Letter from the Alumni Director

Searching for civility

“Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” — Henry James

As political advertising and discourse heats up across the state and nation this fall, it seems a most appropriate time for Engage to take an in-depth look into efforts to maintain civility on campus and in the greater community.

In this issue’s cover story, we hear from leaders of our campus civility initiative known as CivilityWorks and Oshkosh’s Civility Project as well as one of the nation’s foremost civility scientists. And, you’ll find that even the experts sometimes agree to disagree about what civility is and how to achieve it.

I am especially excited for our readers to learn about how our UWO Model United Nations alumni are “The Model of civic engagement, civility and success.” This long-standing, award-winning program led by professor Kenneth Grieb has inspired many graduates to become true leaders and active global citizens. Find out how our alumni have made an impact in Africa, in El Salvador and right here in Wisconsin.

In our own community of more than 80,000 UW Oshkosh alumni, plus our friends and supporters, we make a point of maintaining engaging and civilized interactions and relationships as we share our Titan pride in person and in all communications. We welcome you to add your “voice” to this diverse exchange of ideas on Twitter, our alumni Facebook page and Engage online.

We also heartily welcome you back to campus this fall for Homecoming 2012 and our first-ever All-Greek Reunion planned for Oct. 12-14. Learn more on page 7 and at uwosh.edu/homecoming

Take care,

Christine Gantner, Alumni Director

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