Beginning this past summer and continuing into the fall, a series of changes and updates—with hopes of much more to come—has the ASIE team excited about the MEC’s present and future.
A Bear in Winter, a new play by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh playwright Richard Kalinoski, runs through Nov. 21 at the Theatre Arts Center, 1010 Algoma Blvd. on the Oshkosh campus.
The play explores the struggle of Pete Angelini, a small college football coach who loses his way after he is suddenly fired six years after a championship season. Pete’s mother, Katherine, an elderly woman and former athlete, is a source of solace for Pete but over time Katherine is stricken with dementia. Pete is confronted with devastating solitude—mitigated by a vexing but charming interloper and later, an unlikely new friend. A two act play leads quietly towards a story of love discovered and identity restored.
The history of the Vietnam War was brought to life inside the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Reeve Union with one of the largest collections of Vietnam War artifacts in the Midwest. Area service members with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 351 of Appleton brought the large exhibit, shared personal stories of service and answered questions during the Veterans Day event Nov. 11.
Other Veterans Week activities at UWO included a student veteran panel discussion; a project inviting members of the campus community to write encouraging and thankful notes to veterans; and the naming of two veterans of the game, Jessica Williams and Thomas Wolf, who were honored at halftime of the UWO-River Falls football matchup Saturday at Titan Stadium.
A year of historic milestones continued over the Oct. 22-23 weekend at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with the arrival of the 100th anniversary of Homecoming. The occasion comes as the University is celebrating its sesquicentennial year. Members of the UW Oshkosh community gathered for various events over the weekend, including a dinner honoring outstanding alumni, Titan Tailgate in Reeve Union and then an afternoon football game and an evening women’s soccer game.
Homecoming football game
- Homecoming turns 100: From elaborate floats to muddy tug of war, UWO students always show their pride
- Soundmarkers gives us a historical tour of the Oshkosh campus at our fingertips
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Jitterbug, Rumba or Foxtrot, anyone?
Those types of dance are among the new skills members of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community are adding to their repertoire ahead of the annual Black & Gold Scholarship Ball. UW Oshkosh College of Business Dean Barb Rau and the UWO Swing Club have come together to arrange free ballroom dance lessons to anyone up for the challenge. Zeke and Pamela Cribbs of Boogie Ballroom in Neenah are leading the sessions.
Those interested are invited to Reeve Union Room 202. Sessions run 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 3 and 10.
The Black & Gold ball, the University’s signature scholarship fundraising event, is Nov. 13 at the Gibson Social Club in Oshkosh. The formal evening includes cocktails, dinner and dancing with live entertainment from the Big Band Reunion. For more information, visit the Black & Gold Scholarship Ball website.
The annual Alumni Awards Celebration, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association, is set to kickoff Homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Culver Family Welcome Center. The event will honor 11 alumni who have had an impact on their community and professional fields and showcases future promise.
Along with celebrating the accomplishments of these honorees next week, Justine Stokes, director of television services in the radio TV film department, and a few UW Oshkosh students put together videos on the winners.
In the videos below, we showcase the Distinguished Alumni Award winners, including Sheria (Grice) Robinson-Lane ’03, who shares why UWO is special and what her favorite place on campus was.
More Distinguished Alumni Award winner videos:
A longtime past professor of communications at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fond du Lac campus has died.
Judith Kosted taught at then-UW-Fond du Lac for 37 years before her retirement in 2002. She passed away Nov. 29 at Lakeview Place in Fond du Lac.
Kosted earned her master’s degree at Southern Illinois University. She primarily taught introduction to film and introduction to public speaking courses.
She is survived by a sister, Terry (George) Smith; nephews; great-nephews; “love of her life” Denny Krumbein; and her “special Wisconsin family” Debbie Marten and family.
Zacherl Funeral Home of Fond du Lac is handling arrangements. Burial will take place in Peoria, Illinois, at a later date.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Jeff Griffith, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, who was honored with the 1989 Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni award, returns to his alma mater Nov. 17 to share his creative work with advertising campaigns.
Griffith, a journalism 1987 graduate, has had an impressive career in advertising as a creative director, art director, copywriter, content creator and video producer/director.
The presentation about three of Griffith’s philanthropic campaigns will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Sage Hall, Room 3232. He’ll share insights into the creative process fueling the Medal of Honor, Save Gettysburg and American Battlefield Trust campaigns, including his ability to recruit top celebrity talent for the projects.
Dianne Parker, who works for the Graduate Studies Office as a graduate student services and operations specialist at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has been named the recipient of the October 2021 STAR Award.
She was nominated by Connie Schuster, admissions and records processing coordinator and support specialist:
“Since Dianne Parker started her employment in the Graduate Studies Office in November 2019, she has been instrumental in moving our office towards a higher level of interaction with our students. Her expertise in computer-related knowledge has allowed us to meet the students’ needs in addition to providing us with up-to-date statistics, which was not available in the past.
“With the implementation of the new UW System eApp application system in August, there were many challenges to overcome. Parker was able to continually update our website and automated emails to reflect changes as they came up and was an instrumental resource. She actively strives to improve her knowledge, and when asking questions is concise in her inquiries.
“Parker has revamped the Graduate Assistantship process so students may apply through the PageUp system. This required consulting with the Human Resources office to build this module from the ground up. This change now allows departments to see within the system which students are eligible/available to be employed by a GA position compared to paper copies of contracts being sent through campus mail delaying the hiring process. With the trials our campus faces, our physical office in Dempsey Hall is open daily but Parker is working virtually from her home in Minocqua. There have been no problems or lags in services to our students because the interactions she has with the physical office are continual.”
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Letters and Science Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Climate (EDIC) committee has named four students as the winners of the I-RISE Awards for the month of October.
» Emefa Arisiya is a nursing major on the Oshkosh campus. Arisiya is an international student who served as a midwife in Ghana for more than six years. While pursuing her nursing degree at UWO, she served as a Certified Nursing Assistant during the pandemic. She continues to be an ambassador to the wider Oshkosh community in providing care to vulnerable populations.
» Ivy Evrard is a political science major on the Fox Cities campus. Evrard is a nontraditional student who hopes to create a secular program that assists individuals who struggle with substance abuse. Leveraging personal insights, Evrard supports individuals from various backgrounds by connecting them to campus and community resources.
» Peter Lo is an international studies major on the Fox Cities campus. As a nontraditional student, Lo has stepped up as a leader on the Fox Cities campus through his work with the Student Association. Lo advocates for the needs of students and continues to bring new ideas forward that best serve the campus community. He is a strong supporter and advocate for the international student community and works to make campus a more inclusive and welcoming place.
» Amber Raygo is a public relations major on the Oshkosh campus. Raygo is a first-generation college student and is actively involved with Residence Life Conference Services, Oshkosh Student Association, the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She leverages the adversity she faced during her time at UWO to inspire others, advocate for students with disabilities and spread positivity on campus.
The monthly I-RISE Awards—named for resilience, inspiration, strength and excellence—applaud UW Oshkosh students who have demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity, yet continue to advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion on the Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses.
Do you know a student who has overcome adversity and continues to advocate for a more equitable and inclusive campus environment? The EDIC committee is now accepting nominations for the November I-RISE award. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 17.
The Advance-Titan, Nov. 25
WRST Radio, Nov 25
WBAY, Nov. 29
NBC26, Nov. 24
Oshkosh Herald, pg. 21, Nov. 24