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New Wellness Program for Students

Posted: Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.

Please invite students to participate in a health and wellness program offered through the Lakeland College Counseling Center. Positive Pulse is a six-week group focusing on health and wellness topics. This program will teach students positive physical and mental health habits, will hold students accountable to achieve personal goals and will provide the opportunity for students to become mentors next semester.

Positive Pulse will take place on Mondays, Sept. 28-Nov.2, 6:30-8 p.m. in Brotz multi-purpose. It is open to the first 20 students registered. The program will be led by Mallory Kreutz, graduate counseling intern and supervised by Cary Knier, director of counseling services.

Please contact Mallory Kreutz or Cary Knier for more information.

Student Art in Library Needs Submissions

Posted: Aug. 2, 9:30 a.m.

The Student Art in the library program is inviting all Lakeland students to consider sharing their art in the library beginning Oct. 1. The submission deadline is Sept. 21.  It’s fast and easy to apply online. So, if you know an artist who would enjoy an opportunity to showcase their art in the library, please, pass on word along with the program link. For additional information, contact Joe Pirillo in the library at extension 2419.  

Join Success Team This Thursday

Posted: Sept. 2, 9 a.m.

The Student Success & Engagement Team invites you to kick off the holiday weekend with colleagues on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4-6 p.m. in the 1862 Lounge. The Success Coaches will be sharing various summer initiatives and plans for the upcoming academic year.

Mail & Package Delivery

Posted: Sept. 1, 3:45 p.m.

With all of the new employees and students on campus, please be sure to double check the mail that gets delivered to you or to your area. If you receive something in error, especially packages, please let me know. We can pick it up and redirect it to the correct person or place. If it is just a piece of mail, please put it in the mail pick-up for the next day. We receive a lot of packages that are just addressed to Lakeland College with no specific name or department stated on the address. Please be sure you include your name on the order.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Jackie Flesch

Free Discussion Board Success Sessions Offered

Posted: Aug. 31, 4:30 p.m.

Advisors and instructors, please note that this fall, every Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Laun 129, the HARC will host Discussion Board Success sessions. A discussion board tutor will be available to give students tips and tricks on improving discussion board scores in EWO class. Students can take advantage of our tutor or just use this reserved time to work independently on EWO courses. These free open sessions are available to anyone interested in improving their scores in their EWO courses. Please encourage your students to take advantage as needed.

For additional information, please contact the HARC at extension 2115.

Annual Fund Surpasses 2014-15 Goal

Posted: July 8, 4 p.m.

The college is pleased to announce that as of June 30 the advancement team had raised $1,510,071 for the Lakeland annual fund, surpassing the goal of $1.1 million. In addition, the college had 2,015 unique donors (the goal was 2,000). 

Join Us for Opening Convocation

Posted: Aug. 26, 11 a.m.

Opening Convocation will be held in the Bradley Theatre on Thursday, August 27, staring at 11 a.m. Please join us in welcoming Lakeland’s new students. Our speaker will be Lakeland alumna Kate Baer, executive director at Mental Health America in Sheboygan County.

Help Local Students Be Inspired

Posted: Aug. 26, 10 a.m.

Did you know Lakeland is a member of INSPIRE Sheboygan County? INSPIRE helps connect K-12 students to their best career options and employers to their future workforce, through discussion boards, tours, job shadows and internships and more.

Think back to your high school days … don't you wish you knew about all the great careers available prior to graduating high school? Today’s students now have that opportunity through INSPIRE and YOU can help make a difference in their lives. 

Please follow and like INSPIRE’s social media pages. Be the first to find out about local careers, events and, most importantly, future workforce. Click on the links below to follow the pages:

Find us on Facebook:

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In Memoriam

Posted: Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m.

We are saddened to inform you that Nancy Roob, mother-in-law of Sharon Roob, Lakeland’s controller, passed away on August 20. A complete obituary can be found here .

Please join the college in passing along our prayers and positive thoughts to Sharon and her family.

Institutional Research Transition Nearly Complete

Posted: Aug. 13, 1 p.m.

Paul White is transitioning to his new role as the college’s director of institutional research. His office is now William A. Krueger 432, and his extension has changed to 2240. Data requests should be submitted through an IT helpdesk ticket at (log in with your Lakeland e-mail address and password).

Paul joined Lakeland’s staff in November 2001 as director of the Hayssen Academic Resource Center. Please join us in congratulating Paul on this new role at Lakeland.

Mary Jo Jetzer Starting New Role

Posted: Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m.

Mary Jo Jetzer, who received her master of arts in counseling degree from Lakeland this past May, has been named academic advisor for the college’s Business Administration Division.

