College of Menominee Nation Wins Major Grant

The following is an announcement from Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education.

The office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced a $798,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help provide ACT preparation courses and leadership opportunities to Menominee Indian High School students. The award will be managed by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation.

Project partners collaborating with SDI include the College of Menominee Nation’s teacher education program and digital media program, Menominee Indian School District; Menominee Tribal School; Mawaw Ceseniyah, a community-based Menominee culture and language organization; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Midwest Region Fire Prevention program. The four-year grant will enhance and expand SDI’s successful youth enrichment program model known as the Sustainability Leadership Cohort. Funding will bring new multifaceted activities centered on fire, which will help introduce language and culture teachings, science, technology, engineering and math concepts, along with leadership and responsibility. The students will gain a better understanding of how Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science can interact, and how to apply that understanding to address environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom.

The project team will be providing more ACT preparation opportunities for the Menominee Indian High School students to generate an increase in the number of students who take the ACT and apply to college. In addition to receiving ACT preparation, students will work with teams made up of in-service and pre-service teachers, language and culture practitioners, and CMN staff to develop science lessons for elementary classrooms using Indigenous knowledge as the base. This work will take place on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, at the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus, the Menominee Tribal School, and in the Menominee Indian School District.

Both high school and undergraduate interns (pre-service teachers) will be hired in early 2018. Students will receive a stipend for participation in this program and have the opportunity to present their work at relevant conferences. Funding for the project, titled “Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort,” is through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office of Indian Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program.

*Blog originally published here.

BPC is Hiring! Scientific & Technical Professional Personnel

Bowman Performance Consulting is hiring one exceptional individual to fill a Scientific & Technical Professional Personnel role. Please provide a resume and fill out an application by June 23, 2017. See PDFs below for details. Please no phone calls or faxes!

Occupational Detail: Social Science Research Assistants/Analysts, Evaluation Assistants/Analysts, Primary Investigators, Co-Primary Investigators, Technical Assistance Specialists, Technical Writers, Editors, Marketing/Communications Specialists Webpage Designers, Network Administrators, Computer Support Analysts/Assistants

Organizational Category:  Scientific/Technical; hourly or salary based on credentials, experience, context, and employment classification (employee vs. independent contractor/vendor)

Position Overview:  Scientific and technical positions at BPC include staff that is generally categorized into three functional areas:

  • Scientific (Social Science Research Assistants/Analysts, Evaluation Assistants/Analysts, Primary Investigators, Co-Primary Investigators).  Key duties include design, methodology, instrumentation, data collection, data analysis, scientific report writing, presentations, and publications as appropriate to staff credentials noted above.
  • Technical (Technical Assistance Specialists, Technical Writers, Marketing/Communications, and Editors).  Key duties include providing expertise in a given area (economic development, business development, transit plans, strategic plan, policy, legal, etc) or providing an expert skill set (editorial, APA editing, graphic design for marketing, formatting, final publications, communication, public relations, etc.) to the organization or a project.
  • Technology (Webpage Designers, Network Administrators, Computer Support Analysts/Assistants).  Key duties include providing expertise in technology related topics for the organization or client project as a one-time or ongoing process.  Specific skills, network, hardware, and software applications/applicable certifications/degrees are warranted for these positions.

*Job Description (PDF)

*Job Application (PDF)

Boys & Girls Club of Shawano #GiveLocal

Dr. Nicole Bowman, advisory board member of the Shawano Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club dropped off a little gift on their first day working with students. Based in Brener School in Shawano, the club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Renewed Membership with Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce

BPC is proud to have renewed its membership with the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce for 2017.

BPC Now Hiring! Organizational Support Personnel


Position: Organizational & Project Support Staff

Work Site County/ies: Shawano. Occasional travel to visit client sites.

Pay: $12.00 Per Hour to $25.00 Per Hour (Hourly pay depends on candidate’s qualifications and experience.)

Usual Hours Per Week: Part-Time, 3 Days Per Week (24 hours) – ability to work up to a full-time position by 2017 based on performance

Shift/Work Days: Typical schedule is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. The time of day may vary on occasion depending upon owner’s clientele needs.

