Lessons Shakespeare Taught Me

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

"My love affair with William Shakespeare began early. I was born in 1961. He was born in 1564. It was a May-December relationship."  

Kate Heckner Ulrey started life wanting to be Juliet, realized at one point that she had grown closer to Lady Macbeth’s age and now hopes to play Hamlet’s mother. She started teaching Shakespeare to children other than her own when her five daughters (Tess, Nora, Claire, Jane, Gwen) were young. What began as a one-time summer week of Shakespeare in 2001 shared with 6 other homeschoolers became The Backyard Shakespearean Players, a camp of 30 children aged 7 to 18, performing on a stage in a production that included dancing, stage combat, singing and dedicated adults and graduates of the program. We performed over 12 plays during that time.  In 2011, with the youngest two girls in high school, Kate went back to teaching English and directing Shakespeare at the high school level. Currently retired, Kate and her husband Joe, are fixing up a house in St. Joe.


Touch & GO

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Andrea Oleniczak talks about her role as the Fab Lab Manager in this PK titled Touch & GO.

Born & raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Andrea has a BFA in Glass from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. She is currently the Fab Lab Manager @ the LMC Fab Lab. She’s previously held all sorts of positions including Production Glassblower, Studio Technician, Design Consultant, Facilities Coordinator, Product Designer and Teacher. Her addictions? Coffee and podcasts. Her daydreams? To see local manufacturing that incorporates historical craft and reintroduces apprenticeship models.



The Power Of Value

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Lionel Kanyowa, a native of Zimbabwe, wonders "when you look at something of value you're asking yourself, what benefit does it bring to me?" in his PK The Power Of Value.  

Lionel was born in Zimbabwe located at the southern part of Africa with amazing people and great food. He moved to the UK with his family when he was 10 years old where he completed both elementary school and high school and recently moved to America in 2014 to expand his horizon.

He is a full time student at Lake Michigan College studying Computer Science. 


British Court System

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

In this PK, John Smietanka talks about the British Court System. John is a former federal and county prosecutor currently in a private trial practice. "The Knights Templar built this when they were running big, they were the biggest military and commercial banking force in the world at the time..."


India: An Incredible Heritage

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Meeta Kedia discusses why India is an Incredible Heritage in this PK talk that covers topics of family, arranged marriage and Indian customs. "There is never a concept of a babysitter or day care. Since many people stay under the same roof, you have somebody or the other to take care of your child and there is NEVER a day you don't get a home cooked food."

Meeta is a guest artist at the Krasl Art Center and also works as a substitute teacher in Edustaff. She is a committee member and  Treasurer at Southwest Michigan India Association, a non-profit organisation based in Saint Joseph, Michigan. She is also the founder and Director at MA Universal Corp Inc,USA, a consultancy organisation.

Meeta holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration & Commerce, an Associate Member  of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI), a professional degree related to company law matters. Having interest in gems and stones, she also has a certified from The Gemological Institute of America(GIA).


Flat Track Derby: From Fishnets to Finals

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

South Bend native, Corrie Wolosin has just returned to the Midwest after more than two decades living in Northern New England on the Vermont/NH border. She is speaking about one of her many passions – roller derby! Her derby name is Apple, derived from her previous career in the Hard Cider industry.


What a Bike Can Teach You

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Mack Black from Cycle-Re-Cycle - L'earn a bike: What a bike can teach you

Mack Black is an UX designer, living, working, and biking in Southwest Michigan. She moved to Berrien Berrien Springs in 2016 on a YOLO whim from Washington DC, with a strong desire for living in a place larger than a postage stamp and chicken ownership.

She is a new volunteer at CycleReCycle, a Benton Harbor Non-Profit dedicated to keeping bicycles out of landfills and advocating for bicycling as a preferred mode of transportation. Through their L'Earn A Bike program they teach area youth the art of bicycle maintenance, and Mack continues to be amazed at how much a bike can teach you.



Creating Paradise

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Kim Jenuwine is a Color Engineer for Whirlpool Corp, a frustrated artist and a somewhat (who are we kidding?) obsessive gardener. Kim will share her 20 year journey to create a little slice of heaven in her own backyard. That slice of heaven has been elusive and her personal vision of paradise has shifted and changed shape along the way. Don't ask for plant recommendations, you'll never get rid of her!



Live the Life You Love

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Effy Zheng shares about life and inspiration in this presenation - Live the Life You Love


What I Learned Riding My Bicycle Across Michigan

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Chuck Jager can be seen commuting to work on his neon green Trek bicycle with that uber cool band on his pants leg. He is a long-time high school U.S. History teacher, and once graded more than 1500 essays in one week.



From Scrapbook To Sketchbook

@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

How do you bounce back creatively after a divorce, when you've been scrapbooking your perfect life for years? You trade in those expensive stickers for a sharpie pen! Lana Rappette talks about how her scrapbook hobby evolved to drawing cartoons in her PK "From Scrapbook to Scetchbook."


Building Kids up by Building with Kids

@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

“The most important architectural lessons I teach can be traced back to my family, and to the family restaurant.”

In “Building with Kids to Build Kids Up,” from Pecha Kucha night Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor, vol. 8, Associate Professor at Andrews University, Mark Moreno explains the Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp, how it came to be, and what he wants to be when he grows up.” He founded and runs the camp at Andrews’ School of Architecture and Interior Design.