Archive for August, 2009


Silver Lake College Exhibits Dr. John Stern’s Digital Photography

August 28, 2009
Stained Glass Window in the Silver Lake College Chapel by Dr. John Stern

Stained Glass Window in the Silver Lake College Chapel by Dr. John Stern

The Silver Lake College Art Department is sponsoring an exhibit of Digital Photography by Dr. John Stern from today through Sept. 11th, 2009 in the Cafeteria Gallery.  There will be a reception from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3rd celebrating Dr. Stern’s work. All are welcome.

 The exhibit features selections that reflect the unique aspects of the Silver Lake College Campus, chapel, and student life. 

Dr. Stern is a practicing urologist in Manitowoc who has for years had a love for photography. He began honing his craft when Father Ribbens at Premontre High School in Green Bay was “looking for student photographers for newspaper and yearbook- will train.”  Father Ribbens taught Dr. Stern everything he knew about photography- shooting, composition, developing and printing in the film era. His creativity was developed further with the help of an artist friend of his parents, who taught him how to view and see light and shadows, character, and how to incorporate those elements into his composition.

Dr. Stern attended college at the University of Minnesota and worked for the University of Minnesota Daily newspaper.  At that time it was the world’s largest college newspaper, never less than 8 pages and with a Friday weekend edition of 36-64 pages, every week. Circulation was over 50,000.

The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


MUSIC FOR TOTS CLASSES Celebrate 25 years at Silver Lake College

August 26, 2009
Zylia Kleinfeldt enjoys her Music for Tots Class

Zylia Kleinfeldt enjoys her Music for Tots Class. Tots from infancy through age 5 enjoy a variety of music and movement experiences in the Music for Tots program at Silver Lake College.

When classes begin this fall for the Silver Lake College Music for Tots™ Program, it will mark the 25th year of sharing the gift of music with children from infancy through age five.  “When we began in 1984, we had 4 classes with approximately 32 students and they were all held on the Silver Lake Campus in Manitowoc.  Now, we have over 250 students participate each semester and classes are held in 4 different locations throughout the state.” according to Sr. Lorna Zemke, Founder and Director of the Program.  

 Music for Tots™ classes are educationally significant experiences designed for children from infancy through age five, with half-hour classes for the very young to three years of age, and forty-minute classes for the fours and fives.  Varying types of structured musical activities are planned for each class, according to the developmental level of the children.  Singing is the foundation of the curriculum, and simple children’s singing-games and folk songs are the appropriate tunes used in music making; movement and use of simple classroom instruments for keeping the beat are also significant activities. 

 Classes for the various ages are scheduled during the morning and early evening hours. Each class is limited to eight children within an age span of approximately one year, except for the older threes, fours and fives who participate together. Parents participate with their child in sessions for infants and toddlers. 

 Parents and teachers in the Silver Lake Music for Tots™ Program readily affirm that participation in these music classes improves not only the tonal, listening, rhythmic and coordination skills of the children, but also their verbal and socialization skills, as well as their ability to follow directions, focus attention, and share with their peers.

 Classes begin this semester on Monday, September 28, 2009, and extend for ten consecutive weeks. Parents from the greater Manitowoc area, who are interested in enrolling their infant, toddler, or pre-school child, should call the Silver Lake College Department of Music at 920-686-6173 or email  Leave your name, phone number, child’s name, date of birth, and preference of morning or evening class.  If classes for your child’s age are already filled for the spring session, your child’s name will be put on a waiting list for classes that begin in February 2010.  Only a registration fee, no materials fee, is charged.


Silver Lake College Concert Choir Seeking Singers

August 25, 2009

The Silver Lake College Music Department invites community members, friends, and alumni of Silver Lake College to join with current students to become a part of the Silver Lake College Concert Choir featuring an upcoming year of fantastic choral music on campus.

Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and will begin Monday, August 31st in the Generose Enrichment Center, formerly St. Josephs Church, on the Silver Lake campus. Dr.  Perry D. White, Silver Lake College’s Director of Choral Activities, will conduct this year’s ensemble.

This year’s performance program includes the following:

  • October 9 – Fall Concert
  • December 5 – “Christmas at Silver Lake” with the Silver Lake Chorale and the Silver Lake Handbell Choir
  • February 26 – Spring Concert – “A Birthday Party – Music of Pergolesi, Cherubini, Schumann, & Barber”
  • April 24 – Major Works Concert – The Music of Brahms

For additional information, please contact Dr. White at (920)686-6150 or


Silver Lake College Exhibits Dr. Peter Bartzen’s Watercolors

August 24, 2009
Dr. Peter Bartzen Watercolor image

Dr. Peter Bartzen Watercolor image

Silver Lake College, 2406 South Alverno Road, invites the public to view the works of Dr. Peter Bartzen; beginning August 25th and continuing through September 16th, 2009. All are welcome.

