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Karin Posdal, Alumni Spotlight

August 30, 2011

Karin is one of our ‘star’ alums!  Karin graduated from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  After SLC she went on to earn a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, and a Doctorate degree in Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation.  She also did post graduate work at Loyola University in Chicago.

Karin taught all grades of elementary school for 35 years and continues to share her love of teaching through the Green Bay Diocese ‘Emmaus Program’ (formerly known as the Commissioned Ministry Program) which is accredited by Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.  Karin also continues to teach in the Theological Studies Program at St. Norbert College in De Pere.

After receiving her doctorate, Karin served in many capacities of church life in the Green Bay Diocese.  She has been a Family Life Minister and Pastoral Associate in several parishes.  For six years Karin was the first married woman to serve as a Parish Director for two parishes in the Green Bay Diocese.  She retired from active ministry but still serves as a Spiritual Director for several people.

Karin has many fond memories of Silver Lake and continues a relationship with college to this day.  As a former member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity for 16 years, she has a special affinity for the Order and treasures the time she spent with the Sisters developing spiritually and educationally.

Karin is an avid reader, she loves to sew and quilt, and also finds joy in cooking, gardening and playing with her pug dog, Sadie.  We are proud to have Karin as an alum of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.  We wish her and her husband, Ron, and their children, a blessed and happy future!


Silver Lake College Now Has An Official Alumni Facebook Page

June 16, 2011

Check out our new official Silver Lake College Alumni page. Be sure to click “Like” to keep up-to-date on all of the latest alumni news and happenings!


Spotlight: Paul Gleichner

June 3, 2011

After serving eight years in the Army, Paul Gleichner, native of Two Rivers, was a jack of all trades.  He worked in sales and printing, and he also served as a Certified Nursing Assistant, a bartender, a security guard, and a funeral director.  That was until he decided he would finish the degree that he had started right after high school, which had been interrupted by his military service.

When Paul’s wife, Laura, got a job back home in Two Rivers, Paul was certain that it was time to return to Silver Lake College.  But he didn’t return to finish his degree in Studio Art.  He decided to change his focus to theology.  It was also around that time that Paul discerned his call to the diaconate.  So he took classes at Silver Lake during the week, and do the Commissioned Ministry Program in Green Bay on the weekends.  “I was never a traditional student, because I had kids, and was working part-time while going to school, but Silver Lake was very good about working with me as an adult and parent who was just trying to get my degree finished,” Paul says.  “But even though I was a non-traditional student, my years here were the some of the best times of my life, because I was learning so much.”

Paul graduated from Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2004.  He continued to earn a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education from Lakeland College in 2009.

Paul put his Silver Lake College degree to work as Religion Teacher and Campus Minister at Roncalli High School, until he was given the opportunity to return to Silver Lake once again—this time as an employee.  In Fall 2009, Paul joined the Silver Lake community as the Director of Campus Ministry.  He also served as Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking and as College Chaplain.  “I have loved working with the young adults here at Silver Lake, and have enjoyed being with them on their faith journey.  However,” Paul says, “after four years of working with high school and college students, I have come to realize that I am better suited to working with adults.”

Beginning July 1, Paul will serve as the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations (and will continue serving as College Chaplain).  Paul comes from a long line of Silver Lake College alumni.  “My wife, brother, sister-in-law, mother, and many more.  All of us have a strong personal connection to the college, and we want others to feel that same strong connection, and participate in the life of the College community,” Paul says.  “I look forward to strengthening the relationships between students and the college community.”

Keep your eyes open for the creative, cool events that Paul has up his sleeve in this coming year, and be sure to welcome him by sending him an e-mail at


Spotlight: President George Arnold

November 4, 2010

“If you would have asked me in high school if I wanted to be a college president, I would have said ‘No way!’” says Dr. George Arnold, the first lay president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.  However, Dr. Arnold’s life experiences seem to have left him little choice as to what he would end up doing.

Dr. Arnold grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, until the age of eight.  Then his family relocated to France for two years, where the only English-speaking teacher taught one grade level below where Dr. Arnold should have been.  As the oldest student in his 2nd grade class, Dr. Arnold “learned a lot of grit.”  During his two-hour lunch breaks, he had a rough time with some bullies on the playground, who picked on him because he was American and because he was supposed to be in 3rd grade.

In France, Dr. Arnold was a part of a school system that determined whether kids were college-bound by the age of 12.  The students who were chosen for higher education would go to the lycée for college-prep classes, while the others would never get the chance to go to college.  As Dr. Arnold reflects on this now, he says, “I am convinced that some kids turn on at different times.  Whether a kid succeeds or fails at school isn’t completely dependent on the student’s intelligence.”  Dr Arnold posits, “In terms of regular situations, student success has a lot to do with self-confidence.”

