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Summer Employment Fair

Posted: March 31, 11 a.m.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to join the Student Success & Engagement Team as we host the inaugural Lakeland College Summer Employment Fair on Wednesday, April 1. The event will take place in the Younger Family Campus Center from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Invited to participate in the event are the following area employers: The Osthoff, Blue Harbor, Kwik Trip, Levy Restaurants, Victorian Village Resort, Lakeside Bottling Company, Walmart, The American Club, Bemis Manufacturing, Land O’ Lakes and Lund Van Dyke. Also on site will be representatives from our Evening, Weekend and Online programs to promote course offerings for the summer. For more information, please contact Jess Lambrecht or Kay Voss.  

Fitness, Weight Room Closed This Weekend

Posted: March 30, 2:30 p.m.
The fitness center and weight room will be closed this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Easter break. We will reopen on Monday starting at 10 a.m.

Golden Musko Awards Set for April 13

Posted: March 30, 2 p.m.

Faculty and staff are invited as Lakeland’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will present its annual Golden Musko Awards on Monday, April 13. The award recognized faculty and staff for their support of Lakeland athletics. The ceremony will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Black Room in the Laun Center. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. RSVP by April 10 to Lexie Greenheck at

You’re Invited: LGBTQ+ Workshop

Posted: March 26, 5:45 p.m.

Alister Kohls, a junior and student intern at Lakeland, has created an educational workshop as a part of her internship and she invites faculty and staff to attend. The workshop will be a crash course of all things LGBTQ(plus). Participants will learn about the many terms and complexities of sexuality, gender and identity as well as the many discrepancies of privilege and human rights the LGBTQ+ experience in their everyday life.

The workshop is a judgment-free “safe space” of learning and exploration where any and all questions are accepted and welcomed.

There are two dates to attend the workshop:  March 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. (Brotz Multipurpose room) and April 2 from 11-12:30 (Laun 110).

Attendees should bring a notebook and a writing utensil  to take notes, and participate in written activities throughout the workshop.

Lakeland to Host Be The Match Event

Posted: March 25, 4:30 p.m.

Lakeland College will again partner with Be The Match to host a donor registry event in Bossard Hall on April 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Be The Match is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping patients life-saving bone marrow transplants, and is the leader in the advancement of treatments and donations for people facing life-threatening blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma. The organization’s primary function is to find patients in need of bone marrow transplants with matching donors.

As immediate family members are rarely matches, Be The Match focuses on adding as many members to its national registry of over 11 million members. One way members are added is through donor registry events. 

At Lakeland's donor registry event in April, students, faculty and staff are invited to join the growing list of potential donors. All you have to do is answer a simple questionnaire regarding health history and complete a DNA cheek swab. There is no actual donating done at this event. The process takes 10-15 minutes and is completely free and painless. 

Join Lakeland in saving lives and become a possible match for a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant! 

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Gina Covelli, community relations manager, at or ext. 2232.

Welcome to the Family!

Posted: March 23, 1 p.m.

Jered McGivern, assistant professor of biochemistry, and his wife, Julie, celebrated the birth of their son, Maxwell Wayne, this morning at 10:30. Maxwell he was 7 pound, 2 ounces. He and mom are doing great! Jered thanks everyone for the well wishes and support!

Congratulations to Jered and his family on the new addition!

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Upcoming Convocations
(All events are in Bradley Building unless noted.) 
March 31: Community Book Read - Ishmael Beah, 7:30 p.m. 
April 8 - Spring Band Concert, 7:30 p.m.
April 14 - Spring Honors Recital, 11 a.m.
April 14 - International Night, 7:30 p.m. 
April 17 - Annual Student Art Exhibition Opening Reception, 4:30 p.m.
April 19 - Choir Homecoming Concert, 3 p.m. 

Upcoming Home Athletic Contests
April 1 - Baseball vs. Illinois Institute of Technology, 1 p.m.
April 1 - Men's volleyball vs. Dominican, 7 p.m. 
April 4 - Baseball vs. Aurora, noon 
April 11 - Baseball vs. MSOE, noon  
April 11 - Softball vs. Alverno, noon  
You can check the athletic schedules for any team anytime by visiting

Nate Lowe, associate professor of writing, has had a micro essay titled “Will This Be Our Road?” accepted for publication at The Chattahoochee Reviewfor its forthcoming Fall/Winter 2015 double issue with a special focus on Migration. Just 650 words in length, the essay is set in the car that Lowe drives one night from his parent’s Illinois farm ten miles to the local hospital with his father having a heart attack beside him.  

