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Thursday, March 31, 2011

5th Finalists - Dr. Lisa Rossbacher



Dr. Lisa Rossbacher gave a 40 minute presentation on the Topic: Contemporary Challenges in Urban Universities.

President of Southern Polytechnic State University for 13 years.

Dr. Rossbacher chose to frame speech around what she consider to be opportunities.

Her comments echoed the woes of the economy and the trek for today's funding. She emphasized the importance of strong student learning with great job opportunities, balancing teaching and research, place-based teaching, community involvement, RESPECT Mission, collaboration with other schools, risk management, transparency of learning at Southern Polytechnic State University, successes with curriculum, alternate pipelines, value of degrees, relevancy of research, fundamental values - cultural and personal, accountability at the neighborhood level, success rate in African Americans in engineering.

She took a tour of the neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Neighborhood-Level
The known speakers and representatives were:

- Pamela Frautschi, Neighborhood Activist and member of East Side Milwaukee Community Council and Murray Hill Association.

- Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association

- Clarence Nichols - Educator and NAACP

Dr. Rossbacher completes the finalists.

DEADLINE FOR VOTING FOR UW-MILWAUKEE CHANCELLOR FINALISTS



The UWM Chancellor Search & Screen Committee ASK that all votes for the UW-Milwaukee Chancellor finalists are in by:

NOON, APRIL 4, 2011.
For feedback, go to the Chancellor Search Committee website and click on the FEEDBACK Link for the "vote form":
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor

Dr. Lisa Rossbacher - UW-Milwaukee Chancellor FINALISTS No. 5


Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher, President, Southern Polytechnic State University

Southern Polytechnic State University is part of the University System of Georgia, which is very similar to the University of Wisconsin System. Within this System, SPSU has a special-purpose mission to focus on science, engineering, technology, architecture, and related fields. The campus is located about 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

In 2010, U.S. News & World Report highlighted SPSU in several areas: a high freshmen retention rate, strong racial diversity, and good representation of international students. SPSU ranks #1 in the U.S. for the number of African-American students who earn bachelors degrees in engineering-related fields, and the largest single endowment fund held by the SPSU Foundation is dedicated to scholarship support for Hispanic and Latino students.

MPA Statement: There can be no misunderstanding about what the People expect from you and your responsibility for leadership at an URBAN University that is being called to honor both the name sake (Milwaukee) and the adjective (urban). We seek inclusion of ALL Milwaukeeans, especially those who have been consistently and by design left out of engagement - African American, other People of Color and Work-Challenged taxpayers, voters, stakeholders.

The TRIFECTA for Milwaukee Education and Technology attainment is locked in a myriad of resources and opportunities at the three levels of public schools – MPS (elementary and secondary), MATC/Milwaukee Area Technical College (2- year and certification) and UW-M, University of Wisconsin (4-year, graduate and beyond, employment certificated).

MPA – Milwaukee Professionals Association and many others at the NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL, eagerly and able to provide a NEW and successful journey from ECP/Enduring Concentrated Poverty to EA/Economic Affluence – A NEW Middle Class from the BOTTOM-UP.

Therefore, MPA - Milwaukee Professionals Association leadership statements above and a recent second letter has been sent to Dr. Rossbacher as well as all the Finalists for perusal.

We look forward to hearing Dr. Rossbacher's speech as well as participating in the Q & A.

Her topic: “Contemporary Challenges of Research Universities”.

For her Cumulative Vitae, go to:
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/Rossbacher_cv.pdf

Profane and Racist Rant at Chancellor's Speech Says it All

CODE OF CONDUCT MATTERS

Milwaukee, WI
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Ballroom West, March 30, 2011, a man in the audience interrupted Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association, while she gave the set-up for a very telling and pivotal question for Finalists No. 4 - Dr. Michael Lovell, Interim Chancellor at UW-Milwaukee.

The man in the audience was not only rude and disrespectful to Glass; he highlighted how "civility" is lacking in our society. He failed to respect himself, the process, Professor Schwartz - Chancellor Search Committee Chair (Schwartz rose and asked the man for civility), all there, all not there and specifically the people Glass was referencing - African American, Asian, American Indian, Latino and Work-Challenged Milwaukeeans.

His derogatory comment about "they", and profanity afterwards speaks to the need for a stronger focus on Civility and stressing its importance of appropriateness. Since this was an adult, what can we expect of those younger.

Ironically, Civility - Code of Conduct, moral compass and respect was part of the question that Glass was asking Dr. Lovell.

Glass waited for calm - she then continued. She was then followed by Clarence Nichols, Educator and NAACP representative, with the same emphasis of need to make those traditionally left out in the City of Milwaukee - viable and healthy - quality of life and economic development issues.

