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.


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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.


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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


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.


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Moraine Park's FDL campus to celebrate 2006-07 with Lucky Luau

by admin24. April 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students will mark the end of the 2006-07 school year with a Lucky Luau
Last Blast on Tuesday, May 1, at the Fond du Lac campus. The public is welcome to attend.


Sponsored by Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, the event includes games, door and raffle prizes and music. The Hawaiian-themed lunch is $6 for the public.


The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. The Acoustic Project, a reggae-rock band, will provide live music from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Raffle items include an LCD TV, a Kodak digital camera bundle pack including printer dock, and a portable DVD player. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Moraine Park Foundation Inc. for scholarships.


For more information, contact Joan Seichter at (920) 924-3353 or Adam Ninmann at (920) 924-3101. 


Moraine Park Board approves Barber/Cosmetology remodeling project

by admin22. April 2007 19:00

Students enrolled in Moraine Park Technical College’s Barber/Cosmetology program this fall will be learning their trade in a completely updated environment.


Much of the department’s lab and classroom space is original, dating back to 1974. Minor cabinetry and flooring replacement was done in the mid-1990s as well as an HVAC upgrade in 2004. It’s time for the Barber/Cosmetology rooms to get their own makeover.


“Much has changed in this industry since our last facility update for this very popular program,” said Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “This remodel is long overdue as our current facilities no longer mirror what is found in the industry. This fall when faculty and students return they will teach and learn their new skills in an environment that is very similar to what our graduates will work in. This is another example of how Moraine Park continues to provide the region with a highly skilled workforce, in keeping with the College’s mission.”


Shampoo and salon chairs and workstations will be replaced, according to Connie Lentz, Moraine Park construction associate. “Plumbing fixtures and infrastructure have served well their useful life and are in need of attention as well,” she said. “The remodeling also includes a technology upgrade for the classrooms.”


Two classrooms are included in the project, Lentz added – one for theory and the other for practical applications – as well as needed storage space for student supplies.


The remodeling project is included in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 capital projects budgets. The total cost of approximately $523,900 is within budget. Work gets under way April 23 with completion scheduled for August in time for the start of the 2007-08 academic year.


The Moraine Park Technical College District Board awarded contracts to four prime contractors: Capelle Bros. & Diedrich Inc., Fond du Lac, general contractor; Ahern Gross Inc., Fond du Lac, plumbing; Groeschel Company, Malone, HVAC; and K.W. Electric Inc., Plymouth, electrical.


The spring semester schedule was revised to complete the students’ salon work prior to the early closing on
April 19. Theory classes that don’t require the use of the salon have been moved to the summer term and will take place in 
other classrooms, according to Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship, building trades and cosmetology. “There will be no loss of required classes or hours as a result of the project,” he said. “Enrollment will remain the same in the full-time program with 20 students per section.”


For more information about the Barber/Cosmetology program at Moraine Park, visit


Lori VanGorder named new Moraine Park Student Ambassador

by admin17. April 2007 19:00

 Lori VanGorder of Fond du Lac felt like something was missing from her life. While blessed with a family, the 34-year-old mother of five realized she also wanted a college degree. “I want my children to know that anyone can go to college,” she said. So VanGorder embarked on her pursuit of a Legal Administrative Professional associate degree at Moraine Park Technical College in fall 2006.


VanGorder balances a full plate and her accomplishments are all the more remarkable for it. On top of caring for her family, attending classes and studying, she has served as secretary of the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and vice president of the Fond du Lac student chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Business Professionals Club. She took part in a leadership seminar for the Student Senate and assists her fellow students as a tutor and notetaker. All while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average during her first semester at Moraine Park.


It didn’t take long for instructors and staff to realize that this hard-working, outgoing woman exemplified many of the characteristics that are sought after for the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) District Student Ambassador. VanGorder was nominated by Barbara Prissel, Moraine Park legal administrative professional instructor, as the 2007-08 Student Ambassador and was recently chosen for the role. 


“Lori has been an outstanding student and role model for other students,” said Prissel. “She is the dedicated mother of five children and yet maintains a high grade average and takes her education seriously. She appreciates her education here at Moraine Park and is making the most of it, also getting involved in student activities. Lori is always friendly and helpful to other students and has grown professionally while a student here. She is very deserving of this award.”


“It is a great honor to be named District Student Ambassador!” said VanGorder. “I am extremely proud that I was chosen to represent Moraine Park Technical College.” She looks forward to promoting Moraine Park to others.


