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1st Annual Student Government Halloween 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser


Join us for the 1st Annual Student Government Halloween 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser to be held on Friday, Oct. 28. 4:30 p.m. Registration; 5 p.m. 5K Run/Walk. Music, prizes, refreshments following the 5K. Costumes optional. The Run/Walk starts at the College of Menominee Nation, Keshena campus. Pre-register before October 28: $20 (includes shirt). Register day of race: $25 (shirt if available). 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Lynzea Perez to attend the Children's Craniofacial Association Annual Retreat. For questions or to register, contact Danielle or Manih at 715-799-6226, ext. 3051.

Global Indigeneity and Sustainability Seminar Series


Join us for next installment of the International Seminar Series: Global Indigeneity and Sustainability Institutions - "Human Behavior, Perceptions and Attitudes," from 12-3 p.m. at the CMN Library. Armando Muyolema, UW-Madison, will be speaking on 'Preservation of the Quechua Language and the Survival of the Andean World.' Gioconda Coello, UW-Madison – East Asia, speaking on 'Networks of Care and the Connection of Quechua Language and Buddhist Philosophy in Environmental Education at the Global Level.'

Menominee Job Center 2016 Career Fair


Join us on Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon-6 p.m. at the Cultural Learning Center for the Menominee Job Center 2016 Career Fair. Local employers will be on-site, as well as community program representatives available to discuss their services. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Job candidates of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend.

What Superheroes Can Teach Our Students
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn column

Despite differences in generational tastes, most Americans will readily discuss comic book characters and their enduring legacy. In 2016, the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice proved its namesakes’ lasting intrigue by setting the record for being the most profitable March film release in history. That’s not bad for characters that were created in the 1930s—nor is their success anomalous amongst caped crusaders. The Avengers and their peers should be blissfully applying for AARP cards, yet the wealth of blockbuster films, episodic television, and tried and true graphic novels reveals that although these characters are supposed to be entering their golden years, America is entering its golden age of superhero consumption. This timeless vitality is rooted in the franchises’ willingness to continuously evolve, adapt, and be reimagined to mirror our ever-shifting society. Bringing these fictional stories into our classrooms can help students legitimize their emotional investment in this too often dismissed form of entertainment. So have you ever discussed superheroes in your classrooms? 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


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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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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