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Community Members Are Invited To CMN Celebrations Oct. 12 and 13


October events of the College of Menominee Nation will range from a formal installation ceremony for CMN’s new President to a day of behind-the-scenes tours to show all that goes on at the College’s Keshena and Green Bay campuses.


The public is invited to attend both events, as well as the Annual Meeting of the CMN Board of Trustees which is planned in conjunction with the celebrations.


President’s Investiture Set for Oct. 12


College Trustees will conduct a formal ceremony of investiture for President Trebian in the Five Clans Ballroom of the Menominee Casino Resort Convention Center, Keshena, at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Veterans of the Menominee Nation Color Guard will lead the procession of CMN faculty, delegates from other academic institutions, representatives of Wisconsin tribes, and special guests.


Guest speaker for the investiture will Carrie Billy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. CMN’s Board of Trustees Chairwoman, Virginia Nuske, other trustees, and tribal, student and alumni leaders will join her in welcoming Dr. Trebian. The Board will also present a newly created symbol of office to be worn thereafter by Dr. Trebian and successors on official occasions of the College.


Pre-ceremony music and video presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. in the ballroom. The procession enters the hall at 10 a.m. A reception follows immediately after the program.


Oct. 13 Open House Offers Exhibits, Tours, Festivities


The all-College Open House from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, is in celebration of CMN’s 25th anniversary. Faculty, staff, students and alumni will be on hand to welcome visitors to the Keshena campus at N172 State Highway 47/55.


A harvest-theme farm market, music throughout the day, and food truck options will be provided along with a campus-wide showcase of the academic, cultural and service activities of the College.


Featured events are designed for all interests. Science, arts, nature, and technology demonstrations are planned along with exhibits and information offered by faculty and staff of CMN’s many academic and outreach programs. College and pre-college students will be available to describe campus clubs and internships, and the variety of youth programs available at the College, ranging from 4-H to the POSOH leadership project. Among Native arts, culture and food demonstrations planned are corn husk doll and hominy making.


Outdoor walking tours include community and research garden areas, nature trails, and Woodhenge learning site on the campus. Inside, historic Native photography and original art are on permanent display in several buildings, as well as research exhibits, laboratories and educational technology. Facilities with special activities include the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library, Cultural Learning and Community Technology centers, technical-trades workshops and Sustainable Development Institute grounds. Visitors may also visit with staff and learn about services of CMN on-campus affiliates including Menominee Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Menominee Job Center, TechHire, and University of Wisconsin-Extension.


CMN President Paul Trebian hosts the anniversary open house which is co-sponsored by the College and the Menominee Tribe.


Annual Meeting Also on Calendar


The Annual Corporate Meeting of the Trustees will be held shortly before the start of the Saturday open house. The public meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 226 of Shirley Daly Hall.


Along with Chairwoman Nuske, Board members are Shannon Chapman, Lori Corn, Michael Delabreu, Gary Frechette, Sarah Harkey, and Jesse Waukau. Boards drawn from the Menominee Tribe have overseen the College since its inception.


Planning for the College began in September 1992 with the Menominee Tribal Legislature’s hiring of Founding President, Dr. Verna Fowler. The official opening came on Jan. 19, 1993, when CMN began offering general education classes on the Menominee Reservation to 42 students. Over the intervening years, nearly 7,000 individuals have enrolled in and successfully completed one or more courses at the College, and 1,168 have attained academic degrees or technical diplomas.


Today, CMN is an accredited, baccalaureate-level institution that has open enrollment for Native and non-Native students. Among all alumni, 41% are enrolled members or descendants of the Menominee Tribe. Another 28% of all alumni are members or descendants of other American Indian tribes; the remaining 31% represent many races and ethnic groups.


Additional information on the College, its offerings, and the coming public events will be available at as plans are finalized.