VanGorder participated in the statewide recognition event in Madison April 4-5, where she met other ambassadors from around the state. She will begin her term as Moraine Park's ambassador with the start of the
2007-08 academic year.


The WTCS District Student Ambassador Award program identifies outstanding students in the vocational-technical 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 chosen ambassador represents the College at numerous events throughout the year and serves on the College Planning and Leadership Team as the student representative. Students from each of Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges are also honored at the state level.


Other Moraine Park nominees for the 2007-08 Student Ambassador were Lisa Taylor, Instructional Assistant program, and Raelene Nauer, Administrative Assistant program, of Beaver Dam; Amy Lapine, Graphic Communications – Electronic Pre-Press program, of Fond du Lac; Enid Goodall, Nursing program, of West Bend; Carla Dreher of Kewaskum; and Ann Radtke, Graphic Communications – Electronic Pre-Press program, of Cascade. The current District Student Ambassador for 2006-07 is Jan Chilson, Medical Assistant program, of Kewaskum.


On choosing Moraine Park to make her dream a reality, VanGorder said, “You will learn hands-on skills that are necessary in today’s workforce. The instructors are caring and committed and also provide personal attention. Also, there are many financial aid opportunities, making college possible for those who thought it was out of reach. I believe in Moraine Park and by believing I will reach my goal – a college degree!”


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Moraine Park passes quality improvement review

by admin16. April 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College passed a recent “checkup” by the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools’ Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).


Moraine Park was accepted into AQIP in 2001. AQIP conducts Quality Checkup site visits during the fifth or sixth year in every seven-year cycle of participation. These visits are conducted by experienced AQIP reviewers to determine whether an institution continues to meet the criteria for accreditation of the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the NCA, and whether it is using quality management principles and building a culture of continuous improvement as participation in AQIP requires. AQIP teams include peers from educational institutions throughout the U.S. and representatives outside higher education.


Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association, Moraine Park submitted its first Systems Portfolio in May 2005. The portfolio addresses the nine AQIP criteria, describing context, processes, results and improvements in each institutional system. The portfolio is a valuable document that reflects changes in Moraine Park’s processes and systems; it is available for review by Moraine Park employees and students, the Higher Learning Commission and Department of Education, along with other community stakeholders. Reviewers provide formal evaluation and feedback.


“Being an AQIP participant provides the College with ongoing feedback on our systems and processes, resulting in improvement of employee participation and services for our students,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.


In the AQIP team's judgment, Moraine Park presented satisfactory evidence in all categories reviewed by the team and met the goals of the Quality Checkup. According to the report:


  • “College personnel are doing truly amazing and inspiring quality-improvement work …”
  • “Perhaps the most significant focus of the institution is their ongoing drive to truly become and remain a data-driven decision-making college.”
  • “Principles and practices for quality improvement are embedded in the College operations and culture.”


During the 2007-08 academic year, Moraine Park’s Quality Checkup report will be reviewed by the HLC and
a decision will be made to reaffirm the College’s accreditation. This report can be viewed by the public at


Moraine Park apprentice wins carpentry event in national ABC competition

by admin11. April 2007 19:00

Matthew Bohn of Waupun, a fourth-year carpentry apprenticeship student at Moraine Park Technical College, earned a first-place gold medal in the carpentry competition at the 21st annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships held March 20-23 in Nashville, Tenn. Bohn earned a berth at the national competition when in January he placed first in the ABC of Wisconsin Inc. State Skill Competition.


“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Bohn, who was one of more than 150 top apprentices and trainees throughout the country competing in 13 different trade competitions. “I was happy to have had my family, employer and instructor there to support me and share in the excitement of the outcome.”


“The practical portion of the competition was where Matt really shined,” said Bohn’s employer, Rollie Pinno of R.A. Pinno Construction Inc. in Rosendale. According to Pinno, the competition included a three-hour written exam and a six-hour practical exam judged by construction craft professionals. “He really did well, but that was no surprise because it’s Matt’s everyday performance.”


The project consisted of four unrelated tasks:

·         Constructing a metal stud angled wall frame.

·         Laying out and cutting a rafter that matched the angle of the wall.

·         Installing base trim on a wall.

·         Building a wood form for a set of concrete steps.


