Kathleen Murphy '85 -- Moraine Park's 2007 Distinguished Alumnus

by admin6. May 2007 19:00

M. Kathleen Murphy is an advocate of children’s wellness. A nurse practitioner and health services coordinator at Milwaukee Public Schools, Murphy nurtures programming and services to bolster the health of the district’s 93,516 children. Many of the school system’s youth live in poverty without health or dental insurance. Often, the only health care students receive comes through programs and screenings offered by schools. It’s Murphy’s charge to provide these children with more.

 

Murphy sought nursing years after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Alverno College and building a career as a social worker. “I was a social worker during that time when a lot of service workers lost their jobs,” she said. “I took a human services job working in a long-term care facility in a hospice unit with nurses. I found out nurses use the same interventions as social workers, but they have a lot more job security and mobility.”

 

Murphy decided to make a career change and enrolled at Moraine Park Technical College, where she earned an associate degree in nursing in 1985. Her accomplishments since then – in work and life – recently earned her Moraine Park’s 2007-08 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

 

Prior to enrolling at Moraine Park, Murphy admitted she feared giving up her full-time job; wondered how she would make a living while pursuing a nursing degree; and questioned if throwing out a career in social work to take on nursing was a good decision. She said that Moraine Park not only reinforced the fact that she possessed the skill-set to become a competent nurse in just two years, but the College also offered her financial aid to alleviate tuition costs and expenses while working part-time. As a 28-year-old working woman returning to school, Murphy said, “Moraine Park made it easy. A lot of winning the game is having your head in the right place. Moraine Park made it so I did.”

 

After graduating with her associate degree in nursing, Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Alverno College in nursing. “I was very prepared for the advanced nursing assessments at Alverno thanks to my solid nursing background from Moraine Park,” she said.

 

She was soon promoted to continuing care coordinator at Family Health Plan in Milwaukee and in 1989 became manager of affiliated providers of Family Health Systems. As a nurse, she discovered that her previous career in social work married seamlessly with her new nursing career. Both occupations demand caring, something Murphy exhibits instinctively.

 

With her new nursing skill-set Murphy landed a spot as district coordinator for the Peace Corps’ Primary Health Care Project in Senegal, Africa, in 1990, where she implemented management strategies for 18 rural health posts. Additionally, she helped design programs to meet health needs focusing on education, prevention and training.

 

Upon her return home, she became a public health nurse for the Milwaukee Health Department and simultaneously enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she earned a master’s degree to become a family nurse practitioner. While she studied, she spent several years working at a free health clinic for the homeless and uninsured in Milwaukee. “The free clinic allowed me to understand different cultures and become functionally bilingual in English and Spanish,” said Murphy. “If I wasn’t a nurse, I would not have that deeper cultural understanding.”

 

Armed with experience helping people of different races and cultures, Murphy finally landed in her current role at Milwaukee Public Schools. In 2004, she was named a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, an honor bestowed on just 20 nurses annually across the country. The program honors nurses in senior executive roles who are aspiring to lead and shape the U.S. health care system. “It provides us with opportunities to develop new leadership behaviors, opportunities to test leadership skills and support to carry out those skills,” said Murphy. Moreover, selected nurses receive stipends for personal development. Murphy’s stipend dollars are going toward improving the School Nurse Program at Milwaukee Public Schools.

 

Although many perceive a school nurse as someone who bandages a playground boo-boo, Murphy said school nurses provide much more. There are children in school with potentially life-threatening diseases and allergies, or who may suffer traumatic injuries. The problem is that most school districts don’t employ enough nurses. For every 750 students there should be one school nurse, according to federal guidelines. With Murphy’s strong guidance, Milwaukee Public Schools, under the direction of Superintendent William Andrekopoulos, is working to gain more nurses to serve the district. In 2003, there was one nurse for every 8,500 students. Today there is a nurse for every 2,075 students and in 2008 Murphy said that gap will close further to one nurse for every 1,166 students. “I am focused on expanding the school nursing program and working to provide partnerships with colleges, universities and health systems locally to facilitate help in the schools,” said Murphy.

 

 Facilitating cooperation among many constituents is a talent of Murphy’s, according to Andrekopoulos. “She’s a high-level professional who is dedicated, responsible, organized and who has endless energy and the ability to work with people,” he said. “She’s provided more nurses for our children and brings out the best in our community for our children.”

