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Join us at the Capitol for Central Wisconsin Days February 26-27
Central Wisconsin Days is February 26-27
in Madison.

It's your opportunity to advocate for business, workforce and economic development initiatives for Central Wisconsin. Participate in small-group meetings with legislators, policy makers and officials in government and attend an exclusive reception.

Join other business and civic leaders of Central Wisconsin for this important annual event. Central Wisconsin Days is organized by Centergy in consort with other Central Wisconsin Chambers and business councils. This event brings the leadership from Central Wisconsin directly to decision makers. 

Coating and Lamination Course Draws Internationally
Our latest course in coating and laminating for packaging applications drew our farthest-flung student body yet. Brianna Knowles, an Australian who works for a metal fabricating firm, said she learned about the course online and was excited to learn techniques that will help with innovative applications the company is exploring. U.S. participants came from Texas, Illinois and Ohio. The course will next be offered July 25-26. 

Students and instructors for the January 2019 course are pictured in front of the pilot coating and laminating line. In back, from left: Dr. Roland Gong, UW-Stevens Point assistant professor of paper science and engineering and course instructor; Ryan O'Hern, Chicago, Illinois; Lindsey Hoffman, WIST; George Shay, Houston, Texas; Brianna Knowles, Wollongong, Australia; Jeff Krotine, Cleveland, Ohio;
and Katie Ebelt, WIST. In front is Brian Bandow, WIST.
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Hands-On Papermaking Course  

Dr. Gerry Ring, left, checks results for students following a hands-on exercise on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine. 

In WIST's immersive, two-day course on papermaking, your journey begins with a look at fiber sources and differences between hardwoods and softwoods, tree anatomy and harvesting operations. Continue through basic papermaking chemistry and a detailed look at the machine process of paper making from pulping to paper reel, gaining an understanding of paper structure and properties. (See a more detailed topic list here.)

Your instructor, Dr. Gerry Ring, began his career as a research scientist at Kimberly Clark in 1980. An emeritus professor and the former chair of the UW-Stevens Point Department of Paper Science and Chemical Engineering, Ring is widely published, holds four patents, is a TAPPI Fellow and was awarded TAPPI Journal's Best Research Paper for 2011. You'll enjoy Ring's genial instruction and quickly pick up on his obvious care for the paper industry and continued fascination with the papermaking process.

Small class sizes allow ample opportunity for your questions and discussion. In the hands-on segment each afternoon, you'll perform operations on the university's Fourdrinier pilot paper machine, working in small groups under guidance of Ring and other UW-Stevens Point faculty and staff.

Here's a sampling of comments from recent attendees of this course:

There is a wealth of information, well presented, with excellent exercises to encourage people to be involved.

The instructor had great knowledge and the course had fun hands-on experience.

I would recommend this course to early paper machine operators/management for basic understanding. New hires should take this course.

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