Milwaukee Area Technical College will hold its winter commencement Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. More than 700 students will graduate from associate degree, technical diploma, apprentice and adult high school programs. Spencer Coggs, City of Milwaukee treasurer and former Wisconsin state senator, will serve as the keynote speaker. Coggs graduated from MATC in 1975 with an associate of arts degree. He also holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Michael L. Burke, MATC president, will officially confer the degrees; and Bobbie Webber, chairperson of the MATC District Board, will address the assembly. Silvia Cisneros, who will graduate with an associate degree in meeting and event management, will deliver the student speech. Cisneros also will receive the Outstanding Associate Degree Graduate Award. Adam Joseph Anderson, who is graduating with a technical diploma in machine tool operations: CNC machine setup and operations, will receive the Outstanding Technical Diploma Graduate Award. For more information, contact Archie Graham at (414) 297-6870.
The weekend of Thanksgiving in Milwaukee’s Black community has annually meant one thing...debutante balls! For a combined 73 years, two cotillions introducing our community’s jewels-the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. Cotillion and the Christian Business and Professional Alliance Cotillion--have become as synonymous with this time of year as turkey, football and sweet potato pie! The AKA event was held at the Pfister Hotel, downtown. The theme for the 40th annual event was, “40 years of ‘Pearlfection’ and Excellence.” Olivia Williamson was crowned AKA Queen. Held at the Milwaukee Hilton Hotel downtown, the Christian Cotillion saw Cyrinthia Reasby crowned before members of the faith community, business owners, fellow debs and escorts, as well as family.
MADISON – The Wisconsin Association of School Nurses (WASN), representing more than 250 members statewide, today encouraged parents planning holiday break activities for their vacationing school- and college-age children to spend a few minutes getting them immunized against the flu.
“In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is often easy to forget that it only takes a quick trip to the family healthcare provider, pharmacy or local health department to protect your kids by getting them vaccinated against influenza,” said Louise Wilson, president of the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses and Health Services Supervisor in the Beaver Dam Unified School District. “Wisconsin families often travel for the holidays and can find themselves in contact with people from other communities or states that may have already been exposed to the flu. Being vaccinated beforehand helps provide the best method of protection. This also helps protect elderly family members, infants and those with auto-immune diseases, who are most susceptible to the illness, from contracting it from you.”
A typical flu season extends from October through April, according to Wilson, but the state health department has reported flu cases peaking as late as February and has already recorded flu cases statewide this year.
“Tight budgets have greatly reduced the number of vaccination clinics at schools statewide and while many parents have had their children’s’ immunizations updated prior to the school year, holiday breaks provide another window of opportunity to get whatever they might need, including booster shots for meningitis for those who are college-age,” said Wilson. “Many families may have also been waiting to reach their insurance deductibles or find themselves with existing flex dollars that must be spent, both which aid in easing these types of healthcare costs.”
Earlier this year, WASN reminded parents of federal funding changes that require those with private immunization insurance coverage to take their children to private healthcare providers for vaccinations rather than public health departments. WASN indicates those six months and older are encouraged to get a flu vaccination.
For more information on flu vaccinations visit www.flu.gov or go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines to see additional facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of WASN is to support and advance the practice of professional school nurses in Wisconsin in order to enhance the health and educational success of students. For more information please visit http://wischoolnurses.org/ or on Facebook.
Students from two of Milwaukee Public Schools’ elementary schools will have winter clothing items to help keep them warm this winter, thanks to a donation from the AT&T Pioneers. The AT&T Pioneers have donated 535 winter children’s items, including hats, scarves, gloves, coats, snow pants, shirts and socks for students at Clarke Street School and Benjamin Franklin School in Milwaukee. The Pioneers have collected winter clothes for Wisconsin students through their annual “Warm Smiles for Kids” program since 2008. “With winter fast approaching, we know that not every Wisconsin family has the means to provide their children with the clothes they need to stay warm this winter season,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “The AT&T Pioneers are helping to fill that need by collecting warm clothes and donating them to Milwaukee schools where children may lack proper winter attire.” This year, employees at 10 AT&T offices throughout the state, including in Milwaukee, Brookfield, Waukesha, Appleton and Madison, are holding collections and accepting donations through January 31. Individuals in Milwaukee interested in donating items for the cause may contact Jeannette St. Onge with the AT&T Pioneers at 414-227-6745 or [email protected]. “We are thrilled to receive these donations from the AT&T Pioneers to help keep our students warm this winter,” said Daryl Burns, principal of Clarke Street School. “With Wisconsin’s often harsh winters, we want to do what we can to make sure all of our students have the warm winter clothing they need, and these donations will go a long way toward filling that need.” Items that are being collected through January 31 include new or gently used winter coats, hats, mittens, scarves and socks. All sizes of children’s items are needed, including all sizes of coats for younger children, as well as all sizes of adult coats for teenagers and older children. “These donations will help struggling Milwaukee families keep their kids warm this winter,” said State Rep. Leon Young (D-Milwaukee). “It is wonderful to see volunteer organizations like the AT&T Pioneers stepping up to give back to their communities and make a difference in the lives of these children.” The AT&T Pioneers are a local organization of employees and retirees who volunteer their time to various community causes.
