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 arpsmel@trschools.k12.wi.us.


Education Impact Award

March 11, 2010

The Chamber of Manitowoc County recently held their 93rd annual “Celebration of Success” dinner in which Dr. George F. Arnold was selected as the recipient of the 2009 Education Impact Award. This award is designed to recognize an exceptionally dedicated educator who “Impacts” parents, students or the community beyond the scope of the classroom while integrating business and community resources to enhance student learning opportunities. In addition, this individual should inspire participation from students, peers and other professionals to create awareness about the quality of life in Manitowoc County, demonstrate involvement with a community or school activity that makes a positive impact in Manitowoc County, and utilize Manitowoc County business and community resources to enhance student-learning opportunities.

Dr. Arnold was commended for his role in helping to further integrate Silver Lake College and its students with the Manitowoc County Community. Dr. Arnold stated, “I am deeply honored to have received this award from the Chamber of Manitowoc County. Continuing to strengthen the partnership between the College and the Manitowoc County Community, serves to only benefit us both. As prospective parents and students come from all over the country to visit Silver Lake, I am thrilled to be able to share with them the vibrant and thriving community in which we live.”

Dr. Arnold has been a life long educator. He received his undergraduate degree from Buffalo State University in New York and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park. Prior to assuming the position of President at Silver Lake College, he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and a member of the faculty at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.


Franciscan Photo Challenge

January 22, 2010

Beginning January 2010, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family invites you to celebrate its 75th anniversary by looking and snapping. Through your involvement with Silver Lake College, the Franciscan heritage is part of your life. Where do you find the influence of Francis of Assisi?

Submit digital photos to Sister Mardelle Meinholz, mmeinholz@silver.sl.edu. Add where you found it and, if you choose, how it relates to Franciscanism. A statue of Francis or Clare, or an example of one of the Franciscan values, or a place that reminds you of your Franciscan heritage can fit the bill. Be creative and challenge us.
Thank you for “Connecting Mind and Spirit the Franciscan Way.”

Pictures will be posted in the near future.


Spotlight: Laurie Crawford

January 18, 2010

And representing our non-traditional-study-while-working-full-time-and-raising-two-daughters population this month is Laurie Crawford!

Laurie Crawford works as the Executive Director of United Way Manitowoc County, where she leads a team focused on improving the quality of life for all in Manitowoc County, by assessing community needs, raising funds, evaluating programs for funding, and advocating for strong programs.  She is now able to help people in the community, just as the community has helped her to get where she is today.

Laurie came to Silver Lake College for school three separate times: first, as an elementary student at St. Joseph’s elementary school (which is now the Generose Enrichment Center), second, as a Human Resources undergrad, and third, as a Master’s of Organizational Business grad student with emphases in Training and Development and Strategic Planning in Government.  But her educational life wasn’t quite as cut and dry as that.

After graduating high school, Laurie moved to Virginia and worked as an office supervisor for GTE Federal Systems.  This was her first experience with government– something that she would be interested in for the rest of her life.  She also worked with many great mentors who are still her friends today.  Then, after eight years away, Laurie felt Manitowoc County drawing her back.  With its great quality of life and three top-notch colleges nearby, as well as its excellent high schools, Laurie felt that Manitowoc would be the best place to raise her two daughters.  Upon returning, Laurie took an office support position at Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers, and began taking classes at UW Manitowoc, so that she could earn a degree and be better able to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Two years later, Laurie found her way to the desk of Silver Lake’s Linda Briggs-Dineen, the director of Career Directed Programs and Adult Accelerated Programs, to talk about getting her bachelor’s in Human Resources. “I’m glad I went back to school.  Although it was scary coming in, we had such a good time and of course learned so much.  A group of non-traditional students in  a classroom sharing job and life experiences together is pure fun,” Laurie reminisced.

In 1997, Laurie took a job at the Manitowoc County UW-Extension Office, where once again she most valued the relationships she formed with her colleagues.  “The people I worked with there are dedicated, resourceful, hardworking professionals, who were truly mentors for me.  There have always been people in the right places at the right times when I have needed guidance.”  After gaining her Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake, she became the Department Director, where her duties included budget, community interaction, strategic planning, and employee training.  Although she enjoyed the job, she was not satisfied that it was the job where she could best make a difference in the local community.

Then came 2008 and Laurie was hired as the Executive Director of United Way, where she has found “work that truly inspires me every day.  If we do our job well at the United Way, we will have a healthier community.”  Although Laurie still has a dream of one day being in the Peace Corps, she is happy to have the opportunity to work with people whose focus is on making a positive difference in others’ lives.  We at Silver Lake College are proud of Laurie for her embodiment of the Franciscan value of Community, as she clearly spends her days working for the benefit of others!