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Madison • Fort Atkinson • Portage • Reedsburg • Watertown Spring 2007

For Alumni and Friends of Madison Area Technical College

see page 6

Wright Place, Wright Time
Hot Jobs: Terry’s Take
Proud to be in the Pack
Dear MATC Alumni and Friends,

One thing sure to disrupt a busy office is the dreaded “low

toner” light. If you depend on a computer for your job, your
studies or your life (and if that’s the case, hit the escape key
every once in a while!) you know that when the printer is
down, things grind to a halt.
A Middleton entrepreneur saw a business opportunity
in this common, everyday occurrence. His idea was to sell
remanufactured toner cartridges as an environmentally-
friendly cost saving option for government agencies. But
the maze of rules, regulations and paperwork involved was
daunting. So Rob Wangard turned to MATC to learn how to
win a share of this vast market.
Rob’s Middleton business, Cartridge Savers, is
one of hundreds of Wisconsin enterprises — most
of them, small businesses and many of them minor-
Mark your calendar for the
ity or veteran-owned — to master the ins and outs
of government contracting at MATC’s Business
12th Annual
Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC). Doug Redsten
Golf Classic
Including a record $358 million last year, BPAC
has helped Wisconsin companies land $1.9 billion in
federal, state and local government business. That’s
$479 for every $1 of BPAC’s operating budget.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, which The 12th annual MATC Golf
also provides funding for our program, last year’s Classic honors the memory of
contracts resulted in more than 7,000 jobs created or retained in Wisconsin. Doug Redsten who devoted
Fostering economic development is a key part of MATC’s statutory mis-
30 years to MATC students
sion. Not only do we prepare our students for real world careers in fast-growing
fields; we also work directly with individual companies to capture new markets and alumni as a teacher,
and increase profits. coach and administrator.
In Rob’s case, the bottom line is that Cartridge Savers has become one of the
fastest-growing Hispanic-owned companies in the U.S. In 2006, Rob was recog-
nized as Wisconsin’s Minority Small Business Person of the Year. Monday, May 21, 2007
And today, from government 11:00 am
warehouses all the way to the White
House, when the words “low toner” MATCProfiles The Bridges Golf Course
flash on a laser printer, the toner
cartridge is replaced by one of Rob’s
MATC Foundation 2702 Shopko Drive
products. With a little help from his
Robert Dinndorf, Executive Director
MATC Alumni Association
friends at BPAC, Rob Wangard has Tricia Weisheipl, Coordinator of
become an MATC real world Annual Giving & Alumni Relations Host – Jim Thomas
success story. General Manager
Communications Director: Janet Kelly
Profiles editor: Bill Graf
Head Professional and
Graphic designer: Amy Kittleson
MATC’s Head Coach
Staff writers: Robert Dinndorf, Robin Gee,
Bill Graf, Janet Kelly, Tricia Weisheipl
Bettsey L. Barhorst
Contributing writer: Mark Crawford
To register,
MATC President
contact Tricia Weisheipl
See “Alumni & Foundation” at or call (608) 246-6441
(608) 246-6958
for more information
MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Alumni Profile

For Scott Perkins,

the “Price” is Wright
MATC graduate is curator at Price Tower —
Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper

Frank Lloyd Wright’s brilliant imprint on the built landscape

of Wisconsin spans a wide array of structures and settings, from the prairie
serenity of Taliesin near Spring Green to the vibrant sweep of Madison’s
Monona Terrace. This is the story of how a Wisconsin boy’s fascination
with Wright led to an education
in design and a career
revolving around a unique
yet little-known landmark:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper.
You won’t find the 19-story Price Tower in
a major metropolis, although the building was
originally proposed for New York City in 1929.
It stands in the middle of oil country
— Bartlesville, Oklahoma — where the
headquarters of H. C. Price Company became
known as “the tree that escaped the crowded
forest.” Today, 50 years after it opened, visitors can not only tour the high-rise and
peruse its Price Tower Arts Center exhibits; they can even stay overnight in the
Wright-designed high style of the Inn at Price Tower.
Scott Perkins’s path to Price Tower began with his boyhood near Wausau.
He was drawn to the colors, patterns and spatial relationships of buildings, and
was particularly fascinated by Wright-designed homes.
“I always enjoyed driving by one of these, the Duey and Julia Wright
residence, as a child with my parents,” he says. “It supposedly
was designed in the shape of a musical note to reflect the
family’s love of music. I was intrigued by the idea that
people could actually have a home ‘designed’ for themselves
according to what they wanted.”
After graduating from high school in 1986, Perkins was
disappointed by his first college experience. “I felt lost in
the large lecture halls and didn’t have any real outlet for my
creative side,” says Perkins. After a year, he left for Madison
and enrolled at Madison Area Technical College.
It was a good fit. Perkins earned his associate degree in
interior design in 1991 and continued taking architectural
drafting and liberal arts courses at MATC before moving to

