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 Campus - 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 Campus - 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 Campus- 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 Campus - 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 Campus - 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.

FEBRUARY

Home Brewing
Bob Brylski, Mid-State Industrial Automation & Controls Engineering Instructor
Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 116
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 212
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

Beer is ancient.  Ever since humans became agrarian, and likely before then, beer was “discovered” for its psychotropic properties.  As a side benefit, it also preserved grain calories and nutrients which could be consumed well after harvest.  All this came about from the natural process of fermentation.  After thousands of years of trial and error, the ritualistic brewing process brought forth beverages for general consumption in most societies on the planet.  It wasn’t until the age of enlightenment, and especially after the industrial revolution, that the brewing process really became understood.

This presentation will cover a brief history of beer and provide an overview of the brewing process and the ingredients involved.  We will talk about the barley grain, malting and kilning, mashing, lautering, boiling, hops, fermentation, racking, flavors and aging. If you haven’t brewed before, but are interested in how it is done please plan to attend.  If you are an experienced brewer, please join us and plan to share your experiences and knowledge.

MARCH

SPECIAL PRESENTATION! Medicine Generations: Native American Medicines and Foods
Misty Cook, MS, Cultural Consultant & Diversity Trainer
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 115
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 417
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

This presentation will include an overview of the Medicine Generations Book from the history throughout eight generations of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe.  Highlighted will be: how to use the medicines, how to gather, dry, and preserve them, tea making, a demonstration on examples of dried and fresh medicines, and an overview of the medicines and they are used for.

Unglued to Renewed: 7 Essential Habits to Smile More and Stress Less
Lauren Ebbecke, Mid-State Faculty, Natural Sciences, CEO and Founder of Extraordinary Wellness Coaching
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 116
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 212
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

In this presentation, you will explore the causes, sources, and effects of stress on all levels (physiological, emotional, and intrapersonal/interpersonal). You will learn to apply techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stress to improve your life and use positive healthy coping skills to help you smile more and stress less.  Lauren has experienced this first hand as she has transformed her life from being a burnt out, stressed out, worn out high school teacher with no personal life to a happy, healthy, and heartfelt woman living an extraordinary life by listening to her own inner wisdom.  Since 2012, she has generously shared her tips, resources, and programs while working enthusiastically teaching young men and women.  Come and exchange drama, trauma and karma for happiness, peace and confidence!

Leadership & Personal Growth
Todd Kuckkahn, Executive Director-Portage County Business Council, Mid-State Instructor-Workforce & Economic Development
Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 116
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 212
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

Leadership and personal growth is a journey, not a one-time speaker fix. How is your journey going? Are you effectively using your 24 hours a day or do you think you are “busy”? Have you assessed where you are at on your journey? What impact on you having on your corporate culture? Are you a manager or a follower or a leader? Are you just communicating or are you actually connecting? There are lots of resources within your reach for your personal growth journey and it is never too late to intentionally grow in your leadership ability.

APRIL

Pollinator Gardens
Micki Dirks-Luebbe, Mid-State Grant & Contract Administrator, Owner of Down to Earth Greenhouse in Wausau, WI
Dr. Beth Ellie, Mid-State Manager of Institutional Effectiveness & Quality
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 116
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 212
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

This presentation will explore ways to create a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home. The importance of protecting pollinators and the best plants for attracting them, including visual examples, will be provided. The presenters will also discuss the planting process and what things to avoid when creating and cultivating pollinator gardens.

Health & Climate Change
Bruce Krawisz M.D., Certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Medical Genetic Pathology
Date: Monday, April 22
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 115
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 212
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

Dr. Krawisz studies how human health is affected by climate change.  Human activities have caused approximately 1°C (1.8°F) of global warming since 1750.  According to the International Panel on Climate Change, global warming will likely reach 1.5°C (2.7°F) between 2030 and 2050.  We are already seeing early consequences of global warming such as larger and more powerful hurricanes, more wildfires, drought in the US Southwest, rising sea levels, increased range of insect vectors of disease, and higher temperatures throughout the world.  The American College of Physicians has described climate change as potentially devastating to human health (Ann Intern Med. 2016, 164:608-610).  Scientific solutions to climate change and career choices in light of climate change are presented.  Politics is not included.

MAY

Exploring Hospitality
Paul Kennedy, Mid-State Faculty, Hospitality Management
Date: Monday, May 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 115
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 212
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

Hospitality is an important and growing part of the economy in Wisconsin. This presentation will discuss a brief history of the hospitality industry, overview the different types of hospitality business segments that consumers utilize, and see specific examples of how hospitality impacts our region of Central Wisconsin, including potential employment opportunity areas.

20 Minutes in the Life and Death of a Tree
Ron Zillmer, Mid-State Dean of Transportation, Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Construction
Date: Tuesday, May 7
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Via TelePresence

  • Adams Campus - Room 116
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 105
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 417
  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus - L133/L134

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.