Nationally known community organizer Mike Miller, the founder and executive director of ORGANIZE Training Center, will lead a workshop on organizing for social action in urban communities Nov. 9-10 and 16-17, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The workshop is in Enderis Hall, room 127, 2400 E. Hartford Ave.
In a career spanning 50 years, Miller has worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Community (SNCC), organizing legend Saul Alinsky, and has played a part in some of the most significant community mobilizations of the late 20th century.
The workshop qualifies as a 3-credit graduate or undergraduate course through the School of Education. It is also open to the community for a fee.
For event details and registration options, go to http://www4.uwm.edu/soe/departments/outreach/ed-policy-workshop.cfm
The Milwaukee County Office of Community Business Development Partners (CBDP) is hosting a Business Development Expo on Thursday, November, 14th at the Peck Conference Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
The Expo is a unique opportunity for small disadvantaged business enterprises to connect with other potential partners and learn more about how the Milwaukee County Office of CBDP can help your business grow.
Speakers include, John Daniels, Quarles & Brady Chairman, and Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Community Business Development Partners department (CBDP) is responsible for design, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of Milwaukee County’s Disadvantaged Business (DBE) Program in compliance with County Ordinances and Federal Regulations.
For more information on this event please visit: http://cbdp-expo.milwaukeecounty.org/
By UWM News
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s fall semester Distinguished Lecture Series speaker. His talk, “Define American,” takes place on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the UWM Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
In 2011, Vargas wrote a piece in “The New York Times Magazine,” titled “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Ever since, he has been elevating the conversation around immigration and what it means to “be American.”
At UWM, Vargas will discuss his “double-coming out” as an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines and as a gay man of color, and how the power of knowing our own, unique stories does more to add to the story of America than to hurt it.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the UWM Union Information Center, ground level, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Find more information at dls.uwm.edu.
Two related programs are free and open to the public:
“Dreaming Out Loud” is an immigration rights and reform panel discussion on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the UWM Union Fireside Lounge. The discussion will be moderated by Rachel Buff, associate professor of history. The panel features Cain Oulahan, immigration attorney; Susana Munoz, assistant professor of administrative leadership, School of Education; Raoul Deal, senior lecturer of art and design, Peck School of the Arts; and, two student leaders.
“Documented,” the documentary film on Vargas’ immigration story, will be screened Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the UWM Union Theatre.
UWM’s Union Sociocultural Programming Department provides events and activities for the campus and community that are designed to increase awareness and understanding of diverse identities, social justice and urban issues. This programming explores and celebrates differences and commonalities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, spirituality, cognitive and physical ability, socioeconomic status and more.
