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New Art Exhibit

Cheryl Mahowald 'Starfish'.jpg“Pulp to Paper,” a retrospective of work in paper and book arts by Cheryl Mahowald, will be shown from Aug. 14 through Sept. 15 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public also is welcome to her artist’s talk at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6 in Room 102, and to an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13. The exhibit, talk and reception are free.

Mahowald is an award-winning paper and book artist from Newton. Her work has been exhibited at numerous U.S. galleries, museums and libraries, and hangs in various permanent collections and in private homes.

“I met Cheryl in the Lakeshore Artists Guild,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and art department co-chair at Silver Lake College. “Cheryl is a leader in the group and an inspiring artist. Her works are beautiful and range in scale and subject, but fibers are her medium. Cheryl once showed our group her studio and walked us through the process of creating paper. It is unique for an artist to be involved in the creation of the medium, as well as the final work.”

Paper is an ancient medium, invented almost 2,000 years ago, Mahowald said in her artist’s statement.

“My obsession with handmade paper began over 20 years ago,” she said. “I was drawn to the sensory aspect and ‘Zen-like’ quality of making paper by hand. I like the smell of cooking fiber, the feel of the pulp in the vat, and the sound of the water as it drains through the mold. I love the entire process.”

Mahowald is challenged to explore paper’s many applications.

“Paper is an extremely versatile medium,” she said. “Among other things, it can be dyed, stitched, folded, painted, woven and sculpted. Through the years, I have learned many traditional fiber art and mixed-media techniques that I use in my books and paper art. My paper art tends to reflect more of the natural world and my books are usually an expression of my reaction to and interpretation of current events. I continue to learn new ways to work with paper. I know that I will never master them all.”

About the artist:

Mahowald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in Ames and has worked in the field of art and design since 1982. She has taught papermaking and bookbinding to all ages, from preschool children to adults. She has hosted workshops, taught at the DuPage Art League gallery in Wheaton, Illinois, and the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois.

Mahowald is a partner in Prairie Spirit Papers Inc. and co-founder of the Book and Paper Arts Guild in Wheaton, Illinois. She is a member of the Sheboygan Visual Artists, the Lakeshore Artists Guild and Friends of Dard Hunter, an organization dedicated to papermaking.

Photo caption: “Starfish” by Cheryl Mahowald/Submitted photo

Lakeshore News

Congrats to Award Winners!

Silver Lake College awarded scholarships to incoming students and honored current students, faculty, alumni and parents during its Awards Ceremony on April 26.


Athletic awards recognized the accomplishments of student-athletes on and off the field. Danelle Buck was named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-American First Team and Amanda Kudick was named to the USCAA All-American Second Team.


Named to the USCAA Academic All-American team were: Jordan Barbeau, Abby Gerhard, Amanda Kudick, Danielle Byrum, Luka Jovicic, Mateja Masic, Courtney Clavers, Hailee Kotche, Ashley Rumlow and Michelle Engelbrecht.


Named Most Improved Player were: Wisner Fleurjean, Corey Lloyd, Tasha Rabe, Abby Gerhard, Carla Martinez and Wadeline SaintJuste.


Students named Most Valuable Player included: Danelle Buck, Freddy Cook, Jeremy Landers, Courtney Clavers, Matalie Koss and Cesar Pineda.


The following student-athletes received a Coaches Award: Tommy Bentley, Abby Gerhard, Hailee Kotche, Michelle Engelbrecht and Luka Jovicic.


Academic honors scholarships were awarded to some of the top students of the incoming class. Meg Lehman of Kaukauna was awarded the Mother Generose Cahill Honors Scholarship. Kylie Robley of Manitowoc was awarded the Sister Orestes Kohlbeck Honors Scholarship. Angela Luevano of Milwaukee and Rebecca Curtis of Endicott, New York, were awarded the Founder’s Honors Scholarship. Mitchel Larsen of Sheboygan, Beatriz Reyes of Milwaukee and Elyse Schimelpfenig of Waterloo were awarded the Trustee Honors Scholarship.


Current students received graduation honors. Alumni and parents also were recognized. The Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Jilleen J. Bodwin ’02, Master of Arts ’04. The Alumni Award for Excellence in Servant Leadership was given to Joseph V. Collins, Master of Science ’16. The Distinguished Parents Award was given to Randall M. ’75 and Cynthia M. Sohn ’81.


Three individuals were honored with the Freddy Award, which recognizes junior or senior students, and faculty, staff or administrators for fostering the Franciscan spirit of community within and beyond the college campus. Recipients of the Freddy Award were Dr. Chris E. Domes, president of Silver Lake College; Steve Kuehl, chair of the mathematics department; and student Anna Hall.

