SLC welcomes largest freshman class in history

Posted On September 01, 2017

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By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College is proud to welcome the largest incoming freshman class in its 82-year history.

The college enrolled 95 full-time, first-time freshmen this fall, compared with 56 last year at this time.

“I am pleased to see all of the new freshmen on campus. This upswing in enrollment is a healthy indication of the direction in which Silver Lake College is moving,” said Dr. Joseph A. Bound,
interim president of the college. “There are a number of factors that account for the increase in freshmen, including new programs and facilities that make the college more attractive to students.”

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Dr. Bound of Appleton, who recently joined Silver Lake College, is guiding the college through its search for a new president with the help of the executive search firm Hyatt-Fennell. He has been serving as director of education for the Diocese of Green Bay, a position to which he will return when a permanent president of the college is named.

Silver Lake College’s initiatives, designed to attract more students, include restructuring its academic portfolio to add new offerings including a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the college’s recently renovated $1.6 million 9,300-square-foot state-of-the-art nursing wing; becoming the first college in Wisconsin to adopt a Work College model called SLC Works; and attaining full active status in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in addition to expanding its athletic offerings.  

Educational offerings

The college has restructured its academic portfolio to improve the quality of its educational offerings. Among the new academic programs is the four- year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in response to a growing need for nurses. Students can enjoy the college’s recently renovated $1.6 million 9,300-square-foot state-of-the-art nursing wing.

Other undergraduate additions to the academic portfolio include Actuarial Science, Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Music in performance and pedagogy.  A redesigned Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development, which aligns with industry standards in leadership, health care and organizational development, was introduced this fall.

SLC Works (Work College)

Silver Lake College is America’s first Catholic institution of higher learning — and the first college in Wisconsin — to adopt a Work College model, which offers an enhanced educational experience integrating work, learning and service throughout a student’s college career.

Called SLC Works, the initiative helps students gain real-world work experience while they earn a valuable four-year degree. The result is practical on-the-job training, reduced student debt and significant professional skills development.

Athletics

In another move to enhance the overall college experience, the Silver Lake College Athletics Department has added two new sports this year. The college is fielding eight athletic teams, the most in its history.  They include men’s basketball, soccer and cross county; and women’s basketball, volleyball, cross country, softball and soccer.

The college has hired five new head coaches and received full active status in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In addition, the college remains dual affiliated with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, providing student-athletes with even more opportunities for postseason competition.