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A vision for the future

FRONT COVER Silver Lake College students in the Ariens Atrium of the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, L–R, front row: Anna Hall, Lucy-Ann Muabe, Thao King; back row: Wes Dowell, Aaron Davis. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

RIGHT Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Silver Lake College President Dr. Chris E. Domes Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Marc R. Barbeau Silver Lake College Magazine Editor Director of Communications and Sports Information Benjamin Wideman Silver Lake College Magazine Art Director and Designer Associate Director of Marketing and Graphic Designer Susan Bins









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Silver Lake College 2406 S Alverno Rd Manitowoc, WI 54220-9319 800-236-4752 Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

President’s Message 


Dr. Chris E. Domes’ message to the College community

2020: A vision for the future  Liberal Arts and the Work College model · Developing academics · Expanding athletics




Alumni awards dinner · Jennifer Fritsch ‘15 sets example for her daughters · Alumni spotlights · Alumni news and notes

The Franciscan Way 


The Franciscan spirit is alive and well at the College


Campus News 


Ariens Family Welcome Center · Endries Family Heritage Room · SLC named one of top 100 regional colleges · Alternative Spring Break in Memphis · Campus news and notes · In Memoriam · 2015 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Diamond and Golden Jubilarians



Mother Generose Scholar Megan Baradic · An eye for art · Craig Krueger headed to Emory University School of Law · Fiona Ye travels around the globe to attend SLC · A winning attitude in SLC athletics · The halls are alive with the sound of music · Commencement

Faculty and Staff 


The art and science of singing with Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton · Faculty and staff news and notes

Gala: Jazz after Dark  Ninth annual scholarship benefit gala held April 11, 2015 at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance



Caring for our community

Left: Silver Lake College student Anna Hall paints window trim on a Two Rivers home as part of a mission project with 18 other students and two staff members in September 2014. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Top to bottom: Members of the Silver Lake College volleyball team helped build a wheelchair ramp at the home of a Two Rivers man in October 2014. Pictured are, from left, Alex Rukamp, Morgan Lepak, Morgan Stewart (coach Tara Stewart’s daughter), Brandin Stewart (coach’s son), Danielle Hunt, Kaela Cheesman, Megan Mendolla, Casey Bingmon, Courtney Clavers, Abby Gerhard, Randy Ammerman, Jordan Barbeau, Valerie Oswalt, Danielle Byrum and community member Joel O’Connell. SUBMITTED PHOTO Kyle Lundberg, right, a 2015 graduate of Silver Lake College, shows proper dribbling technique to one of the dozens of campers at SLC’s March Madness Mini Basketball Camp and Game, which was held March 21, 2015, in Manitowoc. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN Silver Lake College student Jessica Martinez helps paint a tree on a mural at The Gardens at Felician Village in Manitowoc. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Silver Lake College student Jacinta Moore reads with Reuben Flores, a third-grader at Jefferson Elementary School in Manitowoc, as part of the Backpack Book Club. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

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It’s an exciting time to be at Silver Lake College As we begin this new academic year, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family celebrates its 80th anniversary. This is a significant milestone for the College, and as I begin my third year as President I am keenly aware of the importance of this moment for this very special place. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity set in motion decades ago a dream to begin a college to educate the women from their community to serve the Church and the world. Today at Silver Lake College, students and families discover an institution of higher education committed to the founding mission of educating the whole person—mind, body and spirit. The education a student receives today is solidly rooted in the Catholic tradition and framed by those enduring Franciscan values. The liberal arts and practical career preparation are the hallmarks of our academic enterprise. At the heart of our work is a commitment to solid academics, professional and leadership development, and providing our students the opportunity to grow spiritually, culturally and personally. We are preparing students for successful lives in the 21st century. Our students are armed as life-long learners to adapt to an everchanging professional landscape. Finally, our students are prepared to serve the world through participation in their church and community as servant leaders. It is an exciting time for me to be at Silver Lake College. During my Presidency, I have remained focused on three guiding principles of leading the College: remain diligent to the College’s core values and mission, stay ever focused on the people we serve—our students, and finally, always be keenly aware of how to respond and adapt to constant change. I would like to examine these principles in my message to you. DILIGENT TO CORE VALUES AND MISSION A history map of the College was completed this summer to honor the people, the mission and the positive impact Silver Lake has had on so many. This historical display, located in the Endries Heritage Room, was created by Sister Mariella Erdmann and tells the story of this wonderful place in a very simple and creative way. This past year Patrick Gagnon, Sister Camilla Wolfgram, Julie Kautzer, Sister Helen Marie Paul and Sister Mariella served as the project’s coordinators. The history map, the physical improvements in the Heritage Room, and future renovation of the adjacent patio are due to the generosity of Bob and Pat Endries.

The College will be dedicating the Bob and Pat Endries Heritage Room in September. There will be an adjacent patio completed next year to enhance the indoor space. Dr. Chris E. Domes PHOTO BY SHELLIE KAPPELMAN The history map expresses the commitment past generations had to the College’s mission but it also conveys to today’s students, employees, parents and alumni how central our Franciscan Catholic Mission is to our future. The Heritage Room helps to tell the story of the College’s history while our students, faculty and staff carry out the mission today. One of the ways people experience our mission in action is through volunteer service in the community. This year, students volunteered thousands of hours to support those in need. The College sponsored Days of Service during the academic year. Student organizations and athletic teams worked on specific projects and assisted with long-term volunteer programs. Our student organizations such as Silver Lake Student United Way and Look Ahead Lakers made a difference in the lives of dozens of children throughout the region. The women’s volleyball team assisted in making a home more accessible for a disabled local resident by building a handicap ramp. Silver Lake College’s Backpack Book Club was recognized this spring as Manitowoc’s Volunteer Organization of the Year. Tara Wachowski, Coordinator of Community Outreach, and Mary Domes worked with eight dedicated Silver Lake College students during the school year. They volunteered two mornings a week to read with second- and third-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Manitowoc. Students, faculty and staff volunteered in Manitowoc’s Day of Caring by helping to build a community garden this spring. And 15 students accompanied by faculty and staff traveled to help people in Memphis for the College’s annual Alternative Spring Break. Finally, the Silver Lake Chorale traveled east to perform concerts in Ohio, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. They performed in several Catholic Churches and one Catholic continued on page 36

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A vision for the future

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Silver Lake College excited about developments in academics, athletics, Work College By Benjamin Wideman Director of Communications

Much like the enthusiastic students who walk its halls, Silver Lake College is setting its sights on the future. Over the next five years, Manitowoc County’s only four-year institution of higher learning will continue to embrace the standards of academic excellence and personalized attention that have defined its presence for the past 80 years.

An exterior view of Silver Lake College’s Zigmunt Library, framed by a blossoming magnolia tree. The library is transitioning this year to serve as the Academic Resource Center. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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Megan Sheahan of Whitelaw accepted a job offer from M&M Tax and Accounting before receiving her Bachelor Degree from Silver Lake College on May 2. Megan interned at the business both semesters of her senior year. “Working and going to school at the same time is valuable, because it ties everything together and makes everything make so much more sense,” Sheahan says. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

However, the 2020 vision being spearheaded by Dr. Chris E. Domes, now in his third year as President of Silver Lake College, aims to build upon that foundation and transform the College into something more dynamic than ever before. “We are very excited about what the future has in store for Silver Lake College,” Dr. Domes said. “All of the strategies we have planned, we’re going directly to our strengths as a College. We’re not diverting away from anything or doing something that isn’t in our comfort zone or in our set of core competencies. We’re using our strengths to pave a pathway to success and achieve our goals. We’re focusing on areas like increasing enrollment, moving the institution toward stronger graduate programs and blending our liberal arts and career prep experiences with our new Work College model. There are a lot of exciting developments coming in the near future.” By the year 2020, Silver Lake College, which is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, intends to increase its undergraduate population to roughly 500 full-time undergraduates—of whom 350 would be traditional-age students and 150 would be transfer students. To accommodate them, residence halls would be expanded. In general, the most notable changes the Silver Lake College community likely will witness over the next five years include 1) integrating liberal arts with the Work College model; 2) developing academics; and 3) expanding athletics. Here’s a closer look at each of those areas: LIBERAL ARTS AND THE WORK COLLEGE MODEL To better prepare students for a 21st century work environment, Silver Lake College is poised to become America’s first Catholic higher education institution to adopt the Work College model. On May 22, the College’s board of directors approved moving toward full compliance and adoption of the federal Work College model. Starting with the 2016–2017 academic year, 100 percent of incoming full-time, residential students will be required to participate. The College plans to officially apply for Work College 6 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2015

status in 2018–2019 (institutions first must have two years of Work College programs under their belts). “This model helps make college more affordable for students,” Dr. Domes said. “But, more importantly, this model helps prepare students for a 21st century work environment. It creates an opportunity while students are in school to build a robust resume using jobs on campus as well as partnerships in the community utilizing internships. … It’s important to note that the Work College model will be enhancing what we already have as an institution. It’s not replacing it in any way.” Dr. Domes added that the Work College model “fits our mission exceptionally well, and it allows us to truly educate the whole person, allowing students to prepare themselves professionally—which means being adaptable, being able to work in

“We are very excited about what the future has in store for Silver Lake College.” —Dr. Chris E. Domes, President teams, and being able to utilize a strong work ethic. And when you blend that with our liberal arts curriculum, students will be ready to hit the ground running in their careers and in life, in general, once they receive their degrees at Silver Lake College.” Full-time undergraduate, residential students could receive a work grant up to $3,200, requiring them to work 10 hours per week. Student employees will be able to earn wages directly by working additional hours beyond the initial 10 hours. Ideally, students will be employed on average between 10 and 15 hours per week. After completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students also may be eligible for additional scholarships and grants. This commitment to provide financial aid and employment opportunities to each student will keep a Silver Lake College education affordable. Megan Sheahan can attest to the benefits of working while attending college. During her senior year at Silver Lake College, the Whitelaw native interned both semesters at M&M Tax and Accounting in Kellnersville. The personnel at M&M were so impressed with Sheahan’s work ethic and knowledge that they offered her a full-time job a few weeks before she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting on May 2.

“Working and going to school at the same time is valuable, because it ties everything together and makes everything make so much more sense,” Sheahan said. “Bookwork and fieldwork are completely different, and getting to have that real-world experience will be so helpful in my future career.” Work Colleges integrate work responsibilities—complete with supervisors and evaluations—along with community service activities into every student’s education. The work program on each campus is distinctive, designed to meet campus needs and complement relevant coursework. When Work College graduates enter a chosen career, they’re already equipped with many of the skills that today’s employers say they desire but have difficulty finding in applicants. In recent research by The Chronicle of Higher Education, more than half the employers surveyed said it was a challenge to find recent graduates qualified enough to fill open positions. Citing a lack of basic workplace proficiencies like communication skills, adaptability and complex problem solving, employers are placing more emphasis on work experience than traditional indicators like grade-point average. Silver Lake College will be the only Work College in Wisconsin. The other seven Work Colleges nationwide include Blackburn College in Illinois, College of the Ozarks in Missouri, Ecclesia College in Arkansas, Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, Sterling College in Vermont, and Alice Lloyd College and Berea College, both in Kentucky. Graduates of those colleges speak highly of what they gained from a Work College experience. Aubrey Cunningham, a graduate of Blackburn College, said, “In my current line of work, I am constantly using communication, organizational and mediation skills, plus leadership and working with diverse groups. The work program was a huge help in not only securing a job, but being successful in (my chosen) career.” At Silver Lake College, the Work College program will be led by a Work College director. Students also will have a role in helping manage fellow students. Some on-campus job opportunities may include academic tutoring, library services, technology services, athletics, public relations/marketing, food service, work program management and research. Interestingly, when the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity founded Silver Lake College (then known as Holy Family College), in their own way they essentially founded a Work College. At that time, 100 percent of the Sisters worked alongside each other to run and operate the institution while also attending classes. “Today, we’re taking that model and thrusting it into a 21st century experience,” Dr. Domes said. “We’re responding to a 21st century student through that Work College model that was established 80 years ago at this institution.”

DEVELOPING ACADEMICS In order to best serve its students, Silver Lake College is continuing to strengthen and develop its three-school approach, which was implemented for the first time in the 2014–2015 academic year. The three schools include the School of Professional Studies, School of Education and School of Liberal Arts.

Aaron Davis of Springfield, Ohio, and Kaela Cheesman of Rolla, Mo., are student-athletes at Silver Lake College who are gaining work experience on campus. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

“The School of Education focuses on education students, both graduate and undergraduate, as well as students seeking licensure, making sure they meet all (Department of Public Instruction) requirements,” said Dean Vicki I. Ansorge, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Development. “They have needs that other students don’t have.” “The School of Professional Studies is serving primarily, but not exclusively, non-traditional students,” Vicki added. “Those students consist largely of full-time, working adults with families who need to have courses that work in that framework. Students in the traditional program benefit by interacting with non-traditional students who are in the workforce.” Meanwhile, the School of Liberal Arts is generally geared toward the more traditional undergraduate who’s seeking a traditional college experience. “The focus is on the liberal arts areas of study with that connection to professional preparation,” said Vicki, noting that it blends nicely with the Work College model being developed. “We are recognizing the needs of both students and employers who will be employing these students,” she said. “We are Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  7

continuing to offer an excellent liberal arts education, and we are integrating it with professional preparation in a new way— making sure that students build a work resume that aligns with their academic transcript. When they’re ready to go out into the workforce, prospective employers will be able to see what they have done academically as well as how they have grown professionally from a work perspective. In general, the idea is that they are not just learning to work, they are learning to manage. They are learning organizational behavior. They are learning what it means to be part of a business community.”