Bohn’s carpentry instructor at Moraine Park, Jerry Schwengels, said, “Matt did just an excellent job on the carpentry project. I also know that Matt spent countless hours studying for the written exam. The skills and craftsmanship he demonstrated on the project were truly outstanding. Matt was the first competitor to finish and when the judges were done grading his work the mark was set to grade the others by. When Matt’s name was called for the gold medal, it was a priceless moment for Matt and all of his supporters!”


“Jerry Schwengels has had a constant record of well-trained, award-winning apprentices during his years at Moraine Park,” said Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship and building trades. “This award is a testament to an outstanding young carpenter and a dedicated instructor."


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


Moraine Park honors Phi Theta Kappa inductees

by admin11. April 2007 19:00

More than 90 Moraine Park Technical College associate degree program students were inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.


Fifty students participated in the April 10 ceremony, held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus, which honored 94 Moraine Park students who have achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.5 in an associate degree program and have completed a minimum of 12 associate degree credits in their current program.


“Induction into Phi Theta Kappa celebrates the academic accomplishments of associate degree students and gives Moraine Park another way to recognize individuals who have made a strong commitment to academics,” said Larry Pasquini, Moraine Park registrar and Beta Mu Kappa advisor.


Inductees, along with more than 150 family members and friends, were welcomed by Pasquini. Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek provided opening remarks to those assembled. Also participating in the ceremony were Roberta Oldenburg, president of Beta Mu Kappa; Laurie Schneider, member of Beta Mu Kappa; Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development; Beth Raffaelli, vice president of enrollment management; Raj Pathare, executive dean of general education and basic education; and Craig Finley, special services associate. Harpist Deborah Guy provided the musical entertainment and a reception concluded the evening.


This year’s inductees include Veronica Albinger, Meggan Gronbeck, John Gruber, Stephanie Schoen, Christine Wenzel and Brenda Rumppe, all of West Bend; Wardell Ashford, Mechelle Bach, Susan Boettcher, Erica Bohn, Laura Eiteuner, Kathryn Helsell, Sarah Jaeger, Lindsay Kay, Tara Kolo, Heather Kurzer, David Laubenstein, Angela Nelson, Tyler Radl, Noreen Roehl, Robin Russell, Diane Schad, Christal Shipp, Heather Siedschlag, Casey Wanish and Kimberly Wilhelms, all of Fond du Lac; Elizabeth Bartelt and Amy Kumrow, both of Kewaskum; Barbara Baus, Jon Gentz and Duane Porter, all of Campbellsport; Whitney Brockway and Susan Marley, both of Plymouth; Kelly Brumley, Randolph; Christine Busby, Klara Hartfiel, Diane Luedtke, Bridget Mincheski, Gwen Schjoneman and Debra Weidler, all of Beaver Dam; Timothy Butterfield and Kathryn Drews, both of Waupun; Elise Czeszynski, Watertown; Tammy Dassow, Menomonee Falls; Bruce Davis, New London; Andrea Deering, Oconomowoc; Ashley Dehn, Elkhart Lake; Michael Dellegrazio, Grafton; Katrina Dodd, Milwaukee; Sara Doege and Nicole Zimmerman, both of Neosho; Adam Doman, Jeffrey Gehrke, Christine Krause and Donna Zander, all of Oshkosh; James Fredrick and Megan Haase, both of Juneau; Katie Freund, Elizabeth Kraft and Mark Peterson, all of North Fond du Lac; Robin Frievalt, Amy Petersen and Leslie Troedel, all of Slinger; Robert Froh, Horicon; Shawn Geiger, Dorchester; Maria Guenther and Nichole Storms, both of Mayville; Curtis Hawkinson and Jennifer Juliuson, both of Fox Lake; James Hogan and Vijayalakshmi Kankesh, both of Hartford; Emily Hoyt, Mary Kovalaske, Tyler Polakowski and Rae Ann Smith, all of Ripon; Angeline Hurley, Brownsville; Jessica Kuczkowski, Lomira; Kimberly Lisowe and Christine Wagner, both of Chilton; Lori Lusty, Belgium; Claire Miller and Janet Thompson, both of Jackson; Rachael Muche, Van Dyne; Jaime Pergande, Fall River; Amanda Prom, Port Washington; Aaron Quast, Rosendale; Stephen Sandrone, Adell; Joseph Stommel Jr., Iron Ridge; Kelly Thuermer, Malone; Melissa Voskuil of Redgranite; Cindy Walter, Washington; Randi Williams, Green Lake; and Sarah Ziegler and Jason Zook, both of Eden.


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.