June 2019 President’s Message

Friends, as I reflect on the past academic
year at Wisconsin Lutheran College – all I can say is, oh, what a year it’s been! As a result of several God-blessed gifts including an anonymous $5.2 million dollar gift, we are making enhancements to meet the needs of our students. We are creating new labs in Generac Hall with the latest technology. Construction is also underway to enlarge our student fitness center and create a state-of-the-art Sports Performance Center within the Recreation Complex. And our new Catalyst Track will provide an improved surface for not only our men’s and women’s track teams, but also position WLC to once again host a variety of track and field events. WLC has also been awarded a grant of more than $628,000 by the National Science Foundation to support scholarships for academically talented, low-income students interested in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines. There are still scholarships available for
freshmen this fall. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies has launched a new, online Health Care Management and Leadership program within its adult degree completion program. Enrollment is open for fall classes. Additionally, we have added new traditional undergraduate majors including neuroscience, radiologic technology, criminal justice, politics and law, and sports management. The Center for Christian Leadership has had a banner year as well. Five graduates received their certificate
in Christian Leadership this spring and a total of 58 students will be in the program
this fall. The Center held its first Serve2Lead Impact Challenge as an opportunity for students to develop Servant Leadership Impact Plans with the goal of enhancing and impacting our community. The Center also hosted two Christian Business Leader Summits and Leadercast 2019 that brought many new friends to our campus. In April we welcomed Hobby Lobby Founder and CEO David Green and his wife, Barbara, to campus where we presented David with the 2019 Divine Servant Award. More than 500 guests attended as we celebrated Christian servant leadership, the gift of philanthropy, and the blessings of free enterprise and the entrepreneurial spirit. We were also able to enjoy the amazing talents of the award-winning Christian musician – Danny Gokey! This event raised more than one million dollars for student scholarships at WLC. It was an inspiring and memorable evening! And just a month ago, we celebrated the commencement of the Class of 2019 and we said farewell to remarkable group of graduates who are leaving here to embrace their roles as Christian servant leaders. At commencement, Professor Mary Heins gave an outstanding keynote address and before walking off stage was presented with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Humane Letters. God has so richly blessed WLC with amazing faculty over the years, and it is always bittersweet when we say farewell to those professors who have touched our lives in so many ways. Later this month we will celebrate the retirements of faithful Warriors – Joyce Natzke, Bob Anderson, and Mary Heins and we pray that God continues to richly bless them as they enter a new phase of life in retirement. Finally, as we head into summer and prepare to welcome a new class of Warriors to campus, would you please consider a gift to help us advance the cause of Christ-focused, Jesus-centered higher education at WLC? Our college is not one of financial elites,
in fact 45 percent of our students come from households with less than $80,000 of income. We need your help to provide the financial
assistance needed to equip and prepare the next generation of Christian servant leaders who want to attend WLC. Thank you for your partnership with WLC! Have a wonderful summer! God’s blessings!

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