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UW Oshkosh’s new general education program

Alumni invited to serve as USP mentors

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni have an unprecedented opportunity to serve and learn side-by-side with sophomores completing a community experience as part of the University Studies Program, our transformed general education program.

“We are delighted that UW Oshkosh alumni are interested in giving back to UW Oshkosh, to current students and to the community,” USP director Lori Carrell said. “USP alumni mentors will be role models, demonstrating civic engagement as they volunteer.”

An estimated 70 to 80 alumni will be needed to serve, starting with the fall 2014 school year, in the USP’s Quest III courses.

Many of the community experiences—ranging from collecting soil samples to interviewing farmers for an oral history project and assisting with a financial literacy workshop at the Boys and Girls Club—will take place within 30 miles of the UWO campus.

However, alumni who live further away may still be able to participate as some community experiences may occur in the evenings, on weekends or during a concentrated time frame, such as spring break.

Mentors will be matched with community experiences/Quest III courses in January, with mentor training to follow in spring 2014in time to begin serving during the 2014–2015 academic year.Questions may be directed to Michael Lueder, community experience coordinator, at luederm@uwosh.edu or (920) 424-1269.

GET INVOLVED

Interested alumni are invited to complete an online interest form found in the Alumni Mentors section at uwosh.edu/usp. The form will include expectations for each community experience.

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