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Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at UW Oshkosh!

The University Honors Student Association (UHSA) creates an environment for Honors College as well as other UW Oshkosh students to thrive intellectually and socially through co-curricular activities designed to form well-rounded individuals in the program, the University, and the surrounding community. As a network of peers, the UHSA holds fun meetings, participates in the administration of The Honors College, plans social and cultural activities, and takes part in community service opportunities. Popular UHSA events include our fall “welcome” event, biannual Pizza with Professors get-togethers, and volunteer and fundraising activities to support organizations near and far (including the Fox Valley Polar Plunge, Heifer International, the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, teddy bear collections for area hospitals, and the Shamrock Shuffle). Please note that due to COVID-19, some UHSA plans have been postponed or are being offered differently. 

The UHSA is a great way to become involved in student life at UW Oshkosh, and all Honors College students are encouraged to join!

You’re welcome to attend an upcoming meeting or event or to contact any of the Executive Board members (listed below) or Liz Taylor (taylore@uwosh.edu), UHSA’s advisor, for details.

Follow the UHSA on Facebook!

Also look for announcements on The Honors College’s Facebook page as well as on Instagram!

 

 

 

UHSA Meetings and Events

Email announcements for all UHSA and Honors College events will be sent well beforehand. All Honors students are invited, and any other students and friends are welcome too! Here are some upcoming dates to remember:

~ Spring 2021 ~

Wednesday, March 17: UHSA Virtual Game Night at 5PM on Zoom!

First, test your knowledge while we play trivia. Then put your art skills to the test as we play Pictionary. The theme for both games will be St. Patrick’s Day, and we are excited to see many of you there!
 
 
As always, UHSA events are open to all students so bring your friends, roommates, and anyone else! Please join us on Zoom for some fun and games!
 
    • Link: https://zoom.us/j/94435619322?pwd=Tk5tZWo1OEc2Vk1ZTGJtZUhjd0orUT09
    • Meeting ID: 944 3561 9322
    • Passcode: 9z4r0G (case sensitive)
 
Don’t forget to follow the UHSA’s Instagram: @uwoshUHSA!

 

 

Wednesday, February 24:  Virtual Zoom Gathering with Professors Cole and Manning at 5:00pm via Zoom! Both have wide interests and teach various Honors courses, including HNRS 275: Culture Connection in Paris, which will relaunch over the three-week “J Term” in January 2022. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this study abroad opportunity as well as these Honors Faculty members! As always, Honors Students, your friends and family are welcome to attend with you.

~ Fall 2020 ~

The University Honors Student Association (UHSA) invites you to join us at our end-of-the-semester December Destress event! We will be making stress balls and doing some yoga on Thursday, December 10! This is an opportunity to destress before finals and hang out (virtually) with some fellow Honors students. As always, UHSA events are open to all students so bring your friends, roommates, and anyone else! Craft kits with everything you need to make your own stress ball (plus candy!) are on the front porch of Oviatt House, so pick yours up now.
  • Join us at 6:30 to make stress balls together on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/92432007945?pwd=QnhOL0xoUUZKcHloU0ZHUFFHNWViUT09 Meeting ID: 924 3200 7945, Passcode: diT98Q)
  • Join us at 7:00 for a yoga session led by a Rec Center instructor on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95349764691?pwd=UHRpank3VTEzYWFTVkl5UmZrMFE3dz09 Meeting ID: 953 4976 4691, Passcode: C7TesX)

 

 

 

Scavenger Hunt! To kick off the new 2020-2021 school year, UHSA has created a campus scavenger hunt as a fun (socially distanced) activity. To take part in the scavenger hunt, you must visit (either inside or outside) each location and submit our Google Form by Friday, October 9. Please find the list of locations via this link, and you can fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/i2VrRtMA2ysa9bYY6

October 1, 2020: UHSA’s  first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year: Help us plan future events and gatherings and share your ideas on Thursday, October 1, at 4:00 via Microsoft Teams. We would love to see some new faces! To be added to the meeting or if you have questions, contact Sarah at opolks14@uwosh.edu.