Brianna Neuser, Assistant Dean for the School of Professional Studies, is pleased that the Silver Lake College Board of Directors endorsed a proposal to develop a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. “My goal is that the program would be approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing in late spring of 2016, and that we’d have a ‘soft start’ to the program in the fall of 2016,” says Brianna, a Certified Nurse Educator who holds a Master of Science and Nursing Degree. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

From the perspective of the general liberal arts, Vicki said the College will be implementing more cross-curricular, transdisciplinary educational choices. There likely will be additional majors and programs available (such as Graphic Arts and Actuarial Science), as well as more student-designed majors. The College also is exploring the possibility of offering a Master’s Degree in Theology. Led by Chairwoman Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, the College’s Department of Theology and Ministry is evolving and developing a forward-thinking curriculum, as well. In June, she earned her ecclesiastical doctorate in Sacred Theology by suc8 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2015

cessfully defending her dissertation at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The title of her dissertation was “Ecclesiological Elements in the Early Theology of St. Bonaventure.” “We are a place that provides strong teaching in Theology and the New Evangelization, and Sister Marie Kolbe and her degree helps us to strengthen that,” Dr. Domes said. “We are happy to have an ongoing commitment to the Diocese of Green Bay with helping teach leaders.” In addition, the College is continuing to raise money for the Bishop Robert Morneau Endowed Chair for Theology. Meanwhile, to help first-year students successfully adapt to a college environment, Silver Lake College is implementing Learning Communities starting with the fall 2015 semester. “There is a lot of research that talks about connecting firstyear students, especially those who are first generation, with the tools they need to succeed in college—which goes far beyond what happens in the classroom,” Vicki said. She noted that traditional first-year experience programs often take place during the summer or first few weeks of a semester. “We’re taking a different approach, in part because traditional bridge programs haven’t been as successful as anticipated because they’re intensive,” Vicki said. “They’re at a transitional phase in a student’s life—students are anxious—and they don’t retain the information as well as hoped. So we’re using (Learning Communities) as a model that we think is going to be much more dynamic for the students to give them information at critical times.” As part of the program, traditional freshmen will take six credits with one professor through the Learning Community. Three of those credits will be in a course that delves into topics such as community building and service. The other three (and in one instance, four) credits will be a content course specific to their particular professor’s area of expertise (Dr. Michaeleen Golay in Biology, Erin LaBonte in Art, and Katie Walkner in History). To further bolster academic success, the College is establishing a one-stop academic shop that will provide students with the resources (or lead them to the necessary resources) they need for additional support outside the classroom. Zigmunt Library will serve as the Academic Resource Center—a central location for the Student Success Center, tutoring, peer mentoring, quiet study and research assistance. That transition is beginning to happen this academic year. Over the next few years, that will expand to include the MAC model (Mentoring, Advising and Coaching). In addition, at several points throughout the academic year, people will seek out students, especially those who are first generation, to check in on their progress and provide any assistance that is needed.

Also on the academic front, the Silver Lake College Board of Directors has endorsed a proposal to develop a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree—of which there currently is no such option in Manitowoc County. Brianna Neuser, Assistant Dean for the School of Professional Studies, said the College will be submitting an application to the state of Wisconsin, which then will determine whether further program development is approved. But she is confident it will proceed, considering the College currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program that achieved continuing accreditation through 2023 from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. “My goal is that the program would Vicki Ansorge be approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing in late spring of 2016, and that we’d have a ‘soft start’ to the program in the fall of 2016,” said Brianna, a Certified Nurse Educator who holds a Master of Science and Nursing Degree. “We are responding to a decline in the nursing workforce nationwide and an increase in retirements,” she added. “A Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is Sister Marie Kolbe good for our community, because we can Zamora respond to our own needs.” EXPANDING ATHLETICS Silver Lake College also is continuing to strengthen its athletics program, which is a major component of its future. Currently, the College is affiliated with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, which primarily consists of East Coast colleges and universities. On May 22, the College’s Board of Directors approved a plan to apply for membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which is home to more than 260 colleges and universities. The NAIA’s purpose is “to enhance the character-building aspects of sport,” which aligns nicely with the mission of Silver Lake College. “Athletics is important for three reasons in advancing our mission,” Dr. Domes said. “One is that athletics, when done well, strengthens the academic enterprise. It helps attract and keep high-quality student-athletes at institutions like Silver Lake College. “Athletics also is a laboratory for learning. It helps young people work in teams. It helps them understand both the joys and disappointments that can happen in life. It helps them create a lifelong commitment to health and wellness. And, obviously, it helps develop team spirit and a commitment to the College.

Silver Lake College student-athlete Wes Dowell, a native of Ekron, Ky., enjoys being the starting goalie for the Lakers soccer team. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

“And from a research standpoint, at colleges and universities there are two activities that students can do that almost assure they will remain at the institution long-term. One of those is work—if a student holds a job on a college campus, there is much higher likelihood they will remain at the institution and feel connected (which is where the Work College model comes into play). The other activity is athletics. That is critically important to both recruiting and retaining high-quality studentathletes to the institution.” Wes Dowell, who will be a senior during the 2015–2016 academic year, said athletics had a big role in attracting him to Silver Lake College. “I wouldn’t have come here if Silver Lake didn’t have athletics,” said Wes, who participated in basketball and track at Meade County High School in Ekron, Ky. At Silver Lake College, he played on the men’s basketball team his first three years. He also played on the soccer team last year as the starting goalie, and intends to play soccer again during the fall of 2015. “I enjoyed having Guido (Lenaerts) as our soccer coach,” Wes said. “He was very down to earth and very up front. He’d tell you what you were doing wrong and tell you what you were doing right, and you’d learn from that. It was a great experience.” Wes said fellow student-athlete Christopher Jason of Kenosha encouraged him to join the soccer team. He added that other student-athletes, like Amanda Kudick of Kewaunee, inspired him to continue improving and showed him the finer points of a game he had never previously played. “Playing soccer was phenomenal,” Wes said. “It was awesome to pick up a sport like that. I just think athletics goes handin-hand with academics. Adding the academic side to athletics is amazing. We’re bringing in stronger, smarter gentlemen and continued on page 29

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Silver Lake College honors alumni award recipients By Suzanne Weiss Assistant Director of Communications

Silver Lake College honored eight people during its annual Alumni Awards Dinner on March 20, 2015. Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, welcomed about 70 people to the event, which was held on campus in the Ariens Atrium at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. Award recipients included: Joan Zipperer Dewane ’71, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The retired educator was a member of the first lay student class of what was then Holy Family College. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, and is also a member of the Silver Lake College Alumni Board.

Erica Jansky ’11 received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Within two weeks of receiving her Master of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College, Erica was offered her current position of Director of Rehabilitation and Speech Language Pathologist at Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center. Laura Ziemer ’04 received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Servant Leadership. Laura earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with dual majors in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education from Silver Lake College. She is founder of the Miracle League of the Lakeshore, a youth baseball league for children with special needs. Katy Mangin ’00 received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Servant Leadership. Katy graduated from Silver Lake College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary/Middle School Education. A third-grade teacher in the Mishicot School District for 15 years, she has served as cohead of the youth mentoring program at O.H. Schultz Elementary School. PHOTOS BY SUZANNE WEISS

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Dr. Deb Hunt ’90 received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Superintendent of the Valders Area School District earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Silver Lake College. Deb joined the Valders Area School District as superintendent in 2009 with additional responsibilities of Director of Special Education in 2011. Biff Hansen ’78 received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Servant Leadership. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education from Silver Lake College. Biff is Assistant Principal at Manitowoc Lincoln High School and a 14-year-plus veteran of the Manitowoc Public School District, where he has served as special education teacher and athletic coach. Letha A. Dernlan ’76, ’89 received the Alumni Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts. Letha was the first student at Silver Lake College to obtain a Master of Music Degree, with emphasis in the Kodály Method, in May of 1989. She had a 38-year career as an elementary music teacher with the Manitowoc Public School District, touching the lives of nearly 7,000 children. Don Geiger ’87 received the Distinguished Parent Award. Don holds a Teaching Degree in K–8 Learning Disabilities from Silver Lake College and was President of the SLC Alumni Board for the past two years; those duties culminated with his participation in the May 2015 commencement ceremony. Don has spent 25 years at Lakeshore Technical College in a variety of student advisor roles.


Jennifer Fritsch ‘15 works hard to earn degree, set positive example for her daughters By Suzanne Weiss Assistant Director of Communications

For Jennifer Fritsch of New Holstein, graduating from Silver Lake College has set her on a new path in life. “I’ve become a role model for my children,” said Fritsch, whose two daughters were on hand to see her walk across the Endries Hall stage to receive her diploma on May 2, 2015. “One of the major accomplishments in my life, besides being a parent, is completing my Bachelor’s Degree. It feels great.” Fritsch, 39, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and is in charge of 40 employees as community manager for an assisted living facility in Manitowoc. “I feel I have a lifetime of opportunity that was never open to me before,” she said. Her success is something she couldn’t imagine when she was growing up in Two Rivers, the oldest of five children in a household headed by a single mother. She faced many challenges that hindered her hopes of an education, including having to help care for her younger siblings. On one hand, the loving bond that resulted made her closer to her brothers and sister. On the other, it drew attention away from her plans for her future, Fritsch said. “I didn’t have time to look at the big picture. I just focused on the now and how to get through life. I accepted the cards I was dealt. I stumbled through life mostly to get by,” she said. “I worked two part-time jobs in high school. I was a C student. Academics weren’t my thing. I went into the workforce right out of high school. I worked several mediocre factory jobs. I had my two daughters at age 20 and 22,” said Fritsch, who raised them primarily as a single mom. As she got a little older, Fritsch came to realize that she had a talent for organizational management and began wondering if there wasn’t more to life. “I had drive, but I didn’t know how to use it to the fullest potential,” she said. At age 26, Fritsch decided to enter a nursing program at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland. She earned her general education credits and some nursing program prerequisites. “Then, of course, life happened and my schooling came to a complete halt,” said Fritsch, who again turned her attention to family. At age 33, Fritsch met someone who significantly changed her life by believing in her fullest potential, she said. “He was the driving force and stayed committed to my success the whole time,” Fritsch said. He told her she was very smart and suggested she go back to school to finish her education. He brought her a flier about SLC’s adult learning program and told her she should look into it. Fritsch attended a 2010 college/job fair and got no farther than Cindy St. John at the Silver Lake College booth. The two

Jennifer Fritsch receives flowers and a hug moments after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree on May 2 at Silver Lake College. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

clicked, and that fall Fritsch enrolled in classes at Silver Lake College, with 62 credits transferred into the program from her previous studies. “I had that sense of belonging,” Fritsch said. “When I walked into the Silver Lake College doors, I didn’t feel like an outsider. It just felt right to be here.” Then life interfered again. “In 2013 I had some medical issues and had to take off two semesters,” Fritsch said. Silver Lake College’s Registrar’s office helped Fritsch keep on track despite the lost time and the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity took time to reach out to her. The teaching styles of the instructors also were ideal for working adult students like her. Fritsch said that, thanks to the way the adult education program is structured, she was successful in completing her degree. “I wasn’t just a number. Not one of the staff gave up on me,” Fritsch said. “I would have never gotten through without the support of Silver Lake College. Here I am. I graduated as a B student.” Best of all, she learned lessons that she can pass on to her daughters, Dana and Emily. “I’ve become a role model for my children,” Fritsch said. “Silver Lake College taught me how to stay committed and to stay on task. I can show my daughters that I am a strong woman and if I can complete that program, anyone can,” Fritsch said. “Today I’m very proud because I chose a good path. I can’t say thank you enough to everybody who helped me,” she said. Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  11


Debra Pratt ’15 HometownTwo Rivers ResidenceManitowoc FamilyHusband, Jon. Children, Rachel, age 19; Jason, age 12 Degrees earned at Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management and Human Resources Management OccupationHuman resources professional What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“There are several things that I liked about Silver Lake College. First and foremost, I enjoyed the liberal arts core, learning in several different areas such as history, world cultures and religion, and the liberal arts classes in addition to the business courses. I also enjoyed and appreciated each instructor as they not only taught from the book but also brought along their real-world experiences to share. Lastly, I enjoyed the Adult Degree Completion Program, as the class schedule in accelerated format made earning my degrees as a working adult a reality.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“As a human resources professional, it is important that we have a wide degree of business operating knowledge and understand how we can positively affect the business bottom line. The knowledge I gained in the human resources classes have expanded my skills in that area. In addition, the business-related classes such as accounting, probability and statistics, marketing, operations management, and strategic planning have given me the tools to be successful. Lastly, the liberal arts classes have added to my humans first in human resources operating concept.”

