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2015-16 Annual Report
2015-16 Annual Report





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S. Verna Fowler Returns to CMN
As May 27 Commencement Speaker


S. Verna Fowler

The respected educator who presided over all previous commencement ceremonies at the College of Menominee Nation returns on Saturday, May 27, in a new role. S. Verna Fowler, Ph.D., retired from the College’s presidency in June 2016, shortly after CMN’s last graduation celebration. This year, she attends as the guest speaker.


Dr. Fowler holds the distinction of being one of the longest-serving presidents in the history of the tribal college movement. She was hired by the Menominee Tribe in 1992 to establish a tribal college for the community. CMN opened in January 1993 with an original enrollment of 42 adult students taking general education courses. Today, the College is an accredited baccalaureate-level institution with nearly 1,200 graduates. It provides academic degree and technical diploma courses, non-credit personal and professional development workshops, and a variety of outreach services to hundreds of individuals from campuses in Keshena and Green Bay. Read more

7th Annual College Benefit Golf Outing


Golf Outing

The College of Menominee Nation Benefit Golf Outing is back for another year of play at Thornberry Creek, a premier facility named official course of the Green Bay Packers and site of the 2017 LPGA Classic.


Join us on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Thornberry Creek at Oneida.


The shotgun start/four-man scramble begins at 11 a.m. The single-player rate is $100 and team registration is $400. Please register yourself or your team by Friday, May 26. Learn more

SDI Internship Deadline Extended


The deadline for applications for two summer internship positions at the Sustainable Development Institute has been extended through Wednesday, May 31, at noon. The candidate selected will be expected to attend an orientation on Friday, June 2, and also attend the Indigenous Planning Summer Institute scheduled for the full week of June 5-9. Learn more

Deadline Extended for Summer Transportation Institute 2017


CMN’s Summer Transportation Institute (STI) is a two-week program that runs June 12-23, and allows participants to identify and explore the variety of career opportunities, qualifications and necessary education, and safety issues related to occupations in the transportation industry. Get exposed to new ideas and concepts and explore careers in transportation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about drones, Lego Land, kite flying, bridge building, and a presentation by Fox Valley Truck. Field trips will include EAA Convention Center, Laona Train Museum, and Game Show through CEP Inc. Application deadline is May 26. Learn more

Native American Engineers Visit College of Menominee Nation


Two prominent Native American engineers visited the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) this academic year. Last winter NASA Astronaut John Herrington (Chickasaw) met with college students, faculty, staff, and local middle school students. This spring Ms. Sandra Begay had the opportunity to tour the campus and meet with students, faculty, and staff.


The visits were part of a larger initiative to bring awareness and inspire students to pursue STEM degrees, particularly engineering, as part of a transfer agreement with CMN and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering. The visits were made possible through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more

Why Writers Must Publish
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn column

You can’t read the best story I heard last year. I wish I could share it with you, but the young woman who wrote it chose not to publish. I can say that she created a world where an inanimate object became animate and marched through the trials and tribulations that comprise a typical teenager’s rites of passage. While no character in the otherwise realistic story seemed surprised that the object was suddenly walking, conversing, driving, and even dating, they did scoff at the things it dreamed of accomplishing. Many of us in the writers’ group I led had to suppress our laughter as she read her tale filled with charming irreverence over cherished institutions. After finishing her story, she stunned us further by explaining that the object was actually a metaphor for the struggles associated with gender inequality. The amazing story that you cannot read had captured lightning in a bottle - it had made a divisive social issue’s solution so accessible that it could’ve shattered figurative glass ceilings. Alas! If only she’d publish it! It’s true when they say that we writers must publish or let our creations perish, because unless we make our words permanent then it’s as if they’ve never existed at all. Read more

Native American Participants Selected for the 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS TV LAB


Justin Gauthier

Los Angeles, CA – College of Menominee Nation's alumnus Justin Gauthier, A.A., 2011, has gained national recognition. The news comes from the LA Skins Fest, a Native American arts organization, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO. Justin was selected to participate in the 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB, a talent development program that aims to boost the careers of Native American writers. Read more

Helping Students Learn – An AQIP Action Project


The College of Menominee Nation has the honor of being the only tribal college participating in the Higher Learning Commission’s rigorous Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). As part of AQIP requirements, CMN must have at least three quality improvement projects in place at all times.


This semester a faculty and staff team began work on an AQIP project entitled, “Improving Student Learning through a Sustainable Academic Program Review Process.” An academic program review process allows faculty, administration, staff, and the Board of Trustees, among others, to assess student learning, determine the contribution a program makes to the communities we serve, and to gauge the relevancy of a program. Read more

Chill to Jazz on CMN Internet Radio


Has midterm madness got you pulling your hair out? Just KNOW you’re gonna fail? Chill out with some jazz at CMN Campus Radio.


CMN campus internet radio is a 24/7 student run station featuring the best of many styles and genres of music, including original audio recordings from CMN students, staff, and community. We have smooth jazz from Duke Ellington and Kenny Barron, and jazzy favorites to mellow out to like Sinatra, Bing, Perry, and more! Also we’ve got the old-timey music you might have heard from old movies. so drop on in and take a load off.


Listen anytime on your computer or device or download the app by searching for CMN on iTunes.

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


bullet Menominee Pageant 2016
bullet It's Old and It's New
bullet Do Your Pre-Engineering Studies at the College of Menominee Nation
bullet Community Cooking Classes
bullet CMN Students Visit Engineering Expo
bullet Shedding Light on Solar Energy
bullet Hattie Kauffman at Commencement
bullet Menominee Constitution and By-Laws
bullet CMN 20th Anniversary
bullet Restoration Day
bullet 'Ancient Gardens' Lecture 2013
bullet 'Ancient Gardens' Lecture 2014 (Update, new research)
bullet Elouise Cobell at College of Menominee Nation


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Featured Alumni

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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