UW Oshkosh hosts Homecoming Oct. 21-22, with events for Titan students beginning Oct. 16. The always special weekend for alumni, faculty, staff and students has added excitement this year as the new Titan Thunder Marching Band will perform and celebrate 100 years of bands at UWO.
ArtsCore, a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Paine Art Center and Gardens and regional public school districts designed to support pre-service and early career teachers in their efforts to teach in and through the arts, welcomed the MisEducation of HipHop to Reeve Union on the Oshkosh campus this week for a presentation titled Healing and Transforming Through HipHop. MisEducation of HipHop, aka MisEd, is a Chicago music-based youth development nonprofit focused on self-acceptance, healing traumas and dream-building.
The presentation, which was open to UW Oshkosh students and particularly aimed for education majors, was about educators and students being able to bridge cultural differences in order to effectively engage in the classroom. Through the workshop, participants learned to understand the importance of the cypher and the power of the individual in developing a collaborative and unified space.
Hundreds of students took the opportunity this week to meet with employers about job opportunities, internships, co-ops and more at Career Fair on the Fox, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Career & Professional Development and held at Kolf Physical Education and Sports Center.
Students also had the chance to identify employers based on their career interests, explore educational opportunities and practice their personal pitch as they networked. Representatives of nearly 200 companies, organizations and educational institutions took part in the event.
The Honors College at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh held its Honors Convocation this week on the Oshkosh campus. It’s the first time the usually annual event has been held since the start of the pandemic. Courtney Bauder, director of the social justice program in the College of Letters and Science and an Honors College instructor, delivered the keynote address.
Students from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and other UW System schools took to Lake Michigan this summer to clean up trash in the water and along the shorelines in a new trash skimmer boat and remote controlled drone purchased with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The two-hulled catamaran and Pixie Drone remote-controlled trash collection system gathers litter and debris from Sturgeon Bay and the Fox, Ahnapee, Kewaunee and Manitowoc rivers. UWO also purchased two stationary bins to passively capture trash in smaller areas.
The large project aimed at preserving water resources critical to the the vitality of key Wisconsin communities also involves the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin and collaboration with the Council of the Great Lakes Region National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris project.
- We’re taking out the trash: EPA awards UWO nearly $418,000 to clean up Lake Michigan
- Study engineering and engineering technology at UWO
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.
Mary Bartelt, the dean’s assistant in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Education and Human Services, has been named the recipient of the October 2022 STAR Award.
She was nominated by COEHS Dean Linda Haling, Dean:
“The most notable is Mary’s project management of the College of Education and Human Services move out of N/E to prepare for the renovation. Coordinating this effort was incredibly time-consuming, and Mary took the lead to find alternative locations. She worked collaboratively with departments across campus and with the COLS and COB Dean’s Offices to secure offices and storage spaces for the 70-plus faculty/staff members and our instructional academic staff across the college. She collaborated with facilities staff to manage the moving process required by the moving company. She communicated each week with the college to provide updates regarding the move. Finally, she continues to coordinate and manage the on-going issues as a result of the move, working with both IT and facilities to resolve these issues.
After more than two years of service to the campus community, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh shuts down its COVID-19 testing and vaccination center on the Oshkosh campus Friday, Sept. 30.
Since first established in response to the pandemic, center staff administered 106,971 COVID-19 tests–with a peak of 712 tests performed in a six-hour period on Nov. 23, 2020. The team also provided more than 4,500 vaccinations over nearly two years.
Tara Zochert, COVID-19 testing/vaccine operations manager, kept operations running smoothly and efficiently at campus-based centers.
Students may continue to get a COVID-19 test and vaccination, along with flu shots and monkeypox testing for those exposed or experiencing symptoms, at the Student Health Center in Radford Hall on the Oshkosh campus. Students should contact SHC with any questions or concerns.
Faculty and staff should consult their private healthcare provider or secure testing and/or vaccination at a public site. Find a public testing center here. Find a list of public vaccine locations here or reach out to your local public health department.
