Who does not like easy food? During quarantine I did a lot of cooking! But what is better than making that meal in 5-10 minutes? I fell in love with my slow cooker this summer. I made everything I could think of from chicken tacos, BBQ chicken sandwiches, chicken teriyaki, beef roast, and even cinnamon rolls! However, I also found easy recipes to follow that take no longer than 10 minutes. I have them listed and linked below!
Moraine Park Technical College’s Gas Utility Students led the Operation Christmas Child shoebox project at the Beaver Dam campus this November.
Every year since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children around the world. To date, more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
The 2020-21 class of gas utility students are Mike Breitzke of Lomira, Grant Burbach of Oakfield, Eli Davidson of Baraboo, Luke Halbach of New Holstein, Payton Kollmann of Fond du Lac, Kobe Krebs of Berlin, Cole McKay of West Bend, Mauston Reilly of Berlin, and Ryan Sellnow of Watertown. To date, they have filled over 50 shoeboxes.
“Our students have received great support from the College and community,” Steve Logan, Moraine Park gas utility instructor, said. “A gentlemen they met at the store even donated $20 when he learned about the project and their efforts. Both this project and that kind gentleman have provided a great learning opportunity, which I believe will stay with these students long after they have moved on from Moraine Park.” Donations that cannot go in a shoebox will be given to Community Care Inc. in Beaver Dam, a preschool and childcare facility for Dodge County families in crisis.
Trust me, WSG is not as scary as it sounds! The basic rundown of the Wisconsin Student Government is as follows:
- All 16 of the Technical colleges meet once a month. Typically these meetings are in person; however, we are currently meeting virtually.
- Each college has two representatives, the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor, who are elected by their college’s student government.
- The Governor is the only one allowed to vote on behalf of their college. They make decisions on topics such as budget, speakers, previous meeting minutes, adjuring for lunch, etc.
- The WSG also has a leadership team that consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, and parliamentarian. These positions are open to any student within the WTCS.
The meetings are very informative, allow the colleges to bounce ideas off each other, and opens up doors to crucial connections.
MPTC students: If you have not considered attending one of the WSG meetings, I highly recommend doing so!
Potential/future students: Participation in the WSG is just one way that MPTC offers opportunities to grow and connect.
Visit https://www.morainepark.edu/experience-mptc/student-life/ to learn more.
Grab your friends, family, and animals WE ARE GOING ON A HIKE! What better way to enjoy much-needed family time or alone time than taking a walk with the beautiful landscapes of Wisconsin following you? Do not worry, I have done the research for the best places to go in fall around all three of the campuses. However, if you have the time to drive all the way up to Devils Lake, which is hands down my favorite hiking spot. I would also recommend going to Lion’s Den Nature Preserve or Harrington Beach State Park! Pike Lake State Park is another popular one.
- Ridge run park
- Parnell tower
- Friends of lac Laurence conservatory
- Ledge park
- Harnischfeger park
- Horicon Marsh
Fond du Lac County
- Hobbs woods
- Kiekhaefer park
- Lakeside park
-Haley VanRaden, Moraine Park District Student Ambassador
Here is why I think voting is important:
It may not seem like it, but government and policy impacts how we live our lives each and every day. I strongly believe that voting is the cornerstone of a positive society and a strong democracy. If we choose not to vote, we’re putting our lives in the hands of people we may or may not support and the policies that they create. These exact people write policies that will affect every facet of our lives like healthcare, social security, climate change, housing, poverty, student debt, and many more.
So in order to create and uphold a strong democracy, we need to choose the right people to solve problems such as these. And students such as ourselves are the most important in the election process. Our Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes recently said that if every student in Wisconsin voted this November, we would make up the second largest city in our state! That makes a HUGE impact on our election process.
It has even been proven that the lowest turnout rates in past elections have been younger voters and students. According to the Campus Vote Project, “Young adults (ages 18-29) made up about 21% of the voting eligible population in 2014, but voter turnout for this demographic has reached record lows in recent years.” Community college and tech college students matter even more because we share a close relation to the communities in which we go to school, live and work. 7.1 million students go to tech or community colleges across the U.S. With such a large student representation, we can make our voices be heard this election and help politicians create policies that help us all directly – like federal financial aid, student debt forgiveness, more funding for our school programs, and more jobs within our communities.
So get out there on November 3rd and let your voice be heard! Let’s preserve our democracy for generations to come.
WI Online Registration Deadline: October 14, 2020
Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Learn more at: myvote.wi.gov
Cortland Henning, MPTC 2020-21 Newman Civic Fellow
MPTC is pleased to announce we have 2 national scholarship winners!
Jennifer Hakala, Accounting and Kristin Unser, Nursing, are two of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named across the USA, as 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Coca-Cola Leaders Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 700 applications were received.
A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.
“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”
The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.
“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.
