What all 10 of the 2013 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association award winners have in common, of course, is a degree from UWO and a good dose of Titan pride. After that, their life stories are as varied as their majors.
During Homecoming Weekend, these coaches, teachers, journalists and business and management professionals will be honored for their career and community successes. Until then, they share here how their days on campus have made an impact on their lives.
Distinguished Alumni Award—given to those who are active in their professional fields and widely recognized for their career and civic accomplishments.
My education and experience at UW Oshkosh have opened doors and opportunities to serve others. The most valuable part of my employment at UW Oshkosh has been seeing the evolution and development of the generations of students I have had the opportunity to work with for more than 20 years.
The quality of education I received for the financial investment was a great value, and it has allowed me to compete on an even footing while conducting business with people from all types of educational backgrounds. The availability of the faculty and their relevant work experience allowed me to feel prepared for the world of work upon graduation.
I learned about my passion for advertising, marketing and design. I learned how much I loved to design and that I was willing to stay up late into the night to create cool new things. I learned you never know what project will lead to another even more amazing project. I met lifelong friends, had a lot of fun and learned how important it was to push myself to get to the next level.
I had the pleasure of being coached by two Hall of Fame football coaches (Russ Young and Dave Hochtritt), and I had outstanding faculty (Alex Inciong, Ken Allen, Bob and Shirley White) pushing me to become the best I could be.
UW Oshkosh gave me the foundation to build a career. It was a place that taught me how to think, how to be creative and how to problem-solve. These are important skills to have in life.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award—given for professional and civic accomplishments and future promise.
At UW Oshkosh, I learned the networking, team-building and professional skills I used to get hired and be successful at my first job. I learned how to be a leader, how to be resourceful and what really, really hard work felt like. My professors taught me critical-thinking and creativity, while student advisers of organizations taught me people management and teamwork skills.
UW Oshkosh laid the foundation for all of my writing, reporting and professional skills. The journalism department offered all the tools I needed to grow as a reporter, and my professors, including Grace Lim, Michael Cowling, Miles Maguire, Barb Benish and Timothy Gleason, were always on hand to help and push us to work outside the classroom. But most importantly, I wouldn’t be where I am today without working grueling hours at the Advance-Titan in the basement of Reeve Union.
UW Oshkosh offers a first-rate education. The professors provide a current, relevant and engaging course of study, and they are devoted to the success of their students. I was mentored by more than one professor who took an active interest in my development. As a nontraditional student pursuing three majors, I simply could not have excelled without the full package that is UW Oshkosh.
Throughout my experience at UW Oshkosh, they instilled the importance of being a lifelong learner in their students. I have also had the opportunity to partner with the University on many wonderful projects in which they have helped to increase the quality of education that my students received.
While I attended UW Oshkosh, I was given the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for the sociology department. Through this experience, I gained many of the attributes that have served as the foundation for my professional persona, including leadership, public speaking, mentoring and time management.
Fellow alumni and friends are invited to celebrate with our 2013 award recipients at the Alumni Awards Dinner, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in Reeve Memorial Union. Reserve your spot at the event by calling (920) 424-3449 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $30 per person.