The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association recently welcomed eight new members. Each month, another of the new members is featured. This month, meet Matthew Zimmerman.
Name: Matthew Zimmerman
Year of graduation/degree: 2004 BSE, Broadfield Social Studies, Secondary Education
Profession: Dean of students at Oshkosh West High School
Why did you volunteer to serve on the Alumni Board?
I was interested in serving on the Alumni Board because I thought it would be a great way to stay up to date on the things that are going on at UWO. I want to continue to be involved with the University.
What are you most looking forward to in this role?
I am looking most forward to seeing what initiatives the University is undergoing and connecting with some of my college classmates that I have lost touch with.
How did UW Oshkosh help you get where you are today?
The people I met at UWO and the skills I learned while I was there helped me to land a teaching job and, ultimately, helped me gain the skills in knowledge I use every day in my current position.
At UW Oshkosh, I had the opportunity to participate in so many extracurricular activities that allowed me to meet a variety of different people. This has helped me relate to a variety of different students, and that makes my job easier.
Please share a brief description of what you do in your job.
I work with a lot of students who need a little push in the right direction. In addition to being dean of students, I serve as the adviser for the Oshkosh West Student Council. I coach cross country in the fall and track in the spring. I enjoy working with the wonderful students and staff at West High School.
Any special memories of campus you would like to share?
I have so many good memories from college that it is hard to choose just one. I had a variety of memorable professors, too! Two that particularly stand out are Pam Gemin and Steve Rose. Both were great professors.