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‘The Glass Menagerie’ rehearsals: Theatre students ready to launch virtual season

‘The Glass Menagerie’ rehearsals: Theatre students ready to launch virtual season

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 Glass Menagerie , Nov. 18, 2020

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First in the nation: Surgeon General helps UWO launch aggressive surge testing

First in the nation: Surgeon General helps UWO launch aggressive surge testing

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.

Covid Surge Center Tour 11.6.2020

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Theatre students prep for ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Theatre students prep for ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

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 beginning later this month. It consists of two plays, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, written by Christopher Durang and directed by Angwall; and The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Richard Kalinoski. Both will be available to stream online Nov. 28-Dec. 6. On Oct. 31, students rehearsed for the filmed performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , Oct. 31, 2020

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‘Every culture is singing the same song’ in UW Oshkosh multicultural mural

‘Every culture is singing the same song’ in UW Oshkosh multicultural mural

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.

Nicholas Metoxen

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.

Student idea

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.

Mai Khou Xiong

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.”

Large-scale art

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.


Multicultural Mural Albee, Aug. 18, 2020


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.”

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UWO ready to welcome students back to campuses

UWO ready to welcome students back to campuses

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is ready to welcome students back to its campuses. Students will notice several changes that have been made to enhance the safety of our community amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Facilities crews have been hard at work installing plexiglass barriers, removing or covering furniture to ensure proper distancing, adding foot handles to doors, applying stickers to floors, and placing hand sanitizing stations throughout the university.

Signage has gone up outlining safety protocols. Students are asked to please adhere to them at all times. Face masks must be worn when inside and are encouraged outside when proper physical distancing can’t be maintained.

Students, faculty and staff have all been confronted with unprecedented challenges. With mutual dedication and respect, we can navigate these uncertain times together while upholding our commitment to higher education. To that end, every student, faculty and staff member is asked to make the Titan Safety Promise and perform a daily self-assessment before coming to campus. This information and much more can be found on the Titans Return website. The health assessment may also be accessed on our UWO Mobile app.

Additionally, everyone will receive a Titans Return bag that will include two UWO face masks, hand sanitizer, and health and safety information.

Whether you’re on the Fond du Lac,  Fox Cities or Oshkosh campus, we ask that everyone do their part to ensure a safe and productive return to school this semester. So please wash your hands, wear your mask, keep your distance, and hail Titans.

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Students thank donors who supported Titans Rise campaign

Students thank donors who supported Titans Rise campaign

When we asked our donor community to help support our students as they navigated the financial crisis presented by COVID-19, we were blown away by the response.

Our students needed help, and the Titan community rose to the occasion.

Because of our donors, the Titans Rise campaign raised $84,000 and has helped more than 250 students so far. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say thank you.


If the powerful words of these students inspire you to make a gift to the Titans Rise campaign, please know that your contribution is needed and appreciated. Applications continue to arrive daily and nearly 500 students remain hopeful that they, too, will receive a grant.

For more information, visit here or give below. Any gift is appreciated, no matter the size.

UWO College of Letters and Science to host Town Hall for alumni Dec. 1

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Letters and Science will host a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to introduce COLS Interim Dean Kimberly Rivers and provide alumni and friends with an update on the college.

Panelists also include Provost John Koker; Caroline Geary, COLS associate dean for access campuses; Edwin Jager, interim associate dean for the fine and performing arts and the humanities divisions; and Colin Long, interim associate dean for the mathematics and science and social science divisions.

Alumni are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event. Questions can be submitted here.

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UW Oshkosh students reminded of COVID-19 Thanksgiving plans

As announced before classes started in September, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will continue in-person, face-to-face classes after Thanksgiving break.

Traveling and getting together in small groups, particularly with people you have not been with in a while, are common ways COVID-19 is spreading through our communities. If you can stay on campus or in town, please consider staying. Students should connect with the Dean of Students if they require any accommodations.

Required COVID-19 testing

Any students who are leaving campus for the Thanksgiving break should sign up for a COVID-19 test at Albee Hall before you leave.

Students traveling over the holiday should also sign up for a test upon their return, and students who live on campus should sign up for two (at least 48 hours apart).

Monday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25: 8 a.m.–noon
Sunday, Nov. 29: 1–6 p.m.
Monday-Friday, Nov. 30–Dec. 4: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Final reminders

If you gather with a group of any size this holiday:

  • Wear a mask to protect you and your family
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Don’t attend large gatherings
  • Practice these safety measures even in small gatherings

As always, students who have symptoms or who have had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should consult the Student Health Center or their primary physician or local healthcare clinic.

‘Beast on the Moon’ to be performed in Cyprus

Internationally acclaimed Beast on the Moon, written by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh professor and playwright Richard Kalinoski, will be produced at Persona Theatre on the island of Cyprus later this month.

Kalinoski said a live audience will watch his play―during the pandemic―with a run of 10 performances.

Cyprus is approximately 500 miles off the coast of Greece and is divided into two entities―the Greek side and the Turkish side, according to Kalinoski. The play will be presented in Greek in front of a reduced live audience.

Beast on the Moon has been translated into 19 languages and has been performed in at least 20 countries. Some of the notable productions have been in Italy, Canada, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, France, England, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Armenia, Serbia and the U.S.

Beast on the Moon has been chosen by the Le Bordee theatre in Quebec City as one of the 20 masterpieces to be featured in 2021 in an audio excerpt available to the community. The play’s focus on immigration and refugee life makes it particularly relevant in Quebec.

Beast on the Moon was produced in March at UW Oshkosh.

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New door numbering system in place on UWO Oshkosh campus

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh recently installed numbers on all building exterior doors on the Oshkosh campus. Here are some of the benefits derived from the door numbers:
  • Door numbers are essential when reporting emergency situations. Numbers improve the response time for fire, EMS and law enforcement when calling 911
  • Door numbers are a point of reference for employees when submitting a work request or reporting a safety concern, as well as for the facilities and custodial employees who respond to these requests and reports
  • They are a point of reference for those conducting property damage and incident or injury investigations
  • The door numbering system makes it easier to direct visitors on campus to athletic events, campus tours, performances, speakers, exhibits and community events
  • They are a point of reference when planning to meet and/or gather with others
  • Door numbers assist outside contractors in locating the correct work area

UW System calls for faculty to enroll in Online Teaching and Learning Certificate

The University of Wisconsin System Online Learning Initiative is calling for faculty and instructional staff to enroll in the UW System Certificate in Online Learning. The purpose of this certificate program is to provide faculty and instructional staff across the UW System with a credential, which demonstrates mastery in online teaching and learning.

For UW System faculty and instructional staff, the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate serves three purposes. First, this program provides an opportunity for colleagues to work together to improve online learning across our UW System Universities and to learn and grow as a professional community. Second, it provides an ongoing opportunity to ensure high-quality online instruction, as new instructors enter the realm of online teaching and learning, and as experienced instructors seek to hone their existing knowledge and skills in online teaching and learning. Third, the program provides for faculty and instructional staff a credential demonstrating mastery of best practices in online teaching and learning, which may be utilized in support of tenure and promotion.

Faculty and instructional staff are asked to click here to self-nominate. Participants will receive a  $250 stipend for their efforts. The UW System Online Learning Initiative is pleased to support up to 250 faculty and instructional staff members from all 13 UW System Universities. In order to scale this certificate to all parties who may be interested, anyone actively teaching for-credit courses in the UW System is welcome to apply.

The UW System Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning will directly assess online course design and application of four learning outcomes: alignment of course learning outcomes, student engagement, scaffolding of assessment, and inclusion/access.

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