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fc1e639c-4617-4f87-aa2b-bc5677e37c15In October 1984, Scott Barr ’86, of Appleton, a community adviser from third floor South Scott Hall, was making the rounds in the residence hall, trying to sell candy for Sweetest Day as a fundraiser for an upcoming hall party.

He knocked on Barbara Riese’s door a floor below just as she was frantically trying to get ready for class. But Scott’s persistence paid off, and she bought some candy.

Later at the party, they had a chance to talk. Soon they were meeting and getting to know each other at more hall activities, including a roller skating party. Scott taught Barbara ’05, how to drive a stick shift car in the Gruenhagen Conference Center parking lot. They even went to vote together that November.

For the Barrs, the UW Oshkosh campus was a place to learn and grow individually and as a couple.

“The lessons learned at UW Oshkosh made us more effective people, and set us up for successful careers,” said Scott, who serves as president of the UWO Alumni Association Board. “These days, when we’re not busy at work, we’re all about quality time with our family and friends, giving back to others and contributing to our communities.”

They also are committed to supporting their alma mater through the UW Oshkosh Fund.

“We want to give back so that future students can have the same opportunities we had… and maybe even have the same luck in finding a partner.”

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