Moraine Park’s EDGE program holds spring banquet

by jbrezinsky29. May 2012 09:36

     The end of the school year for Moraine Park Technical College is a time to recognize students for their accomplishments throughout the year. The EDGE Spring Awards Banquet was no exception, recently held on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus where 112 awards were given to the EDGE program students. Sixty-seven students received the Academic Achievement award, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Six students received the Academic Excellence award, with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher.
     “During the spring banquet, EDGE staff acknowledged the academic success and personal victories of the students in the program,” said Claude Magee, Student Success Services Grant Activity associate.  “The goal of the award banquet is to encourage our students to continue to push themselves in pursuit of their goals. A quote by Walt Disney best describes THE EDGE students, ‘All our dreams can come true-if we have the courage to pursue them’.”    
     The Awesome Award went to 20 students who made it a point to be exceptionally active in the program. Seven students received the Above and Beyond Award, for students who have overcome great obstacles this semester and still remained in school and successful in their classes and program requirements.        
     There were 12 May 2012 EDGE program graduates with 4 in attendance that included Kelly Dressel of Sussex, Teri Cribb and Austin Hecker of West Bend; and Bonnie Weiss of Kewaskum.
     The Moraine Park EDGE program is in place to assist students with academic advising, student leadership development, financial aid assistance, goal and career planning, transfer assistance and any additional support EDGE students may need.  For more information on Moraine Park, visit



Moraine Park holds first annual Distance Challenge

by jbrezinsky24. May 2012 05:21

     Ballistas, slingshots and trebuchets filled Moraine Park Technical College’s Courtyard at the first annual Distance Challenge, held recently at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. Students from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, the Fond du Lac Home School Association, West Bend East and West High Schools and Slinger High School formed teams and built contraptions with the goal of launching a rubber ball the greatest distance.
     “This is the first year we offered the competition.  We wanted a competition that required the students to design, build and troubleshoot,” said Tom Roehl, Moraine Park Process Engineering Technology instructor. “I think the students all did a great job, and the employers that attended were very impressed with the creativity shown in the machines.  We’re hoping to grow this in the future because local employers are very concerned about the skilled labor shortage, and it’s young people like this that are the future of Manufacturing.”
     Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School came in first by launching their object 184 feet and 2 inches. Students Ethan Hau and Jordan Kissinger’s winning device was a slingshot design. The duo used surgical tubes, two-by-fours and canvas to create “Slingshot 5,000.”
     Slinger High School’s Zach Rueckl came in second at 111 feet and 4 inches. Rueckl’s “Proto II” contraption used a ballista design. “I wanted to have the most original design at the competition so I went with the ballista, it’s a roman siege that was built for breaking walls. I was able to control the angle better with a complex machine,” said Rueckl. Rueckl’s distance goal was to break 100 feet, which he accomplished.  
     Coming in third at 111 feet was a team from West Bend East and West High Schools consisting of students Nathan Groth, Austin Pelzman, Isaac Theis and Samuel Nagrocki. Their “Second Chance” resistance slingshot got its name because they scrapped their first machine when they weren’t happy with the results.
     The Fond du Lac Home School Association had a team of two sets of brothers: Isaiah and Sam LaVanway and Noah and Josiah Poss. Their “Giraffe” contraption used a counterweight and two hockey sticks to make a trebuchet design. “Giraffe” ended up launching the rubber ball 88 feet and 2 inches.
     Dawn Poss, mother of Noah and Josiah, thought this was an excellent learning experience for the team. “Through the building process, they learned endurance and patience. They had to see what wasn’t working, analyze it and learn from it,” Poss said.
     Rob Bauer works at Waukesha Metal Products in the tool and die area. He enjoyed seeing the competition and the excitement and creativity that sparked with project participants. “We are always looking for skilled workers, and this is a great way to get students thinking about careers early. If they have an interest in this type of field, we can get them to the right career path early on.” 
     View more images of the event here.
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Eden and Cram to join Moraine Park in vice president roles