Breaking INFO - Unconfirmed rumor is that the man was a "plant" in the audience to diffuse Glass comments about the university and possibly Lovell.

4th Finalists - Dr. Michael Lovell







Dr. Michael Lovell - 4th Finalists and Interim Chancellor - UW-Milwaukee

The powerpoint presentation was about 40 minutes in length and addressed:
-- campus life - student, staff, funding sources, updating to state-of-the art classroom equipment, research, faculty salaries commensurate with peers, 20% staff retirees and outreach to the Milwaukee area

-- contract goods and services from local businesses
-- education paradigms
-- partnership with other academic institution
-- work with head of MATC, MPS and Milwaukee Partnership Academy
-- selective in partnerships
-- economic development
-- learning curb as Interim Chancellor more administrative

Neighborhood-Level
The known speakers and representatives were:

- Mary Glass - Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association

- Clarence Nichols - Educator and NAACP

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MPA LAUNCH "BOOST GRADUATION" Twitter site

March 30, 2011, TODAY, Milwaukee Professionals Association launches its BOOST GRADUATION RATES in Milwaukee CAMPAIGN with a NEW Twitter account for following and sharing progress.

On March 22, 2011, Vice President Joe Biden shared the next Call to Service from the Obama Administration - Governors of each state to "Boost Graduation Rates". In fact, he shared a toolkit.

MPA - Milwaukee Professionals Association embraced President Obama's Call to Service for America to be globally competitive in Education and Technology attainment by 2020. To which MPA launched All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative-Plan-Program on January 23, 2010. On January 26, 2010, MPA added the 3-Tier public school TRIFECTA (Milwaukee Public Schools-Milwaukee Area Technical College-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and the Bottom-Up Recovery for infrastructural changes to rid the City of Milwaukee of ECP/Enduring Concentrated Poverty.

At the present time, MPA is engaged in providing NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL engagement for the selection of the NEW Chancellor of UW-M to help ensure that "hidden talent" and "emerging markets at the neighborhood-level" boot a micro-economy" that can supported as an "engine" success of our urban university in Milwaukee. In fact, MPA is challenging over a half-million stakeholders of Milwaukee, Governor Scott Walker, the state legislators, the leadership of the UW System and staff of UW-Milwaukee to step forward and make the urban university in Milwaukee, a World-Class urban university in its World-Class city Milwaukee.

For information about the Governors' ToolKit from the Obama Administration, go to:
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/vice-president-biden-issues-call-action-boost-college-graduation-rates-nationwid

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MPA Call for 2011 Diversity Fellows to work within the City of Milwaukee for Research

MPA All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative/Plan/Program


The 2011 UWM Diversity Scholars are (from left) Nikki Adams, Zakiya Luna, Hsiang-Yeh Ho, Charu Stokes, Jessica S. Welburn and Alonzo M. Flowers III.
UW-Milwaukee photo

"The summer 2011 Diversity Fellowship program (May 31-July 9) with doctoral students from across the country is an excellent time for Dr. Cheryl Ajirotutu and the other UW-M staff responsible for the success of the program to extend outreach in the neighborhoods of Milwaukee. My office is willing to assist in strengthening the courseware by providing opportunities to consider and introduction of contacts to advance the quality and hands-on research of the fortunate visiting students", said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professional Association.

March 29, 2011
Milwaukee, WI - Mary Glass, Chair/CEO is calling for the 2011 Diversity Fellowship awardees be introduced to and work exclusively in a pilot opportunity to advance the Bottom-UP Recovery plan-program to BOOST college granduation as well as create a viable and informative neighborhoodlink to the students who come to UW-Milwaukee. It will also help create a NEW image for UW-Milwaukee in outreach beyond Humboldt Avenue - neighborhoods that are "trapped" in Enduring Concentrated Poverty but have "DIAMONDS in the Rough hidden talent and emerging markets.

Diversity Fellows to contribute insight, enthusiasm - and get unforgettable and rewarding experiences

For more about the Diversity Fellows, go to:
http://www4.uwm.edu/news/stories/details.cfm?customel_datapageid_11602=3973336

UW-Milwaukee Finalist #4 - Dr. Michael Lovell

Dr. Michael Lovell – UW-Milwaukee Chancellor FINALIST No. 4


MPA Statement:
There can be no misunderstanding about what the People expect from you and your responsibility for leadership at an URBAN University that is being called to honor both the name sake (Milwaukee) and the adjective (urban). We seek inclusion of ALL Milwaukeeans, especially those who have been consistently and by design left out of engagement - African American, other People of Color and Work-Challenged taxpayers, voters, stakeholders.

The TRIFECTA for Milwaukee Education and Technology attainment is locked in a myriad of resources and opportunities at the three levels of public schools – MPS (elementary and secondary), MATC/Milwaukee Area Technical College (2- year and certification) and UW-M, University of Wisconsin (4-year, graduate and beyond, employment certificated).

