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)
Marquette has played in the Big East Conference since 2005.
by Rich Kirchen, Senior Reporter, The Business Journal
Marquette University, along with six other colleges and universities, has decided to withdraw from the Big East Conference.
Leaving the league besides Marquette are DePaul University, Georgetown University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University and Villanova University. The seven institutions will explore their options to develop a premier athletics conference centered on elite-level basketball, Marquette president Father Scott Pilarz said Saturday.
“The seven presidents and athletic directors of the universities previously named have been in a thoughtful dialogue to ensure we jointly solidify our vision and commitment to compete at the absolute highest levels of athletic excellence for many years to come,” Pilarz said. “This move will allow us to enhance the elite status of our men’s basketball program, while developing new opportunities for student athletes in all 16 of our competitive athletic programs.”
Marquette men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams called the move, which is scheduled to be effective June 30, 2015, “outstanding.”
“The institutions that have been committed to men’s basketball have made a decision that they are going to stay committed to men’s basketball,” Williams said. “As a men’s basketball coach, I am 1,000 percent supportive of that.“
Making the Holidays Brighter for 75 Children
Recently 75 children shopped for holiday gifts with Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., Sheriff’s deputies and officers from area law enforcement agencies for a day filled with the holiday spirit and giving.
Sheriff Clarke first became aware of the event while he was visiting family in Green Bay and he saw the nationally acclaimed “Shop with a Cop” program advertised in a local newspaper. The program builds positive relationships among law enforcement officers and young people in the community. In 2007, Sheriff Clarke started the program in Milwaukee County.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the Milwaukee-area business community and successfully secured funding for the program for its sixth year. Donations will allow children from the Boys and Girls Club, Neighborhood House, Hillside Family Resource Center, Frank Lloyd Wright School, and South Milwaukee Human Concerns to enjoy breakfast and a day of holiday shopping with a law enforcement officer.
Each child (ages 5-13) was paired with a law enforcement officer. They boarded a charter bus and headed to the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel for a catered breakfast and then to Walmart. At Walmart, the children were able to purchase up to $100 worth of gifts for family members and themselves. After shopping, they headed to the Pieper Boys & Girls Club where a volunteer team wrapped their gifts while the kids took pictures with Santa and enjoyed pizza and entertainment provided by volunteers from American Enterprises International.
This year, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies were joined by City of Milwaukee, Bayside, Fox Point, Hales Corners, South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay and UWM police officers, along with officers from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Veterans Affairs Police, and Wisconsin State Fair Park Police.
“This is a great opportunity to make a child’s holiday a little brighter,” said Sheriff Clarke. “If we influence children early, we can forge a positive perception of law enforcement officers that will last a lifetime.”
Tiara Renee Ellis (second third from left) was recently recognized as the top seller among Milwaukee area Girl Scouts, selling 2,025 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies. Her tremendous achievement was recognized during the Regional Cookie Conference held last weekend at Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave., in West Allis. Pictured with Ellis are (left to right): Jerry Ellis, Tiara’s father; Christy L. Brown, CEO-Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southwest; Kathy Hernandez, Tiara’s troop leader; and Tiara’s mother Gina Ellis. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
As students prepare for winter break, be sure to keep reading as a central focus while out of school
NewsUSA – Playtime is central to a child’s development. Many experts agree that reading, however, is just as important.
According to Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning, now is the perfect time for learning and discovery. “It’s very important that children continue to practice their academic skills year-round as strong reading skills are incredibly important for all subjects in school. The more children read, the more they’ll enjoy reading, and the better readers they’re likely to become.”
Here are some reading tips from the brain-trust at the National Learning Association and tutoring authority, Sylvan Learning.
* Be a reading role model. By spending time reading, you show your child that reading is both fun and useful.
* Set aside a consistent time each day for reading. Depending on your family’s schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it! Consistency is key to building good habits.
* Let your child make their reading choices. Let kids read whatever they want. Now is a good time to encourage reading about topics they don’t study during school to explore new interests, discover new talents or delve into old hobbies.
* Get your child to savor the book she or he is reading. Don’t rush through a book — take time to enjoy it. Have your child stop and think about plot points and characters. This will develop their analytical skills.
* Set goals and reward effort. Reward reading with more reading. Download the next book in your child’s favorite series on your tablet or Kindle. Let your child peruse library catalogues online for e-books.
* Read the book, then watch the movie. Few things make kids feel more “superior” than comparing and contrasting a movie to the book it’s based on. “That’s not the way it was in the book!” Let them explain the differences, guess why a director made those changes and then discuss which version they preferred.
* Go online for ideas. There are lots of websites for kids’ book choices. Visit www.BookAdventure.com for reading tips, book suggestions and educational games.
DC Head Start students sing an enthusiastic rendition of “Jingle Bells” for their families.
A Head Start student carefully decorates a Christmas cookie as his father watches.
Some young students have marked the holiday season with a special celebration. Preschoolers from Social Development Commission Head Start – Capitol held a Winter Celebration to mark the holidays.
The three to five year olds sang a spirited version of Jingle Bells for their families who gathered for the seasonal fete at the facility located at 5305 W. Capitol Drive. They then participated in a variety of holiday-oriented activities including making Christmas cookies and tree ornaments. The youngsters also enjoyed with their families a meal served by Head Start staff and volunteers. The celebration is an annual event at the preschool program put on for the young students and their families.
For more information on the SDC Head Start program, visit the agency website at http://www.cr-sdc.org/Programs/HeadStart.htm or call 414-906-2777.
Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts is now the first school in the Midwest to benefit from a new GRAMMY Signature Schools partnership between the GRAMMY Foundation and the Hot Topic Foundation.
