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Take me out to the ballgame: Alumni watch Timber Rattlers win

Take me out to the ballgame: Alumni watch Timber Rattlers win

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni relations office hosted its annual alumni night at the Wisconsin Timber Rattles game Wednesday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. UW Oshkosh alumni mingled in the Fox Club, enjoyed a pregame buffet and watched the Timber Rattlers defeat South Bend Cubs, 6-2. Craig Dickman ’88 MBA, co-owner of the Timber Rattlers and managing director at Titletown Tech, was a special guest in attendance.

Tom Sobieski ’67, a member of the 1967 Titan baseball team under head coach Eric Kitzman, threw out the first pitch prior to the game.

UWO Night at Timber Rattlers game August 10, 2022

Making memories: UW Oshkosh hosts Grandparents University

Making memories: UW Oshkosh hosts Grandparents University

Grandparents University is a summer academy that brings grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 8–12, together at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for two fun-filled days of education and exploration. The annual event was back at the Oshkosh campus July 14-15 and invited grandparents and grandchildren to select a “major” to learn and explore together. Majors this year included Awesome Artists, Animal Adventurers, Roaring Rockets,  Spectacular Scientists and Tech Titans. Each major included hands-on activities and demonstrations that helped encourage participants to learn and have fun.

Grandparents University July 14, 2022

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Get pumped for updated equipment at UWO’s student rec facility

Get pumped for updated equipment at UWO’s student rec facility

A major upgrade at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) offers new options for frequent visitors and more accessible equipment for those new to weightlifting.

New workout equipment June 28, 2022

On the ground floor, students will find new top-of-line Matrix brand machines that replace those showing wear after 15 years in use, as well as two new machines that had not been available previously.

Students who have less experience with weight equipment will find the new pieces upstairs at SRWC require fewer adjustments.

“This equipment has a quick learning curve and the location is more private and quieter, which will be inviting to folks who may feel intimidated down on the main strength floor … like me,” said Greg Batten, assistant SRWC director of programs.

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UW Oshkosh celebrates spring class of 2022

UW Oshkosh celebrates spring class of 2022

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh concluded another academic year with its 148th spring commencement Saturday in Kolf Sports Center on the Oshkosh campus. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students from the University’s three campuses were recognized for their academic achievements.

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UWO thanks donors for supporting its students

UWO thanks donors for supporting its students

Today’s students face rising living expenses and other financial challenges. More and more, they rely on scholarships to continue their education. Thanks to our donors’ support, we’ve awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships and awards during the 2021-22 academic year.

The impact that these scholarships and awards have had on our students is vast and long-lasting. None of this could have happened without the generosity of our donors.

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

 

UWO scientific glassblowing class heats up for final project

UWO scientific glassblowing class heats up for final project

It’s not your typical final project. Then again, introduction to scientific glassblowing isn’t your typical chemistry class at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Students in professor Jonathan Gutow’s class learned about the characteristics of glass and how to handle torches this semester as they created scientific glassware.

The unique class was last offered in 1994 and 2016.

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UW Oshkosh names Linnea Kangas new sports information director

Linnea Kangas

Linnea Kangas was named the new sports information director at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Athletic Director Darryl Sims announced this week following a national search.

“It was clear to me after meeting with Linnea she was a standout candidate and would fit well in our department and take our athletics communication to the next level,” Sims said. “I am happy to welcome Linnea to the Titan family.”

Previously, Kangas served as the sports information director at Wartburg College. She was responsible for spearheading the overall communication efforts for all 23 sports. She also coordinated media relations when they hosted the NCAA Regional Volleyball Tournament and provided coverage for 10 teams who made appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Prior to Wartburg, Kangas worked at Presentation College. Some of her accomplishments included redesigning the Presentation College athletic department website and overseeing the streaming efforts for live events.

Kangas received a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2017 and a master’s degree in mass communication in 2019, both from Northern Iowa. During her time at UNI, Kangas served as a student-assistant sports information director and oversaw women’s soccer, swim and dive, and tennis. She also completed internships with the PGA and a minor league basketball team.

Kangas said that she is excited to be joining a program with such a long tradition of athletic and academic excellence.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Titan family,” she said. “I want to thank Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Darryl Sims, Assistant Athletic Director Abby Gildernick, and the search committee for their time during this process. I am excited to continue telling the stories of the outstanding student-athletes, coaches, and staff that make up UW Oshkosh as athletic communications moves into a new age.”

Highway 23 at Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac to close five days for paving

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Fond du Lac campus community should be aware that road construction is expected to close a main Fond du Lac thoroughfare for five days beginning late next week.

Concrete paving operations will necessitate closure of Highway 23/Johnson Street in both directions in the vicinity of Pioneer Road (the frontage road east of Highway 41) and in front of the former Forest Mall property.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Northeast Region is warning motorists to plan ahead for the critical road closure on the western part of the city, beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, July 21. The roadway is expected to be closed through midnight, Tuesday, July 26.

Eastbound traffic on Highway 23 can detour by traveling I-41 southbound to Highway 151 northbound and connecting at Highway 23.

Westbound traffic on Highway 23 can detour by taking Highway 151 southbound to I-41 northbound and connecting at Highway 23.

 

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Highway 23 and County VV (Pioneer Road) improvements

Teaching and learning associate honored with UWO’s July STAR award

Christina Kleinheinz, who works as a university services associate for the teaching and learning department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has been named the recipient of the July 2022 STAR Award.