by jbrezinsky22. May 2012 11:22

     Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to announce Dr. James Eden and Dr. Stanley Cram will be joining the College as Vice President-Academic Affairs and Vice President-Student Affairs, respectively. Both will begin their new roles July 2.     
     “I’m excited to share in the announcement of Dr. James Eden and Dr. Stanley Cram joining the leadership team at Moraine Park,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president.  “Dr. Eden and Dr. Cram come with extensive experience in their Dr. James Edenrespective areas that will allow Moraine Park to move forward in meeting the needs of our diverse student population and to ensure the highly skilled workers needed to meet the workforce needs.”
     In 2006, Eden joined Moraine Park as the executive dean of manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship, then moved to his current position as executive dean of instruction in 2007. In his new role, Eden will provide the leadership, vision and administrative management for the Academic Affairs Unit, which is comprised of over 200 faculty, management and support professional staff. The position is directly responsible for the development, maintenance and operation of instructional and workforce education programs. Eden will report to the president and serve on the president’s cabinet.
     “It is with great pleasure, passion and anticipation for the future of Moraine Park that I accept the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs,” said Eden.  “I look forward to enhancing the college’s philosophy of student success and helping our students reach their educational goals.  Moraine Park provides students of all income levels, age and ethnic backgrounds, educational opportunities that are not replicated in any other educational organization in the state.  The College is a cornerstone of support to sustain our economy and communities.”              
     Eden holds a doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational, technical and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an associate degree in auto mechanics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse. Eden’s annual salary will be $125,000.               
     Dr. Stanley Cram has over 20 years of administrative service in student affairs, most recently as the Vice President for Student Development and Services in Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) in Rochester, Minn. Prior to working at RCTC, Cram served in several higher education capacities including dean of student services, educational consultant, vice president of student affairs, director of student life and various teaching, research and services roles. Dr. Stanley Cram
     “I am thrilled about starting as Vice President of Student Affairs at Moraine Park,” said Cram. “I’ve been impressed with the facilities and employees from the moment I first visited the three campuses and felt at home right away. I’m looking forward to supporting Moraine Park’s mission of promoting a learning environment dedicated to student achievement through my efforts in this exciting new role.”     
     Cram, who will also report to the president and serve on the president’s cabinet, will provide the leadership, vision and administrative management for the College’s Student Affairs Unit, which is comprised of over 75 faculty, management and support professional staff. The position is directly responsible for the development, operation and evaluation of all student services and programs.
     Cram earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and master’s degree in Student Development from the University of Iowa. He attended Vennard College in University Park, Iowa, for his
bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. Cram’s annual salary will be $116, 500.  
     Moraine Park was established in 1912 and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit



Moraine Park Class of 2012 heads out

by jbrezinsky21. May 2012 03:56

     More than 300 participate in centennial year commencement
There were only a handful of programs when Moraine Park Technical College’s first students walked through the doors in 1912. The Continuation Schools, as they were then called, had humble beginnings, with classes often held in the basements and attics of local businesses. On Saturday, May 19, the stage looked a little different than it did 100 years ago, as more than 300 members of the Moraine Park Class of 2012 gathered at Fond du Lac High School to cross the stage and receive diplomas from over 100 program areas.
     “The early continuation schools underwent many changes before turning into the hub of innovative education Moraine Park is today. It is our inspiring students who have been the gears moving these changes along,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, who was presiding over her first commencement ceremony.  
     “The best way to predict your future is to create it,” is a famous quote by Peter Drucker that the Moraine Park Class of 2012 chose as their motto. Nine hundred thirty graduate candidates from Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses are that much closer to creating their own new futures. The candidates pursued 436 associate of applied science degrees, 351 technical diplomas and 116 apprenticeships/certificates.              
     Ruhland presented the degrees, diplomas and certificates with the assistance of Moraine Park District Board members Mike Miller, Shirley Kitchen, Vernon Jung and Jodine Deppisch.
     “Commencement is a very significant event in our students’ lives,” said Ruhland. “On behalf of all of us at Moraine Park, I would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to all of you. You should be very proud to have reached this milestone in your lives and the great opportunities that are ahead of you.”
     Ruhland introduced keynote commencement speaker Steve Peterson, president and chief executive officer of Mid-States Aluminum Corporation, Fond du Lac, and 1969 Moraine Park Alumnus.
     “This fine institution has been working very closely with local businesses to insure your curriculum was developed around their needs,” said Peterson. “I am confident you are now ready to make a significant contribution to the business you will join, or perhaps already work for. I sincerely hope you go from this place today knowing that you are well trained and capable of significantly influencing not only the business you will be a part of, but also your local community and society as a whole.”
     To acknowledge Moraine Park’s 100-year anniversary, Moraine Park presented each participating graduate with a commemorative centennial medallion as a tribute to their educational achievement in Moraine Park’s Centennial year.             
     The graduation processional was 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, provided the pre-ceremonial music.             
     Commencement DVDs can be preordered for $5 and will be shipped in June. For more information or to preorder, contact the bookstores at 920-887-4407 in Beaver Dam, 920-929-2105 in Fond du Lac and 262-335-5774 in West Bend.  For more information on Moraine Park, visit  To learn more about Moraine Park’s Centennial celebration, visit   