In this new role, she will serve as primary advisor for assigned business administration majors, tracking their degree progress and helping students select and register for classes. She’ll work closely with the director of the Hayssen Academic Resource Center and with the success coaches. She will also work with advancement team on special events such as the business colloquium and CEO briefing series.

She will also represent the Business Administration Division at events such as Early Registration Days, Blue & Gold Days and Preview Days and will supervise internships during the school year and assist business majors with general advising questions throughout the summer months. 

In addition, she will continue to serve as assistant graduation coordinator, which includes a variety of tasks needed for commencement.

Jetzer, who received her bachelor’s degree from Lakeland in 1985, joined Lakeland’s staff in July of 2003 as administrative assistant to the Business Division. In July of 2008, her role changed to coordinator of the Business Administration Division and the Center for Economic Education, and she added fine arts coordinator in July of 2008.

Please join us in congratulating Mary Jo on her new role.

Advancement Team Announcements

Posted: Aug. 12, 9:30 a.m.

Lakeland College’s advancement team is welcoming a new member and seeing some reorganization for others to better fit the college’s strategic plan.

LaJill Edge has joined Lakeland as advancement administrative assistant. In this important role she will work closely with the college’s fundraisers and alumni relations to maintain the college’s large, always-changing alumni database and generate reports needed for advancement work.

She comes to Lakeland with more than a decade of serving in various customer service and management roles. She was most recently manager at Now and Zen Salon & Spa in Sheboygan. She previously served as operations/apparel supervisor at Shopko in Kiel. For 11 years she worked at Kohler Waters Spa, initially as sales & service associate to the coordinator and for three years as manager of guest services and spa systems.

She has an associate’s degree from Southwest Technical College in word processing and plans to pursue a bachelor’s in business management at Lakeland.

Three other members of the advancement team are getting new titles.

·         David Gallianetti, who joined the college in the October of 2000, has been named director of external relations. He will develop and lead the strategy for a broader external relations plan (K12, community, alumni, church, corporate, government, etc.)

·         Pete Barth, who joined the college in May of 2013, has been named manager of communications. Originally hired as a marketing writer, Barth will continue to tell the college’s story through its blog, and also will develop and maintain a new internal communication platform. Barth will report to Gallianetti.

·         Kym Leibham, who joined the college full time in July of 2013, has been named manager of corporate relations and special events. The position will take advantage of her strengths and bring a greater focus to corporate relationship building and sponsorships.

Eric Blacknall Promoted

Posted: Aug. 11, 4 p.m.

Eric Blacknall has been promoted to the college’s dean of students and associate vice president for student success, President Dan Eck announced today. This position will report to the president.

Blacknall joined Lakeland in October of last year to lead the college’s Student Success and Engagement initiative. The success coaches will continue to report to Blacknall in his new role. He will also oversee the college’s residence life, counseling, student health and wellness staffs.

The Student Success and Engagement initiative achieved a number of goals in its first year, including:

·         Significant strides in gathering reliable data to document student touch points and for the evaluation of programming and services to improve the student life experience.

·         Standardizing the college’s student leadership development process and increasing their social media presence to broaden student engagement.

·         Creation of a four-year co-curricular calendar which corresponds with student body maturity points and addresses the colleges’ strategic initiatives to improve retention and graduation rates.

Blacknall came to Lakeland after two administrative positions as a student affairs professional at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (his alma mater), and Georgia State University. Before then he was a tenured professor of adult and continuing education at Parkland College.

In Memoriam

Posted: Aug. 11, 2:30 p.m.

We are saddened to inform you that Darlene Lindstrom, mother of Cindy Lindstrom, associate professor of computer science, passed away on July 16. A complete obituary can be read here.

Please join the college in passing along our prayers and positive thoughts to Cindy and her family.

April Arvan Named Athletic Director

Posted: Aug. 10, 1:45 p.m.

April Arvan, who was named Lakeland College’s interim athletic director in December 2014, has agreed to a three-year appointment as Lakeland’s athletic director, President Dan Eck announced today.

Arvan, who will continue to serve Lakeland as associate professor of sport management and leadership and senior woman administrator, was promoted to associate athletic director in 2013. She will provide leadership for the athletic department and also take the lead on Lakeland’s compliance efforts, student-athlete development and equity between genders and programs.

A graduate of the college and member of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Arvan served as Lakeland’s head women’s basketball coach from 1994-2007, and retired as one of the most successful coaches in the college’s history. She began teaching at Lakeland as an adjunct in 1994 and was offered a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment in sport studies in 2007.

Aaron Aanonsen, the college’s head men’s basketball coach, has been promoted to senior associate athletic director. Aanonsen oversees management of the Wehr Center facilities, game-day operations and concessions and individual program fundraising efforts and development. Aanonsen came to Lakeland in 2006, was named head men’s basketball coach in 2008 and assistant AD in 2010.

