Moraine Park Student Awards Banquet recognizes outstanding students

by admin7. May 2008 19:00

The hard work and academic achievement of many students at Moraine Park Technical College were recognized during the College’s annual Student Awards Banquet on May 2 at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira.


The Wisconsin Technical College System District Student Ambassador Award was presented to Shelly Puckhaber of West Bend, who is enrolled in the Marketing program. Puckhaber will assume her role with the start of the 2008-09 academic year, taking over for 2007-08 Student Ambassador Lori VanGorder.


Moraine Park presented its second Student of the Year Award to Elizabeth (Beth) Kaiser of Van Dyne, who will graduate from the Criminal Justice – Corrections program this month. First runner-up was Lyle Dorn of Fond du Lac. A total of eight students were nominated. 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 nine 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 John Bundy, Stevens Point; Greg Clemens and Helen Neal, West Bend; Nathan Heck and Eric Johnson, Beaver Dam; Gina Sammataro Bolstad, Lomira; Christine Schmitt, Lowell; Debra Siewert, Randolph; and Sarah Theander, Fox Lake.


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. Eligible students must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Recipients include Jill Aimone, Amanda Herriges and Kelly Spang, Kewaskum; Wardell Ashford, Josh Bliefnick, Curt Braatz, Lyle Dorn, Amanda Ennis, Vernon Farley, Gregory Gross, Stacy Hammack, Mary Hitselberger, Amy Lapine, Sherry Rickmeier, Candace Roberts, Andrew Rodriguez, Ethan Schlottke, Wanda Schmit, Laurie Schneider and Lori VanGorder, Fond du Lac; Diamond Avalos, Shannon Desjarlais-Caine, Dean Dunday, Lacey Frieman, Raelene Nauer, Jessica Shannon, John Stanton, Ashley TeBeest and Lindsay Wietzke, Beaver Dam; Becky Billington, Mayville; Chris Bolstad and Randy Rush, Lomira; Joe Calliari, Duane Porter, and Michelle Steffen, Campbellsport; Beth Denny and Libby Kraft; North Fond du Lac; Sara Doege, Neosho; Tim Drewiske, De Pere; Dori Easterson, Omro; Nancy Folkedahl, Emily Hettwer, Charity Krawzik, Becky Ninmann, Joe Remillard, Cathie Roegner, Jessica Rust and Jeremy Sarnowski, West Bend; Maria Guenther, Horicon; Elizabeth Kaiser, Van Dyne; Stephanie Kakatsch, Manitowoc; Mike Kiehnau, St. Cloud; Becky Klink and Julie McAleavey, Rubicon; Justin Kohlhagen, Oostburg; Ron Kohlmann, Waldo; Steve Lang, Markesan; Kim Lindemann, Jackson; Kayla Navis, Joey Pausma and Rene VanDeList, Waupun; Josh Persik, Hubertus; Ann Radtke, Cascade; Jennifer Roemer, Hartford; Corrine Seidel, Leslie Troedel and Sharon Weimer, Slinger; Jessica Serwe, Eden; Mary Sharp, Adell; Alicia Streiber, New Holstein; and Ramona Trudeau, Sheboygan.


Twenty-seven Moraine Park students were named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. 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.


Student government leadership recognition included Raelene Nauer of Beaver Dam, Beaver Dam campus Student Senate president; Josh Bliefnick of Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac campus Student Senate president; Becky Ninmann of West Bend, West Bend campus Student Senate president; Laurie Schneider and Raelene Nauer, District Student Government presidents; Diamond Avalos of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Student Government (WSG) governor and WSG president; and Joe Calliari of Campbellsport, WSG lieutenant governor.


Also recognized at the banquet were the 75 students who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society in April; 11 students who received scholarships from the Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education and the Moraine Park Federation of Teachers; and 19 students who served as peer tutors/notetakers for their fellow students.


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Moraine Park to celebrate commencement May 17

by admin7. May 2008 19:00

For more than 1,000 members of the Class of 2008 from Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, “instruction ends in the classroom, but learning continues throughout life,” as their class motto goes.


Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek will preside over the College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. in the Field House at Fond du Lac High School.


Members of the graduating class from each campus will address their fellow students and guests – Raelene Nauer, Administrative Assistant program, Beaver Dam campus; Michael Kiehnau, Culinary Arts program, Fond du Lac campus; and Leslie Troedel, Administrative Assistant and Legal Administrative Professional programs, West Bend campus.


