Moraine Park Auto Club to hold inaugural car show

by admin15. April 2008 19:00

Check out the new car show in town! The Moraine Park Auto Club, a group of Automotive Technician program students, will hold its first showcase of cool cars on Sunday, May 4, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.

 

The gate opens at 7 a.m. and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the C parking lot, with overflow going into the O lot. Spectator parking will be in the E lot. Signs posted around the campus grounds identify the lots.

 

Entries are being taken for the following classes: Pre-1950, 1950s, 1960s-1970s, 1980s-1990s, 2000+, Truck Pre-1979, Truck Post-1980, Corvette, Street Rod and Tuner.

 

Food served by the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club will be available for purchase.

 

General admission is $2. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds from car registration and admission fees will help the Auto Club raise money for scholarships, registration and test fees for ASE certification, and educational activities such as trips to car assembly plants.

 

For more information, contact Tim Moy, Moraine Park Auto Club advisor, at tmoy@morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park honors Phi Theta Kappa inductees

by admin13. April 2008 19:00

More than 70 Moraine Park Technical College students were inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.

 

Fifty-five students participated in the April 10 ceremony, held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus, which honored 75 Moraine Park students who achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in an associate of applied science degree program. The inductees also completed a minimum of 12 associate degree credits as well as the steps to become Phi Theta Kappa members, and must continue to maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.

 

“Phi Theta Kappa induction recognizes the academic accomplishments of our associate of applied science degree students,” said Amanda Hruska, Moraine Park registrar and Beta Mu Kappa advisor.

 

Inductees, along with more than 135 family members and friends, were welcomed by Hruska. Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek provided opening remarks to those assembled. Also participating in the ceremony were Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development; Richard Barnhouse, dean of students; Roberta Laine, dean of general education; Craig Finley, special services associate; and several current chapter members including Carrie Pierquet, Eileen Rottscholl, Christal Shipp and Kelly Wondra. Jill Stiemsma, sociology instructor, provided the musical entertainment and a reception concluded the evening.

 

This year’s inductees include Erika Aamodt, Thomas Badzinzki Jr., Julie Justman, Samantha Kraft and Ludmila Krier, all of West Bend; Christoper Aspenson, Chelsea Burgert, Lyle Dorn, Diane Dudley, Melissa Fechter, Amanda Gindt, Keri Nitschke, Sharon Ponce, Colleen Price, Ludeen Rice, Candace Roberts, Jamie Schumacher, Alicia Stanger, Valerie Syrjamaki, Matthew Wise and Jennifer Ziegler, Fond du Lac; Lisa Barczykowski, Columbus; Nichole Bengtson and Debra TerBeest, Markesan; Gayle Bigsby and Eric Wagner, North Fond du Lac; Melissa Bille, Jennifer Bomkamp, Elizabeth Busch, Sarah Haddy, Amanda Pluim and Cathy Vande Berg, Waupun; Dustin Bittner, Kim Martel and Michael White, Fox Lake; Jodi Boeckman, Chilton; Nicholas Brewer and Zachary Wajerski, Horicon; Peggy D’Amato, Diane Margelowsky, Christin McHugh and Jennifer Roemer, Hartford; Shelly Darmody and Phillip Murphy, Campbellsport; Marc Daverveld, Appleton; Tracy Derksen, Valerie Hare and Kathleen Wolter, Lomira; Samantha Dickey, Pickett; Jennifer Erickson, Amanda Fowler, Lisa Rogers and Beverly Sonnkalb, Ripon; Rita Grasse-Gustafson, Saukville; Gabrielle Petersen, Cottage Grove; Marabeth Hoffman, Neshkoro; Joyce Mathieu Holder and Krystal Lindner, Sheboygan Falls; Annmarie Johnson, Eden; Amy Jones and Kayla Sterr, Malone; James Krutilla, Sheboygan; Michele Kujawski, Brownsville; Tamara Kunesh and Mitchell Vis, Rosendale; Christopher Lewandowski, Hubertus; Michele Merten, St. Cloud; Lizabeth Miller, Plymouth; Jennifer Moser, Hubertus; Renee Raquet, Kiel; Jean Rynes, Milwaukee; Sarah Swanke, Princeton; Sandra Waranius, Fredonia; Laura Winter, Beaver Dam; and Jessica Witthuhn, Oshkosh.

 

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.

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Articulation agreement signed with UWO for Instructional Assistant program

by admin13. April 2008 19:00

Instructional Assistant program students at Moraine Park Technical College are now able to transfer their associate of applied science degree to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's special education bachelor of science degree.

