Archive for October, 2009


Silver Lake College Exhibits Susan Murtaugh: Exploring the New Digital

October 30, 2009



Susan Murtaugh’s “Peony”. A free handed drawing/painting created in digital medium.

Silver Lake College, 2406 South Alverno Road, invites the public to attend the guest art exhibit of Susan Murtaugh: Exploring the New Digital; beginning November 13th and continuing through December 14th, 2009.

Ms. Murtaugh has a degree in Illustration and Graphic Design from the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and has 35 years of experience in the field of advertising and graphic design, including owning and creatively directing her own firm for fourteen years. 

Regarding her art, Ms. Murtaugh states, “Pictures have always been in my head. My earliest memories are of attempts at expressing them. I suppose my first medium was crayon, but I’d use anything at hand—pencils, ball point pens; on any surface or material…”  Her love of drawing has remained with her throughout her life, “At heart…I’m a draftsman. I always return to drawing as the basis for all my work.  Since early this year my preferred medium has dramatically changed. And it’s being used by a growing number of artists in all genres. It’s digital.” 

Ms. Murtaugh now uses her drawing skills on an iPod touch to create exquisitely rendered, detailed works of art.  Utilizing Brushes and Sketchbook Mobile applications, she replicates traditional oil and pastel mediums. Recently, she has taken her passion for digital art to its source and begun working with Steve Sprang, the developer of Brushes, and the creators of Autodesk, to develop software that enhances the experience of painting on a small screen.

The Exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.


Living Example of a Lakota Camp to be Presented at Silver Lake

October 27, 2009

Image caption: Kelly Meyer in full Lakota garb.

Image caption: Kelly Meyer in full Lakota garb.

On Tuesday, November 3rd Kelly Meyer, Valders, will present an 1830s Lakota camp on the grounds of Silver Lake College, 2406 South Alverno Road in Manitowoc. The camp will consist of a full-sized tipi and living conditions for the family that resides there. Visitors will be able to see clothing, tools, and daily objects made by Meyer in the exact processes used 170 years ago. Stop by to share a warm lodge, learn about the past, and maybe catch a couple stories. The lodge will be open from 9am-2pm.

For more information about activities at Silver Lake College call 920-686-6175 or visit us on the web at Silver Lake College is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.


Silver Lake College Music Instructor Wins Award

October 17, 2009

Silver Lake College Handbell Instructor Sandra Eithun has beeSandy Eithunn selected as a recipient of the 2009-2010 ASCAPLUS Award- Concert Music Division Winner.  This award, given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is granted by an Independent Panel of Judges and is based upon the unique prestige value of each music writer’s catalog of original compositions. 

Ms. Eithun, an accomplished Handbell Composer, is a graduate of Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Kodaly, keyboard and flute. While attending Silver Lake she was the recipient of the Delta Mu Theta Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. She currently resides with her husband Scott and four children in New London, WI, where she has been serving in music ministry as the director of four handbell choirs, choral accompanist and organist/keyboardist at First Congregational United Church of Christ since 1992. She is an active member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and has served on the Area VII Board. In addition to having over one hundred pieces for handbells in publication, Sandra also has various sacred keyboard books in print and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Silver Lake College.



Silver Lake Offers One-Credit Weekend Graduate Education Classes

October 16, 2009

This Fall, Silver Lake College will be offering two, one-credit, Graduate Education Weekend Classes at the Mount Senario Education Center in Ladysmith, WI. 

 “Introduction to Differentiating Instruction” will be taught November 13 from 5-9 pm and November 14 from 8-4 pm by Instructor Dana Sommerfeld. This class is designed to provide classroom teachers with a basic understanding of the process of differentiated instruction as well as to provide a framework for the teachers to develop strategies for the effective differentiation of instruction in a regular classroom setting. Specifically, the teacher will:  

  1. Develop an understanding for the unique needs of learners within a regular classroom setting. 
  2. Be able to demonstrate strategies to differentiate instruction for students in their classrooms.

The above objectives are in alignment with the Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure. 

