Moraine Park Foundation raises $23,000 at annual Gourmet Dinner

by jbrezinsky11. May 2012 08:17

      “Change Lives and Enrich Communities, Through Education.”  That is the vision of the Moraine Park Foundation, and, thanks to the support of the more than 100 guests and sponsors at the annual Moraine Park Foundation Gourmet Dinner, the Foundation will be able to grow their vision.
     Raising more than $23,000, this year’s event highlighted Moraine Park’s Centennial Celebration featuring an amazing spread of unique and flavorful dishes popular throughout the past 100 years.
      “Celebrity chefs” were invited to work alongside the Moraine Park faculty and students in the kitchen. The special guest chefs included Liz Clark, a West Bend businesswoman; Steve Little, chief executive officer at Agnesian HealthCare; Tom Meisenheimer, owner of Meisey’s Marketing Consultants; and Adam Stone, vice president of Business Development at National Exchange Bank & Trust in Fond du Lac.
     “It was an incredible evening featuring our very talented Culinary Arts faculty and students, who prepared a one-of-a-kind meal for our guests,” said Kelly Norton, Moraine Park Foundation director.  “We are incredibly thankful to all the supporters and sponsors who came out to the event, helping us to raise dollars in support of the Foundation’s annual fund. Events like this help to ensure that we continually address the financial barriers our students face as they work towards achieving academic success at Moraine Park.”
     Appetizers, wine tasting and entertainment kicked off the evening, with dinner following. The menu included shrimp cocktail with 1000 Island mousse and garlic crostini, vichyssoise (thick, potato-based soup) with hot fried carrot and leek garni, Caesar salad in phyllo nest with cool raspberry and papaya, Beef Wellington continental charcoal seared with organic spring vegetables and horseradish relish, and an assortment of desserts from then and now.
      This year’s lead sponsors included presenting sponsor, National Exchange Bank in addition to Culver’s, Society Insurance and Brakebush Brothers.  For more information on the Moraine Park Foundation, visit