 

An articulation agreement has been signed between the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) Instructional Assistant (IA) associate of applied science degree program and UW–Oshkosh’s bachelor of science degree in Education (Special Education).  Technical colleges that offer the IA degree include Moraine Park, Gateway, Northeast Wisconsin, Waukesha County and Western.

 

According to Gretchen Gall, Moraine Park Instructional Assistant program instructor, UW–Oshkosh sought the articulation with technical colleges offering the IA degree due to a shortage of special education teachers in the Fox River Valley. Moraine Park’s program offers a flexible online format that allows students to complete the program while fulfilling family and work responsibilities. The curriculum provides multiple opportunities to apply learned skills to real-life classroom settings, including one full semester of field experience working as an instructional assistant/paraeducator under the direct supervision of a licensed classroom instructor. Students develop the skills to assist children with math, reading and writing assignments, as well as handle classroom management, clerical and other tasks related to instruction.

 

“The IA program offers a fantastic way to test the waters to see if a career in education may be for you,” said Gall.

 

“The Instructional Assistant online program has taught me to think critically and creatively, and to analyze information in an intelligent way, skills which prove invaluable in the workplace,” said Sara Doege of Neosho, who will graduate in May. “The program allows me to attend class at times and places that fit my schedule. The online format creates more opportunities for more direct communication with teachers and classmates, through online chats, email and in newsgroup discussions and enhances my learning experience by allowing me to work with peers from around the state and across the nation. The Instructional Assistant program course material is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving me the ability to read and re-read lectures, discussions, explanations and comments.”

 

The new articulation agreement allows students to transfer 48 credits from the IA program transfer directly into the UWO special education teaching degree. Transfer students from the WTCS should be able to complete their special education degree with an additional three years of full-time coursework at UWO. “Given that most special education teaching degree programs take students five years to complete, this is a great ‘bang for the buck’ – money-wise and time-wise,” said Gall.

 

Moraine Park IA program credits also transfer to Alverno College’s elementary education teaching degree and UW-Stout’s special education teaching degree.

 

"Lately, I have been receiving job-related compliments from the teachers I work with,” said Maria Kubota-Abgoon, current IA program student and a paraprofessional with the Beaver Dam School District. “They state that they feel I have grown a lot professionally. I believe that this growth comes from the Instructional Assistant courses that I have taken and am currently taking."

 

To enroll in Moraine Park’s Instructional Assistant associate of applied science degree or for more information, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics. A program video is available on the Web site. Program Instructor Gretchen Gall can be reached at 920-887-1468 (office) or 920-602-6897 (cell).

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Fond du Lac campus to celebrate 2007-08 with Viva Las Vegas

by admin9. April 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students will mark the end of the 2007-08 academic year with a “Viva Las Vegas” Last Blast on Wednesday, April 30, at the Fond du Lac campus. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, the event includes blackjack and roulette as well as live music by Lloyd Lamar and the Bonus Features. Door prizes have been donated by local vendors, and raffle prizes include a GPS system, a $100 gas card, an iPod with speakers and an iTone gift card, and a digital camera and frame.

 

The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. For more information, contact Joan Seichter at 920-924-3353.

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Moraine Park's Beaver Dam, West Bend campuses plan events

by admin8. April 2008 19:00

On Wednesday, April 30, Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus will hold its Last Blast year-end celebration to mark the approaching end of the 2007-08 academic year.

 

The public is invited to the event, which features free activities throughout the morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the commons. There will be a free cappuccino bar, henna tattoos, chair massages, caricatures and tarot card readings, as well as DJ/karaoke music during the lunch hour. Meals can be purchased by the public for $5 each.

 

For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or lmanuell@morainepark.edu.

 

Rock out with Holiday at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus on Wednesday, May 7, for the last lunch-hour concert of the 2007-08 academic year.

 

The high-energy alternative pop/rock band will perform in the campus courtyard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Based out of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Holiday took first place in the Cities 97 Basilica Block Party competition.

 

Lunch will be available at cost to the general public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or bmitchell@morainepark.edu.

 

The events are sponsored by the Beaver Dam campus and West Bend campus Student Senates, respectively.

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Shelly Puckhaber named Moraine Park Student Ambassador for 2008-09

by admin7. April 2008 19:00

After working for a plastics manufacturer for three years after high school graduation, Shelly Puckhaber of West Bend decided she wanted to do something different with her life.         