 

A community leader, Murphy also participates in Fight Asthma Milwaukee Allies, Madre Angela Dental Clinic, Prevent Blindness America, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition and Diverse and Resilient, among others.

 

Murphy, who resides in Milwaukee with her seven-year-old son Coleman, is “a wonderful representative of Moraine Park’s nursing program,” according to Anne Liners Brett, Moraine Park dean of nursing. “She exemplifies what nursing is all about.”

 

“Becoming a nurse makes you take stock of yourself and your relationships,” said Murphy. “Nursing is about relationships – with colleagues and patients. It is about having solid relationships as the basis for care.”

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Moraine Park celebrates commencement May 19

by admin3. May 2007 19:00

Soon 1,050 members of the Class of 2007 from Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses will set off to live their class motto and “make opportunities happen.”

 

Moraine Park Technical College President Dr. Gayle Hytrek will preside over the College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in the Field House at Fond du Lac High School.

 

Of the graduate candidates, 452 will receive associate degrees, 485 will receive technical diplomas and 113 will receive program certificates.

 

A student senate representative from each of Moraine Park’s three campuses will address their fellow students and guests. These students are Jasmine Duarte, Supervisory Management program, Beaver Dam campus; Laurie Schneider, Administrative Assistant program, Fond du Lac campus; and Stephanie Larson, Instructional Assistant program, West Bend campus.

 

A special award will be presented to Moraine Park’s 2007-08 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, M. Kathleen Murphy, RN, MSN, APRN-BC. Murphy is a 1985 graduate of the College’s Nursing program and the health services coordinator for the Milwaukee Public School System.

 

Dr. Hytrek will preside over the ceremony with diplomas and degrees presented by Moraine Park District Board chairperson Lisa Mader and vice chairperson Marty Mittelstadt.

 

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.

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Moraine Park offers building and pond maintenance session

by admin2. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a Pond Construction and Maintenance session on Saturday, May 12, 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. Participants will learn how to build a recreational pond and 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.

 

The cost of this informative session is $12.70 plus $5 for an optional pamphlet. To register for session number 090-400-002, call (920) 887-1101 or 1-800-221-6430 before May 10.

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Manufacturing Symposium slated for May 22

by admin2. May 2007 19:00

“Building Your Competitive Edge” is the theme of a manufacturing symposium to take place Tuesday, May 22, in conjunction with May is Manufacturing Month.  

 

Fox Valley, Lakeshore, Moraine Park and Northeast Wisconsin technical colleges will bring internationally-renowned experts on global competitiveness to Wisconsin to discuss strategy and answer questions. The symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is geared toward executives, managers, human resources personnel, marketing and sales professionals and other front-line leaders.

 

The event takes place simultaneously in four cities: Appleton, Green Bay, Cleveland (Wis.) and West Bend.
It will combine localized activities at the four technical colleges with videoconference presentations and Q&A sessions with the two featured speakers:

 

Hank Stringer, author of Talent Force, will discuss how to develop a world-class talent plan to optimize your workforce and your success. He will speak at Moraine Park Technical College and be joined via a live video link with participants at Fox Valley, Lakeshore and Northeast Wisconsin technical colleges.

 

Ralph Trombetta will discuss Blue Ocean Strategy, six principles that any company can use to create open markets, build customer demand and render competitors irrelevant. He will speak at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, with participation by video link at Fox Valley, Lakeshore and Moraine Park technical colleges.

 

Participants also will learn about local services, training and expertise offered to manufacturers by the four colleges which formed the Advanced Manufacturing Solutions member colleges.

 

Moraine Park Technical College celebrates May is Manufacturing Month with several activities. Scheduled events include:

·         Welding Challenge for high school students, Beaver Dam campus – May 2

·         Endurance Challenge (engine building) for high school students, Fond du Lac campus – May 9

·         Tours of local manufacturers on various dates in May, including Brenner Tank LLC and F. Ziegler Enterprises Ltd. of Fond du Lac; Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. of Beaver Dam; Creative Forming of Ripon; Serigraph Inc. of West Bend; and Signicast Corp. of Hartford.

