Vol. 3    No. 11
May 29, 2008

Stories & Columns

The Literary Divide: A word of
caution,
by Dr. Paul Barrows

Graduation at Edgewood College:
Hands-on excellence,
by Jonathan Gramling

Graduation at MATC: A trying road
to excellence,
by Jonathan Gramling

Integración Familiar:
Construyendo Hogares Felices:
Broadcasting understanding,
by Jonathan Gramling

Cramming for good,
by Nana Asante

Asian Wisconzine
GEAR UP/9th Recognition
Banquet: Getting ready for college,
by Heidi M. Pascual
A door opens at Carroll College,
by Debby Tewes
www.asianwisconzine.com

Politicas de hoy: Obama,
republicano?
por Alfonso Zepeda Capistran

Simple Things/BS: Beyond
Subsistence,
by Lang Kenneth Haynes

Voices/Malcolm: Doer of the World,
by Dr. Jean Daniels

Special Insert:
The 2008 HUES Row of Excellence
by Jonathan Gramling

UW-Madison POSSE Program,
by Laura Salinger

WI Indian Education Association
Conference: Native pedagogy,
by Jonathan Gramling

2008 Women in Focus
Scholarship Reception,
by Jonathan Gramling

2nd Annual Madison All-City
American Indian Graduation
Ceremony,
by Jonathan Gramling

Monetary policies (Part 2),
by Jonathan Gramling

China Dispatch/Foreigners
Teaching English: More are now  
in China,
by Andrew Gramling

Poetic Tongues/ What shall we do
for our children?
by Fabu

Tim Fish: In search of a better life,
by Jonathan Gramling


Editorial Staff

Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Heidi Manabat
Managing Editor

Clarita G. Mendoza
Sales Manager

Contributing Writers
Paul Barrows
Jean Daniels
Andrew Gramling
Lang Kenneth Haynes
Heidi M. Pascual
Laura Salinger
Alfonso Zepeda Capistran

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   Our graduation issue is one of the finest — if not THE finest — issues that we put out each year. It is an issue
full of promise as classes from kindergarten to college end one stage of their lives and begin another. Graduation
truly is a rite of spring for all of us — regardless of whether or not we have children matriculating to another level
or not — because we all benefit from the promise that these young people — and the returning adults — fulfill as
they pursue their working careers.
   As always, I am truly impressed by these students’ educational, social and athletic accomplishments. It seems
that there are a few who have already accomplished more than I have at the spry old age of 55. Their
accomplishments have varied according to their interests. Our Hues Row of Excellence is a reflection of the
diversity of the leadership that will guide our world in the future.
These students are truly diverse, unified by their potential to take meaningful leadership roles in the future
because of the promise and potential they hold today. I hope our readers will take the time to read many of the
micro-stories about these students and give them your full support, encouragement and congratulations if you see
them in the course of your daily affairs.
   And speaking of young leaders of tomorrow, I — and everyone there — was truly impressed by the keynote
address given by Stephanie Herrera to the 2008 Women in Focus scholarship recipients. Stephanie — a 2006
Women in Focus scholarship recipient — spoke with a wisdom beyond her years, fueled by hardships that she and
her family have faced and a sense of positiveness that spoke truth to power. I expect to hear great things about
Stephanie in the future.
   I have been pondering what words of wisdom I could possibly give to our graduates this year. During the past
few months, I have begun to realize that I am in a transition in my life. At age 55, it seems that I hear with
increasing frequency the news of someone whom I know having health problems or who have died. The people
who created my perceptual view of the world are beginning to retreat from the world and I now understand what
my parents underwent as the World War II generation began to fade from the scene and the baby boom
generation began to take over.
   So if there is one thing that I could impress on the graduates of today, it is to create the foundation for a happy
tomorrow by taking care of your health today. I can’t help but feel that we lay the foundation for our future health
problems when we are young and crazy and feel that we will live forever. Being overweight and not exercising on
a regular basis can lead to hypertension, diabetes and heart problems tomorrow. Smoking today can lead to a
lack of lung capacity — not to speak of cancer — and the ability to get around tomorrow. What we do in the first
40 years of our lives will determine, in large part, our ability to enjoy the second 40 years of our lives.
   It is painful to watch others around me decline in their vitality over time because of their health. Vibrant
community leaders can be reduced to a shadow of their former selves by health problems. Good health is not
something that money can buy. Good health becomes more important than gold, especially when you are over
50 years old. You can have the biggest house, the fanciest car and the fattest pension that allows you to travel
around the world and live in the tropics for the winter months, but if you don’t have good health, it could all be
for naught. It may prevent you from enjoying the company of your loved ones.
   So far in my life, I have been blessed with good health. In my childhood, I got a tremendous amount of
exercise as a newspaper carrier and a Boy Scout. My mother, bless her soul, was a dietician. And although my
mom did have a sweet tooth — chocolate chip cookies were her specialty — I feel she also made sure we ate the
nourishing food that we needed to have strong bodies. I feel that I am healthy today because of the foundation
my mother laid for me some 50 years ago.
   So graduates, stay fit mentally and physically. As with most things in life, diversity is best. Use a diversity of
exercises so that you haven’t blown out your knees and hips by the time you are 50 years old. And learn to eat
nutritional meals. I wish long, meaningful lives to all of you. And I look forward to reading and writing about your
accomplishments.
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
Be blessed with health
Home Grown Excellence
A Graduation Salute including
The Hues Row of Excellence