 

“I knew I needed to go back to school,” said Puckhaber, a Phillips, Wis., native who is close to turning 23. “I just didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

 Professional photo of Shelly Puckhaber

When she and her boyfriend moved to West Bend in spring 2007, Puckhaber started looking at colleges in the area. She registered for the Career Explorations and Career Decisions classes at Moraine Park Technical College’s Career Center.

 

“Those free classes helped me choose a career path and I enrolled in Moraine Park’s Marketing program shortly after,” said Puckhaber. “I got a job at the Pier 1 in Germantown and went to school in my free time. I’m currently in my second semester and I feel that I’ve chosen the right program for me.”

 

Her Marketing instructor, Robin Rodee-Schneider, felt that Puckhaber was the right person to nominate for Moraine Park’s 2008-09 District Student Ambassador. Puckhaber was later chosen for the role.

 

“Shelly has exhibited an extraordinary ability to balance school, work and outside growth activities,” said Rodee-Schneider. “She has maintained high grades, and has the support of her employer. Her skills go beyond the basics – she has written a marketing plan which required a great deal of research. She used all resources available and sought out new resources to help her learn a complicated marketing/business area. Her projects are creative and she has demonstrated the ability to see possibilities. She doesn’t talk about what she will do – she just does it.” Rodee-Schneider added that Puckhaber uses her problem-solving ability to get things done in class, for the Marketing Club and on the job.

 

Upon enrolling in Moraine Park, Puckhaber joined the Wisconsin Marketing and Management Association (WMMA), competing at the regional and state levels in the Retail Management category and placing first and third, respectively. “I’ve gained quite a bit of confidence and professional polish from being in the WMMA,” said Puckhaber. She joins her fellow WMMA members in Atlanta, Georgia, this month for DECA’s International Career Development Conference.

 

Puckhaber will participate in a statewide recognition event for the 16 new Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) District Student Ambassadors in Madison April 16-17. She begins her term as Moraine Park's ambassador with the start of the 2008-09 academic year.

 

The WTCS District Student Ambassador Award program identifies outstanding students in the technical college system, with nominations solicited from faculty and staff each year. A committee of college administrators and community leaders select the ambassador based on the College’s core abilities – work productively, learn effectively, communicate clearly, work cooperatively, act responsibly, value self positively, and think critically and creatively. The core abilities are defined by Moraine Park as transferable skills, knowledge and/or attitudes essential to an individual’s success regardless of occupation or community setting. The Student Ambassador represents the College at numerous events throughout the year and serves on the College Planning and Leadership Team as the student representative.

 

“I enrolled in the technical college system for many reasons,” said Puckhaber. “First of all, it's affordable. Living on my own, I really appreciate the low tuition cost at Moraine Park. I also enjoy the flexible class schedule. I work full-time, so it's great that I can choose classes that fit into my schedule. I also enrolled in the technical college system because I can jump right into my core program classes. I don't have to take a lot of classes that don't apply to my degree. Last, but definitely not least, I chose a technical college because I feel that smaller class sizes allow for a more personalized learning experience. My teachers know who I am and care about my progress.”

 

In addition to Puckhaber, finalists for the 2008-09 Student Ambassador were Joe Calliari of Campbellsport, Radiography program, and Candice Sippel of Fond du Lac, Instructional Assistant program. All three will be honored during Moraine Park’s Student Awards Banquet on May 2. The current District Student Ambassador for 2007-08 is Lori VanGorder of Fond du Lac, Legal Administrative Professional program.

 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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High school students compete in Culinary Arts Olympics

by admin7. April 2008 19:00

The seventh annual High School Culinary Arts Olympics took place April 2 at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. Thirty-nine students from five area schools competed, including Cambria-Friesland, Princeton, Sheboygan North, Sheboygan South and Waupun Area High School.

 A gourmet chicken entree artistically arranged for the Create a Plate competition.

The competition categories were Create a Plate, Layered Cake Decorating and Sandwich Relay Construction Team. The first place finisher in each category received a $200 scholarship to Moraine Park Technical College.

 

The results are as follows:

 

Cake Decorating: First place – Erin Molzner, Sheboygan North; second place – Rebecca Trudeau, Sheboygan North; third place – Teng Ziong, Sheboygan South; honorable mentions – Megan Zodrow and Jessica Floeter, Princeton.

 

Create a Plate: First place – Tommy Canon, Sheboygan South; second place – Brittany Ramos, Sheboygan North; third place – Cassie Sargent, Sheboygan South; honorable mentions – Tony Corson, Cambria-Friesland, and Tony Gierke, Sheboygan South.

