Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Batter Up

On Friday, Sept. 26, I joined the Beaver Dam Student Life group on the ball field and cheered on their softball game. It was a beautiful day to be outside and see the excitement and team spirit from the students participating. It was a fun event, and it wasn’t about who was scoring the most runs, who missed the ball or how fast the students went from first, to second, to third base and then home! There was no shortage of talent at the game and, at times, I even got to be the umpire!

I also got to join the batting team and attempt to hit the ball, and “attempt” is exactly what it was. I was grateful for the pitcher who graciously tried to oblige when I would ask him to “pitch it so I can be sure to hit it.”  The students on the sideline offered excellent advice, with the most important being, “keep your eye on the ball!”

If opportunities are there for you to participate in Student Life activities, I encourage you to do so. It is a great way to build new friendships, and you never know when you might see me at that next event!

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!