In Memoriam

Posted: Aug. 7, 1:40 p.m.

Lakeland College Trustee Emeritus Rev. Dr. Donald Hinze passed away on July 17, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Waupaca after a brief battle of cancer. He was 85.

Hinze graduated from Lakeland College (Mission House) in 1952. He was named a Lakeland trustee in 1985, and served on the Academic & Student Affairs committee for years. He retired from the board in 2007 and was named a trustee emeritus. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Lakeland in 1982, and was Lakeland’s baccalaureate speaker at commencement in 1988.

He had deep roots with the college. His grandfather, Daniel Schaefer, graduated from Mission House in 1882, and several of his uncles were also Mission House graduates.

Hinze held ordained ministry his entire career in the United Church of Christ. He served faithfully as pastor to congregations in Owosso, Mich., Des Plains, Ill. and Longmont, Colo. In 1974 he came back to Wisconsin with his family to become minister of the Northeast Association, Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ, an elective post he held for 21 years. In 1994, he became interim Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.

Hinze received his masters of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, in 1955 and was ordained to Christian ministry at Immanuel UCC in Kaukauna, Wis. He also attended Garett Evangelical Seminary.

Over the years, he served on ecumenical boards, boards of community service agencies and the Peace Movement. Being somewhat an inventor, he was proud of his one U.S. patent (floatation device for watercraft). He loved writing and had a book published in 1990 about stewardship, "To Give and Give Again" (Pilgrim Press).

Donations in his memory may be made to The Reinhard Ulrich Chair at Lakeland or The American Cancer Society.

Deb Coopman Sets Retirement Date

Posted: Aug. 7, 2015

Deb Coopman, Lakeland’s manager of creative services and a member of the Lakeland community for more than seven years, will retire effective Nov. 2.

She joined Lakeland in January of 2008 as the college’s first full-time graphic designer and she’s worked tirelessly to develop Lakeland’s brand. During her tenure she has championed the development and maintenance of Lakeland’s brand guidelines, and she has designed the look of countless marketing pieces.

Coopman worked as a designer for James S. Cline Advertising in Sheboygan, and as a graphic designer for First Interstate Bank of Wisconsin, Kohler, from 1980-89. She co-owned Wordsworth Communications in Sheboygan between 1989-99 where she served as art director and designer before joining Jacob & Clark of Sheboygan in 1999. Jacob & Clark was Lakeland’s agency of record for several years and Coopman worked on a number of pieces and campaigns for the college.

The manager of creative services position will be posted shortly.

Please join us in thanking Deb for her work and wishing her well in retirement.


Lakeland hires new Director of Hayssen Academic Resource Center

Posted: July 30, 12:45 p.m.

Tony Prestby will join the Lakeland family as our new Director of Hayssen Academic Resource Center. Tony comes to Lakeland from Santa Monica College where he worked for 25 years. Among his roles at Santa Monica, Tony has served as Public Programs Coordinator, Student Services Specialist, and most recently as Director of Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring Programs. In supplemental instruction and tutoring, Tony advanced the college's supplemental instruction program where students worked with faculty in highly challenging courses to offer supplemental lessons to students outside of the classroom. Tony also managed all facets of English, Math, and Humanities tutoring. In his roles at Santa Monica College, Tony has closely supported the student population comprised of predominantly first generation, minority, and international students.

Tony received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University, doing his research on "Student and Faculty Perceptions of Academic Dishonesty in an Honor Code Environment at a Two-Year Community College". Tony also received his Master's in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Santa Monica, CA, and his Bachelor degree in Leadership from Bellevue University in Omaha, NE.

Tony is excited to move to Wisconsin, where he will be able to spend more time with his family. Please join the college in welcoming Tony to the Lakeland community!

State of the College Address Sept. 23

Posted: Aug. 31, 1:30 p.m.

A state of the college address will be given by President Dan Eck on Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the David & Valerie Black room of the Laun Center. All employees are encouraged to mark their calendars and plan to either attend or participate by using Skype For Business. A link will be sent to all staff before the event. The address will also be recorded for those who cannot participate live. 

Single Sign-On for My.Lakeland

Posted: July 22, 2:30 p.m.

The upgrade to my.Lakeland has been completed and now works in conjunction with Lakeland’s single sign-on environment. For faculty, staff and students who have previously logged on to my.Lakeland, you will now log on using your Lakeland email credentials.

For example: John Smith ( )

                Username: (or SmithJ)

                Password: the same one that he uses to access his Lakeland email

My.Lakeland users who do not have a Lakeland email can use the same credentials that they had used previously.

