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UWO students to discuss journey to China

Telling the stories that happen outside of the classroom is important to Grace Lim and her journalism students.

“I teach students who want to be journalists. For them to be journalists, they have to do journalism,” said Lim, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh journalism instructor and editor of Beyond Classroom Walls, an online publication that highlights the excellence in teaching and learning that occurs at the University.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12 two of Lim’s former students and multimedia interns – Tom Hanaway and Kristen Manders – will have the opportunity to share their story of a three-week journey to China through a presentation, The Midwest in The Far East. Hanaway and Manders were among more than 30 math education and business/economics students who made the educational trip to China last summer.

“This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” said Hanaway in a Behind Classroom Walls video, which was created from atop the Great Wall of China.

The Midwest in the Far East will be held at Reeve Union Theatre at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and is open to the public. Manders and Hanaway will answer questions following their presentation. (Read more by Amanda Wimmer)

Learning about the Civility Project (guest blogger – Jacob Griesbach, graduate student)

The Civility Project

 Hello. My name is Jacob Griesbach and I am completing my graduate internship at the UW Oshkosh Career Services office. I have recently had the opportunity to attend a seminar on a new, community-based initiative.  It’s called the Civility Project. 

 The Career Services team has had the pleasure to discuss this project with Karen Heikel, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Tom Grogan, Executive Projects Coordinator. In meeting with them, it was explained that to be civil means to care about others and treat them with respect.

The Civility Project focuses on achieving this goal by following nine simple steps.  Through our discussions, we have defined each step as listed below.

 Pay Attention

Be aware of your thoughts and actions.  Recognize and be sensitive to the situations of others.


Seek to understand ideas and motivations.  Observe verbal and non verbal cues while interacting. 

 Be Inclusive

Understand that the inclusion of others allows for new ideas that may otherwise be overlooked.  Facilitation and free flow of information allows for the best solutions to surface.

 Not Gossip

Gossip has the potential to ruin relationships. It destroys trust and diminishes moral between coworkers and group members. 

Show Respect

Develop a culture that allows others to learn and grow without fear of ridicule or judgment.  Treat others as you would like to be treated.

 Be Agreeable

Establish rapport by seeking to understand those with a different view.  Display a willingness to work with and learn from others as a team. 


Remove interpersonal barriers and reduce animosity. Display humility by being reasonable and admitting your faults.       

 Give Constructive Criticism

Promote safety and understanding by providing feedback that is not offensive or demeaning.  Open conversations on a positive note. Provide alternative solutions and best practices in constructive ways.

Take Responsibility

Take accountability for your actions by accepting blame when necessary.  This shows others we are responsible for our actions and willing to learn from our mistakes when situations arise.

Movers and Shakers: Mike Cowling, Dept. of Journalism Chair

This past summer, Journalism department professor and chair, Mike Cowling, worked as a copy editor at renowned publication “The New York Times.” Renting an apartment in New York and missing his family, Cowling spent 13 weeks working in the newsroom. However, Cowling’s wife and daughter did make the trip to the east coast to spend a few weeks with him.

“The downside of working for ‘The New York Times’ is being away from home, but I still really love working in a newsroom because I did that for several years before getting into teaching,” Cowling said. He said that by doing so, he gets the best of both worlds: learning and teaching.

This semester, Cowling is teaching law of mass media and will teach media ethics during winter interim. Because of his administrative responsibilities, Cowling teaches only two classes per semester. Cowling has been teaching for about 18 years and chair of the journalism department for 5. He was reelected last year for another 3-year term.

Besides working for “The New York Times,” teaching classes, and serving the department as chair, Cowling is the adviser for the Society of Professional Journalists as well as a member of the Gender Equity Council and the Alliance Committee.

“Issues of diversity are important to me,” Cowling said.

Cowling also established the Diversity in Journalism Scholarship for minority students who are going into the program. Through fundraising, he was able to raise enough money, and now recipients of the scholarship are awarded $500 per semester.

Chair, Department of Journalism

Through Cowling’s efforts and that of others in the journalism department, the program was certified by the Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR). In November, the journalism department will be visited by members of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for program-wide accreditation.

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