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Grant to support articulation efforts between Lakeland, MATC
June 25, 2015 10:57 AM
A $25,000 grant awarded to Lakeland College’s Milwaukee Center will support the school in helping Milwaukee Area Technical College graduates earn bachelor’s degrees at Lakeland and prepare for careers in teaching.

The grant, known as the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program Articulation Improvement Grant, was given to Lakeland by the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. Grant funds primarily come from the Department of Children and Families.

The Milwaukee Center’s academic offerings include education degrees in early childhood through middle childhood, defined as pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Students can also pursue education degrees in middle childhood through early adolescence, specified as grades one through eight.

Grant funds will allow Lakeland to hire graduate interns to work with MATC transfer students on the fundamentals of their degree program.

Lakeland’s Milwaukee Center also plans to maximize the number of credits transferrable from MATC as well as elevate its presence on MATC’s campus and boost the number of MATC transfer students and retention rates.

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VISIT Milwaukee announces 2015-16 officers and board members
June 25, 2015 11:00 AM
VIST Milwaukee, which serves as the tourism marketing bureau for greater Milwaukee, has added Joseph Khairallah, chief operating office of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, to its board of directors.

The organization announced its officers and full board for 2015-16 on Monday.

Officers are:

Aldo Madrigrano of Beer Capitol Inc., chair; Omar Shaikh of SURG Restaurant Group, vice chair; Lynda Kohler of SHARP Literacy, Inc., treasurer and secretary; Paul Mathews of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, past chair; Paul Upchurch of VISIT Milwaukee, president and chief executive officer; and Dana Jones of VISIT Milwaukee, assistant secretary.

Board members are:

Rafael Acevedo of the City of Milwaukee; Tyler Barnes of the Milwaukee Brewers; Joe Bartolotta of Bartolotta Restaurant Grouop; Bill Davidson of the Harley-Davidson Museum; Mayor Kathy Ehley of the City of Wauwatosa; Paulette Enders of the City of Wauwatosa; Deborah Farris of Danceworks; Rick Frenette of the Wisconsin State Fair; Jeremy Fojut of Newaukee; Cecilia Gilbert of the City of Milwaukee; Ralph Hollmon of The Milwaukee Urban League; Dan Keegan of the Milwaukee Art Museum; Joseph Khairallah of Marcus Hotels & Resorts; Lynda Kohler of SHARP Literacy, Inc.; Harold Mester of Milwaukee County and General Mitchell International Airport; Rose Murack of Radisson Hotel Milwaukee-West; David Murphy of Marquette University; Ald. Bobby Pantuso of the City of Wauwatosa; Laurette Pettibone of Potawatomi Bingo Casino; Omar Shaikh of SURG Restaurant Group; Don Smiley of Summerfest; John Steinmiller of the Milwaukee Bucks; Teig Whaley-Smith of Milwaukee County; Rick Wiegand of the Ambassador Hotel; Chuck Wikenhauser of the Milwaukee County Zoo; and Ald. Terry Witkowski of the City of Milwaukee.

VISIT Milwaukee’s Executive Committee is comprised of Aldo Madrigrano, Omar Shaikh, Lynda Kohler, Paul Mathews, Paul Upchurch, Dana Jones, Mayor Kathy Ehley, Joseph Khairallah, John Steinmiller, Teig Whaley-Smith and Ald. Terry Witkowski.

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Bucks unveil new court design
June 25, 2015 11:04 AM
The Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday unveiled the design of their new court at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The new floor design is the latest milestone in the rebranding of the Bucks, which began on April 13 when the team unveiled a new set of logos and continued earlier this month when the team hosted more than 10,000 fans at the first-ever Bucks Summer Block Party where the new uniforms were on display.

The Bucks new primary logo takes center stage on the new floor, featuring a 12-point buck. The familiar “Mecca M’s” that returned to the Bucks floor in 2013 as an homage to the Robert Indiana “Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous” are again represented, this time with subtler wood tones.

The new floor also includes a Great Lakes blue border and the words “Fear the Deer” along the near-court sideline.

