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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Glass says OFCCP needs to Re-visit UW-Milwaukee



ALL HANDS on DECK, WE, Not Me Initiative-Program-Plan

The last random visit of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) was 2006, based on their findings - I know they overlooked a lot. However, whether they did or not; they are needed at this time for a close review of the Affirmative Action plan and contract compliance that includes recent $Millions from the ARRA-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , State Senate Bill 514 and other government agencies. Based on the lack of transparency and lack of best practices observed by me from the UW-Regent President Ken Reilly, Board Chairman Charles Pruitt, Past Chancellor Carlos Santiago and the present Interim Chancellor Michael Lovell, the lack of inclusion of Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged has reached a level that must be investigated with urgency.
Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association

Milwaukee, WI – Saturday, January 29, 2011, Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, MPA-Milwaukee Professionals Association, seeks a return review from the Department of Labor regarding “discriminatory” and “unfair” practices of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in procurement of goods and services and hiring practices relative to African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed, re-entry, especially those returning from the correctional system).

The Correctional System is the highest budget item for the State of Wisconsin – so it makes sense that special programs are created to ensure that there are less repeat performances through education and technology attainment of our public schools – not to mention that there is likelihood more funds can come to the state Education pot if there was a reduction from the Correctional funding.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration, is responsible for ensuring compliance. The request will come as a result of findings of lack of Affirmative Action policies and reports that speak to due diligence - observations, lack of response from the UW-Regents, lack of response from past Chancellor Carlos Santiago, lack of response from Interim President Michael Lovell; and, a run-on the federal funds with disregard of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged included.

Diversity vs CULTURAL DIVERSITY


People not Things

Milwaukee, WI – Saturday, January 29, 2011, ALL HANDS on DECK, WE, Not Me Initiative-Plan-Program caution leaders and neighbors about the “in vogue” uses of the word “diversity”.

We find that the word “diversity” is used frequently but it is a catch-all term to give the impression of inclusion but in actuality it dilutes the strength in the ever increasing saga of equity and social justice.

African Americans, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged must be clear about how they can invite discrimination and fail to advance their own causes. They are not to confuse or dilute the strength of their accomplishments of access, planning, decision making, implementing and inclusion by accepting the general definition - “variety, unlikeness and difference. When in doubt, ask.

Cultural Diversity is the answer. You need to hear/see the word “cultural” as well as ask for clarity to ensure that your culture is included.

By taking it to another level, we embrace people rather than things difference – race - global, recognize it, understand it, appreciate and maximize the benefits of all in a “cultural-synergy” effort RATHER THAN divisiveness, stereotyping, discrimination and alienation.

When in doubt, ask. PASS IT ON.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Community Organizing Essential to Long-Term Education Reform, Report Finds


Community/Neighborhood Organizing is what will keep this little fellow - to the left - and many who look like him in-the-classroom and successful, rather than school-to-prison, OR worse,

Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, has a NEW report on "community organizing", The Strengths & Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy (35 pages, PDF).

I feel the information is worth reading.
Visit the article by PND - Philanthrophy News Digest, January 28, 2011, and view my comments. I think Warren Simmons, Executive Director and his team have the right idea.

For my comments go to:
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=324300004

For the report, go to:
http://www.nmefdn.org/uploads/AISRCommunityOrganizingReport2011.pdf

Thursday, January 27, 2011

CONGRATULATION to Walter Wilson, Milwaukee County Architect


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This is one of the many times that Walter Wilson, Owner of The Wilson Firm, provided services to the stakeholders of the Amani Neighborhood in Milwaukee. He was the resident Consultant in Architectural Services. Taken from the archive files of CNI/Fondy North Business Association.

Congratulations Walter on your newest accomplishment - AIA College of Fellows of the American Institutes of Architects for 2011.

According to the Announcement - You will receive your Fellowship Medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the 2011 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans. The
Investiture Ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011.

Walter Wilson is the Principal Architect for Milwaukee County - Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services Division.

It could not happen to a better and accomplished Architect.
Here's to an enjoyable event!

Where is Davos, Switzerland?


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Davos, SWITZERLAND - January 27, 2011, the second largest city in Switzerland is located on the northeastern side of Switzerland close to Austria. In 2009 its permanent population was 11,248. It is located on the Landwasser River in the Swiss Apps. It is the highest city in Europe.

Davos is host to the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business elites (often referred to simply as Davos) and the home of one of Switzerland's biggest ski resorts.

The demographics are described as primarily foreign nationals (born outside of the area; and, most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (86.3%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 2.8%) and Italian being third ( 2.7%).

Serbo-Croatian is a language spoken predominantly in Yugoslavia and Macedonia.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davos

2011 World Economic Forum - Davos, SWITZERLAND



Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
Highlights
2011 WORLD Economic Forum – Davos, Switzerland

G20 VISION
"We are 11 years into the 21st century, yet we are still functioning with the rules of the 20th Century. We have entered an age where it is ever more important to talk and listen to each other, to identify the collective common interest, and find news ways of thinking to help us build the future”, said President Sarkozy.