 A yellow cake accented by pink flowers and green leaves and vines made from frosting, and pineapple chunks and frosting forming a flower in the center.

Sandwich Construction Relay Team: First place – Sheboygan North team of Kayla Hanson, Stephanie Gilbertson and Alex Theodoroff; second place – Sheboygan South team of Jean Vue, Ntximhlub Vang and Breanna Bennett; third place – Sheboygan North team of Jeremy Jochman, Heather Madson and Brian Shaw; honorable mention – Princeton team of Elliot Pulvermacher, Jake Nehls and Alex Enk.

 

Moraine Park Technical College offers an associate of applied science degree in Culinary Arts, a technical diploma in Food Service Production, and five short-term certificates in the culinary arts career field. For more information, visit www.morainepark.edu or call 1-800-472-4554.

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Sensenbrenner resigns from Moraine Park Board

by admin7. April 2008 19:00

After more than two and a half years of dedication, Peter Sensenbrenner of Ripon has resigned from his position as an elected official member on the Moraine Park Technical College District Board. Sensenbrenner was appointed to the board on July 1, 2005. 

 

“I want to thank the Moraine Park Board and the Administration,” said Sensenbrenner, who opted not to run again for his seat on the Fond du Lac County Board. “They are really listening to what the needs are in our geographical area. This group is very intuitive to what’s coming down the road. My knowledge of the technical college system has really blossomed during my time here.”Peter Sensenbrenner holds a plaque of appreciation. With him are Moraine Park board chair Lisa Mader and Moraine Park president Gayle Hytrek.

 

Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek and Moraine Park Board Chair Lisa Mader presented Sensenbrenner with a Resolution of Appreciation plaque on behalf of the board and thanked him for his contributions.

 

During his time on the board, Sensenbrenner was active in the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association, most recently serving on the Legislative Committee. He also attended Association of Community College Trustees events and participated in student events at Moraine Park.

 

Sensenbrenner’s resignation took effect at the March 19 meeting.

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Moraine Park campus libraries offer National Library Week activities

by admin6. April 2008 19:00

The libraries at the Moraine Park Technical College campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend will celebrate National Library Week April 14-18. 

 

The American Library Association, along with libraries around the world, is celebrating 50 years of National Library Week with the theme of “Join the Circle of Knowledge @ Your Library.”

 

Community members are invited to join in several activities at their local campus library. Each one is sponsoring a contest. Stop in and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a gift card to Barnes and Noble, the Moraine Park campus bookstores, Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, or Park Terrace cuisine by culinary arts students.

 

Visitors can also learn about avatars (a graphical image used to represent you when interacting with others through computers) and RSS feeds (Web feed formats used with news, podcasts and blogs), and how to set them up.

 

A Book Swap will take place during the week as well – bring in a book that you no longer want, and choose a book to take home. Moraine Park programs will be highlighted with displays of books and DVDs on culinary arts, corrections and other program-related topics. A gardening display will also be featured.

 

For information about library hours, visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Library.

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AQIP reaffirms Moraine Park's accreditation

by admin6. April 2008 19:00

Last year, Moraine Park Technical College passed a quality “checkup” by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools’ Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Now AQIP has reaffirmed Moraine Park’s accreditation.

 

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association, Moraine Park was accepted into AQIP in 2001 and submitted its first Systems Portfolio in May 2005, addressing AQIP criteria and describing context, processes, results and improvements in each institutional system.

 

Every seven years, AQIP reviews the accredited status of participating institutions. A Commission-trained AQIP Review Panel examines each organization's current Systems Portfolio and six years of Action Projects, Systems Appraisals, and other interactions with AQIP and the Commission to ensure that both the institution and AQIP know how the evidence in the Systems Portfolio aligns with and supports the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.

 

According to the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Recommendation, “Evidence indicates that Moraine Park demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement at a level that warrants continued participation in AQIP.”

 

“The reaffirmation of Moraine Park’s AQIP accreditation is really a reaffirmation of the quality of our staff, our processes, and the College as a whole,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “I commend our staff who worked tirelessly to implement this new accreditation process and, as a result, continuous quality improvement processes throughout everything we do. Our students, staff and taxpayers have all benefited from the improvements we have made. The notification of the Reaffirmation of Accreditation is just the frosting on the cake.”

 

The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the NCA, which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.  The HLC accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and the NCA, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region, including Wisconsin. HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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