The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association’s Board of Directors elected seven new members to serve three-year terms, beginning in fall 2012. The new members include Stephanie Masaros Briggs ’00 and MSE ’02, of Madison; Ann Duginske ’11, of DePere; Bret Goodman ’71, of Glendale; Mark Joel ’98, of Oshkosh; Colleen Merrill ’09 and MBA ’10, of Oshkosh; Jason Richter ’00 and MBA ’12, of Menasha; and Russ Weyers ’82, of Mount Pleasant.
The UW Oshkosh Athletics Department welcomed five new coaches into the Titan family in July.
The coaches are Pat Juckem for men’s basketball, Brad Fischer for women’s basketball, Eamon McKenna ’04,for both men’s cross country and men’s track and field, Drew Ludtke for women’s cross country and Wytse Molenaar’06, for men’s soccer.
Professor Susan Cramer took her post as the new dean of Graduate Studies on July 1. Increasing the visibility of graduate school-level education is among Cramer’s goals in her new role. Cramer has been a member of the UW Oshkosh faculty since 1990 and has expertise in instructional technology, curriculum, leadership and program planning and evaluation.
Bob Keller, J. J. Keller chairman of the board and president/chairman of the J. J. Keller Foundation, has been named Executive in Residence for the UW Oshkosh College of Business. The Executive in Residence Program integrates a regional senior executive into the life of the college. Keller will assist with classes and student organizations; participate in college programs, centers and initiatives; mentor students and faculty; and share professional experiences in and outside of the classroom. Keller graduated from UWO in 1969 with a degree in economics and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. He was president and chief executive officer for J. J. Keller from 1988 until 2006; during his tenure, which began in 1957, the firm grew from approximately $10 million to $200 million in sales revenue. J. J. Keller currently employs about 1,200 associates.
Horizon Village opened its doors to students this academic year. The five-story, 340-bed residence hall has been under construction since November 2010 and replaced the former Breese, Clemans and Nelson residence halls. The building was formally dedicated during Fall Fest on the Fox.
Kolf Sports Center underwent a renovation in summer 2012. The main field house athletic floor and the bleachers were replaced to make the facility more up-to-date and guest friendly.
Renovations are underway at Oshkosh’s downtown hotel. Last February, the UW Oshkosh Foundation along with local hoteliers closed on the sale of the property. Now, the 176-room waterfront property is being transformed into a state-of-the-art business hotel, which is intended to anchor the city’s downtown and serve as an economic catalyst for the entire community. Read more here.
UW Oshkosh and Fox Valley Technical College joined forces with a new agreement that allows students in aeronautics pilot training and aircraft electronics programs at FVTC to transfer credits into a UWO aviation management emphasis. The agreement became official in July.
UW Oshkosh awarded its first-ever doctoral degrees at the institution’s 138th spring commencement ceremony in May. Four students—Morgan Bailey, of Oshkosh; Amber Geocaris Carriveau, of Green Bay; Anna Christian, of Appleton; and Vicki Ray, of Appleton—are the first to obtain a Doctor of Nursing practice (DNP) degree. See photos from commencement here.
In April, the Arbor Day Foundation named UW Oshkosh a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the second year of recognition for UW Oshkosh.
A second group of students from Oman’s University of Nizwa “graduated” from UW Oshkosh in July. More than 20 Omani students studied at UW Oshkosh for several weeks as part of a business cultural exchange program partnership called Global Horizons. The program is part of a long-lasting partnership and friendship that has existed between the two academic communities and schools since the mid-1990s. While in Oshkosh, the group visited New North businesses and industries and met with leaders and legislators.