RISKY BUSINESS
“I am a little optimistic. I think that we have a stronger system than three years ago,” James Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan & Chase, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. said during a debate on whether the world is now better prepared to face a future systemic shock.
But Dimon warned that any “socializing” of states’ debts, by involving other European Union countries in financing them, could send out the wrong message on the need for fiscal discipline. “You have got to make sure that some are not piggy-backing on others,” he said.

Maurice Levy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Groupe, Paris, FRANCE, the international advertising and communications company, said that he is particularly concerned about surging asset prices in China and other leading emerging markets, which are being driven by the extremely fast growth of cities. “Where you have unremitting growth, you get crises,” he warned.

In part, the leap in global commodity prices, which has already triggered fears of political unrest in some developing countries because of soaring food costs, is linked to increasing urbanization, participants were told. Although rises in commodity prices can have the advantage of encouraging greater technological innovation, not all commodities can be easily substituted.
Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alcoa, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., said that with demand for cars in China, for example, is certain to continue to expand; there will be no let-up in the global pressure on steel and copper prices

THE BIG SHIFT
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, the president of the world’s third largest democracy described the post-crisis recovery as “sluggish and uneven,” citing continued concerns over European sovereign debt, fiscal deficits and the restructuring of the financial sector. In particular, rising unemployment could increase domestic tensions and reignite protectionism. “We have some distance to go and much to do to reach our common objective of strong, sustainable and balanced growth,” he stressed. Yudhoyono saw major strategic shifts in the new world reality.

One of these shifts is the rise of emerging economies, most of which are in Asia. By one estimate, the region will account for 45% of the world’s total GDP and one-third of world trade by the end of this decade. “I will let the pundits debate whether we are on the threshold of an ‘Asian Century’. Whatever you call it, one thing is indisputable: Asia is undergoing a rapid and strong economic, social, cultural and strategic resurgence – the sum of which is certain to redefine global affairs,” he said.

He also warned against complacency in tackling security issues. This is because old conflicts and flashpoints persist and non-traditional security threats are gaining centre stage. Diseases, natural disasters and terrorism continue to kill millions and rack up losses. “The bomb at the Russian airport three days ago reminded us that terrorism will continue to haunt us,” Yudhoyono said.

SOCIAL BUSINESS
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and micro credit promoter Professor Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh, INDIA spoke on the “asset of Social Business”.
We have selected his VIDEO for viewing – You can see other videos through the website below.


2011 World Ecomonic Forum - Davos, SWITZERLAND
• Comments taken from Press Releases – 2011 World Economic Forum.
• More information on the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011: http://www.weforum.org

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Young Guns - Ryan, Cantor and McCarthy


L-R, U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor - R-VI and U.S. Congressman Kevin McCarthy - R/CA

Washington, DC
, January 26, 2011 - State of the Union Republican Response was given by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. He came across as deliberate and polished. His message gave "lofty" and many "threatening" scenarios. His comments went from his three children 6, 7, 8 years to his quote of: "We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead."

Monitoring
Since U.S. Congressman Ryan is the Chairman of the Budget Committee, very critical of the Health Care Law, a deficit hawk but voted for $700 billion TARP - Troubled Asset Relief Program for bailout of the financial institutions, car companies and confiscatory tax for CEO bonuses, a rising star in the Republican party - Young Guns (Eric Cantor-VI, Kevin McCarthy-CA and Paul Ryan-WI founders), wife is a tax accountant and family business is in construction; he met the qualifications for political scrutiny. This is first and foremost an elected official made aware of the concerns of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged in the City of Milwaukee.

Additionally, my office will challenge U.S. Congressman Ryan as well as all our U.S. Congress representatives to get to know the City of Milwaukee demographic needs as well as the needs of the same groups in their districts. It is part of the ALL HANDS on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative-Plan-Program. The Wisconsin U.S. Congress representatives are:

• Senators: Herb Kohl (D), Ron Johnson (R)
• Representatives: Paul Ryan (R), Tammy Baldwin (D), Ron Kind (D),
Gwen Moore D), Jim Sensenbrenner(R), Tom Petri (R),
Sean Duffy R), Reid Ribble (R)

Demographics - Congressman Ryan District
U.S. Census data put Representative Ryan's record in the context of the people who he represents. Wisconsin District 1 is 84.13 percent urban, 8.60 percent non-white, and has a population that is 5.65 percent Latino and 4.17 percent foreign-born. 3.19 percent of adults working in Rep. Ryan's district commute using public transportation, on a bike or on foot. 6.54 percent of adults aged 25 and older in Ryan's district have a Master's, PhD or Professional Degree.

Paul's wife is an attorney - so was his father and grandfather.

January 27, 2011 - Budget Committee - Road Map, go to:
http://www.roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CBO01-27-Ryan-Roadmap-Letter.pdf

You can see the text version of his speech at:
CLICK
http://paulryan.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=221391

Scalia, Thomas and Alito Absent without Leave


State of the Union - January 25, 2011

Earth to ALL Supreme Court members, especially the three (3) who did not come. May I remind them that they work at the behest of the people of America - they are citizens that have been given a special privilege to show that they are worthy of TRUST.