A special award will be presented to Moraine Park’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Ronald J. Ford, a 1994 graduate of the College’s Electromechanical Technology program. Ford is the president and CEO of Deutz Power Systems of America.


Associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas and certificates will be presented by Moraine Park District Board employee member 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 marketing students score big in competitions

by admin7. May 2008 19:00

Several Moraine Park Technical College students were national finalists at DECA’s 62nd annual International Career Development Conference held recently in Atlanta, Georgia.


In the National Management Institute apprentice-style competition, Moraine Park students Kayla Navis of Waupun and Christopher (C.J.) Lewandowski of Hubertus were part of a team that took first place in the nation. They gathered research and created a marketing strategy and brand identity for a new business, then presented their concept to a group from Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. They will split a $1,000 scholarship with their two other team members.


Jeremy Sarnowski and Shelly Puckhaber, both of West Bend, were also among those who placed. Sarnowski took first place in the comprehensive exam for the Hospitality category. Puckhaber took first place both in the comprehensive exam and in preliminary role play for the Retail Management category. Both placed fourth in the finals.


Kelly Brumley of Randolph took fourth place in Entrepreneurship. All of the Marketing – Business-to-Business students had taken part in the state competition of the WMMA, and are members of the Moraine Park chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi – Wisconsin Marketing & Management Association (WMMA).


Also competing at the international event were Travis Bryant of Fredonia, Retail Management; Aaron Christman of Beaver Dam, Entrepreneurship Challenge and Marketing Management; and Angie Zurn of Mayville, Human Relations.
All three were finalists in these events at the state WMMA competition held prior to the DECA event.


DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Its college division is called Delta Epsilon Chi. More than 13,000 students from 200 campuses participate in the organization, including those at community colleges, technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities.  


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Moraine Park students named to Who's Who

by admin7. May 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College announced that 27 students will be recognized in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges 2008 for being national outstanding campus leaders.


Those who were selected include Nicole Brotz and Nicole Paarmann, Sheboygan; Kelly Brumley, Randolph; Malgorzata Bryant, Horicon; Mitchell Choy, Mayville; David Claussen, Jackson; Andrew Detloff, Elizabeth Kraft and Joann Meilkie, North Fond du Lac; Sara Doege, Neosho; Amber Durante, Charity Krawzik, Shelly Lukowitz, Rachel Peters and Kimberly Whiting, West Bend; Sarah Hagie, Mukwonago; Dennis Jeske, Milwaukee; Susan Kelley, Natalie Lewis, Sharon Ponce and Candice Sippel, Fond du Lac; John Kiekhaefer and Ashley Welak, Beaver Dam; Stephanie Larson, Slinger; Lizabeth Miller, Plymouth; Teresa North, Cascade and Jena Ottery, Oakfield.


Who's Who Among Students is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory have included the names of these second-year associate degree and technical diploma students based on their academic achievement (including a minimum 3.5 GPA), service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.


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Moraine Park announces retirees, service anniversaries

by admin5. May 2008 19:00

Amid a spring-themed setting beautifully decorated and catered by Moraine Park Technical College students and staff, the College expressed its gratitude to new retirees and to those who reached service anniversaries this year.

 Photo shows six of the Moraine Park retirees for the 2007-08 academic year.

The welcome for the retirement and service recognition event was given by Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek, with retirees announced by Kathy Broske, Human Resources vice president, and service recognition given by Beth Mendoza, Human Resources associate director.


The 10 retirees include Janice Knowles, switchboard operator/student records clerk; Dianne Koehler, corrections science instructor; William Locke, emergency medical services instructor; Jan Logan, student involvement associate; Joe Pease, network specialist instructor; Gerald Schwengels, apprentice carpentry instructor; JoAnne Smith, human resources systems associate; and Evelyn Whittaker, administrative aide – registration, from the Fond du Lac campus; and Susan Linde, office technologies and computer applications instructor, and Mary Janice Powers, Learning Resource Center technician, from the Beaver Dam campus.


“We are grateful to each and every one of our retirees who have contributed a combined 288 years to Moraine Park and our students, and to our staff who are marking service anniversaries for their 720 combined years,” said Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.

 Photo shows some of the Moraine Park staff marking 25-, 30- and 35-year service anniversaries.

