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UWO students snag free finds at Clash Collective Pop-Up Thrift Shop

UWO students snag free finds at Clash Collective Pop-Up Thrift Shop

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students snapped up free clothes, shoes, housewares, pictures and more at the popular, award winning Clash Collective Pop-Up Thrift Shop.

With table after table of donated items, students had fun checking out and selecting up to five items each of the two days of the event. The items might otherwise have been tossed and ended up in a landfill.

New Student and Family Programs Manager Stacy Dreweck said they gave away 2,079 items that were selected Feb. 6 and 7 by 635 students inside Reeve Memorial Union.

“Many students told us they were so happey we held this program,” she said.

There was plenty of donated items leftover and the Clash Collective initiative goes on the road this week to UWO Fox Cities campus in Menasha.

Check out photos of the Oshkosh event:

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Unseasonably warm week to start UWO’s spring semester

Unseasonably warm week to start UWO’s spring semester

With temperatures in the 40s during an unseasonal stretch of mild February weather, a group of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students took advantage of some free time to reunite with friends in front of Polk Library

The spring semester started this week and there has been no need for winter boots. The snow has all but melted, patches of grass are turning green and confused buds are poking through the soil.

Check out some photos of students enjoying the Tuesday afternoon sunshine.

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Pat’s pics: UWO photographer shares fave images from 2023

Pat’s pics: UWO photographer shares fave images from 2023

Nobody sees the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh quite like Pat Flood does.

Through his camera lens, he focuses on the action, joy and beauty of UWO’s three campuses. His images capture attention on UWO’s website, on its main social media accounts and in a myriad of communication and marketing materials.

Check out Flood’s favorite pictures from 2023 and learn how he created them in his own words.

Shooting hoops

After getting most of the shots I need for marketing, I go after one or two that may or may not work. Sitting under the basket with a wide angle lens limits what you can shoot. I wanted everything kind of balanced and having the player make the shot right under the basket and being able to see his upward turned face at the same time worked.

Reflections on the game

I asked this guy to stop for a photo just before the game started, specifically to get the crowd reflected in his visor. It took a little playing with to get the crowd (visible) but the quick ask and shot worked out like I thought.

Light and breezy

Dinner on the lawn is always a rich event for taking photos. I was focused on the guy in the foreground on his phone, as most students are. When the students who were backlit against a dark wall turned and smiled, I switched focus to them and it looked great.

Thrill of victory

I was at the Fox Cities campus for a welcome back event. They have a giant American flag that only works for the shot if I’m low and the subject is elevated. This worked out just right when one person beat their opponent and turned to celebrate the win.

Peace out

I sometimes look for students studying in the library as the rows of books lead the eye to the subject and really scream college life. The afternoon shaft of light looked cool but didn’t really work until the person saw me looking and gave me the double peace sign. That actually said “college” even more than the studying image did.

The future's so bright

Sometimes asking people at a game to pose for a shot just works. It worked with these two looking over the tops of their glasses like bosses.

Shadow play

I love what the pergolas do to the afternoon light outside Horizon Village. Someday I hope to catch students walking together where their faces fall in between the shadows just right. I just keep trying.

A Titan salute

I’ve been photographing a lot of the new marching band. These people are just fantastic, fun-loving students. When I just happened to have the drum major pose right in front of me with the flags flying in the background, well, it’s good to be lucky.

Moody blues

The dark sound studio was a hard place to photograph with blue light for panel operation, TV in the upper corner and warm lights in the background. I had to keep moving a small strobe to try and just get the light on the subject and not pollute the rest of the ambient light. I thought it worked out pretty well.

Shutter play

I shot a touchdown on 11 frames a second and thought it might be fun to stitch some of the series together. Not that anyone wanted or needed the photo like that, I just thought it was fun.

Captured in light

I had a few minutes to take a photo of these nursing students in the lab. I usually turn off the lights to use the softer window light rather than the overheads. One side was falling too dark. I rolled over a whiteboard and used it to bounce the window light back to the subject on the left. What do you know, it worked!

