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ETP-NEW’s Annual Report

July 23, 2016

Annual Report
2015 – 2016
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin
Board of Directors

Michael Counter
President

Judy Knudsen
Vice-President

Jeff Dickert
Treasurer

Bill Hubbard
Secretary

Danielle Bina Amanda Brooker

Miriam Erickson Dotty Juengst

Perry Kidder Eileen Littig

Tim Meyer Rob Zerjav

ETP-NEW Executive Director
Dean Leisgang

Purpose of the Corporation:

The purpose of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is to support educational television co-productions between Wisconsin Public Television and the Corporation (ETP-NEW), as well as be available to contract for the production of video projects of an educational and instructional nature with other individuals and organizations. The 501(c)(3) funds productions of its own or as co-productions with WPT and other broadcast entities.

ETP-NEW offers a “platform” that assures the continuation of outstanding public service media productions and encourages an active and vital professional artistic community of individuals who can make effective use of the ETP-NEW facility.

The facility, located at the University of Wisconsin –Green Bay, continues as a gathering place for creative talent to produce educational and instructional projects for broadcast to the general public. Additionally, the facility is available for use by private organizations where their purpose and project fits the mission of the Corporation.

History:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin has produced countless award winning documentaries and programs. ETP-NEW’s production partners have included WPT, The Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, NEWIST/CESA7, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and others. Some of the hundreds of awards Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin has received for production and content excellence are Midwest Emmys, Tellys, Central Educational Network Awards, and numerous other awards

Organization:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin was created as a community based nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation to preserve and enhance the award winning educational and instructional media production capabilities in northeast Wisconsin. ETP-NEW maintains its studio and post-production facilities on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The Board of Directors of ETP-NEW is comprised of educational and community leaders from northeast Wisconsin. ETP-NEW relies on an innovative approach to video production.

Under the direction of its Executive Director, ETP-NEW utilizes the talents of Wisconsin’s premiere freelance videographers, audio production specialists and artists. This approach allows ETP-NEW to deliver the highest quality and most cost effective production possible by tailoring the individual talents of the production crew to the specific requirements of each project, while at the same time keeping overhead to a minimum.

Introduction:

During its 12th full year of operation, ETP-NEW continued its mission of providing independent producers and educational agencies access to production expertise and facilities; providing a valuable conduit for diverse voices from throughout northeast Wisconsin. ETP-NEW operates through funds generated from program production grants from local and state agencies, as well as philanthropic entities. ETP-NEW also provides production services for independent producers, government agencies, school districts, non-profits, and other clients

2015-2016 Productions

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My Public School Experience

The Public School Experience (PSE) is a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and CESA 7. The program was centered on a series of feature stories from students in their own words. The stories go beyond the test scores to showcase the exceptional work of students in a wide array of areas. Innovation is the core component of the PSE project. Each segment shows the new ways today’s students are learning in the classroom and beyond. Each story offers a glimpse into the personality of the student. Sometimes their efforts make us laugh, other times they move us to tears, but they always offer an understanding of the student’s public school life. Bellin Health is the underwriter for the project. FOX 11 is the distribution outlet. The videos debuted on FOX 11 in April of 2015 and continued through April of 2016. All totaled 111 stories were produced for the Public School Experience franchise. The Public School Experience videos can be viewed on the CESA 7 website at http://www.cesa7.org/content/pse/.

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Culturally Responsive Practices at Work in Wisconsin School Districts

ETP-NEW produced two videos for the Department of Public Instruction on culturally responsive practices. Providing a culturally responsive environment in the classroom is of paramount importance in building the bridge between home culture and school culture. Making sure all students can succeed means understanding students’ cultural beliefs and practices. By engaging in Culturally Responsive Practices, you are forming an understanding about the values, beliefs, and behaviors of people from cultures that may be different from your own. Culturally responsive practices account for and adapt to the broad diversity of race, language, and culture in Wisconsin schools and prepare all students for a multicultural world. Both videos were produced on location in Madison at different times. The profile on the Minority Student Achievement Network can be viewed at this link, https://youtu.be/SRdebd19wLc. The profile on Circles of Support at Thoreau Elementary can be viewed at this link, https://youtu.be/lY5G9J7hgSE.

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Land and Water Conservation

ETP-NEW completed production on a documentary highlighting the West Shore Pike Habitat project for Brown County Land and Water Conservation department. The scarcity of top predator species, such as Northern Pike, has been recognized as a significant problem in the waters of the Bay. With over 70% of historic wetlands along the west shore already having been lost, this project presents a tremendous opportunity to have a positive impact on the entire ecosystem of the Bay by preserving and/or restoring the remaining intermittent and perennial stream/wetland networks that still exist in these watersheds. Stabilization and protection of these areas will reduce sedimentation and nutrients which now flow into the Bay from land within the watersheds. The video provides an in-depth look at the work that has been done to revitalize this fish population. The documentary can be viewed at this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeIwQL4cvXM.

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Problem Gambling Profiles

The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling (WCPG), an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling, is a non-profit organization created in 1993. The primary mission of the WCPG is to educate and promote public understanding of problem gambling and the disorder of compulsive gambling. WCPG maintains neutrality on the issue of legalized gambling. ETP-NEW helped the organization further their mission by producing two videos on recovering gambling addicts through a grant from the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. The videos can be viewed at these links, https://youtu.be/llaSQ_NBL1s, https://youtu.be/V-okfxgYxrE.

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Dairy Literacy Videos

America’s dairy producers are an important part of our rural communities and local economies. Dairy producers established the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF). The educational foundation ensures that family dairy farms remain viable and socially responsible for generations to come. ETP-NEW produced dairy literacy videos, in both English and Spanish, through a grant from the PDPF. Additionally, ETP-NEW produced identity videos for the PDPF. The PDPF identity video can be viewed at this link, https://youtu.be/ACYowhYYoaQ.

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Door County Gems

For over a century now, Door County has worked its magic on artists, nurturing their creativity and inspiring their work. Door County has a diverse art community rich in tradition and imagination. ETP-NEW brings the work of a select group of Door County artists in different disciplines to life in a documentary. The story profiles two married couples, who have been devoted to their art, Door County and each other for decades. Door County Gems will be ready for broadcast during the fall of 2016.

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Be a Lifesaver Series

ETP-NEW partnered with Bellin Health to produce a series of monthly heatlh related videos. The Bellin Health Lifesaver series dealt with topics like, depression, stress management, daily fitness, and other important topics. An example of a Lifesaver story can be viewed at this link, https://youtu.be/QXWq7y7d5FM.

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Other Production Activity

LEAP – The Human Kindness Project Empowers Youth

LEAP -The Human Kindness Project is an innovative multi-media performance featuring high school performers from throughout Door County. ETP-NEW chronicled one of the group’s performances at Southern Door Community High School in this video, https://youtu.be/SEmEgFL9rXk.

Farm to Table Feature Story and Tutorial

ETP-NEW worked with the Stockbridge School District and Goodwill Grows to bring attention to their new “Stockbridge Grows” program. Goodwill Grows seeks to engage the community in food security and the power of fresh, local food by putting food production into the community’s hands. Through unique programs and products, Goodwill Grows is able to encourage local farming and food enterprises, provide nutritionally dense foods and educational programs, as well as support community-wide gardening efforts. The story can be viewed at this link, https://youtu.be/peuav6kv0KY

Slinger Schools

ETP-NEW partnered with the Slinger School District to produce a series of videos showcasing the district’s various partnerships within their community. Technology and innovation were at the heart of the project. One of the Slinger School District videos can be used at this link, https://youtu.be/-UBxfPVbIXU.

Connecting Our Community

ETP-NEW highlighted the Connecting Our Community from Many Directions project through the eyes of participants in a feature video. To learn more about the program please visit, http://www.cocbrowncounty.org/. To video can be viewed at this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLRUqZrMpjo.

Association for Equity in Funding

ETP-NEW produced a video highlighting the impact of the funding mechanisms for Wisconsin (K-12) schools. The video was produced for the Association for Equity in Funding (AEF) and the Wisconsin Schools Rural Alliance (WiRSA).

Network Feeds
ETP-NEW’s “Flash” Studio and the Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) uplink in Madison continued to provide northeast Wisconsin with a national voice on the important issues facing our state. ETP-NEW continued to provide local feeds for WPT’s “Here and Now” program. ETP-NEW’s studio also hosted numerous guests providing commentary and insights for, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.

Non Production Activity

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Educational Activities:
ETP-NEW has continued to provide technical and instructional support for UWGB instructor Michael Schmitt’s video production class, as well as production expertise and equipment for UWGB academic support.

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Awards
ETP-NEW received an Emmy nomination in the category of children’s programming for their documentary entitled, If A Bully Watches This. The program profiled three different students with three different problems and one common problem, bullying. If A Bully Watches This was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7.

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Spectrum Award

ETP-NEW also received a Spectrum Award for the work done on the Public School Experience project. Spectrum Awards recognize high-quality public relations efforts produced by or on behalf of Wisconsin School Districts.

Donations
ETP-NEW received in-kind donations during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 4imprint donated flash drives and Norton provided a reduced price for antivirus software.

Summary:
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to continue the legacy of excellence in the production of both long and short format educational video production. ETP-NEW remains a viable and valuable resource; providing northeast Wisconsin a voice in the important discussions of our time and allowing access for minority views to a greater audience.

ETP-NEW’s Latest Documentary is Ready for Broadcast

July 23, 2016

PSE Earns Spectrum Award

November 25, 2015

Spectrum Award

Educational Telelvision Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) was recently recognized with a Spectrum award for the work on the Public School Experience project. The Ashwaubenon School District presnted a playque to ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang at the district’s Board of Education meeting on November 24th in recognition of this honor.

Spectrum Awards recognize high-quality public relations efforts produced by or on behalf of Wisconsin school districts.

“Spectrum Award winners exemplify the very best communications work in school districts across the state,” said WSPRA President Kevin Hickman. “The winners demonstrate the value of engaging stakeholders in order to build community support for Wisconsin’s public schools.”

WSPRA’s Spectrum Awards are judged by members of the Illinois School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) on a four-point scale in four areas: goals and objectives, research and planning, execution and evaluation and results.

The Public School Experience project features a series of videos on students in their own words sharing their school experiences. This regional project is a partnership between area school districts, ETP-NEW, CESA7 and Bellin Health who helped subsidize project costs, including TV air time.

For more information on the Public School Experience, please visit http://dleisgang.wix.com/pse2015.

NEW Water – A Utility of the Future

October 21, 2015

NEW Water is a single-purpose government utility that reclaims water and promotes pollution prevention and water conservation.

NEW Water owns and operates two wastewater treatment facilities in Green Bay and De Pere, WI.

The mission of NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, is to promote public health and welfare through the collection, treatment, and reclamation of wastewater, while assessing stable, competitive rates. In conjunction with others, the organization will encourage pollution prevention and support programs to help ensure water contaminated by human activity is returned clean to the environment.

Check out the ETP-NEW produced video about NEW Water.

Stockbridge School District’s “Stockbridge Grows” Program

October 21, 2015

ETP-NEW Earns Emmy Nomination for Bullying Program

October 21, 2015

Every seven minutes a child is bullied. One out of four students will be abused by another youth. 160,000 students miss school each day for fear of being bullied. Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) went beyond the statistics to address bullying in Wisconsin schools and their efforts were rewarded with an Emmy nomination.

The documentary entitled If A Bully Watches This profiled three different students with three different stories and one common problem, bullying. “The timing for the Emmy nomination is great because October is national Bullying Awareness month,” said co-producer Dean Leisgang. “We hope this added attention to our program will open up a dialogue on this important topic to create a safe school environment for all”.

The Emmy awards will be revealed on November 7, 2015 by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science.

The If A Bully Watches This documentary was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7. ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang and NEWIST’s Eileen Littig are the program’s producers. ETP-NEW is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit housed on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. For more information on this program and other ETP-NEW projects, please visit www.ETPNEW.net.

ETP-NEW 2014-2015 Annual Report

June 23, 2015

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Annual Report
2014 – 2015
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin

Board of Directors

Dotty Juengst
President

Judy Knudsen
Vice-President

Jeff Dickert
Treasurer

Bill Hubbard
Secretary

Daniel Bina
Amanda Brooker
Mike Counter
Miriam Erickson
Perry Kidder
Eileen Littig
Tim Meyer
Rob Zerjav

ETP-NEW Executive Director
Dean Leisgang

Purpose of the Corporation:

The purpose of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is to support educational television co-productions between Wisconsin Public Television and the Corporation (ETPNEW), as well as be available to contract for the production of video projects of an educational and instructional nature with other individuals and organizations. The 501(c)(3) funds productions of its own or as co-productions with WPT and other broadcast entities.

ETP-NEW offers a “platform” that assures the continuation of outstanding public service media productions and encourages an active and vital professional artistic community of individuals who can make effective use of the facility.

The facility, located at the University of Wisconsin –Green Bay, continues as a gathering place for creative talent to produce educational and instructional projects for broadcast to the general public. Additionally, the facility is available for use by private organizations where their purpose and project fits the mission of the Corporation.

History:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin has produced countless award winning documentaries and arts programs. ETP-NEW’s production partners have included WPT, The Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, NEWIST/CESA7, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and others. Some of the hundreds of awards Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin has received for production and content excellence are Midwest Emmys, Tellys, Central Educational Network Awards, and numerous other awards

Organization:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin was created as a community based nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to preserve and enhance the award winning educational and instructional media production capabilities in northeastern Wisconsin. ETP-NEW maintains its studio and postproduction facilities on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The Board of Directors of ETP-NEW is comprised of educational and community leaders from northeastern Wisconsin. ETP-NEW relies on an innovative approach to educational and video production.

Under the direction of its Executive Director, ETP-NEW utilizes the talents of Wisconsin’s premiere freelance videographers, audio production specialists and artists. This approach allows ETP-NEW to deliver the highest quality and most cost effective production possible by tailoring the individual talents of the production crew to the specific requirements of each project, while at the same time keeping overhead to a minimum.

Introduction:

During its 11th full year of operation, Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin continued its support of Wisconsin Public Television through the production of educational programs for statewide distribution. In 2014–2015, ETP-NEW continued its mission of providing independent producers and educational agencies access to production expertise and facilities; providing a valuable conduit for diverse voices from throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin operates through funds generated by a production services contract with Wisconsin Public Television, program production grants from local, state and federal philanthropic and government entities. ETP-NEW also provides production services for independent producers, government agencies, non-profits, and other clients

2014-2015 Productions

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Teen Connection:

One of the most dramatic ways in which Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin fulfills its mission in support of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) is with the continued production of the statewide interactive program Teen Connection. This year Teen Connection completed its 27th year on the air. Over that time, this award winning discussion program, broadcast four times a year on WPT, has addressed topics of interest and importance to teens. WBAY-TV’s Kathryn Bracho served as host and moderator for the program. NEWIST’s Eileen Littig and ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang were the co-producers of this season’s Teen Connection. Overall, Mrs. Littig served as a producer of the program for all 27 years Teen Connection was broadcast on WPT. Interaction on the program was at an all-time high this season through texting and Facebook messages. A new studio set and production graphics were debuted for this season of Teen Connection.

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Sexual Assault: October 29, 2014
The October Teen Connection examined efforts to protect Wisconsin youth from sexual assault and provided resources for survivors of these acts of violence. The live, call-in program provided a support network for survivors of sexual assault and educated youth on measures they can take to protect themselves and others from sexual assault crimes.