·         Building Your Competitive Edge symposium, West Bend campus – May 22, including a manufacturing and education forum, “The 21st Century Workplace: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Jobs,” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This roundtable discussion between business leaders and educators will focus on essential workforce skills needed to compete in the 21st century. Participants will examine future workforce requirements and the impact on education; define how changing technology will impact tomorrow’s workforce; and explore opportunities for business and education to form stronger partnerships.

 

Enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturers is a high priority for the Wisconsin Technical College System colleges in Northeast Wisconsin.

 

“Manufacturing continues to be a vital economic driver for Wisconsin and when you add in the industries that support manufacturers, nearly one-half of Wisconsin's economy is tied to manufacturing,” said Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Flexibility is key to the growth of the Wisconsin's manufacturing industry. Fortunately, more than 80 percent of Wisconsin manufacturers are small- to medium size firms – many of them located right here in Moraine Park's district. These smaller firms tend to be more flexible and are able to adjust to rapid changes in the industry. The College has also had to be flexible in what we teach, how we teach and when we teach it to meet the diverse needs of this industry. That's our challenge but we are dedicated to supporting our manufacturers and in providing the highly skilled workforce they need.”

 

The registration deadline is May 15. The fee of $95 includes both books, Talent Force and Blue Ocean Strategy, plus all materials and lunch. There is a reduced fee of $50 for the presentations without purchasing the books.

 

Learn more and registerthrough the college where you will attend:

Fox Valley Technical College: 920-735-2525 or www.fvtc.edu/edge

Lakeshore Technical College: 888-468-6582, ext. 1167, or www.gotoltc.com/seminars

Moraine Park Technical College (West Bend Campus): 920-924-3449

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College: 800-422-6982, ext. 6971 or http://wls.nwtc.edu

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Facility tours offered as part of Manufacturing Month

by admin2. May 2007 19:00

Each time you use a pencil, turn on your computer or text-message someone, you’re interacting with a manufactured good. Manufacturing delivers not only the goods we use daily, but also high-skill, high-wage career opportunities.

 

As part of May is Manufacturing Month, Moraine Park Technical College and local manufacturers are offering the opportunity to tour facilities and learn about manufacturing careers. Tours include:

 

·         Monday, May 14 – Brenner Tank LLC, Fond du Lac: Varied welding techniques and automation demonstrated on diverse metals.

 

·         Thursday, May 17 – F. Ziegler Enterprises Ltd., Fond du Lac: State-of-the-art machining technology.

 

·         Thursday, May 17 – Creative Forming, Ripon: Innovative thermo-formed packaging solutions.

 

·         Monday, May 21 – Signicast Corp., Hartford: State-of-the-art continuous flow manufacturing in the production of investment cast parts.

 

·         Wednesday, May 23 – Apache Stainless Steel Equipment Corp., Beaver Dam: Varied welding techniques on stainless and high-alloy materials.

 

·         Wednesday, May 30 – Serigraph Inc., West Bend: Screen and offset printing, forming, stamping,
die-cutting, embossing, heat transfers and in-mold decorating.

 

Each tour takes place at 5:30 p.m. Participants can register for as many tours as they like; individual registration for each tour is required. Register at www.morainepark.edu/maytours. An e-mail will be sent confirming registration and giving instructions. For more information, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park holds annual Culinary Arts Gourmet Dinner

by admin2. May 2007 19:00

More than $3,000 was raised to support Culinary Arts education when Moraine Park Technical College’s Culinary Arts program and the Moraine Park Foundation Inc. hosted the annual Gourmet Dinner on April 19.

 

Moraine Park culinary students, faculty and guest chefs prepared an exclusive seven-course dinner for guests, including wild West Coast salmon poached in California olive oil and served with radish sprouts and mustard broth; consommé of young asparagus with organic egg custards; salad of strawberries and green chiffonade; and fire-roasted round of veal with pate foie gras, white truffle oil and roasted spring pea coulis.

 

Held in the Park Terrace restaurant at the Fond du Lac campus, the wine reception and dinner are a fundraiser for the Moraine Park Foundation. This year, the event enabled the current Culinary Arts students, faculty and alumni to complete their pledge for $10,000 to support construction of the Learning Kitchen in the new Culinary Arts Center.

