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Theatre students rehearse for season finale ‘The Imaginary Invalid’

Theatre students rehearse for season finale ‘The Imaginary Invalid’

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.

Rehearsal for The Imaginary Invalid.  April 15, 2021

For more information, visit the UW Oshkosh theatre department website.

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UW Oshkosh thanks donors for ‘essential’ support to students

UW Oshkosh thanks donors for ‘essential’ support to students

It’s been a challenging year for everyone. Our students needed support more than ever and our family of donors came through. We paid out over $1.1 million in scholarships and awards for the 2020-21 academic year.

The impact these scholarships and awards have had on our students is vast and long-lasting.

We are excited to share this message of thanks from Chancellor Andrew Leavitt and a few of our award recipients.

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With Qbot, senior paves way for future researchers in engineering tech

With Qbot, senior paves way for future researchers in engineering tech

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.”

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Alan Peche, Barlow Planetarium director, dies at 56

Alan Peche, director of the Barlow Planetarium on the Fox Cities campus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 2008, died Saturday. He was 56.

Alan Peche

Peche, a Medford native who attended UW-Eau Claire before beginning his career in science education, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. He spent 35 years working in planetarium operations. Peche will be remembered as a passionate educator with a love for anything that broadened our view from our little blue and green planet. He also was an advocate for community science outreach and a longtime friend and colleague to many.

In his 13 years on the Fox Cities campus, the Barlow Planetarium welcomed an estimated 400,000 visitors. By measures of attendance and revenue, it is among the top university planetariums in the Midwest.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, and two daughters.

Late last month Peche wrote to the UW Oshkosh community about his diagnosis, four unsuccessful cycles of chemotherapy and the decision to suspend treatment and enter hospice. He wrote that he and his wife had taken the terrible series of events as a blessing and how it gave them a chance to reconnect with past colleagues, employees and students.

“Since this decision, I have had many conversations that have been filled with wonderful comments about what I meant to people—my mentoring, my education style, how they continue to use the things I modeled for them daily in their professions,” he wrote.

Peche asked not to have a funeral but instead a celebration of life. Details on the event will be available in the days ahead.

Also instead of flowers, the family has asked for support for his last project, renovation of the Barlow Planetarium. Donations can be made to support the planetarium’s NextGen project through the UW-Fox Cities Foundation.

UWO administrative department assistant earns June STAR Award

Therese Rudolph, an administrative assistant for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh art department, has been named the recipient of the June 2021 STAR Award.

She was nominated by Susan Maxwell, art department chair:

“Being the academic department associate for the art department is incredibly complex due to the many different areas that require supplies and special scheduling considerations. Terry is incredibly detail-oriented and has become our go-to expert on everything from the ins- and outs of purchasing, to travel regulations, scheduling issues and so much more.

She not only helps the department chair oversee a complex budget, scholarships and scheduling on all three campuses, she has really put in extra effort during this pandemic to make sure students and faculty have not only the PPE they need but also the art supplies to keep teaching. Two examples of her dedication to her job: she will drive to pick up supplies if they can’t be delivered, or she has on occasion dropped things off to faculty at home, will make an effort to deliver supplies to the classrooms so that it’s there when needed.

Terry spends a considerable amount of time creating charts and spreadsheets so that faculty understand scheduling and budget issues when they meet to make decisions and overall ensures that we have a clear picture of where things stand. Terry’s steady hand is not often something that people notice because she works behind the scenes without much attention given to her, but without her, life would be a lot more complicated!”

UW Oshkosh softball, track and field teams are championship bound

After having their seasons cut short last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh softball team and men’s and women’s track and field teams are making their 2021 seasons memorable.

The Titan softball team is playing for a national championship starting Thursday at the Softball World Series in Salem, Virginia, while the Titan men’s and women’s track and field teams look to win national championships at the NCAA Division III National Championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Here’s a look at what’s in store for the big weekend ahead.

Titan softball seeking first national championship

UW Oshkosh is back in the NCAA DIII Softball World Series for the first time in more than three decades.

The Titans open the eight-team World Series at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 27 against DePauw University (Indiana) at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem. UWO (28-11) is seeded eighth while DePauw University (38-3) is the top seed and ranked first in the country by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The DIII World Series is comprised of a pair of seeded, four-team double elimination brackets. The winners of both brackets will meet in a best-of-three series for the national title.

Rounding out UWO’s bracket of four teams are fourth-seeded and reigning national champion Texas Lutheran University and fifth-seeded Tufts University (Massachusetts). Texas Lutheran University (32-4), tied for second in the NFCA top 25 poll, plays three-time national champion Tufts University (21-5) at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The other World Series bracket features second-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University (41-5-1) battling seventh-seeded University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) (32-8) at 3 p.m. Thursday before third-seeded Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) (31-6) and sixth-seeded University of Rochester (New York) (35-8) conclude the opening day at 5:30 p.m.

