Silver Lake College honors 2016 alumni award recipients

Posted On March 09, 2016


Silver Lake College's 2016 alumni award recipients pose for a photo with Dr. Chris Domes, SLC President (fifth from left) prior to the annual dinner in the Ariens Atrium on March 8, 2016. Award recipients include (from left to right), Cyril and Betsy Clavers, Michael Slavin, Patricia Sprang, April Jaure, Derek Domino and Teresa Schroepfer. Not pictured is Alfred Keith.


Silver Lake College held its annual Alumni Awards Dinner in the Ariens Atrium on March 8.

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Award recipients included:

Michael J. Slavin '05, Distinguished Alumni Award

Michael Slavin is the clinical supervisor of Ministry Behavioral Health Residential Treatment Center at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point. In that position, he is at the center of alcohol and drug addiction issues on both the local and regional level.

Michael’s compassion and caring for those with addiction problems drives his work every day.

His Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, which he received from Silver Lake College, has helped him advance his career and his ability to help others. Michael had an Associate’s Degree when his boss came to him and said she wished she could make him a manager but that the position required a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree.

In Michael’s words: “I still remember saying to her — ‘I will be graduating from Silver Lake very shortly’ — so all those cold winter nights traveling down Highway 10 from Stevens Point to Manitowoc suddenly were worth it.”

Being a supervisor means he not only helps those with alcohol and other drug abuse turn their lives around, but he also helps those who want to learn the counseling profession under his direction.

To further the growth of the field, Michael has become an adjunct at North Central Tech School in Wausau, where he developed and taught state-approved programs for counselors wanting to become supervisors. He also served on the state boards of the counseling profession.

Michael facilitated groups in Portage County Jail for 15 years, helping many people not only stay sober but stay out of trouble and become productive members of the community.

As a member of the PRISM social service agency, he helped start the 2617 Club, an alcohol-free place in Stevens Point to hang out.

Michael also was involved with Justiceworks, a restorative justice group, serving on its board for 10 years. Justiceworks helps finds jobs for people with alcohol and other drug abuse issues and those who have been incarcerated. The group also sponsors the Volunteers in Probation program, which pairs people on probation with mentors.

Safe and sober housing was a great need in Stevens Point 15 years ago. Michael helped start the Oxford House program. Today, there are three men’s houses and one for women. Having a safe place to go after getting out of treatment or jail has helped hundreds over the years.

Derek J. Domino '14, Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Most people Derek Domino’s age are just finishing up college, looking to start their careers and possibly move out of their parents’ house.

But Derek isn’t like most people his age. A 2014 Silver Lake College graduate, he has already accomplished much in a short time.

The captain and point guard of the men's basketball team during his senior year at Silver Lake College, he is now the college’s head men’s basketball coach. He was the assistant coach during the 2014-2015 season and took over the reins this season.

Derek enjoyed a standout high school basketball career and was able to learn valuable coaching perspectives from several top coaches. He brings those skills to the Lakers and is excited to build the basketball program here.  Derek looks forward to working with the players and sharing his knowledge and work ethic with the team. He created his own playbook and has surrounded himself with as many basketball experts as he could.

Derek credits his successor for bringing in a wide variety of players from around the country and the globe, showcasing what Silver Lake has to offer.

The South Florida native graduated From Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. After graduating, he became an accountant in the college’s finance office.  He was recently promoted to assistant registrar. 

He plans to graduate with his Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Development this May. 

Alfred N. Keith IV '12, Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Silver Lake College graduate Alfred Keith of Manitowoc — known to friends as Al — is helping local students succeed.

A math teacher at Washington Junior High School, Al has helped his students’ math GPAs grow throughout the year by nearly two points on a four-point scale by employing a broad range of instructional techniques to retain their interest. He maximized individual learning by instructing small group intervention classes based on differentiated learning needs.

He also is active outside the classroom. 

Al serves as the junior varsity boys basketball head coach/varsity assistant at Lincoln High School. Duties include creating and running up-to-date and relevant drills, training student-athletes during the off-season, and monitoring the academic performance of student-athletes in addition to their athletic progress. He also is responsible for reviewing game films, preparing statistical reports for game operations, and communicating effectively with parents and boosters, including organizing and leading meetings.

Al graduated from Silver Lake College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He student-taught at Jefferson Elementary School in Manitowoc and at a Sheboygan middle school. Al also spent two months in Shanghai, China, as a human resources intern for The Manitowoc Company.

April E. Jaure '05, Alumni Award for Excellence in Servant Leadership

April Jaure of Kaukauna graduated magna cum laude from Silver Lake College in 2005, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minors in Biology and Spanish.

April is passionate about upholding the dignity of femininity through spreading the message of Saint John Paul II's vision of New Feminism.

She obtained her certification as a Master Teacher of the Ovulation Method from the Family of the Americas Foundation. She is certified to teach women and couples the natural family planning in order to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally.