 

“Each year the Culinary Arts students showcase their talents at this event,” said Sharon Nevins Holmes, Moraine Park vice president of marketing and college advancement. “The students were committed to supporting the construction of the best culinary arts facility in the state with their supporting pledge to the Learning Kitchen construction and equipment. This was a two-year commitment. Future culinary arts gourmet dinners will support student scholarships, the primary purpose for the Moraine Park Foundation.”

 

Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts program is a two-year associate degree offered at the Fond du Lac campus. For more information about the program, contact Pat Olson at 920-924-3333 or visit www.morainepark.edu.  

 

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 Martin at 920-924-3263 or visit the Web site.

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Moraine Park outstanding students named to Who's Who

by admin30. April 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College announced that 35 students will be recognized in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges 2007 for being national outstanding campus leaders. This honor is awarded to students from 1,900 schools throughout the U.S. and the District of Columbia.

 

“This is a wonderful way for our students to be recognized for their many achievements on a national level,” said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek.

 

Moraine Park students who were selected include Jennifer Abraham and Whitney Brockway, both of Plymouth; Pam Atkinson, Mt. Calvary; Lanya Barton, Laura Eiteuner, Brandy Osgood, Jena Ottery, Robin Russell, Christal Shipp and Maria Shirley, all of Fond du Lac; Connie Beske, Brandon; Angie Brown, Enid Goodall, Jenny Heleniak and Stacy Pasbrig, all of West Bend; Shelley Chier, Melissa Enders and Cody Loomis, all of Hartford; Sara Doege, Neosho; Kristin Gray, Winneconne; Julie Hamala, Menomonee Falls; Mary Helsell, Jackson; Linda Kennedy, Malone; Mary Kovalaske and Donna Smith, both of Ripon; Elizabeth Kraft and Paul Rennert, both of North Fond du Lac; Stephanie Larson and Leslie Troedel, both of Slinger; Ashley Preder, Kiel; Patty Rick, Campbellsport; Trisha Strange, Oshkosh; Audrey Stratton, Appleton; Katie Thayer, Pickett; and Aaron Weber, Glenbeulah.

 

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.

 

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

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Sixth Annual Culinary Olympics held at Moraine Park

by admin30. April 2007 19:00

High school students with a flair for cooking recently competed for a chance to win a $200 scholarship to Moraine Park Technical College when the Fond du Lac campus’ Culinary Arts Center hosted the sixth annual
Culinary Arts Olympics.

 

On April 25, 55 students from seven area schools including Campbellsport, Green Lake, Kewaskum, Princeton, Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South competed in three areas: Create a Plate, Layered Cake Decorating and Sandwich Construction Relay Team. The first-place finisher in each category received a $200 scholarship to Moraine Park. The winners and their high schools are as follows:

 

Create a Plate: First place – Hannah Willis, Sheboygan North; second place – Cassie Sargent, Sheboygan South; and third place – Erin Losievsky, Sheboygan South.

 

Layered Cake Decorating: First place – Danielle Bradford, Sheboygan South; second place – Andie Childs, Sheboygan North; third place – Erin Molzer, Sheboygan North.

 

Sandwich Construction Relay Team: First place – Campbellsport team of Sara Quackenboss, Todd Rosenstiel and Jen Starr; second place – Sheboygan South team of Billy Ruehr, Yeng Lee and Tommy Canon; third place - Princeton team of Brittany Sosinsky, Alexandra Scherbarth and Stephanie Good.

 

The event was conducted by Moraine Park culinary arts instructors Ron Speich, James Simmers and Tom Endejan. Culinary arts students assisted the instructors with judging.

 

In Layered Cake Decorating, students are judged on originality, balance, creativity and taste. Cakes were made from scratch, complete with filling. In the Sandwich Construction Relay, the criteria are sanitation and safety, cleanliness of the work area, proper sandwich construction, sandwich quality and time. Judging for Create a Plate is based on creativity, practicality, appearance, palatability and sanitation. All students completed a basic written exam as well.

 

“I was very impressed with this year’s winners,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor.
“I was astounded by the creations from the high school students as much of their work resembled college-level products.”

 

For more information about the Culinary Arts program at Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park Student Awards Banquet recognizes outstanding students

by admin30. April 2007 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 April 27 at The Camelot in Lomira.