The DIII Championship continues through June 1.

UWO returns to the World Series for the second time and first since 1988. The Titans won the Eau Claire Regional in four straight games, defeating their opponents by a combined 20-3 score along the way, including a 6-1 decision over Piedmont College (Georgia) in the championship game. UWO, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) regular season co-champion, received an automatic bid into NCAA postseason by winning the WIAC tournament.

Come Thursday, games will be livestreamed here.


Track and field teams look to add to title tally

Members of the UWO men’s and women’s track and field team will participate in the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday-Saturday at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro.

The Titan men’s track and field team, currently ranked second in the NCAA DIII National Rating Index, are looking for its first national title since 2009. UWO has 13 entries in the national meet, of which seven are ranked among the top five performers this season. Sophomore Jonathan Wilburn is the top-ranked athlete in the triple jump, while senior Jack Flynn sits No. 2 in the discus and the 4×100 relay—comprised of freshman Adrian Gilrone, junior Aaron Richardson, junior Robert Ogbuli and sophomore Jaylen Grant—also holds down the No. 2 spot.

Rounding out the Titan men competitors are sophomore Denzel Thomas and Grant in the 100-meter dash; sophomore Steven Potter in the 800-meter run; freshman John Ford in the 400-meter hurdles; junior Andrew George in the 3,000-meter steeplechase; freshman Josh River and sophomore Jamyle Brantley in the long jump; sophomore Jackson Sheckler and senior Nick Tegtmeier in the shot put; and the 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of freshman Bo Koehn, senior Todd Beadle, sophomore Amitai Wheat and Potter.

The Titan women’s track and field team, currently ranked 14th in the NCAA DIII National Ranking Index, are looking for its first national outdoor title since 2011. UWO has eight entries in national meet, including four ranked among the top-10 performers this season. Senior Sydney Thompson is the top-ranked athlete in the shot put and hold the No. 3 spot in the discus, while junior Alexandria Demco holds the No. 7 spot in 1,500-meter run and the No. 8 spot in the 800-meter run.

Rounding out the Titan women competitors are senior Morgan Florek in both the shot put and discus; Thompson in the hammer throw, and senior Carla Volz in the javelin.

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Bonnie Nickasch named interim dean of UWO College of Nursing

Bonnie Nickasch

Bonnie Nickasch will be the interim dean of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing (CON) effective July 2.

Provost John Koker made the announcement Monday to the University community.

Nickash is a faculty member and the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)–Family Nurse Practice program. She has been employed at UW Oshkosh since 2009 after receiving her BSN, MSN and DNP degrees from UWO. She is enrolled in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program at UW-Milwaukee.

Nickasch is a licensed registered nurse, holds several other professional licenses and certifications and has engaged in clinical practice since 2000. Since 2014 she has published 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals, chaired 35 doctor of nursing practice student scholarly projects and has presented numerous regional, national and international conferences. Koker called her “an excellent teacher” who has served on many CON and University committees.

Current CON Dean Judy Westphal recently announced her plan to retire in July. Westphal, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UWO, was named interim dean in 2017 and the following year was appointed dean. She earned her doctorate in 2008 from UW-Madison and returned to Oshkosh as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2014.

Koker said a national search for the next CON dean will begin this summer.

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UWO softball earns NCAA World Series berth

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh softball team is heading to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series.

Maddie Fink did not allow an earned run for the third consecutive start as the top-seeded Titans clinched the Eau Claire Regional title with a 6-1 victory over fifth-seeded Piedmont College (Georgia) on Sunday.

UW Oshkosh (28-11) won all four of its regional games by a combined 20-3 score.

UWO will join seven other regional winners at the World Series in Salem, Virginia. The final tournament commences Thursday (May 27) and runs through June 1 at Moyer Park. The Titans, who also secured regional titles in 1988 and 2017, will be making their second World Series appearance and first since 1988.

Fink finished the Eau Claire Regional with a 4-0 record and a 0.50 earned run average with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings to pick up regional’s Most Outstanding Pitcher honors.

UWO’s Acacia Tupa and Gabby Buikema joined Fink on the All-Eau Claire Regional Team. Tupa was tabbed the Eau Claire Regional’s Most Outstanding Position Player after concluding the four wins batting .429 with one double, two home runs, six runs scored, five runs batted in, and two stolen bases. Buikema hit .364 with a grand slam, three runs scored, four RBIs and one stolen base.

UWO, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season co-champion and league postseason winner, will be seeking its first World Series win this week in Salem.

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