Kleinheinz was nominated by two colleagues from the department, Brian Ramsay and Michael Beeth.

Ramsay writes: “Chris began working during COVID-19. Through this tough time, Chris made a smooth, seamless transition with excellent communication. She learned her job while working remotely and little interaction with those on campus. Not only did she begin the job in January and a pandemic, but I also had to attend to my own health for the month of January, Chris did not skip a beat and filled in for my duties as the teaching and learning university services associate with help from the College of Education and Human Services.”

Beeth writes: “Chris Kleinheinz was hired as a university services associate 2 to provide administrative support for the graduate coordinator in teaching and learning. Most of her duties in the position description involved working on campus with faculty, staff and other administrative offices to ensure courses are built in Titan Web and information is filed or recorded correctly with the appropriate campus office.

“Chris has gone above and beyond these administrative duties by taking it upon herself to reorganize a database of all of the records for students in our graduate programs (roughly 150 students) so she could communicate with them individually about issues, such as which courses are available to them each semester, when to enroll, and what they should be doing now to ensure they stay on track to graduate on time.

“Chris knows what each student in our graduate programs needs and she tailors messages to them about course options available for a coming semester and when it is time to apply for candidacy or graduation through the graduate office. Her efforts to improve our recordkeeping system allow her to track students and customize information that ensures smooth operations of the overall program but, more importantly, it ensure that all students are receiving critical information they need at the appropriate times in their graduate programs. The additional services students receive as a result of Chris’ efforts have been recognized by them and are a hallmark of how she has gone above her basic duties to provide exceptional customer service.

“Chris started working in January 2021. At the time she started, the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing, forcing her to learn new job responsibilities from home working with her supervisor. Chris excelled at mastering new administrative tasks that acquainted her with the campus offices and staff without the benefits of any hands-on training or face-to-face interactions that people beginning a new job typically receive.

“In the same month Chris started and on top of the chaos caused by the COVID pandemic, our academic department associate, Brian, needed to be completely away from the office due to a major health issue. With Brian being gone for an extended time, Chris was asked to step in and she agreed to help cover his duties as she was learning the duties for her own position. Not only did she need to learn tasks that were not in her job description for which she was hired, she needed to work collaboratively with a second supervisor. Chris went well above and beyond customary expectations in the earliest days of her appointment to ensure that departmental needs for two different positions, two supervisors and students at undergraduate and graduate levels all received the attention they deserved. By all accounts, Chris went far above and beyond when we needed her most.”

UW Oshkosh alumni board elects new officers, members

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association’s board of directors elected two new members and elected new officers to serve starting July 1.

The 24-member volunteer board works to build connections among alumni, students and the University.

The elected alumni board officers for 2022 are Kevin Jaklin ’85 and MBA ’95, of Green Bay, president; Katie O’Dell ’09 and MSW ’16, of Waukesha, vice president; and Tom Wagner ’86, of Oshkosh, treasurer; and Terleen Cheslock ’98, of Neenah, secretary.

Kevin Jaklin

President

Katie O'Dell

Vice President

Terleen Cheslock

Secretary

Tom Wagner

Treasurer

Theresa Parker

Board member

Jake Timm

Board member

Jaklin is an associate lecturer in corporate finance for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay and manager of the Wille D. Davis Finance and Investment Laboratory, while O’Dell is a victim services specialist-crimes against children with the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Wagner is an account service manager at Castle Pierce and Cheslock is an organizational and staff development manager at Fox Valley Technical College.

The new board members include Teresa Parker ’02, of Oshkosh, and Jake Timm ’13, of Manawa.

The new board members take over for the following members who fulfilled their terms: Tara (Vanden Heuvel) Gagne ’93 and MS ’98 and David Tolpingrud ’71. After successfully completing her term as president, Brooke (Buntrock) Tabbert ’04, of Menomonee Falls, will remain on the board for one year as past president.

Teresa Parker is the owner and CEO of Crossroads Technical Consulting. She has a bachelor of business administration degree in management information systems. She is proud to have a daughter who also is a graduate of UWO and participates in alumni events whenever possible.

Jake Timm earned his bachelor’s degree in radio tv film, and was involved in Titan TV, WRST-FM, National Broadcasters Society and intramural sports.

“We are thrilled to welcome two new members to our alumni board of directors, as well as welcome new board leadership via our elected officers,” said alumni director Christine Gantner. “I look forward to working with them to engage fellow alumni and support their alma mater.”

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Tarmann named acting police chief at UWO

Chris Tarmann

Capt. Chris Tarmann has been appointed acting University of Wisconsin Oshkosh police chief. Tarmann will serve in this role due to Chief Kurt Leibold’s recent appointment as acting vice chancellor of University Affairs.

“Chris has been employed by the UWO Police Department for about 15 years and has been instrumental in developing a culture of proactive preparedness for emergency situations by sharing his training, experience and knowledge with the community,” Leibold said in an announcement to the campus community. “I know he will ensure the police department will continue its mission with a solid emphasis on relationships, problem solving and crime prevention.”

Tarmann graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human services and began his UW Oshkosh career as a community service officer in 2001. Tarmann then rejoined the UW Oshkosh Police Department as a police officer in 2008, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2011.

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UWO Fond du Lac Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

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