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Milwaukee Center Director Resigns

Posted: April 24, 11 a.m.

After eight days of employment with Lakeland College, Jennifer Christensen has resigned from her position as director of the Milwaukee Center. She has been successfully recruited away by another educational organization within the greater Milwaukee area, and will be in a role that focuses on supporting teenagers in the pursuit of a high school diploma. A position announcement for the director of the Milwaukee Center will be re-posted shortly. In the interim, Jessica Gaffney and Kristin Engels will be leading the Milwaukee Center.

Highway 23 Construction Notice

Posted: April 22, 4 p.m.

If you use Highway 23 in Sheboygan County, please be aware of some construction beginning on April 24 to improve the WIS 23/County Y interchange. 
There will be traffic impacts during this construction.

  • WIS 23 and County Y may be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction at times.
  • During stage 1, both the WIS 23 westbound and eastbound off ramps to County Y will be closed, and alternative routes to the village of Kohler will be posted.  Also during stage 1, both north and southbound County Y traffic will be moved to the east half of the existing County Y median, while the west half is closed for construction. 
  • During stage 2 beginning approximately mid-June, both the WIS 23 westbound and eastbound on ramps from County Y will be closed, and County Y traffic will be moved to the west half of the existing County Y median while the east half is constructed.  

Please note that concurrent with WisDOT’s construction, the village of Kohler has a project on Highland Drive south of the department’s project and Sheboygan County has a project on County Y north of it.

The project is scheduled for completion July 30, 2014. 
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and use caution when driving through this or any work zone.

Kelly Lillegard to Join Registrar’s Office Staff

Posted: April 21, 11:50 a.m.

The Registrar’s Office has been conducting a search to plan for Diane Knoener’s retirement later this year. We are pleased to announce that Kelly Lillegard has accepted the position of systems and reporting specialist for the Office of the Registrar. Kelly has been with Lakeland as a programmer analyst since March 2013. Prior to working at Lakeland, she served various agencies in programming and information systems roles. We are excited for Kelly to bring her unique skill set to the Registrar’s Office. She will transition to this new role on May 12. At that time, she will begin working and training directly with Diane Knoener on several critical functions relating to reporting writing and data analysis.

Tornado Drill Thursday, April 24

Posted: April 21, 9 a.m.
This week (April 21-25) is Wisconsin's Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week. This Thursday, April 24, Lakeland College ’s main campus will participate with a Mock Tornado Watch issued at noon and a Mock Tornado Warning issued at 12:45 p.m., at which time local sirens will sound and everyone will move to the designated shelter locations. This is one hour earlier than the statewide drill to accommodate classes happening that day. The siren will sound again at 1:45 p.m. for the statewide drill – you can simply ignore it. When our siren sounds at 12:45, please provide assistance to anyone in need. Students, faculty and staff at the main campus and our centers should familiarize themselves with the designated severe weather locations and any specific procedures they may have established.

Our centers are welcome to participate in the state wide drill at 1 and 1:45 p.m.  If we are experiencing bad weather, the drill will be postponed until Friday, April 25, at the same time.

Here are some links to websites with facts and useful information to help you prepare whether you’re at the campus, home or away in the event severe weather or tornados strike:

Please feel free to contact Rich Haen, director of facilities, or Annette Gamache, director of security, with any additional questions. We appreciate everyone’s participation and welcome comments as it is very important that we continually strive to improve everyone’s safety on campus.