Viewers received an inside look at counseling and prevention resources available at sexual assault centers throughout Wisconsin.

Teen Connection “Sexual Assault” also examined state and federal government efforts to protect youth from sexual assault. In September of 2014, President Obama unveiled a public awareness campaign called “It’s on Us” in a push to get college campuses to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. In August of 2014, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the statewide Sexual Assault Response Team (AG’s SART) developed a new process to respond to the needs of sexual assault survivors who may be undecided about whether to participate in the criminal justice system but who choose to undergo a medical forensic exam. The new process allows victims time to work through the trauma of their assault while ensuring the collection of evidence in a timely manner.

Featured guests on the program included Amber Johnson, a sexual abuse survivor and Reach Counseling Services board member, as well as: Reach Counseling Services prevention educator Andrew Nett; Ashwaubenon Dept. of Public Safety investigator Diana Lawler; St. Vincent Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Educator coordinator Dana Stueber; Voices of Men president Shannon Kenevan; St. Norbert College assistant director of counseling and psychological services Tom Doughman; and Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin Sexual Assault Center supervisor Christiana Vanseth.

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Homeless Youth: December 17, 2014
The December Teen Connection shed light on the prevalence of homelessness among children in Wisconsin and took a look at statewide efforts to aid youth who experience homelessness.

Teen Connection provided a support network for children and young adults affected by homelessness. A report released in November of 2014 by the National Center on Family Homelessness found 32,304 homeless children in Wisconsin in 2012-2013. Guests on the live, call-in program included former homeless individuals who described how they became homeless and where they turned for help.

Advocates for the homeless informed viewers of community and government resources available to the homeless. The predominant causes of child homelessness in the U.S. are the high poverty rate and a lack of affordable housing. The National Center on Family Homelessness report, which also found that 1 in 30 children in the U.S. experienced homelessness in 2013, noted that while progress has been made in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless individuals, no special attention has been directed toward homeless children.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program designates a homeless liaison in each school district to ensure homeless youth are enrolled in public school educational programs and services. Teen Connection talked with two McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons about the program; Ashwaubenon School District’s Andrea Pasqualucci and Green Bay Area School District’s Elizabeth Webb.

Additional guests on Teen Connection “Homeless Children” included: Freedom House Ministries president Robyn Davis; former Freedom House Ministries resident Antionette Wright; University of Southern California Master of Social Work candidate and former foster Elizabeth Steffel; Brown County Human Services juvenile justice supervisor Scott Shackelford and homeless advocate Karina O’Malley.

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Prescription Drug Abuse: March 17, 2015
The March Teen Connection shed light on the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teens in Wisconsin and examined statewide efforts to educate teens and their families about the risks of prescription drug abuse.

The program featured the story of Lauri McHugh-Badura, whose son Archie died from a drug overdose in 2014. Since her son’s death, Lauri has educated others about drug abuse by sharing her son’s story with families that may be in search of answers.

As many as one in five teens have taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves, according to a report by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. This behavior cuts across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. Teen Connection offered information about prescription drug abuse, its effects and user’s warning signs, and provided a support network for teens and their families to cope with addiction.

Guests on the live, call-in program included teens and families impacted by drug abuse, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Aurora BayCare Medical Center Emergency Medicine Physician Jane Witman, who shared real-life experiences and offered useful resources.

The Partnership for Drug-free Kids report found that while boys are more likely to abuse prescription stimulants to get high, girls typically abuse them to stay alert or to lose weight. The vast majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from the medicine cabinets of friends, family and acquaintances. A small minority get them illicitly from doctors, pharmacists or over the Internet.

Additional guests on Teen Connection “Teens and Prescription Drugs” included the director of the Brown County Drug Task Force, Lt. David Poteat and the founder and president of DarJune Cafe Recovery Center, Mandy Suthers. Brigette Henschel, whose daughter died from a drug overdose, talked about prevention efforts in Wisconsin. Former drug addicts Allyn Schaal and Kelsey Demar joined the discussion to discuss recovery.

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Mental Health and Youth: June 10, 2015
The June edition of Teen Connection examined what is being done to assist Wisconsin youth who are affected by mental health issues. The live television program focused on parent peer specialists as well as school and community-based mental health services — two methods being implemented by the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH).

In a recent report to the Wisconsin Legislature, the OCMH indicated that approximately one in four high school students experience symptoms of depression. The report also noted Wisconsin’s high rate of children’s psychiatric hospitalization and a suicide rate among youth that is 40 percent higher than the national average. The OCMH, which was created as part of the 2013-2015 biennial budget, is tasked with improving children and families’ access to mental health services.

Guests on Teen Connection included OCMH Family Relations Coordinator Joann Stephens and Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Executive Director Gary Myrah.

Additional guests included Bellin Health Pediatrician Dr. Joseph Kellner, Wisconsin Family Ties Regional Coordinator and Parent Peer Specialist Deb Ramacher, Green Bay Police Department Community Crisis Intervention Officer and District Captain Jeremy Muraski and American Foundation of Counseling Services Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Rebecca Beall.

Teenagers, including Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen United States Brittany Georgia, also appeared to share their personal experiences. Crisis counselors were also available to talk to callers during the live broadcast.

Programs in Planning, Pre-Production and Production

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My Public School Experience
The Public School Experience is a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and CESA 7. The program is centered on a series of feature stories from students in their own words. The stories go beyond the test scores to showcase the exceptional work of the students in a wide array of areas. Innovation is the core component of the PSE project. Each segment shows the new ways today’s students are learning in the classroom and beyond. Each story offers a glimpse into the personality of the student. Sometimes their efforts make us laugh other times they move us to tears, but they always offer an understanding of the student’s public school life. Bellin Health is the underwriter for the project. FOX 11 is the distribution outlet. The videos debuted on FOX 11 in April of 2015 and will continue to April of 2016. All totaled there will be 114 stories in the Public School Experience franchise.

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Door County Gems
For over a century now, Door County has worked its magic on artists, nurturing their creativity and inspiring their work. Door County has a diverse art community rich in tradition and imagination. Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) will bring the work of a select group of Door County artists in different disciplines to life in a documentary. The subjects are experts in their field, have a passion for their craft, and support Door County.

The program will highlight some of the many gems that have called Door County home by creating a living history for the arts and a sense of pride for not only Door County, but the entire state. Production has started on the Door County Gems documentary. A completion date has not been set.

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Senior Programming
The senior population is growing and the need for services and resources will only expand as baby boomers rapidly enter their golden years. Americans are living longer and better than ever.

Seniority is a television program that will provide valuable information to seniors and senior caregivers by addressing a broad selection of topics that can make an impact on a growing population. We can empower seniors through informed professionals in the aging community and education on the services available.

The program will not only offer insight into some troubling issues, but it will also provide a way for impacted parties to get help. Three major areas will be highlighted in each program. ETP-NEW will take an in-depth look at a specific issue with an enhancement feature as a follow-up to showcase solutions to problems.

The second element of the program would be a bridging the gap segment. This would should how the youth population is interacting with the senior population to produce positive outcomes.

The third element will be senior success stories. In many cases this will show volunteerism at its best. This segment will also highlight ways seniors can get involved in their communities.

The goal for all the segments is to create an interactive element with experts and our viewers. Once the show has concluded we would continue the conversation and answer questions on the aforementioned topics via phone calls and social media.

As our population over the age of 65 expands, we need to remain dedicated and ready to help educate, prepare, and support seniors and caregivers. Seniority will help connect seniors with services.

Seniority is currently in development. ETP-NEW is working to pursue a distribution partnership with a Green Bay television station. ETP-NEW has received a grant from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to start development of the program.

Other Production Activity

Network Feeds:
ETP-NEW’s “Flash” Studio and the WPT uplink in Madison, continued to provide northeast Wisconsin with a national voice on the important issues facing our state. ETP-NEW continued to provide local feeds for “Here and Now”, broadcast weekly by WPT. ETP-NEW’s studio also hosted guests providing commentary and insights for, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.

Association for Equity in Funding Video
ETP-NEW produced a video highlighting the impact of the funding mechanisms for Wisconsin (K-12) schools. The video was produced for the Association for Equity in Funding (AEF) and the Wisconsin Schools Rural Alliance (WiRSA).

Culturally Responsive Practice at Work in Onalaska
ETP-NEW produced a video with the Department of Public Instruction on culturally responsive practices. Providing a culturally responsive environment in the classroom is of paramount importance in building the bridge between home culture and school culture. Making sure all students can succeed means understanding students’ cultural beliefs and practices. By engaging in Culturally Responsive Practices, you are forming an understanding about the values, beliefs, and behaviors of people from cultures that may be different from your own. Culturally responsive practices account for and adapt to the broad diversity of race, language, and culture in Wisconsin schools and prepare all students for a multicultural world.

NEW Water
ETP-NEW started production on a video for NEW Water in June of 2015. NEW Water is a single-purpose government utility that reclaims water and promotes pollution prevention and water conservation. NEW Water owns and operates two wastewater treatment facilities in Green Bay and De Pere, WI. Production of the video will conclude in 2015.

Land and Water Conservation
ETP-NEW began production on a video highlighting the West Shore Pike Habitat project for the Brown County Land and Water Conservation department. The scarcity of top predator species such as Northern Pike has been recognized as a significant problem in the waters of the Bay. With over 70% of historic wetlands along the west shore already having been lost, this project presents a tremendous opportunity to have a positive impact on the entire ecosystem of the Bay by preserving and/or restoring the remaining intermittent and perennial stream/wetland networks that still exist in these watersheds. Stabilization and protection of these areas will reduce sedimentation and nutrients which now flow into the Bay from land within the watersheds. This video will look at the work that has been done to revitalize this fish population. Production of the video will be completed in 2015.

Non Production Activity

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Educational Activities:
ETP-NEW has continued to provide technical and instructional support for UWGB instructor Michael Schmitt’s video production class as well as production expertise and equipment for UWGB academic support. ETP-NEW also provided an internship opportunity for a UWGB student during the spring semester.

Grants
ETP-NEW received two grants during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The funding for the grants will be paid after the conclusion of work during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. One grant was provided by the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. The second grant came from the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Both grants are for videos that will be completed in 2015.

Donations
ETP-NEW received several in-kind donations during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Nsight Teleservices once again provided the toll-free phone number for the live broadcasts of all four Teen Connection programs for the season.

Microsoft provided software for a Microsoft Windows upgrade valued at $592.
Wahoo Films provided a studio set for Teen Connection valued at $5,000. Animoto provided an annual membership to their photo editing website valued at $239. ETP-New offers a heartfelt thank you to all the organizations that have supported us with financial or in-kind donations.

Summary:
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to continue the legacy of excellence in the production of both long and short format educational video production. ETP-NEW remains a viable and valuable resource; providing northeast Wisconsin a voice in the important discussions of our time and allowing access for minority views to a greater audience.

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ETP-NEW Starts Production on New Partnership Project.

June 12, 2015

This summer Brown County Land & Water Conservation’s work on the West Shore Pike Habitat Project will be showcased in a documentary produced by ETP-NEW.

The scarcity of top predator species such as Northern Pike has been recognized as a significant problem in the waters of the Bay. With over 70% of historic wetlands along the west shore already having been lost, this project presents a tremendous opportunity to have a positive impact on the entire ecosystem of the Bay by preserving and/or restoring the remaining intermittent and perennial stream/wetland networks that still exist in these watersheds. Stabilization and protection of these areas will reduce sedimentation and nutrients which now flow into the Bay from land within the watersheds.

Stay tuned to www.ETPNEW.net for more on this project.

Culturally Responsive Practice at Work in Onalaska

June 12, 2015

In 2015, ETP-NEW parterned with the Wisconsin Department of Information to produce a video about culturally responsive practices. Providing a culturally responsive environment in the classroom is of paramount importance in building the bridge between home culture and school culture. Making sure all students can succeed means understanding students’ cultural beliefs and practices. By engaging in Culturally Responsive Practices, you are forming an understanding about the values, beliefs, and behaviors of people from cultures that may be different from your own. Culturally responsive practices account for and adapt to the broad diversity of race, language, and culture in Wisconsin schools and prepare all students for a multicultural world.

To learn more about culturally responsive practices please visit, www.Wisconsinrticenter.org.

Be a LifeSaver: Lisa Sanderfoot (May2015)

June 12, 2015

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June 12, 2015

Miss Junior Teen Wisconsin’s Story Featured on Teen Connection

June 12, 2015

Approximately one in four high school students in Wisconsin experiences symptoms of depression. On the June 10th Teen Connection, we address the growing concern over the mental health of our youth population. The program will be broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television and Milwaukee Public Television.

Preview of June 10th Teen Connection

June 12, 2015

Next Teen Connection Offers Support to Youth Affected by Mental Health Issues

June 12, 2015

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The next episode of Teen Connection will examine what is being done to assist Wisconsin youth who are affected by mental health issues. The live television program will focus on parent peer specialists as well as school and community-based mental health services — two methods being implemented by the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH).

Teen Connection “Mental Health and Youth” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10th on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV Channel 10 in Milwaukee.

In a recent report to the Wisconsin Legislature, the OCMH indicated that approximately one in four high school students experience symptoms of depression. The report also noted Wisconsin’s high rate of children’s psychiatric hospitalization and a suicide rate among youth
that is 40 percent higher than the national average.

The OCMH, which was created as part of the 2013-2015 biennial budget, is tasked with improving children and families’ access to mental health services.

Guest on Teen Connection will include OCMH Family Relations Coordinator Joann Stephens and Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Executive Director Gary Myrah.

Additional guests include Bellin Health Pediatrician Dr. Joseph Kellner, Wisconsin Family Ties Regional Coordinator and Parent Peer Specialist Deb Ramacher, Green Bay Police Department Community Crisis Intervention Officer and District Captain Jeremy Muraski and American Foundation of Counseling Services Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Rebecca Beall.

Teenagers, including Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen United States Brittany Georgia, will also appear to share their personal experiences.
Crisis counselors will be available to talk during the live broadcast. Anyone who is depressed, despairing, going through a hard time, or just needs to talk may call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

Teen Connection is a production of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-Channel 2 in Green Bay.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. Viewers can text in their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Dean Leisgang of Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, are co-producers of Teen Connection.

Watch a Preview of the March 17th Teen Connection

March 12, 2015

Wisconsin Family Shares Son’s Story to Benefit Others

March 9, 2015

Teen Connection “Teens and Prescription Drugs” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV Channel 10 in Milwaukee. One of the stories featured on the program is the story of Lauri McHugh-Badura, whose son Archie died from a drug overdose in 2014. Since her son’s death, Lauri has educated others about drug abuse by sharing her son’s story with families that may be in search of answers.

To learn more about the program and find resources relating to prescription drub abuse please visit and like the Teen Connection Facebook page. www.facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

ETP-NEW Executive Director Promotes Green Bay Film Festival on Green Bay Radio

March 6, 2015

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The ETP-NEW produced documentary entitled If A Bully Watches This is one of the featured films at this weekend’s Green Bay Film Festival. This week ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang helped promote the ETP-NEW film and the Green Bay Film Festival on Green Bay radio stations.

To learn more about the Film Festival and the schedule of events please visit, http://www.gbfilmfestival.org/.

Next Teen Connection Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse among Wisconsin Youth

March 6, 2015

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The next Teen Connection will shed light on the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teens in Wisconsin and will examine statewide efforts to
educate teens and their families about the risks of prescription drug abuse.

