The University Honors Program is going strong at thirty-five years old! We'll be gathering THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, at 5:00 in Sage 1216 to mark this milestone during the 14th Annual Honors Convocation. UHP news and upcoming activities for 2016-2017 will be announced, followed by a keynote address from our esteemed presenter, Dr. Roberta S. Maguire, Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Oshkosh Northwestern Endowed Professor of Liberal Arts. Her talk is entitled "Cultivating Curiosity: The Example of Albert Murray." Dr. Maguire is a longtime Honors instructor whose service as Director of the UHP spanned three terms (2003-2012). Her vision was instrumental in developing and shaping the Honors Core curriculum, creating an Honors Council, setting long-term goals for our students' success and retention, and much more. Indeed, it is she who launched many Honors traditions, including the Honors Convocation to which you're invited on September 29! Please plan to attend this special event; it is open to Honors students and their guests, Honors faculty and staff, Honors alumni, and all of our colleagues and partners across campus.
Welcome to UW Oshkosh and to the University Honors Program (UHP)! We are holding Honors Orientations from September 12 through 15. Please choose from ONE of the following dates:
The Spring 2017 schedule is now available for viewing! Registration will begin the first week of October for Honors students, so please sign up for a quick appointment to make sure you're staying on track with your Honors requirements. See the link below for Liz's schedule. We've also listed some great new Honors courses currently in development:
The votes are in! Dr. Manning was presented with the 2015 Outstanding Teaching Award at the Spring 2016 Honors Graduation Ceremony. The event was held at the Alumni Conference & Welcome Center on Wednesday evening, May 11. Dr. Manning (Department of English), was nominated for ENGLISH 310: Honors Advanced Composition. The University Honors Student Association would also like to acknowledge the other nominees, Dr. Julia Chybowski (Department of Music) and Dr. Paul Klemp (also from the Department of English). Congratulations and best wishes, Dr. Manning!
The University Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will hold the Spring 2016 Honors Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Alumni Welcome & Conference Center • 625 Pearl Avenue • Oshkosh. Please join us in congratulating these fifty-six students (fourteen Associates and forty-two Graduates), each of whom has successfully completed all University Honors Program requirements while pursuing the majors and minors hereby noted:
The Spring 2016 Honors Thesis Symposia will begin at 4:00 each afternoon from Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6. Beginning at 3:30, FREE parking will be available in Lot 15 (adjacent to Blackhawk). For the Symposia schedule, sequence of presentations, and locations, please open the attached announcement. We hope you can join us!
The University Honors Student Association has invited Dr. Erin Winterrowd as the next guest for Pizza with Professors, a longstanding UHP tradition. Dr. Winterrowd, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 2007, has also contributed significantly to the UHP both as an HNRS 175 instructor and as an Honors Thesis advisor (more times than anyone on the Honors staff can count!). Winterrowd's varied research interests include gender and cultural influences on human behavior (with particular attention to issues of suicide), under-represented groups in science and engineering, and mental health services within the University of Wisconsin System. Please join us for another stimulating Pizza with Professors event! We'll get started--and the pizza will be ready too--at 4:30. We hope to see you and your friends on Tuesday, April 12!
The UHP and the University Honors Student Association are pleased to announce this year's Spring Trip. We'll travel to Milwaukee for a guided tour of the Pabst Mansion, live entertainment, dinner, and more. The itinerary is set and we hope you are too! Note: As of April 1, this trip is sold out.
Those collection boxes were heavy! The University Honors Student Association (UHSA), the Pre-Med Society, and the American Red Cross joined forces to collect new teddy bears and other stuffed animal friends. The toys were donated to Mercy Medical Center, where they will be at the ready to offer comfort to children (or their relatives) undergoing medical care. Your gift will no doubt make any hospital stay more bear-able.
