Past St Joseph Event: VOL 9

Large wide pk 20sj2


May 19, 2017
@ Southwest Michigan Regional Airport

Come see the new Red Hangar at the SouthWest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor! Doors open at 7:00pm, event starts around 8:00pm. 

$3 suggested donation at the door.

Chuck Jager, Things I Learned Riding My Bicycle Across Michigan

Effy Zheng, Live the Life You Love

Kim Jenuwine, Creating Paradise

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

Corrie Wolosin, Flat Track Derby: From Fishnets to Finals

Meeta Kedia, India; Incredible Heritage

John Smietanka, British Court System

Lionel Kanyowa, The Power Of Value

Andrea Oleniczak from the Fab Lab, Touch and Go

Kate Heckner Ulrey, Shakespeare taught me..

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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.


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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

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Creating Paradise

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

"Maybe the paradise that I thought I was trying to create is in the act of creating..."

In "Creating Paradise" from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 9, Kim Jenuwine shares her 20-year long journey to create a little slice of heaven in her own backyard. Kim's personal vision of paradise has shifted and changed shape along the way so her enchanting abode is in constant reconstruction. From bowling balls to flowers, Kim never stops redesigning her paradise.

Kim is a Color Engineer for Whirlpool Corp, an artist, and has an obvious obsession of gardening. 

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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.


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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.

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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).

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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..."

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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. 

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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.


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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.