Minimum Requirements:

Education: Associate Degree Desired, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Professional Licenses / Certifications: Human Subjects Protection/IRB certificate (can be through company if needed).

Vehicle: Desired, Mileage reimbursement available.

Drivers License: Class D – Regular (Auto, Light Truck, Moped) Desired

Experience / Qualifications:

Interested parties must be self-motivated, a problem solver, critical thinker, a team player, and dependable. Training is available on site as needed.
*Preference will be given to applicants who apply by or before Sept. 1, 2016.

*Pre-employment drug screening required.

*Background check required.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Job (see full job descriptions attached):

Essential Job Functions Include:

• MUST have PROVEN track record and experience of working in a fast paced and scientific work environment (social science, educational science, evaluation) where managing multiple deadlines is a normal part of daily operations
• Must have 21st century technology skills, including: electronic database management, online research, professional presentation editing, social media, electronic media (audio/video), and proofreading for publications
• Information and file management (oral, paper, electronic); processing paperwork; database maintenance; scheduling; coordination of multiple events effectively; managing multiple deadlines; & drafting documents.
• Developing constructive, professional, objective, and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
• Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) for routine maintenance; minor troubleshooting; set up functions (fax, scan, change printer cartridges, add paper, etc.) enter
• Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources in order to share in the most effective/efficient manner required with team members
• Adaptive, responsive, and problem solving skills to work with changing deadlines, urgency, managing multiple deadlines, and to ensure adequate preparation time needed by organization.
Benefits (full-time):

Leave and Holidays: Sick Leave, Vacation

Education and Training: Paid Training, Employee Wellness, Tuition Reimbursement

Other Benefits: On-site training; growth potential is strong for the right person

Company Profile:
Bowman Performance Consulting ( is a national scientific research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm. We provide on site professional development, grant evaluation, organizational development, research, and other technical assistance services. Our clients include government, education (K-12 and Universities/Colleges), non-profits, and Native American Tribes/organizations. BPC provides support for education, health, human services, economic development, and community development initiatives. BPC is a fast paced environment with employees who work accurately, efficiently, and effectively to serve our national clientele.

How To Apply:
As a first step in the screening process please e-mail a resume and cover letter in PDF or Word format to Selected candidates will be contacted to discuss next steps in the application process. Please no direct calls, e-mails, or other contact to BPC regarding this position.

Job Description

Occupation:  Organizational Support Personnel

Occupational Detail: Project/Program Support, Project/Program Specialist, Administrative Support/Assistant, Human Resource Support, Fiscal Support, Cleaning, Maintenance, Executive Secretary/Assistant

Organizational Category:  Support Personnel; hourly wage

Years Direct Experience 0-4 years 5-10 years 10+ years
Educational Requirements H.S. Diploma; active enrollment in IHE 1 year IHE certificate; active enrollment in IHE 2 year or more IHE degree
Wage Level $12.00/hr. $13.00/hr – $15.00/hr $15.00/hr – $25.00/hr

Position Overview:  Support positions at BPC require staff to perform routine clerical, logistical, information management, communicative, and administrative functions to support the daily tasks required for the effective and efficient functioning of the project(s), program(s), organization, and/or the overseeing the information for a client or project that the BPC support staff is assigned to.    Additional information can be reviewed regarding job tasks, skills, work activities, knowledge, abilities, and interests for this job description by going to WI Worknet, doing a “County Wage Comparison” by job title, and clicking “Occupational Profile”; by discussing further with your supervisor; via BPC task tracker; BPC policy/procedure manual; and/or through performance review documents/processes.

Essential Job Functions

Performing Administrative Activities – Information and file management (oral, paper, electronic); processing paperwork; database maintenance; scheduling; coordination of multiple events effectively; managing multiple deadlines; & drafting documents.

Interacting With Computers – Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) for routine maintenance; minor troubleshooting; set up functions (fax, scan, change printer cartridges, add paper, etc.) enter data, or process information.

Getting Information – Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources in order to share in the most effective/efficient manner required.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates – Providing appropriate and responsive information in a timely manner to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships – Developing constructive, professional, objective, and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work – Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.  Being flexible with work, changing deadlines, scheduling, etc. as needed by organization.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization (as assigned) – Communicating appropriately with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Documenting/Recording Information – Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, retrieving, updating, or maintaining information in written or electronic form.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events – Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge – Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Processing Information – Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Scheduling Work and Activities – Scheduling events, programs, travel, and activities, including activities of others that supervisor assigns (conference calls, meetings, etc.).