Moraine Park honors students with annual awards banquet

by jbrezinsky9. May 2012 09:05

     The hard work and academic achievement of many students at Moraine Park Technical College were recognized during the College’s annual Student Awards Banquet held recently at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira.
     The Wisconsin Technical College System District Student Ambassador Award was presented to Lee McClendon of Fond du Lac, who is enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. He will assume this role with the start of the 2012-13 academic year, taking over for 2011-12 Student Ambassador Kristina White. 
     Moraine Park presented its seventh Student of the Year Award to Ryan Yonke of Berlin, from the Electrical Power Distribution program. Nominees must be graduating, exemplify the College’s core abilities and also excel in classroom and community involvement. The winner is selected by a committee of students, support staff, faculty and administration members. 
     Technical Achievement Awards were presented to six students. To receive this award, recipients must be enrolled in a one-year technical diploma program and have maintained a 3.25 GPA. They are judged on classroom participation and other contributions and characteristics that exemplify an outstanding student. Recipients were Austin Fischer of Rosendale, Steve Hartman of Tomah, Michael Hocker of Beaver Dam, Judy Moore of Malone, Ryan Yonke of Berlin, and Thomas Schultz of Plymouth.
     The Meritorious Service Award is granted to students who have served the College through their leadership and participation in co-curricular activities such as student clubs, student government or other volunteer opportunities. This year’s 77 recipients include Westley Ruf of Arlington, Robyn Coleman, Becca Jahns, Chat Kenevan, Kristen Lynch, Tina Pawicz, Kyle Schenkenberger, Sawyer Smith, Tina Zabel of Beaver Dam; Ryan Yonke of Berlin, John Cousins and Rhonda Cousins of Brandon; Paul Eibes of Cedarburg; Miranda Wolf of Columbus; Joe Peachy of Eldorado; Christina Behlke, Kimberly Berzinski, Faith Biermann, Sherrie Demell, Nicole Dotson, Turkessa Hayes, Ciara Helmstetter, Connie Hendricks, Kristen Hodges, Angela Kelly, Megan Kolell, Matt Krofta, Lucas McFarren, Heather Morris, Sandra Odekirk, Ty Pergande, Kelsey Rickerman, Lynn Schrauth, Katie Unti, Davin Vantassell, and Kristina White of Fond du Lac; Eve-Lynn Harned of Fox Lake; Alex Krief of Fredonia; Pete Ketchum of Germantown; Tom Dufrek of Glenbeulah; Jamie Kluewer of Horicon; Dustin Gruling of Ixonia; Elizabeth Kuble and John Lippold of Jackson; Jasmyn Clough and Sarah Whiting of Juneau; Tami Anderson, Danielle Reseburg and Bonnie Weiss of Kewasum; Jessica Stellmacher of Markesan; Kaleb Lunk of Mauston; William Milbrot and Marilyn Nohr of Mayville; Jon Conger and Jessica Kaczmarek of Neshkoro; Cody Marschall of North Fond du Lac; Dylan Chellew of Oconomowoc; Wendy Pongratz and Jason Sulik of Oshkosh; Kristine Faber and Johanna Voelker of Plymouth; Cody Splittgaber of Ripon; Candace Hammer of Slinger; Jacob Bergmann of Watertown; Nichole Capanaro, Judy Hennig and Shannon Lee of Waupun; Stephen Baun, Jim Deady, Alexis Gray, Nicole Holbrook, Ariel Kritz, Angela Schmitt, Debra Schultz, Amanda Voelzke, Susan Voss and Lori Yochem of West Bend. 
     Twenty-four Moraine Park students received the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges award. Who's Who Among Students is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. Students receive national recognition for achieving at least a 3.5 GPA as well as participating and showing leadership in academic and extracurricular activities. Those students include: Mueller Hannelore and Trevino Priscilla of Beaver Dam; Patricia Ninmann of Burnett; Sherry Fields of Eden; Jamie Harmsen of Fairwater; Bruce Fernandez, Kerry Grunkowski, Rae Nell Halbur, Heather Morris and Kristina White of Fond du Lac; Austin Barten of Mayville; May Montezon and Stacey Babler of North Fond du Lac; Wendy Pongratz of Oshkosh; Rebecca Stauber, Johanna Voelker and Devon Voss of Plymouth; Katie Kraus of Saint Cloud; Shawn Donald of Sheboygan; Kayleigh Schmid of Stoughton; Casey Johnston of Waupun; Beth Holbrook, Jacqueline Wene and Lori Yochem of West Bend.
     Student government leadership recognition included Robyn Coleman, Beaver Dam Student Senate President; Shannon Lee, Fond du Lac Student Senate President; Elizabeth Kuble, West Bend Student Senate President; Robyn Coleman, District Student Government President; William Milbrot, Wisconsin Student Government Lt. Governor; John Lippold, Wisconsin Student Government Governor.
     Also recognized at the banquet were the 50 students who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society in April; 13 students who received scholarships from the Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education and the Moraine Park Federation of Teachers; 23 students who served as peer tutors/notetakers for their fellow students; and 17 students who participated in international education.
     For more information about Moraine Park, visit



Steve Peterson named keynote speaker for Moraine Park Commencement

by jbrezinsky9. May 2012 09:03

Ceremony set for May 19
     Adopting a famous quote by Peter Drucker, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” as their motto, the nearly 930 Class of 2012 graduate candidates from Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses will soon be creating new futures.
     Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland will preside over the College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in the Field House at Fond du Lac High School. To commemorate the College’s Centennial, each of the approximately 300 graduates participating in the ceremony will receive a medallion engraved with Moraine Park’s 100 year mark.
     The 2012 Commencement Speaker will be Steve Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Mid-States Aluminum Corporation, Fond du Lac, and 1969 Moraine Park Alumnus. Peterson has served as President and CEO of Mid-States Aluminum since 2006.  Prior to joining Mid-States Aluminum, Peterson spent 36 years with Giddings & Lewis, LLC, retiring as President and CEO in 2005.  In 2009, Peterson was presented with the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit by the Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education in recognition of his contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technical education in Wisconsin.
     Associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas and certificates will be presented by Moraine Park District Board members Mike Miller, Shirley Kitchen, Vernon Jung and Jodine Deppisch.
     The graduation processional will be led by bagpiper Gina Crossley, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac
area, will provide the pre-ceremonial music. A reception immediately following the ceremony will be held at the high school.