April dedicates much of her time to Elizabeth Ministry International, where she serves as the infertility and childbearing coordinator, creating resources for women experiencing the joys and challenges of the childbearing years.

She also serves on the board of directors for the Guiding Star Project, a nonprofit that seeks to establish centers that will meet the needs of women and their families in holistic, life-affirming ways.

She and her husband homeschool their three daughters. April’s primary passion is creating a warm, loving home while building positive relationships with her family members.

Patricia L.  Sprang '07, Alumni Award for Excellence in Servant Leadership

Patricia Sprang of Manitowoc is a servant leader of the highest caliber as the business manager for the Mishicot School District and treasurer for the Mishicot Lions Club, which serves its community by bringing the gift of vision to those in need.

She also brings literacy and the love of reading through the Little Libraries placed throughout our community, supports school initiatives, and provides gifts and meals for those in need at the holidays.

Patricia graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Management from Silver Lake College in 2007. She embodies the values of the college, fostering a better environment and cultivating mutual respect and concern for others.

Patricia has served more than 850 students over eight years as business manager in Mishicot. Her prior experience in school business includes five years as an accountant for the Manitowoc Public School District and six years as a bookkeeper at a parochial school in South Carolina. 

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2010 with a Master of Science Degree in Education, and she holds a Certified School Risk Manager designation.

Patricia is an active member of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials and currently serves on the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials accounting committee.

Teresa Ann Schroepfer '88 and '92, Alumni Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts

Teresa Schroepfer of Green Bay has shared her talent and love of music with countless students and community members.

Teresa received her Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis in 1992 and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1988. She has taught students from preschool through college level in parochial and public school settings as well as private voice and piano lessons. 

Teresa is a music teacher for the Ashwaubenon School District and long-time organist at Nativity Parish in Green Bay. 

As the director of the choral activities at Ashwaubenon High School, Teresa conducts the mixed, treble and concert choirs as well as the show choir, Encore.  The choirs maintain a busy performance schedule in the Ashwaubenon and Green Bay communities. Under Teresa’s direction, they also have performed in Boston, Orlando, New York City, New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville and Washington, D.C.

She is a member of the summer faculty of Silver Lake College and is a past president of the Association of Wisconsin Kodaly Educators.

Teresa was awarded a Kohl Fellowship in 1996 that allowed her to attend and become a member of The VoiceCare Network, an educational nonprofit that focuses on rejuvenating a passion for the voice. 

Teresa was honored to be guest conductor for the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators Children’s Choir Festival in 2000, 2005 and 2016. 

She presented sessions on music education at the regional Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America 2003 convention and for the National Pastoral Musicians 2004 regional and 2005 national conventions and at the Wisconsin State Music Convention in 2013.  Schroepfer was selected by the senior class as Senior Teacher of the Year in 2004 and High School Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Teresa was a member of the board of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association from 2003-2007 as the northeast district representative and as co-coordinator of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association all-state choirs. 

She served as site manager for Appleton’s Singing in Wisconsin festival during those years.  Other service has included coordinator of the Middle-level Women’s Choir for the regional American Choral Directors Association convention, alto coach of the Wisconsin State Honors Mixed Choir in 2009 and 2010, and coordinator of the Wisconsin State Honors Mixed Choir in 2012 and 2013 .

Cyril and Elizabeth Clavers, Distinguished Parents Award

Cyril and Betsy Clavers of Brillion are extremely supportive of their daughter Courtney, a senior at Silver Lake College.

The Clavers family (including Courtney's brother, Spencer, and her grandparents, Bob and Bev Loofboro) have attended every home volleyball and basketball game that Courtney has played.

Courtney’s parents and siblings have also attended several away games, including contests in Florida and the Bahamas. They also recently traveled to Pennsylvania to support Courtney and the Lakers women's basketball team, which was competing in the USCAA Basketball National Championships for the first time in two decades. Family members regularly attend a number of school events as well.

Cyril and Betsy have been married for 31 years.  Courtney, the youngest of their three children, is majoring in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education and Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood Special Education with an emphasis in cognitive and learning disabilities.

Betsy has worked as a systems analyst for 32 years. She also has been active in the community as a Girl Scouts leader for 14 years, a Sunday School superintendent, junior choir director and Sunday school teacher. Betsy has been the head coach for the Special Olympic bowling team in Brillion for seven years. 

Cyril works in Appleton at a diversified paper manufacturing company. He also volunteers in the Brillion community and has helped tidy the landscaping at the Freedom House for the New Hope Center homeless shelter.

Silver Lake College has been important to this family for many years. Betsy's mother, Bev Loofboro, received her Master’s Degree in Education from the college and was a supervising teacher to many Silver Lake College student teachers while she taught in Brillion.

Cyril and Betsy are thankful to have Silver Lake College give their youngest child an education so she can pursue her dream of becoming an elementary teacher and perhaps coach in the future.