Edgar J. Hansen ’84, ’97 HometownManitowoc ResidenceManitowoc FamilySon, Bjorn. Daughter-in-law, Amanda. Grandchildren, Kira and Logan. Degrees earned at Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Arts in Business Administration–Management (minor in Communications); Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior OccupationRetired. Serves as a volunteer for Sunshine Rotary, VFW Post 659 Honor Guard, Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, Wisconsin Area Military Retirees Council, Red Arrow Park Affinity Group and other groups. What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College“I liked the small school feel and being able to get to know different students from other majors. Students ranged from young just out of high school to retirees. The business program was new so we all had influence on the then current and future programs. I was a founding member of the Business Administration Student Association and was very involved on campus with fundraisers and sponsoring events. I was the editor of the weekly newsletter and the Quiddity, SLC’s literary magazine. The thing I liked and appreciated the most was the family atmosphere.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“I was a non-traditional student who just left the Army and needed help getting into the right mindset for college. Everywhere I turned I found people, teachers and administrators who went the extra mile to help. When I graduated in 1984 I was well-educated and prepared to enter the civilian workplace. I in part credit my success in business and the National Guard to my SLC education both in the classroom and on campus.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“I love to read and write for the local newspaper. I sail in the summers and travel south in the winter. I belong to numerous organizations and do volunteer work in the community. My favorite time is spent with my grandchildren.”

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Alumni Spotlights

Get to know some of our alumni!

Sister Christine Stoller ’74 HometownAlgoma ResidenceManitowoc (Chiara Convent) Degree earned at Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Natural Science (Mathematics) OccupationAssociate Professor at Silver Lake College What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“Silver Lake College—known as Holy Family College at the time I was pursuing my undergraduate studies—provided excellent professors in their disciplines with concern for each student to guide them in the mastery of the content. The environment of each class offered an atmosphere to acquire knowledge which included social and ethical principles for the betterment of the world. The size of the classes ensured individual assistance with all aspects of learning. The liberal arts education with the Franciscan framework provided a strong preparation for my future education on the Master’s level.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“My education at Silver Lake College provided me the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be an effective teacher in the upper grades at the elementary level for 18 years. Although I have taught several different subjects at that level, my focus was mathematics and science. One highlight of my career at this level is a team of my students placed fourth in the Wisconsin state MathCounts competition. In 1990, I left the elementary school scene to pursue a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. This knowledge of technical skills plus a passion for continuous updating of emerging technologies helps me be a leader in educational technology today.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“Aside from the academic scene, I enjoy nature, such as walking through the woods, especially in the spring and fall to appreciate all the beauties that surround us. I delight in cooking and baking as well as knitting and crocheting.” PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN AND SUZANNE WEISS

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Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora HometownHouston, Texas ResidenceManitowoc (Chiara Convent) Education at Silver Lake CollegeIn 1994, completed coursework for a license to teach History and Spanish at the secondary level OccupationChair, Department of Theology and Ministry at Silver Lake College

Tim Schaefer ’95 HometownMilwaukee ResidenceWhitefish Bay FamilyWife, Rosalie. Children, Sebastian, age 10; Leia, age 8 Degree earned at Silver Lake CollegeMaster of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior OccupationExecutive Vice President-Operations & Technology at Northwestern Mutual What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College “The opportunity to work through the program with the same group of students was a great experience. We got to know each other beyond the classroom and gained an appreciation for the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the group. It created a rich environment for discussion, debate and learning. I also appreciated the accelerated learning approach and the strong focus on many dimensions of leadership that were covered in the program.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general“I came into the program with a strong technology background. The focus on organizational behavior and leadership helped balance me out and provided a strong foundation for the various roles I have had at Northwestern Mutual. I still regularly draw on what I learned during my time at Silver Lake to help me lead and find a path through the many challenges we face in today’s business world. Not only did the program stretch my thinking and help me build a broader perspective, but I also walked away with a range of practical tools and methods I could put to use not only in my career but also through my work on non-profit boards and within the community at large.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy“My family and I enjoy the water, so when the weather is nice you will find us out on our boat or paddling our kayaks. Both of my kids play hockey, so in winter you find us hanging out at ice rinks all over the southern half of the state.”

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What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“The small class size was a huge advantage. It enabled me to get to know my classmates and experience a sense of community at SLC. In addition, I have often taken the occasion to thank God (and Sister Mary Karen Oudeans) for the experience that we had in the course entitled ‘Psychology of the Exceptional Person.’ This course changed my life, enabling me to enter into the Franciscan spirit of gratitude for the blessings God gives us each day and the Franciscan spirit of solidarity with each and every person, particularly those who face life with severe disadvantages. All these years later, the children whom I met during this course continue to teach me how to be small before God and continue to give me courage.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“The teacher training that I received at SLC has been a gift that keeps on giving. Learning how to organize a classroom experience in such a way that student learning and student needs are first has been a skill that has been ‘transposed’ into many other personal and professional situations. For me, there has been no better ‘servant leader’ training than my education courses.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“I love to landscape, be outside, travel and read history.”


Rose Marcely ’74 HometownAshton ResidenceDunbar FamilyHusband, Dennis Degree earned at Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Arts in English OccupationRetired after 40 years in education. She taught middle and high school for 11 years and was an elementary and high school principal for 29 years. In 2008, she started a home healthcare business for the elderly called Sparkling Rosie’s Cleaning and Home Care Service. What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“I like the challenge to develop my potential intellectually, spiritually, physically and psychologically in a caring, life-giving environment.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“SLC inspired me to have a strong work ethic. It taught me to follow the beliefs and values of the Gospel, especially to do what is right rather than what is popular.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people and writing articles for local newspapers about the area in which I live. I also enjoy reading on the porch of our log home that my husband built in the beautiful north woods.”

Tessa (Kiel) Robinson ’11 HometownManitowoc ResidenceManitowoc FamilyHusband, Cory Degree earned at Silver Lake College Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theology OccupationSenior Consultant at Phoenix Behavioral Health Services, where she creates treatment plans for children on the autism spectrum. She provides in-home therapy for these children and help them and their families to reduce behaviors and increase social and daily living skills so these children can function in our society as independently as possible. What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“My favorite aspect of Silver Lake was the small class sizes, allowing the ability to actually know and build a true rapport with professors and classmates. I feel it made for a better learning experience and has benefited me in my future endeavors tremendously.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“Silver Lake was truly a place I could be myself and express myself in so many different ways. I was allowed to speak my mind and share my opinions and, with doing so, I also heard several other opinions and got into the minds of those around me, which is truly an experience that has changed my life forever.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“I enjoy anything active. I love to try new things, and I love to stay busy! I create art in my free time, whether it be on paper, canvas, a window, with landscape, or even with my voice through music. Art is by far my favorite hobby and a true passion of mine. I also love to get involved and help others in any way I can. I am definitely what you would call a ‘people person.’ ”

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Faye Malek ’73, ’99 HometownRural Reedsville ResidenceManitowoc FamilyHusband, Richard. Sons, Nate (wife, Jen) and David (wife, Ashley). Grandchild, Frederick Degrees earned at Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science in Home Economics; Master of Arts in Education OccupationRetired. Most recently worked as the Manitowoc County University of Wisconsin–Extension Family Living Educator What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“The faith-based environment and nurturing faculty stand out as having a positive impact on my career. In the early 1970s, many faculty were Sisters and priests who became some of my most treasured teachers and role models. Additionally, friendships with students were possible in a smaller setting, and I can say some of those friendships remain strong today. As a full-time professional, wife and mother wanting to complete a Master of Arts Degree in the 1990s, the convenience of attending classes close to home helped with work/life balance. The top-notch lay/ religious faculty provided rigorous learning experiences.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general? “Because of my enjoyable SLC experiences, I graduated from there twice, albeit 26 years apart. The Bachelor of Science Degree gave me freedom to work in various teacher-leader positions, including employment as the Silver Lake College Admissions Counselor and Alumni Director. About 20 years into my career, a UW–Extension supervisor/mentor encouraged earning a Master’s Degree, which would allow me to apply for faculty positions. I graduated with an MA in May 1999, wrote a resume the next day, and stepped into the Manitowoc County UW–Extension Family Living Educator position on Sept. 1, 1999. I kept textbooks and research papers which guided me in writing articles for professional publications. I also took with me wonderful examples of how to be a knowledgeable and caring teacher.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“Although time with our grandson is a top priority, trips and good books provide relaxation. Cake decorating is a fun new hobby used for family celebrations. Working as the evaluation consultant for a Drug Free Communities grant and being on the Felician Village Board of Directors keeps me connected with the community.”

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Chris Beloin ’86 HometownManitowoc ResidenceGrafton FamilyWife, Kim. Children, Melinda, age 25; Barbara, age 23; Steven, age 21; Christa, age 20 Degree earned at Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Arts in Business Administration–Management OccupationAccess to Success Director What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“For me, the small class sizes and personal attention were ideal. I still have SLC staff I consider friends and maintain regular contact with almost 30 years later. I met my wife, Kim, and made many life-long friends at the College. Of course, college years are mostly what you make of them, so I sought out leadership roles to build my interpersonal skills and networked with others in the community. Later on, I served as alumni board president and taught in the SLC Master’s Degree program (MS–MOB). Kim and I have been very fortunate and believe strongly in maintaining a life-long relationship with the College as it is important to prepare the next generation for career and life.” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“In the true liberal arts sense, I was interested in many things, and the broad range of subjects at SLC really fit my learning style. My writing skills were rusty, and Sister Isabel McElrone spent many hours helping me rewrite papers. I enjoyed talking about philosophy with Sister Mary de Sales Hoffmann, who served as an advisor for the club I was in. I took a class taught by Sister Anne Kennedy on organizational design and issues modeling. There were several excellent business faculty (among them, Frances Garrow) who captured the business world pretty well. Jan Algozine helped me design my first resume and gave me many job hunting tips. Doug Mrotek hired me as a photographer, and I developed and printed film for the College.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“Our kids are now all adults, but we still like to go on trips with them. Kim and I like to travel and visit friends. I enjoy both bike riding and photography. We also now have a place in Two Rivers to vacation at.”

Kim S. (Kimmes) Beloin, Ph.D., ’85 HometownTwo Rivers ResidenceGrafton FamilyHusband, Chris. Children, Melinda, age 25; Barbara, age 23; Steven, age 21; Christa, age 20 Degree earned at Silver Lake CollegeBachelor’s Degree in Special Education OccupationIndependent Educational Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor What did you like best about attending Silver Lake College?“Silver Lake College provided small class sizes and a small student population. All of the students knew each other due to the small size. We participated in social events, musical performances and athletic events together. Many of us also lived at home and commuted, which helped reduce the cost of going to college. The faculty and staff were a huge support to the students in many different ways. Most importantly, I met my husband at Silver Lake!” How did Silver Lake College help prepare you for your career and life in general?“Silver Lake College helped me to explore interests that were outside of my major. I sang in the College Chorus and Madrigal Singers, participated in clubs and social groups with students from other majors and classes, and worked at different work study jobs. The College experiences and supportive faculty/staff helped us to build confidence and take professional risks. Due to the high-quality educational experience that I received at SLC, I knew early on that I wanted to continue my education, earn a doctoral degree in education/special education and teach at the university level.” What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?“I enjoy camping, playing volleyball, playing guitar, singing, reading, writing, doing volunteer work, planning events and getting together with friends and family.”

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Alumni News and Notes Karen Mand ’71retired in January 2015 as cataloging management specialist at the St. Norbert College Library in De Pere. She spent more than four decades employed by the library. Gayle Fritsch ’76, a teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Howard, was featured in the Green Bay Press-Gazette in January 2015, as she led sixth-graders through Psalm 23 in song, stopping to explain the Biblical messages during Catholic Schools Week. Peter Dorner ’85was named to the Chairman’s Circle list by Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Manitowoc. Dorner also will be starting his third term as President of the Manitowoc County Board of Realtors in October 2015.

Becky Guseck ’05, ’15was promoted to Vice President of Peshtigo National Bank. Rachel (Gretzinger) Cohen ’09is serving as the director of Youth Ministry at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish in Two Rivers. She also is a program director and music coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action mission trips across the United States, and is a trivia host with America’s Pub Quiz. Jon Blevins ’11and members of his family, including his brother Tyler (a former SLC student), appeared on the television game show Family Feud in February 2015. Bridget Reil ’11opened an art gallery and studio, Eclectic Soul Gallery, in downtown Neillsville on Dec. 13, 2014.

Tammy Reigel ’14received the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s fifth annual Lisa Rohrer Volunteer of the Year Award on Jan. 15, 2015. Shanna Fitzgerald ’13 , her husband, Matt, and daughter, Tylah, welcomed the birth of Ella Belle Fitzgerald on April 2. Kayln Nelson ’13, her husband, Tommy, and son, Isaiah, welcomed Andrew Timothy Nelson to their family on April 1, 2015. Tina Norman ’13has joined Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance in De Pere as director-human resources business partner. Jennifer Rivera ’13accepted a position as House Parent at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Ill.

