Mid-State Speaker Series

Mid-State Speaker Series

The Mid-State Speaker Series connects Mid-State instructors and staff together 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.

SEPTEMBER

Mentoring Your Staff: A Manager’s Approach to Food Safety

Paul Kennedy, Mid-State Hospitality Management Instructor
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Room L133/134
Via TelePresence:

  • Adams County Center - Room 114
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 417

People who are interested in the hospitality industry will have an opportunity to view a class session on food safety, as well as receive an overview of Mid-State Technical College’s new Hospitality Management program. Come meet the new instructor and have your questions answered as it relates to food safety and this exciting new program.

OCTOBER

Business Professionals of America

Scott Elza, Business Professionals of America Wisconsin Association State Director and Accounting Faculty, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
(Accompanied by the state BPA student officer’s team)
Date: Monday, October 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Room L133/134
Via TelePresence:

  • Adams County Center - Room 114
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 411

Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a nationally recognized CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, finance, office administration, and other related career fields. As a co-curricular activity, BPA has the ability to enhance student participation in professional, civic, service, and social endeavors. BPA members participate in these activities to accomplish its goals of self-improvement, leadership development, professionalism, community service, career development, public relations, student cooperation, and safety and health. (Learn more about BPA at http://www.bpa.org/about.)

Being a part of this organization is a great resume builder, and all Mid-State students interested in business, entrepreneurship, or other business ownership and leadership are eligible to join this new Mid-State club/BPA chapter. This presentation will be accompanied by an opportunity for Mid-State students to meet our college’s team of club/chapter advisors and join the newly formed Mid-State BPA Club chapter.

From Grit to Great: Motivational Strategies Toward Success and Real Stories Told by Those Who Have Done It

Dr. Christina Lorge, Mid-State Dean of Student Support

(Accompanied by a panel of guests to share their stories of success)
Date: Monday, October 29
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Room L133/134
Via TelePresence:

  • Adams County Center - Room 114
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 411

Most of us think that only the most intelligent or highly talented will achieve success. This could not be farther from the truth. Grit—the ability to push through difficult situations toward goals—is a larger factor leading to individual success. We will explore grit and dig into strategies to help you get “grittier.”  You will also have a chance to hear directly from a few guests who will share the details of their grit-filled journey to success.

NOVEMBER

The Net Zero Energy Lifestyle: Living Sustainably in Central Wisconsin

Ben Nusz, Mid-State Renewable Energy Technician Instructor
Date: Monday, November 26
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Room L133/134
Via TelePresence:

  • Adams County Center - Room 114
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 411

Benjamin Nusz is the Renewable Energy Technician instructor at Mid-State Technical College. He built his home to be heated and powered by the sun, grows his own food in his year-round aquaponics greenhouse, and drives to work in an electric car. Come out to hear about Ben’s path to living the net zero energy lifestyle, and learn how you can live it too!

DECEMBER

The Net Zero Energy Lifestyle: Living Sustainably in Central Wisconsin

Ben Nusz, Mid-State Renewable Energy Technician Instructor
Date: Monday, December 3
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus – Room 411
Via TelePresence:

  • Adams County Center - Room 114
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - Room L133/L134

Benjamin Nusz is the Renewable Energy Technician instructor at Mid-State Technical College. He built his home to be heated and powered by the sun, grows his own food in his year-round aquaponics greenhouse, and drives to work in an electric car. Come out to hear about Ben’s path to living the net zero energy lifestyle, and learn how you can live it too!

“Cuts for Kids” Event

Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Gymnasium and Salon@Mid-State

Free haircuts for families will be provided by students and graduates from Mid-State’s Cosmetology and Barber Technician programs as well as Cosmetology industry business partners. Free food, Christmas cookie decorating, hands-on activities related to Mid-State programs, GaGa Pit game area, and a meeting area with Santa will be available. Event includes information and resources provided by community partners and health and human services, as well as information about Mid-State’s adult basic education offerings and continuing education opportunities.

JANUARY

Leadership and Personal Growth

Todd Kuckkahn, Executive Director-Portage County Business Council, Mid-State Workforce & Economic Development Instructor
Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location:TBD

Description coming soon.

FEBRUARY

Home Brewing

Bob Brylski, Mid-State Industrial Automation & Controls Engineering Instructor
Date:
TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!

MARCH

Handel’s Messiah: Technically Speaking

Trea Kimball, Mid-State Curriculum & Assessment Specialist
TBD - This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!

APRIL

Pollinator Gardens

Micki Dirks-Luebbe, Mid-State Grant & Contract Administrator, and Dr. Beth Ellie, Mid-State Manager of Institutional Effectiveness & Quality
Date:
TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!

20 Minutes in the Life and Death of a Tree

Ron Zillmer, Mid-State Dean of Transportation, Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Construction
Date:
TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!

MAY

Exploring Hospitality

Paul Kennedy, Mid-State Hospitality Management Instructor
Date:
TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!

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.