MPTC helps fight domestic violence

by jbrezinsky19. November 2012 09:57

Speaker and fund-raiser help raise awareness
     It was a sea of purple entering Moraine Park Technical College’s Techniques Salon and Spa on Tuesday, Nov.13. Staff and students were sporting the shade to help raise domestic violence awareness for the national Cut It Out event. The color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence.
     On November 13, five percent of proceeds from Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, located on the College’s Fond du Lac campus, went to supporting families of the victims of the October 21 Azana Salon shooting in Brookfield. Moraine Park joined more than 80 salons in the region in this Cut It Out effort. Throughout the month of November, the barber-cosmetology department is offering trendy purple hair extensions for $5, purple ribbons for $1, and $2 hand massages – all proceeds from these services will benefit families of the Azana Salon shooting victims. To make an appointment at Techniques, call 920-929-2106.
     Moraine Park Cosmetology student Emily Wille, of Beaver Dam, was wearing a purple extension in her hair and spoke about the importance of the Cut It Out event. “This event, along with activities we have planned for the month of November, is important for helping families of the Azana victims,” Wille said. “We are getting to practice what we learn in class to give back to those in need.”
     Sara Sears, Barber-Cosmetology instructor, was instrumental in organizing the November 13 Cut It Out event at Moraine Park. “This was a great way to give back to the community and one way to respond to the tragedy that occurred so close to home,” said Sears. “We hope the little things we’re doing will help make a larger impact to our community members struck by this unfortunate event.”
     On November 13, Moraine Park also hosted domestic violence survivor Teri Jendusa-Nicolai. Nicolai shared her miraculous story of survival with a large group of Moraine Park staff, students and community members. During the cold harsh winter in Wisconsin in 2004, Nicolai was beaten by her ex-husband, placed in a garbage can, and left for dead in a storage locker. She survived, and today shares her story in hopes that she can save someone else from this tragedy.
     Nicolai’s story has been covered nationally and she continues to spread the word on domestic violence to law enforcement agencies, middle schools, high schools, colleges and shelters. As part of her Moraine Park presentation, Nicolai spoke about signs to watch for in and how to get out of an abusive/violent relationship. She also addressed how to help a loved one who might be in a dangerous relationship.
     For more information on Moraine Park, visit For additional information on the Cut It Out organization and related resources, visit