Teen Connection “Teens and Prescription Drugs” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV Channel 10 in Milwaukee.

The program will feature the story of Lauri McHugh-Badura, whose son Archie died from a drug overdose in 2014. Since her son’s death, Lauri has educated others about drug abuse by sharing her son’s story with families that may be in search of answers.

As many as one in five teens have taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves, according to a report by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. This behavior cuts across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries.

Teen Connection will offer information about prescription drug abuse, its effects and user’s warning signs, and will provide a support network for teens and their families to cope with addiction. Guests on the live, call-in program will include teens and families impacted by drug abuse, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Aurora BayCare Medical Center Emergency Medicine Physician Jane Witman, who will share
real-life experiences and offer useful resources.

The Partnership for Drug-free Kids report found that while boys are more likely to abuse prescription stimulants to get high, girls typically abuse them to stay alert or to lose weight. The vast majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from the medicine cabinets of friends, family and acquaintances. A small minority get them illicitly from doctors, pharmacists or over the Internet.

Additional guests on Teen Connection “Teens and Prescription Drugs” include the director of the Brown County Drug Task Force, Lt. David Poteat and the founder and president of DarJune Cafe Recovery Center, Mandy Suthers. Brigette Henschel, whose daughter died from a drug overdose, will talk about prevention efforts in Wisconsin. Former drug addicts Allyn Schaal and Kelsey Demar will also join to discuss recovery.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. Viewers can text their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at www.facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Teen Connection is a production of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-Channel 2 in Green Bay. Dean Leisgang of (ETP-NEW) and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, are coproducers of Teen Connection. The program is broadcast from the ETP-NEW studios on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. If you would like to learn
more about Teen Connection or other ETP-NEW programs, please visit www.etpnew.net.

ETP-NEW Executive Director’s Old Glory Experience Highlighted

February 16, 2015

Old Glory Honor Flights honor vets Pay it Forward, banquet to benefit organization
By Rick Cohler, editor

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Since 2009, Old Glory Honor Flights has taken World War II and Korean War veterans to visit memorials in Washington D.C, The organization will be the recipient of the Pay It Forward Banquet scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour.

Seymour veteran LaVern Leisgang is one of the area veterans who has taken the trip, along with his son, Dean, who served as his guardian on the flight. Leisgang served in the FMF Fleet Marine Force 1st Division 7th Marines in Korea.

His son, Dean, had been on one honor flight prior as a reporter who went on a flight to record a video on the project, before accompanying his father on Old Glory honor Flight Mission 22 in April of 2014. Before the flight, guardians are trained. “It’s just to go over the day and what’s going on,” Leisgang said. “The biggest thing is to make sure that you know the trip is all about the veteran. Whatever their pace, let them enjoy it and do whatever you can to take care of them.”

As veterans see the memorials and other sites in Washington, Leisgang said they are nearly overwhelmed by the experience. “The entire program is phenomenal,” Leisgang said. “I think a lot of the veterans have seen a news clip or know a little bit about it going in yet they are still entirely surprised and engulfed with emotion throughout the day. It’s very powerful to have a complete stranger come up and say ‘thank you’ for something that you did 65 years or 70 years ago.

Leisgang said it was a great opportunity to share the experience with his father and see how important it was to him. Leisgang said the welcome home ceremony when they arrived back in Appleton was one of the highlights for his dad. “It’s a long day for these guys and I think they know there’s going to be a welcome home ceremony in some capacity, but when they pull open that curtain and the band’s playing and there’s people and signs all over it’s just incredibly emotional for these veterans and for everybody in attendance, quite frankly,” Leisgang said.

“If any son, daughter, any family member has a chance to go with a loved one on an Old Glory Honor Flight they should jump at the opportunity, because the memories it will produce for everyone involved are priceless,” Leisgang said.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the The Pay It Forward Banquet and a family style spaghetti dinner will be served at 5 p.m., with a silent dessert auction featuring a 2014 signed Green Bay Packers football will follow. A suggested donation of $10 per person or $30 per family will be collected at the door and all proceeds will benefit the Old Glory Honor Flights.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to donate, please send your donation to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 349 N. Main Street, Seymour, ATTN: Honor Flight. The account will be kept open until March 31. For any questions, contact Julie Busch, 833-7064
For more information about the flights, go to www.oldgloryhonorflight.org.

ETP-NEW Executive Director Named to Future 15 List

February 2, 2015

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Future 15 and Young Professional Awards

As we enter February, that means Current’s Future 15 and Young Professional Awards are fast approaching. They’ll be celebrated on Feb. 24 at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay.

Now in its fifth year, the Kentucky Derbythemed event promises to be a memorable one. I’m pleased to announce we received 310 nominations for the awards (including Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Next Generation Best Place to Work) this year, a nearly 15 percent increase over last year. In addition, 85 of the nominees for Future 15 chose to apply for consideration for those awards.

And what an outstanding pool of leaders we have in those applicants. I can sincerely say there is such a depth and quality to this pool of applicants that I wish we could honor all of them in some fashion. It’s a testament to the engagement and impact of the young professionals living and working in the greater Green Bay area. Over the past five years of Future 15 and Young Professional Awards, we are proud to say we’ve received more than 400 applications.

What’s really neat about the process is it prompts some of these humble young professionals who are making their mark to apply for the awards. The process begins with an individual — just about anyone — nominating a person to apply for the Future 15 and Young Professional Awards and providing a few insights into why that person is a great candidate. This nomination comes to us via email and is copied to the nominee. It prompts some people who would never consider applying on their own to do just that. The pool of Future 15 applicants appears in a special publication in the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 15 and is also featured in videos we air the night of the event and post attitletown.org/ awards.

The awards not only honor individuals for the impact they’re making in their professions and community, but also showcase these accomplishments in a way that allows others to learn from them and become inspired to be more involved.

This is also a key impetus behind the other young professional awards we celebrate that night: the Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. The latter is chosen from the pool of Future 15 applicants and is a closely held secret until the night of the event. We also honor an employer with the Next Generation Best Place to Work Award.

This year’s Future 15 are Garritt R. Bader, principal, GB Real Estate Investments; Mark Becker, business manager, Dorsch Ford Kia; Matt Brault, team leader, information services, Schreiber Foods; Rashad J. Cobb, education and career development coordinator, Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay; Jessica Diederich, director of partnerships and business development, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau; Shannon Goerke, educator, Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners, Green Bay School District; Robyn Gruner, director of external affairs, AT&T; William Kocken, staff sergeant, Wisconsin Army National Guard; James Ledvina, attorney, Law Firm of Conway, Olejniczak and Jerry, S.C.; Dean Leisgang, executive director, Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin; Monica Moe, development director, YWCA of Greater Green Bay; Melinda Morella, assistant director, Live54218; Laura Mossakowski, certified financial planner, Laura Massakowski LLC — Financial Planning for Women and Their Families; Rebecca Pruess, compliance analyst, Schneider; Michael Schwartz-Oscar, executive director, The Volunteer Center of Brown County.

For us at the chamber, honoring all these individuals — as well as Next Generation Best Place to Work on a business level for being “youngprofessional friendly” — is about our commitment to workforce development.

Current operates with four “pillars,” if you will, to attract, engage, develop and retain our young professional workforce.

The Future 15 and Young Professional Awards showcase the ways our YPs are involved; we advocate that if we are successful with engaging and developing young professionals, retention — the last of our mission pillars — will naturally occur.

What’s important here is to define “professional development.” We recognize that not everyone defines career success as climbing the corporate ladder. For that reason, we define professional impact as how they’re developing as individuals, perhaps impacting others, mentoring and contributing to their profession without necessarily seeking to escalate through different leadership roles.

That said, as we reflect on five years, it’s inspiring to see that some of the past recipients of the award include people like Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO of Prevea Health and chairman for the chamber board of directors; Jen Van Den Elzen, executive director of Live54218; Brian Danzinger, assistant vice president of e-commerce, Bank Mutual, alderman, city of Green Bay, and lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard; Chad Weininger, director of administration for Brown County; Adam Hardy, executive director of Achieve Brown County; and Jacquelyn Frank, executive director of the National Railroad Museum.

I really encourage you to find out what you’ve been missing at the event, which is our opportunity to showcase the mission of Current youngprofessionals, and how it fits into the chamber’s mission toward economic and workforce development.

Last year, 565 people attended; 1,000 people over the past two years. They’ve been witness to the amazing time, talent and treasures youngprofessionals have given to our community.

In doing an event like this, Current offers an opportunity to keep a pulse on young professionals, not only for their impact on business but the community in which we live, play and raise our families. Join us for the Future 15 and Young Professional Awards. You can register atevents.titletown.org.

(This article was first published in the Green Bay Press Gazette on 2/2/15.)

ETP-NEW Earns Dairy Education Grant

January 17, 2015

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF) board will distribute $32,500 in grants to fund education projects for dairy producers and their communities. The following projects will receive funding for 2015:

• Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin, in collaboration with Brown County UW Extension, dairy farmers and Wisconsin Public Television. The grant will help fund two dairy worker training videos in English and in Spanish, with the goal of creating a more proactive and prepared dairy community with respect to dairy animal well-being.

• The Clean Lakes Alliance for the Yahara Pride Farms Certification Program. This voluntary, farmer-led initiative encourages the use of effective nutrient management and conservation practices that reduce phosphorus loading to our waterways, improving soil and water quality for both urban and rural communities in the Yahara watershed. It is a non-regulatory certification program which helps farmers identify strengths and weaknesses of their farming systems and nutrient management.

• The Fond du Lac Agriculture Society to enhance their Ag Birthing and Education Center that reaches more than 35,000 people at the Fond du Lac County Fair. Exhibits at the Center tell the dairy story surrounding the miracle of birth.

• The University of Wisconsin Foundation for the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine to support the Dairyland Imitative. Funds will help enhance the web based resource providing educational materials, networking, virtual tours, contacts and tools to ensure that dairy producers have the necessary information to construct welfare friendly facilities for their livestock.

• North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Inc. for the Dairy Challenge Academy. The Academy is an educational program held annually, in conjunction with National Dairy Challenge contest. In 2015, 200 students will learn firsthand how to evaluate dairy profitability and approach management challenges on a dairy farm.

• The Food Armor HACCP for Proper Drug Use program, facilitated by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association in partnership with Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW). Food Armor is a six-step on farm program with the goal of food safety and responsible use of animal medications. This continuous improvement program solidifies the veterinarian/producer commitment to providing safe meat and milk products to consumers.

• The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition’s Digital Videos for Dairy. Funding supports four videos that will provide consumers with an informative message about dairy farms. The videos will spotlight personal stories and specific incidents with the goal of resolving the empathy divide between consumers and the dairy community.

• The Nebraska 4-H Foundation for the dairy exhibit component of the Nebraska Agricultural Experience, a year round facility for telling the Nebraska agriculture story. The exhibit is designed to let consumers see agriculture from every angle: water conservation to soil health, animal well-being to food safety, invention to innovation, economic impact to feeding the world.

• Maryland Dairy Shrine for educational program support of Maryland Dairy Convention, “Positioning Your Dairy for the Future.” The dairy convention seeks to offer new, innovative and cutting edge programming to dairy producers throughout Maryland.

These programs clearly align with the Foundation’s mission,” said Logan Bower, dairy producer and PDPF board chair. “They provide educational resources that build producer professionalism and maintain public trust in what we do.”

Grant are awarded to non-profit organizations sharing PDPF’s passion and vision for education in dairy communities. Grant dollars are available to those organizations with unique ideas in two focus areas: 1) Building producer professionalism, or 2) Maintaining public trust.

Watch a Preview of the 12/17/14 Teen Connection

December 11, 2014

Teen Connection Talks with Former Homeless Youth and Looks at Efforts to End Homelessness in Wisconsin

December 9, 2014

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The next Teen Connection will shed light on the prevalence of homelessness among children in Wisconsin and will take a look at statewide efforts to aid youth who experience homelessness.

Teen Connection “Homeless Children” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV Channel 10 in Milwaukee.

This episode of Teen Connection will provide a support network for children and young adults affected by homelessness. A report released last month by the National Center on Family Homelessness found 32,304 homeless children in Wisconsin in 2012-2013. Guests on the live, call-in program will include former homeless who will describe how they became homeless and where they turned for help. Advocates for the homeless will inform viewers of community and government resources available to the homeless.

The predominant causes of child homelessness in the U.S. are the high poverty rate and a lack of affordable housing. The National Center on Family Homelessness report, which also found that 1 in 30 children in the U.S. experienced homelessness in 2013, noted that while progress has been made in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless individuals, no special attention has been directed toward homeless children.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program designates a homeless liaison in each school district to ensure homeless youth are enrolled in public school educational programs and services. Teen Connection will talk with two McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons about the program; Ashwaubenon School District’s Andrea Pasqualucci and Green Bay Area School District’s Elizabeth Webb.

Additional guests on Teen Connection “Homeless Children” include: Freedom House Ministries president Robyn Davis; former Freedom House Ministries resident Antionette Wright; University of Southern California Master of Social Work candidate and former foster Elizabeth Steffel; Brown County Human Services juvenile justice supervisor Scott Shackelford and homeless advocate Karina O’Malley.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service is provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. Viewers can text their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at www.facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

UWGB Highlights ETP-NEW

November 18, 2014

Jordy Nelson and Hollywood actor visit campus to tape Bellin spot at ETP-NEW
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UW-Green Bay television production students got a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a high-profile TV commercial when Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson and screen actor and Bellin pitch man Patrick Fabian spent parts of two days on campus recently.

Nelson and Fabian were the featured talent in promos aimed at men’s health education titled “Real Men Don’t Wait.” The Oregon-based video production company Wahoo Films chose the studios and services of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP- NEW), located in the Instructional Services Building at UW-Green Bay, for the shoot.

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(In photo above, the two actors flank ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang.)

The crew from Wahoo Films took time to answer questions from students about the various crew positions and the scope of the work.

Nelson is among the NFL’s receiving leaders in touchdowns and total yards, and has appeared in a number of local and national commercials. Fabian has a long list of film and TV credits (“Big Love,” “Veronica Mars,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Twitches,” and “Saved by the Bell: The College Years”), but likely is most familiar to Wisconsin viewers for his voiceovers and personal appearances in the long-running series of Bellin Health ads.

If you would like to watch the Jordy Nelson promo and learn more about Bellin Health’s educational campaign, visit www.realmendontwait.com.

Packers Jordy Nelson Visits ETP-NEW

November 17, 2014

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) was proud to host Bellin Health, Jordy Nelson, Patrick Fabian, and Wahoo Films for two days of video production in the ETP-NEW studios. Bellin Health spokesperson Patrick Fabian (you might know him as professor Jeremiah Lasky on “Saved by the Bell: The College Years”) and the Packers star wide receiver Jordy Nelson were the featured talent in the promos aimed at men’s health education.

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(Pictured are Jordy Nelson, ETP-NEW Exective Director Dean Leisgang and Patrick Fabian)

Additionally, ETP-NEW was able to provide University of Wisconsin Green Bay television production students with a behind-the-scenes tour of the video production work. The crew from Wahoo Films took time to answer questions from students about the various crew positions and their scope of work.

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“I would like to thank Bellin Health and Wahoo Films for the opportunity to be a part of this important project,” said ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang. “Both organizations are leaders in their field and we hope both they will call on us again as they continue their important work in the health care field”.

