Features & Perspectives

Beth Borgen, Lakeland’s vice president for advancement, kicked off the university’s revamped LEAP program last week in front of about 50 LU employees.


Borgen’s informative hour-long presentation focused on key talking points for LU employees when they’re out and about in their communities. Among the highlights of Borgen's talk were:

  • The reasons for Lakeland’s change from a college to university, which included better reflecting our academic offerings and sounding more appealing to international students.
  • The reconfiguration of the seven divisions into three schools – Business and Entrepreneurship, Technology and Education and Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • Lakeland’s centers – in Chippewa Falls, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Wisconsin Rapids – are important parts of the Lakeland family, as is LU’s two-year campus in Tokyo.
  • Lakeland offers three graduate degree programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Education.
  • This year’s class of Honors Program students, comprised of 28 students, is the largest in the history of the program.
  • Lakeland is the state’s only four-year school to offer a professional flight training program. The aviation degree is a minor, which is preferred by companies hiring pilots, because they want well-rounded graduates.
  • New academic programs include a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (a hybrid of business administration and computer science) and Wisconsin’s only Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing.
  • The marketing major has been revised, with new emphasis areas in sales management, retail management, digital marketing and graphic arts.
  • A new academic track has been developed that allows motivated students to get their MBA just one year after their bachelor’s degree.
  • The MBA program has added concentrations in human relations and supply chain management, responding to the needs of the industry.
  • Thanks to the generous gifts by Lakeland graduate Cliff Feldmann, the university recently constructed a cell tissue laboratory and an exercise science lab, which offer LU’s students academic opportunities more likely found at larger institutions.
  • LU’s Sheboygan County Scholars program, which now has seven students on campus, is about to add four more. This full-tuition scholarship helps keep the top local talent home. The number of applicants has grown more than five-fold in three years.
  • The Lake to Lake program, a collaboration between Lakeland and Lakeshore Technical College, helps LTC students transition smoothly to LU after earning their associates degrees. Lake to Lake students are guaranteed admission into Lakeland after finishing at LTC.
  • Thanks to Lakeland’s K-12 relations efforts, nearly 5,000 children and young adults visited LU’s campus last academic year. Twenty-two times, LU faculty visited area schools.
  • Lakeland was awarded a $446,000 internship grant that will fun 250 new student internships over three years. So far, this grant has helped connect more than 100 students with 56 organizations.

LEAP, an acronym for Lakelanders Excelling at Professionalism, is LU’s professional development program. Formerly comprised of day-long and half-day-long sessions, LEAP is now made up of monthly hour-long sessions.

Each workshop will be hosted by a Lakeland staff or faculty member and will focus on a particular topic that reinforces the primary concepts of LEAP - including respect, positivity, communication and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders.

Wallet cards that highlight the LU talking points will be available to employees soon.

Another aspect of the new LEAP program is the opportunity for employees to recognize small but important acts of quality service performed by their colleagues by giving them special tickets called “LEAPs.”

The tickets can be deposited in a box located at the front desk of the HR department for a chance to win a monthly raffle prize. LEAP tickets will be distributed to all departments and EWO centers for distribution. Tickets will be made available for all employees soon. Look for details on Lakeland Today.

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