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MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Scott Perkins “I have great memories
continued from page 3
of MATC. We had a great
sense of camaraderie,
both in and out of the
classroom. MATC, in
general, got me interested
in learning again…”

Overnight with Wright

Chicago. He completed his bachelor’s One of his first projects was “Wright T H E I N N AT PRI CE TO WER
in fine arts in interior architecture at the Restored,” an exhibit highlighting the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago detailed restoration and conservation work
in 1997. Six years later, he received a that Perkins directed to return the tower’s
master’s in decorative arts, design and upper three floors to their original 1956
culture from Bard Graduate Center in appearance.
New York, where he is currently pursuing “With ‘Wright Restored,’ my design
doctoral studies. skills kicked in, since I had to redesign
Perkins completed an internship at the three floors of historic interiors spaces as
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture well as design and install the exhibition 21 high-design guest rooms in
in Spring Green during his undergraduate in our galleries,” says Perkins. “Besides Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper
years in Chicago. He was given the educating the various contractors on the
For reservations and information,
opportunity to catalogue and photograph complexities of Wright’s furniture and
visit or
the entire furniture and artwork collection interiors, I coordinated the conservation of
call (918) 336-1000.
at Wright’s Taliesin estate. “Handling the historic objects, supervised the crews who
furniture on a day-to-day basis, and seeing were replicating built-in furniture from
the construction of these pieces close-up, photographs, and negotiated with vendors large architectural offices, furniture dealer-
really did wonders for my Frank Lloyd to not only meet our budget, but also ships and factories,” Perkins recalls. “These
Wright fever,” he says. “Working in the complete the entire restoration in a very experiences gave me an edge when I decid-
large drafting room there almost became a short 10-week time frame.” ed to complete my bachelor’s in fine arts,
religious experience.” Looking back, Perkins remains as I already had a little taste of the outside
As part of his doctoral studies, Perkins impressed with the way his MATC world and, therefore, an advantage in
was preparing a research paper on Wright instructors prepared him for the working juried critique sessions.”
and his Prairie School movement when world. The studio format of MATC’s Perkins gets back to Madison twice a
his advisor suggested he write an essay on interior design department gave him the year to reconnect with friends and class-
Wright's designs for the Price Tower Arts basic trade qualifications he needed, mates. “I have great memories of MATC.
Center’s 50th anniversary commemorative especially the teamwork skills necessary We had a great sense of camaraderie, both
exhibition catalogue. Soon, his in-depth to work in a design studio. in and out of the classroom. MATC, in gen-
knowledge of the building's interiors, “Our courses were structured around eral, got me interested in learning again and
furniture and history made Perkins the realistic projects. We were able to get out for someone still ‘in school’ after twenty
perfect choice to become the center’s curator of the classroom and visit different types of years, that’s perhaps the biggest outcome of
of collections and exhibitions in 2006. work environments — retail design studios, my time spent there.”

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Students Travel South to Lend a Hand
4 for the future
Economist Terry Ludeman
sees good jobs in
high-growth sectors
What’s hot in the job market?
The answer seems to vary day by
day as technology, global markets
and demographic trends converge
to change the workforce. Terry
Ludeman, retired chief labor economist
for the state of Wisconsin, shared his
insights recently with Profiles.
MATC students took an Alternative Winter Break trip
Health Care
in to the Florida Everglades, where they worked at a
“Wisconsin adds about 20,000–25,000 new healthcare jobs every
refuge for injured and abused animals. Alternative Spring
year, about 25% of which are in Madison. If you add to that the
Breaks took 100 students to four locations:
5,000 to 6,000 baby boomers in these jobs who retire every year,
• Appalachia, mentoring high school drop-outs and there are 10,000 to 12,000 healthcare opportunities available in the
working on home construction for coal miners in Dane County area every year — an ideal market for nurses and
West Virginia; medical technicians.”
• New York City, preparing and distributing meals Finance/Insurance
to people with HIV/AIDS; “There are probably 1,500–3,000 new jobs created in this sector
• Washington D.C., learning about homelessness every year in Wisconsin. Although most aren’t professional
and hunger by volunteering at shelters, food pantries positions, they do require very strong skill sets, especially in
and youth centers; and computer operations and information technology.” Law firms,
engineering companies, scientific/research firms and medical
• New Orleans, helping to rebuild the damaged areas
practices will also be looking for computer programmers,
continuing to suffer the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
operators and technicians.

