Mid-State Speaker Series

Mid-State Speaker Series

The Mid-State Speaker Series connects Mid-State instructors and staff with our students, education partners, and colleagues across the Wisconsin Technical College System. The resulting collaboration brings stimulating presentations on hot topics to our communities. Explore what’s happening in our communities and beyond—and find out what it all means to you.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Most are approximately two hours in length, from beginning through Q&A.


Saving Lives through Suicide Intervention

Connie Schauer, Mid-State Business and General Education Instructor
Date: Thursday, September 14 (Suicide Prevention Month)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Marshfield Campus – Communication Engagement Room (126)

Although a leading cause of death, suicide is a subject that is rarely discussed in our society. Offered during Suicide Prevention Month, this session presents lifesaving suicide intervention skills that form the basis for "suicide first aid." 

Starting, Growing, and Sustaining Your Business: The Importance of Small Business Growth in the Heart of Wisconsin

Panel of Business Owners and Leaders (including): Zach Coleman (owner, Richard’s Liquor), Amy Scheide (owner, Great Expectations), Jaime White (owner, Furniture Studio), Matt Zacher (owner, Express Recycling Solutions, Inc.), Melissa Reichert (president, Hearth of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce), Brian Kopetsky (assistant director, McMillan Memorial Library), and Kelly Ryan (president and CEO, Incourage)
Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Room L133/134

This presentation will include a panel of business owners and community leaders discussing their experiences with successfully starting, growing, and sustaining their small business as well as the importance of small business growth in Wisconsin Rapids. This will also kick off the new Entrepreneurial Series being offered to students, staff, and community through a collaboration between Mid-State Technical College, the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Grow Rapids, Incourage, and Current – Wisconsin Rapids young professionals group.


Understanding Common Core Math

Beth Spindler, Mid-State Basic Education Instructor
Date: Monday, October 16
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Marshfield Campus – Community Engagement Room (126)

Gain confidence in Common Core math—and help your kids with their math homework again! However you feel about the Common Core State Standards, you’ll love this information session on Common Core math.

  • Common Core math procedures
  • Why the Common Core is being used
  • The benefits of Common Core math

Perspectives on Breast Cancer

Mid-State's Nursing and Cosmetology faculty
Date: Thursday, October 19 (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus – Community Engagement Room (634)

Geared toward anyone fighting breast cancer or close to someone who is, this session provides vital information on two perspectives of the cancer experience—the medical side and the body image side. Mid-State’s Nursing instructors will share information on the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and other breast cancer treatments and how cancer patients and their supporters can cope with the challenges. Cosmetology instructors will share resources and approaches for overcoming chemotherapy’s impacts on appearance, including the skin and hair.


Protect Your Child’s Privacy: Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Digital Age

Mid-State Technology Instructors Casey Trader and Brent Presley, and Mid-State Communications Instructor Kelly Steidinger
Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus – Community Engagement Room (635)

This presentation will explore the various dangers online that exist for all people, but particularly children. Topics include cyberbullying and violence, sexual content and predators, age-appropriate content, gaming concerns, use of equipment like webcams and voice-masking technology, and other privacy issues. Tips on how to protect yourself and children from these dangers will be discussed and demonstrations provided.


Your Money: Tax Planning and Update

Bob Smith, Mid-State Accounting Instructor
Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus – Community Engagement Room (635)

Congress and the White House are controlled by the same party for the first time in many years. That means possible changes that impact taxpayers, both businesses and individuals. This session will look at where tax reform stands and what these changes might mean to you. You’ll also learn about strategies to make the most of your year-end tax decisions.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in the Mid-State Speaker Series are those of the speakers and participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mid-State Technical College.