The Signature Schools Community Award includes a $2,000 grant to be used to assist in maintaining the school’s high-quality music program.
Milwaukee High School of the Arts was selected in part because its students have been chosen through a rigorous selection process for the All Star GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles in the past, including Felix Ramsey, who was selected last school year.
“Many here in Milwaukee already know about the high-quality arts offerings at our Milwaukee High School of the Arts – and we’re grateful groups around the country are taking notice as well!” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.
State Senator Lena Taylor poses with Milwaukee high school students who participated in Discovery World’s “Building the Water Generation” program sponsored by AT&T.
Discovery World and State Senator Lena Taylor teamed up with educators recently to teach Milwaukee high school students about the challenges facing the Great Lakes and available career opportunities in the freshwater field during an innovative program called “Building the Water Generation.”
The event gave 80 students from Bradley Tech High School and Divine Savior Holy Angels High School the opportunity to participate in a half-day freshwater program at Discovery World.
Students heard from speakers State Senator Lena Taylor, Roz Rouse of Milwaukee Water Works, and Bill Grafton of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Students also engaged in hands-on activities designed to more firmly establish their connection to Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes through biology and water chemistry. During visits to four different learning stations throughout the museum, students learned about: the career options available in the water field and much more.
Nearly 50 students from Milwaukee Public Schools Riverside University High School performed recently at the Milwaukee County Courthouse Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The event, was free and open to the public, and took place inside the courthouse, 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee 53233, at 4 p.m.
Students from RUHS Madrigal and Swing choirs performed.
The performance happened less than three weeks after students from MPS Lincoln Center of the Arts Middle School Choir performed at the 99th City-County Tree Lighting at Red Arrow Park.
We’re honored that our students have been invited to showcase their musical gifts and talents for the Milwaukee community, MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. Thank you to our students and to the educators who give the gift of music to them.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.
Students will demonstrate competency based on variety of learning experiences
Milwaukee, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System announced today the first degree programs that will be offered under its innovative UW Flexible Option starting in Fall 2013. The UW System is expected to be the first public university system in the nation to offer this kind of competency-based, self-paced learning option.
The UW Flexible Option is designed for nontraditional adult students who often come to college with substantial learning acquired in a variety of venues. Built by UW faculty members who oversee traditional degree offerings at the 26 UW campuses, the new UW Flexible Option will allow students to earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge they have acquired through coursework, military training, on-the-job training, and other learning experiences. Students will make progress towards a degree by passing a series of assessments that demonstrate mastery of required knowledge and skills.
UW-Milwaukee will offer four degree programs and one certificate program:
• Two Nursing degrees (R.N.-to-B.S.N. and R.N.-to-M.N.), for Registered Nurses who need additional college to qualify for higher professional credentials
• A bachelor’s degree-completion program in Diagnostic Imaging, targeted toward certified diagnostic imaging professionals
• A B.S. in Information Science & Technology, preparing students for jobs in tomorrow’s digital culture and economy
• A Certificate in Professional and Technical Communication, providing students with the essential written and oral communication skills needed in today’s workplace
UW Colleges will provide an array of general education and liberal arts courses in the new UW Flexible Option format, in core fields such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, business, English, Spanish, geography, and others. The UW Colleges will work to provide the Associate of Arts and Science degree via the UW Flexible Option, which may also meet the general education requirements of four-year degree programs launched by other institutions.
Several other UW System institutions, including UW-Parkside, are working to develop Flexible Options for their degree programs, and additional offerings should be ready by Fall 2014.
“One of our core goals is to help Wisconsin create a stronger workforce, and I’m proud to say that our first cohort of UW Flex Option programs aligns closely with some of the most pressing workforce needs in Wisconsin. With innovative new approaches to higher education, we can expand college degree opportunities for potentially thousands of Wisconsin residents looking to expand their horizons and advance their careers,” said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly. “In June, we announced with Governor Walker our intention to pursue this bold new model. Today, our faculty is stepping forward to embrace that opportunity.”
“This is a new direction in American higher education, and Wisconsin is at the forefront,” said Reilly.
Under the UW Flexible Option, UW faculty members modify existing college programs into self-paced, competency-based formats. To maintain UW System’s rigorous academic standards, UW faculty will continue to oversee the academic quality of these newly reformatted degree programs. The degrees and certificates will continue to be granted by the accredited campuses already offering them via traditional teaching formats.
“This Flex Option offers a distinctive value and a unique promise to working adult students. They can start the Flex Option any time, without constraints imposed by the academic calendar. Once under way, students will determine the pace of their learning. Whenever they’re ready to demonstrate mastery of a given subject, they complete the assessment and move on to the next step,” said UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross.
Students will be able to take full advantage of free educational resources available online and elsewhere, including the growing number of massive open online courses, or “MOOCs.” They will demonstrate their knowledge through robust, reliable assessments designed by UW faculty members, and will be held to the same rigorous standards for all UW degrees.
“Our faculty comes to this effort with very high standards and a strong commitment to quality. I have every confidence that we can provide a very rewarding, highly personalized learning experience for the students who choose this new pathway. I’m equally confident that the UWM degrees they earn through the new Flex Option platform will carry the same prestige in the workplace,” said UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell.
To gain valuable experience with this new learning platform, UW-Extension will offer some individual courses in the Flexible Option through a pilot program developed by UW Independent Learning. The first courses will include College Algebra, Elementary Statistics, and a non-credit Business Mathematics and Personal Finance Certificate.
The UW Flexible Option is one of the featured initiatives in the biennial budget request forwarded to the State by the UW System Board of Regents.
For more information about the UW Flexible Option, visit www.flex.wisconsin.edu.