Don Geiger ’87married Michelle Moray in Hawaii on March 4, 2015. Nancy Neveau ’96was among those honored by the Build the Future Foundation at its annual Kewaunee High School District Wall of Fame banquet in Slovan on April 12, 2015. Dean Konop ’97, who works at Schroeder’s Department Store in Two Rivers, was among 10 members of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish in Two Rivers to display Stations of the Cross artwork at the church during the 2015 Lenten season. Sarah Muraski, who completed her social studies teacher certificate in 2007, was named principal of St. John School in Little Chute. Michelle Madl-Soehren ’04in March 2015 launched a Green Bay consulting service for business owners and entrepreneurs named iMPACT3P. She also wrote a column about workplace issues that was published in the Star Journal in Rhinelander.

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Brian Sommersberger ’08 received the Outstanding Art Educator-Elementary Division Award from the Wisconsin Art Education Association in Milwaukee on Oct. 23, 2014. He is an art teacher at Wilson Elementary School in Sheboygan. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN


Deacon Paul Gleichner ’04, pastoral associate at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish in Two Rivers, was among 10 members of the parish to display Stations of the Cross artwork at the church during the 2015 Lenten season. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Nick Spencer ’13was named head coach of the Two Rivers High School boys’ basketball team on May 4, 2015. Spencer, a fourth-grade teacher at Koenig Elementary School in Two Rivers, also received the Early Career Educator Award from Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on April 12, 2015. Amanda Thuss ’13, Promotions Coordinator for the Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center, appeared on an NBC Channel 26 broadcast in February to promote an icecarving event. John “Jack” Blattner ’14and Taylor Vanden Plas ’15 were married at Silver Lake College on May 23, 2015.

Dana Bastian ’15, benefits/payroll coordinator for Felician Village of Manitowoc, won a Service Excellence Star Award. Mary Bettag ’15will be completing her student teaching in Yuma, Ariz., at Yuma Catholic High School, one of the missions of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Taylor Geiger ’15accepted a position as Campus Minister at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc. He began the position in July 2015.

Nicholas Blattner ’15has entered a vocation of the Capuchin Franciscans of Mount Calvary.

Kryssa Luckow ’15accepted a position at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community in Newton. Luckow also had her senior art project, Hometown Heroes, featured on a segment of an NBC TV channel 26 broadcast.

Craig Krueger ’14was accepted to Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He is scheduled to begin attending there in fall 2015.

Michael Peeters ’15accepted a position as System Engineer for a medical IT firm, Cerner Corp. in Kansas City, Mo. He began his new position in May 2015.

Megan Sheahan ’15accepted a position at M&M Tax & Accounting Service in Kellnersville. Max Ver Voort ’15accepted the position of Coordinator of Special Projects at Silver Lake College. James Ward ’15accepted a position as an Associate Application Engineer for Thrivent Financial in Appleton. Karen Treml, who completed principal licensure coursework at SLC, was named the superintendent of the Kewaunee Public School District.

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Franciscan spirit is alive and well at Silver Lake College By Sister Mardelle Meinholz Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Many young and not-so-young students walk the halls of Silver Lake College. For some, this adventure of higher education marks their first steps outside of their immediate family environment. For others, this is their second or even third career venture. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity members who assist at Silver Lake College may be strange-looking women to some, or to others they may be friendly and helpful people the students have known over the years, perhaps even in grade school. The College building is small compared to some, but “lost” is a real place, at least for the first week of classes. Whether one commutes from home, lives in Clare Hall or rooms with friends, Silver Lake College soon becomes part of a way of life. Whether it’s education, friends, exams, social life, athletics, concerts, career planning, the Sisters or any of a number of other things, they all fall under the spell of Silver Lake College. This spell had its origin in Francis Bernardone, a young Italian man who fell in love with the crucified Christ and risked all he had on living the Gospel life. From the richness of the Franciscan tradition, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity established both the exterior and interior structure of Silver Lake College. Today, words are being articulated to express this spell that has been lived in the halls of the College for 80 years. Within the fabric of the Franciscan tradition are embodied characteristics that shape higher education in Franciscan colleges and universities. The following are examples of these values along with Francis’ own encouragement. A Franciscan education „„

respects and welcomes each person and their views, especially those marginalized by society. …Let us love our neighbors as ourselves. And if anyone does not want to love them as himself, let him at least not do them any harm, but let him do good. Later Admonitions and Exhortations*

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encourages living which encompasses accountability, transparency, inclusivity and simplicity. We must never desire to be above others, but, instead, we must be servants and subject to every human creature for God’s sake. Later Admonitions and Exhortations*

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engages in service as a way to participate in the world and all creation. Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves, that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally! A Letter to the Entire Order*

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provides experiences which emphasize the goodness of a loving, generous God. You are three in one, the Lord God of gods; You are good, all good, the highest good, Lord God living and true. The Praises of God*

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supports the person in his or her journey of conversion. … by Your grace alone, may we make our way to you, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simply Unity, and are glorifies God Almighty forever and ever. Amen.´ Letter to the Entire Order*


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promotes a sense of a familial community. Wherever the brothers may be and meet one another, let them show that they are members of the same family. Let each one confidently make known his need to the other, for if a mother loves and cares for her son according to the flesh, how much more diligently must someone love and care for his brother according to the Spirit! The Later Rule*

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emphasizes responsibility for creation. You created everything spiritual and corporal and, after making us in your own image and likeness, you placed us in paradise. The Earlier Rule*

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engages in peacemaking, healing of divisions, and resolving conflicts. …may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Letter to the Entire Order*

Desiring the one thing, “to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,” men and women from all walks of life enter into the Franciscan spirituality, a way of living the goodness experienced from a generous and loving triune God. For over 800 years, understanding the meaning of the Franciscan tradition has deepened as it develops, just as, for the alumnae of Silver Lake College, the understanding of who they are unfolds. The journey of conversion is life-long. The journey of redemption is through the created world. In the journey to God, God invites us to be partners in co-creating the world. As he lay dying, Francis of Assisi expressed the great dignity God gives to this relationship when he said to his brothers, “I have done what was mine (to do). May Christ teach you what is yours (to do).” What spell has Silver Lake College cast upon you? How has the Franciscan spirit, breathed in as you roamed the campus, made its way into your life-blood? May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and be merciful to you. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace. May the Lord bless you.*

*Francis of Assisi, Early Documents, vol. 1, The Saint, ed. Regis J. Armstrong, J.A. Wayne Hellmann, and William J. Short, (New York: New City Press, 1999). Permission granted. Sister Mardelle Meinholz is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, who sponsor SLC. She recently concluded a ministry as the College’s Director of Mission.

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Silver Lake College showcases Ariens Family Welcome Center and Endries Family Heritage Room

Mimi and Mike Ariens pose for a photo on Dec. 5, 2014, the day that the Ariens Family Welcome Center was dedicated. The couple provided a $300,000 gift to cover the cost of the major renovation. Sadly, Mike passed away on Feb. 25, 2015. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

By Benjamin Wideman Director of Communications

With Michael and Mimi Ariens in attendance, Silver Lake College dedicated its much-awaited Ariens Family Welcome Center before dozens of esteemed guests on Dec. 5, 2014. The Welcome Center is named after the Ariens family of Brillion, which provided a $300,000 gift to cover the expense for major renovations that took place in the main building’s front entrance area throughout the late summer and fall of 2014. The inviting space features Mimi’s Café, which proudly serves Starbucks products, as well as the Welcome Center desk, a spirit/gift shop and a lounge area. Mimi Ariens of Brillion said she and Michael—who sadly passed away on Feb. 28, 2015, at the age of 83—provided the financial gift “because all our children were taught by the Sisters here at Brillion Elementary School.” “That was one of the reasons we ventured forward to Silver Lake College. Four of our children attended Roncalli High School, so they were taught by Sisters, as well. We thought it was an opportunity to give to the Sisters … an opportunity to improve their campus.” 22 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2015

Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, said the Ariens’ gift has been a blessing. “Silver Lake College students, faculty, staff and visitors will experience true Franciscan hospitality thanks to their gift, for which the entire College community is truly grateful,” he said. Dr. Domes noted that the addition of a multi-functional Welcome Center benefits the campus in several ways. “First, what we did in the lobby area was create a ‘one-stop shop’ where we can service the needs of our students more efficiently and effectively,” he said. “It creates an opportunity for the offices that truly serve students on the enrollment side— which includes Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar’s office and Student Accounts—to all be in one location. It will allow the offices to work effectively together.” Dr. Domes added that the spacious lobby fosters a sense of hospitality where students, families and visitors can walk in and be warmly greeted by people at the Welcome Center desk. In addition, the renovation helps spotlight the Endries Family Heritage Room, which is accessible by doors facing the lobby. A formal dedication of the Heritage Room is scheduled for September 2015. The walls of the Heritage Room feature a pictorial history of the College’s ties with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, whose motherhouse is located just east of the College. “Our visitors and guests can physically see the heritage, the mission and the past of Silver Lake College and say, ‘Wow, here’s an institution that’s been here for 80 years,’ ” Dr. Domes said. “That room will be a place where we can hold receptions, greet people and highlight our rich history.” Bob Endries of Brillion, who along with his wife, Pat, provided a financial gift toward the completion of the Heritage Room and patio, said, “It can be very useful for meetings and showcases the College and the campus to a greater degree. The nice thing about that will be the patio. That should be perfect for receptions and/or get-togethers.” Bob added that he and Pat both feel an affinity for Silver Lake College because of its quality education, its mission and the fact that both were taught by Sisters and so were their children. “I’m very dedicated to the Sisters’ mission,” Bob said. “We also believe that others might see that (their financial gift) and be motivated to gift and be generous to a very worthy cause and mission.” Bishop Robert Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Green Bay, led the blessing of the Ariens Family Welcome Center during the December ceremony. Phase 1 of the lobby project was spearheaded by local company A.C.E. Building Service, in coordination with other contractors. Phase 2 of the renovation is tentatively scheduled to be completed in the next year or two. As part of that phase, the one-story lobby will be converted into a two-story atrium


space; the school’s “compass” logo will be incorporated into the floor design in the middle of the lobby; a rooftop patio will be built next to the Heritage Room just south of the lobby; and a front door garden entrance will be created. Suzanne Weiss, Assistant Director of Communications, contributed to this story. Bob and Pat Endries provided a financial gift toward the completion of the Heritage Room and Patio. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Silver Lake College named one of Top 100 Regional Colleges in the Midwest By Benjamin Wideman Director of Communications

For the first time in its history, Silver Lake College was honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 100 Regional Colleges in the Midwest for 2015. “To be honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best institutions is an important recognition for something we already know a lot about here at Silver Lake College,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, the College President. “We know this College is an excellent institution, and we know we’re delivering a high-quality academic experience for our students. It’s wonderful now to have an external acknowledgement from a publication like U.S. News & World Report. And we hope to continue to have that kind of recognition in the future from not only U.S. News & World Report but other publications, as well.”

U.S. News & World Report’s ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it’s based on researched views of what matters in education. First, schools are categorized by their mission, which is derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions as refined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie classification, which is used extensively by higher education researchers, has been the basis of the Best Colleges ranking category system since U.S. News & World Report’s first rankings were published in 1983. The U.S. Department of Education and many higher education associations use the system to organize their data and to determine colleges’ eligibility for grant money. In short, the Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in higher education. Indicators used to capture academic quality fall into a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. The indicators include input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students. An aerial view of Silver Lake College. SILVER LAKE COLLEGE PHOTO

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SLC students help others during Alternative Spring Break By Suzanne Weiss Assistant Director of Communications

named for the Memphis area code that hosts service experiences in the city. Some students hit the beach during spring break. The Silver Lake College group’s first stop was the National But 15 students from Silver Lake College instead took part in Civil Rights Museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel, a six-day service trip in March 2015 to Memphis, as part of the where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. College’s Alternative Spring Break. On the first day of service, Silver Lake College representaFor student leader Mary Bettag ’15 from Sheboygan, it was tives helped the Neighborhood Christian Center prepare for its her third and most powerful service trip. Spring Jam 2015, an around-the-world festival that allowed lo“I think it’s a very gratifying way to spend your spring break. cal children—who might not usually get a chance to travel—to You get to use your time in service to others,” Mary said. “We “visit” nine different countries. Their service project the next day, in conjunction with the Agape Christian ministry’s Families in Transition program, involved painting walls, cleaning rooms and shampooing rugs as they prepared apartments for homeless women who were pregnant or had given birth. The following day, they headed to Memphis Union Mission, a men’s homeless shelter, where they attended a chapel service and served lunch to about 100 men. The group also took part in an afterschool program in the Frayser neighborhood, known for its low-ranking standardized test scores. The program usually serves less than 10 students but was able to serve 30 thanks to help from the Silver Lake College representatives. Silver Lake College students helped kids with their homework and led recreational activities. The trip concluded with a group disSilver Lake College representatives took part in a six-day service trip in March 2015 to Memphis. cussion on how the experience opened evSUBMITTED PHOTO eryone’s eyes to different cultures and life experiences. In addition to Mary, Silver Lake Colwent all over Memphis and worked with all kinds of people— lege students who attended included Anna Hall, Marissa Leold, young and homeless. We also saw their tangible hope and schke, Gina Ellis, Ceasar Crayton, Jonathan Billingslea, Austin a strong love for their community. There’s a real spirit of Mem- Allen-Walker, Misty Bowe, Meghan Hildebrandt, Jacobi Webbphis. They believe in the city, despite its challenges.” Davis, Courtney Clavers, Angela Dvorack, Michalla Craw, The trip was a great time for reflection, Mary said. Abby Rieth and Megan Outlaw. “It made me think and re-evaluate what I take for granted, to Silver Lake College faculty member Steve Kuehl and Craig be more grateful,” she said. “It also challenged me to do more.” Krueger, a recent graduate, accompanied the students, as did The group worked through Serve 901, an organization former Silver Lake College employee Tommy Nelson.