Dr. Bartzen grew up in Milwaukee and was a practicing gynecologist in Duluth, MN for 37 years.  Although he attended watercolor workshops during this time, it wasn’t until his retirement in Arizona that he produced his first award winning piece.

Throughout his retirement, Bartzen produced a profuse variety of Watercolors inspired by his travels to Hanfleur, France, Italy, Germany and Ireland.  These items will be on exhibit as well as pictures reminiscent of his life in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Bartzen lived at St. Mary’s home in Manitowoc prior to his death on July 27th.   The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


Silver Lake College Dedicates new on campus Student Housing Facility

August 24, 2009
Clare Hall Lobby

Architect's Rendering of the Clare Hall Lobby

On Wednesday, August 19th, Silver Lake College will officially dedicate its new on campus student housing facility. Clare Hall, formerly occupied by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, has undergone extensive renovation to make way for housing up to 178 students on campus.  The building features a variety of amenities and living options, including group study areas, kitchenettes, entertainment areas, wireless internet and both individual and suite style rooms.

As part of a multi-year strategic plan, Silver Lake committed to making an exceptional residential experience available to each undergraduate during his or her time at the College.  “We view a dynamic residential experience as one of the most important elements in creating a successful environment for our students,” said Dr. George F. Arnold, President of Silver Lake.  “We believe that learning takes place around the clock, both inside and outside the classroom.  Therefore, it is essential that the ‘outside the classroom’ activities, facilities, and personnel be exceptional in every way.”

Part of the exceptional personnel includes Rachel Fischer, the new Director of Residential Life.  “I am excited about having the opportunity to help create an outstanding residential experience here on campus,” said Rachel.  “It is a chance to really build student engagement through activities and events that they (the students) view as being of real interest and value.”

In order to showcase the new facility, a community open house will be held on August 20th from 4:30 – 7:00 pm where individuals can tour the facility and take a first hand look at the residence hall.  “We are excited to invite the entire community to see this wonderful facility,” said Dr. Arnold. “Bringing this new residential experience to campus is the lynchpin in the next evolutionary step of Silver Lake College.”

Silver Lake College is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity


Silver Lake College Announces Accreditation of Nursing Program

August 24, 2009

The Nursing Program at Silver Lake College is proud to announce that it recently received accreditation approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and the continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.

As part of the accreditation process, Silver Lake developed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program whereby its first set of graduates participated in Commencement ceremonies on May 10, 2009 and received their pins on June 4, 2009. Nancy Niesing, a recent graduate of the program commented, “My primary goal to pursue my BSN degree was to acquire the required credentials for my position as a clinical educator, but I gained so much more. I gained a broader view and understanding of the world and the people around me. I examined and reevaluated my personal values system. I learned to critically evaluate information and I gleaned a great deal about learning principles and research that could be applied to my job. I have become more adept at the use of technology for enhancing my skills as an educator. I learned to work as a team to complete group projects. I have achieved much more than the credibility I initially sought. The seed for continuous growth and learning was planted, and a dream has been fulfilled.”

The degree completion program is designed for current RN’s, those with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or for those with a Diploma in Nursing. This program is offered in Manitowoc, Wausau, Rhinelander, Ladysmith and will available on-line starting in the fall of 2009. Kathi Calabresa, program developer stated, “The need for knowledgeable and skilled nursing leaders has never been greater. The health care system is undergoing fundamental restructuring that will rely on nurses who are prepared to assume leadership roles to improve patient outcomes. The BSN completion program at Silver Lake College prepares the baccalaureate nurse to assume leadership role for managing the complexities of patient care wherever they practice.”

For more information about the BSN completion program, please contact Kate Siegler, Program Director, at 686-6213 or on the web at

Nursing students at Commencement on May 10, 2009 from L-R Back Row: Kathy Barta-Orlet, Barb Reiss, Marcy Davies, Darlene TeStroete, Front Row: Nancy Niesing, Sue Kassner, January Meyer, Jackie Downey

Nursing students at Commencement on May 10, 2009 from L-R Back Row: Kathy Barta-Orlet, Barb Reiss, Marcy Davies, Darlene TeStroete, Front Row: Nancy Niesing, Sue Kassner, January Meyer, Jackie Downey