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CMN’s Fall Theatre Production Showcases Two Short Plays


Theater production

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites the public to view two short plays staged on separate nights on the College’s Keshena campus and at the Norbert Hill Center in Oneida. This production will mark the eleventh time CMN has collaborated with the Oneida Nation Arts Program to bring live theater to both the Menominee and Oneida communities.


Showings both evenings begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Wednesday, Dec. 7, production is in the CMN Cultural Learning Center, N172 State Hwy. 47/55 in Keshena. On Friday, Dec. 9, the production is in the auditorium of the Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Road in Oneida. Read more

Youth Speak Event


The area’s fourth Youth Speak event is planned for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Menominee Indian High School Theater in Keshena. The program, which is open to the public, will feature presentations by area high school students who participate in the Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC) of the College’s Sustainable Development Institute as well as the Native American Student Association from Madison West High School.


The use of multimedia in education is increasing around the world, especially in indigenous communities. This movement is growing because there is real value in creating something innovative with students. This new idea of the technological classroom is teaching the students and instructors alike that education doesn’t have to be limited to a textbook or chalkboard. The Sustainability Leadership Cohort has been experimenting with multimedia for the past four years as part of the POSOH project. The youth and community are realizing the value of using multimedia as a learning tool in and out of the classroom setting.

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

NASA Astronaut Visits Local Schools
Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc.,
Published by NBC 26, Green Bay, WI


Dr. John Herrington

Fourteen years ago, Dr. John Herrington had a mission to reach 220 miles above Earth to visit the International Space Station. Now he pursues a different passion, traveling the country to inspire young people to consider careers in (STEM) Science, Technology, Science and Math.

Dr. Herrington says, "We got a lot of problems in this world, and a lot of problems need to be solved. They need to be solved by intelligent, educated science and engineers because these are problems you can't look at and go eh we'll work it out. No, you need to solve the problem." Read more

The Truth About Memoirs
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal Student"


Ryan Winn column

I have a preferred version of the Seven Generations’ maxim. It’s different from the commonly quoted one, which states that each decision should be made by considering its consequences for seven future generations. Although the version I favor does consider seven generations total, it has us look three generations back, three generations forward, and puts our generation in the center. I’ve found that my students have trouble thinking of seven generations to come, but they do have a cathartic connection to both their great grandparents and their own future great grandchildren. I believe that giving faces to the generations helps us understand the immediacy of our perspectives, and that’s a motivating factor for writers who seek to capture a moment before it passes. In no genre is this more important than when we’re writing a memoir. We’re living in a time where taking photos of people, places, and events has become akin to breathing, but images without context only tell part of a story. For the meaning behind the pictures we writers need to take-up our keyboards and preserve the stories we’ve witnessed. Read more

Using the Humanities as a Gateway for
STEM Engagement
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

Career Builder
A firsthand look at opportunities in government, industry, and academia

From "Winds of Change," Summer 2016


Career Builder

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


Verna Fowler

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.

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


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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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