Going green

I was always curious about the greenhouse on top of Halsey. I mentioned it to a professor one day, and he said, ” I just happen to teach a class up there, you want to go up tomorrow and take some photos?” Heck yes, I do! This was a lucky shot from just sticking my camera in a plant and trying to keep myself out of the image in the tight space and hoping I got something.

A Grande event

The Grande Cheese offices in Fond du Lac are like a Google campus for cheese people. It’s amazing. When I got the chance photograph their courtyard for an alumni event, it was just fantastic. All the angles, fire and shadow and then still not pulling too much away from the people was just kinda cool.

Goalie's got game

I love shooting into the sun. It may be limiting what I can get, but when it works I like it. During soccer practice, this goalie catching an image in her own pool of warm light against a darker background was almost perfect. I would have liked to get the highlights on the left side out of the frame, but I had to keep moving to make sure I got other things.

One fine day

Happy people are just the most fun and easy to photograph. This image was easy for that reason. But having the Bygosh glasses and hat with the blue cotton candy and some background depth was easy to move on from as I knew that one was going to work just fine.

Titans Day of Giving: Celebrate the black and gold while giving back

Titans Day of Giving: Celebrate the black and gold while giving back

Sept. 12 is more than just the anniversary of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s first day of classes in 1871—it’s also the third annual Titans Day of Giving.

Titans Day of Giving is a 24-hour robust virtual fundraising campaign to encourage alumni, patrons and friends to donate to an area of the University they are passionate about.

The goal is not only to raise funds to support a variety of academic programs and campus initiatives, but also to remind alumni and friends the impact that UW Oshkosh has had on their lives. By being a part of Titans Day of Giving, you have the chance to share your memories and stories of yesterday, as well as support the leaders, researchers and champions of tomorrow.

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UW Oshkosh Obituaries: March 2024


Marilee (Reinert) Murphy (EHS) ’56, Marion, Indiana, Jan. 25, 2024

Sharon (Halverson) Sanborn (EHS) ’53 and (EHS) ’79, Eagle River, Feb. 7, 2024


Michael Dodge (LS) ’62, White Lake, Jan. 6, 2024

Rev. Ned Dorau (LS) ’69, Random Lake, Jan. 23, 2024

Karen Scharf (LS) ’65, Brillion, Jan. 20, 2024


Mary Mathe (EHS) ’76 and (MS) ’89, Oshkosh, Jan. 26, 2024

Kathryn “Kathy” (Becker) McDermott (B) ’71, Fountain Hills, Arizona, Jan. 17, 2024

Marie (Buchholz) Pappas (LS) ’71, Tucson, Arizona, Feb. 2, 2024

John Vukos (LS) ’72, Neenah, Jan. 24, 2024


Revana “Vannie” Mader (N) ’88, Appleton, Jan. 25, 2024

Lisa (Glandt) Prellwitz (EHS) ’85, Kaukauna, Jan. 29, 2024

Ruth Schrank (N) ’82, Waupun, Feb. 10, 2024


Sajid “Saj” Baldwin (LS) ’98, Neenah, Jan. 18, 2024


Sara Vanderlin (MBA) ’14, Fond du Lac, Jan. 19, 2024

Faculty and Friends

Harvey Jacobson, Journalism Professor Emeritus 1984-1993, Oshkosh, Dec. 8, 2023

Roberta Stuemke, Polk Library 1976-2011, Oshkosh, Feb. 3, 2024

UW Oshkosh alumni Class Notes: March 2024

’77 Denise (Desens) Gosar (LS), of Eugene, Oregon, and her husband Frank Gosar are displaying their exhibit called “Desk and Table” at the Viterbo University Gallery. They also own a studio together called Off-Center Ceramics.

