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Back at it: Students return to UWO for start of spring semester

Back at it: Students return to UWO for start of spring semester

After the long winter break—and the three-week J-term—the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh was back to business for the start of the spring semester on a Monday with single-digit temperatures. For seniors, it’s the last 14-week term before commencement on May 13.

Here are scenes of Titans—some bundled up, some unfazed and in shorts—getting back in the groove on the Oshkosh campus.

Cold first day of spring semester Jan. 30, 2023

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Tassels turned: UWO celebrates midyear commencement

Tassels turned: UWO celebrates midyear commencement

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s proud alumni community grew by nearly 1,000 Saturday as the University staged its 58th midyear commencement. The achievements of 922 students were recognized in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Kolf Sports Center on the Oshkosh campus. The ceremony came at the conclusion of the fall semester and honored those who graduated with bachelor’s, associate, master’s and doctoral degrees in the summer and fall.

Here are photos from a monumental day for so many Titans:

Midyear Commencement Dec.17 2022

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UWO Fox Cities stages ‘Unnecessary Farce’

UWO Fox Cities stages ‘Unnecessary Farce’

Unnecessary Farce, a comedy by Paul Slade Smith, opens the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities campus theatre season Thursday at Perry Hall in the Communications Art Center. The story features an embezzling mayor and his accountant, a couple of undercover cops and several crooks.

The production showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18. Tickets are $15 for students and seniors and $20 for adults.

Here are photos from this week’s rehearsal, which had the cast masked as a dress rehearsal precaution. (They will not be masked during performances.)

'Unnecessary Farce' rehearsal at UWO Fox Cities Nov. 7, 2022

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UW Oshkosh year in review: We bid you adieu, 2022

UW Oshkosh year in review: We bid you adieu, 2022

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community thrived in 2022, with plenty of events and lots of learning and opportunities for connection.

Take a moment to watch the recap video of 2022.

We look forward to seeing what 2023 holds for our University.


60 seconds of joy: UWO midyear commencement video highlights

60 seconds of joy: UWO midyear commencement video highlights

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s proud alumni community grew by nearly 1,000 on Dec. 17 as the University staged its 58th midyear commencement. The achievements of 922 students were recognized in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Kolf Sports Center on the Oshkosh campus. The ceremony came at the conclusion of the fall semester and honored those who graduated with bachelor’s, associate, master’s and doctoral degrees in the summer and fall. Cheers to all the “beautiful full-bloomed futures” ahead.

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UWO graduating senior finds passion to go beyond survival to thrive

UWO graduating senior finds passion to go beyond survival to thrive

Since a horrific car accident nearly eight years ago altered forever the trajectory of her life, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh psychology senior Abby Lane has chosen time and again to push forward with her recovery and educational goals. Now just weeks after unexpectedly losing her father, Lane is set to graduate Saturday, Dec. 17 at Kolf Sports Center.

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UWO education student receives Tommy G. Thompson Center leadership scholarship

Luiza Nelson, a senior education major at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is one of 19 students across the UW System awarded a student leadership scholarship from the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.

Luiza Nelson

Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 were presented to students “exemplifying Thompson’s spirit of tackling big problems through teamwork and determination to make Wisconsin a better place,” according to a release by the Thompson Center. Additionally, it said the scholarship recipients displayed dedication, inventiveness and leadership and are expected to make an impact in their individual communities.

Nelson, who was born in Brazil, grew up in South Florida and now lives in Appleton, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education broad-field social sciences with a minor in history and an English as a second language certificate. She joined the UW Oshkosh Honors College in fall 2020.

Nelson recently served as the student representative on the UWO 2022-27 strategic planning committee.

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Gatherings: Winter 2023

A CAPITAL EVENING: Alumni in the Washington, D.C. area helped Chancellor Andy Leavitt and Sustainability Director Brad Spanbauer ’11, ’14 MS, celebrate UW Oshkosh’s recent recognition as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award recipient.

WELCOME BACK BASH: Food, games and giveaways all were awaiting UWO students in September at the Fox Cities campus event to kick off the new semester.

SUN-SATIONAL CELEBRATION: The sun shone brightly for Homecoming 2022 as alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and the greater community all joined in the festivities on Oct. 22. From the morning Titan Tailgate at Reeve Memorial Union to the afternoon football victory over UW-Stout at J. J. Keller Field, Titans of all ages reveled in the glorious day full of activity.

SUNSHINE AND MUSIC: Alumni showed off their Titan pride pennants and enjoyed a night out in July at Waterfest in Oshkosh.

CHANCELLOR CHAT: Students got the chance to talk with Chancellor Andy Leavitt at the opening of the Intersection on the Fond du Lac campus in September. The new welcoming space, also found on the Fox Cities campus, is intended to be especially supportive for students from historically excluded and or structurally marginalized groups.

EXPLORING OPTIONS: Students on the Fox Cities campus learned about all the opportunities UWO has to offer at the September Student Involvement Fair.

BATTER, BATTER, SWING! In August, alumnus Tom Sobieski ’67, a member of the 1967 Titan baseball team, threw out the first pitch at a Timber Rattlers game at the Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. UWO grads enjoyed a pregame buffet during the annual alumni night at the ballpark.