Moraine Park announces retirees, service honorees

by jbrezinsky18. May 2012 10:43

     Through the annual Retirement and Service Recognition event, Moraine Park Technical College expressed its gratitude to new retirees and to those who reached service anniversaries during the 2011-2012 academic year.
     “We are grateful to each and every one of our retirees who have contributed a combined 280 years to Moraine Park and our students; and to our staff who are marking service anniversaries for their 720 combined years,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, during her welcome.  Retirees were announced by Kathy Broske, Human Resources vice president, and service recognition given by Beth Mendoza, Human Resources associate director.
     Retirees include Judy Freismuth, Administrative Assistant in Public Services and Health Sciences; Beckie Krug, Administrative Aide in Barber/Cosmetology; Orville Moore, Communications Instructor; Raj Pathare, Dean of Trades and Manufacturing; and Sharon Peitz, Graphics Production and Web Content Specialist; all of Fond du Lac. Also retiring is Peter Mihas of West Bend, Accounting Instructor Sue Perre of Waupun, Document Distribution Clerk; William Vail of Pardeeville, Basic Education Instructor; and Joan Visintainer of Menasha, Basic Education Instructor. 
     A special presentation was also made in remembrance of Bonnie Weiland Hare of Campbellsport, who retired in January 2012. Weiland Hare worked at Moraine Park as a counselor for 26 years and passed away in March. “Bonnie’s aim was always to serve others,” said Bonnie Bauer, Weiland Hare’s supervisor. “If here, I truly believe Bonnie would thank everyone for the wonderful privilege to have worked with the staff and students at Moraine Park over the past 26 years.” 
     Those staff members honored for five years of service included: Jeffrey Beach, Jeffrey Nemitz, Rhonda Bird-Roehrig, Joan Brezinsky, Julie Dilling, Christopher Dudzinski, Pamela Erickson, Mallory Gauerke, Stephen Metz, Jamie Russell, and James Olson of Fond du Lac; Christine Burt, Mary Cordes, Amy Naber, Nancy Pusch, Shirley Witz, Joanna Ziolkowski of West Bend, Barbara Brown of Mayville, Roger Haase and Amanda Rohde of Beaver Dam, Bree Hodgen of Oshkosh, Judy MacDonald of Markesan, Heidi Martin of Horicon, Laurence McCain of Campbellsport, Michele Merten and Robin Russell of Saint Cloud, Ioland Oliva of Pewaukee, Tanya Wasmer of Sheboygan, Erin Wierenga of Waupun, Bonny Zuehlke of Theresa.
     Ten years of service honorees included: Josh Bullock, JoAnn Hall, Denise Kryzanowski, Mary Martin, Jeffrey Quackenboss, Lisa Rameker of Fond du Lac; Joan Bolender, Catherine Werner and Marylou Mercado of West Bend; Jonne Braun of Columbus, Amy Clark of Brownsville, Joe Dion of Ripon, Bruce Forciea of Delafield, Mary Krieger and Terri Wilkens of Mayville, Stephanie Lueck of Campbellsport and Steven Trewyn of Hartford.
Those being honored for 15 years included: Chuck Brendel of Sheboygan, Ann Faul and Lynn Marquardt of Fond du Lac, Pete Rettler of West Bend, Scott Troedel of Oshkosh, Jerome VanKirk of Madison, and Mary Vogl-Rauscher of Beaver Dam.
     20-year honorees included: Nadine Arndt and JoAnn Henken of Fond du Lac, Bonnie Bauer of Germantown, Donna Freund of Malone, and Gregory Harding of West Bend. 
     Those serving for 25 years include Gloria Arenz of Malone, Sharon Lewis and Fred Rice of Fond du Lac. 30 years included Dorothy Esselman of Hubertus, Kathleen Hirschboeck of West Bend, Kenneth Sabel of Fond du Lac and Mary Ann Schoenwetter of Beaver Dam.
     The event was catered by Moraine Park Culinary Arts students, under the supervision of their instructors.  For more information on Moraine Park, visit