’75 Sue Haldemann (LS), of Menasha, retired from the Medical College of Wisconsin after 23 years as the coordinator for student support services. She has moved back to the Fox Valley and in 2022, participated in her church’s Good Neighbor Team and welcomed a family of 10 from the Congo.

’89 John Ceelen (B) and (LS), of Mequon, has become Bellin Health and Gunderson Health System’s new chief financial officer. Ceelen most recently served as CFO of Banner Health’s Western Division and has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare finance leadership.

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’93 Shannon Burns (B), of Whitefish Bay, has been appointed as interim principal financial officer at Enerpac Tool Group. Burns joined Enerpac in Nov. 2022 and prior to that, held a position in financial leadership at Harley-Davidson, Inc. Burns is married to ’94 Jennifer (Harlfinger) Burns (LS).

’93 Donna Van Dyke (B), of Neenah, was promoted to vice president and treasurer for The Boldt Co. Van Dyke started at Boldt in 2020 and brings 30 years of experience in accounting and treasury background.

’95 Jennifer (Herbert) Walters (LS), of Fond du Lac, is celebrating 25 years at Aurora Health Care as the vice president of business development. She’s also started a personal training business called JW Fitness.

’96 Tammy Brunette (EHS) and ’06 (MSE), of Green Bay, was named the coordinator of the Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

’97 Kim Svoboda (LS), of Cape Coral, Florida, is joining the national office of the YMCA of the USA as the senior director of philanthropy and partnerships.

’98 Laurie Butz (MBA), of Suamico, has joined the New North Inc. board of directors. She also serves as the president and CEO of Capital Credit Union and has been in that position since Nov. 2021.

’01 Jennifer (Covey) Gennerman (EHS), of Sussex, will become the deputy superintendent of teaching and learning for the school district of Waukesha this summer.

’05 Joshua Kohlman (LS), of Evansville, was sworn in as an officer in the Beloit Police Department. He brings 16 years of law enforcement experience and served in the US Army Reserves.

’11 Sean Lynch (LS), of Oshkosh, graduated with a degree in vocal performance and has since performed at the 2022 TEDxOshkosh. He will be singing at the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra’s April 20 concert. Lynch also owns and operates Winnebago Bicycle in downtown Oshkosh.

’12 Airen Pfeiffer (EHS), of Madison, spent 10 years teaching social studies in Bangkok Thailand. Recently, he and his wife moved back to Wisconsin, and he is now teaching high school history at Wisconsin Heights High School.

’13 Phillip Rotar (LS), of Kansas City, Missouri, was commissioned from active duty in 2013 after serving in various leadership roles around the world. He is now a student at the Command and General Staff College working towards his master’s degree.

’20 Jake Fleischman (LS), of Gleason, has been sworn into the UW-La Crosse Police Department after attending the Police Academy at WTC where he was sponsored by UPD.

’20 Niklas Romskog (LS), of Espanola, New Mexico, became an engine boss for the

Niklas Romskog

Silver City Ranger District on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico after graduation. As the next step in his career, he took the position of all-hazard emergency planning for the New Mexico Department of Health.


’21 Miranda Rehm (LS), of Waukesha, attended graduate school at UW-Madison and received a master’s in social work in 2023. She is now working as an advance practice social worker at Mendota Mental Health Institute.


UWO Music department to host WI Alliance for Composers New Music Festival

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Music department will host the annual Wisconsin Alliance for Composers (WAC) New Music Festival this weekend on campus.

The event takes place Feb. 25 in the Music Hall, with concerts at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The 3 p.m. concert features winning compositions and honorable mentions from the statewide WAC Student Composition Contest. Student works in four categories—elementary, middle school, high school and undergraduate—will be performed by UWO music department students and faculty. The concert will be live streamed at

The event provides an excellent opportunity for student composers to hear their original music performed by accomplished musicians and to share their creativity with the public. For many students, this will be the first time they hear their music performed live in concert.The 4:30 p.m. concert will feature new music from WAC members from throughout the state, including works by UWO music faculty and festival co-hosts John Mayrose and Ed Martin. The eclectic program will include an exciting variety of works for synthesizer, guitar, piano, saxophone, voice, flute and video. Performers include faculty members Kirstin Ihde, Nathan Krueger, Drew Whiting and others.

