Wisconsin Life #602: Wisconsin Rocks!

September 20, 2018


Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald becomes one with nature as she explores the Dells of the Eau Claire County Park. She explores the unique geologic features, taking in the sights and sounds of the waterfalls and speaks with Dr. Keith Montgomery, a local geologist.

We then make our way to the state Capitol to meet a young organist named Greg Zelek. Greg is said to be “the most exciting young organists in the American organ scene.”  As a star performer both as a soloist and as an ensemble member, Greg travels throughout the country playing the organ. Greg has been winning awards since he was a young teenager, and at age 26, there’s no sign of him stopping.

Next, we go to Ripon College to visit Art Professor Rafael Francisco Salas. As an artist, art critic and art professor, Rafael brings a different view to his interpretations of rural America. Rafael focuses on how the viewer experiences his art. He sets out a chair and even sets the mood with cans of beer littering the floor to view one of his paintings.

We then head east to meet with Marcia Bjornerud, a geology professor at Lawrence University in Appleton. She shares her passion for rocks with her students. Bjornerud says rocks are not just inert objects, “They’re records of events that affected this part of the world as well as the entire globe.”

Finally, we make a stop in Plymouth to meet Sandy Toney. Sandy is one of the most distinguished cheese competition judges in the United States. She is the Vice President of Corporate Quality and Development at Masters Gallery Foods in Plymouth. With such a grand title comes grand responsibilities. Sandy was recognized for her cheese expertise when she was asked to join the elite group of chief judges, nicknamed the “red hats,” at the 2017 U.S. Cheese Championship.


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