Baltimore, MD – On Friday, the NAACP leaders released the following statements on the tragedy in Newtown, CT, where at least 28 people were reported dead after a school shooting, including 20 children:
“Our hearts are with the families of Newtown today,” stated NAACP Connecticut State Conference President Scot X. Esdaile.
“The NAACP will do everything in its power to help the community in its time of need.
“The Greater Danbury NAACP has been working to make sure that everyone in the area is safe, and the state conference leadership is offering our resources as well.”
“This type of event reminds us how important family is and how precious our children are,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “The healing process must begin now as we join communities and families together in Connecticut and across the nation.”
“Today’s horrific crime claimed so many lives and so many futures,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the entire community of Newtown. We will continue to support the community as it recovers from this tragedy.”
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Prospective students interested in Milwaukee Area Technical College’s pre-college education programs and services are invited to a free open house from 9 a.m. to noon or 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, on the sixth floor of the Main Building at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 1015 N. 6th St. MATC’s pre-college programs provide a wide range of services to prepare students for college-level work.
Attendees will meet with program faculty; receive detailed information about specific programs; and learn about student services, including counseling, career advising, tutoring and more. They may apply for the spring semester which begins Jan. 22.
The School of Pre-College Education includes programming in:
• GED/HSED to help students earn high school requirements
• Adult High School, designed to earn a high school diploma or recover high school credits
• English as a Second Language or bilingual classes for non-English speakers
• RISE Career Bridge Pathway, which combines basic and occupational skills
• Adult Basic Education/College Prep to help students work toward a high school diploma/GED or prepare for college-level work
• Community-Based Organizations, a network of neighborhood basic-education sites
• High School Contracts, which offer technical skills training at MATC for students attending high school
• Youth Options, which allows student to earn college credits while in high school
• Emerging Scholars Program to help at-risk youth to complete high school
Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 50,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students often get hands-on experience in their field while earning a degree.
Two of this December’s top graduates – Nick Robinson and Otoniel Encarnacion – used that combination of work and study to find success. Robinson is graduating with a master’s degree in architecture and Encarnacion with a BBA in Finance.
Throughout Encarnacion’s college career, he worked full time or near full time while also balancing fulltime coursework.
He managed to do it all – even double majoring – in just four years and six months. “I knew I was going to have to work full time to put myself through college and that it would be really hard, but I now know it was worth it,” he says.
After spending three years working as a bank teller, he landed an accounting internship at Northwestern Mutual, where he still works. “What I learned at UWM made me more confident to take on more challenging jobs,” says Encarnacion, who plans to go on for a master’s degree at UWM.
Nick Robinson, who decided to become an architect when he was in grade school, started interning at the Uihlein/Wilson architecture firm while in high school, and continued to work there through undergraduate and graduate school. As a child he loved to draw, filling notebooks with cartoon characters and whatever caught his interest.
An architect who visited his elementary school for career day cemented his career choice. Robinson was blown away by the experience, discovering – “He gets paid to draw!”
Encarnacion was a senior at South Division High School when his college plans were seriously disrupted. Because of a paperwork glitch with his father’s visa, he and his family had to return to the Dominican Republic, which they’d left nearly five years before.
“It was a shock for everybody,” Encarnacion says. “I cried the first day I got there because I didn’t know anyone anymore. It was a rough time.”
He and his family put their life in Milwaukee on hold, thinking they’d only be gone for three months while they got the paperwork resolved. But instead, three months stretched to three years.
After returning to Milwaukee and completing an associate’s degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), Encarnacion started at UWM’s Lubar School of Business. Both graduates were encouraged by faculty members and programs at UWM.
As a McNair Scholar, Robinson worked with Professor Mike Utzinger to study the city’s heat island effect and water retention on the Urban Ecology Center’s green roof.
He also studied abroad for three months in France and Spain. “Paris is a freaking playground for architecture. Even their apartment buildings look like something you’d take a picture of.”
Last semester, Robinson went with Associate Professor Gil Snyder to tour Boston’s architecture.
On campus, Encarnacion was active in Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for accounting students.
He credits Beta Alpha Psi’s networking opportunities, which introduced him to accounting professionals throughout the city, with helping him earn a postgraduate internship at the prestigious accounting firm Deloitte in downtown Milwaukee. “I feel pretty lucky,” he says.
Jim Fischer, a lecturer in accounting, says Encarnacion stood out because of his ready smile and intense focus during his advanced financial accounting course.
They continued to meet from time to time after Fischer’s class was over. “He was a student who was just fun to work with,” Fischer says. “He has a lot of maturity for his age.”
Encarnacion plans to continue on for a graduate degree at UWM, and become a Certified Public Accountant.
He never considered going anywhere but UWM for his graduate work. “The program is amazing,” says Encarnacion. “Everything has gone so smoothly so I don’t see a reason to move to another school.”