MPA – Milwaukee Professionals Association and many others at the NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL, eagerly and able to provide a NEW and successful journey from ECP/Enduring Concentrated Poverty to EA/Economic Affluence – A NEW Middle Class from the BOTTOM-UP.

Therefore, MPA - Milwaukee Professionals Association leadership statements above and a recent second letter has been sent to Dr. Lovell as well as all the Finalists for perusal.

We look forward to hearing Dr. Lovell's speech as well as participating in the Q & A.

His topic: “Contemporary Challenges of Research Universities”.

For his Cumulative Vitae, go to:
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/Lovell_cv.pdf

3rd FINALISTS - Dr. Gary L. Miller




Dr. Gary Miller
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research
Wichita State University

-- Challenges come with opportunity"
-- Partnerships in ways that add value - Partner not owner
-- Coalition for public and land grant university
-- University culture - retention, show points, develop plans of intervention
-- Blended opportunities
-- Evaluation, Performance-based
-- Urban Renaissance

4 Convenants
* Students - Academic and Whole Life
* Faculty and Staff - freedom to teach, greater vigor for research as a hallmark
* Community - University in Economic Development, no longer passive; and, partner
in ways that add value

* Government - Address accreditation and Coalition for public and land-grant university

Neighborhood-Level
The known speakers and representatives were:

- Pamela Frautschi, Neighborhood Activist and member of East Side Milwaukee Community Council and Murray Hill Association.

- Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association

- Clarence Nichols - Educator and NAACP

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lamonte C. Harris - Press Release Response to Dan Bice


Lamonte C. Harris Press Release

Go to:
CLICK BICE

SHAME ON YOU DANIEL BICE, columnist

Daniel Bice Columnist - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper photo

Stone uses ex-con to set up coffee klatches
March 27, 2011

Milwaukee, WI - Today, March 28, 2011, Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, blasted columnist Daniel Bice for his "over-the-top" and malicious article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We will see if the Journal Sentinel is willing to post the comments below.

You are touted as a "specialty" of the Journal Sentinel that is suppose to provide a "column". Whereas you are considered a journalist, you are living up to the “not required to adhere to expected journalistic ethics of neutrality" of a columnist. However, where is the moral compass here? What happened?

In case you do not know it, this is America.
Mr. Lamonte Harris, Community Organizer and Activist, can hire on and support whomever he pleases. Since when was it our business to tell him who he should or should not seek use of his expertise in the Milwaukee County election? Since when?

We as voters cannot and should not reduce our democracy to the "over-the-top" disrespect you have provided in this article.

Your reporting is just deplorable and should be called that.

Stop the "hating" - we have too much already in the environment where we all are so vulnerable. It appears that you must "walk-on-water" and never have been human. Oh! That cannot be true. I am a witness. You have made a big blunder here - and with seemingly malice.

It is most unwise to do what has taken place here in your article and the Journal Sentinel newspaper - trying to dishonor a fellow Milwaukeean who by his own admission recognizes a past unpleasant event in his life but works wholeheartedly to make a difference professionally every day for ALL in this cruel and not equitable world.

I wonder how forgiving and understanding you will want others to be if you - when you, stumble - and you will.

Mary Glass – Milwaukeean

To read his rant, go to:
http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/118749854.html

Glass comment in article, go to:
http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/118749854.html?page=4#comments

UPDATED:  April 3, 2013

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dr. Gary L. Miller - UW-Milwaukee Chancellor FINALISTS No. 3


3rd FINALISTS - Dr. Gary L. Miller, Wichita State University.

MPA Statement: There can be no misunderstanding about what the People expect from you and your responsibility for leadership at an URBAN University that is being called to honor both the name sake (Milwaukee) and the adjective (urban). We seek inclusion of ALL Milwaukeeans, especially those who have been consistently and by design left out of engagement - African American, other People of Color and Work-Challenged taxpayers, voters, stakeholders.

The TRIFECTA for Milwaukee Education and Technology attainment is locked in a myriad of resources and opportunities at the three levels of public schools – MPS (elementary and secondary), MATC/Milwaukee Area Technical College (2- year and certification) and UW-M, University of Wisconsin (4-year, graduate and beyond, employment certificated).

MPA – Milwaukee Professionals Association and many others at the NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL, eagerly and able to provide a NEW and successful journey from ECP/Enduring Concentrated Poverty to EA/Economic Affluence – A NEW Middle Class from the BOTTOM-UP.

Therefore, MPA - Milwaukee Professionals Association leadership statements above and a recent second letter has been sent to Dr. Miller as well as all the Finalists for perusal.