Moraine Park electrical students place in state competition

by jbrezinsky3. May 2012 03:55

     Electricity students from Moraine Park Technical College returned from the Skills USA Residential Wiring Competition in Wisconsin Dells with first, second and third place medals in hand.     
     In the Industrial Motor Controls competition, Istvan Biro of West Bend, Derrick Will of Cedar Grove, and Edward Pieper of Hustisford, placed first, second and third, respectively.  In Electrical Construction Wiring, Max Paulus of Fredonia, Frank Conkey of Beaver Dam, and Brandon Weickert of West Bend placed first, second and third, respectively.          
     “All the competitors did a great job,” said Mark Wamsley, Moraine Park electricity instructor. “It’s not about winning or losing; Skills USA is a place for the students to  show off their talents and get some payback for all the hard work they have done to get this far.”         
     Paulus will be competing at nationals in Electrical Construction Wiring and Biro will be competing at nationals in Industrial Motor Control. The competitions will be held in Kansas City, Mo., in late June. “They are both very excited to be representing Moraine Park at nationals,” said Wamsley.      
     For more information on Moraine Park’s Electricity program, visit


Moraine Park communications instructor receives national honor

by jbrezinsky30. April 2012 08:27

Patterson selected as NEH Summer Scholar

     Amy Edwards Patterson, a communication instructor at Moraine Park Technical College, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of six NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. NEH is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that faculty can work in collaboration with experts in humanities disciplines.
     “The NEH Landmarks workshop in Brooklyn will provide me with an excellent opportunity to explore digital pedagogy and place-based education,” said Patterson. “Change and preservation, the major themes for the workshop, relate closely to the composition and communication fields, and I look forward to returning to Moraine Park with new ideas, assignments, and activities to share with my students.”
     Patterson will participate in a workshop entitled “Along the Shore: Changing and Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn's Industrial Waterfront.” The one-week program will be held at the New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York and directed by Dr. Richard E. Hanley.  
     Faculty members selected to participate in the program each receive a $1,200 stipend for travel, study, and living expenses.  
     Patterson resides in Beaver Dam. For more information on Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park honors Phi Theta Kappa inductees

by jbrezinsky30. April 2012 08:15

     Moraine Park Technical College students were recently inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society, during a formal ceremony on the College’s Fond du Lac campus.
    To be eligible, students must achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in an associate of applied science degree program, and complete a minimum of 12 associate degree credits.
     “Phi Theta Kappa is one of the many ways we acknowledge the academic achievements of our students,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “We are proud of the hard work they have put forth throughout the semester and are thrilled in honoring them with this ceremony.” 
     This year’s inductees include:
Beaver Dam – Cory Bennett, Everardo Chavez, Milton Christison, Renee Drabek, Kristine Kelly, Patrick Haas, Tina Pawicz, Dana Schmidt
Brandon – Cory Aalsma, Rose Larson
Burnett – Patricia Ninmann
Campbellsport – Samantha Bray, Jason Chern, Cindy Pufall, Nicole Sabish, Jackson ScheererEden – Niomi Olivares, Renee Walkner
Eldorado – Tina Sneller
Fond du Lac – Amy Andrews, Katherine Barnes, Christina Behlke, Bobbie Jo Daun, Kathleen Gilbert, Christopher Ingalsbe, Angel Larson, Ashley LeMieux, Bonnie LeBlanc, Kyra Oberg, Sandra Odekirk, Cheryl Olson, Hannah Rice, James Waterman, Jr., Kristina White
Fox Lake – Tim Shivley
Germantown – Katelyn LeTourneau
Glenbeulah – Jamie Melis
Green Bay – Amber Hickman
Green Lake – Jacob Sedarski
Hartford – Jeremy Pagenkopf, Tanya Schloemer
Jackson – Lauren Johnson, Kate Sonier
Juneau – Jasmyn Clough, Dina Stratz
Kewaskum – Tara Henke, Luan Sabish
Kimberly – Natasha Hooyman
Lomira – Jessica Gosse, Alex Prunty
Mayville – Aubrey Fleischer, Amy Hartwig
Menasha – Stephanie Cowling
Milwaukee – Folashade Bakare, Molly Huwiler
Mt. Calvary – David Nelson II
Oak Creek – Melissa Koehler
Oakfield – Nathaniel Haug
Plymouth – Devon Voss
Princeton – Ryan Murphy
Rubicon – Adam Michelsen
Saukville – Gina Kassens
Sheboygan – Alyssa Demmin, Katrina Nelson, Jason Vangalis, Brian Withrow
Sheboygan Falls – Karen Crispin, Joel Peirce,
Slinger – Amy Lynn, Annette Dean, Armando Rosas, Karla Venable, Summyr Zuern
Sun Prairie – Heidi Nitz
Van Dyne – Patricia Knubis
Waupun – Sara Adelmeyer, Laura Cameron, Kristen Greenfield,
West Bend – Phyllis Adelson, Paul Barnes, Stephen Baun, Brittney Buege, Christine Burt, Annette Landvatter, Shanna Lehman, Justin Miller, E. Prakash Nair, Susan Voss, Wenda Zarenana
Westfield – Janelle Krueger
      “This is our exciting end of the year event in the academic area,” said Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and student affairs. “These are Moraine Park’s best and brightest students and we are pleased to be celebrating their success.”
     Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. It currently has more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. The American Association of Community Colleges recognizes Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. For more information, visit



