The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police Department and two of its officers earned recognition by state and national agencies last fall. The University Police Department was recognized by the state for its involvement in the Click It or Ticket program, which focused on enforcing the state’s mandatory safety belt law. Officer Brad Hanson received a Wisconsin Department of Transportation award for his commitment to traffic safety and outstanding effort to keep Wisconsin’s roads safe during the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Officer Trent Morgan received a similar award from the U.S. Department of Transportation for his commitment to traffic safety and outstanding effort to keep Wisconsin’s roads safe during Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Colleen Merrill ’09 and ’10 MBA, recently took the lead as director of the UW Oshkosh Small Business Development Center. The organization is within UW Oshkosh’s fleet of offices strategically created to help support, sustain and enhance the community’s, the region’s and the state’s budding and long-standing small, large and family-owned enterprises.
UW Oshkosh Chancellor Emeritus John E. Kerrigan, who led the institution through a period of remarkable academic achievement and success from 1990 to 2000 while forging ground-breaking educational partnerships at home and in countries around the globe, died Nov. 5 in Dallas, Texas. He was 76.
Renewable-energy and academic partners with UW Oshkosh, Viessmann Group CEO Martin Viessmann, and his wife Annette, pledged a generous gift in December to the UW Oshkosh Foundation to create the University’s first fully endowed chair, which will support UW Oshkosh’s new Sustainable Technology Program. The Viessmann Endowed Chair in Sustainable Technology will, for decades, allow UW Oshkosh to play a visionary and international academic leadership role in renewable energy technologies.
UW Oshkosh Titans alumnus Andy Moriarty ’08, returned to his alma mater Saturday, Nov. 3, as honorary football captain. Moriarty, who majored in communication at UW Oshkosh and set several records playing running back for the Titans between 2003 and 2007, led the coin toss to start the game against UW–Stevens Point.
Construction is underway for the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, which is located at the corner of Wisconsin Street and Pearl Avenue. The finished conference center, including a 440-person ballroom, breakout rooms and a 50-person executive board room, will serve as a gathering place and front door to campus. The Welcome Center, which will provide a 30-percent increase in large-group campus meeting space, should be ready to hold events in spring 2014.
Kolf Sports Center was rededicated on Feb. 9, after a recent renovation and update to the main field house. Renovations brought the facility up to date, making it more guest friendly.
UW Oshkosh stood out among a record 650 schools and was acknowledged for its care toward military veterans and active-duty service members.
The UW Oshkosh Titans football team had a flawless regular-season. The storybook season sent the team to the playoffs for the first time in program history while coaches and teammates earned national recognition.
The UW Oshkosh Dance Team earned top honors at the Dance Xtreme USA 2013 AmeriCup competition in Minneapolis in February. The team won first place in the competition’s collegiate-level “Pom”routine category and second in the “Lyrical” dance category. The tournament pitted the UW Oshkosh dancers against collegiate teams ranging from Wisconsin and the upper Midwest to Mexico.
Sage Hall is, officially, as good as “Gold.” UW Oshkosh’s newest academic building, which opened in fall 2011, earned LEED Gold Building Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. That distinction puts the 191,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic center at the top of a short list of buildings in the New North region and state of Wisconsin to reach LEED’s Gold echelon.
The Arbor Day Foundation named UW Oshkosh a 2012 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the third consecutive year of recognition for UW Oshkosh.
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