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Campus News and Notes Fitness Center offers place to focus on wellness In keeping with its goal of nurturing the mind, body and spirit, Silver Lake College opened a Fitness Center on campus for its students, faculty and staff. The Fitness Center, completed in January 2015, was created in an existing 2,000-square-foot space in the lower level of the Main Hall. “It’s more than just a space, more than just a room, more than just equipment,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College. “It’s an opportunity for the College to focus on its mission of developing the whole person—mind, body and spirit. We are going to develop programs and opportunities for not only our students to stay fit and to focus on wellness, but also our faculty and staff.” Members of the College community said they love the new facility. “Personal fitness is something that’s very important to me,” said Silver Lake College student Jonathan Billingslea. “I drink a lot of water, I eat my vegetables and I’m excited to have an area where I can work out.” Students, faculty and staff need only present a campus ID for admission.

Rubber safety mats, positioned on the floors beneath the exercise equipment, give slightly beneath your feet as you walk into the Fitness Center. The rich blue floor of the main fitness room contrasts with the pure while walls, accented in black and a bright blue. Three large mirrors hang on the walls. Two rooms house equipment, including four treadmills, one bicep machine, two elliptical machines, one triceps machine and a vertical bench. There also is a shoulder press, lower back machine, leg curl machine, lat row machine, stationary bike and rowing machine. Four flat-screen televisions will be positioned throughout the Fitness Center. Separate men’s and women’s dressing rooms are conveniently located at the back. The Fitness Center also includes a Studio Room, which is available by reservation for exercise classes and group activities. That room is painted light blue, with a darker blue accent wall that features two large mirrors. A row of high windows allows for both natural light and privacy, as does a partial accent wall of frosted glass. The Studio Room is ideal for activities such as yoga, Zumba, Jazzercise, dance

Members of the Silver Lake College community took part in the Hands Around the Courthouse event in downtown Manitowoc on April 1, 2015. The event kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Members of the Silver Lake College women’s volleyball team, Student United Way and Campus Ministry joined together to participate in and promote the event. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

and stretching exercises. A DVD player is available for viewing workout videos. The Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation Inc. provided a financial gift to cover renovation and equipment for the Silver Lake College Fitness Center. The renovation was completed by Silver Lake College partner Sodexo, an international organization that delivers dining and facilities management for colleges and universities around the world. It handles facilities maintenance, landscaping and food service at SLC.

Robert Pauly named Lakers Legislation President Silver Lake College student Robert Pauly of St. Cloud has been appointed to the position of President of the Lakers Legislation student government for the first semester of the 2015–2016 academic year. Robert, who previously served as vice president, replaces Justin Mrotek, who graduated in May 2015. Robert plans to graduate in December 2015 with majors in theology and history. The executive leadership team also includes Jonathan Billingslea, treasurer, and Amanda Giacobbe, secretary.

Backpack Book Club wins award Silver Lake College’s Backpack Book Club, an offshoot of Look Ahead Lakers, received the Organization of the Year Award in the Teaching Category at the Helpful Hearts Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. The event, held May 20, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Manitowoc, was hosted by the Lakeshore Community Action Program. Receiving the award from Lakeshore CAP Executive Director Michael Huck were Mary Domes, wife of Silver Lake Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  25


SLC named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll By Benjamin Wideman Director of Communications

Silver Lake College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the General Community Service category. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The Honor Roll is part of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National and Community Service’s strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities. Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, said he’s proud of the work being done by students, faculty and staff. “One of our core values is to develop servant leaders at Silver Lake College,” Dr. Domes said. “Our students, faculty and staff deliver that each day in the classroom and in the community. “To receive this Community Service Honor Roll recognition validates our commitment to servant leadership and shows that we’re helping young people and our community. Our students, faculty and staff are learning the importance of serving others and creating a lifelong commitment to helping people.” Silver Lake College was named to the Honor Roll in large part for these community service activities: „„ Alternative Spring Break Trip to Joplin, Mo., to assist a community devastated by a deadly tornado. „„ Look Ahead Lakers, a program that empowers Silver Lake College students to act as role models and mentors for students from low-income households, underrepresented populations and firstgeneration families to provide the experiences, tools and support needed to make higher education accessible. „„ America Reads, America Counts, a program in which Silver Lake College students serve as reading and math tutors to children in grades one through nine. In total, those three activities saw 170 students volunteer a combined 2,482 hours. Silver Lake College strives to educate and empower students in an environment of mutual respect and concern for all people. The College incorporates service into its curriculum and weaves community service, service learning and servant leadership into the fabric of campus life.

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College President Dr. Chris E. Domes; Tara Wachowski, Silver Lake College’s School and Community Outreach Coordinator; and Silver Lake College student Courtney Carlson. They were awarded a plaque and a check for $500.

United Way awards SLC $40,000 grant Silver Lake College was awarded a $40,000 Community Impact Grant from United Way Manitowoc County in April 2015 to help fund the College’s Look Ahead Lakers program for the 2015–16 school year. “We are very grateful for support of the Look Ahead Lakers program by the United Way and the community,” said Tara Wachowski, SLC’s School and Community Outreach Coordinator. Look Ahead Lakers helps students successfully transition from middle school to high school to post-secondary education or college. It also emphasizes career readiness. United Way focuses on education, income and health as critical in building a strong community. Look Ahead Lakers aligns with the education building block and supports United Way’s community impact model by creating long-lasting, meaningful change in Manitowoc County. Since forming in 2010, Look Ahead Lakers has helped about 900 students in Manitowoc County.

Awards Ceremony spotlights students Silver Lake College held its annual Awards Ceremony on April 21, 2015, at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. Honorees included: Service Award—Courtney Clavers, „„ Brianna Krueger, Thao King, Jared Koch, Amanda Kudick, Marissa Leschke, William Puestow, Renee Troullier


Work Study and Internship Contribu„„

tions—Mary Bettag, Sophia Chin, Katie Crevier, Randy Gruenweller, Carly Klopf, Courtney Kupsky, Michael Peeters, Kevin Ramirez, Megan Sheahan, Taylor Vanden Plas, Max Ver Voort Tri Beta Honor Society—Rose Neu„„ meyer, Kevin Ramirez Freddy Award—Marissa Leschke, „„ Justin Mrotek, Kortney Reissman, Erin LaBonte (faculty member)

SLC receives gift from Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund Silver Lake College received a $44,550 gift from the Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund of Lakeshore Community Foundation. “We are grateful to the Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund for its generosity in helping students afford a quality, Franciscan, Catholic college education,” said Jamie Grant, Executive Director of Enrollment Management. The gift is for scholarships that will be awarded to current Silver Lake College students who are residents of Manitowoc County and are enrolled in health care and medical technology programs, with the first consideration given to students enrolled in nursing programs. For more information about the scholarship requirements, interested students may contact the Ariens Family Welcome Center at 920-686-6175.

Student-athletes honored Silver Lake College held its annual All-Sports Banquet on March 19, 2015, at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. Honorees included: Golf—Derek Domino, Most Im„„ proved; Dru Harris, MVP

Cross country—Taylor Vanden Plas, „„

MVP; Olivia Johnston, Sportsmanship; Sophia Chin, Most Improved; Nathan Jandrin, Coach’s Award Soccer—Wesley Dowell, Most Im„„ proved; Christopher Jason, Coach’s Award; Amanda Kudick, MVP; Carl Jean, Sportsmanship Volleyball—Courtney Clavers, Best „„ Offensive Player and USCAA Academic All-American; Casey Bingmon, Danielle Hunt, Courtney Clavers, Abby Gerhard, Danielle Byrum, Kaela Cheesman, USCAA Top 50; Kaela Cheesman, Best Defensive Player; Jordan Barbeau, Most Aggressive Player; Courtney Clavers and Jordan Barbeau, Co-MVPs; Megan Mendolla, Sportsmanship; Danielle Hunt, Most Improved; Jordan Barbeau, Coach’s Award; Abby Gerhard and Stevens Alexis (men’s basketball and soccer player), Positive Role Models; Dr. Chris Domes, College President, Stewardship Men’s basketball—Filip Pesek and „„ Kevin Ramirez, USCAA All-Academic Team; Stevens Alexis and Tyler Wells, Most Improved; Filip Pesek and Carl Jean, Sportsmanship; Austin AllenWalker, Coach’s Award; John Duke, MVP and USCAA Second-Team AllAmerican; Richard Kelly Sr., Distinguished Service Award (for his contributions to youth in Milwaukee) Women’s basketball: Amanda Ku„„ dick, Courtney Clavers, Marissa Senglaub, Jordan Barbeau, USCAA AllAcademic Team; Raelyn Woock, MVP and USCAA First-Team All-American; Kaela Cheesman, Comeback Player; Marissa Senglaub, Sportsmanship; Amanda Kudick, Coach’s Award; Daisneekqua Thompson, Most Improved

SLC hosts visiting Brazilian scholar Dr. Walênia Silva, a music education professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil,

Silver Lake College student Stevens Alexis shows an app to Dr. Michaeleen Golay, Assistant Professor, during the Spring Student Symposium on April 22, 2015. Dozens of students gave presentations throughout the day on a wide variety of topics. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

is working at Silver Lake College with Sister Lorna Zemke, Professor Emeritus of Music, to help bring Brazilian folk music to the attention of her country’s music educators and students. Sister Lorna is helping Walênia catalog songs according to the approach to music education developed in the mid-20th century by Hungarian Zoltán Kodály. The two met at a music conference in Atlanta. Walênia was familiar with Sister Lorna’s research after reading her doctoral dissertation on Kodály and plans to translate one of its chapters into Portuguese, Brazil’s official language. Walênia has been teaching classes including Brazilian Folk Music and Introduction to Kodály Music Pedagogy for the past 20 years. She is here thanks to a postdoctoral grant from CAPES, a Brazilian government agency on higher education. Silver Lake College is hosting Silva as a visiting scholar during the grant period, which runs through January 2016. Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  27


Members of the Silver Lake College Board of Directors for 2015 include L–R, front row: Sister Laura Wolf, Dr. Colleen Timm, Christine Kornely, Dr. Mary Govier, Sister Carol Ann Gambsky, Dr. Chris E. Domes; back row: John Zimmer, Father Dan Felton, Joe Debilzen, John Russo, Eric Volcheff, Sister Adrianna Schouten, Kevin Crawford, Dave Diedrich. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Students excel in singing competition Silver Lake College student Kevin Sievert won second place in the College Division at the Civic Symphony of Green Bay’s Miroslav Pansky Memorial Concerto Competition in November 2014. Kevin, who performed “Dalla sua pace” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, won a $250 scholarship and also was acknowledged at the symphony’s final performance on Feb. 21, 2015. Fellow Silver Lake College student Christopher Guy also competed, performing “Il mio tesoro” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Kevin and Christopher are students of Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Silver Lake College’s Division Director for Graduate and Undergraduate Music and Assistant Professor of Voice.

ciety Regional Convention at Monmouth College in Illinois. She was accompanied by Dr. Michaeleen Golay, Division Director for Math, Science and Computer Programs and Assistant Professor of Biology, who mentored the research. Presentation of the project fulfilled the requirement of a grant Rose received from Tri Beta. Nearly 40 biology students from the Midwest participated in the convention. “I compared areas that were invaded, not invaded, and managed,” Rose said. “I found that although the richness and diversity was higher in areas where invasive shrubs were removed, the composition of the understory community was significantly different than areas where invasion had never occurred.” Rose also shared her findings during a presentation at Woodland Dunes.

Student presents research on invasive species

Christopher Jason interns at National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Rose Neumeyer, a May 2015 graduate of Silver Lake College, spent more than a year studying the effect of invasive species honeysuckle and barberry at Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve in Two Rivers. She presented her research this past spring at the Tri Beta Biological Honor So-

Christopher Jason, an SLC student majoring in history, served a summer 2015 internship at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. The opportunity was made possible thanks to a Career Ready Internship grant, awarded to SLC by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corpora-

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tion. Christopher’s career goal is to join a museum staff. “The College wants every undergraduate to participate in an internship,” said Jan Algozine, SLC’s Director of Experiential Learning, Career Resources and Internships. “An internship provides the students with hands-on experience in the fields of study for which they are preparing.”