We look forward to hearing Dr. Miller's speech as well as participating in the Q & A.

His topic: “Contemporary Challenges of Research Universities”.

For his Cumulative Vitae, go to:
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/Miller_cv.pdf




Place: UW-Milwaukee, Union Building, 2200 E. Kenwood, 1st Floor, Ballroom West
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Saturday, March 26, 2011

MA RAINEY - Mother of the Blues

MARCH IS WOMEN'S MONTH

Gertrude Pridgett – Ma Rainey or Madame Gertrude Rainey
1886 – 1939

Genre: BLUES
Known as: Mother of the Blues
1983 - She was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.
1990 – She was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Was a recording artist under the label of Paramount. She was billed as:
• “Mother of the Blues"
• "the Songbird of the South"
• "the Gold-Neck Woman of the Blues"
• "the Paramount Wildcat"

Some of her notable songs are: "Bad Luck Blues", "Bo-Weevil Blues" and "Moonshine Blues".

Ma Rainey, blues vocalist, was married to singer, dancer, comedian, William “Pa” Rainey. They were traveling artists.

She started singing and traveling at the age of 12-14 years.
In 1924 she made some recordings with Louis Armstrong, including "Jelly Bean Blues", "Countin' the Blues" and "See, See Rider".

In 1924 she embarked on a tour throughout the North/Midwest and South, singing both for black and white audiences. She was accompanied by bandleader and pianist Thomas Andrew Dorsey, and the band he assembled called the Wildcats Jazz Band which included Saxophonist, Eddie Pollack, with Gabriel Washington, Albert Wynn and David Nelson.



Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at The Milwaukee Rep - March 1-March 27, 2011

Greta Oglesby - MA Rainey

Milwaukee, WI - Ma Rainey is a play by Pulitzer Prize Playwright, August Wilson, was about issues of black exploitation of recording artists by Caucasian producers.

Setting: Chicago, Il - 20th Century

The cast of actors at The Milwaukee Rep Theater have been OUTSTANDING.
They are each a compliment to the other. Anthony Fleming III, Levee, was most searing with his gut-wrenching performance. And, Greta Oglesby, Ma Rainey, was "at home" with her role - singing and acting.

Supporting Actors
- Erynn Mackenzie, Dussie Mae/Movement Coordinator was perfect for her role as the sex pot and object of affection.

- Jonathan Butler-Duplessis - Sylvester, Jonathan Gillard Daley - Irvin, William McNulty - Sturdyvant provided leading and fill-in roles at the same time that were meaningful and added to the full value of the cast.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 27-day run will end on Sunday, March 27,2011 with:

Matinee - 2:00pm
Evening - 7:00pm

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ELECTA QUINNEY - 1st Public School Teacher in Wisconsin



MARCH IS WOMEN'S MONTH

1802-1885

Wisconsin's first public schoolteacher was Electa Quinney, a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans. Quinney had come to Wisconsin in the massive Indian removal from New York in 1827 and was especially interested in teaching the children of the Stockbridge-Munsee settlement around Kaukauna. In 1828, she opened the first school in the state without an enrollment fee, allowing families who had been unable to afford school fees the luxury of an education.

An endowment has been established in her name by the Indian Community School of Milwaukee, Inc. at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to continue her tradition. The Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian education and policy studies serves as a catalyst for American Indian education and policy initiatives, facilitating the development of new programs, services, and research opportunities at University Wisconsin Milwaukee in partnership with the American Indian community.

FOR MORE INFO, go to:
http://www.gichiziibi.com/electa-quinney-institute-for-american-indian-education.html

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Remembering "Liz" - Actress, Activist, Humanitarian

WOMEN'S MONTH

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, Liz Taylor
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011
English/American Actress
Born in Hampstead, London, England
Died in Beverly Hills, CA - Cedars Sinai Hospital

Beverly Hills, CA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011, is the day that
well-known former child star, famous actress and beauty, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, passed after several weeks in the hospital with congestive Heart illness.

The world will remember Ms. Taylor for the many hours of sultry, passionate, back-in-the-day, full-blown real acting. She was a beautiful woman with flawless diamond-value, that lived her life in your face - affairs, husbands, divorces and all.

Liz is known for her activism and support of others - a williness to speak up and out for friends and AIDS. She has spent many hours and raised millions in fundraisers for AIDS.

She and Micheal Jackson, Superstar, became close friends. She attended his private funeral in 2009.

She has won many awards including two oscars; one for Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf -considered her favorite work. She also won the hearts of many fans, one of whom is me.