Moraine Park Car and Motorcycle Show set for May 6

by jbrezinsky23. April 2012 05:16

     Rev up your engines, the fifth annual Moraine Park Car and Motorcycle Show will be held on Sunday, May 6, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.
     Hosted by the Moraine Park Auto Club, a group of students enrolled in the Automotive Technician program,
the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine, with the gate opening at 7 a.m.
     The entry categories include 1940s and older, 1950s, 1960s,1970s, 1980s and 1990s, 2000 and newer, vintage truck (1966 and older), modern truck (1967-95), late-model truck (1966 and newer), custom truck, Mustang, Corvette, muscle car, foreign/exotic, street rod, tuner and motorcycle.        
     In addition to the car show, the Culinary Arts Club will be serving up food to sell and Barber/Cosmetology students will provide mini manicures and temporary tattoos. Spectator admission is $2 or two nonperishable food items as part of a food drive Moraine Park’s Kiwanis Satellite Club is hosting in support of the Salvation Army. Children under 12 will be admitted free. For directions to the Fond du Lac campus, visit
     For more information about the Moraine Park Car Show, contact Frank Corrente, Moraine Park Auto Technician instructor, at, or visit


There’s still time to register for Tech Knowledge College

by jbrezinsky23. April 2012 05:08

     Moraine Park Technical College invites middle-school students to explore college and careers through more than 20 hands-on activities during Tech Knowledge College (TKC).
Registration is now open for the Aug. 7-9 event at the Fond du Lac campus. For a full listing of classes, visit Classes this summer include:
     Electricity 101 – Do you know what an electrician actually does? This session will teach you the basics of electricity fundamentals, including the use of multi-meters to measure DC circuits. Use the skills learned to build basic electrical circuits.
     Electronics – The power of electronics will open the doors to the future - from Apple Computers to the Web. Explore the fundamentals of electronics while assembling your own kit. Everyone can learn from this activity. 
     Fix it, Tune it, Ride it! – Are you a future Tour de France rider? Bicycle enthusiasts, you will learn to fix flats, fine-tune you own bicycles, and build a bicycle. On the final day, be prepared to enjoy a long bike ride.       
     Host(ess) with the Most(ess) – Do you like planning parties? Not sure which fork to use first? This session teaches proper dining etiquette including napkin folding, proper serving and proper table setting. Learn to prepare compound butters and scones to serve at your next classy gathering. 
     Layout and Design through Scrapbooking – Scrapbooking is not just a fun hobby; it teaches design, layout and balance. Learn different techniques while scrapbooking your favorite summer memories.
     Rescue 911-Be an EMT – You may have seen them on TV or at an emergency scene, now experience the hands-on activities of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Learn how these health care professionals size up the scene and provide critical care. Learn basic EMT skills, such as CPR, splinting and bleeding control, and how to handle situations such as choking, burn care and more.
     Rev Your Engines! – Engines are used all over the world for producing power. What makes them work? In this activity, you will take apart a small engine and find out how it operates. You will also work with hand tools and learn how to use them safely. Wear clothes suitable for shop work.
     Yo Yo Manufacturing – Design and make your own personalized high-performance yo-yo using CAD/CAM software. If you like computers and making things, this is the session for you!
     Activities fill up fast, so sign up early for your favorite two. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline of July 1. Cost is $100 and includes two activities (8:45-11:15 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.), a T-shirt and lunch. Four bus routes are available for students who live outside the Fond du Lac area: Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam Campus with a stop at Waupun Area High School, Moraine Park’s West Bend campus with a stop at Campbellsport Jr/Sr High School, Berlin High School with a stop at Ripon High School and Hartford Union High School with a stop at Lomira High School (included in the registration fee). Bus seats are first-come, first-served.
     For registration information, go to For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt, Moraine Park recruitment specialist, at 920-924-3347 or 1-800-472-4554, Ext. 3347, or email at   
     Scholarships are available to cover the cost of TKC. The student must currently be in 6th or 7th grade, and qualify to receive free and/or reduced lunch. These scholarships are first-come, first-served. Families must complete the TKC registration form and a Department of Public Instruction Pre-College Scholarship Form that must be signed by a school official verifying the free and reduced lunch eligibility requirement. Interested families should call or e-mail VandeSlunt and she will work with them on the paperwork.


