The UW Oshkosh alumni family grows by another nearly 1,500 come May 15 with the arrival of the 147th spring commencement.
The final production of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 2020-21 theater season, The Imaginary Invalid, will be available on YouTube May 3-15, along with the previously filmed The Gilbert and Sullivan Tavern Follies. Students rehearsed this week for The Imaginary Invalid, which will be filmed and produced for virtual viewing in a collaboration with the radio TV film department. Access to both performances is available bundled as part of one ticket.
The Imaginary Invalid was written by Molière and adapted and directed by Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft.
For more information, visit the UW Oshkosh theatre department website.
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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Rep. Gordon Hintz visited the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Thursday for a tour of the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) academic building. Funding for renovations to the facility, first requested in 2011, is included in Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget but needs approval by the state legislature. For more on the request, read our story from late March.
The annual Winter Carnival officially kicked off Sunday at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. To help get campus prepped, students took to the Reeve Union marketplace patio Friday to carve ice sculptures under blue skies and sunshine.
Winter Carnival is an event on the UW Oshkosh campus that stretches back to the 1950s. It’s one of the many traditions that have made the University a vibrant hub of activity and excellence for 150 years. This year’s carnival runs through Wednesday.
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This spring, Trevor Carlson, a senior computer science major from Berlin, is a student research assistant in the engineering technology department. He’s worked with a mobile robot called a Qbot, made by a company called Quanser Inc., that was purchased in 2020. Carlson installed and configured the software to make it operational. He conducted a series of lab experiments to check whether the Qbot performed as specified by the manufacturer and the results of his work will be presented at UW Oshkosh’s Celebration of Scholarship & Creative Activity later this month.
“He created a detailed guideline on how to use the Qbot,” said Ahmed Nasif, an associate electrical engineering technology professor who’s worked with Carlson on the project. “This paves the way for future student researchers, who can get hands on experience using the Qbot to learn about mobile robot kinematics, autonomous mapping, remote sensing and navigation.”
University Books & More has launched a new online apparel store in honor of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s sesquicentennial celebration.
The store offers short- and long-sleeved T-shirts as well as polos and zip-up pullovers featuring the 150th emblem.
Orders will be grouped in batches with delivery coming within two weeks of each deadline. Orders for the first two batches are due Friday, June 4; and Friday, Aug. 13, respectively, in time for the community picnic set for Sunday, Sept. 12.
Subsequent ordering options may be added if demand warrants.
Customers have the option of picking up their orders for free at the bookstore or paying for shipping.
Best graduate research presentation awards
- The psychology graduate student team of Haley Jacquez, of Brownsville; Vanessa Monfredo-Hillman, of Oshkosh; Ben Saltigerald, of Appleton; Nikki Satterlund, of Oshkosh; Allison Smith, of Appleton; and Luck Tacke, of Campbellsport, for their poster titled Self-Construal and Psy-chop-athy.
- The nurse anesthesia DNP team of Nick Mangan, of Oshkosh; and Stephanie Vorce, of Green Bay, for their poster presentation titled Applying Mindfulness Meditation To Influence Perceived Stress Levels and Wellbeing in Graduate Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
Clow Social Science research presentation awards
- Economics and information technology major Julia Thompson, of Kimberly, for her research poster titled The Impact of Data Breach Disclosure on Firms’ Stock Prices Given Ambiguous Legal Guidelines.
- Anthropology major Ayak Deng, of Oshkosh; social work major Amanda Martinez, of New London; and human services leadership major Nou Xiong, of Appleton, for their oral presentation, Women of Color’s Experiences of Pursuing Higher Education During a Pandemic.
Undergraduate research/creative presentation awards
- Nursing major Becca Birriel, of Schaumburg, Illinois, for her poster Culturally Sensitive Care in the Clinic: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Healthcare Best Practice Methods in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley Area Clinics.
- Biology major Brandi Dickinson, of Pewaukee, Building air handlers as an effective and low-cost method for sampling insect diversity in urban areas.
- Music major Noah Eckstein, of Reedsville, Balancing Light and Dark.