Help the students who help Manufacturing is increasingly dependent on technology for running
To make a tax-deductible donation to sponsor innovative business processes, such as “just in time” production
a student volunteer, please send a check payable and delivery. Of the 2,000–3,000 jobs available every year in this
to the MATC Foundation to: field, many require high-tech computer skills such as CAD and
MATC Student Life other engineering applications.
Re: Alternative Breaks Donation
3550 Anderson Street • Madison, WI 53704
Despite the downturn in housing starts across the country,
For more information, call (608) 259-2953 or email construction in Wisconsin has stayed strong, thanks largely to commercial construction. There are currently about 120,000
construction jobs in the state — 30,000 in the Madison area.
Although strong new-job growth isn’t in the forecast, there should
More MATC News on page 10 >
be about 2,000–3,000 job vacancies created every year by retiring
construction trade workers.

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Getting Down to Business
in Cabinetmaking and Millwork

hen tornados ripped through
Dane County two years ago, the
damage included a number of
uprooted trees in a west side research park.
But where storm chasers saw debris, a local
nonprofit business saw opportunity.
It was only natural for the Wisconsin
Energy Conservation Corporation
(WECC), a company devoted to
promoting energy efficiency and
renewable energy, to see the potential in
those damaged trees. So it approached
MATC’s Cabinetmaking and Millwork
Program with a proposition: WECC would
donate a brand-new portable sawmill
to MATC, and students would make
office furnishings for its new green-built
headquarters out of trees removed from
the construction site.
While the instructors in the program
are eager for their students to gain the real
world experience of working on special
projects for area businesses and organiza-
tions, they are selective about the proj-
ects they take on. Projects must include
a learning component that fits into the
curriculum. The WECC headquarters, a
showplace of sustainable building prod-
ucts and methods, fit the bill.
Cindy Moubry, WECC contracts and
procurement manager, learned that the
MATC program might be able to help.
In exchange for donation of the portable
sawmill, Patrick Molzahn, lead instructor,
agreed to mill the wood from the site and
have students turn the wood into a recep-
tion desk for the new building.
“This has turned out to be a wonder-
ful partnership for us,” says Moubry. “It’s
been a great opportunity for students to
experience green or sustainable building
firsthand, and it allows us to keep all the
trees onsite.”

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
The program:
Cabinetmaking and Millwork
The added bonus for WECC is the The degree: One-year technical diploma
MATC project adds to the many sustain- Career potential:
able features of the building that the com- Cabinetmaker, finish carpenter, architectural
pany hopes will earn them a prestigious woodworker, finishing specialist, fixtures
Leadership in Energy and Environmental manufacturer, CAD/CAM operator.