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Moraine Park Technical College is celebrating its first class of Promise Program graduates who have now completed their college degrees and will begin working in their respective fields. The program offers five consecutive semesters of debt-free college tuition, as well as additional services including mentoring, tutoring, career guidance, financial aid workshops, and counseling to eligible high school seniors. The purpose of the program is to offer the opportunity for a college education to individuals who otherwise couldn’t afford it. It will also help to address the employment gaps across the workforce by supplying businesses with skilled and educated individuals.
The first class of Promise program graduates are Logan Brue of Hubertus, CNC Tool & Die; Taylor Frank of Campbellsport, Graphic Communications; Gabrielle Green of Hartford, Early Childhood Education; Brett Hebert of Rosendale, Criminal Justice; Shayenne Jaffke of Hartford, Criminal Justice; Gavin Lund of Rosendale, Welding (2019 Graduate); Melannie Martinez of Waupun,Criminal Justice; Roberto Mondragon of Ripon, IT Software Developer; LaToya Singleton of Kewaskum, Early Childhood Education; Bethany Thome of Mt. Calvary, Graphic Communications; and Tania Torres of Horicon, Graphic Communications.
“This unique opportunity to earn a college degree without the burden of tuition expenses has helped to set these students up for success,” Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president said. “They have excelled both inside and outside of the classroom, and soon our generous community donors will begin to see the value in their investment as we continue to welcome more graduates, who in turn will help influence and grow our local economy.”
The Promise Program was introduced in 2018 and was funded through the generosity of individuals and community partners. The Moraine Park Promise program donor partners are: Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, Agnesian HealthCare, Allan C. Kieckhafer, Alliance Laundry Systems LLC, Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation, Baker Cheese, Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Foundation, Inc., Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc., Bonnie Baerwald, C.D. Smith Construction, CampusWorks, Capelle Bros. & Diedrich, Inc., Countryside Auto Group, Dana Bourland, Dick and Joan Kleinfeldt, Duane & Kathleen Foulkes Foundation, Excel Engineering, Fox Valley Savings Bank, Horicon Bank, J. F. Ahern Co., James and Catherine Barrett, Jet Stream Car Wash, Jim and Judy Flood, John and Eileen Pfeifer, John and Joan Shanahan, John and Sally St. Peter, Johnson School Bus, Kondex Corporation, Manowske Welding Corporation, Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.(MEC), Mercury Marine, Mike and Nancy Berg (Summit Automotive), Mike Shannon Automotive Foundation, Muthig Industries, Inc., National Exchange Bank Foundation, RAM Tool, Inc., Richard Zieman, Rick and Joni Parks, Rodney and Kim Miller, Russ Darrow Group, Sadoff Family Foundation, Serigraph Inc., Silica For Your Home, Society Insurance Charitable Fund, Steve and Karla Peterson, Sure-Fire, Inc., Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation, Inc.,The Grande Foundation, Tobin Machining, Tom and Carrie Kasubaski, Tom and Nan Baumgartner, Tom and Sally Herre, Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, Inc., Van Horn Automotive, West Bend Community Foundation’s Ziegler Family Foundation Fund, and Westbury Bank Charitable Foundation.
In fall 2019, Moraine Park introduced a second debt-free tuition program called Promising Futures. This program was created to benefit adults in Moraine Park’s district who need access to affordable education.
For more information on Moraine Park’s Promise program, visit morainepark.edu/promise.
Each year, Moraine Park Technical College recognizes the hard work and academic achievement of students throughout the year, and despite the shortened time on campus, this year had no shortage of exceptional accomplishments.
Congratulations to all of the 2019-20 Student Award winners!