Justice Antonin Scalia, who is from a village near Milwaukee, spoke of juvenile behavior: "It is a juvenile spectacle, and I resent being called upon to give it dignity, Justice Scalia told the Federalist Society in November. “It's really not appropriate for the justices to be there."
Did I hear "juvenile"? Did he give me the impression; he can give it but cannot take it?
And, YES, ALL justices should be present.

Justice Samuel Alito told a group at the Manhattan Institute in October. “We have to sit there like the proverbial potted plant most of the time. And we're not allowed to applaud--and those of us who are more disciplined refrain from manifesting any emotion or opinion whatsoever.”
Did he say that he had a problem with protocol – Is this one of our life members speaking?
Did he say he must refrain from certain "reactions" and "cannot comment" - well citizens before them have to do the same every day? Join the discomfort and the feeling of unfairness - A teachable moment.

"I don't go because it has become so partisan," Justice Clarence Thomas said to students in Florida last year just days after the State of the Union speech, which he did not attend. "And it's very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there. There's a lot that you don't hear on TV: the catcalls, the whooping and hollering and under-the-breath comments. One of the consequences is now the court becomes part of the conversation, if you want to call it that, in the speeches. It's just an example of why I don't go." Did he say "partisan" – and his non-participation is not partisan?
Did he say, he feels uncomfortable?
How do the people in the court before him and the other justices feel - "comfortable"? I don’t think so.
Another case, he can give it but cannot take it.

At least they do not have to invest a chuck of money, time in previous courts and argument to come and be present – the citizen has to hire an attorney (s), spend time in courts before them and hopefully have an argument that will not render additional pain.

Come to think of it, the justices need to be compelled to attend ALL State of the Union Speeches as well as any other event that requires the coming together of those We THE People ELECT-ARE APPOINTED-HIRED.

They have been appointed/selected as justices of the Supreme Court.
They are not SUPREME BEINGS - get real. The last time I checked, they all were human, have glaring flaws (as in this article) and definitely will not escape "dying".
Join the human race and come from being in the clouds or outer space.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SAFE Video and Infant Mortality Reports in Milwaukee


Milwaukee, Wisconsin - January 22-24, 2010,

Lakisha Stinson and her daughter, Rashyia, who was born last month and is healthy, live in a Milwaukee neighborhood where the rate at which African-American babies die is worse than Botswana.

Crocker Stephenson - Journal Sentinel, and the City of Milwaukee released telling points about the status of "infant mortality" in Milwaukee. Since the reports say that we have a lot to do, let's get to it.

It is another, ALL HANDS on DECK, WE, Not Me Action Initiative Action.

Take a look at both reports and view the video at the bottom to arm yourself, your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, school, teacher, principal, care giver and the immediate world of your interest in making a difference in the present and future of Milwaukee.

Fetal Infant Mortality Review Report - 2005 to 2008, 807 deaths (still born and infants deaths)
www.city.milwaukee.gov/2010_FIMR_Report

Empty Cradles
www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/114430774.html

JOIN US - SIGN UP
Join us in the All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative. We are looking for volunteers to be on our Health Care list. These are Milwaukeeans that have given their name for sharing information, sitting on committees and boards and providing training.

For information on how you can sign up and make a difference, go to:
http://mpapublicpolicyreview.wufoo.com/forms/mpa-volunteer-list-all-hands-on-deck-we-not-me/

Below is a video worth viewing for your sharing.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

$20 Million GE Foundation Grant For MPS


MPS Parents are Needed Around the Table

MILWAUKEE, WI - Sunday, January 23, 2011

We are thankful that Bob Corcoran and the Board of GE Foundation, Susan Bro-Lear, GE Healthcare and Fran Mantero, GE Foundation, support a rigorous system wide emphasis of math and science education attainment in MPS-Milwaukee Public Schools. We know that training of all teachers for our classrooms is vital and we look forward to approaches for hands-on by the GE volunteers.

The goal of support to link elementary/secondary education to a 2- and 4-year degreed format is part of Milwaukee Professionals Association ALL HANDS on DECK, WE, Not Me Initiative-Plan-Program (2010-2020) to support President Obama’s Call to Service and his 2020 education and technology attainment challenge for the country.
We see this grant timely in that President Obama recently asked Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman/CEO, of GE to be his NEW Economic Advisor – Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

However, the volatility-volatiles; i.e., punitive by-products of NCLB-No Child Left Behind of which MPS is mired – School-to-Prison Pipeline that includes dropouts, expulsions, inferior alternatives, we the People that are concerned about African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged students of MPS, cannot sit idle and not call for accountability through best practices, transparency, TRUST, and INCLUSIVENESS of all stakeholders when trying to solve public school issues having high negatives of disconnect. Therefore, we ask that the GE Foundation along with MPS leaders STOP and REBOOT the plan INFRASTRUCTURE for Action - and for sure, who is at the table the next 5 years.

This cannot be a skimming process, skewed data, cronyism, regular consultants, well-connected departments at Central office and well-connected schools, political divisiveness, lack of transparency for public information, lack of administrative and board leadership, public relations sound bytes, dictated to Title I Parent groups, excessive guidance of the MTEA – Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and EXCLUSION of the most important participants, MPS PARENTS.

