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See video highlights of journalism 2011 Homecoming Reunion
Here's your chance to see some of the events that occurred at the October 2011 Homecoming Reunion. Click to view video clips from the alumni panel discussion and open house presentation, or to see a Soundslides presentation of the Department past and present.

Click here to see a video of the Alumni Award winners — three from the journalism department — who reflect on the university's growth and the impact their UW-Oshkosh education had on their lives. Or hear about the Social Media Tweet-up that the Journalism Department hosted, presented by journalism alumnus Troy Janisch

In addition, here are links to two documents that were handed out. One is a history of the evolution of the department from 1966 to present. The other is a fund-raising initiative for the department that was unveiled at the open house. The letter explains the initiative and the committee that is heading the fund-raising drive, and a list of journalism funds and scholarships where donations can be directed. Also, read Your Lead, Our Story comments sent in by alumni. Or, if you're an alumni, add your lead now.

Public Relations program only one in state to have CEPR designation
The UW Oshkosh Department of Journalism’s public relations program was informed Sept. 9, 2011, that its application for Certification in Public Relations was approved. UW Oshkosh becomes the first university in Wisconsin and only one of 28 universities in the world with this designation.

The work toward certification began in summer 2010 when Professor Julie Henderson submitted a preliminary report. Once a determination was made that the program was eligible for review, the CEPR review team spent four intensive days in April 2011 meeting with faculty, staff, students and alumni. In addition, the reviewers spoke with employers, intern supervisors and local PRSSA and PRSA chapter members and other professionals about the UW Oshkosh program, both during the site visit and in separate conversations. In all, the reviewers conducted more than 45 interviews.

Next, three levels of voting took place to approve the certification. The site team reviewers, the Educational Affairs Committee, and the Public Relations Society of America Board of Directors all voted for the CEPR designation at UW Oshkosh.

The reviewers included high praise for public relations students, noting: “Professionals and professors interviewed think highly of UW Oshkosh students. They shared that students are well-educated, well-rounded, hard-working, want to make a difference, choose projects that make an impact, think big, are devoted to public service and honor their professors and the local public relations community. They are also described by local professionals as being ‘quietly confident, with no arrogance.’ ”

Three journalism alumni receive UW Oshkosh top awards
Three journalism alumni received top honors from their alma mater Oct. 21. Pat Stiegman '88 received the UW Oshkosh Distinguished Alumni Award, while Michael Fredrick ’97 and Lori Kraus ’02 were two of the three graduates being named UW Oshkosh Outstanding Young Alumni. All three were honored during Homecoming 2011.

Stiegman is currently VP/Editor in Chief of He joined ESPN in May 2004 as senior director and executive editor for Insider, SportsNation and editorial integration. He ws named vice president in 2006 and added executive producer responsibilities in 2007, overseeing all daily online sports content.

Fredrick is the creative director at Bader Rutter, the largest advertising agency in Wisconsin, and for the past 10 years, has led a group of associate creative directors, art directors and copywriters working with top Fortune 500 clients. He has also put his creativity to use by helping Milwaukee area nonprofit organizations with their advertising needs. In addition, each semester, Fredrick comes back to UW Oshkosh to work with advertising classes.

Kraus currently serves as CNN’s senior promotion placement coordinator for on-air promotion. Her role is to strategically place promos for the CNN brand and all CNN programs on its television networks. In addition, Kraus and the on-air promotion team cross-promote CNN’s sister networks under the Turner Broadcasting umbrella, which includes TBS, TNT, TruTV and Cartoon Network.

1987 journalism alumnus receives award from Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust awarded their “Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award” to UW Oshkosh alumnus Jeff Griffith for his work to stop a casino from being licensed ½ mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Griffith, a journalism major who graduated in 1987 from UW Oshkosh, lives in New York City where he is a creative director for Rodale Publishing on Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines.

Last May, Griffith, a lifelong history buff, discovered the grassroots group No Casino Gettysburg after their ad appeared on his Facebook page. Within minutes, Griffith contacted chairwoman Susan Star Paddock and offered to write, design and produce their multimedia advertising and graphics for free. In July, he lined up filmmaker Ken Burns, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, actors Sam Waterson, Matthew Broderick, Stephan Lang, President Eisenhower’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower and Medal of Honor recipient Paul W. Bucha to speak on camera about saving Gettysburg.

The 9-minute video entitled “Legacy” was shown by No Casino Gettysburg as their testimony to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board last August. In addition, he also completed other videos for the group. 

New scholarship honors journalism alumnus
The Dave Engels Journalism Scholarship was established in 2010 by friends and fellow journalism alumni David ’78 and Terry ’78 Backmann. It acknowledges Engels’ passion and commitment to the field of newspaper reporting. To learn more about this scholarship, including how to help contribute, please visit our scholarships page.

USA Today College links to journalism student blog
Tom Hanaway, the journalism department's social media intern and a blogger for the Reeve Connectors, made the news himself. His blog on how you can help the relief effort in Japan as a student was linked by USA Today College. Click here to read his blog.

Advance-Titan wins first place in NCMC's Best of Show competition
The Advance-Titan, the official weekly newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, won first place in the Best of Show competition at the Oct. 29-31 National College Media Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The contest, which was tiered by divisions, received more than 300 entries. The A-T placed first in the 4-year school, weekly broadsheet division.

"This award validates what we knew already," adviser Vince Filak said. "Hard work yields great results. The students put a lot of effort into that edition and it was great to see them honored in this way."

The awards were presented by the Associated Collegiate Press, which oversees the annual Best of Show and Pacemaker competitions. These awards are viewed as the pinnacle of college journalism.

"The students were overjoyed by this win," Filak said. "I've really never seen that level of pure joy from students regarding any award or any accomplishment. I think they really realized what is possible when they put their best effort into this product."

This was the first Gold Cup for excellence the A-T has received and the first major national award the paper has earned in more than five years.


Clifford A. Christl & family creates endowed scholarship fund

UW Oshkosh alumnus Clifford A. Christl and his family established a scholarship for Green Bay East High School graduates who are obtaining a degree from the College of Letters and Science at UW Oshkosh. A strong preference will be given to applicants who are planning to major in journalism and are the first member of their family to attend college.

Applications are available in the Green Bay East High School guidance office and will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 15.

The scholarship was created to honor Christl's father and grandfather. Christl graduated from UW Oshkosh in 1970 and went on to become an award-winning sportswriter. In 2009 he received a UW-Oshkosh Distinguished Alumni Award.

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