Dr. Feierabend heads Kodály Summer Music Program Dr. John Feierabend was named Chair of the Kodály Summer Music Program at Silver Lake College. John is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is a Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. He’s also a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators as well as a National Association for Music Education Lowell Mason Fellow. “Thousands of teachers all over the globe have been influenced by the Kodály Summer Music Program at Silver Lake College,” said Feierabend, who praised the work put into the program by its founder, Sister Lorna Zemke, over the previous four decades.


In Memoriam

Sister Ann Spenner, OSF ’59 April 27, 2015

Jovita (Neuville) DeWitt ’60 October 22, 2014

Jane L. Tulachka ’62 April 7, 2015

Sister Cosmas Miller ’68 September 15, 2014

Bonnie Bruce ’73 April 2, 2015

Marcelyn A. Loehlein ’79 September 6, 2014

Rev. Donna P. Denor ’89 March 29, 2015

Marilyn M. Jourdan ’08, ’11 September 4, 2014

Michael Patrick Carmody ’74 March 5, 2015

Jane Sieracke ’75 August 18, 2014

Sister Marietta Marmes, OSF ’68 February 7, 2015

Susan P. Reindl ’95 August 11, 2014

Sister Norma Balza, OSF ’62 January 28, 2015

Sister Marie Voborny, OSF ’71 August 11, 2014

Sister Julia M. Van Denack, OSF ’52 December 18, 2014

Dolores Ulness ’68 August 10, 2014

Sister Madonna Schmelzle, OSF ’51 December 16, 2014

Theresa D. Freiwald ’92 August 8, 2014

Charles L. Wolf ’01 December 6, 2014

Margaret Pecher ’75 July 5, 2014

Steven P. Bebow ’98 December 5, 2014

Steven Schramm ’06 July 4, 2014

Dorothy F. Sedlacek ’65 November 16, 2014

Norma (Hagen) Onsager ’70 June 30, 2014

Karen A. Neuser ’99 November 11, 2014

Sister Veronica Brockhoff, OSF June 4, 2015

Sister Alexandra Bettinardi Sister Barbara Belinske Sister Colleen Sweeting Sister Marcelyn Gervais Sister Mary Carol Kopecky Sister Mary Edith Schimpf Sister Mary Wilma Trottier Sister Patrice Walsh Sister Patricia Gallitz Sister Stephen Marie Luebbert Sister Winifred Crevier

Sister Donna Marie Kessler, OSF ’58 November 10, 2014

Sister Cecilia Marie Kalous, OSF June 23, 2015

Golden—50 Years

Lauraine Lienau ’65 November 3, 2014

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ladies who will help society, and it keeps our bodies and minds fit.” Silver Lake College currently offers men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country—with hopes of adding additional sports in the near future. Silver Lake College student-athletes have been successful both on and off the court/field. Last year, for example, women’s basketball player Raelyn Woock of Burnett, Wis., was named USCAA First-Team AllAmerican, while men’s basketball player John Duke of Milwaukee was named USCAA Second-Team All-American. And USCAA All-Academic Team honors were bestowed upon student-athletes Amanda Kudick (who played soccer and basketball), Courtney Clavers of Brillion (volleyball and basketball), Marissa Senglaub of Manitowoc (basketball), Jordan Barbeau

2015 Jubilarians Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Diamond—75 Years Sister Cecilia Byrns Sister Juliana Weber Sister Mary Grace Micke Sister St. Francis Wenzel Sister St. Agnes Stuttgen

Diamond—60 Years

Sister Carla Riach Sister Ellen Pachmayer Sister Marlita Henseler Sister Martinella Janz Sister Patricia Sevcik

of Iron Mountain, Mich. (volleyball and basketball), Kevin Ramirez of Ocala, Fla. (golf and basketball) and Filip Pesek of Ljubljana, Slovenia (basketball). “There’s no doubt that athletics helps strengthen the academic mission of the College,” Dr. Domes said. Silver Lake College also is exploring options for a studentrun Student Center that will focus on athletics and wellness, and also serve as a gathering place for students. “When you look at all the goals we want to reach by 2020, how do we get there?” Dr. Domes said. “Well, we’re going to get there by expanding our academic programs, by expanding our athletic programs and by enhancing the total experience for students through the Work College model. They are important components to our pathway to success.” Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  29


For Megan Baradic, receiving Mother Generose Scholarship is ‘like a dream, but real!’ By Suzanne Weiss Assistant Director of Communications

Megan Baradic of Delafield, Wis., is thrilled she was chosen as the 2015 recipient of Silver Lake College’s Mother Generose Cahill Honors Scholarship. “I was surprised and extremely excited to win the Mother Generose scholarship,” she said. “It’s like a dream, but real!” Megan, who will be starting classes at Silver Lake College in the fall of 2015, plans to major in Music Education and would like to become an elementary music teacher. Her parents, Kim and Tony, said they Megan Baradic are proud of Megan’s accomplishments SUBMITTED PHOTO and are grateful to Silver Lake College and the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity for their generosity of a full-tuition scholarship. “We both are extremely excited for Megan to begin the next chapter of her life in such a caring atmosphere, and we are so grateful to everyone at Silver Lake College for this opportunity,” Kim said. Megan, who was homeschooled, has enjoyed participating in church worship, youth group and open mics. “Piano and voice are my primary instruments, but I also play guitar and ukulele,” she said. “I sing and play music in a variety of genres, from classical to jazz to folk.” Megan said she also enjoys playing keyboard and singing for Sunday worship at church. “Homeschooling has given me the chance to RV around the United States with my family for most of my childhood, the freedom to go at my own pace and excel, and the opportunity to meet many people and try new things,” Megan said.

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She said she chose Silver Lake College because of its academic offerings and welcoming feel. “I like the great people, personal atmosphere and strong academic program, especially in music,” she said. “I like that they teach the Kodály method. I also like the beautiful campus, not too far from home.” She looks forward to participating in Silver Lake College’s music ensembles and campus ministry. Megan, who has one older brother, Gavin, enjoys painting, hiking, music and being with friends in her spare time. She said she also volunteers at the Milwaukee County Zoo as a summer guide and teaches Sunday School whenever she can. Additional College-sponsored scholarship winners for the incoming class of freshmen include: Sister Orestes Kohlbeck Scholarship: Madison MacIsaac of „„ Salem, Wis., who graduated from Westosha Central High School. She plans to major in English and become certified to teach. Founders Scholarship: Christopher Van Lanen-Wanek of „„ Two Rivers, who graduated from Two Rivers High School and plans to major in Music Education. Founders Scholarship: Michele Engelbrecht of Sun Prairie, „„ who graduated from Sun Prairie High School and plans to major in Psychology. Founders Scholarship: Abby Gallenberger of Luxemburg, „„ who graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School and plans to major in Business Management. Trustee Scholarship: Emily Marcus of Kiel, who graduated „„ from Kiel High School and plans to pursue a Music Education major. Trustee Scholarship: Rachel Lederer of Ashippun, who „„ graduated from Oconomowoc High school and plans to major in Education. Trustee Scholarship: Amanda Laque, who graduated from „„ Two Rivers High School and plans to major in Theology.


Below, L–R: A mask created by Erin LaBonte, Assistant Professor of Art, is displayed on a tree in the Sculpture Garden on campus. Erin and students in her 3-D Design class created the masks, which are made of clay and stained. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Above right: Silver Lake College student Megan Mendolla paints in one of the art rooms on campus. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS Above: A tree that was “yarn bombed” on campus holds up snow that fell in the area on Nov. 25, 2014. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Snow gently falls on campus on Nov. 19, 2014, as one of the artistic birdhouses painted by Silver Lake Student United Way members hangs on a tree outside Main Hall. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Billy Goat Gruff, an abstract representationalism piece created by Ernest Beutel, was among the pieces on display last academic year as part of the campus’ schedule of visiting artists. Beutel

completed his art teacher certification at Silver Lake College in 2010. SUBMITTED PHOTO Kryssa Luckow ’14 held her senior art exhibit, Hometown Heroes, to coincide with Veterans Day. One of the 28 charcoal drawings on display featured her cousin U.S. Marine Cpl. Justin Cain (shown at right), who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. “This is more than a senior art exhibit for me. It’s about letting people know what others have done for us,” Kryssa says. “My art show is a way I’m giving back to all military members for putting their lives on the line so we can be free. They all deserve the utmost respect and honor. All of them are my heroes.” PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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SLC graduate Craig Krueger accepted to Emory law school By Suzanne Weiss Assistant Director of Communications

Silver Lake College helped Hilbert native Craig Krueger build a foundation for admission to one of the top law schools in the country. The December 2014 graduate has been accepted to Atlanta’s Emory University School of Law, which is ranked 19th among law schools by U.S. News & World Report. “Getting into a school of that caliber is pretty rare. They have a 30 percent acceptance rate,” said Craig, 21, who plans to start classes in fall 2015. He made the cut thanks to excellent college grades and a high score on his law school admission test. “The other thing that really helped me get in was being involved in the Silver Lake College music program, because graduate schools are looking for applicants with diverse backgrounds,” said Craig, who plays piano, bassoon, organ, cello and handbells. Perhaps the biggest contributor to his success was his philosophy coursework, which honed his argumentation skills and helped him understand the nuances of language. “It sharpens the way you think, especially logical and critical thinking,” said Craig, who lives in Manitowoc and served an internship with a local law firm. Craig, a 2011 Hilbert High School graduate, took part in Silver Lake College commencement ceremonies on Dec. 13, 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and Psychology with a minor in Music. “It is always a joy when students approach their college courses with such openness that they permit themselves and their lives to be changed by what they learn,” said Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, instructor in Silver Lake College’s Department of Theology and Ministry. “Craig’s life has been transformed by his time at Silver Lake, and, in turn, he has made a beautiful contribution to the Col-

Craig Krueger, a December 2014 graduate of Silver Lake College, plans to start classes at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta this fall. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

lege in general and to the Theology Program in particular,” she said. “We are a family at Silver Lake, and the success of one is a success for us all. I am indeed proud of him and am thrilled at his acceptance to Emory. It will be wonderful to see how he continues to grow and prepare himself to make a contribution to a wider community.” Craig said he enjoyed participating in service opportunities through the Silver Lake College Campus Ministry program, particularly traveling to Appalachia and Joplin, Mo., to help repair homes for those in need. The aspiring lawyer completed his coursework at Silver Lake College in 3½ years thanks to heavier-than-average college credit loads. He plans to pursue a Master of Divinity and a Juris Doctorate through Emory’s five-year joint degree program. “Law and religion are universal fields and they have the same goal. They’re both seeking justice. They’re very complementary,” Craig said.

Planning your legacy Contact the Office of Advancement and External Relations to discuss how you can turn your giving into a legacy at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. Marc R. Barbeau Vice President for Advancement and External Relations | 920-686-6176 |

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Fiona Ye travels around the globe to earn degree at SLC By Sarah Kloepping Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.)

a pharmaceutical company,” Fiona said. “I found out the organization development is very important, not just in the business Fiona Ye had never been to the United States. world, also in non-profit institutions, also government adminBut living in a city north of Hong Kong, she still knew about istration.” Silver Lake College. According to the Silver Lake College website, organizational Fiona traveled nearly 8,000 miles to attend the Manitowoc development “is the field of study that deals with human develcollege and is now working toward her Master of Science degree opment in organizations. It is the study of individuals, groups, in Management and Organizational Development. and organizational processes (structures). “Every student can contribute to the community here,” she “Knowledge gained from the understanding of these groups said. “So I think, overall, it’s more like a family.” is used by scientists to better identify human behavior, as well Fiona was attending as by practitioners who are Loyola Education Center interested in enhancing orin the city of Dongguan, ganizational effectiveness, which is in the providence individual satisfaction, and of Guangdong, where one of personal growth and develher professors met a memopment.” ber of the Franciscan Sisters Fiona said the teachers at of Christian Charity teachSilver Lake have their own ing at Silver Lake College unique style but all encourthrough social media. age communication and “They know each other sharing of ideas. through the Internet,” Fiona “There is a lot of interacsaid. “It’s kind of like a blesstion in the classroom and ing, they talked and found everybody feels free to share out we have a lot of similaritheir perspectives,” she said. ty. It kind of makes the world For Fiona, there hasn’t as one.” been too much culture shock The nonprofit education Fiona Ye of China is attending Silver Lake College and working toward her since coming to Wisconsin, center Fiona attended prac- Master of Science degree in Management and Organizational Development. thanks in part to how the edtices Catholic values, but she PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN ucation center she attended wanted to experience them in China was structured. on a larger scale. “Our education center, even the diet we have, is more west“(Loyola) is still a small institution, and as soon as we go out ernized,” she said. “I love Italian food and I love German food. from the education center that will be another world,” she said. Of course I love my country’s cuisine, but I’m a good cook, I can “China, after all, is still a different cultural background. Even make it happen any time.” though nowadays people would say ‘very Western like’ … the But she does miss some things from her hometown. sense of community involvement here for me is a totally new “If my parents hear it they will be very sad … I miss my experience. cat,” she said with a laugh. “I also miss my professor in China “It’s not just within a college, it’s more like a town and be- because I learned from him almost three years, and because yond the town even. People here, I believe most of them are of him I know about Silver Lake and because of him I have a ready to help their neighbors. This is something I am really ap- chance to open my window to the world.” preciative of.” After receiving her degree from Silver Lake College, Fiona Fiona is one of several international students attending Sil- hopes to find work within the United States. ver Lake. “I’m not really (eager) to go back to my country immediShe said she wanted to attend Silver Lake before knowing ately,” she said. “Of course I love my country, but I want to exwhat she would study, but after learning about the College’s perience more.” Management and Organizational Development program, her Sarah Kloepping writes for the Herald Times Reporter newsdecision became clear. paper in Manitowoc, Wis. This story, which was reprinted with “Before I came here, I was working in the Food and Drug permission of the HTR, appeared in the newspaper’s print and Administration in my hometown and also I’ve been working in online editions on Feb. 2, 2015. Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  33