Moraine Park business students place in national competition

by jbrezinsky17. May 2012 03:55

     Two Moraine Park Technical College Business Professionals of America (BPA) students had top placement at the National BPA Leadership conference, held recently in Chicago. Theresa Gumz of Adell and Ariel Kritz of West Bend were top ten finalists. Gumz came in first out of 30 in the fundamental spreadsheet competition and fourth out of 23 in the banking and finance competition.         
     Kritz came in seventh out of 23 in the keyboarding production competition. Instructors Cynthia Bernhard and Carrie Kuzabuski are advisors to Moraine Park’s BPA Club and Bernhard accompanied the students to Chicago.              
     Moraine Park’s BPA Club is for business, accounting and IT students interested in preparing for the workforce by gaining experience in leadership and citizenship and strengthening academic and technological skills. For more information about Moraine Park’s business programs, visit



Teams from Moraine Park compete in college lineman rodeo

by jbrezinsky17. May 2012 03:53

     Moraine Park Technical College Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) students reached great heights at the recent College Lineman Rodeo, held in Norfolk, Nebraska. 25 teams from throughout the Midwest competed, with four teams participating from Moraine Park.         
     Students competing included Gordon Gossink of Beaver Dam, Tom Schultz of Plymouth, Jon Conger of Neshkoro, Jordon Born of Waupun, Eric Becker of Reeseville, Ryan Yonke of Berlin, Joe Peachy of Eldorado, Jordon Robertson of Dane, Toby Ravnum of Ettrick, Josh Roberts of Osseo, Kyle Schenkenberger of Pine River, and Jake Bergman of Watertown.  
     During the competition, students were able to demonstrate their unique and specialized skills in four areas: cross arm change out, obstacle climb, framing a C-1 structure and lineman knowledge test. The Moraine Park team of Born, Peachy and Roberts placed third in the cross arm change out.
     “The competition was a chance for EPD students to showcase what they’ve learned this year and network with other students from around the Midwest,” said EPD instructor Jeff Vonau. “It was great for them to see other facilities and work together as a team. I think they all really enjoyed the experience.”    
     Moraine Park’s EPD program provides theoretical and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. The technical diploma program prepares students for entry-level employment as line technician trainees for electrical utilities, telephone companies and related businesses.     
     For more information on the EPD program, visit



Moraine Park’s nursing students surpass national rate

by jbrezinsky17. May 2012 03:46

     To work as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Registered Nurse, a person must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) or the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) exam after completing a nursing education program.
     Moraine Park Technical College recently received first-quarter results for nursing students who took the NCLEX- PN and the NCLEX-RN exams and is proud to announce scores for both surpassed the national pass rate. 100 percent of first-time Moraine Park test takers successfully passed the NCLEX-PN while 97 percent passed the NCLEX-RN. 
     “Faculty and staff at Moraine Park have worked hard to implement many program changes over the last few years and their hard work has paid off.  We strive to maintain this level of performance,” said Kathy
Van Eerden, dean of Health Sciences at Moraine Park.
     For more information on Moraine Park programs, visit


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.
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