Wausau West High School French teacher Kara Torkelson, German/Spanish teacher and Modern Language Department Chairman Dr. Jerry Reinardy, and West High German student Catherine Koss attended the first Wisconsin Global Youth Summit in Madison.
During the daylong summit, more than 80 public and private high school students representing high schools across the state worked with University of Wisconsin-Madison students involved in the Adventure Learning Programs on international activities. International Reach students facilitated small-group discussions on what it means to be a global citizen and what students can do to expand global education. Students also learned a few words and phrases of another language during an activity facilitated by the UW-Madison Language Institute. The 40 teachers and chaperones who accompanied the high school students attended a separate day of activities and discussed a proposal for a statewide Global Education Certificate.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction hosted the event in cooperation with Global Wisconsin Inc., International Professionals Inc., the Division of International Studies at UW-Madison, and the State Superintendent's Statewide International Education Council.
? Primrose Retirement Communities has named Emma Fierek as one of two winners of its annual education scholarship. Fierek serves as a dietary aide at the Wausau Primrose Retirement Community. Fierek also has helped facilitate Life Enrichment activities and dedicated herself to building meaningful relationships with Primrose staff members and residents alike. Fierek will pursue a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin.
Primrose Retirement Communities has named Deb Meisel as the Primrose Employee of the Year. The announcements were made during the company's annual Leadership Conference in Tampa, Fla.
Meisel serves as the executive assistant at the Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau. In that capacity, she acts as a resource for the entire Wausau Primrose team. In addition, she helps out as a bus driver, activity facilitator, dietary aide, receptionist, manicurist, scheduler, trainer and wherever else she is needed.
Primrose Retirement Communities is based in Aberdeen, S.D. It provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care. Primrose has grown to include 29 communities in 14 states.
? Several Ministry Health Care facilities have earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.
Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital, Weston, has received the recognition each year since 2007, and Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill received the honor for the sixth time.
A total of six Ministry Health Care facilities earned the QRCR designation as well. They are Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield; Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point; Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital, Rhinelander; and Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.
Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital is an all-digital provider of care offering a wide range of primary and specialty services as an anchor of the Weston Regional Medical Center.
Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital that provides primary and specialty health care services to Merrill and rural Lincoln County.
Ministry Health Care is an integrated Catholic health care delivery system.
? Wisconsin Medical Society members elected Dr. Richard A. Dart of Marshfield as president-elect during the society's annual meeting in Madison. Dr. Dart will succeed Dr. Timothy McAvoy in April 2014. Until then, he will serve on the board of directors and the board's executive committee.
Robert Schulz, president and CEO of Outdoor Enterprises Inc., a Schofield landscaping firm, on April 4 attended the Landscape Academy sponsored by County Materials. Also in attendance were Rick Gebhardt and Scott Arambel, who are Outdoor Enterprises' top two landscape technicians.
? Jeffrey A. Hertz, a partner in the law firm of Mallery & Zimmerman S.C., announced that Mallery & Zimmerman has been named to the 2013 "Best Law Firms" rankings. The firm received a Tier 1 Metropolitan Ranking in the area of Family Law.
The firm has offices in Wausau, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Mosinee and Stevens Point.
Hertz also has been selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America for the third consecutive year. Hertz has practiced law for more than 34 years and concentrates his practice on divorce, adoption and related areas of family law.
? Ashley Hawley has joined the Jackman Law Firm in Wausau, specializing in estate planning, probate/trust administration, and real estate and business transactions.
Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing Co. in Wausau was recognized as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 Supplier Enabled Innovation Program by Johnson & Johnson. The SEI Program was created in 2010 to allow Johnson & Johnson companies to leverage the knowledge and unique abilities of supplier partners to drive innovative solutions that will improve the lives of the patients they serve.
Animas Corp., a division of Johnson & Johnson making subcutaneous insulin delivery systems, nominated the Keypad Redesign Project as one of about 800 projects from across Johnson & Johnson for consideration in the SEI Program. Of these projects, five were selected as finalists, and the Wilson-Hurd keypad continuous improvement project was one of the top five nominees, bringing a vastly enhanced keypad design and robust manufacturing process.
Since 1904, Wilson-Hurd has offered manufacturing and design services that complement or enhance customers' products. Its Electronic Control Products division provides switching and control interface solutions using the latest technology and manufacturing processes. For those customers seeking contract medical manufacturing, the Wilson-Hurd Advanced Technology Facility offers full turnkey medical products manufacturing within an FDA-compliant quality system.
EO Johnson Office Technologies has received a Top 9 Performance Award from Square 9 for 2012. EO Johnson is one of nine resale dealers nationally to receive the award. Square 9 Softworks is a leading developer of innovative, business-centric software solutions.
Performance award recipients were selected from hundreds of technology partners within Square 9 Softworks' North American Reseller Channel who exemplified their commitment to a solution-sales based approach. The awards are based on sales volume, a focus on solving customer business issues relating to document management, creative use of technology, outside-of-the-box thinking, and a strong commitment to developing product expertise. This is the second consecutive year EO Johnson has received the award.
EO Johnson Office Technologies is a leading distributor of print/document equipment, document management systems, IT network services, and pure drinking water systems. It has offices in Wausau, Eau Claire and La Crosse; as well as Rochester, Minn., and Cedar Falls, Iowa.