Brown County Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Saturday

2016.01.16-MLK-event-posterThe 21st annual community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 16 in the Student Center at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Green Bay. UW-Green Bay is a sponsor and has representation on the Celebration Committee. This year’s theme is “My Dream for My Community,” and features live dance and musical performances, the inspiring words of Dr. King, a free lunch of delicious cuisine and the highlighted work of area students who competed in the annual MLK poster, essay and poetry contest. For more

Educator Lardinois to keynote Kwanzaa Saturday at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, together with St. Norbert College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, will host a Community Kwanzaa Celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Keynote speaker for this year’s gathering is Margaret “Toni’ Lardinois, principal of Washington Middle School, Green Bay.

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration based on the tradition of the African harvest festival, which emphasizes community and cultural pride. Attendees can enjoy music, African dancing and drumming, and food (the event at UW-Green Bay promises a taste of Caribbean cuisine) while learning about the holiday’s origins, rites and symbols.

This year’s highlighted Kwanzaa principle, or theme, is Ujima, or collective focus on building and maintaining communities.

The event is free and open to the public. Questions about Saturday’s event may be directed to the UW-Green Bay Office of Student Life at (920) 465-2720, or diversity director Justin Mallett at


Registration remains open for first-ever Business Success Summit

There’s still time to register for the first-ever Business Success Summit, a daylong event being held Wednesday, Nov. 19 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 17-23. As we’ve mentioned here before, the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay is partnering with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and several other organizations to present the summit, which will be held at NWTC. It will feature more than 100 Northeastern Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small business owners. Compelling keynote speakers and separate tracks for attendees looking to “launch,” “grow” or “thrive” in the business world are just some of the highlights of this event. For more information, check out our news release.

SBDC a partner in June 3 peer-to-peer demo event

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay is partnering with the NWTC Entrepreneur Resource Center to present a peer learning demonstration event Tuesday, June 3. The PeerSpectives® roundtable demonstration is a trial session, slated for 7-9:30 a.m., designed to immerse participants in the peer-to-peer roundtable process. The roundtables enhance leadership abilities and improve decision-making for leaders, rather than leaving business owners and entrepreneurs to make decisions — and often take unnecessary risks — in isolation. During the June 3 session, held at NWTC, participants will be immersed in the roundtable process, gaining a deeper understanding of how these confidential and highly focused meetings can help individuals confront their most urgent and important business challenges. Ryan Kauth, director of the SBDC at UW-Green Bay, is a certified PeerSpectives® facilitator. He co-facilitates a Chief Financial Officer roundtable and a small business owners roundtable in conjunction with the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. For more.

Brown County community, UW-Green Bay to celebrate Martin Luther King Saturday at NWTC

Community members from throughout Northeastern Wisconsin will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 17th annual community celebration of his birth Saturday, Jan. 14 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St.

The celebration, which runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon, with a light luncheon to follow, will feature music, dancing and reflections on King’s message — as well as how it affects our lives today. Organizers also will distribute awards for the annual K-12 poster and essay contest, which asks area students to reflect on the program’s theme — for 2012, it’s “Reflecting back, looking forward.”

NWTC, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Proctor & Gamble are major sponsors for the event, which is organized by a community committee that also includes members from St. Norbert College and elsewhere. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Saturday’s MLK event will feature UW-Green Bay students, faculty and administrators, joining the celebration in various roles. Julia Wallace, UW-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will deliver brief remarks and help present poster and essay contest awards during the event. UW-Green Bay student Erin S. Zimmerman will sing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” and the UW-Green Bay-and community-based Nia dancers and drummers also will perform. Education Prof. James Coates will continue his tradition of reciting King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which is among the program’s many highlights.

For more information on the event, visit, check out “Brown County MLK” on Facebook or follow @BrownCountyMLK on Twitter.

‘Wave’ of retirements at NWTC

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports there will soon be an “exodus” of faculty and staff at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. NWTC, which taps financial support both from local property taxes and state funding, is facing a $7.5 million total deficit under Gov. Walker’s proposed budget. College President Jeff Rafn told the paper, “This is going to be a significant change for us. It also will be an opportunity to not fill positions. We’ll need to look at that as we move forward.” Read the article here.