If you would like to watch the Jordy Nelson promo and learn more about Bellin Health’s educational campaign please visit www.realmendontwait.com.

Watch a preview of the October 29th Teen Connection

October 25, 2014

Next Teen Connection Looks at Efforts to Eliminate Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

October 22, 2014

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The next Teen Connection will examine efforts to protect Wisconsin youth from sexual assault and will provide resources for survivors of these acts of violence.

Teen Connection “Sexual Assault” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV Channel 10 in Milwaukee.

The live, call-in program will provide a support network for survivors of sexual assault and will educate youth on measures they can take to protect themselves and others from sexual assault crimes. Viewers will get an inside look at counseling and prevention resources available at sexual assault centers throughout Wisconsin.

Teen Connection “Sexual Assault” also will examine state and federal government efforts to protect youth from sexual assault. Last month, President Obama unveiled a public awareness campaign called “It’s on Us” in a push to get college campuses to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. In August, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the statewide Sexual Assault Response Team (AG’s SART) was developing a new process to respond to the needs of sexual assault survivors who may be undecided about whether to participate in the criminal justice system but who choose to undergo a medical forensic exam. The new process allows victims time to work through the trauma of their assault while ensuring the collection of evidence in a timely manner.

Featured guests on the program include Amber Johnson, a sexual abuse survivor and Reach Counseling Services board member, as well as: Reach Counseling Services prevention educator Andrew Nett; Ashwaubenon Dept. of Public Safety investigator Diana Lawler; St. Vincent Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Educator coordinator Dana Stueber; Voices of Men president Shannon Kenevan; St. Norbert College assistant director of counseling and psychological services Tom Doughman; and Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin Sexual Assault Center supervisor Christiana Vanseth.

People in need of help can turn to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which lists contact information for 50 service providers located throughout the state on their website, wcasa.org.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service is provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. Viewers can text their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at www.facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Teen Connection is a production of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-Channel 2 in Green Bay.

Dean Leisgang of (ETP-NEW) and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, are co-producers of Teen Connection.

Watch Online Version of Bullying Documentary

October 13, 2014

Milwaukee Public Television Picks Up ETP-NEW Program

September 29, 2014

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) latest documentary has been added to Milwaukee Public Television’s fall schedule. The documentary entitled If A Bully Watches This debuted on Wisconsin Public Television on September 23rd. Now, the program will be broadcast in the Milwaukee market on WMVS on November 28th at 6:30 p.m. and on WMVT on November 29th at 12:30 a.m.

The documentary profiles three different students with three different problems and one common problem, bullying. Experiences of autism, ethnicity, and homosexuality are included in the student’s stories, which bring viewers into the worlds of students bullied because they were perceived as different from the crowd.

The program will also be available to educators online through the Wisconsin Media Lab. The Wisconsin Media Lab curates cost-free K-12 multimedia educational content.

ETP-NEW’s Latest Program Debuts on September 23rd

September 24, 2014

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Every seven minutes a child is bullied. One out of four students will be abused by another youth. 160,000 students miss school each day for fear of being bullied. Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) goes beyond the statistics to address bullying in Wisconsin schools.

The documentary profiles three different students with three different problems and one common problem, bullying. “We are thankful for the three families that shared their personal stories with us, so others can learn from their painful experiences,” said co-producer Eileen Littig.
The documentary entitled If A Bully Watches This debuts on Wisconsin Public Television at 9:30 p.m. on September 23rd. An encore presentation is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on September 26th.

“We felt it was important to produce a program on school safety that shows there is help and hope for victims of bullying,” said co-producer Dean Leisgang. “Our hope is that students, faculty, and families will watch this program and open up a dialogue on this important topic to create a safe school environment for all”.

The program will also be available to educators online through the Wisconsin Media Lab. The Wisconsin Media Lab curates cost-free K-12 multimedia educational content. The If A Bully Watches This documentary was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7.

ETP-NEW Documentary Profiled by UWGB

September 24, 2014

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Bullying the topic for latest ETP-NEW program on public TV

A new documentary, produced by Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW, located on the UW-Green Bay campus) profiles three different students with three different problems and one common problem, bullying. “We are thankful for the three families that shared their personal stories with us, so others can learn from their painful experiences,” said Eileen Littig, who co-produced with Dean Leisgang. The documentary, “If A Bully Watches This,” will premiere on Wisconsin Public Television stations at 9:30 p.m. next Tuesday (Sept. 23). An encore presentation is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday the 26th. For more information on this program and other ETP-NEW projects, visit www.ETPNEW.net.

Courtesy: Chris Sampson/UWGB

Wisconsin DPI Profiles ETP-NEW Program

September 17, 2014

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“I have been called so many names off of Twitter and Facebook,” says a student named Briana in a half-hour documentary on bullying in Wisconsin, released this month by Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) in collaboration with NEWIST/CESA 7.

If a Bully Watches This profiles Briana and two other students, Erick and Jacob. In a trailer released last month, all three appear confident as they talk about their three different stories, and what they hope will change.

Experiences of autism, ethnicity, and homosexuality are included in their stories, which bring viewers into the worlds of students bullied because they were perceived as different from the crowd.

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If a Bully Watches This includes footage of one-time victims now settled happily into accepting peer groups.

“A lot of the time, it doesn’t take someone bleeding, it [only] takes a comment to make someone feel like they aren’t human, or make someone feel awful about themselves,” says Jacob.

If a Bully Watches This premieres on Wisconsin Public Television September 23rd at 9:30 p.m., with encore broadcasts during the following week. It is already viewable via the Wisconsin Media Lab website.

A teaching guide will also be available from NEWIST/CESA 7.

“Our goal is that students, faculty, and families will watch this program and open up a dialogue on this important topic,” said co-producer Dean Leisgang.

“We are thankful for the three families that shared their personal stories with us, so others can learn from their painful experiences,” said co-producer Eileen Littig.

The group is also thankful to the DPI’s Steven Fernan, assistant director of Student Services / Prevention, and Wellness, who gets an acknowledgment in the credits for helping them understand the nature of bullying in today’s schools. One of this year’s Wisconsin Teachers of the Year, School Social Worker Andrea Pasqualucci, also gets a nod, for recommending one of the articulate youth featured.

The program comes out in time to be used by schools, students, and families for National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

(This article was taken from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction Connect newsletter.)

If A Bully Watches This Promo

September 8, 2014

ETP-NEW’s Latest Program Set for Statewide Broadcast in September

September 8, 2014

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Every seven minutes a child is bullied. One out of four students will be abused by another youth. 160,000 students miss school each day for fear of being bullied. Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) goes beyond the statistics to address bullying in Wisconsin schools.

The documentary profiles three different students with three different problems and one common problem, bullying. “We are thankful for the three families that shared their personal stories with us, so others can learn from their painful experiences,” said co-producer Eileen Littig.

The documentary entitled If A Bully Watches This debuts on Wisconsin Public Television at 9:30 p.m. on September 23rd. An encore presentation is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on September 26th.

“We felt it was important to produce a program on school safety that shows there is help and hope for victims of bullying,” said co-producer Dean Leisgang. “Our goal is that students, faculty, and families will watch this program and open up a dialogue on this important topic to create a safe climate schools”.

The program will also be available to educators online through the Wisconsin Media Lab. The Wisconsin Media Lab curates cost-free K-12 multimedia educational content.

October is the national Bullying Awareness month. This is a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness regarding bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education.

The If A Bully Watches This documentary was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW, NEWIST/CESA 7 and Wisconsin Public Television.

Watch the Trailer for If a Bully Watches This Documentary

August 8, 2014

ETP-NEW’s Latest Documentary Debuts in September

August 8, 2014

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is excited to announce the broadcast dates for their latest documentary, If a Bully Watches This. The documentary will debut on Wisconsin Public Television on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. The program will be rebraodcast on Friday, September 26th at 5:00 p.m.

The documentary reveals the poignant stories of three students who have experienced some form of bullying in their school lives. If a Bully Watches This provides an in-depth look at how being bullied affected their mental health. The stories chronicle the students’ struggles and show how their lives changed for the better once their bullying problems were resolved.

The students cast in our documentary mirror national profiles and reflect the greater picture of teens facing mental health issues. We see average teens coping with extraordinary circumstances living in plain sight yet out of view of most of the community.
Safe school experts contributed to the program including Jamie Nabozny. In 1996, Jamie Nabozny won a landmark lawsuit against officials at his former public high school in Ashland, WI. over their refusal to intervene in the antigay verbal and physical abuse by fellow students.

ETP-NEW produced If a Bully Watches This in collaboration with NEWIST/CESA7.

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August 8, 2014

ETP-NEW Annual Report

July 11, 2014

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2013 – 2014
Annual Report

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin
Board of Directors

Dotty Juengst
President

Judy Knudsen
Vice-President

Brendan Bruss
Treasurer

William Hubbard
Secretary

Amanda Brooker Don Carmichael

Mike Counter Jeff Dickert

Miriam Erickson Perry Kidder

Eileen Littig Tim Meyer

ETP-NEW Executive Director
Dean Leisgang

Purpose of the Corporation:

The purpose of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is to support educational television co-productions between Wisconsin Public Television and the corporation. ETP-NEW is also available to contract for the production of video projects of an educational, historical, cultural, environmental, and instructional nature with other individuals and organizations. ETP-NEW funds productions of its own or as co-productions with WPT and other broadcast entities.

ETP-NEW offers a “platform” that assures the continuation of outstanding public service media productions and encourages an active and vital professional artistic community of individuals who can make effective use of the ETP-NEW studios.

The facility, located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, continues as a gathering place for creative talent to produce educational and instructional projects for broadcast to the general public and is available for use by private organizations where their purpose and project fits the mission of the corporation.

History:

ETP-NEW has become a leader in nationally distributed educational and instructional programming and currently is under contract with Wisconsin Public Television for the production of issue oriented public service and documentary programs. ETP-NEW has produced countless award winning documentaries and arts programs. ETP-NEW’s production partners have included WPT, The Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, NEWIST/CESA7, and the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation, Public Instruction, Tourism and Natural Resources. Among the hundreds of awards Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin has received for production and content excellence are Midwest Emmys, Central Educational Network Awards, Gabriel and Cine citations and recognition from the Chicago and New York Film Festivals.

Organization:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin was created as a community based nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to preserve and enhance the award winning educational and instructional media production capabilities in northeast Wisconsin. ETP-NEW maintains its studio and postproduction facilities on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. The Board of Directors of ETP-NEW is comprised of educational and community leaders from northeast Wisconsin.

ETP-NEW relies on an innovative approach to educational and documentary production. Under the direction of its Executive Director ETP-NEW utilizes the talents of Wisconsin’s premiere freelance videographers, audio production specialists and artists. This approach allows ETP-NEW to deliver the highest quality and most cost effective production possible by tailoring the individual talents of the production crew to the specific requirements of each project while at the same time keeping overhead to a minimum.

Introduction:

During its tenth full year of operation, Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin continued its support of Wisconsin Public Television through the production of educational and documentary programs for statewide distribution. In 2013-2014, ETP-NEW continued its mission of providing independent producers and educational agencies access to production expertise and facilities, providing a valuable conduit for diverse voices from throughout northeast Wisconsin. ETP-NEW operates through funds generated by a production services contract with Wisconsin Public Television as well as program production grants. ETP-NEW also provides production services for independent producers and other agencies.

2013-2014 Productions

Bully Capture

If a Bully Watches This…
The documentary reveals the poignant stories of three students who have experienced some form of bullying in their school lives. The documentary provides an in-depth look at how being bullied affected their mental health. The stories chronicle the students’ struggles and show how their lives changed for the better once their bullying problems were resolved.

The students cast in our documentary mirror national profiles and reflect the greater picture of teens facing mental health issues. We see average teens coping with extraordinary circumstances living in plain sight yet out of view of most of the community.

Safe school experts contributed to the program including Jamie Nabozny. In 1996, Jamie Nabozny won a landmark lawsuit against officials at his former public high school in Ashland, WI. over their refusal to intervene in the antigay verbal and physical abuse by fellow students.

The program was produced for distribution on Wisconsin Public Television.

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Teen Connection:
One of the most dramatic ways in which Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin fulfills its mission is with the continued production of the statewide call in program Teen Connection. This year Teen Connection completed its 26th year on the air. Over that time this award winning discussion program, broadcast four times a year over Wisconsin Public Television, has addressed topics of interest and importance to teens. For the fifth year Kathryn Bracho served as host and moderator. Kathryn appears courtesy of WBAY-TV. Teen Connection is produced under contract with Wisconsin Public Television for broadcast statewide.

Latino Youth: October 15, 2013
On this edition of Teen Connection we examined the state of Latino teens living in Wisconsin and explored the options available to undocumented immigrant youth who arrive in the United States as children. The live, call-in program highlighted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that enables some youth to obtain a driver’s license and pursue secondary education or employment.

Armando Torres, who was granted DACA and is enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Parkside will be featured on the program. Also on the program, a panel of youth will discuss how DACA has had an impact on their lives and education. The panel of adult experts, included: Benjamin M. Crouse, Associate Attorney with Grzeca Law Group in Milwaukee and Elvita Erdman, Board of Directors President at Casa ALBA Melanie in Green Bay.

Safe Schools: December 17, 2013
How safe are students in Wisconsin’s classrooms? This question was addressed on the December 17th Teen Connection. The program examined the prevalence of bullying in Wisconsin schools and spotlighted several school districts with initiatives to end bullying and foster a safe learning environment.
The program took viewers to the Ashwaubenon School District to see how Rachel’s Challenge has educated students on the negative effects of bullying and inspired them to promote acts of kindness.
Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion, according to the organization’s website. It is named for Rachel Scott, the first student killed at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.
Viewers also saw how The Alliance School, part of the Milwaukee Public School system, has created a safe environment where students who have experienced bullying in other schools can focus on learning within a safe and accepting environment.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Psychology Professor Betty DeBoer, Ph.d and Stephen Fernan, of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, were two of the experts on the panel.

Heroin Education: March 18, 2014
The March 18th Teen Connection took an in-depth look at the reemergence of heroin in big cities and small communities across Wisconsin, and the havoc it is wreaking on young users.

The live, call-in program explored why teens and young adults are turning to heroin, and shared stories of how user behavior destroys families both emotionally and financially.

Former drug addicts shared candid stories of their heroin abuse, its effects and the steps to recovery. Adult experts offered guidance and answered questions about heroin and other drug abuse.

State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, whose daughter has struggled with heroin addiction, joined the program to explain how the drug has affected his family and his politics. Nygren has authored several bills to prevent heroin abuse, including a measure that would bring regional treatment centers to underserved areas in Wisconsin.

Featured guests on the program included: Heroin Response Initiative coordinator Ed Dorff; State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse co-chair of the Heroin Ad-hoc Committee Annie Short; Green Bay Police Chief Thomas Molitor and Dr. Ryan Murphy of Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Sex Trafficking: June 10, 2014
This episode of Teen Connection explored the growing concern over sex trafficking and looked at efforts to eliminate the devastating human rights crime in Wisconsin.

On the live, call-in program, Wisconsin sex trafficking survivors shared stories about how they were forced into the industry and revealed why they could not get out. The show also uncovers how advances in technology and social media have made it easier than ever for exploiters to find potential victims and customers.

Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking – a crime that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another through the use of force, fraud or coercion, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). The estimated number of kids trafficked each year across the country exceeds 100,000, and the average age of kids that enter into it is 12.

A 2013 DOJ report found that human trafficking in Wisconsin takes the form of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, and is committed against both adults and minors. The report also found a lack of adequate services, including housing, healthcare, and advocacy, for victims of human trafficking.

In an effort to protect women and girls in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker recently signed Wisconsin Act 362, which strengthens the definition of trafficking and allows survivors to request the court to expunge or vacate convictions related to human trafficking.

Several agencies that provide support for sex trafficking survivors participated in the program. Featured guests on the program included: DOJ special agent Deb Strauss; Wise Women Gathering Place sexual assault/domestic violence program specialist Sam McKenzie; Reach Counseling Services adolescent/adult therapist Deb Larson; Rethink Resources independent consultant Claudine O’Leary and Mission: Home board president Jay Beyer. Nicole Tynan, a sex trafficking survivor, was also on the live broadcast to sharing her story and discussing her role as an anti-trafficking advocate with Reach Counseling Services in Neenah.

Other Production Activity

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DPI Special Education Program Profiles
ETP-NEW has contracted with the Department of Public Instruction to produce video profiles of four school districts that are excelling with innovative teaching techniques for their students.

The first video was produced during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The three remaining profiles will be produced during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The first completed video focused on the Lac du Flambeau School District’s Envision program. The Envision program is a project-based learning system with culture at the very center of projects.

Independent Producer Productions
ETP-NEW worked with independent producer Steve Rose to provide video production for his half-hour studio show entitled Coincidence or Godincidence.

Driver Recruitment Video
Green Bay based RGL contracted with ETP-NEW to produce an educational driver recruitment video. Various RGL drivers talked about their driving experiences in the video.

Network Feeds:
Through the use of its “Flash” studio and the WPT uplink in Madison, ETP-NEW continues to provide local feeds for “Here and Now”, broadcast weekly by WPT. ETP-NEW’s studio also hosted guests providing commentary and insights for, CNN, CNBC and FOX news. These feeds provide access to local experts to have their voice heard on the larger national stage.

Programs in Planning, Pre-Production and Production

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Seniority
The senior population is growing and the need for services and resources will only expand as baby boomers rapidly enter their golden years. Americans are living longer and better than ever.

Seniority is a television program ETP-NEW is developing that would provide valuable information to seniors and senior caregivers by addressing a broad selection of topics that can make an impact on a growing population. We can empower seniors through informed professionals in the aging community and education on the services available.

As our population over the age of 65 expands, we need to remain dedicated and ready to help educate, prepare, and support seniors and caregivers. Seniority will help connect seniors with services.

Seniority will not only offer insight on challenging issues, but also provide a way for impacted parties to get help. Three major areas will be highlighted in each program. ETP-NEW will take an in-depth look at a specific issue with an enhancement feature as a follow-up to showcase solutions to problems. An example is a profile segment on caring for the caregiver with an enhancement feature on adult day care services.

The second element of the program is a bridging the gap segment. This shows how the youth population is interacting with the senior population to produce positive outcomes.

The third element of Seniority is senior success stories. In many cases, this highlights volunteerism at its best. This segment will also highlight ways seniors can get involved in their communities.

The goal for all the segments is to create an interactive element with experts in the aging field and our viewers. Once the show has concluded we continue the conversation with a question and answer session through our phone bank and toll-free phone number. We also encourage email questions. Additional educational resources will be easily accessible on the Seniority website, www.SeniorityTelevision.com.

Door County Gems
Community pride is the engine that drives every city in Wisconsin. We all seek out the positive stories in the community we live or the hometown where we grew up. We enjoy hearing the success stories of local heroes, as well as telling others how they are linked to our lives.

For over a century now, Door County has worked its magic on artists; nurturing their creativity and inspiring their work. Door County has a diverse art community rich in tradition and imagination. Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) would like to bring the work of a select group of Door County artists, in different disciplines, to life in a documentary. The subjects are experts in their field, have a passion for their craft, and support Door County.

The documentary, entitled Door County Gems, will highlight some of the many artists that have called Door County home by creating a living history for the arts and a sense of pride for not only Door County, but the entire state.

Art in an array of styles and media linger to capture and captivate your eyes. From the spoken word to brush strokes on canvas, we will capture the true essence of these artists in their element. Many of these Door County legends are senior in age. We are afraid their tremendous stories could go untold, if we do not move forward with this project right now.

Our profiles will highlight the recently deceased Norbert Blei in our author category. We were fortunate to sit down and interview Mr. Blei earlier before his passing. Roy Lukes, an environmental photographer, would be another artist highlighted. The final selections will be determined at a later time. The goal would be to have someone from the music/theater community or a pottery artist.

Each of these artists is a master of their craft and respected in their field. These Door County gems have been committed to their discipline for decades. It is time to honor these artisans and the body of work they have put together.

Door County Gems is a great opportunity to link the past with the future. The documentary will give Wisconsin youth a glimpse into the passion, creativity, and expertise of a group of Door County artists that have been recognized as experts in their field. The Door County Visitor’s Bureau is providing a portion of the underwriting of this program.

Non Production Activity

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Educational Activities
ETP-NEW continued to provide technical and instructional support for UWGB instructor Michael Schmitt’s video production class as well as production expertise and equipment for UWGB academic support.

Awards

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ETP-NEW’s documentary Emma Toft: One with Nature was honored with several awards during the 2013-2014 year. The Telly Awards named ETP-NEW as a silver winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards in the documentary category. ETP-NEW also earned a bronze Telly in the category of television writing for Emma Toft: One with Nature. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The documentary is brought to life by highlighting Emma Toft, Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation, and how she and her family saved one of the most pristine areas of Wisconsin from certain destruction. The efforts of the Toft family decades ago has allowed Toft Point in Door County to remain a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and white pines that educators, researchers, and outdoor enthusiasts utilize daily.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.

Dean Leisgang ETP-NEW Executive Director and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, were co-producers of Emma Toft: One with Nature. Emma Toft: One with Nature also won the best documentary award at the Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin. The program was also a featured film at the Green Bay Film Festival.

Grants

ETP-NEW received three grants during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. ETP-NEW received funding from the Byron Walter Family Trust for equipment upgrades. ETP-NEW also received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Community Foundation for equipment upgrades. ETP-NEW received a grant from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation for the development of the Seniority television program.

In-kind Donations
ETP-NEW received a number of important in-kind donations during the past year. One at Optimus donated a studio set, which will be used for the Seniority program. Schneider National donated printing services for set design of the Seniority set. Microsoft donated Microsoft Office 2013 for ETP-NEW’s office computers. Western Digital donated three external hard drives to help with video storage. Nsight Long Distance donates the use of a toll-free phone number for the Teen Connection program. Miriam Erickson donated accommodations in Las Vegas, so ETP-NEW could attend the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention. Dean Leisgang donated a camera monitor for use with ETP-NEW’s field cameras.

Summary
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to continue the legacy of excellence in the production of educational and documentary videos. ETP-NEW remains a viable and valuable resource, providing northeast Wisconsin a voice on the important discussions of our time.

ETP-NEW Program Featured in La Crosse Tribune

June 6, 2014

‘Teen Connection’ addresses sex trafficking in Wisconsin

The next “Teen Connection” will explore the growing concern over sex trafficking and will look at efforts to eliminate the devastating human rights crime in Wisconsin.

“Teen Connection” “Sex Trafficking” airs statewide 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV in Milwaukee. The program will be streamed live on wpt.org/TeenConnection.

On the live, call-in program, Wisconsin sex trafficking survivors will share stories about how they were forced into the industry and reveal why they couldn’t get out. The show also will uncover how advances in technology and social media have made it easier than ever for exploiters to find potential victims and customers.

Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking — a crime that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another through the use of force, fraud or coercion, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). The estimated number of minors trafficked each year across the country exceeds 100,000, and the average age of victims is 12 years old.

A 2013 DOJ report found that human trafficking in Wisconsin takes the form of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, and is committed against both adults and minors. The report also found a lack of adequate services, including housing, health care and advocacy, for victims of human trafficking.

In an effort to protect adults and children in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker recently signed Wisconsin Act 362, which strengthens the definition of trafficking and allows survivors to request the court to expunge or vacate convictions related to human trafficking.

“Teen Connection” will showcase several agencies that provide support for sex trafficking survivors. Featured guests on the program include: DOJ special agent Deb Strauss; Wise Women Gathering Place sexual assault/domestic violence program specialist Sam McKenzie; Reach Counseling Services adolescent/adult therapist Deb Larson; Rethink Resources independent consultant Claudine O’Leary and Mission:Home board president Jay Beyer.

Teen Connection is co-produced by NEWIST/CESA 7, Educational TV Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-Channel 2 in Green Bay.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. For more resources, including streaming video of this and previous broadcasts, check wpt.org/TeenConnection.

Viewers can text in their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Watch a Sex Trafficking Survivor Story

June 1, 2014

Watch a Preview of the June 10th Teen Connection

June 1, 2014

Next Teen Connection Addresses Sex Trafficking in Wisconsin

June 1, 2014

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The next Teen Connection will explore the growing concern over sex trafficking and will look at efforts to eliminate the devastating human rights crime in Wisconsin.

Teen Connection “Sex Trafficking” airs statewide 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 10th on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV in Milwaukee. The program will be streamed live on wpt.org/teenconnection.

On the live, call-in program, Wisconsin sex trafficking survivors will share stories about how they were forced into the industry and reveal why they could not get out. The show also will uncover how advances in technology and social media have made it easier than ever for exploiters to find potential victims and customers.

Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking – a crime that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another through the use of force, fraud or coercion, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). The estimated number of kids trafficked each year across the country exceeds 100,000, and the average age of kids that enter into it is 12.

A 2013 DOJ report found that human trafficking in Wisconsin takes the form of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, and is committed against both adults and minors. The report also found a lack of adequate services, including housing, healthcare, and advocacy, for victims of human trafficking.
In an effort to protect women and girls in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker recently signed Wisconsin Act 362, which strengthens the definition of trafficking and allows survivors to request the court to expunge or vacate convictions related to human trafficking.

Teen Connection will showcase several agencies that provide support for sex trafficking survivors. Featured guests on the program include: DOJ special agent Deb Strauss; Wise Women Gathering Place sexual assault/domestic violence program specialist Sam McKenzie; Reach Counseling Services adolescent/adult therapist Deb Larson; Rethink Resources independent consultant Claudine O’Leary and Mission:Home board president Jay Beyer. Nicole Tynan, a sex trafficking survivor, will also be on the show to share her story and discuss her role as an anti-trafficking advocate with Reach Counseling Services in Neenah.

Teen Connection is co-produced by NEWIST/CESA 7, Educational TV Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-Channel 2 in Green Bay.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. For more resources, including streaming video of this and previous broadcasts, check wpt.org/TeenConnection.

Viewers can text in their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Dean Leisgang of Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, are co-producers.

Cross Appears on WPT from ETP-NEW Studios

May 15, 2014

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New UW System President Ray Cross had a busy day last Friday when he visited UW-Green Bay for a day of get-acquainted meetings with various campus and community constituencies. He was able to steal away for about a half an hour, mid-day, to head over to Instructional Services and the studios of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin. There, he taped an interview that aired that evening on Wisconsin Public Television’s “Here and Now” show with Frederica Freyberg. Cross talked about his campus barnstorming/listening tour, and major issues facing the UW System.

Click the link to watch the interview, http://wpt.org/Here_and_Now/ray-cross-holds-statewide-listening-sessions.

ETP-NEW Programs Featured by DPI

May 15, 2014

The following stories were taken from the Department of Public Instruction’s ConnectEd newsletter.

Safe Schools Recommendations

New school safety recommendations were announced by the Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the broad coalition of education organizations involved in last summer’s Wisconsin School Safety Summit.

“We know that mental health issues, bullying, substance abuse, and other risky behaviors impair schooling for too many of our kids,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “This work provides guidance for improving the school environment so all students can graduate college and career ready.”

The “Summary Framework and Recommendations for Action” are part of Keeping Wisconsin Schools Safe: A Safe Schools Initiative. They cover four areas:

Mental Health (highest priority): better coordination of state and federal programs; further exploration of trauma-informed care, school-based mental health services, expanded training programs and treatment options, other practices
Climate and Culture: prevention-based behavior systems that help students learn from transgressions; identification of best practices such as character education, asset building, peer-led and anti-bullying efforts
Physical Environment: controlled access, visitor management, security technologies, balancing safety and security with value of welcoming environment
Policies and Procedures: templates of exemplary policies, practices, procedures; exploration of statewide school safety center; local and statewide crisis response teams; safety planning teams at every school; designation of individuals responsible for each school’s plan; comprehensive tri-annual safety and security assessment; uniform training for school staff; funding/revenue limit exemptions for some school safety purposes

Human Trafficking Show on Teen Connection

The next episode of Teen Connection, the public television call-in program aimed at teenagers, covers the topic of sex trafficking.

The program released a 3-minute preview of the topics to be covered in the episode, including pre-recorded interviews used to give a basis for the discussion.

A former trafficking victim interviewed in the episode says, “I felt like I had no control over my life, that somebody else was controlling it, and I also started feeling dependent on men.”

“It’s a medium-sized city problem, it’s an urban problem, it’s a suburban problem, it’s a rural problem,” says Andrew Maier, assistant district attorney in Outagamie County.

“Because we don’t see it, we don’t want to believe it’s happening,” says Lyn Beyer of Reach Counseling Services in Neenah, which works with victims (as well as sex offenders, families, and others).

Beyer states in the preview that post-traumatic stress disorder is present for victims of sex trafficking “at the same levels as veterans returning from war. So there is a desperate need for therapeutic services for these children.”

During the broadcast, teens can call in either to speak on the air or to talk confidentially with a counselor.

Teen Connection’s “Human Trafficking” episode airs June 10 at 7:00 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television and Milwaukee Public Television.

ETP-NEW Selected a Winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards

May 14, 2014

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The Telly Awards has named Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) as a silver winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their documentary titled Emma Toft: One with Nature. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The documentary is brought to life by highlighting Emma Toft, Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation, and how she and her family saved one of the most pristine areas of Wisconsin from certain destruction. The efforts of the Toft family decades ago has allowed Toft Point in Door County to remain a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and white pines that educators, researchers, and outdoor enthusiasts utilize daily.

“The positive feedback we have received from people all over Wisconsin about our documentary has been truly overwhelming,” said Dean Leisgang, documentary producer. “Now, to learn that our work has been honored on a national stage is a true source of pride for all involved”.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

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A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “ETP-NEW’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

“We are grateful for the many people in Door County that shared their stories of Emma Toft to bring our documentary to life,” said Eileen Littig, documentary producer. “We hope this prestigious honor brings them as much pride as it has brought us”.

Dean Leisgang ETP-NEW Executive Director and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, were co-producers of Emma Toft: One with Nature. Emma Toft: One with Nature also won the best documentary award at the Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin earlier this year.

ETP-NEW is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization based on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. ETP-NEW works with both individuals and organizations to produce video projects of an educational, instructional, cultural, historical, and environmental nature.

In Case You Missed It

March 21, 2014

March 18th Teen Connection Examines Heroin Abuse and Prevention Efforts in Wisconsin

March 12, 2014

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The next Teen Connection takes an in-depth look at the reemergence of heroin in big cities and small communities across Wisconsin, and the havoc it is wreaking on young users.