UW Oshkosh Alumni Obituaries: Feb. 2024


Margaret (Kelroy) Schmitz (EHS) ’37, Fond du Lac, Dec. 29, 2023


Robert Albright Sr. (LS) ’59, Winneconne, Nov. 20, 2023

Lillian Greenquist (EHS) ’50, Florence, Dec. 26, 2023

Junice “June” (Maurer) Budnik (EHS) ’59, Chaska, Minnesota, Jan. 11, 2024

Pauline (Kornely) Ott (EHS) ’59, Eagan, Minnesota, Nov. 25, 2023

Nancy (Swanson) Tebo (EHS) ’53, (MSE) ’73, Appleton, Dec. 21, 2023

Ardys (Lemke) Wellso (EHS) ’52, Lomira, Nov. 19, 2023


Michael Dodson (EHS) ’68, Oshkosh, Jan. 16, 2024

John Green (LS) ’66, Appleton, Nov. 21, 2023

David Grey (LS) ’67, Oshkosh, Dec. 15, 2023

Dale Heinen (EHS) ’64, Waukesha, Nov. 18, 2023

Neil Johnson (LS) ’66, Appleton, Dec. 17, 2023

Gary Kott (LS) ’69, Manitowoc, Dec. 21, 2023

Jane (Slaby) Kronschnabel (EHS) ’62, Montello, Nov. 29, 2023

Mel Mickey (LS) ’63, Wauwatosa, Jan. 1, 2024

David Patton (MST) ’69, Fond du Lac, Dec. 15, 2023

James Paulick (LS) ’68, Oshkosh, Dec. 30, 2023

Richard Pelc (LS) ’64, Amery, Dec. 23, 2023

Thomas Schroepfer (LS) ’69, Marinette, Dec. 31, 2023

Paul Ten Pas (EHS) ’62, Sheboygan Falls, Dec. 24, 2023

Jean Van Dixhorn (EHS) ’65, Sheboygan, Dec. 26, 2023

David Wirth (LS) ’64, Berlin, Nov. 13, 2023


Holly (Ralston) Albe (LS) ’71, Vero Beach, FL, Dec. 1, 2023

Lawrence “Larry/LD” Burt (B) ’73, Green Bay, Nov. 16, 2023

Walter Daehler (MBA) ’75, Mundelein, Illinois, Dec. 20, 2023

Douglas Fritsch (EHS) ’70, Lake Mills, Nov. 2, 2023

Robert “Bob” Garfinkel (EHS) ’70, Luxemburg, Dec. 22, 2023

James Happel (MS) ’75, Appleton, Dec. 19, 2023

LaVerne Hoffman (B) ’71, Oshkosh, Nov. 21, 2023

Cynthia Johnson (MS) ’78, Baileys Harbor, Nov. 13, 2023

Michael Lackas (LS) ’70, Fond du Lac, Dec. 2, 2023

Nona Prestine (EHS) ’70, Peshtigo, Dec. 6, 2023

Rosanne (Heppe) Sang (MST) ’77, Slinger, Nov. 19, 2023

Kerry Schmidt (LS) ’75, Oshkosh, Dec. 27, 2023

Tanya (Truax) Shawcroft (N) ’73, Hansville, Washington, Dec. 23, 2023

Robert Veleke (EHS) ’70, Clintonville, Jan. 15, 2024

Mary Wegener (LS) ’71, Waukesha, Dec. 29, 2023


Bahram “Barry” Khodavandi (LS) ’86, Madison, Nov. 7, 2011

Wendy Rodman (MSE) ’80, Oshkosh, Nov. 27, 2023

Mary Walden (MSE) ’84, Green Bay, Nov. 27, 2023


Ann Fowler (MSE) ’99, Burnsville, Minnesota, Nov. 28, 2023

Ginger Peterson (LS) ’98, Merrill, Jan. 10, 2024

William “Bill” Sauld (EHS) ’91, Princeton, Nov. 28, 2023


Kristin Rogers (B) ’05, Winnie, Texas, Dec. 31, 2023


Tyler Kraning (B) ’18, Appleton, Dec. 6, 2023

Faculty and Friends

Frederick Blank, lecturer, Economics Department 2002-2006, Neshkoro, Dec. 5, 2023

Jane Garton, lecturer, Journalism Department, 1986-1987, 1994-1995, 1999

Robert Greuel, faculty assistant and instructional academic staff, Geography Department 1966-2007, New Holstein, Dec. 22, 2023

Harold “Skip” Thorpe, professor of special education, 1972-1983, Butte des Morts, Jan. 6, 2024

UW Oshkosh Alumni Class Notes: Feb. 2024