My favorite movies by her are:
- A Place in the Sun - w/Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - w/Paul Newman
- Cleopatra - w/Richard Burton
- GIANT w/Rock Hudson
- Lassie Come Home w/Roddy McDowell
- National Velvet w/Mickey Rooney

Enjoy your ride Elizabeth!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Boosting College Graduation Rates



“Right now we’ve got an education system that works like a funnel when we need it to work like a pipeline,” said Vice President Biden. “We have to make the same commitment to getting folks across the graduation stage that we did to getting them into the registrar’s office. The dreams and skills of our college graduates will pave the way to a bright economic future for our nation.”

Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States, March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011

Vice President Biden Issues Call to Action to Boost College Graduation Rates Nationwide
Vice President Releases College Completion Tool Kit to Help Chart the Path

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden today issued a call to action to boost college graduation rates across the country and help the nation meet President Obama’s goal for the United States to have the best-educated workforce and the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

MPA - Milwaukee Professionals Association committed to President Obama's Call to Service and launched All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative-Plan-Program on January 23, 2010. It is the engagement of the 3-tier public education system -Education and Technology Attainment TRIFECTA - K-16 and above. It also included a BOTTOM-Up Recovery at the neighborhood-level for a NEW Middle Class in Milwaukee - a city "trapped" in ECP/Enduring Concentrated Poverty.

We will be in touch with Governor Scott Walker post haste to PUSH his support.
Visit the link below to become familiar with today's outreach for each Governor to provide support for this initiative.
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/vice-president-biden-issues-call-action-boost-college-graduation-rates-nationwid

Halle Berry - SuperStar w/Style and Beauty

(Click photo to Enlarge)

MARCH is Women's Month

Halle Maria Berry - International model, actress and Academy Award Winner.

She is the mother of 2-year old daughter, Nahla Ariela Aubry.

Halle is a talented and accomplished actress that started her public appearance as Ms. Teen All-American winner from Ohio (1985); followed by, 1st runner-up in 1986 for the Ms. USA Pageant and 6th place in the Ms. World Pageant (1986).

She is the spokesperson for Revlon.

Her on-camera debut was on a television weekly series of Living Dolls in 1989. She has shown her passion and gift of acting in different roles.

She has won the following awards:
- Emmy
- Golden Globe
- SAG/Screen Actors Guild
- NAACP Image Award
- Academy Award for Best Actress and was also nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster's Ball.

Halle is the 1st African American female to win Best Actress in the Academy Awards history.

Monday, March 21, 2011

FREEPRESS 2011 MEDIA CONFERENCE in Boston


APRIL 8-10, 2011

Hello Neighbor!

Treat yourself to this burst of knowledge exchange. JOIN my friends at FREEPRESS.

House Democrat Leader, Nancy Pelosi will kick-off the conference.

The National Conference for Media Reform will include nearly 300 amazing speakers and performers. They range from experts on Internet law to a Tony Award-winning playwright, and from a Nobel laureate to organizers working on the front lines of the media reform movement. Below is the "link" to see some of the people who will be joining FREEPRESS ATTENDEES in Boston.

For more information and to see the array of presenters, go to:
http://conference.freepress.net/presenters

Friday, March 18, 2011

2nd FINALISTS - Dr. David O. Belcher





Dr. David O. Belcher
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Highlights of Speech
CHALLENGES: Funding and Strategic Choices

Broadness in "experiences" at present university parallel needs at UW-Milwaukee regarding engagement of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged.

Partnership, priorities and collaborations have proven to be successful.

Would "listen" first and foremost to all stakeholders of the neighborhood to build "trust" and execute change and reform.

Neighborhood-Level
The known speakers and representatives were:

- Pamela Frautschi, Neighborhood Activist and member of East Side Milwaukee Community Council and Murray Hill Association.

- Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association

- Bettye Loving - Community Leader and Activist

- Clarence Nichols - Educator and NAACP

Thursday, March 17, 2011

FINALIST - DR. JAMES MUYSKENS, UW-Milwaukee

Dr. Muyskens was the first finalists for Interview. The 1:30pm meeting with the public allowed him to speak and hear questions from stakeholders of the neighborhood.



Dr. Muyskens was clear, concise and philosophical.
He recognized the need for UW-Milwaukee to be involved and working with the people of Milwaukee, 1st and 2nd generation students, students of the K-12 public school and filling the pipeline for a better "urban research" university that is up-and-coming.

He asked the questions that we all must ask in the process, "Where Are We Headed"?
Where are we headed the next 5 - 20 years?
Research - Funding Challenges - Stuff vs value - Moral obligation - undergraduate benefit.

NEIGHBORHOOD
Leaders of the Milwaukee neighborhoods were present and speaking out about:
- INCLUSION of All Milwaukeeans, especially People of Color and the Work-Challenged - those traditionally left out
- Property Concern
- Research and Urban
- Economic Development

The known speakers and representatives were:

- Else Ankel, retired Bio-Chemist and ex-professor of UW-Milwaukee, property owner and member of the Cambridge Woods Neighborhood.

