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President Dr. Chris E. Domes Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Marc R. Barbeau Editor Director of Public Relations and Grant Writing Suzanne Weiss Senior Contributor Athletics Director and Sports Information Director Benjamin Wideman Contributor Assistant Director of Communications and Web Management Amy Hanson Art Director and Designer Associate Director of Marketing, Graphic Design Susan Bins Mission Silver Lake College is a dynamic learning community that empowers students through a quality liberal arts education integrated with professional preparation offered in an environment of mutual respect and concern for persons, based on the principles and truths of Franciscan Catholic tradition.








Vision Silver Lake College of the Holy Family will be known as a Franciscan Catholic college dedicated to developing students to serve, lead, and transform our 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 a promise of quality liberal arts education and professional preparation.


Silver Lake College 2406 South Alverno Road Manitowoc, WI 54220-9319 800-236-4752

Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

From the President  1


Upcoming year will be historic and transformational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

SLC Works  2

SLC Works| ‘Watershed moment’ in history of Silver Lake College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–4 Five guiding principles of SLC Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5–7

Nursing  8

Satisfying a need for nurses| Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program begins this fall. . . . . . . 8–9 A desire to inspire| Treatment for second-degree burns motivates SLC junior Atarah ‘Tye’ Jones

to pursue nursing degree, help children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10–11

Leading the way| Manitowoc native Brianna Neuser a perfect fit to oversee SLC’s new four-year

Bachelor of Science in Nursing program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12–13

Athletics  14

A winning game plan | Silver Lake College excited to join National Association of

Intercollegiate Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14–16

Bringing her ‘A’ game | SLC’s Amanda Kudick earns prestigious Student-Athlete of the Year

Award from United States Collegiate Athletic Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Shooting Stars | SLC women’s basketball team competes at USCAA National Championships. . . . . . . . . . 18–19

Leadership  20

Connecting with their community | SLC President, wife embrace life on the Lakeshore. . . . . . . . . . . . 20–21 Eric Volcheff enthusiastic about SLC’s growth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Meet the newest SLC Board of Trustees members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Campus News  23

Silver Lake College introduces Learning Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 SLC among Top 100 Regional Colleges for second time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Dedications honored individuals who contributed to College | Du Charme Erdmann Gallery, Brideen Hall, Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24–25

Touhey family makes gifts to the College in sister’s memory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 President’s Society members vital to growth of Silver Lake College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26–27 Strong show of support | 10th Annual Scholarship Gala raises more than $240,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28–29

The Franciscan Way  30

Silver Lake College indebted to Sister Laura Wolf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 SLC Works rooted in strong Franciscan work ethic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Silver Lake College group on a mission to help others. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 In Memoriam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 2016 Jubilarians | Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Alumni  32

Alumni News & Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

From the President

Upcoming year will be historic and transformational


As Silver Lake College of the Holy Family closes its 80th anniversary year and begins the next chapter, it is embracing new strategic directions. As a result, its 2016–17 academic year will be both historic and transformational. We will have the distinction of being the first Catholic College in the nation to adopt the Work College Model beginning this fall. Called SLC Works, the initiative continues our work of strengthening the core hallmarks of the College’s mission — quality liberal arts education and professional preparation. In addition, the College is completing a $1.5 million renovation project on a stateof-the-art learning and laboratory space to house the new four-year traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The completion of this project and the launching of the traditional BSN can only be described as a transformational moment for Silver Lake College. Also in 2016–17, we will accelerate the expansion and development of intercollegiate athletics. Silver Lake College will be participating for the first time as a member institution in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). After a one-year probationary period, the College will pursue active athletic conference membership and plans are under way to field a women’s softball team next year. At the close of the College’s 80th anniversary year, we are fulfilling our vision of holistic education — mind, body, and spirit. In light of all that we are accomplishing, I want to share the following story with you. A number of years ago, there was a young man who was attending a Franciscan college. He was a first-generation college student. His father was employed at a manufacturing company. His mother worked part time at a local grocery store. He came from modest means. This young man understood the value of a private education. It was his dream to graduate with a four-year degree from the particular Franciscan college he was attending. During his sophomore year, he realized that he couldn’t continue to attend the institution without additional financial support. His parents were unable to help. He was working on campus and held three jobs during the summer, but it still wasn’t enough. The student approached a Franciscan priest and shared his dilemma. The friar came back to this young man and said to him, “Because we have some generous donors, we are going to be able to help you with additional scholarships so you can complete your degree.” That young man was me. Without caring, philanthropic people in my life, I would likely not be serving as the 10th president of Silver Lake College. By sharing this story with you, I want to put into perspective the impact that Silver Lake College’s generous benefactors have on so many. Thank you for helping us continue our work of educating mind, body, and spirit and advancing our commitment of preparing each student to lead a successful life.

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SLC Works

Sophomore Allan Jaeger sits behind a lighting control console in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

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‘Watershed moment’ in history of Silver Lake College By Suzanne Weiss


ew Silver Lake College students will head to classes and to their campus jobs starting this fall. It will be the first step in the College’s transformation into America’s first Catho‑ lic institution of higher learning to adopt a Work College model. Called SLC Works, the initiative will help students gain real‑world work experience while they earn a valuable four‑year degree. The result is practical on-the-job training and reduced student debt. “I would call this a watershed moment for the College,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College. “It aligns our Franciscan values, our liberal arts tradition, and our career preparation. It fulfills the totality of our mis‑ sion in preparing students for successful lives,” he said.

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SLC Works


Working in College

Earning money through an outside job to pay for a portion of college expenses

Work-Study Program Earning money within the institution to offset college expenses

“I’m very excited about how ultimately this will help our students with their professional development, personal development and intellectual experience on the campus,” Dr. Domes said. “All of those things will be enhanced by the opportunity to have professional work experience while they’re in school.” The Work College also builds on the strengths of the College, which was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 1935.

Silver Lake College will be the only Work College in the state. “The Sisters provided opportunities for members of their community to work alongside each other to run this institution for many, many years. We lean into that heritage and into our institutional strengths by officially adopting this model and approach to educate and develop young people,” Dr. Domes said. “The distinction of becoming the nation’s first Catholic college to adopt this model is very, very important and very gratifying for me as the President,” he said. SLC will be the only Work College in Wisconsin. Starting this fall, all new residential freshmen and transfer students will participate as a condition of enrollment. In exchange for 10 hours of required weekly work, they will receive a $2,800 tuition credit per academic year to be applied toward their educational costs. 4 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2016

Work College Program Working within the institution in exchange for tuition credit and real-world experience

Campus jobs will range from academic tutoring to work in library, technology or food service, athletics, public relations, marketing, work program management and research. Jobs will purposefully be designed to complement students’ academic coursework, providing them with practical experience and on-the-job training. For sophomore Allan Jaeger, his campus job at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, helped improve his written and verbal communication skills. “I learned a lot about how to conduct myself in a professional manner,” Allan said. On May 22, 2016, the College’s Board of Trustees approved moving toward full compliance and adoption of the federal Work College model. “We’ve been preparing our faculty and staff for more than a year through professional development opportunities, through training, through education, to be managers and leaders of students,” Dr. Domes said. “We have also prepared the College for an understanding that a job or work experience is an educational experience. In fact, work can be and should be a laboratory of learning equally as important as the classroom experience,” he said. “These students will be working as our colleagues,” said Max Ver Voort, SLC Works Coordinator. “The work they do will have meaningful value to the institution’s success. It is our job as an institution to foster their professional growth and development using work as a tool.” The College plans to apply for official Work College status in the near future (institutions first must have at least two years of Work College programs under their belts before they are eligible). 



Work College is based on these principles reflecting our educational mission.



Respect work as a learning opportunity

Skills building and the Liberal Arts

Student Lisa Parlato waters plants in Silver Lake College’s teaching greenhouse. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

Student Austin Allen-Walker landed a summer internship at the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

Students learn a variety of skills on the job while becoming aware of what those skills are, no matter what that job may be — sweeping floors, working in an office, putting books back on library shelves, and everything in between. And, they develop their skills on the job in concert with their liberal arts education. The work environment presents itself as a learning laboratory, just like a classroom. As a college, we are saying, “What are you learning while you are here?” It makes a student think about it, reflect on it, describe it, and say, “Here are the skills I walked away with.” Elsewhere, if students were working as servers or dishwashers at a restaurant, it’s unlikely they’d say, “Hmm, what am I learning? Let me reflect on that job. What am I taking away from this work?” However, at a food service job at Silver Lake College, for example, they’ll realize and learn the value of being punctual, they’ll learn how to work with their co‑workers and supervisors, and they’ll learn there are a variety of rules, regulations and food safety issues, among other things. It’s real-world work with an understanding that students are learning something while they’re doing it, and they’ll reflect on that learning as part of the Work College model. A student will walk away from their first year of work with a supervisory evaluation and a wealth of skills for which they have developed a greater appreciation. Students are beginning to develop a portfolio of real-world skills and experiences that, ultimately, they can carry with them into the world of work. 2016  |  Silver Lake College Magazine  |  5

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You cannot be the boss on Day 1