’69 Robert Keller (B), of Kaukauna, retired as chairman of the board of directors at J. J. Keller and is now the chairman emeritus.

’74 Bill Pratt (N), of Cedarburg, retired after 24 years at Wesley Willows in Rockford, Illinois where he served as the CEO.

’76 Deborah (Kelsey) Hamele (N), of Brooklyn, retired after working in the neonatal ICU at Meriter Hospital for 47 years. Hamele is now devoting her time to training her dogs to compete in agility, scent work, barn hunt, dock diving and dog therapy.

’76 Pamela (Senn) Corcoran (LS) and ’75 Timothy Corcoran (LS), of Custer, WI, continue to develop their permaculture small holding with chickens, sheep and two golden retrievers. Pamela owns Corcoran Puppets and continues to perform puppet shows at libraries and festivals.

’76 Pamela (Senn) Corcoran and puppets

’77 Art Rein (LS), of Waterford, released the second volume of his trilogy, The Red Wolf Chronicles. The novel A Flame Worth the Candle, was released in October as a sequel to Rolling in the Deep. Both novels are set in Wisconsin.

’80 Mary (Zodrow) Faltz (LS), of Montello, retired from the Marquette County Tribune after 43 years as general manager and editor.

’91 Michael Esslinger (LS), of Oshkosh, has published a photo book titled Oshkosh Quiet. Esslinger’s photos capture what his days looked like growing up in Oshkosh.

’94 Michael Stelling (EHS), of Erie, Colorado, was selected as the 2023 Colorado High School Counselor of the Year by the Colorado Council of High School and College Relations. Stelling is a counselor at Adams 12 Five Star School District.

’96 Joseph Capelle (LS) and (MSE) ‘99, of Fond du Lac, retired in March 2023 after working for 23 years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Wisconsin’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Capelle is now planning a trip to Hawaii for his 50th wedding anniversary.

’97 Florence Siebert (LS), of Elkhart Lake, is the director of mission and equity at Lakeland University.

’01 Dan Granger (EHS), of Wauwatosa, wrote the children’s book Why is Sam so SAD? Granger is attempting to bring a compassionate conversation about seasonal affective disorder and depression to children.

’01 Megan (Bohm) Brouch (LS), of Kaukauna, and her husband ’99 Adam Brouch (B) have been married for 22 years and have three children.

’01 Megan (Bohm) Brouch and family

’02 Shane Carter (N) and ’10 (MSN), of Omro, is the president of Ascension Mercy in Oshkosh. Carter previously served as vice president and chief nursing officer at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh.

’02 Shawn Robinson (EHS), of Oshkosh, has been chosen for the Madison 365’s ninth annual list of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders. Robinson is the co-author of the graphic novel Doctor Dyslexia Dude and a research affiliate with Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory at UW-Madison.

