Titans Around the World
Whether you are a UW Oshkosh alum, a current student or a UWO faculty or staff member, we want to know where you are and what you are doing.
Tell us about an exciting trip you are on, your job in a foreign country or an interesting research study you are conducting in the U.S. or abroad. We even want to know if you are living and working happily just down the block from Dempsey Hall!
We also are accepting photos to accompany your stories, which may appear on this website or in other news and feature accounts.
Dispatches from Titans Around the World
"Our around the world story concerns our oldest son, Matt, and his wife, Sarah, who were in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria. We had an opportunity to visit them in 2005 and spent three weeks trekking around that beautiful country. To be honest, we had never heard of the country until we visited. The people are proud, family oriented and fun loving. All who we met thought the world of the U.S. and were respectfully hospitable. Go visit Bulgaria if you have the opportunity.
Now my wife, Elsa, and I are retired in St. Clair, Michigan. I worked as a coach and professor at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan for 32 years. My wife was a nurse for the same tenure. We thoroughly enjoy our retirement with three grandchildren nearby, a log cabin in northern Michigan, and a beautiful resort town to live in. Best wishes to all my fellow alums. We were back for 50th Oshkosh H.S. reunion two years ago and had a ball seeing all the old friends."
— Thomas Pennewell '63, October 2010
"Oshkosh Pride picture taken in August 2011 in Quito, Educador where I stand straddling the equator line holding my UWO bag with one foot in each hemisphere.
Lori holds birth to age 21 licensures in ESL, Bilingual/Bicultural (Spanish) Education and Spanish World Language. She extensively studied language and culture in Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Spain and most recently in Ecuador (see attached picture). This is Lorie's tenth year teaching in the School District of New London where she is also the District ELL/Bilingual Coordinator. She has adjunct faculty teaching positions with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Silver Lake College, where she instructs current and future ELL and bilingual teachers. In addition, she has served as field supervisor for UWO student teachers.
This is her second year as a bilingual member of the National Writing Project (NWP) E-Anthology Team where she reads and responds to writings posted on line by teachers from throughout the NWP service area including Puerto Rico. Lori provides workshops and presentations at regional, state and national conferences, teaching best practices and strategies for working with English Language Learners. In November 2010, she presented a session on bilingual poetry at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention in Orlando, Florida."
— Lori Menning '00 and '08, September 2011
"This past summer I went to Tokyo, Japan as part of USA Summer Camp. For this program, American college students are selected to be English teachers for Japanese school children. We spend half of our time at camp, teaching kids new phrases and helping them write essays and create skits. During our free time, we live with a host family and are able to see the country. During my time with my host families, I was able to see Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan, view the largest Buddha statue in Japan that dates back to 700 AD, and visit several districts in Tokyo. It was without a doubt the best summer of my life. I was able to improve my Japanese, learn how to use chopsticks, and experience one of the most unique countries on the planet."
— Tom Hanaway, Current student, October 2010
"My husband works at the NATO base in Brunssum, The Netherlands. Our children attend the International School with kids from all over the world. As a family, we have traveled extensively throughout Europe and even spent a day on the Africian Continent at Christmas and a day on the Asia Continent this summer. This has been such a great experience for us. We've experienced new customs and traditions, new foods and have friends from many different countries. We are going on our seventh year living in Europe. It has been a great way for us to see "our world"!
Go Titans! Go Packers!
— Margaret (Fafinski) Jensen '87, September 2010
"I have been a humanitarian worker since the Tsunami in 2004. More then five years later and dozen of wars and natural disaster crises. I am now leading the relief operation department of MERCY Malaysia, a Malaysian based NGO. I enjoy working in the field and driving the force on. With such a challenging job. it has been the children with sad faces in crisis all over the world that keep me going. Within the past year, I have been to Myanmar, Bangladesh, North Darfur and Sudan."
— Cheong Hew '88, September 2010
"Amanda and I have been living in Sweden for the last five years and are both working at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications as project managers. Our work has given us the opportunity to travel the world, and we recently had a little son named Ashton. We are planning to move back to the Milwaukee area within the next couple of years, so we will finally be able to make it to a Homecoming."
— Christopher and Amanda (Schmeling) Andrews '04, September 2010
"Since my graduation I've used my education and experiences, work and life, to become a romantic suspense published author. I previously worked as a state licensed private investigator, and then I took the next step in studying at Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. I currently have a novel, Court of Lies, which is a new release. My website will tell you more of my journey with the publishing industry including a blog entitled, Readers, Writers, Reality."
—Dawn (Bowers) Kunda '92, October 2010
"I am all over the Midwest and Northwest on book tours and guest spots talking about my book, What Sex Is a Republican? Stories from the Front Lines of American Politics.
I'm doing my part to change the way our political system works! I am president and owner of McCormick Dawson CPS, a consulting and publishing company. We have published national articles about healthcare reform, integrity in government and share commentary on our website."
— Terri McCormick '81, October 2010
"I am a retired elementary school teacher. I entertain monthly at local nursing homes and assisted living communities, am active in church (organist, educator, vocal music, president of church congregation and council). My husband and I enjoy watching our seven grandchildren (from elementary to college ages) participate in sports. We appreciate the seasonal changes, so we stay in Iowa throughout the year."
—Judith (Anderson) Hovden '65, October 2010
"This year my wife, Holly, and I participated in 15 rendezvous (pre-1840 mountain man reenactments). In July, we attended the Rocky Mountain rendezvous in Creede, Colo., and primitively camped for nine days and were surrounded by 9.000 feet of the Rocky's. During the reenactments, Holly sells her knitting and crocheting, while I sell throwing knives. I also competed in black powder shooting matches and tomahawk throwing during the nine days.
We also enjoy playing golf. I was able to golf at 10 different courses this year. After I retired in 2008 from the Kohler Company, we also have been working on our 'Bucket List'. We traveled to Europe for three weeks, spent two weeks at the Grand Canyon, and six weeks participating in Seminole war and rendezvous reenactments in Florida. Every March we rent a condo on the Gulf Shores and visit with family and play golf. Six years ago, we also published a book about our camping adventures during rendezvous, entitled A Story of Sorts ."
—Duane Decker '70, September 2010
Fond du Lac
"After retiring from teaching, we have been building (by ourselves) a log home on land from Tom's grandfather along a beautiful river in Shawano. Free time is spent getting to know our daughter and son-in-law's baby boy who made us grandparents!
The friends we made during our combined college years (1964-1971) as Titans have been life-long friends. Over the years, we have gotten together, and this summer was a special gathering. Students who once lived in Nelson, Fletcher, Scott, Gruenhagen, Taylor and Evans dorms joined us at our home to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Buddies arrived from California, Texas, and around this great state to reminisce about our days together in Oshkosh."
—Tom and Mary (Meyer) Strauss '69 and '71, September 2010
"Under the pen name of Mary Russel, my second children's book, Rudolph, a Child's Love Story, has just been published with a release date of Nov. 9, 2010. My first book, Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths, was released March 15, 2010. Both books are written for ages 8-12.
Books one and two of the Sleuth & Scribe series, for ages 13 and over, will be published in 2011. They are both cozy mysteries. Two more books are works in progress and another book from Sleuth & Scribe is being revised."
— Margaret 'Marge' Holdorf '88, September 2010