Please contact the Lakeland IT Helpdesk at should you have any questions or problems accessing my.Lakeland.

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Upcoming Convocations
(All events are in Bradley Building unless noted.) 
Sept. 10 - Washington Post war correspondent Jackie Spinner, 11 a.m.
Sept. 17 - Constitution Day Lecture: Joe DeCecco, 11 a.m.
Sept. 18 - Denise Presnell-Weidner Farewell Art Exhibit Opening Reception, 4:30 p.m. 
Sept. 26 - Cantus concert, 7:30 p.m. 

Upcoming Home Athletic Contests
Sept. 1 - Women's volleyball, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 - Women's volleyball, 4 & 8 p.m.
Sept. 9 - Men's soccer, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 - Women's soccer, Noon; men's soccer, 3 p.m.
Sept. 16 - Women's soccer, 5 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Women's volleyball, 7 p.m. 
Sept. 19 - Men's soccer; 1 p.m.; women's soccer, 3:30 p.m. 
Sept. 22 - Men's soccer, 4:30 p.m. 
Sept. 26 - Football, 1 p.m. 
Sept. 30 - Men's soccer, 4 p.m. 
You can check the athletic schedules for any team anytime by visiting

Sondra Norder , an adjunct instructor teaching three healthcare courses in Lakeland’s master of business administration program, was recently recognized by the Catholic Health Association of the United States as one of nine young leaders making outstanding contributions to ministry. Norder is president and CEO at St. Paul Elder Services Inc. in Kaukauna. The award was given at a banquet in Washington, D.C.

Associate Professor of Art Bill Weidner currently has eight paintings from his “Ice Series” on display at Above and Beyond Children’s Museum, 902 N. 8th St. in Sheboygan. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mondays. Learn more online at (8-12)

Beginning July 1, Deborah Bilzing, director of Lakeland’s master of arts in counseling program, takes office as the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Counseling Association (WCA). Prior to becoming the President-Elect she served on WCA’s executive board as the professional liaison. WCA represents professional counselors, counselor educators and counseling graduate students throughout Wisconsin and is 850 members strong. WCA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advocating for the professional practices in the profession of counseling and promoting respect for human dignity, diversity and social justice.


Joshua Kutney, assistant professor of composition, has been invited to present his paper “The New Insiders: Successful Student Writers in an Expanding Academy” at the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, which will be held in November in Minneapolis. The paper argues that what it means to be a successful student writer has changed. Writers are sometimes successful because they have developed a level of expertise in an academic discipline, but sometimes merely because they appear to be serious and motivated.


Lakeland writing faculty member Nate Lowe will be reading from recently published work and answering questions for the Sunflower Reading Series on KJHK 90.7FM in Lawrence, Kansas, on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5-5:30 p.m. That evening’s broadcast will feature contributors to Beecher’s 5, the literary journal put out by the University of Kansas’ graduate program in English. Issue 5 was released in June and feature’s Lowe’s essay, “Archipelago,” in which he tries to uncover a relationship between owls, sound and his son’s birth. The program is able to be streamed lived on Sept. 3 but will also be archived. Tune in, and check it out.


Associate Professor of Art Bill Weidner will be performing original and favorite tunes on guitar and voice from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market on Saturday, August 22. The performance will take place on the corner of 2nd and Main St. in front of 131 S. Main Street. (8-12)

Christopher Moore, a ssociate professor of sociology, is quoted in an article entitled “The President’s Speech” by Abigail Lambert in The Weekly Wonk, a digital magazine and podcast from New America “focused on the ideas and policy challenges that will shape our future.”

The article discusses how a person’s vocal pitch influences perceptions of competence and dominance – and how this will likely impact the upcoming presidential debates, especially with Hillary Clinton among the candidates. It’s a peek into current sociological (and political science) research on paraverbal cues and the use of vocal coaching and other methods of controlling messaging in politics.

You can read the article here:​.

Joshua Kutney, assistant professor of composition, was an invited speaker at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Kutney presented his paper "Rhetoric, Transfer, and the Students We Actually Teach," which argues that instructors apply an unstated hierarchy when they evaluate student writing. Before they consider the rhetoric of a paper, instructors assess its syntax, adherence to assignment guidelines, and content. Kutney’s work is based on instructor interviews and an analysis of over 400 student texts.


All Campus meeting Info Posted on the President's Page at left
You can now access the materials from the July All-Campus community meeting conducted by President Eck.  You can find it by clicking  the "President's Page" tab in the gray box on the upper left corner of the Crier page. If you haven't logged in to my.lakeland, you'll need to do so in order to see the tab.    
Strategic Plan
We've also posted the strategic plan on the President's Page for your review.  Please read it and direct questions and thoughts to any of our Vice Presidents. 

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