GRANT MISSING LINK - PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Based on observations and discoveries over the last five years about the culture and bureaucracy in MPS, in order to gain the traction for critical mass in education and technology attainment as well as to fulfill the grant mission/goals of both GE and MPS, it is imperative that the PARENTS/GUARDIANS are brought to the table as full-time partners in “cutting edge” creation, implementation, decision making, sponsorship and evaluation of this generous grant. It is naïve and counter-productive to think that outcomes will come, if the outcomes do not start with and end with the adults that are statutorily responsible for the students at MPS.

Parents of Milwaukee Public Schools are severely challenged due to the City of Milwaukee being “trapped” in disparities – enduring concentrated poverty, Brookings Institution and Federal Reserve study – quality of life and economic development issues - that affect the development and growth of our talent pool – youth, adult and senior population. It is important that education and technology attainment is “inclusive” and “connected”, bottom-up and top-town, for infrastructural and systemic reform that will help replace our threats and weaknesses with NEW GE opportunities of strength-BUILDING, informed leadership and an engaged citizenry of MPS that will help provide self-sustainability.

In other words, the five-year, $20 Million grant, should be seen as an investment in “rigid requirements” of state-of-the-art classes/mentoring/careering/volunteerism and networking to support access and literacy of a Bottom-UP economy foundation for a higher per capita income of MPS parents/guardians - African Americans, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged – the bulk of MPS.

It means a NEW PARADIGM that starts with the FAMILY structure and its profile.
It means massive awareness training during the first year with PARENTS, teachers, school staff, principals, central office staff, board members, block club groups, neighborhood strategic planning organizations, business districts, neighborhood business owners, neighborhood chamber members and clergy at the table.
It means the bulk of the PARENTS and NEIGHBORHOOD representatives will be NEW participants for solution-building.
It means the PARENTS and/or Caretakers of the child/ren in MPS are scheduled/connected to part of the day-to-day training, as informed partners that are linked to the rubric code of conduct.
It means education attainment in technology – access and literacy – student and parents alike.
It means ongoing and massive communication from/to/about the school district and individual schools to-from the neighborhoods of Milwaukee.
It means parents are hired as professional MPS School-liaisons to the neighborhood – home, church, business, neighborhood group and elected representatives.
It means parents are hired as teachers/consultants to train MPS staff, other parents and students.
It means neighborhood-level business owners are hired as consultants and teachers.
It means Extramural planning and partnerships are created-implemented-developed between the neighborhood-level businesses, MATC-Milwaukee Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, MSOE-Milwaukee School of Engineering, other Milwaukee schools of higher learning and MPS. This would include Alverno, Cardinal Stritch, Concordia and any other educational site that provide teachers and teacher-training to MPS. Neighborhood-level business owners should be encouraged to provide internships, scholarships, apprenticeships and other partnerships.

Yes. MPS parents need to be an intricate part of the “in-service plan for professional training and talent building” of this five-year plan. PARENTS, teachers, school staff and principals should be evaluated on how well they integrate the curriculum with the training and use of parents linked to their children’s progress. Additionally, the GE Foundation, along with the GE volunteers should work with parents and neighborhood councils for a six-month and annual evaluation of the use of the funding – the evaluation should be made public.

Historically, millions come to the City of Milwaukee in federal and private funding for the growth of the city, yet we have study-after-study showing we are the last and lowest in education and employment growth. Therefore, MPA has launched the ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE, Not Me Initiative to help ensure that goodwill funding from donors demand transparency, stewardship, competition, citizen participation, INCLUSIVENESS at the neighborhood level, linkage of all three levels of public school (elementary/ secondary, 2-year and 4-year), neighborhood businesses, neighborhood strategic planning groups, business improvement districts, task forces, clergy networks, community papers, community radio and neighborhood-level chambers and associations. We can no longer allow huge deposits and a run-on the funding that leaves the children, their parents, their future and city in the same or worse shape than when the funding was received. We believe massive engagement at the neighborhood level is imperative with accountable leadership.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Press Release #2 - MPA Academic Research Kick-Off



MPA will host its first meeting for Academic Research in Milwaukee on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 1:30pm - 5pm. Come back for more details.

MPA Releases Signature Plan in Series




Milwaukee, WI - MPA/Milwaukee Professionals Association, is in the process of releasing its Signature Plan in a series. The 5-year project will reveal observations and discoveries by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO while contacting and interacting with those who are elected-hired-appointed to represent government funding for Milwaukeeans, especially African Americans, People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under and re-entry). The first one is entitled:

A Look at Affirmative Action that Includes the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Part I.

The release includes MPA's Action Plan, ALL HANDS on DECK, WE, Not Me Initiative-Plan-Program.

The Action initiative calls for:
- principled-centered leadership that is committed to transparency, best practices, stewardship, TRUST and accountability.

- infrastructural changes that focus on Milwaukeeans, especially African Americans, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed and re-entry) - underrepresented populations.

- safeguards that are formalized with accelerated programs of education and technology attainment for neighborhood-level success.

- redefining the role of the neighborhood-level businesses that are 1-10 employees that are cultural-based to become neighborhood engines for a BOTTOM-Up Recovery.

- create in-the-neighborhood "C-Suites" for talent development.

