Higher education institutions host diversity conference on Oct. 16

by dritger29. September 2014 15:50

A free conference “Understanding Socioeconomic Inequality” will be held 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, 400 University Dr., Fond du Lac.

The four higher education institutions of Fond du Lac County - Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac - are collaborating on this event supporting diversity and inclusion. Students and staff from these institutions and members of the Fond du Lac County community are invited to attend.

The keynote speaker is Terie Dreussi-Smith, co-author of “Bridges Out of Poverty; Strategies for Professionals and Communities.” The workshop will focus on frameworks for better understanding poverty and the hidden rules of economic class. 

This workshop will be personally enriching and educational, and also helpful in developing skills that are necessary for the 21st century workplace. Participants will leave with an introduction to better understanding economic inequalities in America and our own community. The morning, appropriate for everyone including college students, will focus on understanding poverty; its causes and impact; and the hidden rules of economic class. The afternoon will build on the morning’s session and is geared toward faculty, staff and community members who will explore how they can more effectively work with students and clients who come from impoverished backgrounds.

This conference is being planned by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team (HEDIT), recipient of the 2012 Spirit of MLK Award for their efforts in organizing yearly events that lead, inspire, educate and challenge students and the community to celebrate diversity. 

HEDIT is a team of faculty and staff formed by the presidents and CEOs of Fond du Lac County’s four higher education institutions to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” HEDIT’s mission is to lead, inspire, educate and challenge their institutions and the Fond du Lac County community in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. This is HEDIT’s sixth annual event.

There is no fee for the workshop but advance registration is required online at www.marianuniversity.edu/hedit. Bussing from Ripon College and Marian University is provided and information can be found during online registration. 

For more information on this conference e-mail Kyonna Withers at Ripon College, withersk@ripon.edu.



Moraine Park announces retirees, service honorees

by dritger29. September 2014 08:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2014 Retirement and Service Recognition event both honored and expressed gratitude to retirees and those who reached service anniversaries during the 2013-2014 academic year. 

 “This year we had 321 combined years of service from our retirees and 960 combined years from our staff members that received service recognition awards,” Dr. Sheila Ruhland, president of Moraine Park said. “We are very grateful for each of our retirees and staff who have contributed so much to Moraine Park throughout their years of service with our College.” Kathy Broske, vice president of human resources, announced the 13 retirees and presented service recognition awards to 76 staff members.

Retirees included Mary Alsteens, nursing instructor; Dana Rudolph, student support call center representative; Jon Shapiro, auxiliary services manager; and Holly Waldschmidt, academic advisor – all of Fond du Lac. Also included were Kathy Hirschboeck, administrative assistant; Gregory Harding, basic education instructor; Kathy Van Eerden, associate dean of nursing; and Patricia Hrobsky, nursing instructor – all of West Bend; Nancy Linger, of Markesan, office technology and computer applications instructor; Janet Yelk-Kenitz, of Madison, student support call center representative; Cindy Diemer, of Ripon, EWD community coordinator; Marlene Gerner, of Green Lake, administrative aide; and Connie Schaumberg, of Theresa, recruitment specialist.

Staff members honored for 25 years of service included: Lori Platt of Beaver Dam; Annie Sabel and Jodie Schneider of Fond du Lac; and Steve Waters of Eldorado.  Bonnie Bosin of Van Dyne and Kathleen VanDemark of Kewaskum, were honored for 30 years of service. Alfred Hanisch of Lomira was honored for 35 years of service. 

A special presentation was also made in remembrance of Denise Kryzanowski of Fond du Lac. Kryzanowski worked at Moraine Park as a Computer Lab Instructor and Administrative Assistant for the General Education Department for 11 years. She passed away in March following a courageous battle with melanoma.  

“Denise was a role model, as an employee and as a member of the community,” said Caron Daugherty, dean of general education. “Her Moraine Park knowledge and management skills kept General Education organized and operating efficiently, and she delivered exceptional customer service to our faculty, staff and students. As a member of Holy Family Parish, Kiwanis Club of Fabulous Fond du Lac, Moraine Park Relay for Life team, and a supporter of Fondy High School athletics, she lived a model life of service to our community.” 