 “USE IT (Useful Spanish for Elementary/Intermediate Teachers)” will be taught December 4 from 5-9pm and December 5 from 8-4 pm by Instructor Mario Friedel. This course is designed to provide non-Spanish speaking teachers with the skills and resources needed to share the Spanish language and culture with elementary/middle school students. By using 24 sequential lesson plans, participants will learn how to learn and then introduce and share basic practical Spanish through the implementation of a creative model of instruction.

The cost of each class is $410 and the application fee will be waived for the first 10 registrants.  For more information or to register for these classes, please call 800-236-4752 Extension 222. 


Silver Lake College hosts “JAVA JAM”

October 16, 2009

John LaRoche2Silver Lake College invites the community to attend “JAVA JAM” on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the cafeteria.  JAVA JAM will feature the music of Jon LaRoche with coffee and specialty drinks available from Schroeder’s Red Bank Coffeehouse.  Designed to be a night of music, coffee and fun, “JAVA JAM” is open to individuals of all ages and free to the public.  All proceeds from the event go to benefit SLC Campus Ministry and SLC Optimist Club projects. For additional questions or information, please call 920-686-6163.


Silver Lake College Presents Senior Art Exhibit of Amanda Kouba

October 12, 2009

Railway TrestleSilver Lake College, 2406 South Alverno Road invites the public to attend the senior exhibit of Amanda Kouba, beginning Oct. 16th and continuing through Nov. 9, 2009.  There will be an artists reception from 4:00—6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22nd. All are welcome

 The exhibit will include primarily watercolor paintings, charcoal drawings, and photography. 

 The Exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


Fall Season Premier Concert at Silver Lake College

October 6, 2009
Members of the Silver Lake Chorale

Members of the Silver Lake Chorale

The Silver Lake College Music Department will begin its concert season with a Fall Choral Concert set for Friday, October 9th at 7:30 pm in the Silver Lake College Chapel located at 2406 South Alverno Road in Manitowoc.  The concert, which is free and open to the public, will showcase the talents of the Concert Choir, the Silver Lake Chorale, and the newly formed “Somer Singers”, a 6 voice a cappella group composed of Silver Lake Alumni and Staff.

 The concert will feature primarily traditional a cappella choral literature with several spiritual and gospel pieces as well.  One of the more unique pieces, “Saul” by Egil Hovland, incorporates both narration and accompaniment intertwined with the singers. According to Dr. Perry D. White, Director of Choral Activities, “this concert is designed to feature a wide a variety of great choral literature that is intended to kick off our concert season.”


Irish Folk Band Leahys Luck Appearing at Silver Lake College

October 2, 2009

Leahys Luck

The first concert performance in the Silver Lake College Guest Music Artist Series for 2009-2010 will feature LEAHYS LUCK, an Irish Folk Band from the greater Milwaukee area who will bring Irish joy and love of life through their music on Sunday, October 11th at 3:00 PM in the Silver Lake College Chapel. LEAHYS LUCK, a family centered band, has been playing music together for the past eighteen years.  The band has evolved through those years to incorporate world music, but Irish folk music remains their core.

LEAHYS LUCK consists of brothers Brian and Tom Leahy who lead the band with guitars, bass, and distinctive vocals; Evan Leahy, Tom’s son and a world-class Irish drummer who has performed internationally adds his talent with guitar and vocals; and Randal Harrison who has played his fiddle with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and bluegrass giants – Vassar Clements and John Hartford, and who was the recipient of the 2008 Madison Area Music Award for both Classical Artist and Jazz Artist of the year. Other family members and friends join the Band at times, keeping the performances alive and ever new. LEAHYS LUCK entertainment value is strongest “up close and personal, engaging audiences from 100 to 10,000 with energy and humor.” Their audiences and fans are cross-generational; their music and energy appeals to everyone!

LEAHYS LUCK has earned many awards and accolades as a Band and as individuals.  They have five recordings to their credit, and have become one of the outstanding entertainers at the annual Milwaukee’s Irish Fest and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Adult Season Tickets (for 5 events) for 2009-2010 are $50.00,   and can be purchased at the door.Senior (65+) and Student (with ID) Season Tickets are $30.00.  Individual event tickets for Adults are $12.00; for Seniors(65+) and Students ($8.00).  Join us and enjoy the heart-warming, soul-stirring, and energizing music of the Irish on Sunday, October 11th at 3:00 PM.  For more information or for advance tickets, call 920-686-6173.