Design (LEED) Certification from the Current employers of MATC graduates include
U.S. Green Building Council. Carley Wood Associates, Techline USA, Nonn’s
Flooring, Hensen Manufacturing, Wisconsin-
Partnerships like this are one of the Built, The Carlson Company, Brunsell Lumber
things that keeps the cabinetmaking and and Woodjoiners.
millwork lab at MATC Truax bustling Typical salaries:
with activity every day. Students and From $24,000-$60,000. Entry level, $12-
instructors cluster around the room at dif- 15/hr.; highly skilled employees can earn up
to $25/hr.
ferent stations, each completely focused
on the task at hand — sawing, sanding, For more information: Call (608) 246-6842
gluing, nailing — all of the things one
would expect in a wood shop, and more.
Maintaining an efficient pace is impor-
ing for building contractor J. H. Findorff. MATC and WoodLINKS:
tant, says Molzahn. “I want to ground stu-
They also invite industry experts to The Latest Word on Wood
address students on the latest products An innovative program that offers online,
dents in the real world. They need to learn
and methods. self-directed curriculum for woodworking
to work in teams, plan projects, keep track
“When I decided to pursue turning is going national through a partnership
of hours, calculate production costs and
my woodworking hobby into a career, with WoodLINKS, an industry-driven
profit, and manage their time as they would
my wife and I sat down and explored our educational partnership.
on the job.”
options,” says Dave Lauher, who was a Patrick Molzahn, lead instructor for
Patrick and his brother, Jeff, also an
nurse for 20 years before he graduated MATC’s Cabinetmaking and Millwork
instructor in the program, bring their
from the program last year. “We settled Program, developed the curriculum
own work experience into the classroom.
on MATC because it had a good reputa- because he found that there were practi-
Patrick was trained as an architectural
tion.” He now is working at Carley Wood cal challenges to the traditional lecture
designer and ran his own woodworking
Associates in Madison, an architectural and demonstration method of teaching.
business, while Jeff, a journeyman car-
woodworking firm. “We’d have 16 students crowded around
penter, has 20 years of experience work-
With family responsibilities that a machine. Some couldn’t even see the
include three children, Lauher says he details of the demonstration. Then they’d
really had to stay focused. “I was on a wait in line to use equipment.
mission, so I was very happy that basical- “By providing online modules using
ly everything Patrick and Jeff said about PowerPoint, short videos and PDFs, stu-
the industry was right on the money. They dents can work at their own pace. They
pushed us and challenged us but it made can study and review theoretical, safety
me very well-prepared to work in the and operating information online, freeing
field.” up class time for hands-on work in the
Molzahn has discovered that to suc- laboratory. Because students are working
ceed in his program, “students must be at their own level, not everyone will be
detail-oriented and have a strong desire trying to do the same task at once.”
to work with their hands. But the number WoodLINKS-USA now is making
one requirement is the desire to learn.” In Molzahn’s learning modules available to its
that regard, Patrick Molzahn feels blessed. members. This year the organization also
awarded MATC its Partnership of the Year
Award for developing the curriculum.

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Businesses share ‘Future Thoughts’ The end result of the
Future Thoughts sessions

tudents had the day off, but the halls All of the business representatives
were still buzzing. Professionals expressed a need for MATC to educate
is to help develop a
from small firms, corporations, more skilled workers with up-to-date comprehensive academic
government agencies, trade associations technical skills specific to their fields.
plan for the college with
and the UW were gathering at MATC Many also expressed the importance of
for “Future Thoughts,” a January developing complimentary “soft skills” first-hand information based
in-service activity designed to share in students — such as customer service, on employers and projected
strategic information with over 400 emotional intelligence and interpersonal
college faculty about the future of their abilities. demographic and economic
professions and industries. Employers also stressed the need trends for the college’s
Nurses, engineers, CEOs, scientists, for students to gain knowledge in good
transportation managers and state agency manufacturing practices, instrumentation
12-county service area.
and university administrators, along with skills and process improvement
a fire chief, animator and art director, met methodologies such as Six Sigma.
with instructors in 17 sessions organized Other needs identified included:
by career field, with anywhere from five • new curriculum to support the
to 50 instructors participating in each. emerging biofuels field;
“For decades, our occupational • laboratory technicians trained
programs have received ongoing input for converging sciences such as
from advisory committees, made up of biotechnology, energy, agriculture,
local employers, working professionals chemistry and animal care;
and graduates, for a real world check on • specifice skills to support growth in
what our students learn and bring to the the video gaming industry, which
workplace,” states Terry Webb, MATC’s is expanding into new markets due
associate vice president of Learner Success. to business applications for virtual
“Our programs will continue to work with conferences;
their advisory committees, but we took this • more emphasis on developing students’
opportunity to really look into the future, business writing and technology skills;
five to 10 years out. We asked all faculty • continuing education for culinary
to join with our local employers and begin and hospitality workers; and
our planning to meet future needs.” • training to help our community’s
Each session began with employer growing population of Latino workers
presentations, then moved into facilitated advance into management.
but free-flowing dialog focused by five The end result of the Future Thoughts
questions designed to provoke thoughts sessions is to help develop a comprehensive
about trends, emerging needs and future academic plan for the college based on
demands. Some groups became so first-hand information from employers and
engaged they chose to skip lunch and projected demographic and economic trends
continue their sessions well beyond the for the college’s 12-county service area.
two-hour time period. The academic plan is scheduled for
What did MATC learn from completion this summer and according to
organizations as diverse as Vierbicher Webb, “will guide decisionmaking at the
Associates, Inc., Wisconsin Hospital college over the next five to 10 years by
Association, Peterbilt, Raven Software, providing a model for future programming
Office Team, Covance, Voltedge and the and outreach activities, as well as
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, recommendations for how MATC
Trade and Consumer Protection? serves our community.”

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Alumni Notes
Tom Brice, a graduate of the Marketing and Rhonda Voelz and Loretta Brunell for doing Lasting Skin Solutions,
Supervisory Management programs, marks 35 such a great job of preparing me for real world whose founder and
years at Madison Gas and Electric, where he is coding.” president, Kim
currently materials manager. He has been a part- Schuchardt, is an MATC
Dave Mahoney, who
time teacher in the Supervisory Management graduate, has opened a
has been both a student
program (see ad on page 11) since 1987, new Middleton location
and instructor at MATC,
and is past president of the MATC Alumni in the Discovery Springs
was elected Dane County
Association. Center. It provides a
Sheriff last November and
multifaceted approach to preventative and
Lara Klipsch Elliott, began his term in January.
corrective skin care, including the latest in laser
a 2000 graduate of the Mahoney’s career includes
technology. A graduate of MATC and UW–
Graphic Design Program, service with the Middleton
Madison, Kim has over 17 years of medical
is an associate art director EMS, Middleton Police Department, Cross
experience and is a registered nurse, physician
for American Girl, a Plains Police Department and Dane County
assistant and certified laser technician.
lifestyle magazine for Sheriff’s office. He also has served as
girls ages 8–12. She was President of the Wisconsin Professional Police
initially hired as a graphic Association. A way to remember,
designer by American Girl at her portfolio
show. Now, Elliott works with photographers
Bill Neeman, general manager of Ad-Tech a way to renew
Industries in Watertown, is president-elect
and illustrators from around the world. The losses of Stan Burek, Carl Jensen and Sara
of the Watertown Rotary Club. Neeman,
Graphic design graduate MATC alum, is a long time donor to MATC Sherkow in the past year have been deeply felt
Kristin Erickson’s and has established a reimbursement plan for by the MATC community. But they and many
successful magazine his employees to attend the college. Cindy others have left a legacy of hope for MATC
Brava celebrates its Schroeder, a graduate of the MATC Business students for many years to come.
fifth anniversary in Mid-management Program, is office manager at Those who wish to remember their loved ones
May. Formerly known Ad-Tech, an industrial painting company. by making learning accessible to future stu-
as Anew, the full-color, dents are encouraged to contact the MATC
Dennis Ruchti has joined
glossy monthly tells the Foundation Office. Many named funds, as well
Strang, Inc. of Madison
stories of exceptional women who empower as the Foundation Endowment for scholarships
as HVAC design engineer.
others. In May, Erickson is set to launch Brava and grants, provide opportunities for students to
Ruchti holds an associate
Encore Edition, an annual publication that carry on in the tradition of our Stan, Carl, Sara
degree from MATC and
will follow notable women through a day or and other MATC legends.
has over 28 years of
a pivotal moment in their life.
comprehensive HVAC Gifts to these and all of the MATC Foundation’s
Medical coding graduate Darla Lockman is design experience. Strang, scholarship accounts are tax-deductible.
employed full-time as a coder at UW Hospital Inc. is an integrated architecture, engineering
and Clinics. A former junior high school and interior design firm. Larry Barton, an For details, contact
teacher, she worked in manufacturing for 25 architectural technician alum, is vice president MATC Foundation • (608) 246-6441
years before seeking a career change. “I wish of Strang and a member of the MATC
to express my thanks to [MATC instructors] Foundation Board.

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MATC News continued from page 5

Proud to be in the pack!

MATC’s intercollegiate athletic teams
experienced tremendous success during
the Fall 2006 season. The WolfPack golf,
soccer and women’s volleyball teams
swept their way through state competition
as all three teams claimed conference and
state titles. The teams experienced simi-
lar success on the regional and national
Keep up with the pack! levels.
for the latest Wolfpack news

MATC golfers Josh Pantel (above), as well as Paul

Jacobsen, Eric Isberner, Bryan Leschensky and
Ben Steeger have qualified for the 2007 NJCAA
National Golf Tournament.

MATC history and its first since 2003.

MATC golfers Josh Pantel, Paul Jacobsen,
Eric Isberner, Bryan Leschensky and Ben
Steeger qualified for the NJCAA National
Golf Tournament June 5-8, 2007 in
Kristin Brochtrup (above) and Kara Hilmanoski Chautauqua, N.Y.
became the first two volleyball All-Americans in The MATC Soccer team, ranked 15th
MATC history. in the nation, also claimed a Region XIII
title with a 2-1 victory. The regional title
The volleyball team, ranked third was the second straight and the seventh
in the nation in the final NJCAA poll, in program history. With the win, MATC
advanced to the regional final. The advanced to the District Tournament in
WolfPack fell to Ridgewater College, Dallas, Tex. The WolfPack advanced
the eventual Division III national to the District Final against Richland
champions but finished the season with College but lost to the eventual national
a stellar 33-6 record. Kristin Brochtrup champions.
and Kara Hilmanoski became the first Come catch the action this spring as
two volleyball All-Americans in school MATC continues to make its mark as one
history. of the premier junior college athletic
The MATC golf team overcame a nine programs in the Midwest!
stroke first day deficit to win the NJCAA
Region XIII title by eight strokes. It was
the program’s fourth regional title in

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Foundation focuses on photography
Solar summit boosts
renewable energy
MATC’s Center for Education in Renewable
Energy Technology (CERET) recently hosted
the Wisconsin Solar Working Group to explore
strategies to grow the solar energy industry
in Wisconsin.

Photography students Dustin Walsh, Austin Hillebrandt, Karolina Romanowski and Reesha Lopez focus on part-
time instructor and full-time administrator Herb Nelson with cameras donated to the MATC Foundation. The
cameras were given by David and Stephanie Dean, Sara Hart McGuinnis and Lew Terpstra. [Photo by: Briana
Montgomery, Creative Photography Student]

Career Upgrades Available Here Town hall for a day

MATC hosted one of Governor Jim Doyle’s
BUILD ON THE DEGREE YOU ALREADY HAVE Town Hall meetings in December. A packed
house at MATC Truax heard the governor’s
Do you have the experience but now need management skills to move to the goals for his second term.
next level?
The Fastrack Supervisory Management/Leadership Development Program at
MATC can help!
• Focus on one subject at a time, one night a week
• Earn a second associate degree in 18 months
• Study contemporary topics in: management, leadership, managing change, conflict,
critical thinking, creative problem solving, workplace ethics and improving quality
• Earn credits that transfer to many 4-year and online colleges

Applications are being accepted for the August 2007 cycle.

Seats are limited, so apply today!
For more information contact: Cindy Spankowski
(608) 258-2372 •


MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Foundation News
Grateful alumni fund the future
“For the strength of the Pack
is the Wolf, and the strength
of the Wolf is the Pack.”

These words of Rudyard Kipling well

describe the interdependence between
individual and community — as well as
the name of MATC’s athletic teams. A
few recent examples of MATC friends
giving strength to the pack through schol-
arships and other gifts:
Jack and Bob Bolz recently decided Jim Ballard, a retired Chicago photographer, who
to create a permanent endowment in the donated his extensive collection of pictorial books,
Madison Community Foundation for instructional and other texts to the MATC Photography
MATC students in the visual and perform-
ing arts. This fund will provide a substan- Occasionally, faculty members like
tial increase in the amount of scholarships Betty Hurd of the Fashion Marketing
available each year to MATC students. Program, are called on for advice by
The Bolz family had been funding schol- other organizations. Betty dedicates the
arships annually through the Eugenie consulting fees from these engagements
Mayer Bolz Family Foundation. to help build the Fashion Marketing Fund
for Learning Enhancement. Betty’s gifts
maintain a tradition of generosity estab-
lished by Nancy Tans, Mae Laatsch and
other department members.
Gene Laubengayer, an Emergency
Medical Services alumnus, has estab-
lished an endowment in the MATC
Foundation that will support Fire
Protection Technician students. Gene’s
daughter Andrea is a Fire Protection Calendar Cast Takes a Bow
Technician alumna. According to the calendar, it was time
The Alexander Fortney Memorial for a party. Local alumni featured in
Scholarship honors this Fire Protection the MATC Foundation’s popular 2007
Technician Program student, who died in Calendar and Report to Our Community
a motorcycle accident in 2005. The col- gathered recently for a “cast party”
lection of funds and scholarship selection at Smoky’s Club, which is owned by
is coordinated by the Shorewood Hills brothers Tom and Larry Schmock (Mr.
Fire and EMS Association. and Mr. August). Community activist
A continuing happy 100th to Spike Ehlers, mainstay
of the Lona M. Ehlers Nursing Scholarship. Spike and
Sherri Kliczak is a proud MATC Jacqueline Hunt (top photo) was among
friends celebrated with a televised birthday party on alumna and employee of National those honored at the event by MATC
December 30, one day prior to the special occasion. Guardian Life, a long-time scholarship President Bettsey Barhorst. To request
The memorial to Lona is the MATC Foundation’s
donor. Sherri volunteered this year as a a copy, call the Foundation at
largest fund.
member of the foundation’s scholarship (608) 246-6441.
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MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
It takes “will” power
Update your estate to help
students succeed.
reading committee, which broadened
her view of MATC students’ needs and
led to increased funding for the National
Guardian Life scholarships.
Jack Lussier has provided new fund-
ing for participants in the Community
Scholars and Continuing Student
Scholarship programs. Community
Scholars perform volunteer work and
meet specific grade and enrollment crite-
Celebrating Scholars
ria while they earn tuition scholarships.
in Reedsburg
Jack is a well known community builder,
providing opportunities for persons of all MATC Reedsburg’s first Scholarship
ages and abilities. Award celebration honored students
W. W. Grainger continues its leader- in accounting, practical nursing and
Name: John Lalor
ship support of the annual MATC Math associate degree nursing in January.
Front row (seated): students Celia Pfaff Education: marketing degree from MATC;
Competition this year, helping the MATC Ph.D. in educational administration
Math Club promote the importance and and Alissa Faber. Second row: students
Katie Ann Mundth, Jennifer Cone, Marie Career: 32 years in higher education;
enjoyment of mathematics. The Spring dean at three Wisconsin technical
2007 event capitalizes on the new popu- Johnson, Paula Wedig and Michael colleges; joined MATC staff in 1985
larity of Sudoku. Hutchison; Diane Jetzer, North Region
Estate plan: recently updated to
Robert Keller has established the campus manager. Back row: John Alt, include an endowment gift to the
first endowment fund for scholarships MATC North Region executive director, MATC Foundation
in the Real Estate Program. The Keller economic and workforce development.
“Working with my attorney,
Real Estate Group Endowed Scholarship
focuses on students with an interest in
I found it very easy to update
property management and/or real estate my estate plan to benefit
investment careers. The new scholarship students long into the future.”
adds to Bob’s support of MATC students
To learn how you can help
through grants from the Nelson and Vera
MATC students in your estate plan,
Hicks Foundation. contact Bob Dinndorf at rdinndorf@ or (608) 246-6440.

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MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
Program News
New certificates offer
quick skill upgrades
One word: Plastics Got a nose for news?
Wisconsin is known for its dairy, paper and Liberal Arts Transfer students who are
even metal fabricating industries, but few interested in writing and reporting now
know that plastics manufacturing also is have an opportunity to “add value”
one of the state’s largest industries and a to their associate degrees. The new
major source of employment in the south- Journalism Certificate is designed for
central region in particular. MATC offers a those interested in gaining skills for entry- $2 million will boost biotech
two-year Plastics Technology Program, but level news reporter positions at small
To meet the fast-growing biotechnology
there has been a continuing need for short- newspapers or radio stations, or for build-
sector’s workforce needs, MATC has
er-term training for those already working ing a basis for further education, includ-
been awarded a $2 million federal grant
in this $2.7 billion industry. ing internships at larger papers.
to train 435 workers for laboratory techni-
To obtain the certificate, students are
cian positions with local bioscience com-
required to complete their two-year liberal
panies, including Covance Laboratories
arts degrees in conjunction with taking
and Promega Corp. MATC will work
17 credits necessary for the Journalism
with employers to create “career ladders”
Certificate. Required courses cover an
allowing new, current and displaced work-
introduction to mass communication,
ers to advance in the biotech field.
news reporting and feature writing with
MATC, one of only 72 institutions in
elective options in photojournalism, web
the nation to receive one of the highly
and professional writing.
competitive grants, is partnering with the
University of Wisconsin and Workforce
Development Board of South Central
Wisconsin (WDB) to develop curriculum

A great shot for the program.

HEP, HEP, hooray!

MATC has received a federal grant,
expected to total more than $2 million
over five years, to help migrant and
seasonal farm workers obtain diplomas
The new Basic Plastics Operator through the High School Equivalency
Certificate offers short-term training Program (HEP). The program provides job
designed to help workers upgrade their advancement, post-secondary education
skills to meet rapidly changing technol- and training opportunities in rural commu-
ogy and methods. Classes meet one night nities in the MATC District.
a week for three hours, offering The program puts a high school diploma
face-to-face instruction and a top quality within reach for rural agricultural workers
laboratory for hands-on learning. Photography student Jaime L. Forrest, spon- who must work during much of the school
sored by MATC instructor Mario Quntana, won year, making it impossible to complete a
an honorable mention in the international Photo
traditional high school education. Through
Imaging Education Association's 2007 contest
for her "Soccer Player." a previous HEP grant, MATC has served
nearly 500 migrant workers and their adult
children since 2001.