The journey of developing leadership capacity Students learn they can’t walk into a work environment and immediately be the boss. Rather, in the Work College model they begin a journey of discovering their leadership skills — and weaknesses. They will learn what kind of leader they are, and they will understand their place in a work environment. Students will develop an understanding that there’s a pathway to becoming the boss, and they discover what that pathway entails. Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, is a member of the Talent Development and Planning Committee on behalf of the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment in Wisconsin. In that capacity, he has spoken with an executive of a Green Bay-based company who told him, “Chris, no college graduate wants to go work for an electrical supply company. They don’t think it’s the greatest job in the world. It’s not all glitz and glamour. We’re looking for four-year undergrads, but a few months ago we still had 30 openings. Even if we offer a path for students, we don’t think a lot of students understand that path is there for them to learn and grow and develop.” That is one of many companies having a hard time filling job openings with quality graduates, in part because those students don’t realize there is a path to becoming the boss — and you can’t become that boss on Day 1. At Silver Lake College, we are helping students manage career expectations and develop a realistic professional development plan. 6 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2016



Quality academic + professional preparation = successful life

Developing the whole person Our educational model involves developing the whole person, and the Work College model is an aspect of that. We expect our students to be successful in their lives — and success means, in part, having a decent job and being able to pay back student loans, and being able to live on your own without relying on mom and dad to support you after college. It’s a 21st century look at the fact that work needs to be called out explicitly as something that is missing in a student’s life. It’s a gap for many young people, and we need to do something about it. The Work College model helps address that gap. We are in an age where it’s harder for young people to find work before they get to college for any number of reasons — be it regulations, no work opportunities, busy lives, or any number of other factors. The whole notion of work is sometimes looked at differently by both the working middle and upper classes. A student who got a job at a fast-food restaurant 20 years ago considered that a nice job. But if you went to a high school student today and said you’d get a job at a fast-food restaurant he or she would say, “Hmm, I’m not sure if I want that.” Some folks have a real notion that they’re not going to do that job. They don’t see the value of work regardless of the nature of the job. We are instilling in students the mindset that you need work as part of your educational environment or it’s going to be more difficult for you to be successful in life.


Give 100% effort every day


Be passionate about the work you do It is imperative that students develop and maintain a passion for the work they are doing, both as part of the Work College model and their real‑world jobs. When Walt Disney opened Disney World in Florida, he said he wanted everybody to play their roles at their utmost ability, whether they were serving cotton candy, taking tickets on a ride, sweeping sidewalks, cleaning the bathrooms or wearing a Mickey Mouse costume. Whatever role people play, they need to be filled with passion and play that role at 100 percent. They will gain more from the experience if they give it their all. They are learning, they are more sensitized to the environment and people respond more positively if they see them giving it 100 percent. It’s teaching young people that no matter what you do, do it with incredible passion because that translates into a strong employee for a prospective business leader. Graduates who are passionate on Day 1 at the entry level and sustain that level of commitment will move up the ladder more quickly.




Embrace stewardship and personal responsibility

Respect for and understanding of what you earn Having a job helps address some of the issues of debt and not managing resources well in someone’s personal life. It is hard for students to understand financial resources if they leave college without ever working or having had their parents manage their money their whole lives. With the Work College model, we are helping students understand how to manage their financial lives. And that translates into, “How do you take responsibility so you’re giving back to your community and the people around you?” We are helping students change the way they think about money — how to spend it wisely — and we are linking it back to their education, which is a value that they can take with them after graduation. We also want to build an appreciation in each student to give back a portion of what they earn to important causes. We are teaching students to appreciate the value of what they’re earning, because much of what they are earning is going directly to pay for an education. They are going to see that value and it will remind them that the work they are doing is helping them to launch a career and successful life, and they’re paying for it themselves along the way. 

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Satisfying a need for nurses Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program begins this fall By Benjamin Wideman

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ilver Lake College has accepted the challenge of addressing a rapidly increasing need for nurses. Following a nearly fourmonth renovation project that concluded in August, the College has unveiled its state-of-the-art Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that is housed in the Nursing Wing of the main building’s third floor. Dr. Chris E. Domes, in his fourth year as President of Silver Lake College, said the College has demonstrated a “commitment to academic excellence and a commitment to serving the needs of our community and beyond.” The Wisconsin Board of Nursing voted unanimously on Jan. 14, 2016, to approve authorization for Silver Lake College to begin admitting students to the

Emma Snyder of Manitowoc is one of the Silver Lake College students enrolled in the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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The design of Silver Lake College's Nursing Wing is based on this rendering by Bray Architects.

new BSN program. As growing numbers of people requiring health care (including older nurses) reach retirement age, the demand for nurses is skyrocketing. The program will be especially beneficial to Manitowoc County, which has a disproportionate number of residents over the age of 65 compared to the rest of the country. According to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 18.6 percent of Manitowoc County’s population is over the age of 65, compared to 14.5 percent across the United States. “There is a tremendous need for nurses,” said Brianna Neuser, Director of Silver Lake College’s BSN program. “Each year, thousands of students are turned away from nursing programs due to limited capacity and/or not enough faculty. Silver Lake College is now in a position where we can help reduce the number of students being turned away through guaranteed acceptance into our program (contingent on meeting academic requirements). And by training more nurses, we’re helping the communities in which they’ll be working.” Neuser, a native of Manitowoc, is the Assistant Dean of Silver Lake College’s School of Professional Studies. She’s also a registered nurse and certified nurse educator who holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Silver Lake College offers the only BSN program in a large region encompassing south of Green Bay, north of Milwaukee and east of Lake Winnebago. Throughout the renovation process, the College worked closely with lead contractor C.D. Smith Construction Services and Bray Architects. Renovations on the third floor include: A multipurpose classroom — Students will engage in theory „„ and hands-on learning in the same room. An active learning classroom — This area will simulate a „„ physician’s exam room and feature an adjacent simulation lab with an accordion-style wall separating the two spaces. Two simulation labs — Students will immediately learn to „„ work in a simulated patient setting with a high-fidelity mannequin — which will be run by a computer and incorporate

advanced functions such as a chest wall that goes up and down, noticeable pulses and programmable heart, and breath and bowel sounds, to name just a few of the many life-like features. “Our labs will help students develop confidence, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can then be transferred to a real patient-care setting,” Neuser said. A debriefing/conference room — Enhanced audio-visual „„ technology will enable students to watch live-streaming video of their classmates participating in simulation activities. In addition, students can review their own simulation scenarios. A general science classroom — Both nursing and science „„ courses will be held in this room. Student commons area — This space for relaxing and inter„„ acting with fellow students will be near several nursing offices and a meeting room for faculty and staff. Silver Lake College’s BSN program will satisfy all of the requirements for nursing that are necessary for success on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure exam. “But we’re also responding to the needs of nursing within their communities,” Neuser said. “We’d like to see our students leave the program with the ability and capacity to take care of patients across their lifespan in any community — whether it be locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. We can provide them with an education to make them quality nurses, and we will also give them exposure to understand ethics and personal values and people in general — which aligns well with the vision and mission of Silver Lake College.” Neuser noted that potential students and faculty members alike started inquiring about the BSN program within hours of hearing it had been approved. “There’s a lot of excitement about this program,” Neuser said. “It’s great to know that we could be placing BSN-prepared students in communities to start helping people in two years — if they come in as a junior they could finish the program in two years. That’s how quickly we can be responding to the need for nurses.”  2016  |  Silver Lake College Magazine  |  9


A desire to inspire Treatment for second-degree burns motivates SLC junior Atarah ‘Tye’ Jones to pursue nursing degree, help children By Benjamin Wideman

A life-changing experience can happen when you least expect it. For Atarah “Tye” Jones, that moment happened when she was only 3 years old. Playing in the kitchen of her family’s Milwaukee home on May 11, 1998, a young Tye accidentally knocked a pot off the stove and was doused by the hot liquid inside. “Right away I looked to see what happened and she wasn’t crying at all, which I thought was odd,” said her mother, Monica Miller. “I don’t know if she was in shock, but she was just standing there looking at me. I could tell something wasn’t right. So I put her in the tub and ran cold water all over her, and that’s when her skin started washing off. I saw that and started getting hysterical, and that made her get hysterical, so we quickly went to the hospital.” The second-degree burns inflicted upon much of Tye’s back, left arm and neck necessitated a three-week stay in the hospital’s burn unit. “I don’t remember a lot because I was so young, but I do remember being in a hospital and the nurses were so nice and helpful,” Tye said. “That really stuck with me and inspired me. For a long time now, I’ve wanted to be a pediatric nurse in a burn unit and help children like those nurses helped me when I was little.” Tye is pursuing that career goal at Silver Lake College, where she’s majoring in nursing and entering her junior year. The Wisconsin Board of Nursing voted unanimously in January to approve authorization for Silver Lake College to begin admitting students to its new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, which starts this fall. “I was so happy when I heard the nursing program was approved here,” Tye said. “It was just in time. Now I don’t have to move anywhere else to get the degree I want. I want to spend the rest of my college years at Silver Lake.” Brianna Neuser, Director of the BSN program, is Tye’s academic adviser. Brianna said you’d never know Tye’s backstory based on her friendly demeanor. “Tye has a contagious personality and always welcomes you with a smile,” Brianna said. “She models dedication to the nursing profession through her hard work, both inside and outside of the classroom. Tye seeks out professional experiences that afford her the opportunity to improve the health of our community.”

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Added Tye: “Brianna has been like a second mother on campus for me. She has been a guiding light. She’s one of the reasons I really like Silver Lake.” However, Tye acknowledges life wasn’t always so cheerful. Throughout parts of her childhood, she endured bullying and name-calling from other children because of her scars.