Pathways to Wellness
Posted: April 17, 10:20 a.m.
Deb Bilzing, director of the master of arts in counseling program, was the first featured guest for the WSCS programming on Charter, channel 990 (TV 8) March premiere's episode of "Pathways to Wellness" produced by Mental Health America. The show is hosted by Kate Baer, Executive Director MHA in Sheboygan County and a current M.A.C. graduate student. 
Mathematical Association of America Conference
Posted: April 16, 9:00 a.m.
Math faculty members Heather Molle and Cristi Chang attended the annual MAA - WI Conference at UW-Whitewater on April 4 and 5. They also brought four students: Jessica Michels, Garret Cummings, Michele Marquardt and Megan Hartke.  
Jackie Morgan Named Lakeland Registrar
Posted: April 15, 9:00 a.m.
Jackie Morgan has been named Lakeland's registrar. She brings to Lakeland a wealth of experience in student services, with specific training in developing credit for prior learning programs, conducting transfer evaluations and completing graduation audits.
Since 2001, she has worked at the University of Wisonsin-Fond du Lac, where she has been senior student services coordinator since 2005. From 1995-2000, she worked at Marian University, including serving as assistant director of marketing and admission for two years.
Jackie's work history includes direct practice in academic advising, financial aid, veteran's benefits and processing, degrees planning, marketing, admissions counseling and recruitment and retention activities. She also served as chair and project manager for several campus-based programs including commencement and new student registration.
Prior to working in higher education, she worked for Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc., for three years.
She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master's in management and organization behavior from Silver Lake College.
Jackie's first day will be May 12. Please join us in welcoming her to the Lakeland community!  
Lakeland Staff to Lead Discussion at John Michael Kohler Arts Center 
Posted: April 14, 11:00 a.m.
Lakeland's Associate Director of Athletics April Arvan and men's basketball coaches Aaron Aanonsen and Sam Schroeder will lead a discussion at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16, following a Community Cinema Screening of "Medora."
Arvan and Aanonsen will speak with community members on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Schroeder and Arvan will speak with a large group of high school students and community members Wednesday at noon.
The facilitated discussions will focus on issues addressed in the film and how those issues relate to Sheboygan. "Medora" tells the story of the once-thriving community of Medora, Ind. The documentary follows the town's varsity basketball team over a season, highlighting the players' stories. The team's struggle to compete parallels the story of the town itself, struggling with a failing economy and decreased population.
The Community Cinema Screenings are free and open to the public. 
Central Reservation Coordinator Announced 
Posted: April 8, 3:30 p.m. 
The Student Development Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Margaret Teske to her new role, Central Reservation Coordinator. In her position, Margaret will coordinate scheduling for the entire campus. She will work collaboratively with various departments to efficiently manage the process of reservations and maintain a master calendar. Margaret will continue to manage the shuttle service and Campus Center information desk. Classroom assignments will continue to be maintained by the registrar's office. All other reservations should be made through Margaret and she will work with the appropriate areas to ensure strong and consistent customer service, both internally and externally. Her office will continue to be located in the Campus Center, and she can be reached at extension 1228 or .  
Volunteers Needed!
Posted: April 7, 2:20 p.m.
We need some help for a very special event at Lakeland in May. Michigan Technological University's Mind Trekkers STEM Road Shows bring the WOW of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the hands and minds of middle school students under the inspirational guidance of the Mind Trekkers team consisting of undergrad and graduate students. Can you walk on water? Make ice cream in 60 seconds? Make a magnet float in mid-air, no strings attached!
Volunteers are needed on May 9 and 10 to make this event happen!
   Volunteer tasks
  • Help with registration of the buses/schools as they arrive on campus. (Friday only)
  • Work the displays as the students and public visit the exhibitions. (Friday and Saturday)
   40-50 volunteers for each day:
  • Friday, May 9  at 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH Noon - 2:30 p.m.- 1,500 - 2,000 middle school students and over 30 - 50 companies will be on campus
  • Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - members of the general public day
Note - volunteers may work both days or just one day. Ideally, we would like to have volunteers work the entire shift, but if that is not possible, a half day shift may work.
Please contact Whitney Diedrich at diedrichwl@lakeland.eduby April 11 for more information or to commit to volunteering at the event. Thank you!  

