A Salute to Hometown Heroes Event
The Salute to Hometown Heroes at the Grand Opera House attracted more than 500 people, including state legislators, top UW Oshkosh administrators, and scores of hometown heroes from Green Bay to Beaver Dam. The following videos are from the event in the newly renovated Grand Opera House theater. The afternoon culminated with the premiere of Airboat Rescue 1: When the Ice Breaks, a short documentary by journalism instructor Grace Lim and students Mark Mazur and Trent Hilborn. The Airboat Rescue 1 project is a cross-discipline, multimedia project that involved students, faculty, staff from four departments and the University's Learning Technologies. The project resulted in a DVD, a CD of original music and a 28-page companion magazine.
(Note: The actual Airboat Rescue 1 film is NOT included in the following videos. You may purchase a copy from the University's Books & More. All proceeds go to the Student Multimedia Projects Fund, a nonprofit fund set up through the UW Oshkosh Foundation that help pay for future student-faculty projects.)
Video: Part 1
In this video Jen Monroe, a UW Oshkosh alumna, talks about her hometown hero, her father, David LaBorde, a longtime firefighter with the Fond du Lac Fire Department.
Video: Part 2
John Koker, Dean of the College of Letters and Science, welcomes the guests.
Video: Part 3
Chelly Boutott, WFRV-TV Channel 5 News anchorwoman, talks about the importance of hometown heroes.
Video: Part 4
Eagle (Wis.) Fire Chief Justin Heim and Oshkosh Mayor Paul J. Esslinger
Video: Part 5
UW Oshkosh, Journalism Senior, Courtney Rinka, talks about her hometown hero, her dad, Jeff Rinka, a retired firefighter from the Waukesha Fire Department. Oshkosh Fire Chief Timothy Franz pays tribute to the everyday heroes of our lives.
Video: Part 6
UW Oshkosh Journalism instructor Grace Lim talks about the making of Airboat Rescue 1: When the Ice Breaks. Lim is the project leader and the director of the short documentary.
Video: Part 7
Airboat Rescue 1 director and journalism instructor Grace Lim introduces the Airboat Rescue 1 Project Team, which includes students Mark Mazur, Trent Hilborn, Callie Soddy, Amanda Martin and Heidi Hansen; art instructor and Learning Technologies coordinator Shawn McAfee. Music professor Andre Gaskins, who composed original music for the documentary, was in South America, playing as a guest soloist for a Chilean ensemble. Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper presented the team with a special proclamation signed by himself, Rep. Gordon Hintz and Gov. Scott Walker.
Video: Part 8
Journalism instructor Grace Lim thanks her sponsors and makes a subtle pitch to the audience to feed young minds. She also presents a Mustang Survival ice rescue suit to Ed Quigley, assistant fire chief of the Winneconne-Poygan Fire Department. The sixth-graders at Oshkosh ALPS Charter School also give a special hometown heroes video tribute.
Video: Part 9
Richard H. Wells, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, thanks the hometown heroes in the audience.
Video: Part 10
Kathy Bigger, Communications Manager for the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, shares a special hometown hero story.
Video: Part 11
Chancellor Wells introduces the Lee family - Norm and Joyce Lee and their sons Perry and Colin. Wisconsin Rep. Gordon Hintz honors the family with proclamation signed by himself, Sen. Hopper and Gov. Scott Walker.
(The videos were shot by multimedia news intern Brad Beck.)