Business faculty member Scott Niederjohn published two articles in this month’s edition of the education journal Social Education. Social Education is the flagship journal of the National Council on the Social Studies.  His articles were:

“Too Low? For Too Long? Ghost Story IV” is the fourth installment in a series of imaginary conversations between the chair of the Federal Reserve System and renowned economists. Janet Yellen discusses interest rates and the direction of U.S. monetary policy with John Kenneth Galbraith and Friedrich A. Hayek. Scott co-authored this piece with Mark C. Schug and William C. Wood

“Is Bitcoin the Money of the Future?” Co-authored by Scott, J.R. Clark and Ashley S. Harrison, the article looks at the virtual currency, Bitcoin, which has many attractive features and drawbacks that may prevent it from becoming a global currency.

Nancy Brown-Koeller, Fox Cities Center adjunct faculty, has been selected to present at the 2015 national conference of the American Society on Aging (Chicago, March 23-27). Her workshop highlights one of the ways to support employees when they also have family caregiving responsibilities, e.g. assisting elderly parents. It is titled Supporting Family Caregivers at Work Through a Volunteer Network.

On Feb. 20, Michael Sitte, Lakeland’s senior director of instructional design, completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in leadership for the advancement of learning and service in higher education from Cardinal Stritch University. He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, “Instructional Design for Adjunct Faculty: A Study of the Relationship between Learning Management System Acceptance and Satisfaction with Online Teaching.” Congratulations to Mike on this terrific accomplishment!

One of the Chippewa Valley Center’s Evening, Weekend & Online adjunct faculty, Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, has been chosen as a breakout speaker for the 2015 National Resume Writers’ Association Conference in Charlotte, N.C. (2/18)

Charlie Krebs wrote a one-act play in 12 hours, called “Heart,” for the 24-hour New Play festival held on Jan. 10 and 11 at the Paradigm Theatre Annex in Sheboygan. When he finished writing it at 7 a.m., he handed it over to a director and actors who had 12 hours to stage it and learn their lines before performing it to an audience.


Adjunct faculty member Rod Stearns, an Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Lieutenant, recently received the National SWAT Team Leader of the Year award. You can read more about it here . Congratulations to Rod for this honor!

Christopher Moore, associate professor of sociology, has authored a manuscript entitled "Impression Formation" which will be published in 2015 in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition.

Denise Presnell-Weidner, a ssociate professor of art, will have three new works in TwoFish Galleries' Holiday exhibition "Adornment." The exhibit is until Dec. 31. The Elkhart Lake gallery is open daily – click here for hours and location:​. Attached are her three pieces in the exhibit: "Meandering Reflection," "River Reflection with Leaves" and "Water Ripple #2.”

Associate professor of writing Nate Lowe has a creative essay, “Archipelago,” forthcoming in Beecher’s , a literary journal out of the University of Kansas. The essay deals with owls, sound, his grandmother’s pet finches and his son’s birth at home. Issue 5 of Beecher’s will be published in the spring of 2015. (10-21)

Martin Ulrich, associate professor of German and music, co-directed a concert of three combined choirs—Westend Singers of Eberswalde, Germany; the Wisconsin Gospellers; and the Glenview Chancel Choir—at First Congregational Church in Glenview, Ill. He also helped organize the guest appearance of those choirs with the 150-voice choir at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for a service on Sept. 28.


On Oct. 17, associate professors of biology Greg Smith and Paul Pickhardt co-led a faculty development workshop with their colleague Laura Salem (chair of the Biology Department at Rockhurst University) titled, “Promotion and Tenure” at the 58th annual meeting of the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE) in Portland, OR. Both of Lakeland’s presenters are active in the governance of ACUBE with Greg currently serving as the executive secretary of finance and Paul serving as the organization’s secretary and recorder.

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.