For the fifth consecutive year since 2009, the top ranking Milwaukee African American high school seniors were invited to attend this year’s Seventh Annual Honors Student Reception (HSR) held at the UIC Forum in Chicago, October 11. And for the fourth year since 2010, Milwaukee shared this invitation with Madison, Beloit, and Kenosha school districts to extend this opportunity to their high achieving fourth-year students. Sponsored by the 100 Black Men Chicago Chapter, the invitational HSR is scheduled yearly on the second Friday in October in conjunction with their public annual College Scholarship Fair the following day. Held on the campus of the University Of Illinois Chicago Circle, the HSR is specifically designed for African American seniors who have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and a 23 or above scoring on the ACT exam. Only the first 200 registered for the Chicago HSR are allowed to attend. With the full support and backing of Milwaukee Public School’s College Access Center (CAC) -North, 14 seniors from Milwaukee and area Southeast Wisconsin districts at the event met one-on-one with college and university representatives from around the country, many of whom were of Ivy League status. The purpose of this HSR invitational is to explore opportunities to attract both college admissions and scholarship prospects. College and university representatives are very much aware that on this particular occasion, they are speaking to top-of-the line high achieving African American students. The listing of 49 campuses represented include DePaul, Indiana, Hampton, Cornell, Bucknell, Howard, Knox, Lake Forest, John Hopkins, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Spelman, Princeton, Tufts, Southern Methodist, Yale, the Universities of Illinois, Dayton, Minnesota-Minneapolis, Virginia, Dayton, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia , Williams College, Illinois State University, IIT and Emory University. “These are colleges and universities that have consistently shown an active interest in recruiting the very best and brightest of our students,” said Ken Malone of Chicago’s 100 Black Men in a quoted posting on the chapter’s annual HSR hosting. Malone adds that these college and universities, “have proven to create leaders from all across the country and have provided students with the best possible financial and scholarship opportunities available.” Beloit Memorial High School senior Pierre S. Charles for example who joined us in 2011 that year for the HSR received an all-expense paid invitation to visit Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio with hopes of attracting his admissions application upon review of his 3.8 GPA and 27 ACT cum scoring. This Beloit, Wisconsin senior in 2012 instead accepted a full-ride scholarship to attend Michigan State University the following fall term with a major in jazz studies. And to further underscore the point of Malone’s observation of the “best and brightest” high achievers, we are proud to report that we are seeing in our HSR Southeast Wisconsin invitational an increase in both GPA and ACT scoring. Throughout the nearly three-month process of student selection, a total of 22 students were identified for exclusive invitational to the 2013 HSR. Fourteen, as reported, actually attended. The Kenosha school district was not a participant this year. In addition to the two 3.3 qualifiers, we are also seeing a GPA scaling in the 3.4 through the 3.9 range with one student who maxed a perfect 4.0 score. The ACT range was just as impressive. Two of our Southeastern seniors this year met the 23 cum competency, but the predominant scoring spread was in the 24 to 30 range with one student ranking a 34 ACT cumulative. From the Milwaukee area school district in attendance were Emmanuel Adams, Adetola Coker, Chariesse Ellis, Charlton Goodman, Jasmine Heard, and Imani London, all from Rufus King University High School Mary Frances Feldmeire, Marie Gates, Anessa Gladney, and Kennedy Key joined us from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and Nia Moody from the Milwaukee School of Languages. Pierre’s sister, Rebecca Childs from Beloit Memorial High School was included on this year’s registration listing and Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin was represented by senior achievers Catherine Gee and Courtney Smith. “I’m glad I had to opportunity to attend this event,” said Childs. She adds that “It is nice to see so many achieving African American seniors like myself and it was great talking to some of the top ranked colleges and universities in the country. I would recommend this event to any African American senior who would meet the organization’s qualifications.” Rufus King’s senior Heard shared that she really enjoyed the HSR and what impressed her most was the intimate setting: “The event was only open to honors students and because of that criteria, I feel like I had the opportunity to introduce myself to campus representatives of which I was interested and ask more detailed questions about their college offerings.” She was excited that her “top school” was present and additionally the HSR “helped me to be open to other college options in my major for which I am qualified.” HSR invitee Coker said that by attending this event, she learned a lot about the universities to which she was considering applying and “also about colleges and universities that were off my radar.” She adds that, “we were all well taken care of and I really appreciate how welcoming were the school representatives. I learned a lot and will definitely be filling out more applications.” London admitted at first that she was “really nervous” being in a room filled with “brilliant students”. But her outlook changed once there: “I warmed up quickly and knew exactly what I was going to ask the college representatives who I found were extremely open, kind, and willing to answer your questions. I feel confident that I had made some great connections with several colleges.” She adds that, “the Honors Student Reception is a great opportunity for qualified seniors serious about finding the right college.” Five parents accompanied their seniors this year to Chicago. Pierre S. Charles Jr., from Beloit says of the HSR that “I think this event is wonderful because it allowed my daughter, Rebecca, to see a lot of colleges at one time and it will help her realize that she has a great chance of being accepted at any of these schools. He adds that “we come from a small town in Wisconsin where we do not get much exposure to young people who went to college. So this experience was great!” As of 2012, a total of 88 students from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison have been identified to have met the 3.3 minimum and 23 cum or above on the ACT for a HSR initiation. During this four year period from 2009 to 2012, 62 students have actually attended. With this our fifth year 2013 figures, 110 students total from Southeast Wisconsin have been selected for HSR invitationals and 76 have attended. At this rate, we might very well hit the 100 attendance benchmark with our 2014 selections. Thankful appreciation is given to high school senior counselors at Divine Savior Holy Angels, Beloit Memorial High School, Messmer High School, Marquette University High School and Madison West in identifying this and previous year’s qualified students. Additional to considerable appreciation to Nicholes Five Star Charter who coached our party to Chicago, thanks and gratitude are extended to Sharnissa Dunlap-Parker, Coordinator of the MPS College Access Center North and to Gerard Randall of the Milwaukee Partnership Academy through which transportation funding was provided for this occasion. Says Dunlap-Parker: “With strong admiration for the hard work and diligence these seniors have shown, it was a pleasure to serve the students and families to ensure their participation in this Chicago 100 Black Men sponsored event.” The MPS TEAM UP CAC additionally identified qualified MPS seniors and during the October 11 send-off gathering prior to boarding, assisted the students in their portfolio preparation for sharing with college representatives. Dr. Warren Braden, Associate Professor at Springfield College Milwaukee Campus was also present at the CAC send-off and urged the seniors: “Continue to cultivate your diligence, discipline, determination and vision for success. We are all very proud of your academic achievement.” Dunlap-Parker adds in closing remarks that, “I was proud of my team of professionals at TEAM UP CAC who identified and assisted the seniors. We are especially proud of the student honorees and thankful to the many high school counselors throughout Milwaukee and area districts who listed their qualified seniors for this valuable experience. I look forward to identifying and increasing the number of participants in future HSR events.”