Community Events

President’s CEO Breakfast Coming

TTim Schaeferim Schaefer, executive vice president of client and digital experience at Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, will speak about “Leading Large Scale Change” at the Silver Lake College President’s CEO Breakfast on May 2.

The presentation will take place in the Ariens Atrium of the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Bank First of Manitowoc is the major sponsor of the series.

Schaefer is responsible for Northwestern Mutual’s overall client experience, digital strategy and technology. He also is a member of the company’s executive leadership team and the company’s business technology committee.

Schaefer earned a Master of Science in management and organizational development from Silver Lake College and is a past board member of the college.

Check-in is at 7 a.m. Breakfast is served at 7:15 a.m. The program concludes at 8:30 a.m.  Tickets are $30 each. For tickets, visit

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Student Recital

emily 3.JPGThe Silver Lake College department of music will present the piano recital of senior Emily Cattani at 7 p.m. on April 27 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 A. S. Alverno Road.

“Emily is presenting the recital to culminate her Bachelor of Arts in music studies. The program includes a variety of original piano pieces from the Baroque period through the 19th century,” said Dr. Diana Shapiro, assistant professor of piano and undergraduate music department chair.

The program will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin and Ludwig Van Beethoven, among others.

Cattani is pursuing a degree in music with an emphasis in piano. She has participated in opera workshop, both of the choral ensembles at Silver Lake College, chorale and concert choir, and has been a featured vocalist and pianist in the Silver Lake Jazz Ensemble.

After graduation, Cattani plans to build her own private piano studio and pursue her education at a graduate level studying music therapy. She is a 2012 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School.

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Faculty Recital April 23rd

Recital Emily Davis April 23The Silver Lake College music department will present a faculty recital at 4 p.m. on April 23 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. It is free and open to the public.
The recital will feature soprano Emily Davis, adjunct professor of voice at Silver Lake College. She teaches Opera Workshop, Lyric Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Music Theory, and Applied Voice, in addition to running an active private vocal studio.

“Back in December I began studying with Connie Haas in Milwaukee, and she is fantastic. I feel like a new singer since starting my work with her, and I’m excited to perform new repertoire in this recital,” Davis said. “Janna Ernst, my coach and pianist, is also fabulous and it is a joy to sing with her. She brings so much attention to musical details and encourages me to find more nuance in character and interpretation.”

The program offers a lot of variety — everything from Henry Purcell and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Ned Rorem.

“Each individual set is challenging in its own way and performing in five languages forced me to brush up on my diction skills as well. I’m hoping to expose my students to new repertoire, while providing an entertaining and educational afternoon of music,” Davis said.

She completed her Master of Music in vocal performance at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and history from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Ernst, a faculty member in the opera theater department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will accompany on piano.

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Phil Brandl Receives Award

Phil Brandl.jpgManitowoc native Phil Brandl, a 1974 graduate of Silver Lake College, was recently honored by the housewares industry.

Brandl, president and chief executive officer of the International Housewares Association, received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Housewares Charity Foundation during its 20th annual gala at Navy Pier in Chicago earlier this month.

In a collaborative effort among industry manufacturers, retailers and allied industry partners, the nonprofit foundation hosts this annual event to raise funds for critical causes, unite the housewares industry and honor its leaders. Honorees are selected for their humanitarian efforts and exceptional leadership. Brandl was instrumental in founding the charity foundation and served as its legacy co-chair.

Brandl, now of Delavan, graduated from Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Science degree in science/history. He has served as president of the International Housewares Association for 20 years. The association owns and operates the International Home + Housewares Show, held every March in Chicago, which attracts more than 62,000 attendees from around the globe. It is the largest annual trade event held at Chicago’s McCormick Place complex and holds the distinction of being the 14th largest trade show in the United States.

Community Events

Faculty Concert April 4th

Dr. Drew Whiting.jpgThe Silver Lake College department of music will present a faculty recital at 7 p.m. on April 4 featuring Dr. Drew Whiting, who teaches applied saxophone.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

An advocate for new music, Dr. Whiting will perform contemporary works written between 2003 and the present, including a world premiere of “In Lights Starkly Different,” a 2017 work by Robin Julian Heifetz.

Dr. Whiting’s diverse musical interests have led him to perform with symphony orchestras, big bands, new music ensembles, salsa bands, improvisation collectives and chamber ensembles. He has presented solo recitals of contemporary saxophone works throughout the United States.

Dr. Whiting is an accomplished chamber musician, having been awarded first place at the 2012 Music Teachers National Association’s national chamber music competition as a member of the Cerulean Saxophone Quartet. Currently, Dr. Whiting is a member of the Vine Street Trio and Coalescent Quartet, and performs throughout Wisconsin with the Water City Jazz Orchestra, Big Band Reunion, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Dr. Whiting is a dedicated and vibrant educator. He also is a member of the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has presented master classes at various universities across the United States.

