Archive for August, 2009


Clare Hall Open House

August 11, 2009

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On Wednesday, August 19th, Silver Lake College will officially dedicate its new on campus student housing facility. Clare Hall, formerly occupied by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, has undergone extensive renovation to make way for housing up to 178 students on campus.  The building features a variety of amenities and living options, including group study areas, kitchenettes, entertainment areas, wireless internet and both individual and suite style rooms.

As part of a multi-year strategic plan, Silver Lake committed to making an exceptional residential experience available to each undergraduate during his or her time at the College.  “We view a dynamic residential experience as one of the most important elements in creating a successful environment for our students,” said Dr. George F. Arnold, President of Silver Lake.  “We believe that learning takes place around the clock, both inside and outside the classroom.  Therefore, it is essential that the ‘outside the classroom’ activities, facilities, and personnel be exceptional in every way.”

Part of the exceptional personnel includes Rachel Fischer, the new Director of Residential Life.  “I am excited about having the opportunity to help create an outstanding residential experience here on campus,” said Rachel.  “It is a chance to really build student engagement through activities and events that they (the students) view as being of real interest and value.”

In order to showcase the new facility, a community open house will be held on August 20th from 4:30 – 7:00 pm where individuals can tour the facility and take a first hand look at the residence hall.  “We are excited to invite the entire community to see this wonderful facility,” said Dr. Arnold. “Bringing this new residential experience to campus is the lynchpin in the next evolutionary step of Silver Lake College.”


Spotlight: Ruth Fuersten (Belleau)

August 6, 2009

RuthwShe can have you handcuffed and restrained in less than two minutes.  Yes, Ruth Fuersten, class of 1973, a double major in Special and Elementary Education, has gone on to enjoy quite a few diverse careers—not all of which are directly involved in education.  From her first job at Algoma school district, teaching 2nd and 3rd grade, and then special education, to teaching at a small school of 100 kids in Park Falls, to selling Pampered Chef, Ruth’s life lives up to a quote from her friend: “God never takes us from A to B.  God takes us on the scenic route.”

Currently, Ruth works for the Homme Youth and Family Program in Wittenburg, Wis., teaching math and science to kids who are “in the system”.  Her job is both rewarding and frustrating.  She teaches kids with an extensive four-letter word vocabulary (not appropriate to quote in an article) and sometimes has to go “hands-on” to prevents a kid from hurting his/herself and others.  However, she says, “What keeps me there is that every once in a while a kid will get discharged and will give you a hug, and whisper in your ear, ‘Thanks for believing in me.’  And I tell them, ‘I love you.  I love you dearly.  But I don’t ever want to see you again!’.”

Along with this demanding job, Ruth is also a motivational speaker and direct sales coach.  After twelve years of selling Pampered Chef products, she wrote a book, How to Book, Sell, and Recruit Your Way to Success (

Ruth has many fond memories of Silver Lake College, which she describes as a place where you can “leave your purse sitting on a table and someone will find you and remind you to pick it up”.  She decided to go to Silver Lake because when she walked into the building to check it out, the first person she saw was Sister Mary Grace, wearing sandals and a peace sign.  Sister Mary Grace would later celebrate with Ruth and the other students at the End of the Vietnam War party, and even spend a weekend at Ruth’s house.

Ruth spent much of her out-of-class time around the same table in the Student Lounge, studying and joking with her friends.  She even spent some of her in-class time out of class, since she got kicked out of Bishop Morneau’s class (then Father Morneau) [you’ll have to e-mail her for the rest of that story!].

Ruth was most impressed with the professors, who she considered profoundly knowledgeable.  To Ruth, the professors wanted their students to be successful and did everything they could to help the student to be successful.  Ruth once brought her son on an admissions visit to Silver Lake, and Sister Arlene noticed her and said, “I suppose you’re not Miss Belleau any more.”  After 22 years, Sister Arlene not only recognized Ruth, but remembered her name.

Ruth went on from graduation in 1973 to change the lives of countless students, and now is helping people who are involved in the direct sales industry to improve their party plan business.

To contact Ruth, e-mail her at


Spotlight: Sister Andree DuCharme

August 6, 2009

srwA woman with a mission: to serve the Church and serve the Lord.