- Academic Research for quality of life and economic development for the City of Milwaukee.

- to promote outsourcing only to identified partnerships within the 96 square miles of Milwaukee during the 2010-2020 phase of creation, implementation and growth.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Glass shares expectations with Search Agency -



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Milwaukee Professionals Association
Neighborhood-Level Recommendations
January 21, 2011

To: Chuck Bunting and Lesley Boyd, with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

Re: NEW Chancellor – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

We support our highest public school, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. We will work non-stop to help it grow. A Call for Inclusiveness – engagement and representation on ALL levels

Background and Expectations
The City of Milwaukee is at a “fork” in the road and decades of laws, policies, funding are being put in place or revisited. Milwaukee hired-appointed-elected representatives and citizenry have allowed the largest city in the state of Wisconsin to become and remain for “decades” a city of poverty. In 2008, the Brookings Institution and Federal Reserve dubbed it one of 16 cities in America with “Enduring Concentrated Poverty”. Countless studies are available on the internet that bear out the disconnect and DISREGARD.

Year-after-year studies are given of the perpetuating decline, yet there are no major changes in the “infrastructure” for systemic paradigms to take place. No hands-on engagement in Education and Technology attainment to ensure a Bottom-Up economy – NO REAL efforts to inform and connect students, staff to community for increase in per capita income and growth in Milwaukee. Even though UW-Milwaukee have gotten gang-buster millions for programs.

UW-Milwaukee has the name of the “City of Milwaukee”; however, Milwaukeeans have been disregarded – left out. This must change.

Development of The “island” on the east side, downtown and outside of Milwaukee is unacceptable.

It is unacceptable for many reasons, especially since state legislation and our tax dollars are used to underwrite and gather budget funding; but, we are excluded in development of our people and land space in the neighborhood – this is taxation without representation.

It is important to note that the gains made by downtown and the eastside have had mega funding through the public’s gift. We want to spread the wealth, partnerships, degrees, certifications and growth. We want the ARRA-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and partnerships to “include” African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (under-, un-employed and re-entry).

We notice that the position Description/Announcement for the Chancellor failed to mention the People of Milwaukee or the census tracts west of Humboldt Avenue. This is an example of EXCLUSION that is unacceptable. It sends the wrong message.

The past Chancellor, Carlos Santiago, refused to meet with, engage in and consider issues representing the neighborhood. This includes Affirmative Action, the Master Plan, discussion of issues that affect on-campus behaviors, staff and student disconnects and a true engagement of the Equity Scorecard. This can-will not be the case with the incoming Chancellor.

Also, the fact that President Kevin Reilly, Chairman Charles Pruitt and the Board of Regents have chosen to not respond to the complimentary copy of the Brookings/Federal Reserve case study given by my office for EACH Board of Regents, inquiries and to connect in a working relations with members at the neighborhood-level (including MPA) to address and solve transparency, best practices and accountable issues; this will be a point of contention for the NEW Chancellor.

He/She should be aware of real issues facing his/her administration, roles, responsibilities and overall success at the voting box.

Leadership, Not Abandonment
The next Chancellor of University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee will have an opportunity to make a difference and fulfill the state mission as well as the “full plate” of deficits left by Santiago. He/She will have the demands of the voters/taxpayers at the neighborhood-level to support or reject his/her leadership regarding engagement of the people that live, work, invest, grow families and businesses in Milwaukee. We seek leadership and engagement that brings the university to/in the 190 neighborhoods via the stakeholders around the table from the neighborhood.

It is not enough to put platitudes and high-paid consultants on the website with today’s jargon of Equity or website claims of “diversity”. The incoming Chancellor will have major challenges if he are she have just the university recommendations – board regents, staff, budget – for it is the budget that we will stand firm on and lobby hard on whether it is coming from the federal , state, local government and/or private and philanthropic foundations. We must have ALL HANDS on DECK, WE, Not Me sum gain. Specifically, African Americans, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged must be an active customer base for UW-M in recruitment, hiring, procurement, leadership, student recruitment, refining the Master Plan, Senate Bill 514 policy and funding, as well as MOU – Memorandum of Understanding pledges that are on the table and/or projected in the future.

Additionally, clear-cut policies for NEW CONNECTION and engagement of the 605,000 population in Milwaukee is our first step. This includes massive Academic Research in the City of Milwaukee for removal of disparities in quality of life and business development for economic growth and sustainability. It includes linkages, partnerships and collaborations at the neighborhood-level to grow neighborhood-level businesses and a healthy engagement of stakeholders - voters/taxpayers as well as with Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College to lead the way in broad-based education and technology attainment called for by President Barack Obama.

Therefore, the NEW UW-Milwaukee Chancellor will need the following priorities at the neighborhood level. They are:

• Clear understanding of needs of the residential and commercial population at the neighborhood-level of the City of Milwaukee – this starts with block clubs, neighborhood associations, neighborhood strategic planning groups and business improvement districts of the 605,000 population within the 96 square miles of Milwaukee.