MAKING MEMORIES: UW Oshkosh’s Grandparents University brought grandparents and their grandchildren to the Oshkosh campus for two days of education and exploration in July.

WE’RE HONORED: With a keynote address to the Honors Convocation, Courtney Bauder, social justice program director, kicked off the academic year with Honors College Dean Laurence Carlin.

A SPECIAL NIGHT: Acting Police Chief Chris Tarmann ‘14, captures the joy of the annual Run With the Cops event in support of Special Olympics athletes in October.

Corporate connections: Alumni events strengthen Titan community

Every year, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Relations Office hosts a variety of alumni events that allow graduates to grow their sense of Titan community, connect with fellow alumni and build their professional networks.

Recently, there has been a renewed focus on corporate alumni events centered on strengthening partnerships between the University and companies that employ UW Oshkosh graduates.

“Our goal with these events is to strengthen our relationships with local businesses that employ a significant number of our alumni. We also are reconnecting with alumni who may have lost touch with UWO and are working to reengage with them,” said Carrie Rule ’15, UWO alumni relations outreach coordinator.

Society Insurance, which currently employs over 50 UWO graduates and offers numerous internships for students, hosted a corporate alumni event on Nov. 3 at the company’s headquarters in Fond du Lac.

Among the lineup of guest speakers for the event was Chancellor Andy Leavitt, who spoke about the importance of partnership between UWO and Society Insurance.

“UWO has the most employable graduates in the area, and it’s all thanks to the partnerships we have with local businesses. It’s exceedingly important to have internship opportunities like the ones offered through our partnership with Society Insurance,” Leavitt said.

Many of the alumni who attended the event began their careers with Society Insurance through an internship while in college.

Taylor (Moret) Vande Vyver, a 2016 interactive web management graduate from Prairie du Chien and current marketing specialist for Society Insurance, expressed gratitude for her internship and shared how it helped her get to where she is today.

“I’m thankful that UWO students are required to have an internship to graduate because otherwise I would have just continued working jobs that wouldn’t have gotten me anywhere after college. Instead, I was able to find my career,” Vande Vyver said.

Leavitt praised the alumni in attendance and encouraged them to stay involved with their alma mater. “We hope you all stay engaged. Come visit campus occasionally and show your Titan pride,” he said.

Alumni Director Chris Gantner spoke about the importance of alumni involvement and the need for guest speakers to return to campus classrooms and talk about their career paths.

“It’s great to be here with Titans like you. It’s so important to have involved alumni on campus, speaking with students and sharing your experiences,” Gantner said.

UWO alumni at the event agreed that getting together right at their company helps build a sense of community and pride for their alma mater.

Joelle Winter, a 2014 human resources management graduate from Oshkosh and current human resources generalist at Society Insurance, said, “It’s nice to see how the partnership between Society and UWO has grown and how many alumni are still working here today.”

“These events bring people together. They allow us to learn more about each other and the path that we took to get to where we currently are. It’s fun!” Vande Vyver said.

Other recent corporate events have been held at Northwestern Mutual and Jewelers Mutual Group. Rule said there will be more to come at a variety of regional employers as she works to get events scheduled for the future.

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UWO’s Dan Brosman named young professional of the year by Oshkosh Chamber

Dan Brosman, director of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Small Business Development Center and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, received the Propel Young Professional of the Year Award from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.

Dan Brosman

  • The award was presented Jan. 18 during the Chamber’s annual meeting. It is given each year to a person between the ages of 21 and 40 who is making a difference in the community. The winner is selected by the board of directors of Propel Oshkosh, a development and networking group of young professionals.

Some background: Brosman earned a business administration bachelor’s degree in 2015 and master’s in 2021, both from UW Oshkosh. Along with his work at the University, he’s been a significant contributor to the Propel group and is an entrepreneur himself, having recently launched the Oshkosh Pedal Trolley.

  • “Through his ventures, he demonstrates leadership and is an inspiration to Oshkosh’s future leaders and entrepreneurs,” the Propel board wrote.

What he said: “I am humbled and grateful to be recognized as the Young Professional of the Year,” Brosman said. “It’s an honor to connect and grow with other like-minded individuals through Propel, as well as be a part of such a vibrant community.”

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UW Oshkosh associate director for student involvement elected to international college unions board

A leader at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh recently began a two-year term on the Association for College Unions International (ACUI) Board of Trustees.

Missy Burgess

Missy Burgess, associate director for student involvement at UWO, said in a statement of candidacy that the world has changed dramatically in the last nearly three years and ACUI has the opportunity to be a thought leader on the “new normal” and to stay relevant for its membership.

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers to represent our members at this level,” Burgess said. “I am excited for the challenge and opportunity to shape our strategic future.”

Burgess said conversations of diversity and inclusion are pressing matters for the world as well as ACUI and leaders will need to look internally to make sure policies and practices create an association that is welcoming to all. Ongoing educational opportunities for members will be part of the conversation.

As a board member, Burgess will actively engage with ACUI strategies, finances and governance to further enhance the community and lead the future of ACUI and the college union field.

UWO is one of 450 institutional ACUI members from around the United States and abroad.

Burgess, who has been at UWO since October 2013,  earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Kansas State University, and a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota.

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