Teen Connection “Heroin” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV in Milwaukee. The program will be streamed live on www.wpt.org/teenconnection. The live, call-in program will explore why teens and young adults are turning to heroin, and will share stories of how user behavior destroys families both emotionally and financially.

State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, whose daughter has struggled with heroin addiction, will join the program to explain how the drug has affected his family and his politics. Nygren has authored several bills to prevent heroin abuse, including a measure that would bring regional treatment centers to underserved areas in Wisconsin.

Former drug addicts will share candid stories of their heroin abuse, its effects and the steps to recovery. Adult experts will be available to offer guidance and answer all questions about heroin and other drug abuse.

Featured guests on the program include: Heroin Response Initiative coordinator Ed Dorff; State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse co-chair of the Heroin Ad-hoc Committee Annie Short; Green Bay Police Chief Thomas Molitor and Dr. Ryan Murphy of Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices.
Viewers can text in their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Dean Leisgang of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, are co-producers of Teen Connection. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-Channel 2 in Green Bay. Please visit ETP-NEW’s YouTube page, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5k7QLywA4 to view a preview video of the program.

ETP-NEW Program Wins Best Documentary Award at Wildwood Film Festival

March 11, 2014

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(Green Bay, WI.) Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is proud to receive the best documentary award at the 2014 Wildwood Film Festival. ETP-NEW earned the award for Emma Toft: One with Nature. The documentary is brought to life by highlighting Emma Toft, Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation, and how she and her family saved one of the most pristine areas of Wisconsin from certain destruction. The efforts of the Toft family decades ago has allowed Toft Point in Door County to remain a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and white pines that educators, researchers, and outdoor enthusiasts utilize daily.

Emma Toft: One with Nature was shown in front of a packed crowd at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin on March 8, 2014. ““The caliber of work on display at this year’s Wildwood Film Festival was incredible,” said ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang. “It is a tremendous honor for us to win this award in such a respected film festival.”

The Wildwood Film Festival’s purpose is to promote Wisconsin Film talent. This was the 13th year of the festival.

Dean Leisgang of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, were co-producers of Emma Toft: One with Nature.

ETP-NEW is a proud member of Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

March 8, 2014



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ETP-NEW Program to be Featured at Wildwood Film Festival on Saturday

March 4, 2014

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin’s (ETP-NEW) documentary Emma Toft: One with Nature will take center stage at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin on Saturday March 8th at 1:00 p.m. The showing is part of the Wildwood Film Festival.

The Emma Toft: One with Nature documentary highlights Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and how she and the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. Thanks to the efforts of the Toft family this region of Door County remains a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development. Emma Toft: One with Nature was produced by Dean Leisgang and Eileen Littig.

The Wildwood Film Festival’s purpose is to promote Wisconsin film talent. For more information on the festival, please visit http://www.wildwoodfilmfest.com/.

ETP-NEW Executive Director Featured in WFRV Story

February 23, 2014

ETP-NEW Executive Director Speaks at Film Festival

February 23, 2014

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The Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) produced documentary Emma Toft: One with Nature received more exposure this weekend in Green Bay. The documentary appeared as a featured film this weekend at the Green Bay Film Festival.

“This was a great opportunity to showcase our work in front of a new audience,” said ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang. “The film festival has grown incredibly over the past few years and it is a tremendous compliment for our work to be featured alongside all the outstanding programs on display”.

The documentary highlights Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and how she and the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. Thanks to the efforts of the Toft family this region of Door County remains a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development. Emma Toft: One with Nature was produced by Dean Leisgang and Eileen Littig.

Littig and Leisgang both fielded questions from the engaged audience following the screening. For more information on the Green Bay Film Festival please visit, www.GBfilmfestival.org.

ETP-NEW Environmental Documentary Featured at GBFF

February 16, 2014

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WI Documentaries: “Jens Jensen The Living Green” and “Emma Toft: One With Nature” will be featured at the Green Bay Film Festival. The two environmental documentaries will be featured at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

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Jens Jensen The Living Green
Written by Mark Frazel & Directed by Carey Lundin

Today, four out of five of us live in a city. Yet the physical and emotional value of parks to urban life is only beginning to be made. A century ago, Jens Jensen rose from street sweeper to ‘dean of landscape architects’ to pioneering conservationist when he risked his career to stage the Dunes Pageant, the world’s first environmental event. His Prairie Style, using native plants, revolutionized park design with over 600 naturalistic landscapes for clients like Henry Ford and Frank Lloyd Wright. His dramatic story could not be more prescient.

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Written by Dean Leisgang & Produced by Dean Leisgang & Eileen Littig

The story is brought to life by highlighting Emma Toft, Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation, and how she and her family saved one of the most pristine areas of Wisconsin from certain destruction. The efforts of the Toft family decades ago has allowed Toft Point in Door County to remain a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and white pines that educators, researchers, and outdoor enthusiasts utilize daily.

For more information on the Green Bay Film Festival please visit, www.gbfilmfestival.org.

March Teen Connection Information

January 28, 2014

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ETP-NEW Documentary Selected for Wildwood Film Festival

January 22, 2014

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is proud to announce that Emma Toft: One with Nature will be one of the featured programs at the upcoming Wildwood Film Festival at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The Emma Toft: One with Nature documentary highlights Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and how she and the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. Thanks to the efforts of the Toft family this region of Door County remains a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development. Emma Toft: One with Nature was produced by Dean Leisgang and Eileen Littig.

The Wildwood Film Festival’s purpose is to promote Wisconsin film talent. This year’s Wildwood Film Festival will take place on March 8, 2014. For more information on the festival, please visit http://www.wildwoodfilmfest.com/.

Next Teen Connection is March 18th

January 18, 2014

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Teen Connection’s next television date is March 18, 2014. The topic for the show will be heroin education. Teen Connection is produced by Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin.

The one hour call-in television discussion program focuses on the teenage population and their various caregivers. The program tackles tough social issues that are only briefly addressed by the traditional media. Each Teen Connection program features a panel of teens with real life experience related to the topic under discussion. The program also includes adult expert counselors on the panel as well as counselors on the toll-free phone lines.

For more information on Teen Connection, please visit https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection

ETP-NEW Earns Product Donations

January 14, 2014

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) recently received two valuable donations from organizations outside of Wisconsin. California based Western Digital donated external hard drives to help with video storage. Illinois based One at Optimus donated a television production set that ETP-NEW hopes to introduce into programming in 2014.

“We are so appreciative of these donations,” said ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang. “The donations reduce our out-of-pocket expenses while furthering our goal of producing high quality video productions”. Both donations show that ETP-NEW’s work is being recognized beyond Wisconsin. If you are interested in supporting ETP-NEW, please contact Executive Director Dean Leisgang at(920)465-2412.

Movies at the Door Features ETP-NEW Documentary

January 10, 2014

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Special Guests: Film Co-Producers, Dean Leisgang & Eileen Littig; Conservationist, Roy Lukes
Come explore the work of an environmental pioneer in Wisconsin’s Door County. Despite commercial development just down the road, Toft Point near Bailey’s Harbor remains as it was over a thousand years ago. Emma Toft was a lady of the wilderness and was willing to fight for the land and the respect of plants and animals. This is a story of her preservation and perseverance.

Tickets: Free – Freewill Donations Encouraged
Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Door County Auditorium

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ETP-NEW Documentary Selected for Green Bay Film Festival

December 24, 2013

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is proud to announce that Emma Toft: One with Nature will be one of the featured programs at the upcoming Green Bay Film Festival.

The Emma Toft: One with Nature documentary highlights Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and how she and the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. Thanks to the efforts of the Toft family this region of Door County remains a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development. Emma Toft: One with Nature was produced by Dean Leisgang and Eileen Littig.

The Green Bay Film Festival is an event presented by Film Green Bay, a 501(c)(3) corporation, which opened its first film festival in 2011. Now in its fourth year, this Festival presents a variety of experiences in one location. Showing many genre’s of films, this festival also includes talk backs, seminars, awards, parties, introductions to Wisconsin tax incentives all In typical Midwest fashion. You are our guest extraordinaire!

The 2014 Green Bay Film Festival runs from February 21st – 23rd. For more information on the 2014 Green Bay Film Festival, please visit, http://www.gbfilmfestival.org/.

Green Bay Packers Foundation Awards Grant to ETP-NEW

December 21, 2013

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The Green Bay Packers Foundation on Tuesday awarded $500,000 to 188 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants. Charlie Lieb, chairman of the Foundation committee, made the announcement. Overall, including a recent $250,000 major gift to the UW-Green Bay Scholarship Fund, $750,000 was awarded this year.

Both the total donation amount and the number of recipient organizations are records for the Foundation.

The groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, an event that welcomed all the recipients and honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations.

The Foundation now has distributed more than $3.7 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”

Of the Foundation’s contributions Tuesday, 53 grants – aggregating $142,050 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $357,950, were made to 135 other groups around the state.

Additionally, under the Packers Scholarship Program established in 2002, $15,000 was awarded – $7,500 to Scholarships Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges, and $7,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs. A portion of the scholarship funds come from National Football League Properties which, at the Packers’ request, returns to the Foundation royalty fees paid for using the Packers logo on Wisconsin automobile license plates. Because the royalties do not fully cover the scholarships, the Green Bay Packers fund the remainder of the amount, a figure which totals $89,000 since 2006.

In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed an additional $57,375 on behalf of National Football League Foundation – $20,000 in “Community Quarterback” awards to civic leaders for contributions to the community, $12,375 in the NFL’s “Coach of the Week” program, which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the season, $20,000 through the “Hometown Huddle/Youth Fitness Zone” program and $5,000 for the NFL National Partnership Grant focusing on efforts related to the military. In addition, a $250,000 Matching Youth Football Field Grant was received and was awarded to the Ashwaubenon School District for the redevelopment of the Ashwaubenon High School football stadium and practice fields.

“We’re honored to congratulate and thank this year’s recipients for their excellent work in our communities,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. “Their efforts inspire us and truly provide a positive impact.”

The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees include, in addition to Lieb, Tom Arndt, Rick Chernick, Valerie Daniels-Carter, Ricardo Diaz, Terry Fulwiler, Jerry Ganoni, Mark McMullen, Tom Olson and Hon. John Zakowski. Bobbi Jo Eisenreich is the secretary of the Foundation.

The grants and other programs highlighted Tuesday are two components of the Packers’ efforts in the community. The Packers’ community outreach department responded to more than 10,000 requests from organizations and individuals in 2013 with donated autographed items for fund-raising efforts that raised more than $3 million. These efforts, combined with direct cash donations by the Packers to various charity endeavors, resulted in a comprehensive Packers charity impact in excess of $6 million in the past year.

Watch a Preview of the December 17th Teen Connection

December 9, 2013

Wisconsin Schools and Students Combat Bullying on the Next Teen Connection

December 7, 2013

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(Green Bay, WI.) How safe are students in Wisconsin’s classrooms? The next Teen Connection will examine the prevalence of bullying in Wisconsin schools, as well as spotlight several school districts with initiatives to end bullying and foster a safe learning environment.

Teen Connection “School Safety” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17th on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV in Milwaukee. The program will also be streamed live online at www.wpt.org/teenconnection.

The program will take viewers to Ashwaubenon High School to see how Rachel’s Challenge has educated students on the negative effects of bullying and inspired them to promote acts of kindness.

Rachel’s Challenge is a series of empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and ease feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion, according to the organization’s website. It is named for Rachel Scott, the first student killed at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

Viewers will also hear how The Alliance School, a charter school in the Milwaukee Public School system, provides a safe place for students regardless of sexuality, identity, appearance, ability or beliefs.

The live, call-in program will address the psychological origins of bullying and will update viewers on the current prevalence of bullying in Wisconsin’s schools. Featured guests will include: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Psychology Professor Betty DeBoer, Ph.D.; Steve Fernan of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; and several Wisconsin teens. DeBoer and Fernan will answer questions from teens, who may call in, text or post on Facebook.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. Viewers can text in their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at www.facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection. For more resources, including streaming video of this and previous broadcasts, check www.wpt.org/TeenConnection.

Teen Connection is a production of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW), NEWIST/CESA 7, and WPT. Dean Leisgang of ETP-NEW and Eileen Littig of NEWIST/CESA #7 are co-producers of Teen Connection. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-TV in Green Bay. For more information on Teen Connection or ETP-NEW please visit, www.etpnew.net.

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Next ‘Teen Connection’: Homeland Security program, Latino Youth

The next episode of Teen Connection will examine the state of Latino teens living in Wisconsin and will explore the options available to undocumented immigrant youth who arrive in the United States as children. Teen Connection “Latino Youth” airs statewide at p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 on Wisconsin Public Television. The live, call-in program originates from the studios on the UW-Green Bay campus, co-produced by NEWIST/CESA 7, Educational TV Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. For more information on Teen Connection or ETP-NEW, visit www.ETPNEW.net

Next Teen Connection Examines the Effects a Homeland Security Program has on Wisconsin’s Latino Youth

October 9, 2013

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The next episode of Teen Connection will examine the state of Latino teens living in Wisconsin and will explore the options available to undocumented immigrant youth who arrive in the United States as children.

Teen Connection “Latino Youth” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15th on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV). The program will be streamed live on wpt.org/teenconnection.

The live, call-in program will focus on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that enables some youth to obtain a driver’s license and pursue secondary education or employment. According to the agency’s website, deferred action does not provide lawful status or a pathway to citizenship, although an individual whose case is deferred will not be considered to be accruing unlawful presence in the United States during the period deferred action is in effect.

Armando Torres, who was granted DACA and is enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Parkside will be featured on the program. Also on the program, a panel of youth will discuss how DACA has had an impact on their lives and education.

Teens throughout the state may call in related questions that will be answered by a panel of adult experts, including: Benjamin M. Crouse, Associate Attorney with Grzeca Law Group in Milwaukee and Elvita Erdman, Board of Directors President at Casa ALBA Melanie in Green Bay.

Teen Connection is co-produced by NEWIST/CESA 7, Educational TV Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-Channel 2 in Green Bay.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. For more resources, including streaming video of this and previous broadcasts, please visit wpt.org/TeenConnection.

Viewers can text in their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Dean Leisgang of Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, are co-producers.

ETP-NEW Produces Video on School Safety

September 23, 2013

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(Green Bay, WI.) Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is proud to announce a partnership with multiple educational organizations for the production of a program entitled Student Voices on School Safety. The video features middle and high school students from around the state. In candid interviews, the featured students share their perspective and first hand experiences on school safety issues and possible solutions to the problems.

The program debuted at an educational conference at the Johnson Foundation’s Wingspread Center in Racine, WI. this summer. The partners on the project were the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services, Wisconsin Education Association Council, Wisconsin School Public Relations Association and Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association.

Dean Leisgang and Eileen Littig co-produced the production. If you would like to view the Student Voices on School Safety video please visit ETP-NEW’s YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/ETPNEW.

ETP-NEW is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit housed on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. ETP-NEW provides a wide array of production services to its various partners. Please contact ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang at (920)465-2412 or leisgand@uwgb.edu for more information.

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September 12, 2013

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September 12, 2013

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Emma Toft documentary airs Thursday evening

A documentary of the life of a Door County icon makes its broadcast debut at 7 p.m. today on Wisconsin Public Television, locally WPNE-TV Channel 38. “Emma Toft: One with Nature” was produced by Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW).