Fans are invited to be view the new floor during an open house on Thursday at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public, although RSVPs are required. Log on to for more information.

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Marquette University to enroll middle school students into engineering program
June 25, 2015 11:06 AM
Marquette University is the latest Milwaukee-area school to hop aboard an enrollment trend that directly admits promising middle school students into select degree programs.

Marquette has formed a partnership with the United Community Center to guarantee enrollment to eligible students attending Bruce-Guadalupe Community School into the Opus College of Engineering.

The UCC operates the Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, a K-8 charter school that includes Bruce-Guadalupe Middle School. The school’s population largely consists of low-income, Hispanic students.

Starting with the class of 2016, Bruce-Guadalupe middle school students who excel academically will gain admission to Marquette’s engineering program.

Selected students will receive professional advising, career exploration opportunities, financial aid, the chance to interact with engineering students and professionals, and admission to academic and career fairs – courtesy of Marquette.

“Many students at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School are the first in their families to pursue a college education, and we are pleased to assist these students as they succeed during their high school years,” Kristina Ropella, Ph.D., Opus dean of the Opus College of Engineering, said in an announcement. “These students will help provide a diversity of perspectives helping Marquette engineers solve challenges facing our world, including access to clean water, safer infrastructure, cleaner energy and healthier people.”

Bruce-Guadalupe Community School students are touring Marquette’s engineering facilities today.

Similar to Marquette, Carroll University is directly admitting Bruce-Guadalupe students into its health sciences disciplines, and Alverno College is allowing young women to secure early enrollment in its undergraduate studies programs.

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Jockey debuts footwear
June 25, 2015 11:09 AM
Kenosha-based Jockey International Inc., known for men's undergarments and women's intimates, has announced the launch of men's and women's casual footwear. Jockey is partnering with New York-based footwear experts The Eastman Group to design, manufacture and market casual footwear, slippers, flip flops, and athleisure styles for men and women.

Athleisure, a combination of casual and active lifestyles, will be the focus of the collection, filling what Jockey considers to be a void in the industry with “comfortable, casual and durable footwear for a variety of activity levels.”

Jockey said footwear has been a long-awaited category for the brand, and it has been searching for the perfect partner with whom it can expand into the footwear space. The company said The Eastman Group, which specializes in technical fabrics and innovative techniques, is the perfect match for Jockey to provide high quality, comfortable, and innovative apparel to consumers.

"We have found an ideal match with The Eastman Group, which has extensive knowledge of the footwear industry to pair with Jockey's expertise in textile technology and comfort features," said Milou Gwyn, vice president of licensing at Jockey. "This seamless integration of quality, cross-functional, and technology-driven footwear falls perfectly in line with Jockey's commitment to deliver innovative products."

Jockey's new men's and women's footwear collections will feature cutting-edge materials that regulate temperature, cooling in warm weather and insulating in the cold. Additionally, the shoes will include moisture-wicking fabrics with anti-microbial properties. The full collection will feature slippers in the fall months, sandals in the warmer seasons, and casual athleisure footwear year-round.

The new Jockey footwear collection will debut with a soft launch for the spring/summer 2016 season, with a full launch in fall/winter 2016.

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Patrick Cudahy to bring bacon eating contest, giveaways to Summerfest
June 25, 2015 11:11 AM
Patrick Cudahy, a Wisconsin-based brand of Smithfield Foods, is beefing up its support of Summerfest with a new partnership that will introduce a bacon eating contest to the 11-day music festival.

The contest will fall on Friday, July 3, deemed Patrick Cudahy Day on Summerfest grounds. During Patrick Cudahy Day, the first 1,500 Summerfest-goers who enter the festival between noon and 3 p.m. will be given free weekday admission, so long as they show an original grocery store receipt of one pound of Patrick Cudahy Sweet Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon.

Summerfest will also distribute Patrick Cudahy bacon hats to the first 5,000 attendees beginning at 5 p.m.

At 5:45 p.m., the bacon eating contest will kick off as contenders attempt to eat one pound of bacon as fast as they can on the Uline Warehouse Stage.