    New Inter-library Loan Feature
    Posted: April 4, 11:00 a.m.
    Requesting an inter-library loan item just got even easier! Now, patrons can submit ILL requests directly from the EBSCOhost databases. If you find articles in these databases that the library does not have, simply click on the link which reads, ' request this item through Lakeland's inter-library loan.'  and click on 'Databases Find Articles'. Then select '  
    To try it out, go to the  library homepage EBSCOhost databases.' You may be prompted for a password; In that case, you can find the login information on Blackboard or you can call the library at 565-1238. If you have any ILL questions you can email Joe Pirillo at
    Financial Aid Department Bidding Farewell to Two Staff Members
    Posted: April 4, 9:15 a.m.
    Lakeland's financial aid department is bidding farewell to Jake Lopez and Becca VandenLangenberg.
    Becca, an assistant director of financial aid, has been with Lakeland since February 2013. She has taken a position with the Menasha Corp. as an estimator.
    Jake, assistant director of financial aid and veteran services, has been with the college since July 2013. He is going to Cornell University and will be working in their distance learning program.
    Please join us in thanking Becca and Jake for their work on behalf of the college and wishing them well in their new positions!  
    Safe Harbor Community Collection Drive
    Posted: March 26, 11:15 a.m.
    Help the Core III students collect various items for the Safe Harbor Community Collection Drive. All items will go to the Safe Harbor shelter in Sheboygan. Students will be collecting items on April 5 in the Wehr Center, and April 15 and 24 in Bossard Hall from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    They will be accepting the following items: toiletries, kitchen supplies, laundry supplies, bath towels, bed pillows, twin sheets, double bed comforters and blankets, gift cards and cash.
    For more information contact Diana Torres at , Gretchen Fulmer at , or Steve Roelse at 
    TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions
    Posted: April 18, 9:00 a.m.
    We have arranged for our 403(b) retirement savings plan vendor, TIAA-CREF, to return to the college to conduct individual counseling sessions. Appointments have already been scheduled next week for new employees and adjuncts that are able to participate in the plan. There are still additional appointments for May 5-7. Patrick Windle is a Senior Financial Consultant, who has served Lakeland members for the past several years and assisted employees in reviewing their retirement plan.
    Individual counseling sessions are available on May 5-7, 2014. The 45 minute individual counseling sessions will be held in the Richardson Room located on the lower level of the William A. Krueger building. Reservations for a specific time must be made by contacting Kay Milz at extension 1011 or via email at We recommend that you reserve a time as soon as possible, as the available time slots do fill quickly.

    Anyone having a question on this matter should contact Human Resources - ext. 1430.  
    2014 United Way Campaign
    Posted: April 4, 9:30 a.m.
    To all faculty and staff,
    Here is an update of this year's United Way Campaign!
    Below is a quick cap of information from last year to this year.

    Last year's campaign (2012) - We had a total contribution of $18,365.44. We also had 122 out of 266 employees contribute which was 46% contribution.

    This year's campaign (2013) - We have a total contribution of $11,637.72. We also have 53 out of 311 employees contributing, which is 17% contribution.
    It is not too late to make a contribution.
    If you choose to contribute, please fill out the United Way form and keep the pink copy for your records and submit the white and yellow copies to Human Resources.
    Forms must be returned to HR no later than Tuesday, April 15th, 2104. If you need additional forms, please contact Kay Milz at ext. 1011 or via email at
    Let's make this year's campaign a success! 
    Upcoming Convocations

    April 15 - Spring Music Department Recital, 11:00 a.m.
    April 15 - Chad Harbach - The Art of Fielding, 7:30 p.m.
    April 18 - Lakeland College Art Reception/Reception, 4:30 p.m. 