“She took a traumatic event in her life and made it into a positive. She didn’t let it dictate her life in a negative way.” — Monica Miller, Atarah Jones' mother “Some people were very mean to me,” Tye said. “Some people called me Scarface and stuff like that. It was hard to deal with sometimes. There were days I’d come home from school crying. But my friends and family have always been supportive, and that has meant a lot to me.” In turn, Tye wants to support others so she’s forming an organization with the help of her mother called Flawless Scars. “I want to travel and talk to younger children who were burned,” Tye said of Flawless Scars. “It doesn’t matter if you have scars or not, you’re still flawless. And I want younger kids who were burned to know that, too.” Tye thrives on helping people. She serves as a peer mentor for a group of Silver Lake College freshmen, and she volunteers with the College’s Look Ahead Lakers, a program whose mission is to inspire at-risk students to believe a college education is in their future. Tye also works full time at Artisan Senior Living in Manitowoc, in addition to working two jobs on campus — one at Mimi’s Café and the other assisting Jan Algozine, the Director of Experiential Learning, Career Resources and Internships.

“She works very hard,” said her mother, Monica, who also works multiple jobs, including one as a certified nursing assistant (she’s also pursuing a nursing degree). “She took a traumatic event in her life and made it into a positive. She didn’t let it dictate her life in a negative way. I’m definitely very proud of the woman she is becoming. “I have no doubt she chose the right profession. It’s a great fit for her, and we need more nurses these days.” Tye said she’s excited to help fill the growing need for nurses and share her experiences with patients recovering from burn injuries. “What happened with the burns affected me … but it was in a good way. It made me the person I am today,” she said. “It pushed me to continue to go to school and help others. “Everything happens for a reason. Our scars make us who we are today.” 

Atarah “Tye” Jones “has a contagious personality and always welcomes you with a smile,” says Brianna Neuser, Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Silver Lake College. “She models dedication to the nursing profession through her hard work, both inside and outside of the classroom.” PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Inset: Atarah is pictured a few days after she suffered severe burns as a 3-year-old in 1998. PHOTO COURTESY OF ATARAH “TYE” JONES

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Leading the way Manitowoc native Brianna Neuser a perfect fit to oversee SLC’s new four‑year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program By Benjamin Wideman

Brianna Neuser’s roots run deep in Manitowoc. She was born and raised in this Lakeshore city. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1994 and lived here all but one year of her life. And, she worked as a nurse helping patients in this community for several years. Now, in her sixth year at Silver Lake College, she’s continuing to care for her community by proudly spearheading the development of the school’s new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program — the only one of its kind in the greater Manitowoc County region. The program, which begins this fall, will help address the area’s growing need for nurses as increasing numbers of nurses and people needing health care reach retirement age. “Because of my ties to Manitowoc, I definitely have a vested interest in doing whatever I can to strengthen our community — and in this case, that means helping educate nurses and prepare them to serve not only this area, but the whole state or wherever they end up working,” said Brianna, Assistant Dean of Silver Lake College’s School of Professional Studies. “It’s a very surreal experience for somebody in the world of nursing to be the inaugural chair of a nursing program — and having it be in my hometown makes it even more special. I’m excited to be a part of this.” Silver Lake College President Dr. Chris E. Domes said Brianna — a registered nurse and certified nurse educator who holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree — is a perfect fit to lead this important program. “Brianna’s leadership in developing a fouryear program has been invaluable in three key areas,” Dr. Domes said. “First, she has a strong background as a nurse. Second, she has put in a lot of work in this community to help people, and because of that many Brianna Neuser, Director of Silver Lake College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, says, “Because of my ties to Manitowoc, I definitely have a vested interest in doing whatever I can to strengthen our community — and in this case that means helping educate nurses and prepare them to serve not only this area, but the whole state or wherever they end up working.” PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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people like and respect her. And third, she has many professional connections in this community, which will be important as we continue to develop this program and work with community partners. “Not only will Brianna be able to speak directly to our nursing students and help them in a variety of ways, but she will be able to connect with the broader community as well. I know she will continue to do a fantastic job.” Brianna was introduced to the nursing profession early on by her mother, Lynn Tisler. Lynn, a registered nurse who earned her bachelor’s degree from Silver Lake College, works in Manitowoc at Holy Family Memorial’s Heart & Vascular Center. “My mom influenced my life so much — I grew up hearing a lot from her about the field of nursing,” Brianna said. “She has worked in several different areas throughout her career, so I learned about the different opportunities available in nursing through my mom. In my case, I knew that I’d be going into nursing probably as a junior in high school. And, once I knew I wanted to be a nurse, that was it — I’ve been focused on nursing ever since.” While in high school, Brianna (maiden name Segler) worked as a hostess at her grandparents’ Manitowoc restaurant, The Roadhouse (now Four Seasons Restaurant). Her senior year, she explored nursing by becoming a certified nursing assistant. That set in motion a lifelong love affair with nursing. “I’ve absolutely loved nursing from day one,” Brianna said. “I’ve always been the type of person who cared about other individuals. I like to know that I can help people in some aspect of their lives. By nature, I’m that person who wants to develop relationships. I genuinely do listen and care about what other people feel and think.” After attending the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh as a freshman, Brianna moved back to Manitowoc and transferred to Bellin College in Green Bay, where she quickly evolved into a student leader and joined the Bellin Student Nursing Association and Ambassadors Club. “As soon as I got there, I knew that nursing was what I wanted to do,” Brianna said. “It felt so right. I finally had an opportunity to invest in an area of my life that meant so much to me — my education and working with others.” As a college senior, Brianna interned in the surgical unit at HFM. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1998, Brianna received the college’s prestigious Lucyanna Hitch Award for Excellence. Immediately after graduating, Brianna began working full time at HFM in a combination unit that encompassed surgical, orthopedic, rehabilitation and pediatric responsibilities. One year later, she joined Dr. Robert Greene at Holy Family Memorial’s Lakeshore Pediatrics. Over the course of the next four years, she also served in the emergency department at Holy Family Memorial because she wanted to balance her knowledge and skill set between pediatrics and the adult population. “I wanted to make sure I had a well-rounded background in nursing,” Brianna said. “Through my work with Lakeshore

Pediatrics, I was able to develop so many relationships with parents. I feel as though I was able to be an integral part of them taking care of their children, helping their children through illnesses as well as normal developmental stages. I think that Lakeshore Pediatrics was, and still is, a Brianna Neuser is pictured with her husband, really great team Chad, and their children, from left, Reed, Cole environment.” and Blair. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIANNA NEUSER In 2003, Brianna began taking master’s degree courses part time at Concordia University in Mequon while working full time at Lakeshore Pediatrics and occasionally in the HFM emergency department. When asked why she pursued a master’s degree, Neuser replied: “I had recognized that one of my best qualities would be — I’m a really approachable person. I like to listen. I really enjoy being able to share what nursing means with others. I knew I could be a really excellent role model to incoming nursing students. I’m enthusiastic and passionate about nursing and wanted to share that with others.” Before graduating from Concordia in 2006, Brianna began teaching as an adjunct clinical instructor at Bellin College. That quickly transitioned to a full-time position as an instructor. For much of the next five years, Brianna honed her academic skills at Bellin College while maintaining her nursing roots by working part time at HFM. In 2011, Brianna was offered a position at Silver Lake College as the Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program, and she has been here ever since. Brianna is looking forward to working with more nursing students. “It’s exciting, because you see the immediate gratification and impact you have on the students and patients and everyone’s families,” she said. “I miss passing on that energy, that excitement, about nursing to the students so directly. It will be nice to do that again.” 

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A winning game plan Silver Lake College excited to join National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics By Benjamin Wideman


ilver Lake College is taking its game to a whole new level. The College and its athletic program were approved for membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which took effect July 1. The NAIA Council of Presidents voted on applicant schools in April as part of the association’s 75th Annual National Convention in Kansas City, Mo. With the addition of Silver Lake College and three other colleges that were approved, NAIA membership now stands at 252 institutions.

