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oshkosh-scholarResearching, writing and editing have become major stepping stones in undergraduate development.

The Oshkosh Scholar, a publication of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Office of Student Scholarly and Creative Activities, showcases students’ best research and creative projects.

The ninth volume of Oshkosh Scholar, which was distributed in May 2015, features undergrad work from 2014 graduates and current students. Students are involved in editing and production coordination, and faculty review articles through a blind review process.

Articles in the current edition cover a variety of subjects from philosophy to math.

“It’s really the most ambitious and dedicated students and faculty who embrace this extra experience,” said Michelle Kuhl, an associate history professor and Oshkosh Scholar faculty adviser.

Kuhl emphasized the importance of research and publication, as employers are looking for graduates who can write effectively and well. The Oshkosh Scholar provides students an opportunity to experience the review and publication process.

Kuhl_Michelle_2012“Top students don’t always get a lot of direction on how to improve,” Kuhl said. “This is an opportunity for them to spend a lot more time with professors. The students also get an outside view that offers critiques, bettering their writing and research skills.”

Submission numbers for the Oshkosh Scholar range from a dozen to more than 30 articles per issue. A selection committee decides how many to include.

Those published in the 2014 Oshkosh Scholar include Maria Bady ’14, of Appleton; Eric Boll ’14, of Chilton; Ashley T. Leonardelli ’13, of Milwaukee; Patrick McCorkle ’15, of Oshkosh; Alex Phillips ’14, of Pulaski; and Karen Thompson ’14, of Brookefield.

Bady, a philosophy major, was mentored by Larry Herzberg from the philosophy department. She started her research in 2013 at her internship with CARE. Bady presented the paper at the annual #rapeisnotajoke event on campus. With the help of Herzberg, she revised her paper about the slang use of the word “rape.”

Boll, who was mentored by math professor David Penniston, graduated with degrees in math and computer science in 2014. He researched number theory throughout his junior and senior years and gave talks at the 2013 Mathematics Association of America Section Meeting, a UWO colloquium and at St. Norbert College’s 28th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Regional Undergraduate Math Conference. In his final semester of college, Boll presented research at Posters on the Rotunda in Madison. His Oshkosh Scholar research was about congruences for the k-regular partition function.

Leonardelli worked with Erin Winterrowd, a psychology professor, on research about screening tools for experiences of LGBTQ-identified victims of intimate partner violence. Leonardelli graduated with a psychology major and a minors in Spanish and social justice. At UWO, she was involved with many diversity and inclusivity activities and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. After taking international trips to Mexico and Nicaragua, she plans to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology and work with partner violence victims.

McCorkle recently graduated with degrees in history, political science and Spanish. He began his research in 2013 on 15th century Florentine exceptionalism, civic humanism, the Medici and Savonarola. McCorkle worked closely with history professor Franca Barricelli.

Phillips researched the circuit court experience and consistency on the Supreme Court from 1953 to 2013. He worked closely with Jerry Thomas, a political science professor. Phillips earned his degree in political science at UWO and began studying law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. His academic interests are in state economic policy and the U.S. court system.

Thompson, an honors graduate who earned degrees in Spanish and education, worked closely with communication professor Jennifer Considine. Thompson began research in 2013 through the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Program. She wrote about parent responses to pediatric handouts and pamphlets. Thompson’s goal is to research and practice clinical medicine as a pediatrician.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is getting involved with this season’s National Bike Challenge.

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide initiative uniting thousands of bicyclists, with the goal of encouraging people to bike to work. The national challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles between May 1 and Sept. 30.

This year, Oshkosh North High School’s Communities 1 is behind a project to get people in Oshkosh involved. “Pit Stop Day – Ride to Work/School Day” will be held throughout the community May 28; UW Oshkosh will host a pit stop at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (AWCC), on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Pearl Street, as part of the event.

The UW Oshkosh pit stop will offer bike riders refreshments and snacks, said Julie Kahrs, health promotions coordinator at UW Oshkosh.

UW Oshkkosh is one of 20 businesses participating in the challenge, leaders at Oshkosh North said.

Faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh are encouraged to participate in riding a bicycle to work May 28, Kahrs said.

“We live in an environment that makes inactivity so easy. We sit in our cars, at work and at home. We take the elevator, the escalator, the moving walkway and have food delivered to our door. In an environment that enables this sedentary lifestyle, we must consciously choose to be physically active every day,” Kahrs said. “Biking is a great activity for people of all ages and fitness levels. Whether it’s for fun, for transportation, or for the exercise, incorporating physical activity into our daily lives is critical to leading a healthier, happier life.”

Kahrs said the national recommendation for physical activity in adults is 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. For children and teens, the recommendation is at least 60 minutes per day of moderate activity, which is another reason to consider biking to UW Oshkosh for work on May 28–and throughout the summer.