- Pamela Frautschi, Neighborhood Activist and member of East Side Milwaukee Community Council and Murray Hill Association.

- Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association

- Esther Hubbard - Entrepreneur and UW-Milwaukee Student

- Jean McCoy-Garner - Activist and UW-Milwaukee Student

- Clarence Nichols - Educator and NAACP

HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY


Also called (St) Patrick's Day, (St) Paddy's Day, (St) Patty's Day

MARCH 17, 2011
St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday filled with celebration - dancing and drinking. Did you know it is also an Irish religious day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

1st FINALISTS - UW-MILWAUKEE CHANCELLOR

Dr. James Muyskens

Re-defining, Re-branding and “Un-trapping” Milwaukeeans
March 15, 2011

Dr. James Muyskens
President
Queens College, City University of New York

Dr. James Muyskens is the first FINALISTS for Chancellor of UW-M. Here are some Fast Facts, take the time to read them at:
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/Muyskens_cv.pdf

BE SURE you are present on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 for support of INCLUSION of Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged – these are the voters, taxpayers that are traditionally left out.

Over the next 10 years, we seek the beginning of Academic Research, business tooling at the neighborhood level, degree and certificate attainment of residential and commercial population of Milwaukee; and, “partnerships” to maximize funding received on behalf of Milwaukeeans.

Time: 1:30pm
Place: UW-Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood, 1st Floor, Union Ballroom West Candidate Presentation & Open Forum for Faculty, Staff, Students and Community

TOPIC: “Contemporary Challenges of Research Universities”

Have your question written down, in case you need to submit rather than orally present.

Citizen-Centered Engagement at the Neighborhood-Level



Neighborhood-Level Emerging Markets and Hidden Talent are:

DIAMONDS in the Rough

Re-defining, Re-branding and “Un-trapping” Milwaukeeans
March 15, 2011

Milwaukee Professionals Association is spearheading an Initiative-Plan-Program that calls for All HANDS on Deck, WE, Not Me leveraging of ideas, problem solving, solution building, partnering, sharing and maximizing resources, joint-decision making; and, discovering-developing hidden talent and emerging markets.

It is a BOTTOM-UP Recovery plan with a Mission of creating a NEW Middle Class in Milwaukee. It is looking at threats and perceived weaknesses for opportunities of strength through Educational Research, Media Advance, Education Attainment and Technology Attainment.

The target audience: Neighborhood-Level businesses, DIAMONDS in the Rough.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

B. Smith, Entrepreneur - Struttura Ensemble



Ms. B. Smith continues to nail the marketplace with soft, warm, inviting and right-on products. Her recent hot "STRUTTURA" Ensemble is sensory-powered.

March is Women's Salute Month.
Ms. B.(Barbara)Smith is today's honorees. She is an ex-model. She is an Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. She has a home collection line - furniture, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, serveware and bedding (featured today). As a recognized chef, she has also cookbooks, does promos for healthy eating and own 3 renown fine dining restaurants (New York, Washington, DC and Sag Harbour, The Hamptons).

B Smith W/Style was a television show she had on NBC and on some international stations.

Struttura bedding
The warm, strong and inviting ensemble teases the senses. Her Struttura bedding features an ivory and neutral color scheme with eight different textures that combine to create a beautiful patchwork design.

Visit the link below for a look at the sheets, pillows, sham, comforter and sizes description. Go to:
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=128790&
Be sure to click the DETAIL ZOOM.

Restaurants
Go to: http://www.bsmith.com/restaurant.php

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BENEFITS of WPA - Women Prison Association

MARCH IS WOMEN'S MONTH

Meet Shadrika, Jennifer and Jacqueline, three amazing women who are proud to call themselves graduates, community leaders, mothers, neighbors-- and even miracles.



You can make a donation at:
http://community.wpaonline.org/donate

100 Years - Yahoo!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, MARCH 8, 2011

100 Years - Yahoo!

What are its origins?
International Women’s Day began as National Women’s Day in the US in 1909 and has its roots in the now defunct Socialist Party of America. The following year, a German woman named Clara Zetkin proposed the first International Women’s Day while at the second International Conference of Working Women, held in Copenhagen. The day was first celebrated internationally in 1911 and has been observed in many countries every year since then. It was moved from its original date in late February to its current date, March 8, in 1913.

The United Nations began honoring International Women's Day in 1975, the UN-proclaimed International Women's Year. In 1977, it went a step further, adopting a resolution recognizing International Women’s Day. Since its first celebration, the UN has hosted four international women's conferences and in 2010, it created the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women – also known as UN Women
TAKEN FROM: The Christian Science Monitor

MICROCREDIT
Microcredit is one of the tools MPA has slotted for empowerment of neighborhood-level commercial and residential stakeholders of the City of Milwaukee.