A limited number of free COVID-19 testing kits are available on campus.
Students may pick up free at-home COVID-19 tests on all three campuses. Pickup locations include:
- Student Health Center, Radford Hall, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays – except Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
And after hours at: Oshkosh Campus residence halls or UW Oshkosh Police Department.
Students and staff may pick up free tests on the access campuses at Fond du Lac Campus: AE112 Campus Services; Fox Cities Campus: M1108 Campus Services.
The Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), which first met in January 2020 to discuss COVID-19, will no longer meet on a regular basis.
Chancellor Andy Leavitt, who charged the committee with developing and executing the University’s response to COVID-19, met with the group on Sept. 22 to thank members for their diligence, innovation and leadership during the pandemic.
The EOC will not disband. Team members will remain on call should the need arise to face a resurgence of the virus or any other campus-wide emergency. Ongoing training and tabletop exercises will help us stay up-to-date on potential threats and aid a quick response.
A message to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community from Acting UW Oshkosh Police Chief Chris Tarmann:
The Algoma Boulevard project is moving along, but pedestrian traffic on the roadway is hampering construction.
Effective immediately all pedestrian traffic on the roadway must cease. Pedestrians should find other routes around campus, including walking on the grass near the buildings along Algoma.
Orange construction barrels mark the only legal paths across Algoma. You can find those areas marked in green on this map.
UWO police officers will be monitoring pedestrian traffic and violators may be cited.
Pedestrian traffic on the roadway is illegal and a safety hazard. We are asking for your cooperation so construction can proceed safely and on time. The sidewalks are expected to be completed within the next two weeks.
We know the project has impacted your ability to efficiently get around campus and we appreciate your patience as work has continued this fall. The project will greatly improve the roadway and sidewalks through campus when it is complete.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Whitburn Wednesdays event series returns for the 2022-23 academic year on Sept. 14 with “A Practical Approach to Improving Governing Board Performance.”
Michael Ford, UWO associate public administration professor and department chair, presents his latest project examining how local governing officials who may be struggling to diagnose and resolve issues can move forward as a cohesive governing body.
The research-based project offers pragmatic ways to analyze and resolve many concerns afflicting local government in Wisconsin today. Participants will learn how to apply practical techniques, including a conflict diagnostic tool and regenerative relations tool, to improve performance and ensure governing boards are greater than the sum of their parts.
Ford, who also is the founding director of the Whitburn Center for Governance and Policy Research, has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications related to issues of board governance and education policy.
The Whitburn Wednesdays monthly event series covers a wide range of pressing issues and features panelists representing a diversity of viewpoints. Events occur on the second Wednesday of each month during the academic year online.
Katrina Helmer, who works in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Nursing as a post-licensure program assistant, has been named the recipient of the September 2022 STAR Award.
Helmer was nominated by Kathleen Elertson, interim post-licensure director:
“Katrina is the face of the Post-Licensure Program in the College of Nursing. She is the first person students encounter when they apply to the program. Katrina diligently tracks each of the post licensure students for the DNP-FNP emphasis, MSN programs and MSN-DNP. Katrina knows when all of the required documentation is due for admission, clinical placements and program progression. She knows when students are nearing program completion and is very effective at making sure each person stays on track to meet the multiple requirements for degree completion.
“Katrina is the ‘go to’ person for students who are worried about their ability to balance academic work with family and professional demands. She is the one students consistently report feeling comfortable with because they feel connected and supported in making the best decision for themselves.
“Katrina is well-organized and efficient in her daily work. She makes the monumental work that she accomplishes appear easy. She is also the first to go over and above by offering assistance to any colleagues in need.
“There are several reports due for program and accreditation this fall. Katrina was able to pull the necessary information and format it into the reports within a very short turnaround time. As a new program director, I have appreciated Katrina’s knowledge of historical practice and her guidance during this time of transition. The College of Nursing is very fortunate to have Katrina Helmer as an exemplary program assistant and we believe she is very deserving of the STAR award.”
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