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Engineers Save the Day
A new children’s book series created by students at College of Menominee Nation presents engineers as problem-solving heroes
By Ryan Winn
Simply put, there aren’t enough Native Americans pursuing STEM degrees. As the National Science Foundation reported in its Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 Report, American Indians and Alaska Natives received a mere 0.4% of all master’s degrees in science and engineering between 1985 and 2005. Examining barriers, research has documented a widespread belief among American Indian students, even in the early years of their education, that science, math and engineering fields are difficult, uninteresting, and not relevant to their lives. Read more
Apply Now for Spring 2017 Sustainable Development Institute Internships
The Sustainable Development Institute offers unique internship experiences to College of Menominee Nation students. Download and print the CMN internship application form here. You can also stop by student Services or Sustainable Development Institute to pick up an application and speak with our friendly staff about the internships available. Deadline is March 1. Learn more about the internships.
The Truth About Fiction
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal"
Every one of us has written a few good stories. An embellishment here, a dramatic pause there, and we’ve spun a yarn that’s engrossed our audience. On a good day, someone will even take the time to congratulate us on a job well done. While the praise we receive for weaving tales that teach, entertain, or inspire our readers is rightfully fulfilling, many of us are unaware of the value one can mine from a single original story. The truth about fiction is that when it’s done well, it can immerse its audience. Only fiction can introduce a multitude of perspectives in a single story. Fiction can be presented in the past or present tense, or in the first or third person. It can come from a limited or omniscient perspective. It can help a metaphor blossom and sustain a theme without faltering. Great fiction is experiential, and when we use it correctly we can deepen our readers’ perspectives—especially their empathy. Read more
Focus on Native Language
The Green Bay/Oneida campus of the College of Menominee Nation welcomed more than two dozen Native speakers to a Jan. 20 workshop. The day-long session included exploration of best practices in Native language learning programs and opportunities for networking among participants and presenters from several tribes. Facilitating the January workshop were Paula Fernandez, project coordinator, Network for Native American Student Achievement, and David O'Connor, co-leader of the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network and DPI consultant on American Indian Studies. To learn more about other Native language activities at CMN's Green Bay campus contact Luis Ortiz, firstname.lastname@example.org. View the photo gallery
RecycleMania begins the first week of February and the College of Menominee Nation will be participating once again. RecycleMania is a friendly competition that focuses on the importance of recycling. For eight weeks we will be weighing and recording the waste generated on campus and the amount we recycle. To make this a campus wide endeavor, all faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. As in the past, we will be asking departments to volunteer (for a one week commitment) to weigh and record the information. Learn more.
Giving Thanks and Honoring Commitments: AmeriCorps VISTA’s Work with Tribal Nations
By Max Finberg for the Huffington Post
As Americans gather to give thanks, it is a most appropriate time to thank those who were here first - our country’s Native American citizens. We have all heard the stories of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, who, as a sovereign nation within these United States, still reside in Massachusetts as one of 567 federally recognized tribes. We owe each one of them an apology for not honoring our treaty commitments and a debt of gratitude for their hospitality over the centuries since that first feast of thanksgiving in 1621.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member Gregory Gauthier, Jr., is now a few months into his year of service with the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute, where he is focused on building resilience to climate change. Already, he has developed new communications and technological opportunities for the college to reach audiences around the world, including an international webinar series and a cross-cultural knowledge exchange. 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."