Skills/Abilities:  Confidentiality, active listening, positive/constructive/critical feedback, reading/writing/oral comprehension and expression, spelling, editing, speaking, time management, writing, social perceptiveness, active learning, monitoring/assessment, appropriate learning strategies application, critical thinking, coordination, service orientation, diversity/inclusivity, problem sensitivity/solver, team player, detail oriented, category/skill flexibility, updating/using relevant skills/knowledge/strategies, and independently motivated/on task worker.

General Knowledge Base:  clerical, administrative, human resources, management (self/time/project), mathematics, economics/accounting, English language, computers/electronics/basic software applications, internet, scientific (research/evaluation), diverse and Indigenous contexts, marketing/media, grammar, law/government (particularly human subjects), customer/personnel service, and communications.

Other Duties as Assigned by Supervisor & as Needed by Organization

Other Skills/Abilities/Knowledge Base as Developed through Experience/Education provided by Organization


NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Dr. Bowman on Board for Boys and Girls Club

boys and girls clubDr. Nicole Bowman has been appointed to the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano.

Read the Founder’s Campaign Kick off Press Release below.

The Need is Great and Growing! “Boys and Girls Club” Coming to Shawano

Shawano, WI, July 14, 2016.   It has been almost three years since Mayor Marquardt approached a group of community leaders about the need for an after school program for kids.  A group of 15 formed a committee to identify organizations that could provide citizenship-building and social opportunities for children of various ages.  The leaders targeted two organizations: Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) and the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) as programs of interest.  In late 2013 the group divided to work on each of these initiatives.  In 2014 the group established the Big Brothers, Big Sisters at the Shawano School District.  BBBS is a mentoring program to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.  This program has grown over the past couple of years and now has over 50 matches.  They still have kids that need matches, so please consider becoming a big brother or big sister.

As the Big Brothers, Big Sisters was created, a different group of community leaders started the Boys and Girls Club Initiative. The Boys and Girls Club mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Club team determined there is a growing need for an after school program that can help our young people to grow to their fullest potential.

Why is the need so great and growing?

  • Large segments of the youth in Shawano are not involved in productive after school activities. Many children are on their own, without supervision between the times school lets out until their parents/guardian return from work. They often complain there is no place to go, and they frequently end up in trouble.
  • Often, positive role models are not present because parents are working or absent. This is impacted by the number of kids that are growing up in single parent households, which continues to increase and is at 32% according to the 2016 County Health Rankings for Shawano County.
  • Our youth are dealing with inadequate life skills, slipping grades, truancy problems, poor self-esteem and a lack of positive role models– starting young is the key.
  • Job opportunities for true living wage within the city of Shawano and the county are few; therefore our young, newly trained and skilled workers seek employment elsewhere. We are training our future workforce today!
  • Opportunities to learn new, marketable skills are needed and poverty persists.

In Shawano School District about 25 – 30% of our young people meet the definition of “at-risk” according to Jessie Hanssen, At Risk Coordinator at the Shawano High School.

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will offer these youth an opportunity to see their own strengths and potential and use them as a foundation for successful, productive lives.

The Boys & Girls Club of America is a tried and true proven program that has been serving youth since 1860. This organization now impacts over 4.8 million youth annually with 4,000 Clubs across the country and on U.S. military bases around the world.

Beginning January 2017, the Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will join in this mission by involving parents, volunteers, educators and the business community to offer an after-school program at Olga Brener Intermediate School serving grades 3-5.  Future programming can expand to other grades and summer programs.   The Boys and Girls Club of Shawano will be a chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay.

A Positive Place for Kids

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will provide a solution to the problems facing youth today. The Club will attract and guide young people with core programs in five areas:

  • Character and Leadership Development – emphasizing interpersonal relationship-building, self-image and contribution to the community.
  • Education and Career Development – teaching basic education disciplines and technology.
  • Health and Life Skills – encouraging goal-setting and self-sufficiency.
  • The Arts – nurturing creativity, cultural awareness and appreciation for the arts.
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation – developing physical and social skills, stress management and appreciation for the environment.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Are Unique.