 

Moraine Park presented its first Student of the Year Award to Jennifer Abraham of Plymouth, who will graduate from the Marketing – Business to Business program this month. First runner-up was Laura Eiteuner of Fond du Lac; second runner-up was James Olson of Hartford. 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.

 

The Wisconsin Technical College System District Student Ambassador Award was presented to Lori VanGorder of Fond du Lac, who is enrolled in the Legal Administrative Professional program. VanGorder will assume her role with the start of the 2007-08 academic year, taking over from 2006-07 Student Ambassador Jan Chilson.

 

Technical Achievement Awards were presented to five 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 Dawn Juers, Campbellsport; Kathy Dittmann and Amy Bartholomew, both of Beaver Dam; Eileen Sorgent, Waupun; and Jane Packard, Iron Ridge.

 

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 Kim Albrecht and Jessica Percola, both of Waupun; Wardell Ashford, Josh Bliefnick, Curt Braatz, Bernard Brady, Emily Hettwer, Katie Holzman, Casey Kresal, Amy Lapine, Tammy Schinker, Kathleen Schneider, Laurie Schneider, Christal Shipp and Lori VanGorder, all of Fond du Lac; J.J. Blosmore, Hartland; Kris Bokelberg, Sussex; Angie Brown, Becky Ninmann and Cathie Roegner, all of West Bend; Kelly Brumley, Randolph; Steve Hudack, Lori Klebs, Elizabeth Kraft, John Nelson, Kim Searl, Shannon Stefczak, all of North Fond du Lac; Stephanie Larson and Leslie Troedel, both of Slinger; Joe Lazaris and Dustin Moravec, both of Mayville; Nick Marchant, Kewaskum; Susan Marley, Plymouth; Mike Mathu, Luxemburg; Sherry McGlothin, Hubertus; Raelene Nauer, Nichole Storms, Becky Thompson and Rachel Van Egmond, all of Beaver Dam; James Olson, Hartford; Duane Porter, Michelle Steffen and Tony Thorn, all of Campbellsport; Ashley Preder, Kiel; Ann Radtke, Cascade; LeRoy Samuelson, Columbus; Jason Schultz, Colgate; Jon Thill, Lomira; Owen Vandekolh, Brandon; and Scott Wolfgram, Watertown.

 

Thirty-five 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 Jasmine Duarte of Beaver Dam, the Beaver Dam campus Student Senate president and District Student Government president; Laurie Schneider of Fond du Lac, the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate president; West Bend campus Student Senate presidents Stephanie Larson of Slinger (first semester) and Becky Ninmann of West Bend (second semester); Duane Porter of Campbellsport, Wisconsin Student Government (WSG) lieutenant governor who was recently named WSG president; and WSG governors Susan Marley of Plymouth (first semester) and Raelene Nauer of Beaver Dam (second semester).

 

Also recognized at the banquet were the 94 students who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society in April; 14 students who received scholarships from the Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education; and 13 students who served as peer tutors/notetakers for their fellow students.

 

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

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PEO Chapter K awards grants to Moraine Park students

by admin25. April 2007 19:00

Mary Letz of Fond du Lac and Wendy Zettinig of West Bend are the most recent Moraine Park Technical College students to receive Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grants from PEO International. Both women were sponsored by Fond du Lac’s Chapter K of PEO.

 

Letz is enrolled in the Accounting program at the Fond du Lac campus, while Zettinig is pursuing a Medical Office Specialist degree at the West Bend campus.

 

Past Moraine Park PCE grant recipients sponsored by Chapter K include Tracy Callen of Slinger and Vanessa Forqurean of Fond du Lac, both in Moraine Park’s Nursing program; Nancy Leakey of Fond du Lac, Medical Office Specialist program; Robin Russell of Fond du Lac, Early Childhood program; Regina Steinhardt of Sheboygan, a May 2006 graduate of the Graphic Communications – Electronic Pre-Press program and Desktop Publishing certificate; Rachel Walters of Fond du Lac, Instructional Assistant program; and Kandi Wendell of Fond du Lac, Criminal Justice – Corrections program.

 

“Each one of our candidates has returned to school not only to achieve personal goals, but also to set an example for their children and others,” said Maureen Betz, Chapter K’s PCE chair. “They demonstrate to our chapter the importance of continuing to help women to pursue their educational goals.” PEO is a philanthropic organization that increases educational opportunities for women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans.

 

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

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