Moraine Park hosts High School Culinary Arts Olympics

by jbrezinsky20. April 2012 04:29

 Area High School students at Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts Olympics participate in the Sandwich Relay Contest.      Six area high schools were represented at the Culinary Arts Olympics, recently held at Moraine Park Technical College. Forty-four students from Chilton, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Hartford Union, Princeton, Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South had their hats, aprons and cooking utensils ready for the challenge. 
     Moraine Park hosts the event each year, where Family and Consumer Education (FACE) students came to learn more about culinary arts and get a feel for cooking in a large, industrial-grade kitchen. With guidance from Moraine Park students and culinary arts instructors, the students participated in one of three events: a Sandwich Construction Relay, Layered Cake Decorating and the Create-A-Plate Challenge.
     In layered cake decorating, Allison Edwards of Sheboygan South received first place, Pader Xiong of Sheboygan North took home second place and coming in third was Breanna Alsteen of Sheboygan North. Heather Young of Hartford and Jordan Voland of Sheboygan Falls received honorable mentions.
     In the Create-A-Plate Challenge, Caleb Richter and Nicole Lilla of Sheboygan Falls received first and second place, respectively. Emily Grunewald of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah took home third place. Beth Tessmer of Chilton and Paige Soerens of Sheboygan South received honorable mentions.
     In the sandwich construction relay, the Princeton High School team of Brooke Wargula, Tony Crivello and Danny Bednarek came in first. Coming in second was the team from Sheboygan Falls: David Bohlman, Sawyer Boldt and Shawn Grothe. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah’s team came in third with Tyler Jones, Stavey Kay and Josh Schneider.
     Students left knowing a little more about the Culinary Arts world, ready to apply those skills in the FACE classroom. For more information on Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts program, visit





Eilertson, Inc. works with Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky20. April 2012 04:19

Pictured (from left to right): Cal Budde, Dylan Chellew, Austin Fisher, Sawyer Smith, Kaleb Lunk, Ryan Walgenbach, Jon Conger, Tom Schultz, Cody Splitgaber, Ryan Yonke, Steve Hartman. Walgenbach is from Eilertson, Inc.     Moraine Park Technical College’s Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) program is preparing its Beaver Dam campus training site for the next phase of substation construction. The program’s new Electrical Substation Certificate allows students to enhance their skills by learning how to inspect and maintain electrical substations. Thanks to a donation of labor, material and large equipment from Fond du Lac-based company Eilertson, Inc., students receiving the certificate will be able to get the hands-on experience they need for success in the field. 
     Eilertson, Inc. specializes in the installation of below-grade materials in electrical substations, from low-clearance drilling to finish graveling. At Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, Eilertson, Inc. drilled large holes for the pier foundations with a 80,000-pound, high-pressure digging machine capable of boring through rock and all soil types.
     “This was a real-life opportunity for the substation students to learn and participate in the below-grade construction of a substation,” said Mark Theyerl, Moraine Park EPD instructor. “The students learned how to tie reinforcement bar, lay out the form for the pier, pour the concrete pier and set anchor bolts. We are very grateful for the generosity of Eilertson, Inc. to the College.”
     For more information on Moraine Park’s EPD program and new Substation Certificate, visit