GREEN BAY, Wisc., and BUFFALO, N.Y. (Nov. 28, 2022) – Global hospitality company Delaware North, which operates foodservice at the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, today announced a $100,000 donation to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in support of its First Nations programs.
Delaware North recently provided the first of five annual installments of $20,000 to the university.
“The First Nations programs are of significant importance in developing leaders who are resilient, inclusive and engaged members of the community – ready to face challenges and solve problems,” said Jamie Obletz, president of Delaware North Sportservice. “We couldn’t be prouder to support this program and look forward to seeing its continued growth and impact on the region.”
First Nations programs reflect the holistic worldview of the indigenous people of Turtle Island (North America). These programs are committed to the study of American Indian culture, philosophy, history, language, and the social, economic and political status of indigenous people and their communities. In addition, the Doctorate in First Nations Education (Ed.D) prepares transformational leaders to create change in communities and promote the vitality of future generations.
“We are incredibly grateful for this gift of support for our First Nations programs from Delaware North,” said Michael Alexander, chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “The First Nations programs speak to the heart of our mission of connecting with our community and providing access to all who want an education in our region. We are fortunate to have a corporate partner in Delaware North that recognizes the importance of our mission and has stepped forward to further our endeavors to strengthen our ability to achieve it.”
At UW-Green Bay, the First Nations programs place emphasis on the American Indian oral tradition as preserved and shared by Tribal Elders. Students take part in oral traditional learning experiences within the University classroom as well as in tribal communities, learning from tribal people.
Growing these programs is a high priority for UW-Green Bay as evidenced by its inclusion in the $20 million Ignite the Future Campaign. Co-chaired by Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, this campaign will fuel the university’s ability to rapidly expand key academic programs such as First Nations studies. In the first 18 months of the effort, more than $12 million has already been committed – with a goal of $500,000 for the First Nations programs.
Photo caption: UW-Green Bay First Nations students Kathleen Ratteree and Crystal Lepscier share stories while weaving baskets during a class. Photo courtesy of UW-Green Bay First Nations Studies.
About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving more than 9,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre- college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2021, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is a global leader in the hospitality and entertainment industry. The company annually serves more than a half-billion guests across four continents, including at high-profile sports venues, airports, national and state parks, restaurants, resorts, hotels and casinos. Building on more than a century of enduring partnerships and a commitment to local communities and sustainability, Delaware North’s vision is to delight guests by creating the world’s best experiences today while reimagining tomorrow. Learn more at www.DelawareNorth.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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