Monday, September 29, 2014

Tech Effect on Hospitality

I have to extend a big thank you to our Culinary Arts students for the delicious tapas they provided during the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) Hospitality Event on September 24.  The event was held at Lakeshore Culinary Institute, and students and faculty in Moraine Park, Fox Valley and Lakeshore’s culinary programs all did a spectacular job of showcasing their culinary talents! This was a great opportunity to share the important role technical colleges play in Wisconsin’s $17 billion tourism industry with local restaurant owners, legislators and many other community leaders. And, of course, getting to enjoy the fantastic food was a wonderful perk. I have to give extra kudos to the Moraine Park students that made the pumpkin cheesecake.  That pecan crust sure was a lovely addition! 

Thanks again to the Moraine Park Culinary Arts program! What a great way to show the community how our graduating students impact Wisconsin’s booming hospitality and tourism industry. Check out a few of Moraine Park’s graduate success stories at

Culinary Arts Instructor James Simmers (left) and student Cody Feist took a quick break from the crowd to snap a photo with Stan Cram (right), vice president of student affairs, and me.

Joseph Yagler, Moraine Park Culinary Arts student, serving that amazing pumpkin cheesecake!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Eisenbahn Connection Grand Opening

Wednesday, September 3, was a perfect day to be outside enjoying the sunshine, and I was happy to have the opportunity to be on our West Bend campus supporting the new Eisenbahn Trail and the newly completed connection to our West Bend campus. Students, staff and community members came together to celebrate the grand opening of the connection with a ribbon cutting and cake! The project was initiated by the West Bend Campus Student Senate and was able to come to fruition thanks to the collaboration between community organizations, faculty, students and staff.  

The trail spans 25 miles, going through West Bend, Kewaskum, Campbellsport and Eden. As we quickly approach the fall months, I encourage you to get out and enjoy the beautiful sights along the trail, and feel free to use the new connection and make a stop by our West Bend campus to say hello.