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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will open its doors to hundreds of guests Feb. 22-25 to host the Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE).

OPE is a national, higher education job placement exchange hosted by the Department of Residence Life and Gruenhagen Conference Center at UW Oshkosh. This is the 39th annual event–more than 900 guests are expected this year.

The OPE is a job-placement event drawing hundreds of candidates from around the United States for student affairs positions at institutions from all corners of the country. University employers set up camp at Gruenhagen for what has easily become one of the largest higher education job placement exchanges in the nation.

“Each and every year we celebrate the arrival of the hundreds of guests who will descend upon our campus, and place their trust in us to manage and execute the highest quality placement exchange possible,” said Gruenhagen Conference Center Director Marc Nylen.

This year, 125 colleges, universities and residential boarding schools are registered as employers, many of which bring interview teams. About 340 candidates will be attending, Nylen said.

“We strive to provide a placement exchange that offers a professional venue at which colleges, universities and residential boarding schools can interview qualified job-seeking applicants for positions within the field of student affairs, and most specifically in the areas of housing, residential living, student activities, student leadership, fraternity and sorority advisement, multicultural student advising and diversity education,” Nylen said. “We are honored to host this distinguished event each and every year.”

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