Moraine Park also presented 59 employees with service recognition awards in the 5, 10, 15 and 20 year categories. For more information about Moraine Park Technical College, visit morainepark.edu.  


Moraine Park fall semester back in full swing

by dritger19. September 2014 14:38

With the fall semester underway, over 7,500 Moraine Park Technical College students are adjusting to the rigors of college classes and also enjoying the variety of student activities that provide them with a well-deserved break from studying. 

“We provide students with a mix of entertainment from comedians and national speakers on social issues, to bands, casino days and softball,” said Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park’s dean of students, who says the fall semester is off to a great start. “Our goal with these activities is to help provide opportunities for new and returning students to build relationships and use available resources.” 

One of those relationship-building activities occurred just prior to the semester starting and is one event Lieburn believes is crucial to helping student success and retention – the College’s Summer Welcome Day held at each of Moraine Park’s three campuses. An Amazing Race-themed activity during the Summer Welcome Day has students working together in teams using clues to find locations and complete challenges around the campus. Each challenge is designed to familiarize students with locations and services available to them as a Moraine Park student. Along with the race events, students also had the opportunity to meet staff and learn about student organizations.

Students cross the finish line at The Amazing Race.

“This is my first year at the Beaver Dam campus, and so far it has been the best school experience I have ever had,” said Logan Fergus, electrical power distribution student. “I love the technical college learning environment, and the welcome back activities made the whole experience really sink in.”

The Student Senate also sponsored a Welcome Back Lunch featuring entertainment by Nick Pike. The show combined juggling, stunts and fast-paced comedy. Students from the crowd helped Pike get on a unicycle and walk across glass. 

Moraine Park and the Student Senate have many other activities planned throughout the year that provide opportunities for the College community to get involved, have some fun and network.

“This is my fifth semester at Moraine Park, and the College continues to bring new activities that keep students involved,” commented Katrina Switzler, business management student. 

For more information about events and Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu



Moraine Park accepts nominations for 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award

by arepka19. September 2014 14:10

Moraine Park Technical College is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. 

Nominees must hold a one- or two-year technical diploma, associate degree or associate of applied science degree from a Moraine Park program. Additional criteria include demonstrated service and/or support of Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the community at large, as well as distinguishing oneself through a career or civic activity.

If you know of a deserving alumnus, submit your nomination by Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, to morainepark.edu/distinguishedalum

For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, contact Debbie Bruins at 920-924-3263 or dbruins@morainepark.edu



Moraine Park hosts Community Connections Fair

by dritger15. September 2014 15:37

Find out how your community can help you and how you can help your community by attending Moraine Park Technical College’s Community Connections Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 24, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at the Fond du Lac campus cafeteria. 

“This event has a dual purpose -- to provide resources for personal wellness and also to connect community organizations with volunteers,” said Brenda Schaefer, service learner coordinator at Moraine Park. “The event provides an opportunity for staff, students and community members to come together to network and build these community connections.”

The event features many local organizations that provide resources for housing, wellness, medical care, finances, and food. Those that will be in attendance include: St Vincent de Paul Society, Opportunity Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Office of Veterans Services, Woodlands Senior Park, Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services, The Salvation Army, International Service & Education, WIC Program, ADRC of Fond du Lac County, The Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County and Be The Match. 

Students from Moraine Park’s medical assistant program will also be giving free blood pressure screenings. The event is sponsored by Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus Student Senate and is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit morainepark.edu and click on the events section.                



Moraine Park campus connects to Eisenbahn State Trail

by dritger12. September 2014 08:11

Students, staff and community members gathered on Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus to celebrate the new connection to the Eisenbahn State Trail. The historical trail is undoubtedly a community treasure, and Moraine Park is thrilled to be an advocate for its use.

Washington County officials, community members, staff and students come together for the grand opening of Moraine Park Technical College’s connection to the Eisenbahn State Trail.

“The connection makes the campus easier to reach and provides a great benefit to students,” commented Duane Sexton, Moraine Park’s West Bend Student Senate member.