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College—Marymount University. St. Bonaventure University hosted our students after their performance in Allegany, N.Y., at the St. Bonaventure Parish Church. Through these activities and programs, Silver Lake College is making a difference in the lives of so many by diligently living out our core Franciscan values and Catholic mission. FOCUSING ON THE PEOPLE WE SERVE— OUR STUDENTS Enhancing the College’s learning and living environment in response to the needs of our students has been a priority over the past 24 months. To ensure we are meeting our commitments to the intellectual, spiritual, health, social and emotional needs of our students, the College has made several key improvements and changes: Completed a renovation to the dining facility. „„ Opened the new Ariens Family Welcome Center to create „„ a central location for enrollment and student services. Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar and Student Accounts are in this central location at the main entrance of the College. Opened a new fitness center to meet the health and wellness „„ needs of our students. Opened a prayer space, added daily Masses and expanded „„ weekly prayer services. Opened Mimi’s Café to provide a social space and addition„„ al dining options for students. Opened the Donald Taylor Art Gallery to provide additional „„ exhibit space for students to experience culture through the visual arts. Enhanced the campus grounds by adding flowers and „„ plantings. Planted a vegetable garden and refurbished eight benches „„ providing places to rest and enjoy the surroundings. Added counseling and academic support services for all our „„ students. Students and their families have many choices when they are selecting a college or university to attend. It is incumbent on Silver Lake College to deliver on Our Vision, which states:

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family will be known as a Franciscan Catholic college dedicated to developing students to serve, lead, and transform the world. Our future will be centered on educating the whole person in an environment that celebrates teaching and learning, integrates our Franciscan Values in all that we do, and delivers on the promise of quality liberal arts education and professional preparation. By focusing our attention on the needs of our current and prospective students we are fulfilling this vision and living our mission. The investments and changes we have made and will continue to make provide a positive impact on the lives of our students. 36 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2015

ADAPTING AND RESPONDING TO CHANGE Through a process of listening and collaboration the College community, with the endorsement of the Board of Directors, launched a plan entitled “Foundations for the Future.” This plan is intended to guide the direction of the College over the next three to five years. The plan has six key strategic pillars: Academic Excellence „„ Enrollment and Financial Stability „„ Mission Integration „„ Community Outreach „„ Quality Student Services & Business Opertations „„ Enhance Campus Environment „„ Embedded in the “Foundations for the Future” plan are 30 goals designed to help the College respond and adapt to an ever-changing landscape in American higher education. The pillars and the goals keep our efforts focused on our mission and on our students. I would like to highlight from the plan three strategic directions the College will be taking during the coming months and years—the Work College Model, athletics and new academic programs: Work College Model: Silver Lake College will be the first Catholic College in the United States to adopt the Work College Model. The College will be the eighth college in the country to officially move in this direction and the only one in Wisconsin. This approach requires all of our full-time residential students to work in a professional role on the campus or in the community as a condition of enrollment. Beginning in fall 2016 each full-time student living on campus will be awarded a work grant to offset a portion of tuition. Today, each graduate of Silver Lake receives a solid Liberal Arts education ensuring their ability to write, think critically and express themselves clearly. Today, students also experience an education rooted in our Catholic tradition and Franciscan values. Values, ethics and moral principles are embedded in the student experience in and outside the classroom. The Work College Model adds an essential dimension to this Franciscan education. By providing each student a professional pathway guided by a set of work competencies a student will truly receive a multi-dimensional, authentic education. This education develops a student intellectually, professionally and spiritually. Silver Lake College is truly educating the whole person. Athletics: Silver Lake College is exploring membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). During the next academic year the College will be applying for membership with this Kansas City-based college athletic association. The NAIA provides a platform for Silver Lake College to expand athletic programs and offerings to students in the future. The mission of NAIA aligns with the College’s Catholic Franciscan mission. New academic programs: Silver Lake College currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for students who have already completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and hold a license as a Registered Nurse. Based on a high level of interest and continued on page 38


The halls are alive with the sound of music Left, top to bottom: Silver Lake College student Paige Owen playfully holds a microphone prior to a singing and dancing performance at the “Jazz After Dark” scholarship gala on April 11, 2015. In 2015, the Silver Lake Chorale went on its most ambitious annual concert tour since it began touring. The Chorale performed in Washington, D.C., as well as the states of Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Illinois. In this bird’s-eye view, Jeremiah Eis, bottom center, Chair of the Department of Music, leads members of the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble during a rehearsal in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on April 8, 2015. Below: Silver Lake College student Katherine Sohn sits at a piano in Endries Hall while holding an oboe and clarinet on Nov. 19, 2014. The photo was used in a feature story on Katherine that was published in the Herald Times Reporter newspaper.


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market demand, the College is beginning the early steps to expand our current program to a four-year traditional Bachelor of Nursing program. The College will announce an implementation plan in the spring of 2016 based on approvals from the accrediting agencies. The “Foundations for the Future” plan, highlighted by these three strategic initiatives, are the path to a bright future for the College. These strategic decisions lay the ground work to give Silver Lake College a distinctive place among institutions of higher education in the region, throughout the state of Wisconsin, and across the country. The plan is the College’s response to a changing world. The Silver Lake College community must continue to be flexible and adaptable responding to the needs of our students. We must ensure that each graduate of Silver Lake College is a life-long learner ready to take on the unique challenges of the 21st century. We must ensure that the graduates of Silver Lake College are ready to be servant leaders in their homes, places of work and in their communities. Finally, we must ensure our graduates are prepared to be ethical decisions-makers and value-centered professionals. It is an exciting time to be at Silver Lake College. At 80 years, Silver Lake College remains on a journey guided by mission and heritage and propelled by a spirit of optimism and hope. Your support and encouragement is so appreciated as we serve our students and advance the mission of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family together. Warmest regards,

Dr. Chris E. Domes

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MAY 2015 GRADUATES Bachelor of Arts Dana J. Bastian, Manitowoc, Psychology Mary Teresa Bettag, Sheboygan, Theology and Mathematics Taylor Rose (Vanden Plas) Blattner, New Holstein, Theology Taylor Lawrence Geiger, Green Bay, Theology Randy Gruenweller, Milwaukee, Studio Art Monica Baugniet Janke, Green Bay, Psychology Olivia N. Johnston, Brandon, Psychology Brianna M. Laque, Two Rivers, Psychology Sister Bernadette Nabaggala, Manitowoc, Theology Michael Lawrence Peeters, Pulaski, Information Science Technology and English Karlyn A. Pennings, Bonduel, Theology Tara Lynn Stewart, Two Rivers, Psychology Max Ver Voort, Kimberly, Theology Bachelor of Science Nicholas John Blattner, Valders, Business Management Sophia Cynthia Chin, Manitowoc, Mathematics Brianna L. Pennell, Sheboygan, Business Management Katherine Alicia Crevier, Green Bay, Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Linnea Christine Grunewald, Sheboygan Falls, Human Resource Management and Business Management Carly J. Klopf, Medford, Elementary Education Amy Jo Kocian, Reedsville, Accounting and Business Management Courtney LaNida Kupsky, Reedsville, Business Management Mai Pakue Lee, Sheboygan, Human Resource Management Sarah L. Lyons, Keshena, Human Resource Management and Business Management Kristian Moen, Manitowoc, Special Education-Learning Disabilities

Justin Quinn Mrotek, Manitowoc, Business Management Rose A. Neumeyer, Sheboygan, Biology Debra A. Pratt, Manitowoc, Business Management and Human Resource Management Kevin Michael Ramirez, Ocala, Fla., Biology Mary T. Rhode, De Pere, Business Management Raquel L. Sager, Sheboygan, Business Management Kaylee Schetter, Lena, Human Resource Management Megan Sheahan, Whitelaw, Accounting James Ward, Green Bay, Computer Science Bachelor of Science in Nursing Jacqueline Grace LeFevre, New Berlin Julia Markelz, Sheboygan Nina Vang, Green Bay Master of Arts–Teacher Leadership Tamika L. Johnson, Milwaukee Marcela Ramos Kolarik, Green Bay Master of Music–Music Education, Kodály Audrie Anne Burk, Naperville, Ill. Rebeckah Louise-Marie Cavanaugh, Oconomowoc Naomi Fritz, Watertown Amy L. Redeker, Waupun Master of Science–Management and Organizational Development Raymond Everette Creapeau III, Gresham Jill M. Cropsey, Kaukauna Troy Allen Giese, New Franken Lisa Goeke, Sheboygan Becky J. Guseck, Peshtigo Tricia L. Miller, Green Bay Lisa Ann Moore, Green Bay Brad Petrasko, De Pere Janel Marie Veeser, Luxemburg DECEMBER 2014 GRADUATES Bachelor of Arts Rani Lynn Beckner, Manitowoc, Theology

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Congratulations graduates May 2015 and December 2014 commencement ceremonies held in Endries Hall

L–R, top: Libby Spencer of Manitowoc gives a speech during the Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremony. Kim Voelker of Mishicot receives a hug during the Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremony. Taylor Vanden Plas, left, of New Franken and Tara Stewart of Two Rivers exit Endries Hall at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony. Middle: The Most Reverend Robert Morneau, center, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremony. He’s pictured with Sister Laura Wolf of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and Dr. Chris Domes, President of Silver Lake College. Brianna Laque of Two Rivers adjusts her tassel before the start of the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony. Bottom: Taylor Geiger of Green Bay, facing right, joins other graduates as they enter Endries Hall during the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony. Kevin Ramirez of Ocala, Fla., playfully takes a bow—while showing off his Superman socks—before receiving his diploma during the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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Carolyn Coutu, Indian Trail, N.C., Theology Frankie Lynn Derfus, Wabeno, English Amanda Sue Dumovich, Sheboygan, Music Michael J. Eash, Appleton, Theology Chanel M. Jackson, Two Rivers, Psychology Craig Krueger, Hilbert, Theology and Psychology Lindsay Marie LaCroix, Manitowoc, Psychology Kryssa Ann Luckow, Manitowoc, Studio Art Mary Joan Meyer, Kiel, Theology Thomas A. Resch, Whitelaw, History Bachelor of Science Sarah Beth Craw, Green Bay, Biology Sister Constansia Kokuteta Cyliro, Mendham, N.J., Elementary Education Scott Robert Dahlke, New Franken, Business Management Derek James Domino, Parkland, Fla., Business Management Ashley Elizabeth Feldmann, Grand Chute, Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Bryan A. Kuether, Kiel, Business Management MacKenzie J. Lambert, Kewaunee, Elementary Education and Special Education-Cognitive Disabilities Ashley Marie Olivas, Sheboygan, Human Resource Management Cori Elza Tri, Bella Plaine, Iowa, Business Management Kathleen C. Van Sleet, Manitowoc, Elementary Education Kimberly A. Voelker, Mishicot, Elementary Education Bachelor of Science in Nursing Lisa M. Werner, Marathon Jennifer Yurish, Hatley Master of Music–Music Education, Kodály Kari L. Longmire, Green Bay

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Master of Science–Management and Organizational Behavior Brian Lee Bell, Sparta Christopher Michael Gabryszek, Green Bay Shane Hanson, Merrill Scott R. Mailhot, Sheboygan Daniel B. Mies, Manitowoc Nancy Niesing, Howards Grove Jay M. Ratchman, Greenville AUGUST 2014 GRADUATES Bachelor of Arts Elizabeth Sara Spencer, Manitowoc, English Bachelor of Science Tracy Leigh Matthias, Manitowoc, Business Management and Human Resource Management Jessica Marie Sayeski, Two Rivers, Business Management and Human Resource Management Bachelor of Science in Nursing Rachael Ann Goethals, Manitowoc Master of Arts in Education– Administrator Leadership Robert C. Burgraff, Altoona Ann Marie Kongshaug, Elk Mound Rebekah L. Konkel, Green Bay Shane T. Lilly, Nekoosa