Whether you're a sprinter or a schlepper, we hope you'll join the UHP Shamrock Shufflers on Saturday morning, March 12! Friends and family are welcome too. The registration is due to the Honors Office (Oviatt House) on February 29 and the fee is just $20. Be sure to include your T-shirt size when you sign up. Proceeds from the Shamrock Shuffle benefit BioLife Plasma Services. For the registration form and more information:
We are happy to announce that Honors alum and Rotary scholar Tracy Wilichowski will be on campus to visit with the University Honors Program community and friends on Tuesday, February 16, in Dempsey 314 at 5:00. After she graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2012 with a BS in History, a BS in Philosophy, and a minor in Social Justice, Tracy moved to sunny Miami for a two-year stint as an instructor for Teach for America. While there, she applied for and was awarded a Rotary Global Grant scholarship that funded her master’s in development management at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Tracy recently returned to Wisconsin from London, where she attended graduate school since fall 2014. We are excited that she accepted our invitation to present on her postgraduate years as well as her master’s program, internships, and future plans. She will also discuss her experiences with HNRS 275: Culture Connection students in her adopted city. Currently, Tracy is researching job opportunities. “I am looking for work,” she says, “that will enhance my knowledge of successful grassroots economic policies. I hope to develop new strategies to improve standards of living for individuals and am most interested in international development consulting.” Her long-term goal is to conduct research and help develop policy that will drive change in how international aid is distributed. Tracy is also busy with speaking engagements at which she promotes and recommends Rotary grants, so others are aware of the opportunity to study all over the world. She is living proof that such experiences are indeed possible. Please join us for refreshments and an exhilarating talk this afternoon!
Attention, Honors juniors and seniors! We welcome you to attend this semester's Honors Senior Capstone Meeting on Wednesday, February 10, at 4:00 in the student lounge in Oviatt House. If you have not yet decided which capstone route to take, this meeting is for you! The two capstone options will be described in detail plus there will be ample time for Q&A. The information presented can help you reach the decision that suits you--and your graduation timeline--best.
If you are a resident of District 6220 (northern Wisconsin and most of Michigan's upper peninsula) and are interested in graduate studies outside of the United States beginning fall 2016, we invite you to consider the Rotary District 6220 Global Scholar Program. Significant financial support is awarded to students who meet specific criteria and who wish to study or work in such fields as peace and conflict resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; education and literacy; or economic and community development. For information and to apply, please see the grant materials:
Eighteen UHP seniors, representing all four Colleges, have completed the Honors curriculum as well as their major requirements. Five students at the Associate level and thirteen at the Graduate level will be recognized at the Fall 2015 Honors Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, December 16, at 5:30 at the UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center:
Fourteen seniors are completing Honors Thesis projects this semester ("Read More" to see the complete schedule). Campus and off-campus community members are welcome to attend as many sessions as they like, enjoy refreshments, and take part in the Q&A sessions that follow each presentation:
The University Honors Student Association invites you on Wednesday, December 2, for Craft Night! As you prepare for your final exams and projects, it's important to take a break. Reduce stress and recharge before more studying by gathering with friends and getting creative. There will be snowflakes, tree decorating, and cookies! See you on December 2nd beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Scott Hall main lounge.
Please join us on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, at 4:30 in OVIATT HOUSE when the University Honors Student Association's guest alum will be Kayla Oberstadt. A Human Services major/Sociology minor (2012), Kayla was also a heralded member of the track + field and volleyball teams. She earned her master's at The Ohio State University in the spring and recently returned to the Fox Valley, where she is employed with Winnebago County as its 4-H Youth Development Educator. Kayla is excited to meet students currently working their way through their Honors and major requirements and will also describe her academic and professional journeys, offer advice, and explain her new role and the circumstances that drew her to this particular career. Food and beverages will be provided, and all friends are welcome to come along. Hope to see you Monday afternoon!
It is always a good day in the UHP when we hear from Honors graduates. It is an even better one when we have the chance to reconnect in person. ALYSSA BRUNNER, an English major and Journalism minor (2013), was in town recently, and we were honored to be included on her campus stops. Alyssa is working in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as an editor for Kaplan Professional. In spring 2015, she was promoted to Editorial Specialist. Alyssa, we wish you the best in your pursuits and much continued success. If YOU'RE an Honors Alumn, we hope you will call, email, or stop by Oviatt House when you're in the area. And if you have not done so already, please complete our online form:
Thank you for supporting the University Honors Student Association's autumn fundraiser! Each delicious pretzel is just $1. All proceeds will benefit UHSA activities, such as guest alumni (SEE NOVEMBER 16!).
This fall, Pizza with Professors (PWP) organizers have invited Dr. Heike Alberts, Professor of Geography and HNRS 175 instructor. Stop by Oviatt House on Wednesday, October 21, at 4:00 for pizza, fellowship, and interesting conversation. It's free and there is no test; PWP is a fun and informative Honors tradition, so just bring along your questions and your appetite :) Some topics that may be discussed include Dr. Alberts's diverse courses ("Food," "People, Places, and Culture," "Urban Geography," and more); her homeland of Germany; and why Dr. Alberts says "Teaching is the best job in the world!"