• Demonstrated neighborhood-level orientation with African Americans, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged population to help advance the $300 million expansion as well as the six items in the UW-Milwaukee Initiative – School of Freshwater, Kenwood Integrated Research Complex Phases, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Purchase and Redevelopment, Replacement for the Neeskay Research Vessel, Innovation Park Land Purchas and engineering Research Facility Public, Community and Clinical Health Phases that now exclude African Americans, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged.

• Demonstrated efforts in promoting Affirmative Action for all people, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged – includes re-entry workforce, first- and second generation college attendees and re-entry citizens from prison.

• Demonstrated efforts in connecting and pursuing buy-in of the neighborhood surrounding and contiguous to a university with evaluations.

• A vision of INCLUSIVENESS, that includes scholarly Extramural funding with joint-neighborhood projects.

Our proactive efforts will call on ALL to help make a difference, especially the newly organized NAACP/National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

It is important that the point staff, Chuck Bunting and Lesley Boyd, with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates are aware of our concerns and to address the issues in this document prior to referrals for consideration.

It is also important to note that my office requested additional neighborhood hearings with the Search Committee, Professor Mark Schultz declined to have them.

Mary Glass – Chair/CEO
Milwaukee Professionals Association – [MPA]
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Sunday, January 16, 2011


Chairman Mark Schwartz

- Take a look at the members of the SEARCH Committee.

QUESTIONS:
• Do you know any of these folk?
• Do you have access to them for questions and answers?
• Do you think they are representing your concerns?
• Do they live in Milwaukee?
• Do they represent "neighborhood-level" concerns?
• Have they been present to hear neighborhood concerns?

UW-Milwaukee Search Committee

• Razia Azen Associate Professor Educational Psychology
• Kimberly Blaeser Professor English
• Susan Dean-Baar Associate Professor Nursing

• Ricardo Diaz Executive Director, United Community Center (community representative)

• Simone Ferro Associate Professor Dance
• Paul Florsheim Associate Professor Addiction & Behavioral Health

• Jacquelyn Fredrick President and CEO, Blood Center of Wisconsin (community representative)

• Al Ghorbanpoor Professor Civil Engineering
• Angela Lang Student student representative

• Sheldon Lubar Founder and Chairman, Lubar & Co. (community representative)

• Tom Luljak Vice Chancellor, University Relations & Communications
• Michael Maass Custodian Facility Services
• Mariann Maris Senior Lecturer English
• Don Mash Executive Senior Special Assistant President's Office
• James Peoples Professor Economics
• Harvey Rabinowitz Professor Architecture
• Kent Redding Associate Professor Sociology
• Travis Romero-Boeck Student student representative
• Jean Salzer Senior Counselor Student Accessibility Center
• Mark Schwartz, Chair Professor Geography

• Arthur Smith President and CEO Keystone American Express Travel Services (community representative)

• Ginny Stoffel Associate Professor Occupational Science & Technology
• Rudi Strickler Professor Biological Sciences
• Dietmar Wolfram Professor School of Information Studies

FRAUTSCHI, DEICHER AND PELTON - Murray Hill Leaders











Milwaukee - Saturday, January 8, 2011, SATURDAY TALK

Topics:
UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Search

Pam Frautschi, Cate Deicher and Jayne Pelton joined Mary Glass, Chair/CEO of Milwaukee Professionals Association for SATURDAY TALK on January 8, 2011.

The discourse included an introduction of SATURDAY Talk and the focus on "neighborhood-level" participation in the selection of the next UW-Milwaukee Chancellor. It was also an opportunity for sharing the extensive work by Murray Hill Neighborhood Association - especially signature items of Chapter 17 and 18 regarding UW-Milwaukee student misconduct.

MPA SATURDAY TALK
MPA Mission is to systemically and infrastructurally address public policy issues of the people in the Milwaukee and nearby villages through "civil discourse" and "solution-building", neighborhood-by-neighborhood AND use of the internet networks.
We support the right of THE PEOPLE to engage in ONGOING civil discussions for CIVIL RIGHTS of all.

Talks of 2010
The talks of 2010 included:
  • Issues of the City of Milwaukee
  • Visit with Attorney Eric S. Brittain, LLC - State and Federal Defense and his representation of Ronald Carter and himself.
  • Attorney General Candidate - Scott Hassett
  • Closure of Shorewood store - Open Books
Best Practices and Accountability
Glass shared the interest of MPA in having neighborhoods west of Humbolt at the table of dissussion. That the process for the search for the NEW chancellor needed more dialog from the neighborhood level. Also, that those who were on the search committee were lacking in attendance; especially those selected for representing the public - one specifically identified was member, Sheldon Lubar - Founder/Chairman Lubar & Company.

The three were present for the Ecology Center meeting held on December 12, 2010.
It was at this meeting that neighbors expressed their concerns about issues of great concern regarding student behavior, property, noise, acquiring information, civility and image.

They also expressed the need for the new Chancellor to be informed, aware, and respon- sive to UWM's surrounding neighborhoods, UWM's impact upon them, and need for re- sponsible action from UWM.

Murray Hill
All three ladies, property owners, are members of the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association.

MHNA is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of the neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin bounded by Hartford Avenue to the North, Bradford Avenue to the South, Downer Avenue to the East, and Oakland Avenue to the West.

