UWO has worked feverishly to find ways to help our students succeed in these unprecedented times, and on March 23 we rolled out the UW Oshkosh Foundation’s Titans Rise campaign. Gifts raised for this campaign will help support critical programs, scholarships and emergency funds.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students have shown resiliency and care for one another in the unprecedented times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday students finished moving out of the campus residence halls. Because face-to-face instruction is suspended for the remainder of the spring semester and spring interim, students will resume classes through alternative delivery methods beginning March 30.
It also was announced Monday that vacated residence halls on the Oshkosh campus are being prepped to potentially house coronavirus patients in the event local hospitals reach capacity. More than a hundred people from the UWO community, the majority of them students, volunteered to help these efforts.
Click the image below for more photos from Monday’s move-out.
For more information on how coronavirus concerns are impacting UWO, visit uwosh.edu/coronavirus.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities campus alumnus Andrew Linskens painted live while grooving to DJ tunes during an artist’s reception Friday, March 6 at the Aylward Gallery. Linskens has worked with a number of hip hop artists to perfect his large-scale live painting skills. An exhibit of Linskens’ work is on display at the gallery through April 3.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Spring Career Fair on the Fox was held in Kolf Sports Center March 4. The bi-annual career fair, sponsored by UWO’s Career and Professional Development, set a record for number of students in attendance with 1,151. Those students were able to connect with and learn about job opportunities from 157 employers.
As students, staff and faculty at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh settle into new routines, it’s important to acknowledge the shared resilience, adaptability and strength during these changing times.
The path will not be an easy one to climb, but time and time again, our community has reminded us that no matter what we face, we face it together. Because Titans Rise.
Even though the Coal-Free Campus event planned for Thursday, March 12 was canceled amid planning for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s coronavirus response, the final truckload of coal arrived on schedule.
The end of coal on the Oshkosh campus bridges the University’s move to renewable energy with a cleaner natural gas option.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh fine arts major Erin Hoffman, of Oshkosh, received a grant from the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity (OSRCA) to fund her work using 19th century tintype photography through a modern queer lens.
“Back when (tintype photography) was originally starting, there weren’t a lot of queer people who were out,” Hoffman said. “So I’m looking back to use an older historic process to represent modern queer and trans identities.”
In order to purchase the materials needed to develop tintype photography, Hoffman applied for and received an academic year collaborative research grant from OSRCA.
“This grant has meant so much to me, because this project is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Hoffman said.
Just weeks after opening in Reeve Memorial Union, the new student-organized food pantry at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh had to close its doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
To make sure donations didn’t go to waste, an estimated 500 pounds of food and hygiene products were delivered this week to the Oshkosh Area Food Pantry.
UWO’s Cabinet, which garnered a $2,000 donation from UW System Regent Karen Walsh at a ribbon-cutting Feb. 11, was developed by the Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) in response to food insecurity issues among students on campus.
“With the Cabinet having to temporarily suspend its operation, our OSA executives, advisers and I are relieved that we were able to donate our supplies to an organization that can still put everything to good use in our community, especially during these trying times,” said Tyler Klaver, OSA office manager.
Reeve staff packed up about 15 boxes of canned chicken, tuna, vegetables and fruits; dry goods like rice and pasta as well as hygiene products like toothpaste, tooth brushes, soaps and shampoos.
- UWO students respond to food insecurity on campus with new food pantry
- UW System Regent Karen Walsh’s family foundation donates to new UWO food pantry
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has made changes to University services and operations.
Check the services page on the University’s Coronavirus site to stay up-to-date on how UW Oshkosh departments and offices have changed their business hours or altered their operations.
Following a very deliberative process to allow for the full consideration of the most up-to-date information pertaining to the spread of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced a set of measures that will be implemented conference-wide effective immediately.
In so doing, the conference was able to consider input provided by the medical community, the decisions rendered recently by the NCAA pertaining to national championships and student-athlete eligibility, as well as steps taken by other NCAA conferences and amateur and professional sports organizations.
Most importantly, the conference endeavored to make responsible decisions that took into account what is in the best short-term and long-term interest of the campuses and student-athletes while prioritizing the health and safety of the general public.
The following measures will take effect immediately:
1. The spring sports season (i.e., baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, outdoor track and field, golf and tennis) has been cancelled to include any and all competition.
2. Any and all athletically related activities (e.g., practice) are suspended indefinitely.
3. All in-person athletic recruiting activities (on- or off-campus) are suspended indefinitely.
4. All in-person conference meetings are to be transitioned to telephone conference calls until further notice.
5. The American Family Insurance/WIAC Student-Athlete Leadership Institute scheduled for April 16-17 is postponed with the possibility of rescheduling in the fall.
For further information or questions, please contact WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner at email@example.com or (608) 263-4402.
The WIAC includes UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater. It also includes affiliate members for men’s ice hockey (UW-Superior & Northland College), women’s gymnastics (Hamline University, Gustavus Adolphus College & Winona State University) and women’s ice hockey (UW-Superior & Northland College).
More information on COVID-19 related to UW-Oshkosh can be found at https://uwosh.edu/coronavirus/.
To help end the stigma surrounding mental health, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will host a free, public screening of the documentary, Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone, on Thursday, March 12 in the Reeve Union Ballroom. Panel discussion with two of the youth featured in the documentary will immediately follow the viewing.
Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone is an Emmy-winning documentary produced in partnership with the USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in which four young people share their mental health journeys in hopes of encouraging others to get help.
The panel speakers will include T.J. Esser and Barret Poetker, two of the youths featured in the documentary, as well as Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Rory Linnane and Dr. Sarah Reed, a researcher for Rogers Behavioral Health.
Sara Allen, a nursing sophomore from Germantown, will host the screening and panel discussion. She said the screening is for everyone and especially encourages anyone affected by mental illness or who wants to understand more about mental health to attend.
“So many people struggle with mental health issues, and it’s hard to feel accepted if society continues to portray a stigma about mental health,” Allen said.
The screening is a collaboration of the UW Oshkosh Aspiring Educators Club, Campus for Awareness and Relationship Education, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Multicultural Education Coalition, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, Social Justice Club, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, UMatter, Women’s Advocacy Council, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Women’s Center as well as the AAUW Oshkosh Branch and Oshkosh Area School District. For more information, please contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at (920) 424-3465 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyler Westenberger, who works for Custodial Services as a custodial lead at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has been named the recipient of the March 2020 STAR Award.
He was nominated by Amanda Olesen, custodial supervisor for Custodial Services.
The nomination follows:
“There are so many reasons why Tyler is deserving of the STAR award, but the few reasons that I think are most important really stand out. Tyler is such an important member of our team! No matter what tasks need to be accomplished each day, he does it with a positive attitude.
Now I know so many employees do the same thing, but Tyler carries his positive attitude with him wherever he goes, and no matter who he interacts with. He knows everyone in our department and sub departments, and can start up a conversation with any of them and make their day. He is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it; no matter if he has to stay later than his normal hours, no matter if it is residence life, academics, or even ground, he is there no matter what.
Other than his great customer and employee skills, he does a great job with staying organized and solving issues that come his way. He helps me with daily tasks that need to be organized and catches things that I sometimes miss, this is such an important aspect to have on my team and I am proud to have him as my ‘right-hand man.’ Please consider Tyler for the STAR award so we, as a department, can show how much we appreciate all he does.”
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