Alumni News Briefs

Welcoming new freshmen
Incoming freshmen learned about the importance of establishing connections and making the most of their University of Wisconsin Oshkosh experience from alumnus Ed Karrels ’97, of Portola Valley, Calif., during the Odyssey student orientation program in September.

The computer science major worked at Google from 1999 to 2005, where he accumulated enough stock to sell and retire at age 30, when the company went public.

At Odyssey, Karrels advised students to take time during their freshman year to look for subjects that really interest them. “Find something that you are willing to put great effort into — not just slog along,” he said. “Take your general education classes up front to be more balanced and to really get a taste for your academic possibilities.”

Read more about Karrels in Philanthropy News.

Remembering Nelson, Breese and Clemans
A new UW Oshkosh video, “NBC Village Reunion — A Final Farewell,” produced in collaboration with students from the radio-TV-film department, features UW Oshkosh alumni reminiscing about living in Nelson, Breese and Clemans halls. The three buildings were demolished in summer 2010 to make room for a new suite-style residence hall.


Leading the way
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Steve Buss ’86, of Oshkosh, has been elected president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jim Rath ’76, of Sherwood, and Megan Del Debbio ’07, of Neenah, were elected vice president and secretary, respectively, while Matt Zimmerman ’04, of Appleton, retained the office of treasurer. Rath was elected to the board at the May annual meeting, along with Scott Barr ’86, Appleton; Amanda Betts ’10, Oshkosh; Brooke Buntrock ’04, Milwaukee; Lindsay Geurts ’07, Oshkosh; and Rebecca Koszalinski ’92, Boynton Beach, Fla.

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