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College of Menominee Nation Recognizes
11 Participants in New Leadership Academy


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CMN Leadership Academy participants and others celebrating completion of the pilot program recently were (back row,left to right) Maurissa Bigjohn; Chad Waukechon, who served as banquet speaker; Brian Kowalkowski , program facilitator, and Michael Faulds, and (front row) Dr. Lisa Bosman, Maria Escalante, Geraldine Sanapaw, Melissa Larson and Kelli Chelberg. Academy members not pictured are Brandon Frechette, Luis Ortiz, Tessa James and Eric Jurgens.

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.


Participants in the 2014-2015 academy were nominated by a CMN Dean, Director, or Faculty member and chosen by a selection committee. Eligibility included service as a full-time staff or faculty member at CMN for a minimum of one year and academic credentials of a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. All the nominees were then selected by a three member committee.


The academy is designed meet the leadership development needs of faculty, staff, and team leaders at the College. Planners noted that any growing organization needs to plan for the future and developing one of its greatest assets, its employees, is essential.


Program participants studied the characteristics a successful leader should possess, their own personalities and skills, and how to use personal strengths and address areas of improvement. Information was provided on what makes a Tribal College a unique institution and what other Tribal Colleges are currently doing to develop leaders. Training also provided information on the role the Federal government plays in the Tribal College process and what employees of Tribal Colleges need to do to make sure their institutions flourish. The program is named for the late Shirley Daly and was funded with a gift in her honor. Daly served as Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin leader and was among those who fostered the idea of a Tribal College in Keshena.