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Silver Lake College student-athlete Danielle Byrum says, “Being a member of the NAIA opens up many opportunities for student-athletes here at Silver Lake College.” The junior from Sheboygan is a member of the basketball and volleyball teams. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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Athletics “The NAIA will provide Silver Lake College with the sup- in part by Dr. James Naismith. From that, three years later the port it will need as it grows and develops athletics over the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB) was next several years,” Silver Lake College President Dr. Chris E. formed. In 1952, the association introduced men’s championDomes said. “The NAIA approach to character development ships in golf, tennis, and outdoor track and field, and adopted a aligns with Silver Lake College’s mission of developing the new moniker — the NAIA. And in 1980, the NAIA became the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. We are excited to be first collegiate athletics association to sponsor both men’s and joining this association with its long history and tradition of women’s championships. serving student-athletes.” As part of the approval process for new members, the NAIA Silver Lake College offers men’s basketball, women’s bas- Membership Committee reviewed each institution’s application ketball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s cross country, and determined which colleges would move to the next stage of women’s cross country and men’s golf. Last academic year, the process. Those institutions then participated in a campus SLC student-athletes reprevisit by a Membership Evalsented eight states and four uation Team. The recomcountries. mendations of each campus Derek Domino, who visit were supported by the will be entering his second Membership Committee, season as Lakers men’s baswhich then were presented ketball coach, said he’s eato the Council of Presidents ger to join the NAIA. for final approval at the Na“This is a tremendous tional Convention. step in the right direction Silver Lake College was for the Athletic Department represented at the Nationand institution as a whole,” al Convention by faculty Derek said. “The NAIA is a member Steve Kuehl, who reputable organization that also serves as the College’s has given student-athletes Faculty Athletics Representhe opportunity to play at a tative, and Benjamin Widehighly competitive level for man, the Athletics Director many years.” and Sports Information DiSilver Lake College senior Stevens Alexis of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is expected Silver Lake College stu- to be among the returning starters on the men’s basketball team this season. rector. dent-athletes are equally PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN Steve said he embraces enthusiastic about the tranthe NAIA’s policies, which sition. benefit student-athletes both on the court/field and in the class“Being a member of the NAIA opens up many opportunities room. for student-athletes here at Silver Lake College,” said Danielle “I think the greatest asset that the NAIA brings is the fact Byrum, a junior from Sheboygan who plays basketball and vol- that it aligns with Silver Lake College’s mission statement perleyball. “I think it’s good that coaches will be able to recruit fectly,” Kuehl said. “The NAIA has core values of integrity, reeven more student-athletes keeping in mind their character, in- spect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. tegrity and sportsmanship — and that will benefit the athletic The last one, in particular, directly ties in to a Franciscan eduprogram and continue to put Silver Lake College on the map.” cation.” Silver Lake College has fielded intercollegiate athletics for Those core values form the foundation for the NAIA’s 35 years — making it the most established of the new NAIA Champions of Character program, which provides training for members. The other new members include Stillman College in student-athletes and professional development for coaches and Tuscaloosa, Ala. (16 years of athletics), University of the Virgin staff. Islands (10 years), and Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould, For the 2016–17 academic year, Silver Lake College will be Ark. (seven years). dual affiliated with both the NAIA and the United States Col“We are very excited to welcome these four new institutions legiate Athletic Association (USCAA). New members in the into the NAIA and pledge to be a part of their growth,” NAIA NAIA undergo a one-year probationary period in which they President and CEO Jim Carr said. “Our association offers a dif- are not able to participate in postseason competition; after that, ferent approach that places student-athletes at the center of all they are voted upon to become active members, meaning they decision-making and focuses on character at the core of sports. can then participate in postseason competition, be included in These institutions recognize the value the NAIA brings and de- the national awards program and vote in NAIA business. sire to be a part of this great organization.” Remaining in the USCAA for an additional season enables The seed of the NAIA began in 1937 with the start of the Silver Lake College student-athletes to stay eligible for postseamen’s National College Basketball Tournament, which was led son competition.  16 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2016

Bringing her ‘A’ game SLC’s Amanda Kudick earns prestigious Student-Athlete of the Year Award from United States Collegiate Athletic Association By Benjamin Wideman

The success of student-athletes is seemingly based on numbers — namely, personal statistics and team win-loss records. And for Silver Lake College’s Amanda Kudick, those numbers are impressive. As a junior during the 2015–16 season, the 5-foot-7 guard led the women’s basketball team in assists (4.4 per game), steals (2.6) and minutes (27.6), and was third in scoring (9.4 points) and rebounds (5.9). In addition, the co-captain spearheaded SLC’s 21–7 record and berth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s National Championships for the first time in two decades. But there’s another number that truly defines Kudick as a student-athlete — her 3.9 grade-point average. By virtue of her combined academic and athletic excellence, Amanda received the prestigious Student-Athlete of the Year Award from the USCAA for Division 1 women’s basketball in 2016. “Amanda’s impressive accomplishment is a reminder of the importance of balancing academics and athletics in college — and not only has she balanced them, but she has excelled in them,” Silver Lake College President Dr. Chris E. Domes said. “She’s a real example to all student-athletes of how to succeed in all aspects of your college experience.” The Student-Athlete of the Year Award is determined by a committee comprised of USCAA national office members, board members and athletic directors of member institutions. Kudick said it was “a little nerve-racking” when her name was announced at the USCAA’s annual banquet in Uniontown, Pa., in March. She wasn’t aware head coach Mike Flentje had nominated her, so the rousing ovation she received from the hundreds of players, coaches and administrators was a pleasant surprise. “Everyone was cheering and very supportive, so it was just very emotional. I did not expect it at all. I definitely didn’t expect to get three awards that night,” said Kudick, who also was named an Academic All-American for her work in the classroom and an honorable mention All-American for her work on the court.

Silver Lake College’s Amanda Kudick drives to the basket during a women’s basketball game last season. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Kudick, a 2013 graduate of Kewaunee High School, is majoring in Elementary Education and Secondary Math Education. Her dream job is to teach high school math in her hometown after graduating next spring. The youngest of four siblings, she’s proud to say she’ll be the first person in her family to graduate from a four-year college. Kudick is accustomed to excelling both academically and athletically. She maintained a 3.98 GPA at Kewaunee High School, and her team won WIAA state basketball championships her final two seasons. “As an athlete, we know it takes smarts to succeed,” she said. “In high school, our team’s average GPA was like a 3.9. That’s why we won championships — we were smart and we played smart on the court. What you do in the classroom is reflected in what you do on the court, and what you do on the court is reflected in what you do in the classroom. “And here (at Silver Lake College), to have seven Academic All-Americans on our team this season, that was incredible. We know how to play smart, and I think that helps win games.” Flentje said Kudick’s athleticism and determination help win games, as well. “Simply put, she is the best overall basketball player I have ever coached,” he said. “Offense, defense, hustle, desire, leadership. You name it, she has it all.” 

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Shooting stars SLC women’s basketball team competes at USCAA National Championships

Announcement greeted by cheers Left to right: Senior forward Raelyn Woock boards the bus for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2016 Basketball National Championships in Uniontown, Pa. Members of the Silver Lake College women’s basketball team run during practice in Uniontown, Pa. Among the Silver Lake College student-athletes honored during the USCAA’s banquet in Uniontown, Pa., were guard Amanda Kudick, left, named Women’s Basketball Division I Student-Athlete of the Year and honorable mention All-American, and senior forward Raelyn Woock, named second-team All-American. Silver Lake College’s Abby Gerhard drives to the basket during the team’s first-round game against the University of Maine-Fort Kent at the USCAA National Championships. Members of the Silver Lake College women’s basketball team huddle during the USCAA’s 2016 Basketball National Championships in Uniontown, Pa. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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The eruption of cheers in the Athletic Department office said it all — the Silver Lake College women’s basketball team earned a coveted trip to the national championships. Players, coaches, managers and school administrators gathered the morning of Feb. 24 to hear which teams earned a bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2016 Basketball National Championships. The moment USCAA officials started saying “And, from Manitowoc …” several people excitedly raised their arms and high-fived, while others jumped for joy and shouted in celebration. “It’s really exciting for me,” said Mike Flentje, who made his first trip to the national championships in his nine seasons as head coach. “But it’s even more exciting for the players, the College, the basketball program and the whole Manitowoc community. The girls have worked so hard for this, and it’ll be a great experience.” The championships were held in Uniontown, Pa., in March.






The Lakers entered with a 21–5 record and a No. 4 seed in the tournament. Although they came up short in games against the University of Maine-Fort Kent and The Apprentice School (Newport News, Va.), the Silver Lake College players and coaches represented the school well. It was the Lakers’ first trip to the national championships in two decades. “The Silver Lake College family is so proud of our women’s basketball team for going to the national tournament,” said College President Dr. Chris E. Domes, who, along with his wife, Mary, traveled to Uniontown to root for the Lakers. “This is an exceptional group of women. Not only have they been a great example on the basketball court, but they’ve been excellent in the classroom as well.” Also making the trip to nationals were assistant coaches Mike Quistorf and Alison Daehling, and managers Danielle Hunt and Megan Mendolla. 


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Connecting with their community SLC president, wife embrace life on the Lakeshore By Benjamin Wideman