Honorees from the Beaver Dam campus who observed service anniversaries include Sherry Hackbarth and Robin Koerner, 20 years; Tom Eilbes, 10 years; and Brenda Block, Lisa Manuell, Lorraine Marquardt, Margaret Rentmeester and Kelly Schoeller, five years.


Honorees from the Fond du Lac campus include Pat Olson and Sharon Peitz, 35 years; Tim Flood, Linda Harmsen, Karen Jarvis and Sue Krueger, 30 years; Marilyn Groneng, Larry Kent and Diane Simon, 25 years; Rebecca Krug and Orville Moore, 20 years; Bonnie Baerwald, Mary Ellen Dietrich and Tammy Freund, 15 years; Roseann Braun, Julie Budde, Lauri Kounelis, Daurren McCarthy, Patrick O’Neill, Lisa Pollard, Brad Rodenkirch and Dee Schmitz, 10 years; and Nancy Barnes, Todd Bartelt, Tamara Becker, Ken Carnahan, Kim DeMaa, Michele Eggers, Sandra Justman, Colleen Lace, Jennifer Schoonover, Jennifer Wagner and Catherine Winters, five years.


Honorees from the West Bend campus include Peter Mihas, 30 years; Patricia Hrobsky, 25 years; Mary Nyhouse and Margaret Spieth, 15 years; Marcia Arndt, Cynthia Bernhard, Michael Melaney, Ed Meltz, Christine Schilling and Debra Stoffel,10 years; and Ron Campopiano, Carrie Schmidt and Frances Stoffel, five years.


The event was catered by Moraine Park Culinary Arts students, under the supervision of Culinary Arts instructors Ron Speich, Tom Endejan and James Simmers.


Free orientation offered for online/blended classes

by admin4. May 2008 19:00

If you’re thinking about taking an online/blended class or program at Moraine Park Technical College, a free face-to-face orientation can help you get started. Sessions will be offered at all three campuses in May, July and August.


Online/blended orientation will take place May 20, July 24 and Aug. 6 at the West Bend campus; May 21, July 30 and Aug. 5 at the Beaver Dam campus; and May 22, July 22 and Aug. 7 at the Fond du Lac campus.


Each May and August session has two times from which to choose – 2:30 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. The July sessions run from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., to coincide with Moraine Park’s New Student Orientation held on those dates so students who wish to attend both the online/blended orientation and New Student Orientation can reduce travel time.


A blended format refers to classes that can be taken both online and in the classroom. The orientation sessions are designed to help prospective and newly enrolled students become knowledgeable about and feel comfortable with online courses, eCollege, chat rooms and other aspects of online learning.


Registration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information, call 1-800-472-4554.


Gourmet Dinner benefits Moraine Park Foundation

by admin30. April 2008 19:00

Aside from a dramatic percussion and bass interlude by Mother Nature during the wine reception, Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Culinary Arts Gourmet Dinner was a relaxing event dedicated to the slow-food trend of making a meal an enriching experience.

 The Park Terrace tables are formally set and decorated with daffodils and pink napkins.

Presented by Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts program and the Moraine Park Foundation Inc. and sponsored by Society Insurance, “A Spring Slowly Event” was held on Friday, April 25, at the Park Terrace restaurant on the Fond du Lac campus.


The tables were set for formal dining, adorned with spring centerpieces and napkins folded like flowers. Moraine Park culinary students, faculty and guest chefs prepared an exclusive six-course dinner. The menu featured deconstructed Wellington of shrimp and quail eggs with fresh spring onions; watercress and cucumber soup with early harvest radishes; duck á la orange salad with confit and caramelized oranges; blueberry lime smoothie cream; poached wild salmon with fresh dill and tournedos Rossini; and raspberry parfait with fresh fruit.


More than $4,000 was raised for the Foundation’s general scholarship fund as well as scholarships for Culinary Arts program students.


“Though the dining experience was superb, the best part of the event was the net benefit to our Moraine Park students, who will receive scholarships because of this event,” said Dr. Sharon Nevins Holmes, Moraine Park vice president of marketing and college advancement.


The Moraine Park Foundation Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Its purpose is to solicit, receive and administer gifts, bequests and property for the development, promotion and benefit of Moraine Park. For more information, contact Debbie at 920-924-3263 or visit


Pond seminar at Moraine Park

by admin24. April 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a Pond Construction and Maintenance session on Saturday, May 10, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Beaver Dam campus.


