Hot topics and hot soup featured in free West Bend lecture series

bowl of noodle and vegetable soup

Moraine Park Technical College will again host a winter lecture series of important, timely topics at its West Bend campus.  This year, the free series will feature various topics under the theme, “The Soup Series: Hot Topics. Cold Nights,” and include complimentary soup from a local vendor.

The lectures will take place Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m., February 1-22 in the West Bend campus’ auditorium. The line-up of topics and soups will be as follows:

Feb. 1: The Basics of Autism, with Chicken Dumpling Soup from Omicron Restaurant

With autism’s prevalence estimated around 1 in 68 US children showing signs of autism—and 1 in 42 boys. This presentation will discuss the signs, strategies and resources to build an understanding. Kathy Jeffrey, Autism & Special Education Coordinator at the West Bend School District joins Nicole Busalacchi, President of On the Spectrum and mother of twin boys affected by autism for this presentation.

Feb. 8: Gene Manipulation Breakthroughs in Cancer Research, with Baked Potato Soup from St. Joseph’s Hospital

In a lifetime, Americans have a 1 in 3 chance of being diagnosed with cancer. Mitchell Ledwith, a second year graduate research student in Dr. Andrew Mehle’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shares the inside scoop on gene research at the university, and how mending a variety of genetic lesions could be impacting the fight against this disease.

Feb. 15: Sex Trafficking Awareness and Prevention, with Beer Cheese Soup from Riverside Brewery

We might think human trafficking is a problem for other countries and large cities, but human trafficking has been documented in all 72 Wisconsin counties. Local authorities will discuss the prevalence of sex trafficking in our area and share insights so parents and community members can protect loved ones. Speakers include Wendy Smith of Washington County Anti-Trafficking Advocates; Deacon Steve Przedpelski, the Executive Director Franciscan Peacemakers, as well as a member of Law Enforcement.

Feb. 22: Social Media Dangers, with soup from Moraine Park’s Campus Cafe

An estimated 72% of teens have online or social media profiles. Nearly half have public profiles viewable by almost anyone. Bobby Schotzko and Brian McAndrews from the West Bend Police Department, and Joe Desiderio, an  IT instructor from Moraine Park will discuss areas of risk as well as techniques to avoid threats and keep kids out of danger.

Moraine Park’s West Bend campus is located at 2151 North Main Street. Contact the campus at 262-335-5713.

Written by Patty Lehn
Director of Marketing & Communications