Most people here take friendly hand waves for granted. profit groups and the things that drive the community. Not Dr. Chris E. Domes and his wife, Mary. Chris, a native of Sardinia, N.Y., also is a member of the After spending 17 years living and working among the hustle Manitowoc Noon Rotary, and he recently was appointed to and bustle in the Washington, D.C., area, Chris and Mary say the Talent Development & Planning Committee on behalf of the friendly waves they give the Governor’s Council on and receive on a daily basis Workforce Investment. are among the many things Meanwhile, Mary, a forthey embrace about life on mer longtime teacher from the Lakeshore. Great Valley, N.Y., volunteers “It may seem like a small with the College’s Backpack thing, but we really love the Book Club, which helps chilfact that people wave to each dren at Jefferson and Frankother,” said Chris, adding lin elementary schools pracwith a smile and laugh, “That tice their reading; serves on kind of hand gesture wasn’t the Manitowoc Public Liexactly part of the Washingbrary Foundation Board; and ton, D.C. scene. They had difvolunteers at the College’s ferent gestures there. People Zigmunt Library. Mary also were all business. takes piano lessons at Holy “It’s just very different Family Conservatory with here in Manitowoc — it’s Sister Rosaire Pigeon, and is more like the small towns a member of two book clubs Mary and I are from in westand a women’s educational ern New York. People here organization. are very genuine, open and The Backpack Book Club friendly. They’re trustworthy is especially meaningful to and caring.” Mary, who served as an elThose same words deementary school teacher for scribe Chris and Mary, who 28 years and was a coordinahave enjoyed being active tor for Literacy Collaborative, community members ever a comprehensive school litsince moving to Manitowoc eracy program. three years ago when Chris Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, and his wife, Mary, say “When we first moved was named the 10th president people in the Manitowoc area “are very genuine, open and friendly. They’re here, I thought, ‘How can trustworthy and caring.” PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN of Silver Lake College. I make a difference in the “We were both raised in community?’ ” Mary said. “I small towns where we knew everyone and everyone knew us,” have a passion for literacy, so I was excited to find out about the Mary said. “Here, even though nobody knew us when we ar- Backpack Book Club. So many of our students help the chilrived, right away we felt like we’ve known people for years be- dren, and that’s great to be a part of. Anything I can do to make cause everyone is so welcoming. We feel so comfortable and are a difference and help in local schools and the community, I’m happy to have met so many kind people we now call friends — all for it.” both at the College and in the community.” In their spare time, they enjoy biking and walking on In addition to their responsibilities on campus, Chris and Mariners Trail, watching shows at the Capitol Civic Centre, atMary serve on the board of the United Way of Manitowoc tending area festivals and farmers markets, dining at area resCounty; in 2014, they co-chaired the United Way’s 2014 cam- taurants, sampling the ice cream at Cedar Crest, shopping at paign. Their ongoing relationship with United Way is a “gift,” places like Schroeder’s Department Store, and exploring local they said, because it enables them to learn more about area non- attractions such as the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the 20 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2016

Mary Domes helps a Jefferson Elementary School student during the Backpack Book Club. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Rahr-West Art Museum. Soon, they’d like to take a ride aboard the S.S. Badger car ferry. Being interwoven in the fabric of the Lakeshore — on both a personal and professional level — comes naturally for Chris and Mary. “I grew up in a household where parents instilled in us the importance of being involved in community,” Chris said. “My parents have been involved in their church, their historical society, local organizations. So that’s how I looked at the world when I was growing up. Coming here, it seemed like a good fit to do that here also. And, it was easy since people were so inviting.”

Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, appeared on WFRV‑TV’s “Local 5 Live!” television program in October 2015 to discuss the College’s Nursing Program. PHOTO COURTESY OF WEAREGREENBAY.COM

And, since Silver Lake College is such an integral part of the community, Chris added that being involved in area activities serves as a positive example for the students, staff and faculty. “That’s a responsibility we have as a College, and me as its President, to really emphasize the importance of community involvement. As Silver Lake College continues to grow as a

residential campus, our engagement with the community will strengthen.” Under Chris’ leadership — and in collaboration with a strong team of faculty and staff, and a great partnership with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity — Silver Lake College is experiencing impressive growth. Each of the past two years, U.S. News & World Report honored SLC as one of the Top 100 Regional Colleges in the Midwest. In fall 2016, Silver Lake College will launch a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to help fulfill a rapidly increasing need for nurses both locally and beyond. The College also is on track to become the first in Wisconsin — and the first Catholic institution of higher learning in the United States — to adopt the Work College model. All incoming full-time, residential students will be required to work, which reduces their student debt and, more importantly, helps prepare them for a 21st century work environment. Athletics also is growing. The Col- Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver lege and its athletic Lake College, helps build a structure at the Community Garden. PHOTO BY program were ap- Manitowoc SUZANNE WEISS proved for membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which took effect July 1, 2016. And the College continues to attract students from throughout Wisconsin, as well as other states and nations. “Small cities with a college or university are more likely to benefit economically and culturally,” Chris said. “We clearly appreciate and understand that the College has a significant role to play in supporting the needs of the region. We celebrated our 80th anniversary this past academic year, so we’ve been a big part of the community for a long time.” Chris and Mary are excited to play a part in the development of both Silver Lake College and the community for years to come. “There’s a quality of life here that you can’t get in many places,” Chris said. “It has been a very positive experience for us, and we’re looking forward to the future here.” Added Mary: “There’s a true generosity of spirit with everyone we meet — a welcoming nature, a kindness, a warmth. And, there’s a pride in this community. We feel this community is a real gem, and we couldn’t be happier.”  2016  |  Silver Lake College Magazine  |  21


Eric Volcheff enthusiastic about SLC’s growth By Suzanne Weiss

Eric Volcheff was named Chairman of the Silver Lake College Board of Trustees in 2015, a time of transition and growth for the College. Eric Volcheff addresses the audience at Silver The College has Lake College’s 10th Annual Scholarship Gala. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN been preparing to kick off its four-year baccalaureate degree Nursing program and its Work College program, called SLC Works, in fall 2016. “We want to do an even better job at preparing our graduates for quality jobs, not just hand them a diploma and say, ‘Good Luck,’” Eric said. “I am excited about the opportunity to be involved at the front end of the transformation and to work with so many qualified board members, staff and faculty.” Eric joined the Silver Lake College Board of Trustees in 2013, shortly after he retired from a 23-year career with Mayline Company in Sheboygan. He served as Executive Vice President for the $100 million manufacturer of specialty office furniture. “Since I lived in Manitowoc, but worked 35 miles away in Sheboygan for 23 years, I never really felt part of either community. When I retired, I wanted to start giving back,” he said. “My involvement on the Board gives me an opportunity to utilize some of my corporate strategic planning and organizational

skills, and apply them to an institution on the cusp of significant growth. This is a great opportunity for me to get involved in the community, and contribute to the growth and education of our future leaders.” Eric said his vision for the College includes a doubling of the student body, a better-defined curriculum and facilities that exceed the expectations of its students, including athletics. “Silver Lake College needs to position itself as a school of choice that best prepares students for their careers. At the same time, we need to make ourselves attractive enough from a physical, social and environmental standpoint so students have access to the latest in technology, athletics and community ‘comforts,’” he said. “The College’s personal touch and career preparation will set Silver Lake College apart from its competitors,” Eric said. In addition to his involvement with the Silver Lake College Board and other local institutions, Eric said he is pursuing one of his many “bucket list” interests — as Assistant Winemaker and Quality Control Manager for The Blind Horse Winery in Kohler. Eric showed his support for the College by creating a private-label Tuscan red blend wine in celebration of Silver Lake College’s 80th anniversary. He presented the College with a barrel of the signature wine (about 25 cases) for Silver Lake College’s 10th Annual Scholarship Gala on April 9, 2016. He also led the $50,000 Trustee Challenge during the Gala, helping the event to raise $240,670. 

Meet the newest SLC Board of Trustees members

Christine Loose

Christine Loose is Group Director of Lodging at the Kohler Co. She is responsible for The American Club; the Inn on Woodlake; the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland; and Lodge Kohler, which will be adjacent to Lambeau

Field in Green Bay. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Norbert College and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. She completed the General Managers Program, Hotel Revenue Management Program and Food and Beverage Management Program at Cornell University. “I am a graduate of a liberal arts 22 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2016

Catholic college. Therefore, I have great passion and belief in the academic and moral education one receives from a Catholic college. Silver Lake is breaking ground with a Work College model. As an employer of a large workforce, I believe a Work College model is a critical need for young adults entering the workforce,” Christine said. “I wanted to be part of Silver Lake College to help with the success and future of this program.” Kory Schmidt, Vice Kory Schmidt President of Business Banking at Bank First National in Manitowoc, joined the bank in 2005 after spending several years at a large regional bank.

“I am especially excited to be joining the Board of Trustees at a time that Silver Lake College is poised for significant growth and is providing new opportunities to students such as SLC Works and the School of Nursing,” Kory said. He brings a broad financial background through his work as a business banker, working with a wide range of companies in industries from manufacturing to real estate. “I feel there are tremendous opportunities for the College to collaborate with companies within our region and look forward to helping make those connections through my various contacts in the area,” Kory said. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and his MBA from Lakeland College. 

Campus News

Silver Lake College introduces Learning Communities By Suzanne Weiss

Silver Lake College introduced its 2015–16 freshman class to a new concept. Called Learning Communities, it’s designed to orient campus newcomers to the College and community, and to help them build connections. The Learning Communities program has been shown at other colleges and universities to promote student success and retention. “We work on taking the time to teach them how to be students. We introduce them to important skills that help them in their college success,” said Erin LaBonte, Assistant Professor of Art, who also serves as Art Department Co-chair.

Student Matalie Koss climbs a rope course at NEW Zoo’s Adventure Park in Suamico, a team-building activity by the Learning Communities in conjunction with Student Life. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

“When we talk about skills, it’s not just academic skills. We’re talking about interpersonal skills, which are so valued in today’s workforce,” said Katie Walkner, History Instructor who also serves as Division Director of Arts and Humanities. “We hope our students can take the skills acquired in Learning Communities and apply them to their other courses, employment experiences and relationships.” The Learning Communities program fulfills a need for millennial students and first-generation students because research has shown they have different social needs. It also can help students build bonds right away and make them feel comfortable seeking help if they fall behind. The freshmen were divided into groups depending on the subject they selected and had the same professor and classmates in a number of courses. “It’s a great idea, because we didn’t know each other. It’s good to get to know people who you can socialize with,” said student Freddy Mendoza, who came to the College from Miami and is originally from Honduras. “The freshman class first-week experience featured a variety of activities focused on group dynamics and team building. We want the students to feel a connection to the College community, to one another, and also the larger Manitowoc community,” LaBonte said. “We want students to think of Silver Lake College and Manitowoc as their home for the next four years,” Walkner said. 