’03 Erin Krebs (EHS), of Appleton, was awarded the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Jazz Artist of the Year Award in 2023. Krebs performed three jazzy holiday concerts in the Fox Cities in December 2023.

’04 Ryan Haase (B), of Omro, is vice president of change management and marketing at Society Insurance. In his role, Haase supports employees on the marketing, change management, and corporate communications teams.

’04 Teri Grossheim (LS), of Arlington, Virginia, is an adjunct instructor at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, teaching entertainment technology drafting and Vectorworks SME.

’05 David Diekelman (MBA), of Stevens Point, is vice president of sales at Willamette Falls Paper Company and has worked in the paper industry for 30 years.

’05 Jeff Ehrike (LS), of Oshkosh, has opened an indoor pickleball and bags facility at the Oregon Trail Commerce Center in Oshkosh. He has extensive background in strength and conditioning and wanted to lean into pickleball’s allure.

’08 Margaret Brill (LS), of Oshkosh, is vice president of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Aviation Foundation. In her role, Brill designs and executes the Foundation’s year-round strategy for EAA’s numerous initiatives.

’09 John M. Erickson (LS), of West Hollywood, California, is the mayor of the City of West Hollywood. Erickson has a commitment to upholding the city’s “founding vision for a forward-thinking, diverse, and tolerant community” and is a member of the UW Oshkosh Alumni Board of Directors. Erickson welcomed the UWO Women’s Volleyball team while they competed in California.

’09 John Erickson with the UWO Women’s Volleyball Team

’10 Taylor Porter (LS), of Algoma, is the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Oregon football team. Porter spent the past four seasons at Michigan State and brings 15 years of experience between the NFL and college football.

’12 Gerald Chatman (EHS), of Baton Rouge, LA, was hired as the defensive line coach for the University of Florida football team. Chatman’s previous school, Tulane, finished the year ranked eighth in the country in rush defense, fourth in turnover gains, and tied for 22nd in sacks.

’12 Jon Ellmann (LS) and ’14 (MS), of Neenah, was named NCAA’s Division III Coach of the Year. Ellmann led the UW Oshkosh Women’s Volleyball team to the Elite Eight this season. Ellmann is married to ’06 Jackie Munoz-Ellmann (EHS).

’13 Mikhaila (Weister) Riska (LS), of Appleton, opened a family and pediatric/perinatal practice in the Fox Cities after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2016. Dr. Riska recently opened a secondary location in Oshkosh. Dr. Riska is married to ’14 Zachary Riska (EHS).

’14 Alison (Kerwin) Hughes (B), of Waukesha, and spouse ’12 Joshua Hughes (LS) welcomed a baby girl in November.

’14 Andrew Kohel (LS), of Denver, Colorado, is the new head coach of the Carroll University men’s soccer team. Kohel brings four years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division-III level.

’15 Travis Teesch (LS), of Watertown, was named fire chief of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue. Teesch started as a volunteer with the Valders Fire Department in 1993 and is now a 30-year firefighting veteran.

’17 Ashlynn Schreiner (LS), of Kaukauna, is the marketing and communications coordinator for the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.

’17 Joshua Nave (MBA), of Appleton, is the vice president and director of information technology for Port Washington State Bank. Nave has more than 20 years of experience in the field.

’19 Michael Oldendorf (B), of Buffalo City, trained in logistics in Virginia before serving in Hawaii for three years as a quartermaster and in transportation. Oldendorf is now a first lieutenant in the Army where he works in the engineering branch.

’20 Ellie Barrera-Diaz (LS), of North Charleston, South Carolina, pursued a certificate in software development before relocating to South Carolina where she holds a position with Trustage as a software developer.

’22 Gabriella Keidl (LS), of Germantown, is a critical care technician at Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and is planning to continue her education.

’22 Tory Jandrin (B), of Forestville, will be inducted into the Southern Door High School Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Jandrin works for Jandrin Refrigeration and coaches youth wrestling and high school football at Southern Door High School.

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