View a portion of Bonsai - Holly's documentary film - Celebrating the Vision of Mohammed Yunus . She follows Ms. Aroti of Bangladesh - a recipient of Microcredit.


For more information about Holly's documentary, go to:
www.bonsaimovie.com

Friday, March 4, 2011

5 UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Candidates -

Dr. David BELCHER, Dr. Lisa ROSSBACHER, Dr. Gary MILLER and Dr. James MUYSKENS

Dr. Michael LOVELL




Milwaukee, WI - The UW-M Selection Committee, chaired by Professor Mark Schwartz, have selected 5 candidates for University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. They are:

Dr. David Belcher
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Michael Lovell
Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Gary Miller
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research
Wichita State University

Dr. James Muyskens
President
Queens College, City University of New York

Dr. Lisa Rossbacher
President
Southern Polytechnic State University (Marietta, GA)

MPA will conduct a short review of the candidates and post them over the next three days.

Initial Concerns
We are concerned that there are no African Americans in the line-up; and, have requested information as to the possible reason (s).

Interim Michael Lovell has received extremely low marks due to his "unresponsiveness" to MPA inquiries about human relations - correction/concern with library policy and staff, lack of shown school concern for a member of the staff that died; and, lack of professionalism in returning email inquiries and telephone calls. His lack of response curtail any interaction for questions, recommendations and desire to discuss concerns of the participation of UW-Milwaukee as a partner to stakeholders at the neighborhood-level.

He has found the time to be interactive with the Milwaukee 7.

There is also the concern of his seat on the Milwaukee 7 and believed endorsement of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce. Especially since Past Chancellor Carlos Santiago was a champion of theirs and he proved to be a total disappointment - NO RESPONSE. No follow-up of neighborhood concerns.

Not a Good Neighbor
The MMAC and Milwaukee 7 have continued to not act in the best interest of the stakeholders of Milwaukee - divisiveness on MPS School Board, Sick Day law, MPS Takeover, busting up "collective bargaining", pitting Choice/Charter against public education, Milwaukee 7 support organization and outsourcing, well-connected corporate types - real estate barons and well-known philanthropic bidders outsourced resources of City of Milwaukee stakeholders in conjunction with Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee.

We also see a lack of "initial" broadness of business administration - technology - interaction with African American, People of Color and Work-Challenged population of the candidates.

For review of each Cumulative Vitae, go to:
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/

Evaluation
Would you send me your assessment of the candidates?

COPY and Go to this link and share your evaluation of the candidates.
http://2010nominating.wufoo.com/forms/mpa-milwaukee-professionals-association/

PUBLIC POLICY ALERT - SENATE BILL 6



Voting Rights Infringement

Visit the link for SENATE BILL 6 - Read it and be apprised of what it will do to restrict the rights of your neighbors.

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/data/SB-6.pdf

These are the creators of 2011 SENATE BILL 6
January 14, 2011 − Introduced by Senators LEIBHAM, LAZICH, VUKMIR, KAPANKE, GROTHMAN, DARLING, GALLOWAY, WANGGAARD, KEDZIE, ELLIS, ZIPPERER, OLSEN, SCHULTZ, MOULTON, LASEE, COWLES, HOPPER, HARSDORF, S. FITZGERALD and
CARPENTER, cosponsored by Representatives STONE, TAUCHEN, HONADEL, J. OTT,
VOS, PRIDEMORE, BERNIER, LEMAHIEU, AUGUST, SPANBAUER, KRAMER, PETERSEN, ZIEGELBAUER, KESTELL, RIPP, VAN ROY, KERKMAN, JACQUE, LITJENS, NASS, KAUFERT, STRACHOTA, STEINEKE, KAPENGA, KRUG, FARROW, KNODL, KLEEFISCH, KOOYENGA, BALLWEG, ENDSLEY, RIVARD, THIESFELDT, A. OTT, PETRYK, WILLIAMS, SEVERSON, WYNN, KNUDSON, KUGLITSCH, PETROWSKI, NYGREN, MEYER, BIES and TIFFANY. Referred to Committee on Transportation and Elections.

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau

Under current law, any person who is a U.S. citizen, who is at least 18 years of
age, and who has resided in a ward or election district in this state for at least ten days before the election at which the person is voting may vote in that ward or
election district at that election unless the person is disqualified from voting, in
certain cases specified by law, as the result of a felony conviction or an adjudication of incompetency. With limited exceptions, a person must register before voting and in certain cases must provide proof of residence. With certain limited exceptions, before being permitted to vote at any polling place, an eligible elector currently must provide his or her name and address. If the elector is not registered, the elector must provide a specified form of proof of residence in order to register. If an elector is not able to present any required proof of residence, as an alternative, current law permits an elector’s registration information to be corroborated by another qualified elector who resides in the same municipality. In addition, . . .