- Music major Molly Hennig, of New Ulm, Minnesota, Vocalist’s Guide to György Ligeti’s ‘Mysteries of the Macabre.’
- Geography major Katrina Hornung, of Appleton and studying at the Fox Cities campus, for her poster titled Cranial Fusion in Ursus Americanus and their Ontogenetic Utility.
- Secondary education English major Stacey Sparks, of Neenah, Navigating States of Mind in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is in elite company, according to a degree ranking resource.
Intelligent.com recently announced the Top 50 Emergency Management Degree Programs for 2021.
Its comprehensive research guide is based on assessment of 200 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.
The 2021 rankings were calculated through a unique scoring system, which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third party evaluations. Intelligent.com analyzed 200 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 50 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each school.
In addition to accessibility and cost, steady job growth in this market is one of the reasons Intelligent.com researched and ranked the Top Emergency Management Degree Programs. A complete ranking is available at intelligent.com/best-emergency-management-degree-programs/
Organizers of the 40th annual Thomas Edison Film Festival at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fond du Lac campus invite all to a free virtual film screening Tuesday night.
Film enthusiasts are invited to sit back and relax with the screening of specially selected film shorts, including documentary, animation, narrative and experimental from the 2021 touring collection. Films vary in length from 1 to 13 minutes and the full film festival is 100 minutes total. The link will be live for 24 hours from the April 27 screening that begins at 6:30 p.m.
Films to be screened include Last Stop for Lost Property, by Vicente Cueto, Brooklyn, New York, who will give a brief recorded introduction with his producer, Emily Packer, on how they came to make their film.
Other films include The Ephemeral Orphanage by Lisa Barcy, Chicago; Who Won the War by Francesca Di Marco, Albany, California; Metro by Geoff Hecht, San Francisco; My Body Given for You–Experimental by Anna-Clair Ostasenko Bogdanoff, Paris, France; Covid-19: A Portrait of NYC by Duda Penteado, Jersey City, New Jersey; The Chimney Swift by Frederic Schuld, Hamburg, Germany; Close as Brothers by Jennifer Hardacker, Forest Grove, Oregon; JamieSonShine by Phoebe Jane Hart and Jamison Hart, Los Angeles; and How Can I Forget by Natalia Andreadis, London, United Kingdom.
The Thomas Edison Film Festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange. The Festival attracts and showcases the work of independent filmmakers internationally. It is an international juried competition celebrating all genres and independent filmmakers across the globe.
More information is available by contacting Kathy Strong Langolf, special events coordinator for the Fond du Lac campus, firstname.lastname@example.org. The ticket line may be reached at (920) 929-1111.
More information is available on the Film Festival webpage.
The event is sponsored by UWO Fond du Lac campus and the Fine Arts and Lectures Committee
Open to anyone, the free virtual film festival can be accessed with a shareable link: https://vimeo.com/530071311
Two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh employees on the Fox Cities campus have been honored with 2020-21 White Awards.
Elizabeth Bloedow, an information specialist in Student Services; and Sarah Christensen, an international student coordinator, have earned the Larry White University Staff Award and the Marilee White Instructional Academic Staff Award, respectively.
The awards are named for former UW-Fox Valley employees Larry and Marilee White. The two honorees will receive a $500 cash award from the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation Inc.; the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region holds the investment that was generously provided by the Whites.
Bloedow’s nomination included: “Elizabeth has been an amazing stalwart for the operations of campus during all of this year, including during the COVID lockdown. She has been the central face of serving students who have come to campus and was the lone staff member in the solution center for a while. She’s worked to complete her graduate degree, learned her new job and done it all with a positive and cheery attitude.”
Christensen’s nomination included: “Sarah taught the Interdisciplinary Studies 101 (First Year Seminar for International Students) in fall 2020 for the UWO Fox Cities intake of Kings and non-Kings international students. Sarah moved her class completely online but she also had to account for a whole group of confused, sometimes stuck and worried students who were trying to navigate the pandemic in real-time and often in a language that is not their native tongue. Sarah had to pivot in her class on many occasions and find new ways to engage with students across many time zones. She accomplished this with reassurance for them, a high level of professional skill and her unique ability to offer the right advice.”
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