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.


Protection of Butterflies and Other Pollinators

Richard Breen, Mid-State Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Instructor

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/134
Stevens Point (telepresence) - 410
Marshfield (telepresence) - 101
Adams (telepresence) - A160

The monarch butterfly may be the poster insect for pollinator protection, but its challenges are not unique. Loss of habitat, changing environmental conditions, and many other factors are dramatically impacting a large percentage of pollinator species. This presentation takes a quick look at trends and causes, with a focus on what can be done to welcome and sustain a healthy pollinator population in our area: prairie restoration; Monarch Waystations; native seed banking; wild flower and host plant gardens; and improved mowing management. Many local individuals and organizations are already involved in these efforts. Come to learn more and find out how you can help create a welcoming community for more beautiful butterflies!

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.


Wisconsin Writers Connect

Alan Haney and Bill Berry
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus, Community Engagement Room

There can be no question that technology has made our lives more comfortable, but this comfort comes with a cost...toxic chemicals, changing climate, loss of biodiversity, air and water pollution, and less contact with nature. Although injured, nature hasn't gone away.  Reading from his book Backyard Stories, Alan W. Haney will lead us out of our houses and into our yards to examine and explore the wonder and beauty that surrounds us.  Bill Berry will detail how citizens, scientists, reporters, and traditional conservationists drew attention to the harmful effects of "the miracle pesticide" DDT, which was being used to control Dutch elm disease, as documented in his book, Banning DDT:  How  Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way.

Alan Haney is a forest ecologist and emeritus professor of forestry and former dean of the College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  In addition to Backyard Stories, he is the author of Following Old Trails, Jewels of Nature, Laughing in the Wilderness, and several technical books on botany and ecological restoration.  Bill Berry, after working for more than 20 years as a reporter, columnist, and editor for several daily newspapers—including the Stevens Point Journal—has redirected his energy to communicate about conservation and agriculture.