Dr. Whiting is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Regional Artist, performing on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren woodwind products.

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SLC President Steps Down

Dr. Chris E. DomesSilver Lake College’s board of trustees has announced that Dr. Chris E. Domes will be stepping down as president. Dr. Domes informed the board of his decision to accept the presidency of Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. He will continue to serve in his role as president of Silver Lake College through June.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the students, faculty, and staff of Silver Lake College. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to have served as a leader in this community. My wife, Mary, and I have grown to love Manitowoc and the Lakeshore. We have made many lifetime friends here and will always stay connected to this wonderful place, no matter where life takes us.”

Dr. Domes added that this was a difficult decision. “As much as Mary and I have loved our time here, this opportunity at Neumann University is the right choice for us at this point in our lives,” he said. “Important in our decision-making is the fact that the move will take us closer to our parents and family.”

Dr. Domes joined Silver Lake College as president in 2013. During his tenure, the college has experienced a period of transformation. This has included the opening of the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance and the renovation of the campus dining facility. Dr. Domes has raised in excess of $4 million to support scholarships, and the creation of the Ariens Family Welcome Center, the Endries Family Heritage Room and Patio, the Robert and Diane Vanne Lawler Reflection Garden, and a state-of-the-art Nursing Wing, which includes labs and classrooms.

In addition to physical changes on the campus, the college developed new academic programs during Dr. Domes’ tenure. These programs include a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Actuarial Science, Graphic Design, and a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development.

“I am gratified to have played a role in the transformation of the college during the past four years,” he said. “The physical and programmatic changes across the campus have enhanced the environment for learning and student success for years to come.”

Dr. Domes embraced Silver Lake College’s Catholic Franciscan mission and at the same time led the 81-year-old liberal arts institution in new strategic directions. Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, Silver Lake College officially adopted the Work College Model, making it the first Catholic College in the nation to embrace this approach to educating the whole student. The college also joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and will field both women’s softball and women’s soccer next fall.

“I congratulate Dr. Domes on this new leadership opportunity at Neumann University and thank him for his dedication to Silver Lake College. He and his wife, Mary, have made a lasting impact on not only the college, but the greater Manitowoc community. Under his leadership, the college has developed creative strategic initiatives that are mission-focused and centered on student success,” said Eric Volcheff, board chair.

The Silver Lake College board of trustees will meet in the next few weeks to discuss a leadership succession plan for the college. “Silver Lake College is on a trajectory of growth and a strong future thanks to Dr. Domes’ leadership. We will miss him and his wife, Mary, but we are happy that they will continue to serve and contribute to Catholic Franciscan higher education at Neumann University,” said Dan McGinty, president and CEO of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries.

Silver Lake College is a four-year, private liberal arts college in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, founded in 1935 by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, who continue to sponsor the college.


Neumann University is a comprehensive, Catholic university founded in the Franciscan tradition, which emphasizes respect for individuals, concern for the environment, and social responsibility.  The sponsoring community, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, established the institution in 1965. The University serves approximately 3,000 students offering undergraduate degrees in a broad variety of subjects, three doctoral programs, six master’s degree programs, and an accelerated bachelor’s degree program for adults.

“We leave Silver Lake College with mixed emotions. Both Mary and I feel proud of the close bonds that have developed between the college and the surrounding Lakeshore community. We have enjoyed the opportunity to bring the community and the college closer together,” Dr. Domes said. “As Mary and I move to Neumann University, you will hold a special place in our hearts and we will look back on our time here with great fondness. We extend good wishes for Silver Lake College’s continued success.”


Dr. Domes has served as the 10th president of Silver Lake College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in counseling from St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York. Dr. Domes earned his doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His career spans 31 years in Catholic higher education, including a decade at St. Bonaventure and 17 years at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. His impact on Catholic higher education has been significant and for the last four years Silver Lake College has been the beneficiary of his extensive knowledge and enthusiastic leadership.

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Zimmer Forum March 14th

Pastor Matt Sauer“Be Holy” by Brian Christopher Coulter will be the focus of the next Father Bill Zimmer Forum, which is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on March 14 at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The book group, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Endries Family Heritage Room, located on the second floor of the main building. The event is presented by Silver Lake College in collaboration with St. Francis of Assisi parish.

The presentation will be led by the Rev. Dr. Matthew L. Sauer, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Manitowoc. He has led several congregations during his 20 years of ordained ministry.


Trumpet Concert March 10th

William Elliott.jpgThe Silver Lake College Music Department presents a junior recital by student William Elliott on trumpet at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and performance, on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Diana Shapiro, assistant professor of piano and undergraduate music department chair, will provide piano accompaniment.

Elliott, a student in the studio of Dr. Bill Hampton, is majoring in music performance and pedagogy.