A spirit of collaboration

UW Oshkosh has been a leader in making the case that the University of Wisconsin is actually, in communities throughout the state’s public higher education system, the University FOR Wisconsin.

And it takes partnership and collaboration to accomplish that mission.

Neenah-based Alta Resources pledged funding support to UW Oshkosh in spring 2014, launching the UW Oshkosh Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) in our College of Business.

Students in environmental studies and business continue to benefit from the international partnership reached with Allendorf, Germany’s Viessmann Group, a global leader in energy efficiency and sustainability that has helped UW Oshkosh bring advanced biodigester technology to our campus, region and state. Students learn and grow through summer exchanges with Viessmann, earning the opportunity to study abroad with the company and develop extremely competitive, future career experience few other institutions can provide.

They are just a few examples of how our College of Business, Letters and Science, Nursing and Education and Human Services student are being best prepared to meet the challenges of our local, regional, state and national economies – now and into the future.

State, national companies, organizations put UWO Career Fair to work

Four or so years ago, Alison Bertagnoli was that student — the one of the hundreds roving through Kolf Sports Center, dressed to impress and ready to shake a hand, hand off a resume and, maybe, plant the seed off an internship… maybe a career.

On Sept. 23, Bertagnoli ‘10, was on the other end of the handshake.

A successful accounting analyst with Wisconsin-based, kitchen, bath, home interior and power-generation giant Kohler Co., she earned her first full-time position with the company immediately after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with an accounting and finance degree.

“The older students out there needing internships — they come ready,” she said, while staffing Kohler Co.’s booth at the Sept. 23 Career Fair on the Fox, hosted by UW Oshkosh Career Services. “Their resumes are prepared, they’re asking good questions. … We have an extremely high rate of interns receiving offers at the end of the summer. It really is a dry run for a full-time position. We’re looking for good-quality work out of them as much as they are looking for a good experience out of the company.”

Just one of hundreds of UW Oshkosh success stories launched by and, in many cases, returning to the Career Fair on the Fox.

Lincoln Hall dedication, NEW Manufacturing Alliance award mark 9th Community Breakfast

The Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance earned the “Collaboration in Action Award” during the 2014 UW Oshkosh and UW Oshkosh Foundation 9th Annual Community Breakfast and Report to the Community Sept. 16.

The organization’s member businesses played an instrumental in helping craft the now-launched Engineering Technology program – a trio of electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering technology degrees created in partnership with the 13 partner-institutions and colleges of the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA).

“These new majors are some of the most exciting and fundamentally different programs that UW Oshkosh has undertaken in most recent years. It would not have been possible without the support of the Manufacturing Alliance and its member organizations,” said UW Oshkosh Foundation President and Executive Director of Advancement Arthur Rathjen.

EAA, UWO partner to provide mentorship opportunities for young women

For seven years the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has contracted with the UW Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement (LLCE) to present the annual Women Soar You Soar program during EAA AirVenture. Through the collaboration, UW Oshkosh provides housing, meals, screening of mentors, registration and forms for the Women Soar You Soar program.

The Women Soar You Soar partnership helps young women in high school learn more about the aviation industry and encourages them to pursue their aviation dreams.

The program is designed to help young women see their passion for aviation translate into an education and a career through mentorship provided by 35 women in the aviation industry ranging from engineers to fighter pilots.

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