It hasn’t always been easy, he adds. But that’s part of what has made this graduation day so worthwhile. “I’m most proud that I made it, that I put myself through school working full time.
by Orrin Hudson
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut is a cry for help across our entire country. President Obama during a memorial service, said, “I’ll use whatever power I have to prevent the type of tragedy that occurred… We all need to contribute in some way, shape or form to the betterment of our nation and communities.” And he was right!
Too often now, we are hearing about such massacres in different parts in the country. Sometimes, they occur at schools, malls and even workplaces. Sometimes, the shooter is a child, sometimes he or she is an adult. Regardless, we as a national community must start pushing the message to “THINK IT OUT, DON’T SHOOT IT OUT”.
The problem is that many of us think we are separate from others; But we are universally one. One song. We normally realize this when a tragedy strikes, but really we should realize this all along. Instead, we are walking in fear, not walking in love. We should be walking in love. We must move away from anger and fear towards each other.
We must embrace and promote life lessons, communication skills, and coping skills. We must teach to each other how to deal with life challenges, and solve problems peacefully. We must adapt slogans such as “Brain Before Bullets”, and as mentioned before, “Think It Out, Don’t Shoot It Out”.We must do more than talk; we must act and the time to act is now.
Talk to your children regularly and address their emotional needs. Learn how to identify the signs of depression and mental illness. Be on alert for signs that show mental instability, uncontrolled anger, and even unreasonableness. If needed, take action to get them the medical attention they need.
Also, take caution with the movies, video games, and music that your children are involved with. Garbage in, garbage stays! Take caution when buying toy guns and such for your kids. Such activities can stimulate violent desires and fantasies in your children. Teach them to walk in love.
Pay attention to your students. Don’t teach at them, teach to them. Inspire them.
Challenge them, but don’t discourage them. Don’t overwhelm them. Don’t create unnecessary stress for them that they can’t handle. Always remember that, in addition to school, students have a life at home. They are people, they are real. Be a friend, be a counselor. Teach them to walk in love.
Embrace each other. Pay attention to each other’s needs. Eat meals together, and talk to each other – in person. If there is a problem or disagreement, settle it. And if someone has mental challenges, assist them. Don’t allow problems to go on unsettled. Also, don’t be abusive in your speech towards each. Words cut like knives, and some wounds never heal. Be effective. Be compassionate. Be the solution.
Teach each other to walk in love.
This isn’t where it ends, but it is definitely where it starts. So, let’s start here, right here, right now!
Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is an award-winning author and master motivational speaker who has inspired many to “make the right move” and solve problems peacefully.
Myrtle Beach, SC – While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this Summer, Brandin Davis, 17, of Milwaukee, was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 7th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Brandin will play in the first-of-its-kind Can/Am Bowl during the prestigious weeklong celebration of youth football that sees thousands from across the country descend upon the host location.
Brandin, a Defensive Back for Washington High School, was selected for this honor from a group of young athletes numbering in the thousands across the country and played well representing Milwaukee easily validating the Bowl Selection Committee’s choice in tabbing Brandin for this groundbreaking game that pits the best Canadian youth All-Stars against the cream of the crop from the United States.
The Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl is part of a week-long series of events including the televised, 7th-annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, an All-Star football game showcasing 88 of the top high school seniors in the country and has featured current NFL pros such as Cam Newton, Carlos Dunlap, and Dez Bryant among others before they were collegiate stars.
Offense-Defense Sports has been running full-contact football instructional camps for the past 44 years and currently operates in approximately 40 camp locations nationwide every spring and summer. For more information visit http://www.o-d.com.
Milwaukee Bucks players Ekpe Udoh and Doron Lamb did some coloring with 2-year-old Everlyn Cannon (above) during a visit to Children’s Hospital by the entire Bucks team and coaching staff. The team made the visit to spread a little holiday cheer during their annual visit with patients at the MACC Fund Center for Cancer for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the hospital. The visit came nearly 36 years to the day after the founding of the MACC Fund on Dec. 10, 1976, during halftime of a Bucks game when Jon McGlocklin’s jersey number 14 was retired. As part of this year’s visit, Sam’s Hope will donated over 400 new books for the Bucks to distribute to the children. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Tuesday’s late afternoon snowfall brings excitement to the sledding hill at Whitnall Park. The sledding hill and the warming house located at 6751 S. 92nd Street will be open tonight from 5-8pm. Normal business hours for the season (weather permitting) for both the sledding hill and warming house is Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday noon – 6pm.
The clubhouse, complete with an inviting fireplace offers concessions for sale while providing a comfortable place to dry off and warm up. Sledding enthusiasts should bring their own sleds, inner tubes or saucers. For specific details, please call the warming house at 525-4765. In addition, the public is invited to enjoy the first measurable snowfall of the year in all of the Milwaukee County Parks. Red Arrow’s “Slice of Ice”, located at 920 N. Water St., is also open till 9 pm with free outdoor ice skating if you bring your own or rentals available at the Starbucks warming house on site.
