Friday, January 31, 2014

Welcome Back, Students!


Although it doesn’t feel much like spring, our Spring Semester is into its second week!  I hope everyone had nice and relaxing winter break. Hopefully you all got the chance to attend the welcome back lunches last week featuring John Cassidy. I got a chance to attend at the Fond du Lac campus show and it was definitely an experience!

It was great to see all of you reconnecting with classmates! Make sure to check out some of the photos from the event on our Facebook page. Here are a few of my favorites from each campus:

 


 



I hope this is a wonderful semester for all of our students; we are so happy to have you all back on campus! Whether you are a first-time reader of my blog, or a regular, I hope you continue you to follow along with my blog. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions or share how your semester is going in the comment section below.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Happenings at Moraine Park!

The end of semester is always a busy time for students as they are working hard to finish up their end of semester projects and prepare for final exams. In spite of all this, Moraine Park students still found time to give back to their communities this holiday season.

Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at Racheck’s and Shopko in West Bend on Dec. 4, 2013. Pictured from left: Andy Luedtke, Tanner Holzhueter and Erik Hefner.
In Fond du Lac, Student Senate sponsored a diaper drive for the Fond du Lac Family Resource Center. The group also held a Bone Marrow Drive for Be the Match last month. During the drive students learned how to get involved in donating bone marrow through the Be The Match organization.  Many clubs around campus also held drives to collect hats, mittens and food that will all be donated to local organizations.

In West Bend, the Chiropractic Specialist Club, Cosmetology Apprentice Club, Electricity Club, Graphics/IMD Club, SAGA Club, Student Senate, SMARTS Club and the Student Nurses Association held a campus-wide food drive. The West Bend Student Senate and the Student Nurses Association collected items for the Kids2Kids Toy Drive. Kapco’s Kids2Kids toy drive collects over 20,000 toys for low-income children through Southeastern Wisconsin.
 
Winner of Mo-Vember at Mo-Raine Park, William Milbrot.
The Beaver Dam Student Senate found a creative way to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues through a month-long event called Mo-Vember at Mo-Raine Park. Participants took before and after photos, one clean shaven at the beginning of the month and another at the end of the month and invited anyone to vote for their favorite Mo-Vember moustache for $1. The club also sold Kwik Trip gift cards with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Elks Christmas Baskets, which provides food baskets for families during the holidays. Between the two fundraisers over $700 was raised for the Elks Christmas Baskets. The Human Resources Club conducted a toy drive in conjunction with the Dodge County Toy Bank. The Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army. The Beaver Dam Student Nurses Association conducted a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul.

Students in the Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac chapters of the Multicultural Club collected school supplies and other donations this winter to support the Blue Mountain Project. The Blue Mountain Project is an organization committed to improving the health, education and economy in rural Jamaican communities. Some club members and other Moraine Park students will be bringing the items to Jamaica this January during their study abroad trip through Moraine Park’s International Education program!

I am so proud of the effort Moraine Park students have put into giving back to our communities. Their actions are so inspiring.  If you’ve been giving back this year, please be sure and share efforts in the comment section below!  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Moraine Park honored with American flag

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a special dedication ceremony for a flag given to Moraine Park by Nathan Huenink, son of Moraine Park Dean of Basic Education, Sandra Huenink. Nathan flew the flag at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan during one of his tours of duty as thanks for the care packages he received from the Moraine Park Supports Our Troops effort.



Staff members Sue Wiese and Kathy Hass put together and send the packages to troops. They sent Nathan packages through his three tours of duty, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. In total, they have sent out 90 packages to 17 different service members. I know I say this often, but I am so incredibly impressed by the generosity and hard work of the staff at Moraine Park. These sorts of activities are not things that appear in someone’s job description, instead they are done out of pure kindness to support our staff and their family members. Thank you to Kathy and Sue for your time and effort put into this!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our students and staff who are veterans. We currently have about 150 student veterans enrolled at Moraine Park. We are always looking for opportunities to provide the best resources possible for our students. In fact, just last year Moraine Park started a Student Veterans Club that was recently recognized as an official chapter by the Student Veterans of America.