SLC among Top 100 Regional Colleges for second time By Benjamin Wideman

For the second straight year, Silver Lake College was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 100 Regional Colleges in the Midwest. In 2014, Silver Lake College was included on the prestigious list for the first time; it was ranked among a tier of colleges between No. 70 and No. 100. In 2015, Silver Lake College moved up the charts to No. 66. “The U.S. News & World Report rankings are an affirmation that Silver Lake College continues to move in the right direction and that our focus is on preparing students for a 21st century work environment,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, who’s entering his fourth year as President of Silver Lake College. “As we advance toward becoming America’s first Catholic Work College, it will continue to

strengthen our identity and distinction as a quality liberal arts college not only in Wisconsin, but across the country, as well.” Dr. Domes added that the U.S. News & World Report honor also “is an endorsement of our faculty and staff and their commitment to academic excellence and preparing students for successful lives after college.” According to U.S. News & World Report, its ranking system rests on two pillars. The formula 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 Foun-

dation 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 include: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. 2016  |  Silver Lake College Magazine  |  23

Campus News

Dedications honored individuals who contributed to College By Suzanne Weiss

Silver Lake College dedicated three areas of the College to individuals who contributed to its growth and advancement.

Du Charme Erdmann Gallery

The Silver Lake College art hall gallery was dedicated on April 14, 2016 to two long-time art professors, Sister Andrée Du Charme and Sister Mariella Erdmann. The hall, located in the main building, is now called the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery. The Sisters “contributed significantly to the art department and to Silver Lake College. They invested much of their life in preparing future art educators and studio artists,” said Erin LaBonte, Assistant Professor of Art and Art Department Co-chair. Sister Mariella Erdmann retired from Silver Lake College in 2015, after a 38-year affiliation. She began as an Art Instructor and retired as Director of the Art Program. She is presently the Postulant Directress for the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Her artwork can be seen on display throughout the College, from a colorful painting illustrating the “Canticle of the Sun” to a four-foot San Damiano Cross. Sister Mariella was instrumental in designing, implementing and gaining support for the College’s Donald P. Taylor Gallery. Sister Andrée Du Charme was head of the Silver Lake College Art Department for 22 years. Her affiliation with the department began in the 1960s and continued, after retirement, through volunteering until 2013. She retired at St. Francis Convent, where she continues to

Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, presents longtime art professor Sister Mariella Erdmann with a plaque during the dedication of the art hall gallery, now called the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery. It is named for Sister Mariella and Sister Andrée Du Charme, who was unable to attend. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

share her artistic talents. One of the biggest accomplishments of the department through her career was that the program received state certification to offer an art education degree. Sister Andrée also established and ran the College’s Children’s Art Program for 35 years, which offered children opportunities to exercise their creativity.

Brideen Hall

A rededication of Brideen Hall was held on Oct. 9, 2015. Brideen Hall, on the first floor of the main building, houses the School of Education. The original Brideen Hall, located in Clare Hall, was dedicated on Oct. 23, 1990. The name honors the late Sister M. Brideen Long, the fifth President of Holy Family College, who headed the institution from 1957 to 1969. She served as the first College president in the current building, which was completed in 1960. Prior to her tenure, the College served primarily as an educational institution for postulants and members of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Sister Brideen admitted lay women during her first year in office and men in her last year. Another College highlight during her career included earning accreditation from the North Central Association in 1959. Carrie A. (Kane) Froelich, a family member of Sister Brideen; Sister Natalie Binversie, Community Director of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity; and Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, assist in the ribbon cutting during the rededication of Brideen Hall. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

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Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall

Silver Lake College honored Sister Lorna Zemke on July 7, 2016 with the creation of the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education and a dedication of the ZemkeDaniel Rehearsal Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. Sister Lorna Zemke is an internationally recognized Kodály Music Educator and Emeritus Professor of Music at SLC. A highlight of the evening was a choral concert featuring “The Cornerstone,” a piece written by Dr. Franklin Gallo and commissioned by the College in honor of Sister Lorna. Sister Lorna was the Director of the Kodály Graduate Summer Music Program for more than 40 years and is perhaps best known for being a mentor and role model to countless master teachers. Early in her career, she worked alongside Katinka Daniel on a Kodály pilot program in Santa Barbara and also spent six months collecting primary source materials on the Kodály Concept in Hungary. Sister Lorna went on to become one of the founders of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, and Association of Wisconsin Area Kodály Educators. Hungarian-born Katinka Daniel (1913–2010) pioneered the Kodály curriculum in the United States and trained hundreds

Honoring Sister Lorna Zemke are, from left, Sarah Maland, Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, and Alexa Maland. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

of music educators as a lecturer at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. The Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education was established through an initial gift from Katinka Daniel’s daughter, Alexa Maland, and her husband, Lynn, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Alexa Maland attended the ceremony accompanied by her daughter, Sarah. To make a gift to the fund, contact Katie Runnoe at 920-686-6150. 

Touhey family makes gifts to the College in sister’s memory By Amy Hanson

Veronica “Vonnie” Touhey Veronica and another of her Verkuilen and Sister Patricia Touhey sisters, Mary Ellen Touhey Chrismade sure the memory of their sistensen, had careers in nursing. Mary ter, Glenna Touhey, will live on at Ellen, now living in Texas, attended Silver Lake College. Holy Family Hospital School of NursA gift from the Touhey family, ing, with classes through Silver Lake made through Veronica’s IRA, was College. She also has made a gift to given to the College in memory of the College in Glenna’s memory. Glenna for Nursing scholarships. Veronica, a nurse for 53 years, “We knew we wanted to do received her bachelor’s and master’s something in her memory. This was Veronica “Vonnie” Touhey Verkuilen, middle left, and Sister degrees from the University of Wisan easy way,” Veronica shared of the Patricia Touhey, right, toured Silver Lake College in June consin system. She retired a year ago 2016 with Dr. Chris E. Domes, President, middle right, and process, adding the suggestion came Marc R. Barbeau, Vice President for Advancement and after teaching at Northeast Wisconat the advice of her financial adviser External Relations. PHOTO BY AMY HANSON sin Technical College. as a way to make a tax-free chariThe family encourages others to table gift. consider making a gift to Silver Lake College through an IRA Glenna, one of six children in the family, was a second-grade rollover because of the flexibility and ease of the process. teacher who enjoyed helping students learn to read, her sisters shared. She lived in the Huntington Beach area of California and taught for 35 years before tutoring disadvantaged children. Sister Patricia, who also taught and was a principal for 25 years, now resides at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton where she works as a member of the Care Ministry For more information about making a charitable gift through Team. She is a 1958 graduate of Silver Lake College and holds an IRA rollover, please visit: two master’s degrees from other universities. She has been a giving-to-the-college/ira-rollover Sister for 62 years.


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Campus News






President’s Society members vital to growth of Silver Lake College By Suzanne Weiss

Members of the President’s Society, so vital to the growth of Silver Lake College, are helping shape young lives and influence the future of our community. Shortly after College President Dr. Chris E. Domes arrived at the College, he had the foresight to establish the President’s Society, which recognizes the dedication demonstrated by this special group of leaders who have made annual contributions of $1,000 or more to the College. Joining the President’s Society demonstrates dedication and commitment to the mission of the College and the work it is doing as it enters its next chapter — that of becoming America’s first Catholic higher education institution to adopt a Work College Model, named SLC Works. The President’s Society will help shape a future for Silver Lake College as it differentiates itself from other colleges and pursues goals that will strengthen its foundation for the future. Each year, alumni, parents and friends join this exclusive society. These leaders share their commitment to seeing Silver Lake College prosper as a liberal arts institution with a strong mission and vision. The first members were inducted in 2014. In late 2015, Silver Lake College recognized these members and welcomed new members during the President’s Society Dinner. New-edition pins were presented to members as a small token of thanks for their support. The President’s Society currently recognizes more than 100 members. The mission of the President’s Society is to cultivate a culture of philanthropic leadership by establishing lifelong relationships with our benefactors, alumni, friends, parents, sponsors, 26 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2016

Silver Lake College President Dr. Chris E. Domes, far right, and his wife, Mary Domes, far left, pose with Drs. Kumar and Sivu Kangayappan, co-chairs of the President’s Society during the President’s Society Recognition Dinner. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

staff and students. The Society also encourages active involvement in Silver Lake College programs and solicits significant financial support to aid in the realization of current and emerging priorities. President’s Society members are provided special opportunities to interact with students, alumni, and the College’s executive team. Join today! To find out more about the President’s Society, please contact: Marc R. Barbeau, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, at 920-686-6176 or marc.barbeau@

