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry: Jiacheng Yang
Outstanding Student in Computer Science: Brian Winter
Outstanding Student in Exercise Science: Taylor Jahnke
Outstanding Student in Mathematics: Brian Winter

Social Science Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice: Brittni Peterson
Outstanding Student in History: Brendan Lichtenberg
Outstanding Student in Nonprofit Organization Management: Amy Borntrager
Outstanding Student in Political Science: Matthew Bilinski
Outstanding Student in Psychology: Ryan Krzyzkowski
Outstanding Student in Sociology: Kimberly Daane

Ellen J. Kregel Athletic Award: Amanda Graminske

Who's Who Award: Jennifer Kjin, Brittany Bohm, Braden Woods, Fabian Qamar, Daniel Carriveau, Trevor Tanck, Aimee Thrune, Karissa Anderson, Jacob Flesch, Michelle Fromm, Kimberly DeJong, Kristal Klemme, Elizabeth Pritzl, Emily Cook, Paul Elzinga, Katie Freitag, Daniel Zea Zapata, Amy Borntrager, Taylor Jandrin, Tyler Kulow, Monica Santelli, Alice Antwi-Asimeng, Emmaculate Dika, Kelsey Fulmer, Samantha Henderson, Taylor Jahnke, Tyler Kubicek, Alec Szalewski, Katherine Zielsdorf.


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