The film, which premiered Saturday at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, highlights how Toft (1891-1982) and her family worked to save The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. That region of Door County remains a haven for wildflowers, animals, fauna and a primeval forest of white pines despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development, said producer Eileen Littig.

“Our interviews with Door County friends and family were able to capture Emma’s life and principled struggle to retain Toft Point for future generations,” Littig said. “We also hope that young people concerned about our environment are inspired to follow in Emma’s footsteps.”

In addition to Toft, Door County people featured in the program are Ruth and Carl Scholz, Roy Lukes and Paul Regnier, former directors of the Ridges, the late Norbert Blei, Trudy Toft and her daughter Erin Toft-Dupuy.

“Emma Toft: One with Nature” was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7. A preview of the program can be seen by visiting ETP-NEW’s YouTube page or website, www.ETPNEW.net.

Crowd Packs the Crossroads to Watch ETP-NEW Documentary

September 10, 2013

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There was standing room only in the Crossroads at Big Creek auditorium in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday as hundreds filled the facility to watch a special screening of ETP-NEW’s latest documentary. The documentary entitled Emma Toft: One with Nature documentary highlights Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and how she and the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. Thanks to the efforts of the Toft family the Baileys Harbor area of Door County remains a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development.

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“We were tremendously happy with the turnout,” said ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang. “The audience was engaged in the program from the beginning until the end and we were flattered by the positive feedback we received”.

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Emma Toft: One with Nature will debut on Wisconsin Public Television on September 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. A preview of Emma Toft: One with Nature can be seen by visiting ETP-NEW’s YouTube page, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5yR-2kGw84 or website, www.ETPNEW.net.

ETP-NEW is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit housed on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. ETP-New produces various video projects with Wisconsin Public Television and other partners. Please contact Dean Leisgang at (920)465-2412 or leisgand@uwgb.edu with your project ideas.

Local TV Organization’s Door County Documentary Earns Prime Time Spot on WPT

September 7, 2013

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is excited to announce the broadcast date of their latest documentary. Emma Toft: One with Nature will debut on Wisconsin Public Television on September 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

We are proud of our work and are appreciative of the opportunity to showcase this program to a statewide audience through Wisconsin Public Television. Our latest program continues a long tradition of collaborative projects between our two organizations,” said ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang. “I think it is a tremendous compliment that Wisconsin Public Television has given our documentary a prime time broadcast spot on their network.

The Emma Toft: One with Nature documentary highlights Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and how she and the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. Thanks to the efforts of the Toft family this region of Door County remains a haven for wild flowers, animals, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development.

“Our interviews with Door County friends and family were able to capture Emma’s life and principled struggle to retain Toft Point for future generations,” said Eileen Littig. “We also hope that young people concerned about our environment are inspired to follow in Emma’s footsteps.”

Emma Toft: One with Nature was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7. ETP-NEW is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit housed on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. A preview of Emma Toft: One with Nature can be seen by visiting ETP-NEW’s YouTube page, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5yR-2kGw84 or website, www.ETPNEW.net.

Door County Newspaper Features ETP-NEW Doucmentary

September 6, 2013

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Emma Toft documentary features friends and family of Door County conservationist

By Jim Lundstrom

September 06, 2013
Independent producer Eileen Littig has produced documentaries on social issues such as Teens, Grief and Death for Wisconsin Public Television, but said making the documentary Emma Toft: One with Nature“was a labor of love” for her because of her own connections to Door County.

Littig has called Green Bay home for years, but her mother was a teacher in the one-room Cherry School in Door County and her family lived in Sturgeon Bay until she was in 5th grade. Her parents are buried at Bayside Cemetery in Sturgeon Bay.

“I never met Emma, but I knew of her all my life,” Littig said. “When I first walked onto Toft Point, I felt so calm.”

It all began with a phone call from Mark Dupuy, who is married to Trudy Toft, daughter of Ruby Toft, wife of Miss Emma’s nephew, Thorval Toft. Ruby was moving into assisted living and while going through her belongings, a treasure trove of Emma Toft material was discovered.

“He said, ‘Eileen, you can’t believe the material Ruby has that relates to Toft Point and to Emma’,” Littig said. “Once I saw the material, I knew this was a story that had to be done.”

She put a crew together with Dean Leisgang, executive director of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and began interviewing Ruby Toft, which led to other sources of information.

The documentary features relatives of Miss Emma and a number of Door County luminaries who knew and appreciated her perseverance for preservation, including the late Norbert Blei and Peninsula Pulse/Door County Living contributor Roy Lukes.

The documentary tells the story of the Toft family settling on what is now known as Toft Point and their legal fight to prevent commercial development of the area that is now owned and managed by the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (well, technically, the UW Board of Regents) and The Nature Conservancy.

Ruby Toft died during the production (on Oct. 12, 2012, at age 96), as did Norbert Blei (April 23, 2013, at age 77) and one of the funders of the project.

“Norbert gave such a marvelous interview,” Littig said.

It may, in fact, be the final interview he gave, but he gave it his all, Leisgang said.

Leisgang said in keeping with the nature of the subject, he wanted to maintain a small footprint while documenting the Door County Miss Emma loved, so he fixed a camera onto a small drone aircraft called a hexacopter for some amazing aerial shots of Toft Point.

For another set of shots, Leisgang enlisted the aid of his children, 8 and 5, to build a remote control erector set car with a 2-inch mini-camera mounted on it.

“We could have got the shots without it, but we would have been tromping on flowers,” he said. “The technology is unbelievable these days, so we might as well use it. And that really energized me throughout the process, getting these different angles.”

Both Leisgang and Littig said they had way more material than they could fit into the allotted time of 26 minutes and 46 seconds, so they hope to create a website dedicated to Toft Point with more interviews from the people in the documentary.

And both said talking with various Door County luminaries about Emma Toft revealed a wealth of stories that need to be told about an aging group of interesting, talented people in Door County.

“There are so many great stories to be told in Door County that really need to be told,” Leisgang said. “I hope we can tell them.”

Both Eileen Littig and Dean Leisgang will be at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay when the documentary is aired at 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 7. For those who can’t make that showing, the documentary airs on Wisconsin Public Television at 7 pm on Sept. 12.

ETP-NEW Executive Director Speaks in Door County

September 6, 2013

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) Executive Director Dean Leisgang served as the keynote speaker at the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club’s monthly meeting on September 5, 2013. Leisgang spoke to the club about ETP-NEW and the recently completed Emma Toft: One with Nature documentary.

“I am thankful to have the opportunity to meet with the community leaders of Sturgeon Bay and learn more about the area and the people,” said Leisgang. “I hope ETP-NEW will have the chance to develop and produce more stories about the history and personality of Door County in the near future.”

Documentary co-producer Eileen Littig of NEWIST also spoke at the event that was held at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. The rotary club was also treated to a preview video of the Emma Toft: One with Nature documentary.

If your club or group is interested in having Dean Leisgang as a speaker, please inquire by emailing Dean directly at leisgand@uwgb.edu.

UWGB Website Highlights ETP-NEW Documentary

September 3, 2013

Campus-based TV group’s Door County documentary to air Sept. 12

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is excited to announce the broadcast date of its latest documentary. “Emma Toft: One with Nature” will debut on Wisconsin Public Television at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

The organization is proud of its work and appreciative of the opportunity to showcase this program to a statewide audience through Wisconsin Public Television, said ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang. “This latest program continues a long tradition of collaborative projects between our two organizations,” Leisgang said. “I think it is a tremendous compliment that Wisconsin Public Television has given our documentary a prime time broadcast spot on their network.”

The “Emma Toft: One with Nature” documentary highlights Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and details how she and the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction. Thanks to the efforts of the Toft family this region of Door County remains a haven for wildflowers, animals, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines, despite numerous threats from logging and commercial development.

“Our interviews with Door County friends and family were able to capture Emma’s life and principled struggle to retain Toft Point for future generations,” said Eileen Littig of NEWIST/CESA 7. “We also hope that young people concerned about our environment are inspired to follow in Emma’s footsteps.”

Emma Toft: One with Nature was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7. ETP-NEW is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit housed on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. A preview of Emma Toft: One with Nature can be seen by visiting ETP-NEW’s YouTube page or its website.

Special Screening of Emma Toft: One with Nature

August 11, 2013

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August 11, 2013

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August 3, 2013

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ETP-NEW’s Latest Documentary Earns Prime Time Spot on WPT

August 1, 2013

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Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is excited to announce the broadcast date of their latest documentary.  Emma Toft: One with Nature will debut on Wisconsin Public Television on September 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

We will share more information about the documentary in the coming weeks.

ETP-NEW’s Work Featured in FDL Reporter

July 26, 2013

Dean Leisgang, senior on location producer at Educational Television Productions (right), sets up the lights and cameras at Reach Out Books on July 18 while discussing a scene for the upcoming television show 'Coincidence or Godincidence' with Lucy Lonadier and creator, author and executive producer Steve Rose.

Local author takes book to small screen

Author and motivational speaker Steve Rose is taking stories of hope and inspiration from the pages of his book to television screens across Wisconsin and beyond.

Rose, an Eden native and author of “Coincidence or Godincidence,” is filming a television series of the same title set to air on Sept. 29.

The television series and book highlight true stories of what seem to be miracles, many of which come from residents of Fond du Lac and the surrounding area.

“There’s 50 stories in the book and I would say 40 of them are from Northeastern Wisconsin,” said Rose, who currently resides in Neenah.

One story, “Lifeguards on Duty,” is about Mark Abram, his daughter Jill and a group of teenagers who were bodysurfing a few yards offshore in the Pacific Ocean. A strong undertow pulled them into deep water and they were rescued by lifeguards.

When Abram searched for the lifeguards to thank them, he was told there were never any lifeguards working at the beach where he and his group were swimming. Rose refers to these types of events as “Godincidences.”

Another “Godincidence” involved a man who was in a plane crash. Rose said the man saw light coming through a hole in the side of the plane, said a prayer and braved the fire to jump through the hole.

The man was one of only 27 people who survived the crash, Rose said. Officials told the man that during a reconstruction of the crash, they found no hole in the side of the plane, despite the fact that four others also mentioned the same hole.

“You just can’t make this stuff up,” Rose said.

Rose collected these stories when he wrote “Coincidences or Godincidences” in 2005. Now that the stories will be shared on television, Rose said it is up to viewers whether they’re simply coincidences or more divine “Godincidences.”

Devotional

On July 18, Rose and others involved with the project were at Reach Out Books on Peters Avenue in Fond du Lac filming a reenactment for the show. The scene revisits what Rose says is an event that happened to Lucy Lonadier of Appleton in 1987.

Lonadier said she had been going through a rough time and was relying on a devotional called “Our Daily Bread.” The devotional was published monthly and available at a local health food store. However, when Lonadier went to get a copy the store did not have one available, much to her dismay.

Later on that day when Lonadier was working at her waitressing job, a tour bus pulled up. When the group entered, a stranger came up to Lonadier and handed her a copy of the devotional with little explanation.

“Obviously I was in shock and overwhelmed since I was going through such a hard time,” Lonadier said.

At the time, she said, she was really questioning if God was real, so this served as a good reminder.

“I really feel like God handed it to me,” she said.

Lonadier currently works at Reach Out Books, where the scene was filmed, and played herself in the reenactment. Other employees also got the opportunity to be in the shot as well.

“It brought me back to how I felt that many years ago,” Lonadier said.

Lonadier said she was happy to be a part of the project and hopes her story provides hope and inspiration to others when they see it or read it in the book.

“To me, the whole reason I’m doing it is so other people can see what God can do not only in my life, but in their lives as well,” Lonadier said.

Stories

Rose said he has enjoyed meeting all these people and sharing their stories.

“It’s really fun,” he said. “I mean, to meet these people and hear these stories. For many of these individuals, like Lucy here today, these stories have changed their lives.”

“Coincidences or Godincidences” will air for 26 weeks on WVTV and WCGV in Milwaukee, WCWF in Green Bay and WBUW in Madison.

“They’re setting up and preparing for a national version of the television program while the one that I’m doing here, the first season, will be a syndicated show here in all markets in Wisconsin,” Rose said.

Rose said there will a premiere screening event in the Fond du Lac area, but details have not been finalized.

More information about the show can be found at www.CorGTV.com.

Written by Emily Miels
Action Reporter Media

 

ETP-NEW is one of 17 groups awarded grants from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

July 3, 2013

 

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Children‘s nutrition, educational television and drug treatment are among the causes being promoted in the latest grants awarded by the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

The foundation has awarded $82,612 from its Funds for Greater Green Bay to 17 area non-profit organizations.

The charitable organization, founded in 1991, distributes grants to between 400 and 500 non-profits annually. The newest awards were determined in a competetive application process administered by a team of community volunteers.

The recipients include:

■ Evergreen Productions Inc. will conduct an educational workshop and performance program for young actors.

■ Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity will build nine homes to help families in Brown County move out of rental properties.

■ Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay will implement a summer learning initiative to help students at risk for school failure.

■ CASA of Brown County Inc. will recruit and train additional volunteers to advocate for abused or neglected children in the court system.

■ Center for Childhood Safety will lead a new initiative in Brown County to promote safe sleeping practices for infants.

■ Edison Middle School will acquire additional equipment for its girls water fitness and nutrition summer school class.

■ Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin will produce a program for older adults and their caregivers.

■ Howe Community Center will hire a tutoring coordinator to help elementary school-aged children before and after school.

■ Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation will provide emergency support for students facing personal crises.

■ YWCA of Green Bay-De Pere will offer scholarships to girls in its TechGYRLS after-school program.

■ AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Inc. will assist patients without insurance to receive health care.

■ Jackie Nitschke Center Inc. will offer scholarships to patients seeking care in the alcohol and drug treatment facility.

■ DePaul Homes and Shelters Inc. will help more homeless young mothers and their children by expanding services at the House of Hope.

■ Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W. will provide free on-site child care for adults taking parenting or other classes.

■ Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin will develop improved coordination of care for children receiving mental health services.

■ Nativity of Our Lord Parish will help people just released from prison with mentoring and such tools as cell phones and work boots.

■ Salvation Army Green Bay will continue to provide lunch to needy residents five days a week.

swilliams@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @pgscottwilliams.

ETP-NEW 2012-2013 Annual Report

June 25, 2013

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2012 – 2013 Annual Report

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin

Board of Directors

Dotty Juengst-President 

Judy Knudsen-Vice-President

Brendan Bruss- Treasurer       

Dean Leisgang- Acting Secretary                                             

Michelle Danforth                      Jeff Dickert

Miriam Erickson                          William Hubbard

Perry Kidder                              Eileen Littig

Don Carmichael                        Warren Gerds                 

Mike Counter                             Sue Todey

Tim Meyer 

Dean Leisgang-ETP-NEW Executive Director

Purpose of the Corporation:

The purpose of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is to support educational television co-productions between Wisconsin Public Television and the Corporation (ETPNEW), as well as be available to contract for the production of video projects of an educational and instructional nature with other individuals and organizations. The 501(c)(3) funds productions of its own or as co-productions with WPT and other broadcast entities.

ETP-NEW’s purpose is to continue the history of outstanding programs that have been produced at this facility such as those previously co-produced by WPTV and NEWIST. ETP-NEW offers a “platform” that assures the continuation of outstanding public service media productions and encourages an active and vital professional artistic community of individuals who can make effective use of the facility.