This bill creates an identification certificate to be issued by DOT beginning at the time that DOT implements the provisions of the federal REAL ID Act. A person is eligible for an identification certificate if the person provides the same information that an elector is required to provide in order to register to vote and signs a statement affirming that the information is correct. Identification certificates must be the same size as an operator’s license but must be of a design that is readily distinguishable from the design of operator’s licenses and identification cards. Each identification certificate must bear the words “IDENTIFICATION CERTIFICATE.” As required by the federal REAL ID Act, identification certificates must clearly state on their face that they may not be accepted by any federal agency for federal identification or any other official purpose and must use a unique design or color indicator to alert federal agency and other law enforcement personnel that they may not be accepted for any
such purpose. Each identification certificate . . .

Citizenship Expectation
You must take the time and initiative to read for understanding and due diligence. As you can see, the "CLASS WAR and the RACE WAR" is on. It is up to those of all races, ethnic groups and economic status to create the medium and mean for an existence that is shared by all.

This bill as with many of the off-the-wall and deliberate moves afoot to return America to the good ole days of the South, full control by Caucasians, full control of the haves at the peril of the have nots is "unacceptable". You prove that it is unacceptable by being in the ring with a "knock-out punch". The knock-out punch here is being aware, providing your strong and winning opposition. It also means for those of us who know, prepare our neighbors that do not know.

This is an excellent OPPORTUNITY/collaborative effort FOR ALL of our churches.

Looking for Book Deal - 83 Days and Counting


Milwaukee, WI - Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association, is seeking a "book publisher" to tell the needed story of her data points of injustices received by not only her but fellow proud and committed NAACP members in Milwaukee and around the country during the last election cycle for branches of the NAACP.

This is not a "hate" book.

It is a book to honor the name of NAACP in its original state; but, to rebuke the abusive actions of those hired, elected and/or appointed.

It is a book to help ensure that when the next election cycle comes, 2012, steps will be in place to stop the desecration of the brand - name of NAACP. To call for and reclaim the values where so many of my people, African American, have been denied, bullied, discriminated against, tortured, demeaned, fire bombed, shot at and shot dead for civil rights. To remember and honor the African Americans and Caucasians that formed the organization. To remember why so many races have stepped up to help make the organization what it is today.

It needs to be told. I feel this proud, 65 year old, no-nonsense independent, who help fought for the name and justice back in the 1960's will do it justice.

Email: mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com

I'll be back.

Mary Glass - Milwaukeean

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Keeping it Real and Passing it On - Black History Month

Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson

December 19, 1875(New Canton, Virginia)
Died April 3, 1950
(aged 74)
Washington, DC
Education B.Litt, Berea College (1903)
M.A., University of Chicago (1908)
Ph.D., Harvard University (1912)

Occupation: Historian

Greetings!

For the same reason as Christians celebrate the risen Christ each Easter Day – citizens and patriots or reminded of the national holidays – judges refer to the Constitution – parents state and repeat values – People all over the world seek and cite the call for justice – and on and on. It is as Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks, “keep hope alive”.

It is imperative that the rich and too often missing African American history is presented and passed on. The thought of sharing provides those who do not know, to know - self-awareness - a feeling of belonging - contributing - creates values.

A person and/or group of people lose their way and place in history when they fail to repeat, announce, pronounce, remember and share the richness of their legacy. Black History Month is is about telling the story – sharing the gifts of African Americans who are part of mankind and ringing the bell for all mankind at the same time - since no man is an island.

Attorney Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin L. King
I offer the legacy of “peaceful” demonstration that was Attorney Mohandas Gandhi and advanced by Dr. Martin L. King, that has been the mantra of all people – Dr. King was recently heralded in Egypt (year 2011 – Dr. King marched in the 1960’s) for the way he conducted victory through peaceful demonstrations. They used a magazine to share the “recorded” information. We must continue to improve "mankind" by telling and remembering the many, many points, events and stories in history for the millions of people around the world, now and centuries to come. It will help inspire and keep hope alive.

John Donne - Renaissance Author
I offer the following thought by John Donne,”Meditation XVII”. Donne was born in 1572, the reason I can quote him almost 439 years later is because someone (s) have passed it on – Ernest Hemmingway and historians - thus the reason for continued sharing of African American History Month and NOT to allow it to STOP – Black History is part of the whole, part of mankind. Here’s the quote by Donne:

"No man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were.

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee. John Donne, Meditation XVII

Thank you for sharing and reinvigorating where you can African American and all histories of mankind.

Carter G. Woodson created Black History Month.
Mary Glass - Milwaukeean