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2013-14 Annual Report
2013-14 Annual Report





Summer Library Hours

Mon-Thurs - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sat., Sun., Holidays


Wednesday, August 5
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Summer Reading Program Event - Join us on the lower level of the Library to meet a community hero, gather round for story time, and make a fun craft! The Library asks that parents and caregivers accompany their children to the Summer Reading Program events.



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College of Menominee Nations's Fall class schedule is now available. Register online here or meet with your Student Achievement Specialist.

Haven't Applied Yet? Apply Today for 2015 Fall Semester


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Applying to the College of Menominee Nation is easy - you can apply online. Last day to register for 2015 Fall classes is Friday, August 7, 2015. Learn more

College of Menominee Nation Recognizes
11 Participants in New Leadership Academy


Leadership academy

A July 23 banquet at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) recognized the completion by the first 11 individuals to complete CMN’s new Shirley Daly Leadership Academy training.


The pilot academy class was composed of Maurissa Bigjohn and Brandon Frechette of the CMN Department of Continuing Education; Dr. Lisa Bosman of the College’s Engineering faculty; Kelli Chelberg, Teacher Education faculty; Maria Escalante, Library Director; Michael Faulds, Melissa Larson and Luis Ortiz of CMN’s Green Bay/Oneida campus; Eric Jurgens of the English faculty; Tessa James, Student Services, and Geraldine Sanapaw, the College’s Registrar. Read more

NASA-Backed Program Brings Research Opportunities To Wisconsin


NASA-funded research is underway at a few Wisconsin community colleges, including the College of Menominee Nation. The work stems from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and some participants say the findings could have a national impact.


One of the programs that schools are participating in is the Tethered Aerostat Program, meaning students use instruments like mini hot air balloons, or blimps, to collect data. College of Menominee Nation students are using the blimps to monitor the health of a sustainable forest. Read more

Begin your Journey in Engineering
Operation Launch Engineering Summer Program


UW-Madison Engineering Department will again be coming to the College of Menominee Nation Cultural Learning Center August 10-13 to present a week-long workshop for youth going into 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. Youth will learn to write computer code, innovate and problem solve like an engineer, build a solar powered weather station, and more. The sessions will be held daily from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For details and to register, contact Dean Brian Kowalkowski at 715-799-5600 or e-mail

Jurassic Thought: Combating Gender Prejudices in Science and Film
By Ryan Winn for the "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn

June was an infuriating month for women in both real and fake science. At the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea, the English biochemist Tim Hunt said, "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls ... three things happen when they are in the lab ... You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry." The Nobel laureate’s words earned him much deserved backlash in the real world for what he now claims was an "idiotic joke." But four days later a minimalizing depiction of a woman in fictitious science was rewarded with box office glory. Right out of the gate, Jurassic World surpassed its current (and most of its previous) competition en route to becoming one of the most financially successful films of all time. Read more

MTE Helps Assure Generous Scholarships for Menominee Students at the Tribe's College


MTE donation

Menominee students attending the College of Menominee Nation will be the beneficiary of a generous donation made by Menominee Tribal Enterprises earlier this Spring. MTE's President Norman Shawanokasic, on behalf of the Menominee Tribal Enterprises Board of Directors, presented a check for $7,500 to the College's President, Dr. Verna Fowler. The gift makes MTE the Lead Sponsor in CMN's 5th Annual Benefit Golf Outing. Read more

College of Menominee Nation Ceremonies
Celebrate New Alumni and Native Leaders


Professor Ruth (Cyndi) Pyatskowit
Professor Ruth (Cyndi) Pyatskowit,
2015 American Indian College
Fund Teacher of the Year.

Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 30, represented a special milestone for the College of Menominee Nation. The 111 students eligible for graduation from CMN’s Keshena and Green Bay campuses brought the College’s total number of alumni above the 1,000 mark. Candidates received Bachelor’s and Associate degrees, technical diplomas, and the certificate of mastery in 15 programs of study.


Thirty-four of the graduates are Menominee and a total of 56 are members or descendants of American Indian tribes. The other 10 tribes are Bad River Chippewa, Brotherton, Cherokee, Crow, Ho Chunk, Lac Courtes Oreille Ojibway, Mohican, Oneida, Potawatomi and Stockbridge-Munsee tribes. Read more

CMN Adds to Number of Native Teachers


In recent years, 133 American Indians have been among graduates of teacher education programs at the College of Menominee Nation. The total includes individuals receiving a Bachelor's or Associate degree in the College's May 30 commencement ceremonies who are members or descendants of the Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee, Cherokee and Lac Courtes Oreilles tribes.


CMN's early childhood and elementary education programs focus on increasing diversity among teachers in Wisconsin and also responding to under-served regions, such as rural reservations. Along with educating American Indians to be teachers, the programs enable non-Indian students to be better prepared to work effectively with Indian children and others from diverse backgrounds.


Read more on the value of Native Teachers here.

Environmental Engineering Technology
Get ready for a new career field


Engineering Expo

If engineering sounds like the career for you, but the heavy-duty math, physics and chemistry of most engineering programs are a concern, check out Environmental Engineering Technology. You’ll study in math and science courses, but with an emphasis on practical environmental applications instead of the higher-level theoretical coursework typical in engineering majors. You’ll prepare for problem-solving work and implementing projects with other engineers in engineering settings. Learn more

New Programs and Emphasis Options Ready for CMN Students in Fall 2015


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Applications are now open at the College of Menominee Nation for Fall Semester 2015 and for new programs including an Associate Degree in Environmental Engineering Technology.


The College’s academic array includes three Bachelor’s Degree programs, with a fourth and fifth in planning stages for probable introduction in 2016. CMN’s established baccalaureate majors prepare students for teacher licensure at the Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education levels, and for professional work requiring degrees in Public Administration or Business Administration. For the coming Fall Semester, the College’s B.S. in Business continues to offer an emphasis in Management and adds an emphasis area in Accounting. Read 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, 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

Attend an Informational Session for Nursing Careers


Interested in finding out more about the Nursing Assistant courses, Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG), or Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP)? Join us at an informational session and get your questions answered! Click here to find an information session at the Green Bay/Oneida campus.

Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Are you ready to find a job, keep a job,
or get a better job?


Vocational Rehabilitation

College of Menominee Nation (CMN) Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VRP) is located in Keshena, WI. The program provides services to Native Americans with disabilities in order to obtain or retain employment. Success in the program involves partnership and commitment between the Vocational Rehabilitation counselor and consumer. Services provided to Vocational Rehabilitation Program consumers are custom designed to fit each individual’s needs and employment goal.
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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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2015 Graduation
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Featured Alumni

Geraldine Sanapaw graduated from the College of Menominee Nation with an Associate Degree in 2001, her Bachelor's Degree from Silver Lake College and Master's Degree MBA in 2013 from Lakeland College. Read more

Featured Alumni

Jen Peters graduated from CMN with an Associate of Arts and Science degree (A.A.S.) in 2004. She continued her education through Silver Lake College and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Business Management. Read more


Fall 2014

Feather Chronicles


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Sherman Alexie, New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter, presented on his award-winning book, "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

Author Sherman Alexie

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