You may remember Sister Andree?  She worked full-time in the art department starting in 1967, and although she retired in 2006, she certainly isn’t through teaching and helping out at Silver Lake!

But we’ll get back to that.  Sister Andree’s story at Silver Lake begins a bit earlier, with the very first class that graduated from the current SLC building.  In 1959, Sister Andree graduated from SLC (then, Holy Family College), and her name, along with the names of her fellow graduates, were placed into the building’s cornerstone.  After receiving her bachelor’s in English, she went to Marquette and Notre Dame, earning her Masters in Art.  After her graduate studies, Sister Andree returned to Silver Lake to teach art.

Sister Andree saw many changes through the thirty-nine years she taught.  She was head of the department for 22 years.  One of the biggest accomplishments of the Art department through her career was that the program received state certification to offer an art education degree.  Sister Andree also established and ran the Children’s Art Program for 35 years, which offered children more opportunities to exercise their creativity.

In 2006, when Sister Andree retired, one of the senior students hugged her and said, “You weren’t supposed to leave until I graduated!”  She has touched many lives– true to her mission of serving the Church.

She’s still touching lives today.  She currently works for the art department setting up shows, making contacts, and tutoring, etc.  She also visits the sisters in the convent infirmary and helps them to write letters.  Humbly, she says, “Whatever needs to be done that I can do, I do.”  We’ve truly been blessed to have Sister Andree as part of the faculty/staff all these years!

To contact Sister Andree, please e-mail her at


College Announces Accreditation of BSN Completion Program

August 3, 2009


The Nursing Program at Silver Lake College is proud to announce that it recently received accreditation approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and the continuing  growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.

As part of the accreditation process, Silver Lake developed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program whereby its first set of graduates participated in Commencement ceremonies on May 10, 2009 and received their pins on June 4, 2009. Nancy Niesing, a recent graduate of the program commented, “My primary goal to pursue my BSN degree was to acquire the required credentials for my position as a clinical educator, but I gained so much more. I gained a broader view and understanding of the world and the people around me. I examined and reevaluated my personal values system. I learned to critically evaluate information and I gleaned a great deal about learning principles  and research that could be applied to my job. I have become more adept at the use of technology for enhancing my skills as an educator. I learned to work as a team to complete group projects. I have achieved much more than the credibility I initially sought. The seed for continuous growth and learning was planted, and a dream has been fulfilled.”

The degree completion program is designed for current RN’s, those with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or for those with a Diploma in Nursing. This program is offered in Manitowoc, Wausau, Rhinelander, Ladysmith and will available on-line starting in the fall of 2009. Kathi Calabresa, program developer stated, “The need for knowledgeable and skilled nursing leaders has never been greater. The health care system is undergoing fundamental restructuring that will rely on nurses who are prepared to assume leadership roles to improve patient outcomes. The BSN completion program at Silver Lake College prepares the baccalaureate nurse to assume leadership role for managing the complexities of patient care wherever they practice.”

For more information about the BSN completion program, please contact Kate Siegler, Program Director, at 686-6213 or on the web at


Alumni Homecoming Weekend

August 3, 2009

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We’re excited to offer a full weekend of events for the Alumni Homecoming Weekend this fall.  Come back home to catch up on the changes around campus and to reminisce over how things were when you attended (even if you graduated in 2009, the school has changed a lot since May!).

The weekend’s events will include:

Opening Reception

Student Music Recitals

Memorial Mass

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Campus Walk/Tours

Family Fun Activities

Alumni Basketball Game

Women’s Basketball Game

Alumni Reunion Dinner

Student/Alumni Dance

Pancake Breakfast

Bake Sale

Brass Roots Trio Concert

And more!

Alumni Homecoming Weekend will begin Friday November, 13th and continue through Sunday, November 15th.  Keep an eye out for further communications!  Contact Rachel Gretzinger with questions or comments at


What have you been up to since graduation?

August 3, 2009

After graduation, life seems to kick into high gear.  From career changes to relocations to building families or community programs, sometimes it’s hard to keep up.  One of the ways you can update your Alma Mater and your old friends on what you’ve been up to since graduation is by submitting news to the bi-annual alumni magazine New Directions.

We’re proud of our alumni and we want to show off your accomplishments.  Send your success stories to