Dr. Arnold is grateful to his parents for always having confidence in him.  When he was a junior in college, he signed up for a 400 level class that graduate students could also sign up for.  When he walked in, he realized that he was the only undergrad in the class.  Dr. Arnold recalls driving home with his dad and saying, “Dad, you know, this just isn’t going to work.”  His dad said to him, “You know what I’d do, I think I’d hang in there and see how it goes.  I bet you’ll do better than you think you will.”  Armed with the confidence of his father, Dr. Arnold recalls with a smile, “I got the only A in the class.”

Dr. Arnold earned his Bachelor Degree in History and Secondary Education at Buffalo State College in New York.  Then he took his first teaching job at Grand Island High School.

At Grand Island, there were regular classes, honor classes, and a “general” section for kids who weren’t doing well.  Dr. Arnold taught all three, and he learned a lot from all of his classes.  In his world history class, he wanted to see what the students could learn about history through literature, so he assigned his honors class extra books.  One day, one of his “regular” kids asked him, “Why can’t we read those books, too?”  Dr. Arnold recalls, “I made the assumption that they wouldn’t be interested.”

In another instance, a parent approached Dr. Arnold about his child who wasn’t doing well on tests.  The parent asked if Dr. Arnold would allow the student to take his exams at home, where his parents could read the questions to him.  “The student, who as it turns out, had dyslexia, ended up moving from the general class to the regular class, and he did just fine,” Dr. Arnold says.

“In the process of all that I learned from the students, I got excited about trying to change things at the school,” Dr. Arnold recalls with a sparkle in his eye.  “We got a group of faculty together to develop an alternative curriculum for the ‘general’ students, that wouldn’t be a boiled down version of the regular curriculum, but would suit their diverse learning styles.”  The curriculum ended up fizzling out under an assistant principal.

“It was at that moment, I thought that if I got my graduate degree, I’d be able to make more of an impact,” Dr. Arnold says.  Dr. Arnold went to the University of Maryland at College Park, and earned his doctorate in social studies education in 1975.

After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Arnold took a job as an assistant professor of education and history at Monmouth College in Illinois.  He eventually became a full professor.  “During my professorship, I had a couple of administrative experiences that whetted my appetite,” Dr. Arnold says.

After working as a professor, Dr. Arnold was given the chance to become the associate dean, registrar, and director of institutional research (plus he still taught a course a term!).  After a few more job changes within Monmouth College, he eventually became the full-time dean, after a national search to fill the position.

Dr. Arnold enjoyed his vice-presidency.  “I really liked helping move an institution forward and helping people succeed in what they were trying to accomplish.  There were a lot of challenges, but we had a good team with which to meet them,” Dr. Arnold says.

“It was then, under the direction of a really great president at Monmouth, that I started thinking about entering into the presidency myself,” Dr. Arnold recalls.

In 2001, Dr. Arnold was hired as the first lay president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.  When Dr. Arnold was looking for a presidency job, he was looking for a “mission-driven school” where he could “help others to move the institution forward”.  He also wanted it to be a school that “centered on teaching, and was focused on the student.”  “Silver Lake is definitely all of that,” Dr. Arnold says.

Dr. Arnold and his wife Donna (who worked with him at first teaching job at Grand Island) thoroughly enjoyed the interview process.  As they were walking one evening after the interviews, Donna said, “George, if this presidency ever comes through, I would retire from teaching and volunteer to work with you at the college.”  Silver Lake gave Dr. Arnold and Donna a chance to be reunited in work once again.  Donna and Dr. Arnold are “in with both feet” as they help prepare Silver Lake for the next phase of its life.  “For us,” Dr. Arnold says, “it is quite special to be a part of Silver Lake’s story.”


Scavenger Hunt

November 4, 2010

Compete for a weekend getaway for two in Door County, an overnight stay at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, and $50 gift certificates to Manitowoc restaurants in our City-Wide Scavenger Hunt.

Because you’re a member of our online community, you get a sneak peak of some of the items you’ll have to find on the scavenger hunt!

Happy hunting!


To find:

  • A coin for each alumni team member dated the year he/she graduated SLC
  • A Beans & Cream coffee sleeve
  • The business card of a cosmetics salesperson

To learn:

  • What are the hours of Larry’s Piggly Wiggly?
  • What is in Tony’s “Fergie” appetizer?
  • What is the soup du jour at The Courthouse Pub?

To photograph:

  • Graffiti on the wall of a bathroom stall
  • Someone on your team trying to lift a giant anchor
  • Someone in your group with Franciscan Sisters

Sign up for the Scavenger Hunt by calling Rachel Gretzinger at 920.686.6280 by November 10.


Spotlight: Sergeant Major Edgar J. Hansen

September 3, 2010

By the time (Sergeant Major) Edgar Hansen came to Silver Lake College in 1980, he had already served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, West Germany, and Korea.  Ed came to Silver Lake because he had always wanted a degree.  “I wasn’t a good student when I was younger, so when I came back to Silver Lake, I obviously had things I had to get better at.”  After writing endless papers on a typewriter, where “if you screwed up, you started over”, Ed honed his communications skills, which he knew would be important as his life moved forward.  “I loved my four years at Silver Lake.  I was the editor of the SLC Update and I helped with the Quiddity.  We started a chapter of the Business Administration Student Association.  We hosted touch football competitions and there were TGIF Drinking nights in the Student Lounge.  It was a great time.”

After Ed got his degree in Business Management, he moved to Colorado, where he started out in the retail business as a store manager at a toy company.  “After three years, I realized that I hated retail,” Ed relates.  He started his job search and came back to Wisconsin, where he worked with Office Technology (which has since gone out of business [of course, this had nothing to do with Ed working there, but probably only with his leaving]).  He started out as the warehouse manager, and then became the vice president.  He left briefly to work for a friend in Milwaukee, but then returned to Office Technology to implement a new software program.  “I thought the company would work through their financial problems, but they didn’t, so I got laid off,” Ed says.

That’s when Ed signed up to be in the National Guard.  As a volunteer in the National Guard, Ed volunteered to go to Afghanistan as an ETT Embedded trainer in 2003.  There, he worked with an Afghan battalion of about 500 soldiers.  He helped to train the army and worked with the military officials as an advisor.  The mission was to help build the Afghan government and build an army, so that the American troops could leave.

On another mission, Ed provided security for the Loya Jirga, which is the council of tribal elders and chiefs that was assembled to put together a new constitution and elect people to head the new government.  He also helped provide security for voter registration.

Ed also helped to set up medical points for people to get health care.  “It is a much different culture than here.  Fathers and grandfathers would bring the children to the health centers, and the men would come to describe the symptoms of their wives,” Ed explained.  “The whole time I was there, I never met an Afghan woman.”

After a 6-month break living in Minnesota, Ed was deployed to Iraq to work on the Military Transition Team, which would work to train Iraqi military officials to take over the leadership of the army, which was being held by Americans.

Ed returned to Wisconsin yet again, and went back down to Milwaukee to work for his friend at Anchor Rack for a second time.  Then he got activated for a special mission called PTAE.  His job was to make sure that soldiers to be deployed were properly trained first.  Part of Ed’s work at this time was to organize a program to keep track of the proper documentation of 3,000-plus soldiers.

In April 2009, Ed and his well-trained brigade were deployed to Iraq.  There, Ed worked with a 4-Star Commander to manage an international zone.  “We did everything.  It was like being the mayor of a large city.  We maintained security, managed check points, maintained electrical infrastructure, and helped to restore a lot of the war-damaged properties back to use.”

“While we were there,” Ed explains, “there was a big transition from American leadership to Iraqi leadership.  Iraqi armies took over the security of their country.”

As part of the support group, Ed got to travel quite a bit during this time, as he supported over 3000 soldiers all over the country.  “We controlled the ambassador helicopters, so they would fly us wherever we wanted.  It was a lot of fun, and we got to see a lot of the country.”

Ed’s office at this time was a bombed-out palace called Camp Prosperity.  This is also where dignitaries would stay when they came to the country.  “I met quite a few of the leadership of the Iraqi army, including General Odierno, who is the four-star general in charge of Iraq,” Ed said.

Ed just returned from the Iraq in January, and has been retired from the National Guard since July 31.  He is currently trying to fill his time with meaningful things, such as spending ample time with his grandchildren.

Ed received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Silver Lake College in 2010, for his significant professional achievement, and for the incredible contributions he has made to society.  Silver Lake College thanks Ed for being such a great example of what every SLC student could be!


Library Wall Redesign Complete!

September 3, 2010

Last year, the Silver Lake College community voted on a new design for the old library mezzanine wall.  The design of student Dana Dolezal was chosen, and student Hong Huynh has completed the painting of the design over the course.




Road America Food Stand 2010

September 3, 2010

Race America Logo

We’re raising money so we can throw some amazing alumni parties this year!

Please come help us sell food at the Road America Food Stand in Elkhart Lake during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs on Saturday, September 25th.

You may choose between three different shifts:


(Departure from Manitowoc to arrival back in Manitowoc)

Please contact Rachel Gretzinger AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to sign up to volunteer!

Grab your family and friends (children of all ages are welcome, children under 12 must have a parent near them at all times)!



Spotlight: Laura Prellwitz

May 21, 2010

Laura  Prellwitz (Gotchy) came to Silver Lake College because she wanted to become a veterinarian.  Yes, you read that right.  Silver Lake College had a veterinarian assistant program when Laura matriculated in 1979.  After graduating from Lincoln High School, being a veterinarian was all that Laura could think of.

Although she could get her start in veterinary science at Silver Lake, she would have to go out of state to finish the program.  Laura had friends who did the very same thing transferring to a school in Minnesota.  However, those friends did not have a very good experience with the program there, as they found out that the program euthanized animals for testing.  Laura talked to the program director and said that “destroying life because no one wanted it was wrong”.  The director replied to her, “If that’s how you feel, you have no place here.”  Laura recalls, “With that, my whole life plan was scrapped.”

With little idea of what to do next, Laura returned to Silver Lake College for the second semester of her freshman year.  Then, she recalls, “I went cruising around the college, on the lower level, and saw classes with two-way mirrors.”  Jan Algozine told her that it was for class room observing, and explained to her the concept of special education for learning disabilities.  Laura though to herself, “Well, I may as well take special education until I change my mind.”  She ended up sticking with it until her graduation in 1983.

Laura says, “I really made some lifelong friends at Silver Lake.  I sometimes run into Jan and Jacqui Satori in the grocery store, and they still greet me by name!  Sisters have come to my graduation parties and my wedding, and have really shared some milestones in my life.  I don’t know of any other university that can boast that kind of personal connection.”

After graduation, Laura got her first job in Seymour teaching 7th through 9th grade learning disabilities.  “It was tough.  Real tough.  Baptism by fire.  But the first year of teaching always is.”

Five years later, in 1988, Laura’s dad passed away.  She was devastated, but was amazed at the funeral to see several of the sisters from Silver Lake.  “We aren’t even Catholic, but they still remembered me and came.  That was special.”

After her father’s death, Laura and her husband moved to Manitowoc to take care of her mom, and got a job in Kewaunee teaching 9th-12th grade learning disabilities.  If it wasn’t for the principal whom Laura felt was “demeaning to woman” she would have stayed there longer.

However, she was offered a job in Sheboygan, and has now been there for 20 years.  She started out travelling between a high school and a middle school for learning disabilities.  It was also about that time that she returned to Silver Lake College to work toward her Master’s in Teacher Leadership.

“I got burnt out at one point because of the lack of administrative support,” says Laura.  That’s when a job opened in the district for language arts at another school.  “Jacqui Satori always told me that I sparkled—and that I should be in regular education,” Laura remembers.  So Laura applied for and accepted the position, and she says, “It is one of the best choices I’ve ever made.”

What’s Laura’s favorite part of being a teacher?  “The amazing pay, and the parent support,” she joked, “but honestly, I enjoy being with the kids and facilitating their learning.  I love that ‘ah ha’ moment when you can look at a kid’s face and just know they get it.”

In her spare time, Laura likes to travel and sail.  She was also the president of the Fox Valley Region Porsche Club, where she did phenomenal work in increasing the social and charitable activities of the club.

Laura’s future dreams are to retire when she turns fifty-five and to become an alpaca farmer.  “I know that sounds kind of stupid,” she grins, “But they’re really cool animals.”  Although Laura never actualized her dream of becoming a veterinarian, she still has a love for them, and is seriously considering trying something different for the next stage in her life.


Spotlight: Melissa Arps

March 29, 2010

The streets of Two Rivers are safer thanks to this Silver Lake College alumna….

Melissa Arps (Becker) has worked at the Two Rivers Police Department ever since she earned her Associate’s in Criminal Justice from Fox Valley Technical College.  She now continues to work there after her continued education: a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Silver Lake (’06), and a Master’s in Community Counseling from Lakeland (’09).

Melissa’s current office is at the Two Rivers High School, where she serves as the school resource officer, which is the job she had always wanted when she first decided to become a police officer.  At the high school, she teaches Intro to Criminal Justice and gives presentations on sex, drugs, and alcohol to students.  She also provides DARE classes to middle school students.

Her duties at the police department as a patrol officer are endless.  From field officer training to CSI to SWAT team to running lie detectors to third shift bike patrol, Melissa does about everything you could think a police officer might do.  “I like it all,” she says. “With a variety of things to do, I never get bored.”

On top of all the things she does for work, Melissa is also involved in the community.  She is a Special Olympics volunteer, and also has been putting her counseling degree to work by offering supervised counseling to emergency service personnel and their family members.

But that’s not all that’s exciting in Melissa’s life.  Over the course of her studies at Silver Lake, Melissa was married to Bob Arps, a police officer in Manitowoc.  She recounts, “Actually, Bob proposed to me after I got out of a class at Silver Lake.  He met me out in the parking lot after class, and led me to the AmericInn, where there were a dozen roses waiting, and an empty ring box.  When I turned around, he had the ring out and was asking me to marry him.”  Melissa and Bob’s lives will certainly be much more busy, when in less than a month, they will welcome their first child into the world!

If you’d like to contact Melissa, please e-mail her at


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