Emma Marie Schmitz, Green Bay Christopher Duane Segerstrom, Spring Valley Barry Terpstra, Stockholm Master of Arts in Education– Teacher Leadership Abbey Lee Behnke, Chilton Kaitlyn R. Bloemer, Green Bay Tara L. Greely, Green Bay Angela M. Hierlmeier, Glenwood City Brooke A. Hoffman, De Pere Michael Kessler, Eau Claire Jessica Ann Macone, Spooner Dana Elizabeth Martin, Green Bay Brittni S. Nelson, Malone Jennifer C. Perry, Green Bay Julie Marie Piskie, Spooner Danielle Marie Schuh, Kaukauna Britton Laura Slowey, La Crosse Kathleen Carli Thompson, Spooner Stacy L. Vogel, Two Rivers Krysta Wiltzius, Green Bay Meghan M. Wood, Green Bay Master of Music–Music Education, Kodály Diana L. Kafantaris, Brownsburg, Ind. Master of Science–Management and Organizational Behavior Pamela Carlson, Mishicot Amy L. Graham, Pickett


The art and science of singing Body mapping is an integral part of Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton’s lessons By Suzanne Weiss Assistant Director of Communications

A replica of a human spine hangs from a metal stand in Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton’s studio at Silver Lake College. She uses it to teach voice. “Students get to touch it and feel it and find out what their spine is like,” said Rachel, Assistant Professor of Voice and Division Director for Graduate and Undergraduate Music. “We talk about how the weight of the body is distributed through the spine and how that affects their movement and their music.” As a licensed Andover educator, Rachel incorporates into her classes the concept of body mapping—the act of improving the understanding of the body’s size, structure and function—to enhance musicians’ abilities and to help those in pain or discomfort. Body mapping isn’t just about the spine. It covers other points of balance, including the skull, hips, knees, ankles and arms. “Literally, everything is connected,” she said. “If the body is at balance, movements will be free and easy.” She also talks a lot about breathing and how it is related to those six points of balance. Silver Lake College vocal student Tom Roberts, a former hockey player, draws an analogy between sports and singing. “The level of sensory awareness needed for athletic movement is comparable to the coordination and execution of artful singing,” said Tom, a senior in the Vocal Performance and Pedagogy program at Silver Lake College. The veteran of Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Kiel stages said he has struggled with issues that most singers can relate to. “I was worried about my endurance, resonance and consistency,” said Tom, a Manitowoc native who now lives in Sheboygan. He said he found he had a tendency to lock his knees and lean back when singing. “By leaning back, I only allowed the front half of my abdominal wall to move,” Tom said. “This restriction basically cut my capability to produce effectively in half. As I gained more internal awareness with Dr. Ware Carlton in the studio, I started to make larger strides toward my goal of being a more consistent singer. Through her guidance, I have become more in tune with my body.” The method isn’t just for voice students and music instructors. It’s also helpful to instrumentalists, Rachel said. “If you’re a trombone player, mapping the arm structure is huge,” she said. Rachel developed an interest in the science of movement while she was studying music at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

As a licensed Andover educator, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton incorporates into her classes the concept of body mapping—the act of improving the understanding of the body’s size, structure and function—to enhance musicians’ abilities and to help those in pain or discomfort. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

“H i s tor ic a l l y, there has been a philosophical divide within the field of vocal pedagogy regarding the use of science and imagery,” she said. As part of her doctoral thesis, Rachel surveyed 520 music educators and found that the majority were interested in combining art and science. The educators found it useful to teach their music students how to form mental images of their bodies that correspond to correct anatomy. She coined the term “anatomically informed imagery” when she published a 2013 paper on her findings in the Journal of Singing, a scholarly publication put out by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Rachel was raised in the Milwaukee area and began playing piano when she was 4. In third grade, she started singing in church, and in fifth grade she started playing flute. She wanted to become a high school band teacher. That changed when she was attending Concordia University in Chicago and was exposed to the city’s Lyric Opera. “I was hooked. I had to figure out how they do that,” she said of her fascination with the human voice. “It’s very spiritual. It’s a gift being able to sing. It’s a joyful activity. The use and development of this instrument is a very worthy pursuit.” Rachel received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her Master’s Degree and Doctorate—both in music with an emphasis on vocal performance— from the University of Minnesota. She joined Silver Lake College in 2013 and teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Vocal Diction and Opera Workshops. “The understanding of body movement is infused into everything I do,” Rachel said. Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  41


Faculty and Staff News and Notes Dr. Chris E. Domes, President, led a presentation titled “A Work College: A Case for an Innovative Business Model for American Higher Education,” on April 1, 2015, as part of the inaugural 2014–2015 President’s CEO Breakfast Series.

a Freddy Award for exemplifying the Franciscan spirit of community building. LaBonte also was chosen as one of four local artists to create a mural on the outside wall of The Washington Street Antique Mall in downtown Manitowoc. In addition, Erin gave a Faculty Colloquial presentation titled “Social Art” on Sept. 30, 2014. And her photographs of a unique form of street art were shown in an exhibit titled “Chameleon” at the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc from July 20 through Aug. 10, 2014.

Dr. Michaeleen Golay, Division Christine Rettler, an Assistant Professor at Silver Lake College, Director for Math, commemorated her 25th year on campus by joining with her husband, Science and ComTom, to donate a limited edition print of America! America! by artist Terry puter Programs and Redlin. The donation was made Nov. 19, 2014, during a ceremony in the Dining Hall. The picture hangs in the third-floor hallway of the Main Hall. Assistant Professor PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN of Biology, co-authored a paper that appeared in the July Anthony Bauer, who teaches saxophone, 2014 volume of the Journal of Forestry, an was among a panel of judges for the 44th international scholarly journal for forestannual Senior Honor Recital at the John ers and forest management professionals. Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboy- The paper is titled “Collaborative Learngan on May 3, 2015. ing about Forest Understory Restoration and Management: Identifying Goals and Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Division Di- Sharing Knowledge.” She also led a Facrector for Graduate and Undergraduate ulty Colloquial Series presentation, titled Music and Assistant Professor of Voice, “Forest Function in the Fall: The Imporled the Faculty Colloquial Series presenta- tant Role of Understory Plants After Trees tion, “There’s a Spine in your Studio!—A Lose Their Leaves,” on Nov. 13, 2014. Case for Somatic-Based Music Education,” on Feb. 24, 2015. In addition, she Alonzo Kelly , Director of Graduate attended the Andover Educators Biennial Business, was the featured speaker at the Conference 2015 in Portland, Ore., on June Young Adult Catholic Professionals Lun18–21, 2015. At that conference, Rachel led cheon on March 5, 2015, in Green Bay. a presentation titled “The Changing Attitudes of Vocalists toward ‘Science’— Steve Kuehl , Assistant Professor of Historical Overview, New Research and Mathematics, is co-authoring two books the Implications for Andover Educators.” on baseball, Fifty Greatest Games Played She also led a session titled “Learn with at the Corner of Michigan and Trumbull, the Experts.” and Memorable Games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, to be published by the Elizabeth DenDekker, Assistant Profes- Society for American Baseball Research. sor of Psychology, led a Faculty Colloquial Series presentation, titled “Nature Erin LaBonte , Assistant Professor of as Healer,” on Nov. 18, 2014. Art, on April 21, 2015 was presented with

Guido Lenaerts , Silver Lake College’s soccer coach, and his wife, Vicki, were inducted into the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual banquet on April 29, 2015.

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Alonzo Kelly, left, Director of Graduate Business at Silver Lake College, stands with high school friend Lt. Col. Kevin Jackson, battalion commander, at Fort Drum, a U.S. Army base in northern New York state. Kelly presented leadership training seminars to battalion members and gave the keynote speech at the fort’s annual Saint Barbara’s Day Ball on Dec. 5, 2014. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Dr. Emilie Lindemann, Assistant Professor of English at Silver Lake College, presented her poetry series, “Lost & Found,” at the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival in Fort Atkinson on Oct. 11, 2014. Dan Minter, Assistant Professor in Education, presented “Father Ambrose Oschwald, founder of St. Nazianz: His Life in Germany and the U.S.” as part of the Faculty Colloquial Series on April 21, 2015. Dr. Nicholas Mohlmann, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Memoirs of William Tecumseh Sherman” at the College’s Zimmer Forum on Dec. 9, 2014. Rick Parlato , Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, presented “Splitting an Atom with a Computer?” on Oct. 28, 2014, as part of the Faculty Colloquial Series. Ryan Roberts, Assistant Director of Admissions-Office Operations, was named Silver Lake College’s head cross country coach. He previously served as head coach from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Diana Shapiro, an Assistant Professor of Piano, performed with Dr. Stanislava Varshavski in Missouri on March 6–8, 2015, as part of the Varshavski & Shapiro Piano Duo. Diana also held a residency at the School of Music at the University of Missouri–Columbia. In addition, she presented an evening of French and Frenchinspired music at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania on March 20. Diane Van Minsel, Jenzabar Manager, is vice president of the Sheboygan Astronomical Society. She was among the society’s members to present a program about space exploration on Feb. 21, 2015, in the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan. Katie Walkner, Division Director for Art and Humanities and Instructor of History,

Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, poses for a photo with Sister Lorna Zemke, left, and Sister Marella Wagner at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony. The Professors of Music each were honored at the event with professor emeritus status for their years of academic leadership. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

was one of only 20 faculty members from Council of Independent Colleges institutions selected to participate in the “Song Culture of Athenian Drama” seminar on July 20–26, 2015, at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, D.C. She also presented “Icelandic Sagas: A View of the Viking Age” on March 31, 2015, as part of the College’s Faculty Colloquial Series. In addition, Katie wrote a column, “Power Shifts Typical During Midterm Elections,” that appeared in November 2014 editions of the Herald Times Reporter and the Sheboygan Press. Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, Chair of the Department of Theology and Ministry, defended her dissertation at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in completion of the requirements for an ecclesiastical doctorate in Sacred Theology. The title of the dissertation was “Ecclesiological Elements in the Early Theology of St. Bonaventure.”

Sister Lorna Zemke, Professor Emeritus of Music, received the 2015 International Katalin Forrai Award, given to those with distinguished careers in Early Childhood Music Education. And she was inducted into the Hall of Honor for the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association in July 2015. Silver Lake College faculty and staff sharing their insights on leadership at The Lakers Legislation Student Government’s Leadership Summit on April 29, 2015, included Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College; Rick Balzan, Assistant Professor of Business and CEO of Balzan HR; Alonzo Kelly, Assistant Professor of Business and CEO of Kelly Leadership Group; Vicki Ansorge, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College; Brianna Neuser, Assistant Dean of the School of Professional Studies; and Mark Swanson, Assistant Dean of the School of Education. Silver Lake College Magazine  |  2015  |  43



[1] Christine Kornely talks with guests before officially beginning her duties as gala emcee. [2] A sold-out crowd filled the Ariens Atrium for the gala. [3] The spotlight shines on Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, as he talks with attendees at the gala. [4] Brianna Neuser, Assistant Dean of the School of Professional Studies, checks out silent auction items at the gala.

Silver Lake College is grateful to everyone who supported its ninth annual scholarship benefit gala, “Jazz After Dark,” which was held April 11, 2015 on campus at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. The formal event featured Christine Kornely as emcee. A sold-out crowd enjoyed silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a five-course gourmet meal, musical programs and student testimonials. “Silver Lake’s scholarship gala has become one of the most anticipated events of the year by Manitowoc and surrounding communities,” said Roxanna Strawn of Silver Lake College. “Every penny will go to needy and deserving students, many of whom are the first generation in their families to attend college.”

[5] Bernie Zimmer mingles with fellow guests before the start of the gala. [6] Silver Lake College student LucyAnn Muabe smiles before her singing performance at the gala.


[7] Silver Lake College students perform for gala attendees in Endries Hall.

Major sponsors of the event included: Presenting sponsor: CD Smith „„ Platinum sponsors: A.C.E. Building Service and „„ Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Gold sponsors: Bank First National, BMO Harris „„ Bank, Bray Architects and Holy Family Memorial

Bronze sponsors: Ariens Company, Associated „„

Bank, Camera Corner/Connecting Point, Direct Development, Dr. Chris and Mary Domes, Green Bay Packers, Johnson Bank, Marsh USA, Michael Best & Friedrich, Bishop Robert Morneau, Sodexo, and Dr. John and Laurale Stern We look forward to seeing you at the next gala, which is scheduled for April 9, 2016.







Non Profit Org. US Postage Paid Manitowoc, WI Permit No. 403 2406 S Alverno Rd Manitowoc, WI 54220-9319


The first full-time lay students at Holy Family College—now Silver Lake College—began their studies in the old college building attached to Holy Family Convent. They are shown here entering the convent building for their first classes in September 1956. L–R: Julieann Gruber, Kathryn Rasmussen, Maureen O'Hearn, Nancy Kane, Corrine Heinzen, Nancy Novy, Deanna Weber, Lila Sullivan.

Silver Lake College Magazine 2015  

Annual publication of Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin