GRIEF NEEDS SUPPORT: FINDING HOPE AND HEALING

Guest:  Cheri Milton, Grief Support Specialist, Agrace Grief Support Center

Grief is a very personal emotion.  When someone we love dies, it is not unusual to feel helpless, alone, shock, anger, despair.  Each person experiences sadness in his or her own way and can move back and forth through a range of emotions in the process of attempting to go on with life.

For many years, Agrace has provided hospice and palliative care to people facing serious and life-limiting illnesses and has remained a source of support for families following the loss of a loved one. To enhance these services, Agrace has opened the separate Agrace Grief Support Center on Marketplace Drive in Fitchburg for those experiencing grief – to share stories, find comfort, and work toward healthy survivorship.

On this program, Cheri Milton describes the services offered including grief support groups for adults, spouses and partners, family support programs for school-age children, therapeutic play activities for grieving children, and education about living with grief and helping others.  There is no charge for these services if a member of your family was in hospice care with Agrace or another hospice within the past 12 months.

For more information, go to agrace.org/griefgroups.

AGRI-TOURISM IN WISCONSIN: A GROWING BUSINESS

Guest:  Dave Meuer, Meuer Farm, Chilton Wisconsin; President, Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association

“Eight years ago we were milking cows; now we have 25,000 people a year visit them!” says Dave Meuer of Meuer Farm.  In his spare time, Dave Meuer is also president of the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association.  Which makes sense since while managing a 150-acre farm, Dave and his wife, Leslie, also invite people to visit their Destination Farm.  “What better place to learn about science, biology, forestry or soil and water conversation than on a real working farm?”  In addition to farms, Wisconsin Agri-Tourism enthusiasts visit farm markets, breweries, cheese factories, wineries, rural art fairs and more. It’s a growing business in Wisconsin!

On this program, you can virtually experience farm life in Wisconsin as Dave Meuer describes how they implement sustainable farming practices, educate the public, and conserve the land.

With growing interest in eating from farm to table, vegetables, meats, fruits and milk are in abundance in Wisconsin. Missing has been grains.  So Meuer Farm decided to fill this void and now grows, harvests and mills nine different grains including ancient grains with a heritage of up to 13,000 years.  You’ll learn more about these grains, their uses and nutritional values also on this program.

Dave Meuer will be amongst those presenting at the Garden Expo, February 9-11, at Alliant Energy Center.

LOOKING FORWARD TO WIND ENERGY IN WISCONSIN

Guest:  James Tinjum, PE, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Distance Graduate Credit Programming, College of Engineering, UW-Madison

Wind is a renewable source of energy.  Its motion – kinetic energy – can be captured in wind turbines to generate electricity.     According to the U.S. Information Administration, as of 2014, the percentage of Wisconsin’s electrical consumption coming from in-state wind energy production was 2.6% in comparison to coal which was 61.3%.  The sustainability of wind power, its benefits to the environment and public health as a clean energy source, plus its employment opportunities are the major reasons why there is growing interest in expanding wind energy’s geographical footprint.

On this program, we welcome James Tinjum who is responsible for continuing engineering education in the areas of energy geotechnics and environmental sustainability at UW-Madison.  Dr. Tinjum describes how wind energy works and where Wisconsin ranks in policy and wind energy advancements compared to neighboring states.  He also shares highlights and what he learned from his recent 1300-mile, four-state bike trip to meet firsthand with people living with wind energy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa.

For more details on James Tinjum’s “Bike the Wind” experience and the status of wind energy today, go to BiketheWind.wordpress.com.

KEEPING YOUR CAREER ON TRACK

Guest:  David Noer, PhD, Organization Development consultant….

You’ve done everything right so far:  You have a great education in a field with high potential.  You are bright, talented, motivated, and your professional value has been embraced.  You are employed in a position with a promising future for career advancement.  What could possibly go wrong?  “Career derailment,” says David Noer, Organization Development consultant, honorary senior fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership and professor emeritus of business leadership at Elon University.

In his latest book, Keeping Your Career on Track: Avoiding Derailment, Enriching the Work Experience and Helping Your Organization, Noer describes real-life examples of 99 derailment hazards that can blindside talented employees and lead to termination, demotion, career plateauing, and removal from the fast track and succession planning charts.

On this program, David Noer vividly describes some of the potentially career-ending pitfalls he has encountered.  You’ll hear about:  Derailment by Zipper;  Derailment by Suicidal Meeting Behavior;  Derailment by Feedback Immunity; Derailment by the Need to be Right…to be Nasty…to be Busy;  Derailment by Diversity Adversity;  Derailment by Communication Constipation…and more.

For additional background and books by David Noer, including Humanistic Consulting: It’s History, Philosophy and Power for Organizations, go to davidnoer.com.

MADISON COLLEGE EXPANDS TO THE SOUTH SIDE

Guests:  Jack E . Daniels, PhD, President, Madison College; Steve Goldberg, Gift Development Specialist, Madison College

After much research, data gathering, conversations and community will, the new Madison College South Madison Comprehensive Campus is well on its way to becoming a visible reality on the corner of Park Street and Badger Road.  Why the south side?  Because that is where the greatest need is according to a diverse group of community leaders.  Realizing that education is the great equalizer, Floyd Rose of 100 Black Men says, “Given that employment is the fundamental pathway from poverty, Madison College is, without equal, the most effective means of empowerment” in south and southwest Madison.  Renee Moe, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County agrees. “Education is one of the building blocks to a stable life. This new facility will help address the social, racial and economic disparities we see in Dane County.” Zach Brandon, President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, is equally enthused. “The Madison College South Campus represents a critical investment and an important step toward driving equity, retaining talent in our region, and building an advanced economy that works for everyone.”

On this program, Dr. Jack E. Daniels walks us through the process that led to the building of the new south side campus and how it will address the educational, social, financial and support needs of the community it serves.  You will hear about the academic courses with a focus on STEM fields, business/marketing and entrepreneurship, plus a STEM Academy partnership with local high schools that will address the skilled worker void in Wisconsin and prepare students for the economic needs of tomorrow.

Joining Dr. Daniels on the program is Steve Goldberg who is consulting with Madison College to help raise the additional funds needed.  To learn more, go to supportmadisoncollege.org.