Alumni, students, faculty and staff are ready to close the book on 2020 and share the 150-year story of excellence and opportunity at UW Oshkosh throughout 2021.
The start of winter interim classes began in fitting style—with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus blanketed by a thin layer of snow and ice. The foggy conditions Monday and Tuesday made for beautiful wintry scenes, with trees, bushes and buildings collecting large frozen crystals.
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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh theatre department will present its 2020-21 season, titled Love, Guilt and Other Family Values, in a virtual-only format Nov. 28-Dec. 6. It consists of two plays, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, written by Christopher Durang and directed by Merlaine Angwall; and The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Richard Kalinoski. Both will be available to stream online with the purchase of one ticket.
On Nov. 18, students rehearsed for the filming of The Glass Menagerie on the UW Oshkosh campus. The performances of both plays have been filmed and produced in a collaboration with the radio TV film department. Learn more about the theatre season here.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh hosted U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, UW System President Tommy Thompson and Wisconsin Department of Health Secretary Andrea Palm Nov. 6 to mark the opening of a new surge testing site on the Oshkosh campus.
UW System has received 250,000 Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests that provide results within 15 minutes. The testing centers on the UW campuses will be the first of their kind in the country to conduct free surge testing with the BinaxNOW tests. Surge testing is intended to help local, state and federal public health experts identify new cases, including asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases.
Adams said the testing at UW campuses serves as a prototype to determine the effectiveness of the BinaxNow tests in getting the COVID-19 virus under control in regions where it is surging like Wisconsin.
He praised the efforts of UWO and its students in keeping the positivity rate at about 3%.
“If they can do it and lead the way, then the rest of us can follow,” Adams said.
Thompson said he was proud of how the UW System has been “extremely successful” in controlling the spread of the virus on campus and is pleased to now help local communities do the same.
“Let’s show the rest of the country that we can drive down the spike,” he said.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community is ready to close the door on the unexpected 2020 and set our sights on an exciting 2021.
In 2021, alumni, students, faculty and staff will embark on UWO’s 150th year of inspiring leaders, researchers and champions. We look forward to celebrating all year long.
Every day is a great day to be a Titan.
The pandemic has led to challenging times and extraordinary circumstances for our athletic department and its student-athletes but they are still together, working every day to be the best Titans possible.
They may not be able to compete yet but they are preparing for the day they can again. They are readying themselves to chase championships.
Titans, after all, are champions on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.
To continue our success and to chase excellence for years to come, the athletics department is asking Titan nation to rise up and support the Rise as One campaign. Any gift is appreciated, no matter the size.
A large colorful mural—with a unifying theme celebrating differences―is on view for all to see this fall on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus.
Three years in the making, the UW Oshkosh Multicultural Student Task Force this week unveiled the new artwork, made up of a dozen 4-by-8-foot sheets in all, affixed to the side of Albee Hall facing Polk Library.
“This project took so long to do and it’s finally here,” said Pa Houa Xiong, a task force member who graduated with a degree in biology in spring 2020. “I’m so excited and hope that other students are excited as well.”
Xiong said the mural is important to her because it is intended to uplift and recognize the communities on campus as well as symbolize the differences amongst each other and “create unity.”
Nicholas Metoxen, task force member and former president of the UWO Intertribal Student Organization, graduated in December 2019 and works as a teacher for Oneida High School. He said he’s extremely happy other students stepped up after original task force members graduated to see the project through.
“I’m super excited to see what kind of impact it has on campus,” he said.
Metoxen believes as students walk to class, the mural will be a reminder of varying cultures. And prospective multi-cultural students who are thinking about attending UWO will see a mural both put up by students and for students.
Eau Claire artist Jason Anhorn said he was inspired to create a very colorful and visually busy mural that includes musical aspects and fun designs.
“I’m hoping the mural includes a little cultural flavor from all around the world and sings its own song to each viewer,” he said. “With music, every culture has its own music, but every culture is singing the same song. I titled the mural, Same Song.”
Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said the mural represents that all are supported and valued—”that is what we are trying to achieve.”
UW System Regent Corey Saffold, on hand for the unveiling, said the UWO students didn’t take “no” for an answer regarding the mural.
“Build this mural in every aspect of your life: for justice, for equity, diversity and for inclusion,” he said.
Mai Khou Xiong, acting director of Student Achievement Services in the division of Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence, is adviser of the Multicultural Student Task Force and the student-led initiative to get a mural placed in a prominent part of campus.
She said several years ago leaders from various multicultural student organizations came together to talk about diversity, inclusion and their experiences on campus. From these dialogues, students identified that there needed to be greater representation of cultural diversity both in and outside of the classroom. One of the critical areas of need was having multicultural artwork on campus. As a result, the student task force was formed with a goal of installing a mural on campus. Students led all aspects of the project, from securing funding, finding a location and selecting the artwork.
The mural is sponsored by the Asian Student Association; Black Student Union; Gentlemen of Excellence (formerly Men of Distinction); Hmong Student Union; Intertribal Student Council; Multicultural Education Coalition; Sisterhood; Student Organization of Latinos; and Women’s Advocacy Council; along with the support of University leadership and various offices across campus.
Dedicated and hard-working students “had a vision three years ago and brought that vision to life,” Xiong said, calling the artwork “an important piece and a meaningful piece.”