|Maurice||Artiles Tramsen||Campbellsport||Meritorious Service|
|Brian||Blankenheim||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Jason||Blonigen||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Tanner||Bury||West Bend||Meritorious Service|
|Ana Cristy||Chavez||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Hannah||Chipman||LaValle||Finalist – Student Ambassador|
|Sergio||DeLaCruz||Beaver Dam||Campus Impact|
|Enleigh||Dobyns-Schuetter||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|EnLeigh||Dobyns-Schuetter||Fond du Lac||Finalist – Student of the Year|
|Allyson||Engel||Beaver Dam||Finalist – Student of the Year|
|Nathan||Flood||Fond du Lac||Technical Achievement|
|Mollea||Greylord||Fond du Lac||Leadership & Service|
|Jamie||Haas||Beaver Dam||Meritorious Service|
|Melissa||Haase||Beaver Dam||Meritorious Service|
|Hannah||Hansen||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Brett||Hebert||Fond du Lac||Campus Impact|
|Cortland||Henning||Fond du Lac||Leadership & Service|
|Cortland||Henning||Fond du Lac||Finalist – Student Ambassador|
|Amanda||Jeske||Random Lake||Finalist – Student Ambassador|
|Michael||Kier||West Bend||Technical Achievement|
|Victoria||Kimbro||Rio||Finalist – Student Ambassador|
|Ann||Koepsell||Mayville||Finalist – Student Ambassador|
|Alex||Krause||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Shane||Kusak||Beaver Dam||Meritorious Service|
|Emma||Long||West Bend||Meritorious Service|
|Tom||Martin||Fond du Lac||Campus Impact|
|Dillon||Meyer||Mount Calvary||Meritorious Service|
|William||Millard||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Abby||Muenchow||Horicon||Leadership & Service|
|William||Overton||West Bend||Technical Achievement|
|Leah||Pietrangelo||West Bend||Meritorious Service|
|Kevin||Piotrowski||Kewaskum||Recipient – Student of the Year|
|Nathan||Polcyn||Green Lake||Meritorious Service|
|Luke||Pulvermacher||Princeton||Leadership & Service|
|Christine||Quant||Port Washington||Meritorious Service|
|Gretchen||Rauls||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Gretchen||Rauls||Fond du Lac||Finalist – Student of the Year|
|Susie||Rodencal||Fond du Lac||Campus Impact|
|Katrina||Schmidt||West Bend||Meritorious Service|
|Allie||Schroeder||Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|Timothy||Schroeder||North Fond du Lac||Meritorious Service|
|David||Sella||Wales||Leadership & Service|
|Kari||Stone||Random Lake||Meritorious Service|
|Koy||Straks||Waupun||Leadership & Service|
|Alex||Tischendorf||Kewaskum||Leadership & Service|
|Alex||Tischendorf||Kewaskum||Finalist – Student of the Year|
|Barbara||Turner||Beaver Dam||Leadership & Service|
|Haley||Van Raden||West Bend||Recipient – Student Ambassador|
|Emily||Vick||Beaver Dam||Meritorious Service|
|Justin||Wagner||West Bend||Campus Impact|
|Josh||Wolf||West Bend||Campus Impact|
Student Senate leadership recognition included:
|Abby Muenchow||Beaver Dam president|
|Koy Straks||Beaver Dam vice president|
|Caitlin Pieper||Beaver Dam secretary|
|Justin Wagner||Fond du Lac president|
|Mollea Greylord||Fond du Lac vice president|
|Maurice Artiles||Fond du Lac secretary|
|Cortlan Henning||community manager|
|Anthony Fiore||West Bend president|
|Lauryn Slade||West Bend vice president|
|Brisa Vasquez||West Bend secretary|
Student Government leadership for District Student Government (DSG) and Wisconsin Student Government (WSG) are:
|Koy Straks||DSG President|
|Tom Martin||DSG vice president|
|Trina Anderson||DSG parliamentarian|
|Nicole Nowicki||DSG secretary|
|Queenie Weesen||WSG governor|
|Barbara Turner||WSG lt. governor|
Cortland Henning of Fond du Lac has been selected to be a part of the 2020-21 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows cohort.
Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students from across the U.S. who will make up this year’s cohort. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. The fellowship provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, access to exclusive scholarships, and post-graduate opportunities.
Henning, a first-year generation college student, took advantage of Moraine Park’s Promise program to achieve his career goals. He graduated from Fond du Lac High School in spring, 2019 and enrolled in the College’s culinary program this past fall.
“I always wanted to go to college but never knew if it was a possibility for me,” Cortland said. “My family isn’t able to help contribute to my tuition, and I knew that my part-time job wasn’t enough to live on and pay for school.”
Henning is also actively involved at the College. He is an active part of the Student Senate, where he serves as the community manager, and he volunteers at many of the student life events. Also, as part of the Promise program, Cortland is required to volunteer in the community for a minimum of eight hours. To date, he has volunteered over 80 hours of his time at the Fond du Lac High School, where he helps coach the color guard team. Cortland has won a Bronze and Silver Student Community Impact Award for the 2019-20 academic year!
Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald said, ” From the first time we met, it was clear to me that Cortland is a goal-driven, passionate, and engaged young man. He is ambitious and an outstanding ambassador for MPTC and higher education. Cortland is always willing to lend a hand no matter the task or the commitment. He has excellent time management skills which allows him to balance work and school while maintaining high academic honors. With over 80 hours of community service already accrued this school year, Cortland is the model of citizenship that the rest of us hope to emulate in our own lives. I am proud to be his mentor and look forward to the community and college impact he will demonstrate during his academic journey.”
In total, there were 12 students selected from Wisconsin to participate in the 2020-21 Newman Civic Fellows cohort, and Henning represents one of four technical college students in the group.
“I truly believe education inspires us to be better, and it increases overall societal values,” he said. “Moraine Park has opened so many doors for me, and I look forward to continuing to grow with this new opportunity.”
For more information on the Newman Civic Fellowship, visit compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship.
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
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