Queenie Weesen, Anne Lemke and Jose Bustos at Campus Compact awards

From left to right: Queenie Weesen, MPTC Nursing Student; Anne Lemke, MPTC Experiential Learning Coordinator; Jose Bustos, MPTC IT Student.

Wisconsin Campus Compact annually gives out awards to recognize those who have shown excellence in civic engagement. Winners of Wisconsin and national awards were honored at the annual WiCC Civic Engagement Institute, March 8-9, 2018 at UW-Whitewater.

Congratulations to Moraine Park students Jose Bustos, winner of the Jack Keating Student Civic Leadership Award, and Queenie Weesen, winner of the Newman Civic Fellows Award!

Jose is one of our IT students. The Jack Keating Student Civic Leadership Award recognizes students that have taken a leadership role in creating change in their community. Jose is a single parent with an 11-year-old son and a full-time, third shift job while studying two degrees at Moraine Park. Despite his busy schedule, Jose has been an active on our campus as well as volunteering in the community, including helping out at the Fond du Lac Senior Center.

Queenie is one of our nursing students. The Newman Civic Fellowship is awarded to community-committed students who look to create long-term social change. Queenie is also very involved in our campus activities as well as the community. She grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. at age 19. When she first arrived in America, she worked as a CNA and sent earnings back home to the Philippines to send her siblings to college. Now, as her siblings are set with college degrees and jobs, Queenie is at Moraine Park pursuing her own nursing degree.

We are extremely proud of the efforts of these two students, among many others from Moraine Park who are working to improve the lives of their families and communities.

For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

Anne Lemke
Written by Anne Lemke
Experiential Learning Coordinator