UHSA Executive Board Members 2020-2021

     
President Sarah Opolka  opolks14@uwosh.edu
Vice President Andrea Colantonio colana24@uwosh.edu
Secretary Dana Kalepp kalepd08@uwosh.edu
Treasurer Anamay Del Real delrea28@uwosh.edu
OSA Representative Lexi Wojcik-Kretchmer  wojcil76@uwosh.edu
Social Media Manager Olivia Nedza nedzao68@uwosh.edu
Fundraising TBA  
     
     
UHSA Advisor  Liz Taylor taylore@uwosh.edu

 

Interested in serving on the UHSA’s Executive Board?

Participating in a student organization is a great way to get more involved in campus life, improve leadership skills, and gain practical experience while you’re enrolled in college. UHSA Executive Board members help organize events for their peers and service activities for the community. They also provide a direct link from Honors students to The Honors College administration: they offer Honors faculty, staff, and Council members a vital perspective, and their ideas and suggestions as active participants are important components to the success of the College.

 

Samples of previously held UHSA events and gatherings:

~ Spring 2020 ~

Dr. Heike Alberts, Professor of Geography,  is this semester’s Pizza with Professors guest on Tuesday, February 25, in Reeve 221 at 4:00. Pizza is FREE!

***Events March through May 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 and the campus shutdown.***

~ Fall 2019 ~

Chocolate Pretzel Sale Fundraiser: October 29 & 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 in the Polk Library entrance

Welcome Event: Join us on September 24 from 5:30 to 7:00 in the Scott Hall Lounge for free rootbeer floats 🙂

~ Spring 2019 ~

Stress Relief Activity: Dogs with Dogs! We’re grilling hot dogs–and we’re also making time to play with and introduce you to some of our best friends–on Thursday, April 25, at 5:00 on the Oviatt House lawn. There is no better therapy than hanging out with your Honors friends and meeting their pets (Betty, Murray, and Zoe)!

Annual Teddy Bear Drive – We’ll continue collecting new stuffed animals in teh Honors Student Lounge through Friday, April 19. All donations will then be delivered to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where they will be kept on hand to provide comfort to children receiving medical treatment.

Please join us in Oviatt House for our next meeting on Thursday, April 4, at 5:00!

The Honors Squad will hit the road on Saturday, March 16, for the Shamrock Shuffle!

Professor of Biology Dr. Shelly Michalski, is this semester’s Pizza with Professors guest! Tuesday, March 5, in Reeve 212 at 5:00.  Pizza is FREE!

UHSA Executive Board Meeting: Thursday, March 14, at 5:00

Dean Carlin is meeting with UHSA members old and new! Please come to Oviatt House on Thursday, February 14, at 5:00!

~Fall 2018~

Welcome Event: Wednesday, September 19, at 5:00 in the Scott Hall lounge.

Our next meeting: Help us plan future events and gatherings on Thursday, October 4, at 5:15 in Oviatt House

~ Spring 2018 ~

Pizza with Professors: Thursday, February 22, in Reeve 227 at 5:00. The UHSA has invited Dr. Larry Carlin, Professor and Dean of the Honors College, to be this semester’s featured guest. Reeve 227

Shamrock Shuffle: Saturday, March 10. On this day, we are known as the Honors Squad. Check your email for an announcement soon.

~ Fall 2017 ~

Friday, October 6: Honors Alum Adam Nothem (Biology major and Chemistry minor, Spring 2011) is returning to campus to give a presentation to the Honors community at 2:00 in Sage 2215 after serving all over Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer the last few years.

WednesdaySeptember 20: Join us in the Scott Hall main lounge at 5:00. We will answer any questions you might have about the Honors College, the UHSA, and campus life. Best of all, there will be FREE Root Beer Floats!

Tuesday, September 19: Fall 2017 Honors Convocation Join us at 5:00 in Reeve 227AB for this annual Honors tradition with keynote speaker, food, and Honors news!

Wednesday, September 6: Please join us at Oviatt House for The Honors College’s Grand Opening at 1:00