“We’re very excited to announce our partnership with Summerfest,” Mitch Cooper, marketing manager of Patrick Cudahy, said in an announcement. “Summerfest is one of the nation’s most time-honored traditions and we’re proud to be a part of it. We look forward to sharing in all of the concerts, fun and excitement with Midwest bacon lovers.”

Patrick Cudahy, named the “Official Bacon” of Summerfest, is also behind the FM106.1 Country Music Series, serving as the series presenter. The series began on Wednesday and runs through Sunday, June 28, and again from Tuesday, June 30, through Sunday, July 5. The series lineup includes Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett and other country stars.

Patrick Cudahy is maintaining a presence on Summerfest grounds all 11 days at the Patrick Cudahy Say Hey Photo Booth, where festival fans can stage their own photos.

For more information on this year’s Summerfest lineup and schedule of activities, visit

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
June 25, 2015 11:15 AM

“What often matters more than the sheer number of startups is the survivability and “scale up” stages for young companies, a time when emerging firms produce increasing numbers of jobs that pay solid salaries.”
-Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council
Read Monday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Still: Helping startups ‘scale up’ is a vital strategy for Wisconsin.

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Bubbler Calendar
June 25, 2015 11:18 AM

*Thursday, June 25, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce will host Facebook 101 for Small Businesses from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Cudahy Family Library, 3500 Library Drive in Cudahy. The free event will cover the ins and outs of using Facebook to effectively market and establish an online presence. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, June 25, East Town Association will continue the 2015 season of “Jazz in the Park.” The free outdoor music series, presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s, brings live jazz to Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee. Concerts are held each Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. with a happy hour scheduled for 5 p.m. This week’s show will feature Wifee & The Huzzband, a band that showcases a spectrum of music styles including old soul, Motown, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and funk. “Jazz in the Park” runs through Thursday, Sept. 3. For more information on the series, visit

*Thursday, June 25, through Sunday, June 28, the Milwaukee Brewers will play home games at Miller Park, 1 Brewers Way in Milwaukee. Thursday’s game against the New York Mets will kick off at 7:10 p.m. Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins will start at 7:10 p.m., and games on Saturday and Sunday, also against the Twins, will begin at 1:10 p.m. For more information on the Brewers’ schedule or to purchase game tickets, click here.

*Tuesday, June 30, “Chill on the Hill” will feature live music performed by the American Legion Band. “Chill on the Hill” is a free weekly music series that brings live music acts to Humboldt Park in Bay View each Tuesday evening. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. The summer series, presented by the Bay View Neighborhood Association, runs through Tuesday, Sept. 1. For more information on the series, visit

*Thursday, July 2, the Milwaukee Art Museum will grant free admission to families and individual visitors, thanks to the support of Meijer. Free museum admission is awarded on the first Thursday of each month. Groups are not eligible for the promotion. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. For more information on its exhibits, visit

*Wednesday, July 8, FUEL Milwaukee will hold a discussion on talent attraction and retention with keynote speaker Debbie Seeger, of Brookfield-based Patina Solutions. The event, themed “Shift Happens in the Workplace,” will explore strategies and solutions companies can employ to build and keep top talent. Seeger will also address how employees of different generations can collaborate to optimize their company’s performance. The event will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, located at 756 N. Milwaukee Street in Milwaukee. The event, which is being presented by FUEL’s Talent Attraction & Retention Council, is free for FUEL members and costs $10 for non-members. A light breakfast and networking will be included. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, July 9, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will host a “Tech Trends Lunch & Learn.” During the event, attendees will learn about the necessity of backing up computers and how to do so. The event will include a light lunch and will run from 11:30 .m. to 1 p.m. at the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce office, located at 17100 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 202, in Brookfield. Admission is free for chamber members and costs $15 for non-members. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, click here.

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BizTimes Poll Question
June 25, 2015 11:21 AM
Should retailers ban the sales of Confederate flags?

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Erica Breunlin BizTimes Bubbler Weekly is compiled by BizTimes Milwaukee reporter Erica Breunlin. This bulletin is published every Thursday morning. Send news tips to or call her at (414) 336-7121.

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