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SLC’s Artist Music Series features acclaimed pianist Vatchnadze

Posted On October 24, 2014

World-renowned pianist George Vatchnadze will be performing in Manitowoc on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. as part of Silver Lake College’s 2014-2015 Artist Music Series.

The concert will be held at Endries Hall, located on campus at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, 2406 S. Alverno Road. Vatchnadze will perform works by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

Vatchnadze joined the DePaul University faculty as Associate Professor of Piano in September 2011.

He has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States and around the...

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Kudick a driving force for SLC women’s basketball team

Posted On October 24, 2014

By Benjamin WidemanDirector of Communications and Sports Information

MANITOWOC — It’s hard to miss Amanda Kudick on a basketball court.

No, she’s not the tallest player. Nor is she trying to pull off highlight-reel plays every time she has the ball.

Rather, the 5-foot-7 sophomore draws attention from teammates and opponents alike because of her unbridled effort on every play and pure passion for winning. With Kudick’s help last season, the Silver Lake College women’s basketball team recorded its most wins (18) in school history and extended its streak of winning seasons to four.

“She has a...

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Weekly Silver Lake College sports roundup

Posted On October 20, 2014

The student-athletes at Silver Lake College turned in a memorable fall 2014 sports season. Check out the weekly SLC sports roundup here ...

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Pesek brings experience, international flavor to SLC men’s basketball team

Posted On October 20, 2014

As the first international player in Silver Lake College men’s basketball history, Filip Pesek doesn’t take his role lightly.

“It’s a big responsibility, because based on my efforts and the image I’m going to give, there might be others who follow or no one will follow,” he said.

Pesek, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, transferred to Silver Lake College after attending Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., last year. He’s majoring in business, with aspirations of becoming a successful entrepreneur after college.

For now, though, the 19-year-old knows...

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Fatzo’s mural ‘a nice addition to the neighborhood’

Posted On October 16, 2014

As a resident of the neighborhood, Erin LaBonte has walked past Fatzo’s Subs and Pizza countless times.

But it wasn’t until vandals defaced part of the business’ facade last year that the inspiration struck to paint a mural.

LaBonte, an Assistant Professor of Art at Silver Lake College, approached Fatzo’s owner Josie Krause in August and asked if she’d be interested. A few weeks later, paint brushes began transforming the wall.

The eye-catching mural, which incorporates Fatzo’s logo as well as a pizza-themed globe, was started Sept. 17 and completed Oct. 8. Assisting LaBonte were three of...

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Silver Lake College to host spoken word poet

Posted On October 16, 2014

Kane Smego, an award-winning spoken word poet and educator, will give a presentation on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The event, titled “The Art of Personal Stories. Humanizing the News, Journalism and History,” will be held at Endries Hall, located on campus in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. It’s free and open to the public.

According to his website, Smego’s “dynamic workshops explore the power of stories and voice as tools for self-transformation, non-violent resistance and community engagement.”

His “Art of Personal...

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SLC to host art exhibit featuring works by Lind, Krueger

Posted On October 15, 2014

Silver Lake College will host an exhibit by professional artists Teresa Lind and Garrett Krueger from Oct. 30 through Nov. 30.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Gallery 117, located on campus at 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Lind graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing, Painting and Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. After studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, in 2002, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, graduating in 2005 with a Master’s Degree in Sculpture.

Now, she’s a sculpture teacher at the...

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Silver Lake College announces summer 2014 graduates

Posted On October 15, 2014

Silver Lake College announced its graduates from the summer of 2014.

Students earning Bachelor’s Degrees include:

Tracy Matthias of Manitowoc (Human Resource Management, Business Management), Jessica Sayeski  of Two Rivers (Business Management, Human Resource Management), Elizabeth Spencer of Manitowoc (English), and Rachael Goethals of Manitowoc (Nursing).

Students earning Master’s Degrees include:

Stacy Vogel of Two Rivers (Teacher Leadership), Shane Lilly of Nekoosa (Administrator Leadership), Diana Kafantaris of Brownsburg, Ind. (Music Education), Dana Martin of Green Bay (Teacher...

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SLC volleyball team lends a helping hand to Two Rivers man

Posted On October 14, 2014

A Two Rivers man is living at home again thanks in large part to the efforts of the Silver Lake College women’s volleyball team.

The team members were instrumental in the construction of a wheelchair ramp outside the man’s home. They volunteered parts of the past two weekends to build the ramp so the man could leave an area nursing home and return home.

“I couldn't be more proud of the dedication and character of our young women,” said Randy Ammerman, SLC Director of Campus Safety, who assisted with the project, which was completed Sunday.

Members of the SLC volleyball team who participated...

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Weekly Silver Lake College sports roundup

Posted On October 13, 2014


The Silver Lake College volleyball team won both of its matches last week, giving it five victories in its last six matches.

In a Dig Pink match to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lakers defeated UW-Fox Valley 25-8, 25-10, 25-8 on Saturday.

SLC was led by Jordan Barbeau (four aces, six digs), Abby Gerhard (one block, four kills, seven digs), Courtney Clavers (five blocks, nine kills, two aces), Kaela Cheesman (one assist, five aces, 19 digs), Danielle Byrum (one kill, 24 assists, two aces, seven digs), Danielle Hunt (four blocks, two kills), Megan Mendolla (seven...

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Silver Lake College graduate to receive WAEA award

Posted On October 10, 2014

Students aren’t the only ones who value the efforts of art teacher Brian Sommersberger.

So do people like Frank Juarez, an art teacher at Sheboygan North High School who used to work with Sommersberger.“I believe he is an effective educator and strong advocate for art education, and communicates the importance of living an art-centered life,” Juarez said, noting that when they worked together, Sommersberger “engaged his students in the world of art, exposed them to a variety of artworks and artists, and created a supportive community of learners within his classroom.”

Sommersberger, a 2008...

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C.D. Smith receives AGC award for SLC’s Franciscan Music Center

Posted On October 09, 2014

C.D. Smith Construction Inc., which built the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College, is receiving an award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin.

The Madison-based professional trade association’s 2014 Build Wisconsin award ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Oct. 9, at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

C.D. Smith Construction Inc. of Fond du Lac, working in conjunction with Bray Architects of Sheboygan, built the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, which is being honored in the General...

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SLC’s Courtney Clavers and her brother, Spencer, share an unbreakable bond

Posted On October 08, 2014

By Benjamin WidemanSilver Lake College Director of Communications

MANITOWOC — When Courtney Clavers suits up for a volleyball match or basketball game, there’s one person she especially loves to see in the stands — her big brother, Spencer.

“I’m excited that he’s always there and supporting me,” said Courtney, a junior at Silver Lake College who’s majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education and plans on becoming a teacher. “He might not be able to verbalize, but his actions mean the world to me. He’s always there cheering me on. That connection we have is very important.”


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Silver Lake College named one of Top 100 Regional Colleges in the Midwest

Posted On October 07, 2014

For the first time in its history, Silver Lake College was honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 100 Regional Colleges in the Midwest for 2015.

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 Foundation for the...

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Weekly Silver Lake College sports roundup

Posted On October 06, 2014

Eckley’s fourth-place finish leads SLC golf team

Manitowoc native Nate Eckley shot a 91 and took fourth place overall, leading the Silver Lake College golf team at its season-ending invitational, which was held Wednesday at The Golf Course at Branch River in Cato.

Also for the Lakers, Dru Harris shot a 100 and Kevin Ramirez finished with a 104. Teammate Derek Domino withdrew due to an injury.

The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac won the meet, while UW-Washington County took second and Silver Lake College placed third.

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