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19,000+ HOURS OF COMMUNITY IMPACT: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s general education program—the University Studies Program (USP)—kicked off its fifth year with the 2017-2018 academic year. In 2016-2017, more than 19,000 hours of community impact were recorded by more than 1,100 USP students. Read more stories about the USP at UW Oshkosh.

For 20 years, retirees in the Fox Valley have been keeping up with current trends, practicing new skills and staying active with dozens of classes offered each semester through Learning in Retirement (LIR) at UW Oshkosh.

The transmitter for WRST-FM at UW Oshkosh passed a milestone at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, when it logged its 300,000th hour on the air. That equals more than 34 years of operation. The one-kilowatt Gates transmitter went into service in September 1973.

In its second year, TEDxOshkosh featured two speakers from UW Oshkosh. During last year’s inaugural event, five UW Oshkosh faculty and staff members were featured. This year’s event was held Nov. 4. Read more.

UW Oshkosh College of Business graduate Mason Vechart ‘17, of Brillion, turned his final capstone project into global success, raising more than $23,500 to deliver 106,931 life-saving meals to starving children worldwide.

3,000+ STUDENTS moved to campus Labor Day weekend for the 2017-2018 academic year. About 600 volunteers—including UW Oshkosh alumni—made move-in possible.


A vision 50 years ago to operate the Head Start program throughout UW Oshkosh has assisted thousands of low-income children at nine sites in seven northeastern Wisconsin communities. The partnership between UW Oshkosh and Head Start is one of just 16 partnerships in the nation. UW Oshkosh Head Start was established at what was known in 1967 as Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh under the direction of Shirley Williams and eight staff members. Classes were held in the basement of Swart Hall. Williams, who died in 2016, was widely believed to be the first African American employee at UW Oshkosh. Read more.

UW Oshkosh was honored with another annual Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. There are nearly 50 species of trees throughout the 173.5-acre campus.

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