Families recognizing significant improvement and successes Enrollment in Milwaukee Public Schools grew between 2012-13 and 2013-14, reversing a decline that lasted nearly a decade. MPS’ fall enrollment count submitted to the state this year was 78,502, up from 78,461 submitted at the same time last year. The modest increase came after the district lost 1,000 or more students each year for the last nine years. “Milwaukee is arguably the most competitive K-12 education marketplace in the country. “We are grateful that families recognize the significant improvements we’ve made and the successes we’ve seen by choosing Milwaukee Public Schools,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. Part of the district’s success in attracting students has come from expanding and replicating successful traditional schools and charter schools thanks to strategic use of underutilized or unused facilities.
This year, those actions have resulted in Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School growing by 45 students, I.D.E.A.L. Charter School growing by 30 and Golda Meir School growing by 28. The growth of Golda Meir, rated “Exceeds Expectations” by the state, is expected to continue in 2014-15 the school uses expanded space received in 2012-13 to serve high school students beginning at 9th grade. It is utilizing a once-vacant middle school building. Proposals in the state Assembly (AB 417) and Senate (SB 318) would take away Milwaukee Public Schools’ ability to use its facilities strategically to expand successful programs by forcing the district and the city to sell buildings. In addition to growing and replicating successful individual schools, other district successes have also helped attract families. Those include: • More MPS schools are meeting or exceeding expectations and fewer MPS schools are rated as failing to meeting expectations on state report cards • MPS’ graduation rate has grown 14 percentage points between 2000 and 2012 • More MPS students are taking Advanced Placement courses • More MPS students are going to college • MPS Class of 2013 scholarship total was about $24 million, up from about $18 million the year before • MPS is home to the two best high schools in southeast Wisconsin – Rufus King International School High School Campus and Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School – according to The Washington Post.
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MILWAUKEE (October 9, 2013) A new proposal discussed in Madison Wednesday could evict more than 3,500 Milwaukee Public Schools students
from their current schools, some of which are among the most successful schools in the city.
Senate Bill 318 would force MPS and the city of Milwaukee to sell buildings, including ones the district is currently using to expand successful programs. MPS would be forced to sell one of the buildings of its successful Golda Meir School, rated â€œExceeds Expectationsâ€ on the recent state report cards. The school expanded in 2012-13 into a once-unused former middle school property and is expanding to serve high school students for 2014-15.
Other affected schools include one of Milwaukee’s oldest high schools, North Division, which currently houses both a small charter high school and MPS new teacher educator center; the growing School of Career and Technical Education inside the former Custer site; Community High School, which is located in the Burroughs complex; and the brand-new Universal Academy for the College Bound, which just opened this year and is growing
one grade per year. Another example is the new Carmen High School of Science and Technology Northwest Campus, modeled after Carmen’s
successful South Campus, which was ranked among the top 10 high schools in the state this year by U.S. News and World Report.
The discussion of Senate Bill 318 comes days after MPS submitted a fall enrollment count of 78,502 students, up from 78,461 last year. This is the
first enrollment increase for the district in a decade. The proposal would also force the district to sell buildings it has plans for, including the former Dover, 88th Street, Hayes and Malcolm X school sites. Discussions on converting the Dover site into housing for teachers or young professionals have been ongoing since March 2013 and the district is in negotiations for the sale of Malcolm X.
MPS has shared with lawmakers that it does currently have facilities that could be sold or transferred to the city for sale.
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