Eric Blacknall, Lakeland’s senior director of student success and engagement, will present a talk entitled "The Impact of Demonstrating A Positive Attitude on College Success" at the eighth annual Black Male Summit, scheduled for April 10-11 at the University of Akron. It was a very competitive selection process – there were two proposals for every potential spot on the schedule. (2/18)

Lakeland Chaplain Rob Sizemore and Bome Kwon, a senior marketing student, recently spoke for an hour at the Sheboygan chapter of People to People. Bome gave information on international travel and food, while Rob spoke on the importance of understanding how and why respect is communicated in Asian culture and how important it is for us to understand it and not violate it. (2/17)

Paul Pickhardt, associate professor of biology, recently presented to more than 55 chemistry students at Plymouth High School. He discussed the impacts of producing most of our electricity from fossil fuels (primarily coal) and how cleaner, sustainable alternatives could change the environmental impacts of electrical production. The students are taught at Plymouth by Jay Grossheusch, a 1983 Lakeland graduate. (2/17)

Four Lakeland faculty members have been facilitators as part of the 10th annual John Michael Kohler Arts Center Community Cinema series.

Don Francis, professor of sociology and nonprofit organization management, will facilitate the discussion on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. for the documentary, “American Denial.” The film is about the unconscious biases and concepts of equality and justice in race and class in today’s world. The screening, held at the JMK Arts Center, is free and open to the public.

Earlier presenters included:

·         Jodie Liedke, assistant professor of composition, facilitated the discussion for the film “Women in Comedy” in October, which dealt with the advancement of women in the world of comedy.

·         Richard Lemke, assistant professor of criminal justice, served as the facilitator at “Evolution of a Criminal” in October, which told a personal story of a man and his life as a teenage bank robber.

·         Krista Feinberg, associate professor of history, participated in the showing of the documentary, “A Path Appears: From the Creators of Half the Sky,” early this January. The film was an investigation of domestic crimes and adversity faced by women and children around the world.

The Community Cinema is an inspiring, educational series of documentaries that deal with a wide variety of social issues. The films are hand selected by the makers of Independent Lens, an Emmy Award-winning series. After each film has been viewed, community members are encouraged to participate in a facilitated discussion about the issues addressed in the film, in order to find solutions to problems raised. (2/5)

Scott Niederjohn of the business faculty presented at the 2015 State Education Convention for Wisconsin school board members, school district administrator and school business officers. His presentation as entitled “Economics for School Board Members,” a talk about the health of the economy and indicators school leaders can use as part of their decision making. (1/27)

On Jan. 8, Associate Professor of Biology Paul Pickhardt gave an evening presentation to the Sheboygan area chapter of People to People. The presentation was titled “A Brief Tour of the Biological and Cultural Diversity of Belize” and focused on the biodiversity that Lakeland students and faculty have been exposed to while studying in the lowland tropical rainforests of Belize in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. One of People to People’s primary goals is to foster better understanding between ourselves and people of other nations and cultures, so the presentation also highlighted the Mayan and Creole cultures of southern Belize that Lakeland students have come into contact with during the tropical biology program. The 35-40 attendants were exceptionally knowledgeable about Central American cultures and history, so a great question and answer period followed the presentation. (1-9)


On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Paul Pickhardt and the Peace Corps’ regional recruiter out of Chicago, Brett Heimann (also an RPCV), participated in a Peace Corps informational session at Plymouth High School. The evening included a Skype session with a current volunteer named Jordan who is serving in Panama and who is from the Sheboygan area. Students attending the session were able to ask questions about the Peace Corps experiences in the countries of service for Paul (Republic of Kiribati), Brett, (Togo) and Jordan. On a related note: the Peace Corps informational session that was offered at Lakeland College on Nov. 20 has resulted in four applications from current Lakeland students considering serving as volunteers after graduation. Brett was thrilled by the exceptional interest and applicant activity from Lakeland’s students.

On Oct. 18, Lakeland’s Master of Arts in Counseling program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Counseling Association (WCA), held its first intensive workshop, “Trauma and Addictions:  Issues & Interventions” at Lakeland’s Fox Cities Center in Neenah. The two presenters, Dr. Matt Felgus, a board licensed psychiatrist and addictions specialist, and Jeff Ryan, a licensed professional counselor and licensed addictions specialist, received evaluations from participants who responded by requesting both presenters do a follow up workshop in the spring. (10-22)

On Oct 17, Linda Tolman, professor of English, gave a presentation entitled “Romeo and Juliet’s First Meeting: Text and Context.” to Aegis of Issaquah, Issaquah, Wash. (10-21)

Scott Niederjohn, Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Economics and Business, presented an invited lecture at the university of Tennessee-Chattanooga on technology-based tool for teaching high school and college level economics.

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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