The project was initiated by Moraine Park’s West Bend Campus Student Senate, and through collaboration with community organizations and the College, the project was completed this fall. West Bend Student Government member, William Milbrot, thanked community members and staff in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 4. “A vision and hard work made this project a reality,” stated Milbrot.

Eisenbahn is German for “iron road,” and the trail is rightfully named, as it occupies a former Chicago and North Western Railway corridor. The trail spans 25 miles, going through West Bend, Kewaskum, Campbellsport and Eden. The Eisenbahn State Trail and Moraine Park’s connection are open year-round and can be used for walking, biking, snowmobiling or snowshoeing. 

For more information on the Eisenbahn Trail, visit http://dnr.wi.gov and click on the parks and recreation link. For more information on Moraine Park Technical College, visit morainepark.edu.  



Lux joins Moraine Park District Board - Mader ends 12-year tenure

by dritger3. September 2014 09:02

Moraine Park Technical College welcomes Judy Lux of Fond du Lac as their newest district board member. Lux was sworn in at the July 14 board meeting and will serve a three-year term on the board. 



 "I hope to make a positive contribution to the board that allows Moraine Park to continue to serve both the business community and its students,” said Lux. “I believe the educational value Moraine Park offers makes the community a better place to work and live.”

Lux, a respected leader at Mid-States Aluminum Corp. in Fond du Lac, is known for her passion for excellence and enthusiasm to serve. She has been instrumental to the success of many new programs, and over the past 16 years has progressed to her current position as Materials Team Leader. Lux earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. She also earned Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Milwaukee School of Engineering. “I believe both my financial and manufacturing background will be a benefit to the college,” Lux commented. “Financially sound leadership is needed for the college to continue to prosper and grow.”

Moraine Park swore in two additional district board members at the July 14 meeting. Lowell Prill of Brandon and Mike Miller of West Bend will each begin another three-year term on the board. Prill has served as an additional member on the board since 2011, and Miller has served as an elected official member since 2008.

The board also recognized Lisa Mader for her contributions and presented her with a Resolution of Appreciation and plaque honoring her for her service. Mader completed four terms as an additional member on the Moraine Park Technical College District Board. She was sworn in to her position on July 8, 2002.    


 Mader served terms as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Moraine Park District Board. She was also Chairperson of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of the District Board. Moraine Park was proud to have Mader represent the college at many national, state and local events. She actively promoted technical and adult education in order to meet the educational and training needs of the community.

 “I have always been an advocate for student success and feel confident that I am leaving Moraine Park and the district board with sound practices well in place to continue to achieve student success.” Mader also took a moment to thank her fellow board members and Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland for their support. Mader’s term ended in June.

For more information on the Moraine Park District Board or Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu










Disney’s “Maleficent” showing at Moraine Park

by dritger3. September 2014 08:58

Moraine Park’s drive-in theater presents Disney’s “Maleficent” (PG) on Friday, Sept. 5, at dusk on the Fond du Lac campus. Parking lot B opens at 6:30 p.m., with the movie beginning at dusk. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the outdoors or watch the movie from your car.

“Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie, is a wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The movie is open to the public, and the cost is $5 per car. Cancellations due to weather will be posted on Moraine Park’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The event is sponsored by Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus Student Senate.

For more information, visit morainepark.edu.                 


Moraine Park’s Tech Knowledge College helps students find their drive

by dritger19. August 2014 13:00

Moraine Park’s Tech Knowledge College helps students find their drive

What has become an annual tradition for many area middle school students, this year’s Tech Knowledge College (TKC) brought together 120 sixth through eighth graders ready to explore potential careers. TKC provided hands-on experience and an opportunity to learn in a creative environment at Moraine Park Technical College.


Moraine Park Technical College Automotive Technician Instructor Jim Daniels, center watches as Henry Hughes, Fond du Lac, right; a seventh grader at Sabish Middle School, and Aris Lundin, West Bend, an eighth grader at Badger Middle School, work together to change a tire in the Driven to Repair session at the 2014 Tech Knowledge College.

