Senior University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students who exemplify high academic and leadership qualities and a deep commitment to serving others are awarded with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
The students were recently recognized at the recent Honors and Awards Ceremony; they are also recognized in the commencement program.
The criteria for this award include academic performance, University-related service and community involvement.
This year’s recipients are:
Diana Enciso graduates with a major in French. While at UW Oshkosh, Enciso served as secretary of the Institute of Management Accountants student chapter, vice president and president of the Accounting Club, secretary and president of the Student Organization of Latinos and co-founded the French Club. Enciso participated in the Study Abroad program with the Université Catholique de Lille in Lille, France. Enciso also worked at the J.M. Smucker Company as an accounting intern, Baker Tilly as a tax intern and 4imprint as a business intern. After graduation Enciso will pursue a career as a tax accountant with Baker Tilly in Milwaukee.
Susan Fochs graduates with a major in human service leadership and a minor in business administration. While at UW Oshkosh, Fochs served as president for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, vice president for the National PanHellenic Council, and was a member of National Society of College Scholars, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. Outside the classroom, Fochs interned with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, American Red Cross and is president and founder of Operation Not Alone Inc., a nonprofit that sends care packages to military members overseas. She has volunteered her time with the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Organization, Oshkosh Food Pantry, Girls on the Run and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Fochs earned the title of Miss Door County 2017. In June, Fochs will compete for the title of Miss Wisconsin while continuing her work with Operation Not Alone.
Dana Giannelli graduates with a major in elementary education and a minor in natural science. While at UW Oshkosh, Giannelli served as a preview day tour guide, campus relations ambassador and Titan Gold Corps student ambassador. Giannelli helped fellow students through her work as a peer mentor for the University Studies Program and as a chemistry and biology tutor through the Center for Academic Resources. Outside the classroom, Giannelli volunteers and tutors at the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, held positions as the president, vice-president and secretary of the University Honors Student Association and is a member of the University Studies Program Advisory Committee. Giannelli is a multi-scholarship award winner and will be working for Teach for America as an elementary school teacher beginning in June.
Kristin Grosse graduates with majors in early childhood and special education. While at UW Oshkosh, Gosse served as a community adviser, admissions tour guide, sustainability liaison and student child care aid in the UW Oshkosh Children’s Learning and Care Center. Gosse also spent time at Butte Des Morts, Jefferson and Jacob Shapiro Elementary schools in clinical placements and student taught at Webster Stanley Elementary School. She had the unique opportunity to intern two summers as an educational intern with the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Gosse is a multi-scholarship award winner and will be pursuing a career in early childhood or special education.
Clarissa Louis graduates with a major in art education. While at UW Oshkosh, Louis composed and implemented art integrated lesson plans for middle and high school students and worked with students with special needs in English composition and public speaking. Louis served as a student teacher at Chilton Middle School and as a pre-student teacher at schools within the Oshkosh Area School District and at Chilton Middle School. In 2016, Louis attended ArtsCore Colony, SAFE training, National Art Education Association National Convention, Seeds of Inclusion Conference and MaxU leadership training. Louis volunteered at Lac du Flambeau Public School, Butte des Morts Elementary School, Shiocton Public School and with Walk for Autism Speaks in Milwaukee. After graduation, Louis intends to pursue a career as an art educator.
Leah Marker graduates with a major in elementary education and a minor in language arts. Outside the classroom, Marker worked with children on the autism spectrum as a line therapist for Fox Valley Autism Program and led summer recreational activities for children through the Neenah Parks and Recreation Department. She has volunteered her time with Habitat for Humanity, J4Hope, Best Friends Lunch Mentoring and the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade. While at UW Oshkosh, Marker was a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success and was the secretary for Kappa Delta Pi, earning the Bronze Service Leadership Award in 2016. After graduation, Marker plans to pursue a career in education.
Katrina Schiedemeyer graduates with a major in supply chain management with an emphasis in international management. While at UW Oshkosh, Schiedemeyer served as a supplemental instructor, president of the UW Oshkosh Future Business Leaders of America Chapter, senator and public relations director of the UW Oshkosh Student Association, and chair of the Marketing Committee. She also participated in the honors study-abroad program to London, England. Outside of the classroom, Schiedemeyer was state president of FBLA, worked at Oshkosh Corporation as a quality and continuous improvement intern and is an avid volunteer in the community. After graduation, Schiedemeyer will continue working for Oshkosh Corporation in quality and continuous improvement engineering.
Stephen Schmidt graduates with a major in nursing and a minor in philosophy. While at UW Oshkosh, Schmidt was a community adviser for the Department of Residence Life, a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and class treasurer in the College of Nursing. Schmidt won the Nightingale Scholarship as well as an Outstanding Student Leader Award. Outside of the classroom, Schmidt serves as student director of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association for Men in Nursing. Schmidt also worked as a nurse extern at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and as a student nurse at Aurora Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Francis Home. Schmidt plans to pursue a career in critical care as an ICU nurse in one of the Fox Valley area hospitals.
Andrew Schmit graduates with a major in liberal studies: leadership development. While at UW Oshkosh, Schmit was a U.S. Army officer trainee, enhancing leadership skills to apply to his future as an Army officer. Schmit planned, coordinated and participated in volunteer activities ranging from Polar Plunge to 5K runs and conducted physical training on a daily basis. His military training includes being certified as an emergency medical technician, master resiliency trainer, expert field medical badge, airborne and ranger school. He has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, in Alaska, and at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he oversaw medical care at Peney Aid Station; maintained two medical facilities, including equipment, supplies and training; and delegated responsibilities for 11 soldiers. Schmit plans to pursue a career as a signal officer in the Army.
Admiral Wieland graduates with a major in women’s and gender studies. While at UW Oshkosh, Wieland was a member of the LGBTQ Council, TransAction Week Committee, and African American Studies Program Panel Planning Committee. Wieland advocated for the LGTBQ+ community as a trainer and panel participant within the SAFE and TSAFE training programs. Wieland, 2016 recipient of the Harvey Milk Commemorative Dinner LGBTQ Scholarship and the 2016 Mary Susan Sieber Memorial Scholarship, is a 2017 McNair Scholar. Wieland presented Sacred Gender about the relationship of gender and spirituality at the 2016 TransAction Week workshop; and co-presented Including Trans Community, Culture and Content in the Classroom in 2016 to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. After graduation, Wieland intends to pursue graduate school and a career in academia.