Mission
Their mission is to work with residents, the City of Milwaukee, businesses, and UWM to promote the safety, health and well being of the neighborhood. We meet regularly with other neighborhood associations and organizations to discuss common interests and issues, and help foster communications within and around the neighborhood.

MHNA is about making a wonderful neighborhood even better! to discuss. For more about MHNA, click on:
http://www.murrayhillna.org/

UW-Milwaukee Search Committee & Code of Ethics
Click below for Chancellor Search Committee and Code of Ethics.
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/roster.pdf
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/cmtedocs/CodeofEthics.pdf
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/roster.pdf

The next Saturday Talk will be:
Saturday, January 22, 2011
UW-Milwaukee - Multicultural Lounge
2200 E. Kenwood - Union Building
1:30pm - 3:00pm

SATURDAY TALK - Civil Discourse for Neighborhood-Level Solutions

MPA Saturday Talk - Milwaukee will test the community effort Solution-Building by inviting the neighborhood to come to the aid of their residential and commercial sustainability.

ALL HANDS on DECK
Milwaukee Professionals Association (MPA) has adopted the ALL HANDS on DECK - WE, Not Me Solution. It is the precursor to the MPA Saturday Talk - Milwaukee Neighborhood-level format of "civil discourse" for "solution-building" at the neighborhood level.

Do not miss this hook-up and opportunity to support, share information and learn about what being neighborly means.

One of our MAJOR goals is to implement ACADEMIC RESEARCH in our colleges and universities, with public schools - Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee being the lead partners and collaborators.

We seek transparency, INCLUSION, decision making and partnering with those who have acquired "stimulus" - ARRA-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, as well as side funding from other government agencies and philantrophic donors on behalf of quality of life and economic development of the City of Milwaukee.

We especially seek the spotlight-focus on UW-Milwaukee, the Medical College, MSOE-Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette, Alverno, Cardinal Stritch, Concordia and private organizations that have received ARRA funds.

WHO IS REFERRING CANDIDATES for UW-Milwaukee Chancellor?


Mission Statement
The mission of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is to make a positive contribution to the leadership of education and not-for-profit organizations by providing clients with high quality executive search services, embracing a client centered and candidate sensitive orientation, and fostering client relationships based on a commitment to excellence, integrity, respect and service.

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates: Contact Information
Charles I. Bunting*
Consulting Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates
1400 North Providence Road, Suite 6000
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Phone: (802) 985-4987 (Vermont)
Fax: (802) 985-1046
Email: c.bunting@storbeckpimentel.com

Lesley Boyd
Associate Principal
Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates
1400 North Providence Road, Suite 6000
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Phone: (973) 783-7079 (New Jersey)
Fax: (973) 215-2194
Email: l.boyd@storbeckpimentel.com

Julia Patton
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates
1400 North Providence Road, Suite 6000
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Phone: (610) 565-2910, ext 204
Fax: (610) 565-2939
Email: j.patton@storbeckpimentel.com
*Vermont mailing address: 190 Southview Drive, Shelburne,Vermont 05482
Click link below for more. . .

Search for No. 8 - UW-Milwaukee Chancellor

Where are the People at the neighborhood-level?
We need NEW people around the table.
We need to see a "BROAD" perspective that includes African Americans, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (ALL) that are taxpayers.
We need to see property owners and property renters that are investing in our neighborhoods.
We need to see leaders from our public school pools (DPI-Department of Public Instruction, UW-System, the Technical College System, Wisconains Association of Independent Colleges and Universities with MPS-Milwaukee Public Schools parents, MATC-Milwaukee Area Technical College and UW-System parents/sponsors/students leading the way - the "WE, Not Me focus".

Follow the Search Process and Involvement of the Milwaukee residential and commercial stakeholders at the "neighborhood-level".

UNIVERSITY OFWISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
SEARCH AND SCREEN COMMITTEE FOR
CHANCELLOR
Agenda
November 29, 2010
12:30 p.m.
Regents Room, Chapman Hall

Click link below for more. . .
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/agendas/11-29-10a.pdf

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
CHANCELLOR SEARCH AND SCREEN COMMITTEE
Minutes
November 19, 2010
9:30 a.m.
Regents Room, Chapman Hall

PRESENT: K. Blaeser, S. Dean-Baar, R. Diaz, P. Florsheim, J. Fredrick, A. Ghorbanpoor, E.
Gilligan, A. Lang, T. Luljak, M. Maass, M. Maris, J. Peoples, H. Rabinowitz,
K. Redding, T. Romero-Boeck, J. Salzer, M. Schwartz, A. Smith, R. Strickler, D.
Wolfram

EXCUSED: R. Azen, S. Ferro, S. Lubar, D. Mash, G. Stoffel

GUESTS: L. Boyd (via phone)

IV. New Business.
A. Review and approve Code of Ethics—Motion was made and seconded to approve
the Code of Ethics document as presented. Members were asked to sign the form
and return to T. Howard. The motion passed unanimously.

B. Review and approve Committee Organization and Procedures—Motion was made
by M. Maass and seconded by T. Luljak to approve the Organization and
Procedures document as presented. After clarification about access to
applications, vote was taken and motion passed unanimously.