Topics will include permits, construction, wildlife ponds, controlling algae, weeds and pond ecology. Find out if one pond will serve for fishing, swimming and wildlife.


This one-day session will be presented by Allan Gruentzel, biochemist for UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee.


Cost is $13.21 plus $5 for an optional pamphlet. To register for session number 090-400-002, call (920) 887-1101 or 1-800-472-4554 before May 8.


Manufacturers to explore Lean Through Automation & Robotics

by admin22. April 2008 19:00

Automation and robotics have become key players in the implementation of Lean Enterprise for many small- and medium-sized manufacturers, helping optimize workflow and process efficiencies.


The application of this technology into manufacturing operations is the focus of the Leveraging Lean Through Automation & Robotics Manufacturing Symposium, to be held Wednesday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room A-112 at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. Five Wisconsin technical colleges are presenting the live symposium in simulcast format during this time – Fox Valley, Lakeshore, Moraine Park, Northeast Wisconsin and Waukesha County.


Four presentations will highlight the symposium: The Case for Automation, presentedby Dr. Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics and professor of computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Practical Applications for Automation and Robotics, presented by Jody Zepnick of Zepnick Solutions, Inc.; How to Finance Automation & Robotics, presented by Norm Roller, principal at Suby, Von Haden & Associates, S.C.; and a Regional Manufacturers Roundtable discussion. Dr. Christensen is a renowned expert on robotics with an emphasis on optimizing value streams. He has published more than 250 contributions across robotics, vision and artificial intelligence, in addition to participating in projects on three continents.


Moraine Park’s Integrated Manufacturing Center (IMC), located on the Fond du Lac campus, will provide a local dimension to the day’s event. The IMC features an automated manufacturing cell that brings the latest hands-on training to students and area businesses in the areas of automation and robotics. For those who are interested, a tour of the IMC will follow the session.


The symposium is ideal for manufacturers interested in automation and robotics, regardless of whether or not lean processes are currently used. Participants can interact with the speakers during the symposium.


To register or for more information, call Sandy Justman at Moraine Park at 920-924-3449 or e-mail The fee is $50. Check-in and continental breakfast will be held from 7:15 to 8 a.m.


Moraine Park apprentice takes second in carpentry at national ABC competition

by admin22. April 2008 19:00

Nathan Potratz of Pickett, a fourth-year carpentry apprenticeship student at Moraine Park Technical College, earned a second-place silver medal in the carpentry competition at the 22nd annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Potratz earned a berth at the national competition when in January he placed first in the ABC of Wisconsin Inc. State Skill Competition.Nate Potratz shakes the hand of his instructor, Jerry Schwengels, after winning a silver medal in carpentry at the ABC National Craft Championships.


“It was just an awesome experience,” said Potratz. “At nationals you're competing against the best from other states and it's interesting to see how they perform. The apprentices from other states all talk very highly of Wisconsin. They know the state to beat is Wisconsin, so you really have a big bull’s-eye on your back when you come in there.” Twelve of Moraine Park Carpentry Instructor Jerry Schwengels’ apprentices have placed first, second or third in the national championships.


Potratz is employed by J.J. Geffers Construction, Inc. in Oshkosh. “Nate is an exceptional employee,” said Jason Geffers. “His God-given abilities far exceed him in his years. It is great to see his determination and perseverance pay off in the recognition he so much deserves. I am blessed to have Nate as an employee and friend.”


The carpentry competition project consisted of five tasks:

  • Construct a structural metal stud wall frame with wood double-top plates.
  • Construct a non-structural metal stud angled wall frame with a window rough opening and drywall.
  • Construct a hip roof frame on the structural metal and walls and butting against the angled wall.
  • Construct a curved form for an opening in a round concrete tank.
  • Set up a builder’s level and take a number of readings.


“Competing in the ABC competition allows you to use a whole bunch of skills you may not use otherwise,” said Potratz. “It's funny because you think you know it all and then you get to these competitions and you do some things you've heard about but never experienced. It really humbles you and you realize that you are still learning.”


His instructor at Moraine Park, Jerry Schwengels, said, “Nate did an outstanding job on the competition. He is a very skilled craftsman as well as an efficient worker. Nate was the first to finish the competition, more than an hour ahead of the next competitor."


Potratz graduated from Laconia High School and is originally from the Lamartine area, where his family still resides.


For more information about programs and apprenticeships at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, visit