    Upcoming Home Athletic Contests
    April 16 - Softball vs Finlandia (Mich) University (DH), 3:00 p.m.
    April 21 - Baseball vs Maranatha Baptist University (DH), 1:00 p.m.
    April 21 - Softball vs MSOE (DH), 3:00 p.m.
    April 24 - Softball vs Cardinal Stritch University (DH), 3:00 p.m.
    April 26 - Men's Tennis vs Concordia University Chicago, 10:00 a.m.
    April 26 - Men's Tennis vs Dominican University, 2:00 p.m.
    April 26 - Baseball vs Concordia University Chicago (DH), Noon
    April 26 - Softball vs Concordia University Wisconsin (DH), Noon 
    You can check the athletic schedules for any team anytime by visiting
    Ken Strmiska , vice president for advancement, strategy and innovation, was interviewed for and quoted in "Engaging Your Board in Fundraising: A Staff's Guide," a new publication from BoardSource, a Washington, D.C.,- based organization that assists non-profits with a variety of resources. 
    Ann Penke, director of library services, has been re-elected as the chair of the Shared Library Automation Committee of the Eastern Shores Library System. 
    Associate Professor of Art  Denise Presnell-Weidner will be included in FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, at the Charles Allis Museum of Art in Milwaukee. Opening Friday, March 7 and running through Sunday, June 29, FORWARD 2014 is a biennial, juried exhibition of Wisconsin artists.
    In addition to the show on March 7, she will also be a part of a 3 person show opening on March 9 at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. The exhibition is titled "World Enough and Time" and will run through April 19.
    The paintings can be found in the attachments section of the Crier.  
    Paul Pickhardt, associate professor of biology, recently accepted a cover image for the well-known peer reviewed journal Bioscene. Pickhardt took the picture in Belize in May 2012 and it will be the cover for the Bioscene winter 2014 issue. Bioscene is a peer reviewed journal for the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE). The photo can be found in the attachments section of the Crier. 
    "Four for Mario," an elegy for Mario Evans, a Lakeland faculty member in the early Eighties, from Karl Elder's 1994 volume of poems, A Man in Pieces, has been republished online at
    Debra Hagen-Foley , director of institutional research and assessment, recently had two proposals accepted for the upcoming international Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum, which will be held in Orlando on May 27-30.
    She will be giving a presentation at the forum titled, "Disseminating Actionable Results Through Survey Research: Tips and Techniques to Design, Implement, and Interpret Meaningful Surveys." She will also lead a discussion group that she suggested on the topic of "Outcomes Assessment in On-ground, Online, and Multi-Site Environments."
    Hagen-Foley was also invited to conduct a half-day workshop expanding on the survey presentation. Her workshop is titled Designing, Implementing and Interpreting Surveys for Actionable Results.
    Submissions are selected by a panel of peers. The notification Hagen-Foley received said, "Due to a large number of high-quality proposals, competition was particularly intense this year, so it is a special honor to be selected." 
    Deb Bilzing, director of the master of arts in counseling program, was a small group discussion leader for the "Community Conversation About Mental Health & Alcohol/Drug Abuse" event. The event was held March 21 at Blue Harbor and brought together more than 300 participants representing community leaders, professionals and Sheboygan County citizens to encourage honest and meaningful conversations around mental health, alcohol & drug abuse resources and services in our community. Important community strategic priorities were identified through the facilitated-lead conversations with more to come over the next few months. 
    Lisa Vihos, director of sponsored programs and research, has accepted the invitation to serve on the board of the Council of Wisconsin Writers. The organization is dedicated to the recognition of outstanding work by Wisconsin writers and promotes public awareness of the literary heritage of Wisconsin. Lisa will chair the PR and social media committee. 

    Denise Presnell-Weidner , associate professor of art and co-director of galler, was asked to exhibit her artwork at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. The work will be up from April 1 – through June 30.

    Presnell-Weidner’s art will be a part of the St. Nicholas Hospital of art Initiative 2014: Health, Hope & Healing, a collaboration to instill hope and healing at the local hospital facilitated by Cassy Tully.

    The mission of the initiative is brought to life through a working relationship between St. Nicholas Hospital and Cassy Tully – Fine Art. It is the mission of St. Nicholas Hospital and Cassy Tully to enhance the art community and encourage health, hope & healing through art.

    Denise will have 15 pieces of her work, a mix of prints and pastels, installed throughout the hospital during this period. There will be a reception on May 1, 5:30 – 7 p.m. complete with tours of the work and refreshments. The work will also be for sale – having a portion of the sales going to Friends of St. Nicholas Hospital – a non-profit foundation that is a tax deductible donation. 
    Deb Bilzing,  director of Lakeland's Master of Arts in Counseling program, presented two sectionals at the Wisconsin School Counselor Conference in Madison. One focused on first-year school counselors and was titled "'Wake Me Up' My First Years as a School Counselor". The second was titled "Supervising School Counseling Interns: Benefits and Tips." She presented the first one with a former MAC graduate student Nicole Bilzing, who is now in her first year as a school counselor in Baraboo. Nicole graduated from Lakeland's Madison Center. 
    Nathan Lowe , associate professor of writing, and his wife Carrie have created a petition to support a Plymouth Farmer's Market downtown Plymouth. They are asking those who either work or reside in Plymouth to consider signing the petition - either online at or physically outside Nate's office (WAK 308). Help support Plymouth's downtown district, local farmers, and the greater community by supporting this effort and signing the petition. The goal is to wrap up the petition by mid-March, and 250 signatures are needed for the initiative to move forward. For more information, email Nate . Check out the petition in the attachments section of the Crier.
    All Campus meeting Info Posted on the President's Page at left
    You can now access the materials from the March 4th all campus community meeting conducted by President Eck.  You can find it on the "President's Page" tab at your left. 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. 
    Dan's Blog
    Don't forget, you can follow Dan's blog at .  On it, he posts updates about projects, new hires, college initiatives, interesting articles he comes across, and various other tidbits. It is an insider's look at Lakeland, and it also includes some fun. The page also includes a link to Dan's Twitter account, so you can keep tabs on those presidential Tweets.  There's also a chance for you to provide your own feedback, and we know he would enjoy getting your take on his take!

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