Silver Lake College President’s Society Members Janis L. Algozine Christopher and Christine Allie Richard J. and Carol J. Anheier Vicki I. Ansorge Mimi Ariens Kevin F. Bacon and Marilynne M. Matthias The Most Rev. Robert J. Banks Marc R. and Megan Barbeau Dr. William and Leah G. Baskin Dr. Barry V. and Sandra A. Bast The Rev. David B. Beaudry Thomas P. and Suzanne E. Belson Dr. Krishna K. and Vibha K. Bhatt Paul and Karen M. Bouril Robert and Gwen Braun Ned W. and Janet Breuer Donald R. and Mary Kay Brisch Joseph G. Brisch Michael R. and Denise Burbey Jean A. Carron John M. Cashman and Dr. Mary Govier Mary Jeanne Censky William C. and Nancy Censky Daniel F. Connolly Ronald R. Dart Joseph W. and Janet Debilzen Charles J. and Denise J. Deibele Kay A. Dewane David J. and Sandra V. Diedrich Dr. Chris E. and Mary Domes The Rev. Ray G. Dowling Dr. Steven D. and Marsha A. Driggers Wencel F. and Mabel M. Dufek Charitable Foundation Trust Michael and Amy J. Eckley Scott and Sandra J. Eithun Robert E. and Patricia M. Endries The Very Rev. Daniel J. Felton Rachel M. Fischer Anthony J. Gajdostik (Patricia Gajdostik) William and Florence S. Gaterman

Paul O. and Carol C. Gehl Grace C. Gorychka Henry S. and Anne P. Grosel Robert D. Haag William D. Hampton and Shay C. Gregory Dale Hanke Patrick Hanrahan David R. Hedrick Mark P. Herzog Mary J. Hinnendael Jerome H. and Dorothy Holschbach Bernard H. and Patricia Huettl Therese M. Janssen Dr. Jeffrey K. and Susan Just Erick M. and Nichol Kahlenberg Drs. Kumar and Sivu Kangayappan Robert E. and Amy A. Kaufman John F. Kerscher William E. and Mary Kiel Nina M. Kirkaldy Joanne P. Kolodzik Thomas N. and Deanne T. Kuenzi Lee H. and Eileen M. Kummer Carl J. and Jerilyn M. Laurino James B. and Barbara M. Lester Alexa M. and Lynn J. Maland James and Peggy Marshall The Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, DD Don Munce Jeremiah and Rebecca Novak The Rev. William G. O’Brien Peter J. Peterson Skip C. and Jane Pfeffer Edgar and Dr. Mary L. Ploor Patricia M. Rauch Jeffrey L. and Victoria L. Raymond Julie M. Riebe Brian J. and Lynn Riste Richard W. and Gail M. Robinson Jeffrey J. Rochon Paulette D. Rocklewitz Robert J. and Betty J. Rosinsky

In honor of their generous support, President’s Society members enjoy these exclusive member opportunities: An exclusive invitation to an annual recognition dinner „„ and induction ceremony. The next President’s Society dinner is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Invitations to attend exclusive conference calls three times a „„ year hosted by President Chris E. Domes. Advance copies of the Silver Lake College Magazine. „„ A quarterly email newsletter.  „„

John J. Russo Drs. Alan and Evelyn Sbar Timothy G. Schaefer Kory M. and Nicole Schmidt Barbara A. Schneider Capt. Alfred P. and Marlene A. Schoelen Teresa Ann Schroepfer Kenneth E. and Karen Frances Schuler Russel J. and Carol R. Schuler Steven J. and Wendy R. Schuler Dr. Albert C. and Paulette Sears Johnnie N. Simmons David V. and Judith A. Simon Deirdre C. Snyder Matthew and Adrienne Soucy Ben W. Stangel Frank Stangel Dr. John M. and Laurale M. Stern Mark H. Surfus Mark S. and Anne Swanson Donald P. Taylor David Thomley Richard P. Thomley Dr. Pam Vanderwall Marvin and Rozanne C. VanDeurzen Eric B. and Ruthann Volcheff James A. and Theresa A. Vopat Clarence E. Wallace Allan J. and Suzanne D. Wallander Dr. Jerome F. and Karen S. Wallander Robert C. Weber William J. and Nancy E. Webster Calvin J. Wester Frank P. and Ann J. Wilcox James L. and Sandra D. Wise Sister Laura Jean Wolf Dr. Frederick L. Yeo Jr. and Roxanna L. Strawn John J. and Bernie M. Zimmer Sandra M. Zirbel Members as of May 9, 2016

ON THE WEB To see photos from the 2015 dinner, please visit: albums/72157662141228845

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Campus News

Strong show of support 10 th Annual Scholarship Gala raises more than $240,000 Silver Lake College held its 10th Annual Scholarship Gala on April 9, 2016, which drew 210 guests. The dinner and program were held in the Ariens Atrium at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. More than $240,000 was raised due to the Gala. By comparison, a total of roughly

$350,000 was raised in the first nine years of the Gala. In addition to the funds raised at this year’s Gala, Silver Lake College recognized the annual distribution of $38,650 for nursing scholarships from the Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund, held at the Lakeshore Community Foundation.

Dr. Chris E. Domes, right, President of Silver Lake College, and his wife, Mary, left, join with event Co-chair Debbie Hardy, center, to celebrate the presentation of a ceremonial check for the College representing the $236,340 that was raised at that night’s 10th Annual Scholarship Gala. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

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Kyle Cherek, host of the Emmynominated television program “Wisconsin Foodie,” served as the emcee for the Gala. Jane Pfeffer, board member of the Lakeshore Community Foundation, smiles while attending the Gala.


SAVE theDATE Be sure to attend the 11th Annual Scholarship Gala on April 8, 2017. Watch gala for more details!


Longtime supporter Jerry Holschbach applauds at the Gala when it was announced that another $75,000 was secured to finish a patio project on campus.

As Silver Lake College President Dr. Chris E. Domes applauds nearby, Eric Volcheff, Chair of Silver Lake College’s Board of Trustees, shares that the Board of Trustees enthusiastically issued a $50,000 challenge match at the Gala.

Among the Silver Lake College students assisting guests throughout the evening were, left to right, ambassadors Lucy-Ann Muabe, Nathan Eckley and Jordan Barbeau.

ON THE WEB For photos from the 10th Annual Scholarship Gala 2016, visit: albums/72157666944584916

The following businesses and people sponsored the Gala: PRESENTING SPONSOR C.D. Smith Construction Services SUPPORTING SPONSORS A.C.E. Building Services Direct Development Holy Family Memorial CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS Bank First National BMO Harris Bank Investors Community Bank Sodexo PREMIUM TABLE SPONSORS Marc and Megan Barbeau Dr. Chris E. and Mary Domes The Very Rev. Daniel Felton Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Green Bay Packers Give Back HTR Media McCarty Law LLP Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Alumni Tower Company Eric and Ruthann Volcheff CHOCOLATE BOX GAME SPONSOR Bank First National LIVE AUCTION SPONSORS Kaeden Services Plante Moran HIGH-TOP TABLE SPONSOR Cawley Company CENTERPIECE SPONSORS Allstates Rigging Inc. Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels Frank Check Builders Inc. Fresh Cut Lawn Care The Metal Ware Corp. Mike Howe Builders Inc. Jens-Reinbold and Pfeffer Family Funeral Services and Crematory NextEra Energy-Point Beach Nuclear Plant Pfeffer Funeral Home SILENT AUCTION LUCKY 7 AND LUCKY 13 SPONSORS Balzan HR LLC Bernie’s Auto and Fix-It Shop Braun Building Center Denor Electric Drexel Building Supply Hawkins Ash CPAs Hermening Financial Group Shoreline Credit Union Two Rivers Buses  2016  |  Silver Lake College Magazine  |  29

The Franciscan Way

Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College, presents Sister Laura Wolf with the Our Lady of Guadalupe Award. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Silver Lake College indebted to Sister Laura Wolf By Suzanne Weiss

We presented you with the Our Lady of Guadalupe Award during the Spring 2016 Commencement ceremony as a token of our gratitude for all that you have done for the College over the years. An award and mere words are not enough to express how indebted we are to you for your unwavering support. Many thanks and our heartfelt best wishes in your future endeavors. For those of you who may not be familiar with Sister Laura

Wolf, OSF, her presence as President of the Manitowoc-based Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries, Inc., made a huge impact on our community. Sister Laura recently stepped down from the role she held since 1985. Daniel McGinty succeeded her in June 2016 and she is serving as his Senior Executive Advisor. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Award, which was presented to Sister Laura, is traditionally conferred on individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the College’s mission for a significant period of time and who exemplify the ideals of the College. It is named for Our Lady of Guadalupe because she is designated as the special patroness of Silver Lake College. A member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity since 1967, Sister Laura created Franciscan Health Advisory Services. Over the years, the scope and name of the corporation went through several changes becoming, in 2012, the current Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries. The not-for-profit corporation monitors and manages health care and higher education ministries (including Silver Lake College) in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Ohio. Sister Laura is widely recognized for her consistency and courage in calling to the table the hard, vexing questions that face the church’s ministries. She has demonstrated a gift for framing these questions in a way which brings people together around the common goal of service to these ministries and the people who depend upon them. She graduated from Silver Lake College in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a specialty in social sciences. Sister Laura holds a joint degree in law and health administration from St. Louis University. Sister Laura served three terms on the Silver Lake College Board of Trustees, from 2005 to 2015, serving as Chair of the SLC Board from 2007 through 2014. She was named Past Chair, Ex Officio in 2015. 

