Tom Luljak, 1973 graduate of UW Oshkosh, has had a storied professional career of more than 50 years. In October—just a few months after starting his retirement—he became interim director at Wisconsin Public Radio.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh wrapped another academic year with its 148th spring commencement. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students from the University’s three campuses were recognized for their academic achievements in two ceremonies in Kolf Sports Center.
Students bid their farewells to the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses with fun end-of-semester celebrations. Free food, prizes, games and activities like tie dye, bubble ball soccer and therapy dogs, were all part of the fun on the two access campuses.
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The Office of Student Research and Creative Activity at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh hosted the 29th annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity event Thursday in Reeve Union. The gathering, open to the University and the greater community, serves as a platform and celebration of the excellent work Titans are doing in research, scholarship and creative activity. The day included oral, performance, visual art and poster presentations from dozens of students and ended with an awards reception hosted by Provost John Koker.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Kugler, the former director of the Insurance and Risk Management Program in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Business, died May 12. He was 68.
Kugler earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from UW Oshkosh in 1976. He later earned a master’s degree from Loyola University and worked at Snap-on Tools for 35 years, retiring as assistant treasurer of risk management. Working for the University from 2014 to 2016, he initiated the formation of the Risk and Insurance Management Program and taught various risk management courses. He also taught at Concordia University of Wisconsin, Butler University and the Risk Management Insurance Society.
His obituary points out that he had a “true passion for his field and taught enthusiastically and endlessly.” It also notes that he was recruited and became the vice president of Enterprise Risk Management at REV Group.
He is survived by his wife, Margie; children Caitlin (Jordan), Lauren, Leigh, and Jack (Mallory); grandchildren Kali, Fletcher and Cashel; and special buddies Nolan and Carter Schovain. He is further survived by his siblings; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Kenosha. Visitation is at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the noon memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or Every Child’s Place in Kenosha.
UWO diversity officer part of panel addressing violence against women and girls in and through sports
Alicia Johnson, interim diversity officer and director of the Women’s Center at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, served as a panelist during a Monday symposium on addressing violence against women and girls in and through sports.
The event, titled Victory over Violence: Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in and through Sports, was held in New Canaan, Connecticut and hosted by UN Women, Grace Farms Foundation and the No More Foundation.
Johnson, who took over as interim diversity officer last week after the departure of Damira Grady, was part of the panel for a session called Comprehensive Essential Services and Support for Survivors and moderated by Global Rights for Women executive director Cheryl Thomas.
“It was incredible to be in the same space as individuals leading global efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls,” Johnson said. “My experience co-leading prevention efforts at UWO paired with my scholarly background in gender and sports positioned me to be a bridge between general prevention efforts and sport. Everyone in attendance agreed that it is urgent for the forum be a starting point, not a stopping point, for the conversation.”
The overall objective of the event is to bring together survivors, practitioners, national and international experts to build an understanding of violence against women and girls in sports; share promising practices and lessons learned on prevention of this violence and response in and through sports; strengthen partnerships and leverage the sports platforms to end this violence; and set recommendations and calls for action for sports-related institutions and actors to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in and through sports.
People with coding and data analytics skills are in high demand in Wisconsin. The outlook for web developers alone in the state is projected to grow by 9.1% through 2028 — well above the average demand for other positions. Now more than ever, adult learners are turning to universities to get the training they need in the modern digital economy.
UW Extended Campus has offered successful boot camps in both coding and data analytics since 2019 and is announcing an expansion of its partnership. UW Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, UW-Stout, and UW-Madison have joined UW Extended Campus in collaboratively offering both innovative programs, with UW-Milwaukee as an additional coding boot camp partner.
With nearly 200 graduates to date, this collaboration will expand the reach of these boot camp offerings across the University of Wisconsin System and help meet growing workforce needs.
The Data Analytics Boot Camp focuses on developing learners’ skills in fundamental statistics, Python programming, MySQL, Tableau, Hadoop, machine learning, as well as web visualization skills in areas such as Bootstrap, CSS, HTML and Leaflet.js.
