There’s more for you on campus this winter and spring

UWOPD Chief Kurt Leibold | December 7, 2020

 

Dear UWO students, 

It’s finals week and spring semester may be the furthest thing from your mind, but we want to share with you now some of the positive changes we have in store for the rest of the 2020-21 academic year. 

We have learned a great deal this semester about how to test, track and contain COVID-19. This has helped us maintain a low infection rate on our campuses and create a safe place for you to learn, research and grow. We’ve said before our campuses are one of the safest places to be, and we are convinced of that now more than ever. 

We are looking forward to having you back on campus for winter interim and spring semester. If you plan to leave campus for winter break, we ask that you take the safe behaviors you have been practicing on campus with you. Wear a mask – even in your home if you will be with people you haven’t seen in a while. Wash your hands and maintain your distance. 

Quarantine, testing and vaccinations 

We’ve been able to shorten quarantine times for close contacts in line with state health and CDC guidelines. This means you potentially spend less time in quarantine, returning more quickly to your residence hall. 

COVID-19 vaccine has started to roll out in Wisconsin and across the country, and discussions have begun regarding distribution on our campuses. We will continue to keep you updated with this very important information. COVID-19 testing will be available during interim and spring semester, overlapping eventually with vaccination clinics. As vaccinations proceed we anticipate expanding in-person offerings, including courses and events, as safety allows. 

The Albee testing center will be open: 

  • 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21 to 23 
  • 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28 to 30 

For Culver testing center hours, please visit the Titans Return website for the most up to date information. 

In-person courses 

As the semester begins, courses will continue with a mix of in-person and online formats. We are hopeful that vaccine distribution will allow increased normalcy as the semester unfolds. If you are looking for more in-person courses immediately, check TitanWeb or consider contacting your academic adviser to determine if in-person sections of your courses are available. Currently UWO is planning approximately 1,300 courses with in-person experiences this spring, and offering a significant online presence. The mix of classes allows us to meet the changing needs of a diverse student body, and we encourage students to tailor their schedules to best meet their needs.  

Faculty and academic administration are currently revising attendance and student engagement portions of the Titans Return plan. More information will be posted on the Titans Return site soon. 

Dining 

Dining Services is planning a number of changes during winter interim, with more to come in spring semester. 

During winter interim (January) Blackhawk Commons will begin to offer an expanded menu at its food stations providing made-to-order options. This will replace the current service. 

Marketplace locations will be open Monday through Friday during interim: 

  • Lunch: Grains & Greens, Sub Stand, Pizza Hut and Good to Go 
  • Dinner: Chilaca, Clashburger and Good to Go 

Café Clow and Einstein Bros. Bagels will be closed in January. Coffee and espresso drinks will be available at Reeve Coffee House. 

Scotty’s will add Titan Taco, a new menu students can order with a meal plan and/or Titan Dollars. Pizzas and subs will remain available. 

To check hours at each location, visit the dining hours website. Spring semester dining changes will be announced in January. 

Jobs 

A number of departments on campus and businesses in our communities are in need of student employees. Check out the listings on Handshake. This is a great way to supplement your income, often working around your class schedule, and earning money to pay for college. 

Winter sports and recreation 

The Student Rec and Wellness Center on the Oshkosh campus provides a place to work out and stay healthy. You can also participate in intramural sports, group exercise, club sports, wellness programs or rent outdoor equipment. 

It may be winter, but don’t let the cold or snow keep you indoors. Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy a hike on a local trail or even a walk through your neighborhood.  

The WIAC announced Friday that winter sports will proceed under a rigorous testing program. We will work through this process and hope to provide a successful season for our Titan athletes.  

Health services 

When you are not feeling well, need a flu shot, or have a question about your health, you can contact Student Health Services on the Oshkosh campus. The clinic is staffed with health-care workers who can answer your questions and help you manage your health. 

In-person activities 

One of the things we know you miss most is gathering with your friends at campus events. We are offering a number of activities in-person this spring. We will evaluate local health conditions and continually add to the list below if conditions allow. In-person events include: 

  • Spring Taste of Oshkosh  
  • Monthly movie series at Reeve  
  • Gaming nights, billiards and darts tournaments at Reeve  
  • Craft nights to help exercise your creative side 

Many student organizations are hosting in-person events. Check out the Reeve website to read more about these groups and their gatherings.  

Residence halls 

Yes, we’ve had to make some changes in residence hall living to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But life in our residence halls can contribute to your college success: the halls are often quieter than your home; Wi-Fi on campus is strong and accessible, you won’t be competing with family members for your home wireless system; and you are able to maintain your independence. We want to make well-planned changes that allow you to safely connect with your friends. 

UWO Go 

UWO Go is a free, non-emergency service that provides a safe ride for students and employees on and near the Oshkosh campus. It will be operational for spring semester. For more information on this service, check out the UWO Go website.  

There are many good reasons to look forward to spring on campus. And we expect the list to grow as vaccinations proceed and positive case rates decline.  

You have accomplished a great deal this semester and we’re ready to help you navigate the remainder of this academic year. 

UWO Police Chief Kurt Leibold