I highly encourage everyone to take a look at the new flag located in the hallway outside of the Student Services Office. It is truly an honor to receive such a special gift and to be a part of honoring our veterans. Please feel free to leave me a comment below; I would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What are you thankful for?


Happy Thanksgiving! As we begin to celebrate the holiday season and you gather with family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday I hope you take the time to reflect on what you are thankful for. Reflecting on things I am thankful for is a tradition I have celebrated with my family regardless of which home I may be enjoying the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries and we can’t forget the pumpkin pie with a spoonful, or two of real whip cream.  This Thanksgiving I am thankful for continued good health and the support from family and friends.  I’m blessed to have my mother who is 93 years old and still with us. Although she is no longer preparing the traditional Thanksgiving meal, those traditions have been passed on to her children. I hope you all enjoy the break from classes to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.  Wishing you all a safe and very special Thanksgiving.

 
What are you most thankful for this year? Please share below!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Moraine Park celebrates International Education Week!


Students and staff were exposed to a variety of cultural experiences this week and last week in celebration of International Education Week! Moraine Park is participating in the nationwide effort to celebrate the benefits of international education.  This year the activities at our College centered around two trips, one to Jamaica and one to Morocco, being offered this spring through Moraine Park’s International Education program.  
Last week students and staff got to taste Jamaican cuisine and listen to Jamaican music at the Taste of Jamaica events held at all three campuses. Students from the Multicultural Club were also available to share information about the upcoming trip to study abroad trip to Jamaica. During the trip students will be participating in service learning in healthcare, education, sustainable construction and renewable energy aiming to provide hands-on learning. Students will also be collecting school supplies to take with them to support the Blue Mountain Project in rural Jamaica. Make sure to drop any extra supplies you have in the boxes at the Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac campuses!
 
 
There was also a Moroccan cooking demonstration earlier this week where students, staff and community members got to sample Moroccan cuisine and learn more about the study abroad trip to Morocco this spring. If you or anyone you know is interested in the trip make sure to visit morainepark.edu/morocco or contact Tom Endejan at tendjan@morainepark.edu.

 
In addition to the activities around campus, our International Education program recently ran a Travel Photo Contest! Make sure to check out the winning photos on International Education’s Facebook Page.
I hope you all got a chance to enjoy the festivities! Thank you again for tuning into my blog. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Introducing Community Connections Newsletter

I am pleased to announce that Moraine Park has released the first edition of Community Connections, a MorainePark Technical College Newsletter.


The biannual newsletter is intended to keep business leaders and community members informed of the many happenings at the College. In our first issue you will find information about projects Moraine Park faculty and staff have been working on including the grand opening of our new Jackson Regional Center, lab updates and several new initiatives implemented by departments within the College. For questions or feedback on the newsletter, please contact jurben@morainepark.edu.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Students help build a Habitat home in West Bend


On September 9, I attended a very special groundbreaking for a new Habitat for Humanity home being built in West Bend. The groundbreaking was not only a wonderful celebration for the families getting a new home but it was also the start to an extraordinary learning experience for Moraine Park students in the Building Trades Construction Worker and Electricity programs.

 

Students will work alongside Habitat crews throughout the 2013-14 school year to help build the duplex for the families. They will be framing, roofing and wiring the house in preparation for the families to move in next year. Since the groundbreaking I have visited the site and the crews are already making a great deal of progress. In just two short weeks, they are already beginning to lay the foundation for the home.


Photo taken at the Habitat groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Sept. 24.
  
Just two weeks later students and Habitat crew are already making progress.
 
I can’t express enough how proud I am of the students and instructors involved in this project.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn their trades but more importantly they are also learning what it means to truly help people in need. This is exactly what Moraine Park is trying to achieve through our Service-Learning projects.  Thank you to the students and staff for your dedication to this project!  Make sure to stay tuned into my blog for more updates and photos throughout this project.