Both boot camps are offered online over the course of 24 weeks. Learners work individually and with teams to apply skills to real-world projects. Those projects can be used as a portfolio to showcase their knowledge to potential employers.
Students benefit from additional support both inside and outside of the virtual classroom through a network of instructors, tutors and peers as well as a dedicated career director to assist in developing soft skills and professional materials. Together, students map a career path that blends existing experience with the skills they obtain through the boot camp and work to achieve career milestones and become employer competitive. Graduates also gain access to a network of industry partners and program alumni to help further their professional success.
The boot camps are powered by Trilogy Education Services, a 2U Inc. brand.
Students interested in enrolling in either the Coding Boot Camp or the Data Analytics Boot Camp can call (414) 316-6526 or head online to learn more and get started.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s online registered nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing pathway is among the state’s best, according to the nursing advocacy organization Registered Nursing.
The College of Nursing’s BSN@Home program, designed for registered nurses who hold an associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program, landed at No. 3 on the list of the best online RN to BSN programs in Wisconsin for 2022. The BSN@Home program is a collaboration between UW Oshkosh and six other UW System schools.
“Online education is more important now than ever before,” said Registered Nursing’s Sally Worthington. “Congratulations to the entire team. Your students, faculty and staff are leading the way for future successful programs.”
Among the key BSN@Home features highlighted are the availability of core nursing courses offered in fall, spring and summer; student services available online and in person; and the availability of credit for prior learning opportunities.
Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students during school, towards licensure and beyond.
In 2021, the College of Nursing’s BSN program was recognized as one of the three best pre-licensure nursing programs in the state by Nursing Schools Almanac. That same organization named the College of Nursing itself to its list of the top 100 public nursing schools in the nation for 2020.
Kennan Timm, who has been the sports information director and human encyclopedia for University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Athletics the past 37 years, announced Thursday he is retiring, effective June 30.
Since arriving on the UW Oshkosh campus in August 1985, Timm has overseen publicizing one of the most successful athletics programs in NCAA Division III history. UWO has captured 35 national and 120 conference titles during Timm’s tenure.
“It’s truly been an honor to play a part, although small, in helping make the UWO Athletics program something special,” Timm said. “I’ve had a tremendous run in the sports information profession and been totally blessed to have had the opportunity to work alongside a fantastic group of administrators, coaches, support staff, student-athletes, community members and alumni throughout the years. My career brought me friendships, passion, laughter and opportunities, and memories that will last the remainder of my lifetime.”
Timm began his sports information career as a student assistant at UW-La Crosse in 1981. He was named the school’s sports information director in 1982 and served in that capacity the following two years. Timm’s term at UW-La Crosse included the promotion of four national championship teams.
Timm’s 40-year association with the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from UWO and UW-La Crosse is one of the longest durations in league history.
“On behalf of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), we are extremely appreciative of Kennan’s 40 years as sports information director with the conference,” WIAC Commissioner Danielle Harris said. “Serving three years at UW-La Crosse prior to his 37 at UWO is an accomplishment that puts him among the most recognizable faces in the history of our conference. His countless hours of providing publicity and service for the student-athletes, coaches and administrators were unmatched.”
In addition to coordinating publicity, keeping statistics, managing the website and producing publications for UWO’s 19-sport athletics program, Timm organized and chaired three major fundraising activities during his time at the University, including the Titan Extravaganza Party which raised nearly $300,000 for the athletics department from 1992-2019.
“Over the last 37 years, so many UW Oshkosh student-athletes and teams reached remarkable heights in competition and classrooms, and Kennan was there to amplify and chronicle their every achievement,” UWO Director of Athletics Darryl Sims said. “Kennan is a master of his craft and a true guardian of the UW Oshkosh Athletics story. He has been dedicated to his profession, performing his duties with precision, enthusiasm and kindness. And, today, he is celebrated by all of Titan Nation and his many peers. I share the gratitude of UW Oshkosh for his nearly four decades of outstanding service to our athletics department and this institution.”
