A Lifetime of Learning

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Lincoln Hall is the meeting place for minds of all ages.

The former Oshkosh elementary school—turned campus’s newest building—is home to the Children’s Learning and Care Center and the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement (LLCE).

“I love the energy and excitement the students bring into the classroom at the children’s center. My 4-year-old talks about the ‘college kids’ who help staff the center all the time and enjoys being a part of UWO,” said Mindie Boynton, outreach program manager with UW Oshkosh’s Business Success Center. Boynton’s two children attend the center on campus.

“I also love the diversity of cultures and backgrounds in the classroom that my children experience due to professors and students coming from all over the state, nation and world.”

Purchased by the UW System from the Oshkosh Area School District in 2010, the building was named Lincoln Hall to honor its former history as Lincoln Elementary School. Just less than $4.5-million worth of work was put into the building to create a space to host the spectrum of ages on campus; the project was an act of creativity, partnership and collaboration.

“This building really shows that there is value in a solid, old building, especially a building surrounded by good green space, in a good location with good parking,” said Karen Heikel, dean and assistant vice chancellor of LLCE.

With a formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 16, 2014, Lincoln Hall, which was built in 1964, now welcomes many populations—young and mature—and community members to the UW Oshkosh campus.

“Lifelong Learning is dedicated to serving the needs of nontraditional learners,” Heikel said. “We accomplish this mission through programs for youth; through online degrees for adult learners; through professional development opportunities; and through Learning in Retirement. We also strive to provide outstanding student services for the 3,000 adult nontraditional students who attend class on campus and online at UW Oshkosh.”


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