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
1 Faculty Profile
IT image is McCullough’s mission “Teaching is in my family.
This is the best job in
Ken McCullough loves problem solving, accepted a full-time faculty position at the world — to be able
puzzles and mysteries — characteristics MATC in 1997. to make a difference in
he says are necessary in information His students say McCullough has had somebody’s life, even if
technology professionals because “they a tremendous impact on them. Danielle what you do is small.”
need the ability to listen and understand Fossum, now a web programmer/analyst
problems so they can fix them.” at Hiebing Group in Madison, will always
remember McCullough’s supportive and Kenneth McCullough
caring attitude. “He believed in me and Education
“IT has come back … • Bachelor’s degree & graduate studies in
my abilities, which was key in my finding
right now, we have employment.” communication arts, UW–Madison
In addition to the success of his • MATC associate degree in data processing/
a shortage of skilled IT students, he is most proud of securing the
computer programming, 1983

workers and need to National Science Foundation (NSF) grant Professional

for MATC’s network security programs, • Six years at Wisconsin DOT as programmer,
attract more people into systems analyst and team leader
creation of the IT Faculty Development
the profession.” Institutes, and his support of department • Eight years managing programmers at CUNA
Mutual Insurance Group
initiatives to promote IT careers to
• Part-time instructor in MATC’s Midrange and
As lead instructor for MATC’s women.
Mainframe Computer Programs
Information Technology Department, “IT has come back,” McCullough
• Full-time MATC faculty member since 1997
McCullough shares much in common proclaims. “Today I frequently hear from
• Five years as lead teacher, Information
with his students. In fact, he knows employers who cannot fill solid IT jobs Technology Department
what it is like to turn to MATC to build offering good pay and benefits. So, right
• 2005 Outstanding Service in IT award,
a career. In the early 1980s, he enrolled now we have a shortage of skilled IT Wisconsin Technical College System
at MATC to “top off” his UW–Madison workers and need to attract more people
degree with the hands-on skills employers into the profession.”
demand. His current mission is to help turn
McCullough’s associate degree in around the image of IT professionals,
data processing/computer programming which has suffered from news reports
prepared him for a position building that make the collapse of dotcoms
applications for the state’s driver license and outsourcing of IT jobs seem more
and vehicle registration systems at the prevalent than they are. The Dilbert
state Department of Transportation. cartoons aren’t especially helpful, either,
From there, he moved to CUNA Mutual he addds.
Insurance Group, where he managed “Ken has a great personality and he
programmer teams. has a special gift for motivating others,”
The chance to share his professional recalls Annie Vang, a recent graduate
expertise with students brought who works on the fast-paced web
McCullough back to MATC. team at American Family Insurance.
“Teaching is in my genes … it “I wouldn’t be where I am today
was probably inevitable,” he says. without Ken’s encouragement
McCullough counts nine teachers in and support.”
his family, including both parents and
all three siblings, from pre-school to
university professors. After teaching
computer programming part-time, he

MATC Profiles • Spring 2007
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Coming up at MATC
For details on these and more MATC events, visit,
click on A-Z Index and select Calendars. Events are at MATC Truax unless noted.

For Mitby Theater information

April and tickets, visit the box office

or call (608) 243-4000.

April 28

11 Concerts on the Square Patio Party

April 10

For alumni and friends

28 An Evening of Good Taste of MATC Foundation
Unique appetizers and desserts prepared 5–7 p.m., Capitol Square
by culinary and pastry arts students. For Check for details.
10 College Spotlight
For returning and prospective students. more information, call (608) 246-6958 or
19 MATC at the Mallards
See see Warner Park, Madison.
for more information. 7–10 p.m., Gourmet Dining Room, Truax 4 p.m. tailgate party followed by game.
4–7 p.m., Truax For ticket information, call Tricia

14 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Musical based on the C. S. Lewis story.
May Weisheipl at (608) 246-6958 or email
2 p.m., Mitby Theater
21 RedstenGolf Classic
For information, call Tricia Weisheipl
The Ambrosia Trio at (608) 246-6958 or email
New York group performs
chamber music at its best. 11 a.m., The Bridges Golf Course,
8 p.m., Mitby Theater Madison.
July 19

22 Big Top Chautauqua

Stories and songs celebrating
Wisconsin Wild Woods and Waters.
3 p.m., Mitby Theater

26 Scholarship Awards Breakfast

May 21

7:45–9 a.m., Redsten Gymnasium

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