Points of Pride


Student Points of Pride

  • UW Oshkosh has had the most successful Model United Nations program in the world, receiving 26 Outstanding Delegation awards at international competitions.
  • The College of Nursing passing rate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for undergraduate students continues to be the highest in Wisconsin.
  • The Advance-Titan has won the top national award for student newspapers five times.
  • More than 200 UW Oshkosh graduates have gone on to receive the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship of the Year award for excellence and innovation in teaching.
  • Senior business majors at UW Oshkosh taking the Educational Testing Services business knowledge assessment test ranked in the top 5 percent nationwide, while MBA graduates ranked in the top 5 percent nationally on the MBA students’ assessment exam.
  • UW Oshkosh students who took the CPA exam placed the University in the top 10 schools nationally.
  • College of Letters and Science graduates are coveted by the best graduate programs in the nation.
  • UW Oshkosh has won 43 national championships, including 27 NCAA Division III and three NCAA Division II competitions.


Campus Points of Pride

  • Six individual faculty members and three departments have received the Regents Teaching Excellence Awards.
  • At nearly 13,500 students, the University’s 2011-2012 enrollment is holding strong at record levels over its 140-year history.
  • College of Letters and Science faculty, staff and students serve as a cultural anchor to the region by contributing to the quality of life through theater productions, musical performances and art exhibits.
  • UW Oshkosh is recognized as a national model for developing and highlighting exemplary campuswide liberal education programs.
  • UW Oshkosh ranked 14th nationally on the Sierra Club’s Coolest Schools list for its sustainable practices.
  • The UW Oshkosh Foundation partnered with the University to build the first dry fermentation anaerobic Biodigester plant in Wisconsin, serving as a model community program for food and yard waste and assisting UW Oshkosh in meeting a state off-the-grid energy goal for campus.
  • UW Oshkosh became the nation’s first Fair Trade University in 2008. The University also was one of the first to analyze its carbon footprint.
  • The total UW Oshkosh economic contribution to the state is more than $500 million. The campus is responsible for directly and indirectly creating more than 9,000 jobs, generating more than $37.5 million in tax revenue and giving more than $4 million in time and money to local charities.
  • UW Oshkosh has achieved 50 years of offering graduate studies, can boast of more than 13,000 graduate school alumni, and continues to be a leader in graduate education by offering more than 30 masterís, post-masterís and certificate programs as well as one doctoral program.


Alumni Points of Pride

More than 80,000 people worldwide call UW Oshkosh their alma mater. This sample of their accomplishments highlight how our alumni are impacting their professions, communities and the world:

  • Jennifer (Sticka) Alexander (BS, special education ’73, MS ’82) is president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.
  • Corey Baumgartner (BSE, special education, elementary education ’02; MS ’05), an associate principal at Kaukauna High School, was named the District IV Athletic Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association.
  • Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick (MSN ’05) is director of transitional care at UW Hospitals and Clinics-Madison.
  • Craig Culver (BS, biology ’73) is co-founder and president of Culver Franchising System Inc.
  • Bruce Dethlefsen (MS educational leadership ’92) was named Wisconsin Poet Laureate. His two-year term began January 1, 2011.
  • Norbert Hill (BS, sociology ’69, MSE ’71) is the area manager for Education and Training for the Oneida Tribe.
  • Kylie Hodges (BA, radio-TV-film í11) was one of 12 “hotdoggers” chosen from 1,500 applicants to travel the nation for a year promoting Oscar Mayer in the famous Wienermobile.
  • Anton “Tony” Hopfinger (BS, mathematics, physics ’66), professor emeritus of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois, is known as the founding father of computational chemistry and chemistry informatics.
  • Robert Keller (BS, economics ’69) is chairman of the board of J. J. Keller and Associates Inc., Neenah.
  • Robert Kleinschmidt (BBA, accounting ’71) is the president and chief investment officer of Tocqueville Asset Management LP in New York, N.Y.
  • Wendy Lewis (BS, psychology ’79), senior vice president for strategic alliances and diversity with the Chicago Cubs, was recognized in 2011 for her efforts to diversify Major League Baseball by Women in Sports and Events.
  • Rebekah Peppler (BA, journalism ’08) works as the food editor of Tasting Table, a daily emailed publication that blends the tradition of high-quality food writing with the fast-paced style of online journalism.
  • William Povletich (BA, radio-TV-film ’95) has written a new book, Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition, from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
  • Brian Rettmann (BA, inter-national studies, religion ’97) serves as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief coordinator with the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania.
  • Todd Teske (BBA, accounting ’87) powers Briggs & Stratton, the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines and leader in outdoor power products with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually, serving as the chairman, president and chief executive officer.
  • Chungyia Thao (BA, urban economics ’01) and Maiyoua Thao (BS, human services ’01, MSE ’09) own four Appleton companies: Harmony Counseling Center, Tongxeng Personal Homecare, Universal Translation and Wisconsin Hmong Directory.
  • Janice (Meyer) Thompson (BM, music ’71), a member of the Arizona State University piano faculty, performs with the Transcontinental Piano Duo.
  • Vanessa Virbitsky (BA, journalism, political science ’08), combined a love of sports and writing into a career with the U.S. Olympic Committee as an associate communications manager who was stationed in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
  • Rubin Whitmore II (BA, radio-TV-film ’07), owner and manager of Bliss Enterprises in Milwaukee, has received 17 certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards from the Recording Industry of America, and his productions have aired globally on networks, such as BET, MTV and VH1.