2014-15 Annual Report
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Fri - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Closed Sun, Holidays
Global Indigeneity and Sustainability Fall Seminar Series
Join us Monday, Sept. 26, from noon-3 p.m. at the S. Verna Fowler Library for Session 4: Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge and Threats to Indigenous Lands. Presenting will be Fernando Macías, Roma Studies Group (University of Barcelona), and Al Gedicks, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Being himself Roma, Macías will discuss about Social and Educational Situation of Roma (Gypsies) people in Europe. His presentation will be focused on past, present and future of Roma communities, and Successful Educational Actions (SEAs) which are achieving significant improvement and social impact for the Roma inclusion. (Institutions and Human Perception, Activity, and Behavior).
Al Gedicks will be presenting on the threat of oil and mining resource exploitation to indigenous lands (Land and Sovereignty). Online registration is available.
N.E.W. Inter-Collegiate Multicultural 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, Oct. 15, 12-5 p.m.
Kress Events Center, Green Bay
Sign up now! Participants must be 18 years or older and a currently enrolled student of a participating college. College ID and signed waiver are required to register for tournament. For more info or to sign-up, e-mail or stop by Louie Ortiz at the Green Bay/Oneida campus or Stephanie King at the Keshena campus.
Kehtekaewak Farmers Market Every Thursday
New location in SDI parking lot
Stop by the Kehtekaewak Farmers Market this summer on Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. The market will continue through September 29, and is held in the Sustainable Development Institute, just south of the College of Menominee Nation's Keshena campus.
Vendors from Menominee and the surrounding area will be present to sell fresh produce, meats, hot food, and crafts. Don’t have any cash on you? No problem. Use your credit, debit, or EBT/SNAP card at the farmers market.
Visit CMN During Shawano Country Miles of Art Tour
The College of Menominee Nation will once again be a host site for the 6th Annual Shawano Country Miles of Art Fall Festival & Art Studio Tour to be held Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2016, from
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Shawano Country Miles of Art is a fall celebration of the arts and nature throughout Shawano and Menominee Counties (Shawano Country). The event will include self-guided tours of area artists’ studios and galleries, Walls of Wittenberg murals, Shawano Country Barn Quilts, Gresham Community Quilts, live music, and dancing, combined with colorful fall drives. Learn more
Why Donald Trump’s ‘Regrets’ Must Be Specific
By Ryan Winn for "Indian Country Today"
Donald Trump wants minorities to vote for him. He’s reaching out to different races that he’s described as “living in poverty” in neighborhoods that are “more dangerous than war zones.” He repeatedly followed his assessments by implying his policies could elevate their quality of life. The presidential hopeful has even asked minorities in multiple states to vote for him based upon the question, "What do you have to lose?" Attempting to appeal to diverse voters is a strategic pivot for the unfiltered Trump who infamously labeled Mexicans as “rapists,” proposed a wall between the United States and Mexico, and has floated the idea of Muslim internment camps. Yet the brazen candidate tried to prove the sincerity of his new inclusive approach when he announced mid-August that, "Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that – and, believe it or not, I regret it." While both Trump and his campaign surrogates have declined to specify instances that the candidate was referring to, the Native American voters he’s courting should demand he first apologize for his insults of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Read more
Using the Humanities as a Gateway for
By Ryan Winn, Lisa Bosman, and Kelli Chelberg
The scientific research community has a communication problem. The details of the invaluable role they play in improving the quality of human life are largely unknown to the American public. While most people realize that scientific discoveries lead to a gamut of innovations, how many can name the career fields of the researchers, let alone describe the work those researchers complete? Since many parents and teachers are unsure of the specifics of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, it's no wonder that the STEM community has trouble enticing the next generation of would-be-researchers. When was the last time you heard a grade-schooler announce that she aspired to be a mathematician when she grows up? Read more
A firsthand look at opportunities in government, industry, and academia
From "Winds of Change," Summer 2016
Engineering graduates at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) have a guaranteed transfer to select University of Wisconsin campuses for the school's world-renowned bachelor's degree programs in engineering. CMN, located in Keshena, Wis., is open to all qualified candidates. The engineering curriculum at CMN has been coordinated with the curriculum of the University of Wisconsin, so CMN graduates can transition smoothly to their upper division courses. Read more
Tribal College’s Founder Says Farewell
Fowler helped build Menominee higher learning institute
By Lee Pulaski, Shawano Leader
On her last day of work at the College of Menominee Nation, Verna Fowler still carried the weight of providing a quality education to her students.
When the college’s founder and president starts her retirement Friday, that burden will be lifted, and she will be free to do whatever she wants.
Don’t ask her what she wants to do once she’s retired, however. For the first time in decades, Fowler will have no itinerary.
“It’s supposed to be retirement. Why should I have to do anything?” Fowler said. Read more
College Trustees Prepare Search
As President Sets Retirement Date
The College of Menominee Nation is seeking a new chief executive officer as Dr. Verna Fowler, CMN’s founding president, prepares for retirement effective June 30. Fowler, who was hired by the Menominee Tribal Legislature in Fall 1992, opened the College in Spring Semester 1993.
She has piloted the tribal college to standing as an accredited baccalaureate institution with a regional economic impact exceeding $37 million. CMN serves students from campuses in Keshena and Green Bay and as of its Spring 2016 graduation has more than 1,100 alumni.
Virginia Nuske, chairwoman of the College’s Board of Trustees, says Fowler’s intention to leave the leadership post has been known by the trustees for several months and has allowed the oversight body to begin transition planning. "The replacement of a long-time leader, and especially of a founding president, is always a challenge for an organization," Nuske says. "President Fowler has given nearly 24 years of time and talent to building an institution of higher learning that is an asset for our tribe, a major benefit for students in this region, and a model among tribal colleges."
New Trustees Join Board;
Nuske Elected Chairwoman
The College of Menominee Nation’s Board of Trustees reached its seven-member quota at its June meeting and elected officers for the coming year. Virginia Nuske of Shawano holds the post of chairwoman. Karen Bowman Dillenburg, Clintonville, is vice chairwoman.
Filling vacated trustee positions are Gary Frechette, Shawano; Cedar Kakkak, Keshena, and Jesse Waukau, West Allis. They replace Georgiana Ignace, Milwaukee, who completed 14 years of service in May; Elaine Peters, Keshena, who completed 11 years of service in November 2015, and the late Michael Chapman. Chapman was Board Chairman at the time of his death in February.
Continuing members on the Board are Lori Corn, Keshena, and Sarah Harkey, Shawano.
Sow, Learn, Grow
Become a volunteer at the College of Menominee Nation Collaborative Garden
Grow fresh food for the Menominee community, learn all about vegetable gardening, and enjoy a fun, outdoor activity. Don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about gardening - we’ll teach you everything you need to know. Gardening is a fun, outdoor activity and a great chance to spend time with friends or family. Volunteer hours are 3 days a week for 3-4 hours, so stop in when it’s convenient. And the best part about volunteering? There’s usually extra produce to take home. Learn more
Native Giving - Your Support Can Make a Difference
You can help sustain a unique tribal college
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recognizes that Native American youth are the very future of their communities, and that ensuring their well-being is crucial to the prosperity of those communities. That's why First Nations established NativeGiving.org, which highlights community-based nonprofits that are dedicated to strengthening and improving the lives of Native children and families. Please make a gift today to ensure the future of Native communities. Learn more
Maurissa Bigjohn graduated from the College of Menominee Nation in the spring of 2009, double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. Read more
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