Spring 2012 Endeavors Letter from Provost
A Letter from Lane R. Earns, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Endeavors, a magazine dedicated to recognizing the professional accomplishments of the faculty and instructional academic staff at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The magazine has grown out of efforts led by the Provost’s Office and the Office of Grants and Faculty Development to showcase the exceptional work being conducted by faculty and staff across our campus.
We have envisioned the recognition of our faculty and staff as occurring in two parts each year: the first took place on September 27, 2011, with the Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon. This inaugural event, which included presentations by four faculty members, was well attended by members of the university community, and we look forward to the luncheon becoming an annual feature of the fall semester.
The second part of our recognition will occur each spring term, with the annual publication of Endeavors. Beginning with this inaugural issue, Endeavors will feature stories by Grace Lim and her journalism students that profile exceptional teacher/scholars at UW Oshkosh. The print version will be accompanied by podcasts that will be made available on the Office of Grants and Faculty Development and the Beyond Classroom Walls websites. The magazine will also include information on faculty and instructional academic staff publications, artwork, exhibitions and performances, professional presentations, fellowships, grants and awards, and professional appointments/elections in disciplinary organizations.
I hope that you enjoy the magazine and that it helps focus positive attention on the wide range of high quality professional activities undertaken on a regular basis by our faculty and staff. Sometimes the magnitude of these endeavors can get lost in the day-to-day bustle of life at the university, but, hopefully, seeing the impressive accomplishments of our colleagues together in one place will help give the university community as a whole the opportunity to extend the recognition that our faculty and staff deserve.
Please take time to look through Endeavors and learn more about our extraordinary faculty and staff through their profiles and professional achievements. In closing, the magazine could not have become a reality without the considerable efforts of Linda Freed and Susan Surendonk of the Office of Grants and Faculty Development, Shawn McAfee of the University's Learning Technologies, and the special talents of Grace Lim.
Thank you, and congratulations to all of the faculty and staff members who are deservedly featured in these pages.