A plan in the works would downsize the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex by moving many patients to community-based care
by Erin Toner, WUWM News
Thursday, the Milwaukee County Board will consider whether to apply pressure to the troubled Mental Health Complex. Twice during the past two years, regulators have declared patients to be in “immediate danger” following reports of abuse. Administrators have been working for a year-and-a-half on a plan to mitigate problems and move patients to community-based care. But as WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, some county leaders say the process isn’t moving fast enough.
The Mental Health Complex is a sprawling treatment center on the county grounds in Wauwatosa. It was built in the 1970s, when communities regularly institutionalized people with severe mental illness. In the decades since, many other states and counties have closed or downsized their hospitals and moved patients to community based care. But the Milwaukee complex continues to operate mainly as an inpatient facility for children, adults and seniors.
County Sup. Joe Sanfelippo says multiple reports over the past 25 years have detailed serious problems regarding patient safety.
“These reports have come on, when there’s problems at the mental health company, they’re in the news, the board takes action, and as soon as it’s not headlines in the news anymore, it kind of gets forgotten about,” Sanfelippo says.
Sanfelippo is referring to high-profile cases, including reports of patients being sexually abused by other patients, and a recent death the district attorney is investigating. An independent study recommended the county shift patients to services in the community, but he says so far, progress has been slow.
“The HSRI report said they scoured the entire country and they cannot find any other county that’s running an institutional based facility for mental health care like this. If you take a look in Madison, Waukesha, they all rely on more of a community based program, which really has been the approach for the last 30 years. It’s just Milwaukee County has never taken the initiative to transition into that type of care,” Sanfelippo says.
Last week, a county board committee voted to require administrators to submit a detailed plan and timetable for reforms at the Mental Health Complex.
But the committee’s chairperson, Sup. Peggy Romo West, dissented. She agrees improvements are overdue – and she’s been helping design them, but Romo West says the county must proceed responsibly and not simply rush the process.
“The issue at hand obviously is, how do we finance this and how do we do this in the safest way that we can for our mental health consumers?” Romo West says.
Romo West says studies have shown the county will need $25 million to complete the mental health redesign, and so far, the county executive has allocated $3 million. In addition to money, she says the county cannot transition patients out of the facility without having a strong community care network in place to serve their needs, and it will take time to develop.
Romo West says because there are so many moving parts, it’s not practical to force planners to outline a timetable.
“We refer to our redesign plan as a living document, because we’re dealing with human beings and there’s constant changes now in our health care policies and legislation and coverage and so, how long is it going to take? I’m really unsure at this point,” Romo West says.
Many meaningful changes have already taken place, according to Paula Lucey, administrator of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. She says recent initiatives have allowed the Mental Health Complex to close one inpatient unit. For example, the county has overseen the creation of a crisis resource center to give people an alternative to visiting the emergency room.
Lucey says the county has also boosted programs in the community to help those who are discharged stay on track with their recovery.
“That’s decreasing our number of re-admissions and our number of people that are coming back into the emergency room because it didn’t quite work when they got discharged,” Lucey says.
Lucey says there are solid plans for continuing the reforms in 2013, such as developing “step-down” housing for patients not quite ready to live independently. She says the approach to reform has been inclusive and thoughtful, which may not lead to the pace of change some county supervisors want.
“We have very vulnerable patients here at the core of these discussions. And so I think if we’ve made any errors, we’ve erred on the side of being careful about those patients and making sure that they’re not lost in the cracks and they’re not lost in the community,” Lucey says.
The full County Board is set to vote today on whether to require the Behavioral Health Division to outline specific goals and deadlines.
Administrator Lucey says her team has been reporting its progress all along, and would have no problem providing a more detailed plan.
The holidays give us the opportunity to enjoy family, friends and most of all FOOD, FOOD, FOOD. From now until the New Year, almost every favorite relative will encourage us to partake in what I call the “SEEFOOD Diet.”
There will be plenty of ham, turkey, pot roast, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, vegetables, breads and desserts gracing the dinner table. It is very hard to turn down any one dish because someone will surely get offended…at least that is the excuse I always use.
What should only last of couple of days becomes weeks of indulging in bad eating habits.
But wait, it is okay that we’ve splurged for an entire month because our New Year’s weight loss resolution will surely save the day. Right?
If you are tired of making the same resolution and not sticking to it, utilize some of my tips to help you survive the holiday eating frenzy.
8 Holiday Eating Survival Tips:
1. Don’t deprive yourself all day and eat one big meal
2. Drink lots of water with your meal, which will keep you full
3. Double up on the non starchy vegetables
4. Limit those decadent high fat and cholesterol favorites
5. Try splitting desserts with someone (i.e. 1/2 slice of pie)
6. Learn to just say no and take focus off food
7. Don’t go back for a second serving
8. Practice, practice, practice portion control