We did have our annual SPE Education Career Night at WCTC. There were close to 90 registrations but mother nature did not cooperate on our April 18th meeting night. The snow did cause terrible driving conditions though out the state. Many of our students chapters from UW Madison, UW Stout, UW Milwaukee and UW Platteville could not make it.
We had over 40 hardy attendees that did make their way to WCTC for this event. As we were setting up we received an announcement from WCTC that they were closing the school early due to the snow storm. We had to shut down our meeting. Lancer catering was able to get the food out and we did have fast impromptu dinner. We did manage to give out over $5,000 in scholarships to the attending WCTC students. These scholarship were funded by Midwest Composite Technologies, Orbis and the Milwaukee SPE.
We did present our guest of Honor Robert Novak with the 2018 Plastics Educator of year award winner. Time did not allow us to properly honor Robert Novak. He has been a dedicated educator through the years and his work at WCTC has provided many talented students that our now part of many Wisconsin companies.
As Renee Nehls and I were leaving the event we noticed a car trying to find a parking spot in the blinding snow. We knocked on the window and it was one of the families of the essay contest winners. They had driven through the storm to support their daughter when receiving her Wonders of Plastics essay award. Her mother took a picture of me handing the award and check to her daughter with the snow blowing in our faces. It was a good end to the evening to see families supporting their children.
Thanks again for those in attendance. We will have better weather next year!
SPE Education Chairperson