SLC Works rooted in strong Franciscan work ethic By Sister Lorita Gaffney, Executive Director of Mission Integration

Silver Lake College’s new Work College program, SLC Works, builds on a long Franciscan tradition of valuing work. When the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity established the forerunner of Silver Lake College in 1885, the Sisters all worked to keep the institution running. That included growing and harvesting crops and tending to livestock. From the time is was founded in 1935 until recent years, Silver Lake College was staffed and operated solely by the Franciscan Sisters, who not only taught classes, but also cooked, cleaned and maintained the campus. Working and developing the skills and Sister Lorita Gaffney ethics associated with work are fundamental to the Franciscan tradition from its earliest beginnings. St. Francis in his “Early Rule” and “Testament” said that all should work, not merely to avoid idleness or as an example to 30 | Silver Lake College Magazine | 2016

others, but for the message such work gives socially. The Brothers worked for the inclusion of people in great need and for the just distribution of goods provided by God, wrote David Flood in his book, “The Daily Labor of the Early Franciscans.” Though invited to roles of leadership, the early friars were advised that it was more important to “serve” and to be “subject to all” wherever they labored. The early Franciscans defined work as service; they were servants through whom the Spirit of God worked. The brothers, as they worked with others, were able to raise up their co-workers, ennobling their efforts so as to experience dignity in their labors, Flood wrote. As the College launches SLC Works in fall of 2016, it is most fitting to ascribe its significance to our Franciscan heritage. We are articulating a culture of collaboration, community, respect and servant leadership that are foundational to our Franciscan values. Incorporating such a culture gives SLC Works great potential for success. 

Silver Lake College group on a mission to help others By Amy Hanson

Just one person can make an impact on the life of another. More than 30 Silver Lake College students left a lasting impression on nearly 40 children and countless audience members when they took part in a mission trip to Arizona during the College’s Alternative Spring Break, March 12–20, 2016. Of those students, 18 performed acts of service at St. Peter Indian Mission School in Bapchule, south of Phoenix, and the rest shared their gift of music with schools and churches throughout Arizona as members of the Silver Lake Chorale. This is the first year the service and music students took a combined trip. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Steve Kuehl, a chaperone, had the opportunity to share his knowledge with students at the Gila River Reservation’s school. “It was very rewarding to see a fifth-grader be as advanced as he was,” Steve said of one student who was doing algebra and factoring. “He loved school because it got him out of a poor living environment.” Students on the reservation often must cope with the effects of child neglect and abandonment. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are involved in a variety of roles on the reservation. Many Silver Lake College students in the service group were education majors and assisted with lesson plans, teaching, tutoring and reading support. Mary Bettag ’15, who was in her first year as a postulant with the FSCC, and is now Sister Mary Teresa, a novice, has gone on three other mission trips.


Sister St. Francis Wenzel ’45 May 12, 2015 Sister Elora Schmidt ’57 June 30, 2015 Sister Theresa Luetkenhaus ’59 July 31, 2015 Sister Mary Frederick Gramann ’67 Nov. 28, 2015 Sister Rita Ann Fish ’53 Jan. 4, 2016 Sister Dismas Scharinger ’70 Jan. 8, 2016 Sister Margie Traeger ’79 Jan. 30, 2016 Sister Janet Tess ’60 Feb. 9, 2016 Sister Claude De Mario ’43 Feb. 29, 2016

Silver Lake College then-freshman Alexis Almond, right, helps a student with her school work in Bapchule, Ariz. PHOTO BY ERICA PLOECKELMAN

“I ran cross country in college so it was really great running the track each morning with the kids,” she said of the Arizona trip. “Their readiness to love made it easy to love them back.”


To read the extended version of this story, visit: about-silver-lake/general-information/franciscanvalues-2/living-franciscan-values-mission-trip

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Magdalen Sipple May 1, 2015 Sister George Ann Schommer Aug. 4, 2015 Sister Cecilia Byrnes Sept. 12, 2015 Sister Mary Grace Micke Oct. 20, 2015 Sister John Bosco McKee Nov. 2, 2015 Sister Jo LaVerne Keimig Nov. 2, 2015 Sister Alanna Ring Jan. 2, 2016 Sister Jerianne Stelmach March 14, 2016

Memorial Gifts are a meaningful way to honor or remember friends, relatives or associates. Your gift ensures that your remembered person will be included in the daily prayers of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and the Silver Lake College community. Notice of your gift and an invitation to attend our monthly Memorial Mass is mailed to those you specify. For information, please contact Katie Runnoe at 920-686-6150 or

2016 JUBILARIANS Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

DIAMOND — 75 YEARS Sister Imelda Ann Dickrell Sister Martina Van Ryzin Sister Mary Josephine Schmitt DIAMOND — 60 YEARS Sister Angela Paul Sister Doris Jurgenson Sister Greta Peter Sister Karen Kranhenbuhl Sister Lois Risch Sister Marella Wagner Sister Maryl Gardner Sister Miriam Dosch Sister Rita Mae Suhr Sister Roseangela Weiland Sister Verna Osterhout Sister Virgine Van Thull GOLDEN — 50 YEARS Sister Caritas Strodthoff Sister Lois Ann Gosch Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo Sister Rosalyn Muraski Sister Sue Ann Hall SILVER — 25 YEARS Sister Mary Ann Feminella 2016  |  Silver Lake College Magazine  |  31

Alumni Alumni Award Winners

Honorees pictured with SLC President Dr. Chris E. Domes, fifth from left, at the Alumni Awards Dinner included, from left, Cyril and Betsy Clavers (Distinguished Parents Award), Michael Slavin ’05 (Distinguished Alumni Award), Patricia Sprang ’07 (Excellence in Servant Leadership Award), April Jaure ’05 (Excellence in Servant Leadership Award), Derek Domino ’14, ’16 MS (Outstanding Recent Alumni Award) and Teresa Ann Schroepfer ’88, ’92 MM (Alumni Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts). Not pictured is award recipient Al Keith IV ’12 (Outstanding Recent Alumni Award). PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN

Alumni News & Notes Rosalie Geiger ’71was named the World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year for her leadership, multi-layered involvement and tireless efforts on behalf of agriculture and the dairy industry. Patricia Bero ’74and her husband, Paul Theyel, became first-time grandparents on the birth of Catherine (Kate) Safara Tyler on Sept. 28, 2015 in Denver, Colo. They were blessed with a second granddaughter, Keira Elizabeth Theyel, on Jan. 5, 2016 in Providence, R.I. Paul “Biff” Hansen ’78retired after 38 years with the Manitowoc Public School District at the end of the 2015–16 school year. Sister Kathryn Klackner ’78is serving as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Green Bay. Michael Bero ’80was named the State Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year for the Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, in addition to receiving the Regional Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award. Edgar E. Hanson ’84, ’97 MS,a retired command sergeant major, was inducted into the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Hall of Honor during a ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Madison. Elizabeth Koldoff, RN, ’88enjoyed four years as faculty at Rose State College’s nursing program in Oklahoma and is now pursuing doctoral course work toward becoming a nurse scientist.

Rick Balzan ’90, ’95 MSjoined Schenck as senior human resources consultant. Suzanne Lawrence ’92was named the regional director of continuing education for the Northeast Region of UW Colleges. Laurel “Laurie” Spangenberg ’97is serving as the Director of Financial Aid at Bay College in Escanaba, Mich. Tammy Rabe ’01was elected to a oneyear term on the Sheboygan City Council’s 2nd District. Ed Janke ’02was hired as the Oconto County Sheriff Dept.’s Chief Deputy. Jodi Meyer ’02joined the Marion School District as an agriculture teacher at the senior and junior high levels. Darlene Christnagel ’06 MAjoined the Oconto Unified School District as a reading teacher/interventionist at Oconto Elementary School. Kathy Campshure ’07debuted her three-act comedy play, “With This Ring,” for the Machickanee Players. She was the playwright and director, as well as a cast member. Andrea Baughman ’09joined All Saints Catholic School in Antigo as the 4K instructor. Mike Cattani ’09was named the administrator of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette. He had been serving as the principal of Menominee High School. Amy Sell ’11was named president-elect

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of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Kristin Ahrens ’12joined the School District of New London as a kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. Thomas Baribeau ’14recently retired from the Marinette School District and is now teaching Geometry, Pre-calculus, Leadership and seventh-grade Math at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette. Melissa Thews ’14joined the Valders Area School District as a science teacher at the high school and middle school. Derek Domino ’14, ’16 MSbecame the Head Coach of the men’s basketball team at Silver Lake College. Christopher Guy ’15and Emily Gluck were married on May 28, 2016. Carly Klopf ’15joined Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford as a fourthgrade teacher. Michael Pamperin ’15joined the Freedom Area School District as a biology teacher for grades seven through 12.

Tim Woodcock ’85 and his wife, Jo Woodcock ’88, pose in front of his painting, which was among the artworks on display at Silver Lake College in spring 2016 as part of the Alumni Art Exhibit. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

Thao King, a 2016 cum laude graduate in Biology, landed a job at an area medical lab. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS

Your contribution is important When you contribute to the SLC Scholarship Fund, you are providing a deserving student with an opportunity to experience the Silver Lake College promise of a well-rounded liberal arts education.



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ABOVE: Three Silver Lake College graduates, from left, Sister Laura Wolf ’75, Sister Natalie Binversie ‘76, and Sister Myra Jean Sweigart ‘84, stand in contrast to recent students shown on a television screen behind them. PHOTO BY SUZANNE WEISS FRONT COVER: Pictured is student Amanda Kudick. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN WIDEMAN