Four new members were elected to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association’s Board of Directors in May.
The 24-member, volunteer board works to build connections among alumni, students and the University. The new members include:
- Tom Boyson ’72, of Oshkosh
- Paula (Vermeern) Dinse ’07, of Oshkosh
- Mark Duerwaechter ’88, of Sherwood
- Melissa Hunt ’05, of Oshkosh.
In July, two-time UW Oshkosh alumna Diane (Vanheuklon) Abraham ’84 and ’87 MBA, took over as the leader of one of Oshkosh’s most visible and transformative community organizations, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.
UW Oshkosh communication professor Lori Carrell released a new book, Preaching that Matters: Reflective Practices for Transforming Sermons, which was published in April by the Alban Institute. It is based on years of sermon communication research with hundreds of clergy and more than 30,000 listeners. Carrell also is the director of both the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the University Studies Program.
Eric Brunsell ‘02 MS, associate professor, curriculum and instruction in the UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services, created a massive open online course (MOOC) earlier this year—a first for a UWO professor—for teachers to learn about the new Next Generation Science Standards in a more hands-on way.
UW Oshkosh’s newest residence hall building—Horizon Village—was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Horizon joins UW Oshkosh’s newest academic building, Sage Hall, which also achieved LEED Gold certification when it opened fall 2011. Funded through student-approved fees, Horizon Village is a 340-bed residence hall featuring apartment-style living suites.
Construction is underway at UW Oshkosh’s Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. Once completed next spring, the state-of-the-art venue located on the Fox River will serve as a gathering place and new front door for the University. Check out a time lapse video of the Center’s construction.
In June, partners broke ground on UW Oshkosh’s largest biodigester, a biogas plant that will include a public education center at Rosendale Dairy, the state’s largest dairy farm, in Pickett. The facility is funded by the UW Oshkosh Foundation; partners include UW Oshkosh, Milk Source, BIOFerm and Viessmann Group, Soil Net, Alliant Energy and Infinity Lawn and Garden.
Annually, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award is given to alumni who have graduated within the last 15 years. Selection is based on professionalism, civic accomplishments and future promise. The five recipients of the 2013 award include:
- Shane Arman ’10
- Kathleen Briquelet ’08
- Jeffrey Koga ’04
- Oliver Schinkten ’03
- Luke Whitburn ’98.
Awards are also given to distinguished alumni who are active in their fields and widely recognized for their career accomplishments. Read more about the Alumni Awards.
The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX, is the standard barometer of a nurse’s knowledge and skill. For the last eight quarters, no group of students in the UW System has earned a pass rate like UW Oshkosh College of Nursing undergraduates have. They have had the highest NCLEX first-time pass rate of all UW System schools with 96 percent.
UW Oshkosh’s new University Studies Program—which launched this semester—already is garnering attention as a national model for general education reform. The Association of American Colleges and Universities has touted UW Oshkosh’s innovative program as the lead case study in its new publication Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale.
In 2013, UW Oshkosh celebrates five years as a Fair Trade institution. The University’s Fair Trade journey is continuously evolving through extended offerings on campus. The University currently offers a number of fair trade clothing and jewelry items sold in University Books and More, and fair trade coffee and tea can be found in many campus locations as well.