Timm also served as the host media relations director for the finals of 31 Division III Championships as well as nearly 50 Division III regional tournaments. In 2007, Timm became the first sports information director in Division III history to host two different national championships during the same weekend when UWO hosted the finals for both baseball and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field. UWO and Timm also duplicated the task in 2008.
Following the retirement of UWO Director of Athletics Allen Ackerman in 2010, Timm became the local committee chair for the Division III Baseball Championship that was held at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute from 2000-18.
“When you think of the consummate SID, Kennan is at the top of the class,” Ackerman said. “He was a tireless worker who always promoted the student-athletes and coaches to receive the utmost recognition. Kennan will be missed, but not forgotten, for all he has done at U Oshkosh. I congratulate him on a great job.”
Timm was also fortunate to watch several student-athletes grow and take their athleticism to the next level, including two Olympians (Melissa Mueller and Rod Figueroa), one National Football League player (Tom Newberry), and three Major League Baseball players (Terry Jorgensen, Jack Taschner and Jarrod Washburn).
Lynn King, the UW Oshkosh’s Director of Athletics from 1988-90 and who has since been at Division I Drake University (Iowa) and the University of Pacific (California), said, “Kennan is at the top of the list of SIDs that I’ve ever worked with.” He was “unstoppable,” recalled King. “He covered me, and the background information he provided made me look really good.” Two other traits that characterize Timm, King says, are his professionalism and his loyalty. “He cares deeply for the UW Oshkosh athletics program,” King said.
Timm has seen six of his former student assistants continue in the sports information profession. Among them are Todd Clark, former UW-La Crosse Sports Information Director and current Director of Communications for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association; Dan Lukes, current St. Norbert College Sports Information Director; Don Stoner, current Augsburg University (Minnesota) Sports Information Director; and Becky Bohm, former University of Minnesota Associate Sports Information Director.
“I couldn’t work the hours each week without the support of my family,” Timm said. “My wife, Janis; daughter, Jennifer; and son, Cory; have all played a role during my tenure at UW Oshkosh and I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to follow my passion.
“I also want to thank UW Oshkosh assistant sports information director Ricky Nelson for his outstanding work the past six years and all the students who have worked under me, including the most recent in Becca Baier, Drew Litrenta, Nicole Seidl and my son, Cory.”
Timm, an Oshkosh West High School graduate, was a member of the wrestling media relations staff at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and worked as a radio/television spotter in the press box for Green Bay Packers preseason and regular season football games from 1993-97. Timm was the official statistician for the Wisconsin High School All-Star Football Classic at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium from 1985-2021 and the official scorer the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Baseball Tournament in Appleton from 1998-2020.
“I want to thank the administration at UW Oshkosh for selecting me as its sports information director in 1985,” Timm said.
“My sincere appreciation goes to men’s athletics director Jim Flood, women’s athletics director Helen Briwa, and search committee chair Gary Coll for believing in me and providing me an opportunity that has lasted 37 years. I also want to thank current Athletics Director Darryl Sims and former Athletics Directors Lynn King, Russ Tiedemann, David Weidemann and Allen Ackerman for providing me an outstanding environment to work in.”
Timm, a 1990 graduate of UW-La Crosse, was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame in 2012 and the UW Oshkosh Athletics Hall of Fame in 2021. He was also named the winner of CoSIDA’s prestigious Warren Berg Award in 2009.
“I came to UW Oshkosh nine years ago, and Kennan was the first person to speak to me on my interview and first to welcome me when I started my position,” UWO head baseball coach Kevin Tomasiewcz said. “He has always been a great asset to not only the baseball program but the entire UW Oshkosh Athletics Department. His attention to detail and passion for athletics is unmatched in his field.
“As a former player who participated in the baseball championship in 2004 and 2005, I cannot thank him enough for making my two appearances in Appleton some of the best baseball experiences of my life. Now as a colleague, I cannot thank him enough for his support and work within our athletics department. He undoubtedly leaves a legacy and standard that will be hard to match. To simply put it … Kennan Timm is a Titan!”
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