The facility, located at the University of Wisconsin –Green Bay, continues as a gathering place for creative talent to produce educational and instructional projects for broadcast to the general public.  Additionally, the facility is available for use by private organizations where their purpose and project fits the mission of the Corporation.

History:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin has the unique distinction of being a new organization with a long and distinguished history.  During the past thirty-six years ETP-NEW has become a leader in nationally distributed educational and instructional programming and currently is under contract with Wisconsin Public Television for the production of issue oriented public service and documentary programs. It has produced countless award winning documentaries and arts programs. ETP-NEW’s production partners have included WPT, The Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, NEWIST/CESA7, and The Wisconsin Departments of Transportation, Public Instruction, Tourism and Natural Resources. Some of the hundreds of awards Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin has received for production and content excellence are Midwest Emmys, Central Educational Network Awards, Gabriel and Cine citations and recognition from the Chicago and New York Film Festivals.

Organization:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin was created as a community based nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to preserve and enhance the award winning educational and instructional media production capabilities in northeastern Wisconsin. ETP-NEW maintains its studio and post production facilities on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.  The Board of Directors of ETP-NEW is comprised of educational and community leaders from northeastern Wisconsin. ETP-NEW relies on an innovative approach to educational and documentary production.

Under the direction of its Executive Director ETP-NEW utilizes the talents of Wisconsin’s premiere freelance videographers, audio production specialists and artists. This approach allows ETP-NEW to deliver the highest quality and most cost effective production possible by tailoring the individual talents of the production crew to the specific requirements of each project while at the same time keeping overhead to a minimum. 

Introduction:

During its tenth full year of operation, Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin continued its support of Wisconsin Public Television through the production of educational and documentary programs for statewide distribution.  In 2012–2013 ETP-NEW continued its mission of providing independent producers and educational agencies access to production expertise and facilities; providing a valuable conduit for diverse voices from throughout Northeast Wisconsin.  Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin operates through funds generated by a production services contract with Wisconsin Public Television, program production grants from local, state and federal philanthropic and government entities.  ETP-NEW also provides production services for independent producers and government agencies.

2012-2013 Productions

Emma Toft: One with Nature

Emma Toft: One with Nature was a documentary produced for Wisconsin Public Television.  It is a story of preservation and perseverance.  The underlying theme throughout the program was preservation; preserving land, flowers, animals, and ideals.  Of course, it took perseverance to make this happen.  The program looks at how the Toft Point area of Door County, Wisconsin was saved from commercial development and other challenges decades ago, to the present day challenges of invasive species and other factors that pose a risk to the pristine area. 

The story was brought to life by highlighting Emma Toft (1891-1982), ‘Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,’ and how she as well as the Toft family saved The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from certain destruction.  The properties today are a haven for wild flowers, birds, fauna, and a primeval forest of white pines and hemlocks from logging and commercial development.

Emma was one of the first female environmentalists in an era where men led the charge.  The program looked at how she overcame this challenge and other issues that posed a threat to her way of life and love for nature.  The natural beauty of Door County was on display throughout the program.  The program is scheduled to debut on Wisconsin Public Television in the fall of 2013.

Teen Connection:

One of the most dramatic ways in which Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin fulfills its mission in support of Wisconsin Public Television is with the continued production of the statewide call in program Teen Connection.  This year Teen Connection completed its 25th year on the air. Over that time, this award winning discussion program, broadcast four times a year over Wisconsin Public Television, has addressed topics of interest and importance to teens. For the fourth year, Kathryn Bracho served as host and moderator. Kathryn appears through the courtesy of WBAY-TV. Teen Connection is produced under contract with Wisconsin Public Television for broadcast statewide.  This season several new features were introduced to Teen Connection including, Facebook, texting, caller locators, and streaming video.

Child Abuse: October 9, 2012 

On this edition of Teen Connection, we looked at the current state of child abuse in Wisconsin. A panel of adult counselors fielded questions from teens around the state and highlighted several resources available to teens affected by child abuse.

Family Services Sexual Assault Center and Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center director Susan Lockwood, Reach Counseling Services prevention educator John Puls, MSE, and CASA of Brown County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program manager Mary Rowan were among the guests on the panel.  A special video tour of the Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center in Green Bay was included in the program.

Suicide Prevention: December 11, 2013

More than one out of 14 Wisconsin high school students has tried to kill themselves, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  This Teen Connection offered an open forum for Wisconsin teens to talk about suicide.  On the program, a panel of teens and adult expert counselors identified the warning signs of suicide and how to respond to them.  The program highlighted resources available to anyone considering suicide.

Guests on the program included Lisa Anderson of Outagamie County Health and Human Services, Jennifer Seefeldt of Community for Hope of the Fox Cities, Jesse Heffernen of Harmony Café, and substance abuse prevention specialist Chris Wardlow.

Hmong Culture: March 19, 2013

Wisconsin’s Hmong population is approaching 50,000 and teenagers make up approximately 40 percent of the total. This Teen Connection explored the cultural identity of Wisconsin’s Hmong teens and examined how they find balance between their ancestral culture and American cultural norms.

The live, call-in program featured a panel of Hmong teens and adult experts, including Wa Yia Thao, president of the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations Inc., and Maiko Katie Thao, a high school counselor with the Green Bay Area Public School District. 

The program also featured a segment that follows in the footsteps of Washington Middle School students touring the Neville Public Museum’s Who are the Hmong? exhibit.

Underage Drinking: April 10, 2013

This episode of Teen connection addressed the risks of underage drinking and provided support to help prevent casual drinking and alcohol dependence among Wisconsin teens.  Live streaming video of the program was available for the first time online at wpt.org/Teen connection allowing viewers to watch the program from anywhere.

The inherent risks of underage drinking include injuries from car accidents, sexual assault, homicide, suicide, and the potential for alcohol abuse and dependence.  In addition to physical and emotional costs, underage drinking costs the citizens of Wisconsin approximately $1 billion every year.  The live, call-in program featured a guest panel that discussed the following:

The Teen Connection panel included a young adult who is in recovery for alcohol abuse and expert advisers, including: Dan Terrio, Director of Brown County Teen Leadership; Lt. Investigator Jamie Graff, Kaukauna Police Department; Tom Ritchie, clinical supervisor at Libertas Treatment Center; Taylor Putz, a youth leader at Marian University; and members from Winnebago County re:TH!NK, a project of the Winnebago County Health Department.

Programs in Planning, Pre-Production and Production

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ETP-NEW is working with independent producer Steve Rose to provide video production for his half-hour studio show entitled Coincedence or Godincidence.

Mental Health and Teens

ETP-NEW is in the early stages of work on a 30 minute documentary that reveals the poignant stories of three or four students who have experienced bullying or cyber bullying and how it affected their mental health.  The documentary will take a positive approach in addressing mental health issues of youth. We will look at possible solutions such as restorative justice, mediation, working with the whole family, having teachers that youth can go to, to talk about their issues, freedom to have a curriculum that discusses positive mental health issues. Many of the interviewed students talked about the stress relating to school, home and work. The students cast in our documentary will mirror national profiles and reflect the greater picture of teens facing mental health issues. We will see average teens coping with extraordinary circumstances living in plain sight yet out of view of most of the community. Discussing mental health issues has always been seen as a stigma. The usual premise is “what happens in the house, stays in the house.”

Senior Programming

ETP-NEW is in the development stages of a 30 minute program that would focus on issues related to senior citizens.  

Other Production Activity

Network Feeds

Through the use of its “Flash” Studio and the WPT uplink in Madison, ETP-NEW is continuing to provide local feeds for “Here and Now”, broadcast weekly by WPT. ETP-NEW’s studio also hosted guests providing commentary and insights for, CNN, CNBC and FOX news. These feeds provide access to local experts to have their voice heard on the larger national stage.

Seymour School District

ETP-NEW produced a video showcasing the various educational and extracurricular opportunities available to students (K-12) in the Seymour School District.  The video is currently viewable on the Seymour School District’s website.

Neville Public Museum

ETP-NEW had the honor of producing the video content for the Neville Public Museum’s exhibition entitled, Who are the Hmong?  The interviews ETP-NEW produced explored the Hmong transition to the United States and their successful adaptation to their new country, 

Waters of Wisconsin

ETP-NEW provided video production services for a Waters of Wisconsin public forum at UW-Green Bay Union.  The program featured several prominent speakers discussing clean-up of the Fox River and other water bodies.

School Safety

ETP-NEW completed production on a 15 minute video on school safety in Wisconsin schools.  The video highlighted four major areas student mental health, policies and procedures, physical environment, and climate and culture.  The video was produced for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services, Wisconsin Education Association Council, Wisconsin School Public Relations Association and Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association sponsor the Conference.  The video is scheduled to be shown on July 15, 2013 at a Safe Schools Conference at Wingspread in Racine, WI.

Non Production Activity

Educational Activities:

ETP-NEW has continued to provide technical and instructional support for UWGB instructor Michael Schmitt’s video production class as well as production expertise and equipment for UWGB academic support.

New Website

ETP-NEW debuted a newly designed website during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  The website is more indicative of the work ETP-NEW performs.  The website is user friendly, showcases past and present video projects, highlights donor recognition, displays current events, and has an online funding tool.

Online Funding Capabilities

ETP-NEW partnered with Razzoo to create an online funding vehicle for the organization’s website.  Individuals can donate $10 and up and receive a tax deduction receipt by using this online tool.

Grants

ETP-NEW received two grants during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  ETP-NEW received $500 from 4imprint for production supplies.  ETP-NEW also received a $5,000 donation from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation for the development of a senior television pilot program.

Donations

The Green Bay Packers donated some of their surplus out of use equipment during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  The equipment is a Deko1000.  It is used for creating graphics for ETP-NEW’s live studio productions.  The UWGB television production class will also be able to utilize this equipment.

Summary:

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to continue the legacy of excellence in the production of educational and documentary production. ETP-NEW remains a viable and valuable resource; providing Northeastern Wisconsin a voice in the important discussions of our time and allowing access for minority views to a greater audience.

Teen Connection Highlighted in Green Bay Press Gazette

April 10, 2013

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Click the link below to read the story from the Green Bay Press Gazette about Teen Connection.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130407/GPG04/304070071/April-Teen-Connection-Examines-Underage-Drinking

 

April Teen Connection Examines Underage Drinking in Wisconsin

April 9, 2013

The next television broadcast of Teen Connection addresses the risks of underage drinking and provides support to help prevent casual drinking and alcohol dependence among Wisconsin teens.  Teen Connection “Underage Drinking” airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and on MPTV in Milwaukee.

Live streaming video of the program will be available for the first time at wpt.org/TeenConnection.  “We have had tremendous success this season by introducing texting and social media to the show and we believe the addition of live streaming video will be another valuable asset for Teen Connection,” ETP-NEW Executive Director Dean Leisgang.  “Viewers will now be able to watch and participate in our program from anywhere.”

The inherent risks of underage drinking include injuries from car accidents, sexual assault, homicide, suicide, and the potential for alcohol abuse and dependence. In addition to physical and emotional costs, underage drinking costs the citizens of Wisconsin approximately $1 billion every year.  The live, call-in program features a guest panel that will discuss the following:

-  What are the root causes of underage drinking and its associated risks?

-  Are young people more vulnerable to develop alcohol dependency than adults?

-  What are the signs that a person might be developing an alcohol problem?

-  Where can young people find help dealing with alcohol problems?

The Teen Connection panel will include a young adult who is in recovery for alcohol abuse and expert advisors, including: Dan Terrio, Director of Brown County Teen Leadership; Lt. Investigator Jamie Graff, Kaukauna Police Department; Tom Ritchie, clinical supervisor at Libertas Treatment Center; Taylor Putz, a youth leader at Marian University; and members from Winnebago County re:TH!NK, a project of the Winnebago County Health Department.

Teen Connection is co-produced by NEWIST/CESA 7, Educational TV Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and WPT. Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-TV in Green Bay.

The live program features a call-in option at 877-988-2888. It is a toll-free call. The service will be provided courtesy of Nsight Teleservices. Viewers can text in their questions to 920-288-2574. Standard text message rates apply. Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Dean Leisgang of ETP-NEW and Eileen Littig of NEWIST/CESA #7 are co-producers of Teen Connection.  For more information on Teen Connection or ETP-NEW please visit, www.etpnew.net.

Teen Connection Highlighted in Green Bay Press Gazette

March 16, 2013

Click the link to read the story from the Green Bay Press Gazette about Teen Connection.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130316/GPG04/303160121/TV-show-examines-Hmong-teen-life-Wisconsin

 

March Teen Connection Examines Hmong Culture in Wisconsin

March 14, 2013

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Wisconsin’s Hmong population is approaching 50,000 and teenagers make up approximately 40 percent of the total. The next television broadcast of Teen Connection explores the cultural identity of Wisconsin’s Hmong teens and examines how they find balance between their ancestral culture and American cultural norms.

The Teen Connection on the Hmong Culture airs statewide at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19th on Wisconsin Public Television and on Milwaukee Public Television.  The call-in program features a panel of Hmong teens and adult experts, including Wa Yia Thao, president of the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations Inc., and Maiko Katie Thao, a high school counselor with the Green Bay Area Public School District.  The program also features a segment that follows in the footsteps of Washington Middle School students touring the Hmong culture exhibit at the Neville Public Museum.

Teen Connection features various ways to join the conversation of the program.  Viewers are encouraged to call our toll free number, 877-988-2888 or text in their questions to 920-288-2574.  Standard text message rates apply.  Viewers can also submit questions on Teen Connection’s Facebook page before or during the program at facebook.com/WisconsinTeenConnection.

Dean Leisgang of Educational Television Productions of Northeastern Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) and Eileen Littig, NEWIST/CESA #7, are co-producers.

ETP-NEW Partners with Neville

February 24, 2013

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) had the honor of producing the video content for the Neville Public Museum’s exhibition entitled, Who are the Hmong? The interviews ETP-NEW produced explore the Hmong transition to the United States and their successful adaptation to their new country.

They describe the harrowing experience of Hmong men and boys who fought as allies alongside Americans in the Vietnam War. They reveal the traditional Hmong culture that has survived for thousands of years through wars and migration. In answering the question, Who are the Hmong?, the exhibition hopes to foster an understanding of the Hmong community and create deeper connections with our new neighbors.

For more information one on the Neville Public Museum, please visit http://www.nevillepublicmuseum.org/. To watch the video, please visit http://etpnew.net/productions/hmong.php.

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ETP-NEW Launches New Website

February 21, 2013

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) is pleased to announce the launch of their new website, www.etpnew.net. ETP-NEW is a community based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located on the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus. ETP-NEW specializes in video production of an educational, cultural, environmental, historical, and instructional nature.

"Our new website is a great showcase of the quality and variety of our work," said Dean Leisgang, ETP-NEW Executive Director. "It will help our projects live on, beyond their original broadcast dates."

ETP-NEW helps clients produce productions that are studio based or recorded on location. ETP-NEW productions meet or exceed Public Television technical standards, the most demanding in the broadcast industry. ETP-NEW has provided production services for a variety of state and national clients including Wisconsin Public Television, FOX News, CNN, and CNBC.

"ETP-NEW is going to roll out some entertaining, innovative projects in 2013 that will showcase our commitment to the community and this new website is a great way to stay informed on these upcoming initiatives," said Leisgang.

For more information on ETP-NEW and www.etpnew.net please contact Dean Leisgang at (920)465-2412 or leisgand@uwgb.edu.