During the three-day camp, there was something for everyone, and participants left TKC with new skills in a variety of areas, including architecture, health care, yo-yo manufacturing, gourmet cooking, web page design and automotive repair.

 “I like working in the shop,” commented TKC student Henry Hughes of Fond du Lac. He is no stranger to working in the shop. He also helps out his dad who owns a local plumbing business. Hughes also learned how to repair bicycles in the Fix it, Tune it, Ride it session at TKC. Aris Lundin of West Bend also enjoyed the Driven to Repair session. “I like being able to work on cars,” Lundin commented as he helped Hughes change a tire. Lundin also attended the World Wide Webmasters session at TKC. 

Peyton Koppenhaver and Grace Swanson of Kiel attended the camp last year and came back again when they saw the range of activities offered. The girls joined up with Brianna Faul of Fond du Lac and together they learned how to make a variety of fresh snacks and meals in the Cooking Nutritious and Delicious session. “I like meeting people and plan to keep in touch with new friends,” Faul commented as the three prepared chicken and vegetable stir fry. Koppenhaver remarked, “I like that we get to do a lot of activities, and we are always occupied.” 

Moraine Park has been hosting TKC for over 20 years. Although sessions have changed to complement new and evolving technology, the purpose of the event has remained the same — to  give students a chance to get a hands-on, interactive look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future.

For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.    


Blueprint for Prosperity: Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Train Over 120 Workers at Moraine Park Technical College

by dritger24. July 2014 10:32

FOND DU LAC – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $1.2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Moraine Park Technical College to train up to 126 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants that Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin Technical College’s train over 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill.

Pictured from left: Denise Devereaux, Mercury Marine VP of human resources; JoAnn Hall, MPTC dean of economic and workforce development; Kristen Finnel, MPTC dean of health and human services; Fred Rice, MPTC dean of applied technology and trades; Sheila Ruhland, MPTC president; Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch; and Reggie Newson, secretary of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

"The investments we are making in Moraine Park Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in the Fond du Lac region and help employers find the workers they need," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "It is through investments like these that Wisconsin will address the skills gap today and in the years to come."

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will administer the grants, which will add capacity to 100 programs at all 16 technical colleges and accommodate up to 4,908 additional students in training programs. Training programs cover key industry sectors such as manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and architecture, and education. 

The capacity includes funds for WTCS colleges to train over 4,800 enrollees in a variety of programs, as well as up to 84 offenders taking part in the Department of Correction’s (DOC) new manufacturing mobile lab program so these individuals have skills that lead to jobs that support themselves and their families upon their return to the community.

During a visit to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,217,997 to train 126 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:

 $193,460 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: Tool & Die Technology Apprenticeship 

 $755,476 to train 75 workers in Manufacturing Skills Academies: Industrial Maintenance, General Production Assembly, Automation, Robotic Welding 

 $134,177 to train 15 workers in Healthcare: Medical Coding 

 $134,884 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: CNC/Tool & Die Technology (DOC lab)

“We know the integral role Moraine Park Technical College and all of Wisconsin’s technical colleges play in keeping Wisconsin’s economy strong. Our training gets workers into the workforce quickly, and keeps them in the workforce, ensuring we will continue to keep moving Wisconsin forward,” said Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland. “The Blueprint for Prosperity grant will allow Moraine Park and its partners to continue to expand its training and education efforts, and we all look forward to the opportunities this grant will provide for all of us.”

Governor Walker signed 2013 Act 139 into law in March 2014 as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative following the strong bipartisan support of the state Legislature. The legislation allocated an additional $35.4 million in funds to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program with a focus on three areas:

 Reduction of waits lists at Wisconsin technical colleges for high-demand fields.

 Collaborative projects between high schools, technical colleges, businesses, and other partners to increase opportunities for high school pupils to earn industry-recognized credentials.

 Enhancing the employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.

Technical colleges submitted initial lists of programs for grant consideration earlier this year. DWD developed objective, data-driven measurement tools to validate wait lists for grant eligibility purposes, evaluate each technical college's funding request, make award decisions, and include accountability measures to protect taxpayers' investment.

For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu