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UW Oshkosh pianist Eli Kalman performed in a recital with internationally renowned cellist Amit Peled from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Grass Valley, Calif., Nov. 21. The recital was part of the “InConcert Sierra” series, and the works of Schuman, Bloch, Beethoven and Tsintsadze were performed.

Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft, theatre, will attend a Fitzmaurice Voice Study, Dec. 9-12, in Los Angeles, Calif. Fitzmaurice Voicework teaches actors how to effectively use vocal techniques and how to improve their voices. The training is also beneficial to a variety of professions and can help those with injured or ineffective voices. Wiedenhoeft received support through the Faculty Development Program Off-Campus Component.

An Appleton based marketing strategy and communications agency has added UW Oshkosh junior Jessica Bedore as its new public relations intern. This will be the first internship for Bedore, who is majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. The agency also added UW Oshkosh senior Cedar Brown as its new marketing intern. This internship will be the first experience in marketing for Brown, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing.

Christy Cazzola, sophomore, and Nate Stymiest, junior, each earned All-American honors at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Cross Country Nationals in Wartburg, Iowa, Nov. 20. Cazzola, who won her second All-American honor, finished the women’s race in fourth place after taking a year off to have her second child. Stymiest earned his first All-American honor when he won seventh overall. He also improved 202 places from when he ran in nationals last season. Since the NCAA Division III Nationals, Cazzola was awarded the athlete of the year award for the women’s cross country team and Stymiest was also presented with the award for the men’s team.

UW Oshkosh students taught elementary students about science with a variety of hands-on experiments at the first family science carnival at Washington Elementary School Nov. 30.

Bill Wresch, information systems, has been named as the new associate dean for the College of Business. Wresch has taught management of information systems, and he has previously served as the associate dean for undergraduate programs in COB.

Health Houdek, senior, was one of three who received the title of Volunteer of the Year by the Fond du Lac County Habitat for Humanity. Houdek worked with the organization to create an internship position that has been held since spring.

Michelina Manzi
, reading education, and Elizabeth Alderton, reading education, presented information at the Oshkosh Public Library on the importance of reading to children and how the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program pursues literacy in children. The library held two interactive sessions to conduct research on the impact of the Imagination Library program on school preparedness.

Eric Brunsell, science education, discussed education reform in his blog on the edutopia website.  Brunsell’s article explores the education community’s reaction to the documentary, “Waiting for ‘Superman’” and the issue of equity in the education system.

UW Oshkosh graphic design students William Kaul, Harrison Bowden and Sam Rice won awards for their work in four different categories in the Student Division Graphic Competition. The event was held at the Association of College Unions International Region 8 and 9 Conference at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Steffanie Nagan, senior, was selected as the 2010 ESPN Academic All-American College Division Women’s Soccer Second Team for her 4.00 grade point average. Nagan was the first WIAC athlete to receive the award since 2007.

Jack Borski, senior, received the second team Academic All-American honors for his participation in UW Oshkosh soccer. With a 3.82 grade point average, Borski is the first UW Oshkosh men’s soccer player to be give the honor multiple times.

The new participants for the Scholars and Mentor program have been selected and will conduct scholarship of teaching and learning pilot projects in spring 2011. Results from the projects will be presented at the annual Scholars and Mentor program showcase in fall 2011. Participants include: Amy Parrot, Mary Hoefferle, Michael Skivington, Judith Westphal, Elizabeth Alderton and Karen Gibson.

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