C. Review and discuss advertisement, and institutional profile documents-M.
Schwartz explained the purpose of each document and how each was developed.

Discussion ensued about specific areas that needed expanding as well as critical
issues that must be highlighted. It was suggested that a subcommittee revise the
profile document and submit to committee for review at its November 29th
meeting. J. Frederick, A. Smith, T. Luljak, M. Maris and M. Schwartz
volunteered to serve on subcommittee. Committee members were encouraged
to submit suggestions to M. Schwartz who would share with the subcommittee.

Click link below for more . . .
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/minutes/11-19-10m.pdf

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MILWAUKEE
CHANCELLOR SEARCH AND SCREEN COMMITTEE
MINUTES
November 10, 2010
1:00 p.m.
UWM Union, Room 240

PRESENT: R. Azen, K. Blaeser, S. Ferro, P. Florsheim, J. Fredrick, A. Ghorbanpoor,
E. Gilligan, A. Lang, T. Luljak, M. Maass, M. Maris, D. Mash, J. Peoples,
H. Rabinowitz, K. Redding, T. Romero-Boeck, J. Salzer, M. Schwartz,
A. Smith, G. Stoffel, R. Strickler, D. Wolfram

EXCUSED: S. Dean-Baar, R. Diaz, S. Lubar

GUESTS: C. Bunting, A. Crist, J. Crain, T. Evers (via phone), D. Davis, K. Reilly,
J. Vasquez

2. Charge to the Committee
President Reilly read the charge to the committee. In the charge he told the
committee that their primary responsibility is to conduct a national or international
search for a diverse pool of well-qualified candidates. At least five candidates shall
be selected from this pool in unranked order and forwarded to President Reilly and
the Special Regent Committee. This unranked list should include the strengths and
weaknesses of each candidate.

3. Review of Search and Screen Process
a. Search Process
 Solicit campus and community input. This is an important step because it
shows that the committee is listening to the campus and community.
 Chuck Bunting from the consulting firm of Storbeck/Pimental and Associates
will be working with the committee to help find qualified candidates and
resolve differences among the committee members.
 A web site and print media should be set up very soon. The public should be
directed to the web site for information.
 While many candidates will come from nominations, the committee should
use their networks and contacts to encourage potential candidates to apply for
the position.
 President Reilly and the Special Regent Committee will periodically contact
Mark Schwartz, Chair of the UWM Chancellor Search Committee, to offer
help and support. President Reilly said that he will help get qualified people
into the pool of candidates.

b. Screen Process
 The selection criteria screen will be based on the announced qualifications in
the position description. Look for inconsistencies and gaps in the candidates’
resumes.
 Conduct reference checks of candidates by using the list that the candidate
provides. Off-list reference checks will be conducted later in the process.
 Use roll call voting process for selecting candidates.
 First interview round will consist of 10-12 candidates. This list will be
confidential. The five finalists will be publicly announced.
 Look at a potential candidate’s academic values. Consider if their
commitment to quality education has a narrow or broad view and will it
complement UWM’s vision. The candidate must be a good fit internally (the
campus constituency) and externally (the community) including:

  • a positive commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and be able to bring
    more diversity to UWM;

  • management skills, with an understanding of a complex organization and
    be able to keep harmony as projects move forward;

  • leadership skills, with the ability to move to the next mountain top and
    have the support of campus and community;

  • stamina, and a sense of humor; and

  • commitment to public service and understand that everything is open to
    public scrutiny.


The UWM search committee should have their work done by April 2011. The
Special Regent Committee and President Reilly will recommend a candidate
to the BOR. The BOR will vote to appoint the new chancellor. The goal will
be to announce a new chancellor by spring 2011 and in place by July 1, 2011.
c. Tips and Advice
 It is important that the search committee understand the job of the chancellor.
The chancellor must relate from the vantage point of all faculty, staff, and
students. The committee members must rise above the positions they hold
and understand that the chancellor will represent the entire campus.
 Legal issues. M Schwartz has information on the open meeting law and has
discussed it with A. Crist. It is important that the committee be aware when
they are in open meeting and closed meeting. Information about candidates is
confidential until the five finalists are named. If disclosure of candidates is
given too early, it will result in the loss of candidates and weaken the pool. It
will also give UWM the reputation of leaking information. C. Bunting added
that the committee needs to be open with each other within the rubric of
confidentiality in order to protect the committee and its function.
 It will be very helpful to have one person as a point of contact with the press.
Committee members may politely refer the press to M. Schwartz.
 Salary and fringe benefits were discussed. The salary range is $297,000 to
$363,000. In the past the foundation has contributed to the salary. Fringe
benefits will include a housing allowance, leased automobile, and a fund for
official functions. Spousal or partner appointment as chancellor associate is
unpaid.
 UWM pays for the chancellor search


Click link below for more. . .
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/minutes/11-10-10m.pdf

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

UNDER CONSTRUCTION - NEW MPA WEBSITE




MPA - Milwaukee Professionals Association is about to launch its next addition to ALL HANDS on DECK, WE, Not Me Initiative-Plan-Program. It is the website for its: 2010-2020 Academic Research Network in Milwaukee. It will help drive the engine of Education and Technology Attainment.


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