All programs to be used by our Club have been tested by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and are proven to work! The national organization produces a “how to” manual to guide staff and volunteers through program implementation. Club staff will also attend rigorous training in all areas of program development and youth management. The programs will be adapted to our local needs and will be expanded according to the number of children in our Club.

The strength of Boys & Girls Club programs lies in the quantity and quality of time devoted to kids. The organization is dedicated to helping children build confidence and skills to become strong individuals who contribute to society, and the Club believes the way to do this is by spending time with the kids. Studies have shown that membership in the Club has proven results: Club members watch less television, perform better on assessment tests and have exceptional attendance records.

Ultimately, the Boys & Girls Club seeks to inspire children with a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and empowerment realizing that no child is beyond hope.

What Can You Do?

Our youth need our support, now more than ever.

By making a contribution to Boys & Girls Club, you will enhance the quality of life in Shawano by providing a child with the opportunity to participate in programs that mold them into successful citizens of our community. You will make a difference in a child’s life – one child at a time- who otherwise may not have the opportunities Boys & Girls Club provides.

In order to open our doors, we need tax deductible contributions totaling $100,000 in the bank for the first year and $200,000 pledged for years two and three.  The club will charge a minimal annual fee that most families can afford, but no family will be turned away because of lack of money.  The program will initially be available at Olga Brener Intermediate School which includes children between third and fifth grade.  Please consider giving to the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano. The boys and girls of Shawano need and deserve a Boys & Girls Club.

To learn more about this program, reach out to committee members: Tami Zuleger, Wendy Crawford, Jon Aumann, Nancy Schultz, Kara Skarlupka, Dave Zelinger, Joe Stellato, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hietpas, Gary Cumberland, Terri Schultz, Nicky Bowman, Gayle Lemmer, Stacy Cicero, Jeannie Jafolla-Otto, and John Van Ooyen.

Join us at the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano Founder’s Campaign Kick-off:

When:  Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta, at 607 S Main St, Shawano, WI 54166 from 5:15 – 7:00 pm to learn more about the Boys and Girls Club starting in 2017 at the Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

Please RSVP to 715 526-6136 or if you plan on attending.

Video: Why are There Differences in Tribal Policies and Activities?

Though geography may play a part, Dr. Nicky addresses why there are differences in Tribal policy activities.

The more formal policies between the tribe and the public school, the more policy activities take place. There are more collaborative activities, even informal activities. More social and cultural activities and better feelings and relationships.

Networking Opportunity in Shawano!

Start the New Year off right and become part of the Shawano business networking community!!

coffee connections

 Wednesday, January 6
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Glas Coffeehouse
511 N. Main Street, Shawano
Click Here to Register Online

First Wednesday Coffee Connections,

every month 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Glas Coffeehouse.

This informal, structured event takes the guesswork out of networking. Each month, attendees will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business to the entire group. Each session will include an opportunity to discuss a relevant business topic. Come and enjoy a cup of Joe on your way to the office, pick up a few prospects, and walk away with a handful of new connections! This event is free! Click below to register. Or contact the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce at 715-524-2139,

Become Part of a Great Team Today! Now Hiring for Shawano Habitat for Humanity Manager Position


Hours and days are flexible but must include Thurs, Friday and Saturday. This position will be responsible for over-seeing the operation of the Habitat for Humanity Store, 320 E. Richmond St., Shawano. Anyone interested in this position please contact the Wolf River Habitat for Humanity Store at 715-524-3007. Leave a message if no one is there and we will call you back.

Information regarding rate of pay and job description will be available at the Habitat for Humanity store.

BPC Mentioned in Insight Magazine!

insight coverInsight Magazine mentions Bowman Performance Consulting in the November 2015 edition.

Bowman Performance Consulting, Shawano, will provide technical support to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Tribal Labor Advisory Committee. BPC will work with the Lac du Flambeau Tribe on this seven-month project. This project is to work on the Statewide Native American Labor Database, which will work closely with the 11 tribes of Wisconsin on capacity to maintain information and creation of a statewide labor database.

*View the article here!