The unique artwork is the creative work of Anhorn, owner of Anhorn Entertainment in western Wisconsin. Anhorn is successful as a caricature artist and creates murals and ice sculptures. This latest work is among the larger ones he’s done over the years.
In July 2001, he and a fellow artist were hired to paint the side of an entire building in Brooklyn two months before 9/11. The 150-by-10-foot mural of a space scene was untouched for four years before it was vandalized.
Another mammoth piece was a 2,500-foot children’s play area mural in July 2013 he was commissioned to paint at the Oakwood Mall in Eau Claire.
For the UWO mural, Anhorn painted the 12 plywood panels with a double coat of primer and then a latex coat of red to the mural side. He then drew his design with latex paint and completed the entire mural freehand with spray paint. He finalized the panels with a clear coat before delivering them to the University. He estimates each panel weighs 75 pounds, noting they were “heavy to move during the entire process but an incredibly fun way to exercise.”
What will students think when they pass by Albee Hall?
“I’m guessing students will like having something colorful and whimsical to look at as they pass along that part of campus,” he said. “I left the design open for interpretation and I hope the mural sparks the students’ imagination.”
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh officials are happy to announce a sizable gift designated for student scholarships.
The University will award 35 Titans First Generation Scholarships of $1,000 each for students who are first generation―the first in their family to attend college. Additionally, a total of 45 $1,000 awards (non-first generation) will be made through Titans Promise Incoming Freshman Scholarships.
A generous donor is providing $50,000 for 25 of the first generation scholarships and 25 of the incoming freshman scholarships. The additional $30,000 for the scholarships is being provided by the UW Oshkosh Foundation.
“We are excited to promote this big increase to our existing scholarship opportunities and we are so grateful for the donor and UW Oshkosh Foundation supporting the needs of our students,” said Aggie Hanni, UWO assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. “We actively examine financial barriers and explore meaningful ways to make UW Oshkosh more affordable and accessible.”
The scholarships found on UWO Academic Works will be dispersed in the fall semester for students studying at the Oshkosh campus. Many scholarships have an upcoming Feb. 5 deadline, but some will continue to be available beyond that date.
Students must have a 2.8 high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale and essays are required. Students applying for the first generation scholarships must self-report on the application.
“Nearly half of our students are one of the first members of their family to attend college,” Hanni said. “We offer special events and advising sessions for all incoming students including those for first-generation students and their families. The additional scholarship funds are a tangible extension of our goals to be as inclusive as possible for all of the populations we serve.”
Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Admissions staff and processed through Academic Works at uwosh.academicworks.com.
Fond du Lac campus
The UWO Fond du Lac Foundation, Inc. scholarship program is intended to provide financial support for, and recognition of, Fond du Lac campus students who have demonstrated qualities of academic excellence, leadership and/or financial need.
Applications are due at midnight on Monday, March 29, 2021.
The online scholarship application form may be found here.
Fox Cities campus
Scholarships awarded by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region are available to students attending the Fox Cities campus in fall 2021 and/or spring 2022.
Application deadline for the fall semester is May 1, 2021.
The online scholarship application form may be found here.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business will host a virtual Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. to provide alumni and friends with an update on the college.
Panelists will include College of Business Dean Barbara Rau; Jakob Iversen, associate dean and professor of information systems; Dale Feinauer, faculty director of MBA programs; Shannon Rawski, assistant professor of human resource management; and Nancy Jo Dietzen, COB director of development.
Alumni are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event. Questions can be submitted here.
The Office of Student Research and Creative Activity (OSRCA) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is accepting applications for Student/Faculty Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Grants for undergraduate and graduate students on all three campuses.
Students engaged in original creative or research work in all disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Each grant provides students with $3,000 of support and a supplies and expenses budget up to $550.
Undergraduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Grants
The deadline for the application is 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. Details about the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Program and application are available at http://rb.gy/guh4qw.
Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Grants
The deadline for the application is 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. Details about the Graduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Program and application are available at https://rb.gy/fdbpi6.
Faculty collaborators/mentors will receive $750 (pending budget approval) in recognition of their contributions to student research and creative activity.
OSRCA highly recommends that all students (undergraduate and graduate students) applying for collaborative grants participate in the WiSys QuickPitch competition, slated for March 3.
Three University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students recently took home honors in the annual Culver’s Business Model Competition, sponsored by the University’s Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
A panel of 12 judges evaluated five-minute business model pitches from nine student entrepreneurs to determine the following winners:
Jaden Radcliff, a first-year physics student from Hortonville, took first place for his unique food truck concept, RICE TIME. He plans to sell rice and stir fry dishes to college students who are looking for high-quality, affordable meals. He received $7,590 in cash and in-kind services.
Radcliff qualified to compete in the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament in spring 2021.
Shifa Jaleel Ahamed, a senior from Oshkosh majoring in information systems, placed second and earned the People’s Choice award with her business venture, a service-based company that creates virtual training modules, scenarios and tours using augmented and virtual reality and Internet of Things technology. She received $4,950 in cash and in-kind services.
Jalen Greenlee, a junior management major from Brown Deer, placed third with his pitch to start Flora Fruit Company, a fruit box subscription company that delivers fresh, high-quality fruit boxes to customer’s doorsteps. He received $2,540 in cash and in-kind services.
Since 2013, dozens of entrepreneurs have had the opportunity to pitch their business concepts and compete for seed funding. This was the first year the competition was held virtually.
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Wausau Pilot & Review, Jan. 15
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