From 6:30 until 9:30 a.m., pit stops will be open throughout the city of Oshkosh. The pit stop at the AWCC at UW Oshkosh  is co-sponsored by the University Police and the Student Health Center.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association’s Board of Directors elected four new members and re-elected five members to serve three-year terms, beginning in fall 2015.

The 24-member, volunteer board works to build connections among alumni, students and the University community.

Officers for 2015-2016 include president Jim Rath ’76, of Sherwood; vice president, Scott Barr ’86, of Freedom; treasurer, Kevin Jaklin ’85 and MBA ’95, of Green Bay; and secretary, Amanda Betts-Regina ’10, of Appleton.

The new board members include Rayna Andrews ’06, of Milwaukee; Linda Bailey Boilini ’73, of Lake Geneva; John Good ’07 and MPA ’14, of Green Bay; and Luke Rhyner ’04, of Appleton.

Board members returning for a second consecutive term  include Stephanie Briggs ’00 and MSE ’02, of Madison; Ann Duginske ’11, of De Pere; Bret Goodman ’71, of Glendale; Mark Joel ’98, of Oshkosh; and Colleen Merrill ’09 and MBA ’10, of Oshkosh.

Andrews, community relations director for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with emphases in advertising and public relations.

Boilini earned her bachelor’s in speech and a minor in English, and returned a year after to complete her teaching certification. A retired teacher, Boilini is returning to the board after a break. She chairs UWO’s All-Greek Alumni Chapter.

Good, an administrative officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Green Bay, received his bachelor’s in communication, master’s in public administration and is currently in the executive MBA program. He served a year in Samarra, Iraq, as a combat infantry soldier.

Rhyner is the vice president for business banking at First Merit Bank in Appleton. During his time at UWO, he was involved in the swim team and other intramural sports, and earned his bachelor’s in marketing with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.

Board meetings are held on campus during the academic year. Membership on the board is open to all UW Oshkosh alumni who are excited about the University’s past, present and future. Candidates are elected through a nomination process.

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The U.S. Army Cadet Command announced that the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for the school year 2013-2014.

The awards, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of, “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.

The UW Oshkosh program represents Cadet Command’s Third Brigade, which consists of the 41 senior Army ROTC programs in the Midwest.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the Command’s national Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.

Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards annually since 1989.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command is responsible for commissioning more than 60 percent of the Army’s new officers each year through 275 host programs, and more than 1,000 affiliated campuses, nationwide. The Command is also responsible for conducting the Army Junior ROTC program at more than 1,700 high schools nationwide.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.

A University of Wisconsin Oshkosh journalism class went looking for the “most influential people in town” — the “Oshkosh 100.”

“The full Oshkosh 100 has been published as part of a website that the class produced. To come up with the list of the most influential people in Oshkosh, the class sifted through roughly 500 names. Some of these names were taken from public documents, and others were recommended on social media or via email. In other cases, the students came up with names based on their reporting or simply their life experiences. The students then evaluated the names according to a set of criteria that the class established. Essentially the class determined that influence is based on actions a person takes that affect the future economic status, education, physical health and well-being, employment, or reputation of city residents,” Miles Maguire, journalism professor and writer for the Oshkosh Independent, wrote.

The “Oshkosh 100″ was developed by the following students: Jacob Batterman, Tori Cavitt, Zach Cook, Alex Crowe, Charlene Dungan, Gary Flick, Ann Jarzynski, Stephen Knoll, Alissa Knop, Kaitlyn Murray, Jenna Nyberg, Greg Peterson and Tim Schuetz.

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17284027114_df40d5fc4b_zMembers of the  University of Wisconsin Oshkosh chapter of Circle K installed a Little Free Library on campus at Lincoln Hall last month, as part of a yearlong service project.

The students, led by 2014-2015 club president Josie Mackai, worked to raise funds for the project and develop and install the library, which is part of the nonprofit Little Free Library effort to promote literacy and a love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

Circle K partnered with the Evergreen retirement community’s wood shop workers who built the library. The students then painted the library with a super hero theme and coordinated with the University to place it at Lincoln Hall, which houses the Children’s Learning and Care Center and the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement.

Check out a photo gallery of the project’s process.

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The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is open to students in any academic major interested in physics. The club hosts astronomy outings, designs rockets, engineers projects and organizes field trips.

Senior and SPS President Thomas Gehrman, a physics major with minors in mathematics and astronomy, said the club has helped him further develop his skills in physics and build on what he’s learning in the classroom.

Gehrman said the club has a very welcoming and fun atmosphere, and hosts several events such as discussions, lunar eclipse viewing and jeopardy night. The group is working on launching a rocket later this year.

“We want to show the world that physics isn’t just really tough…it’s fun,” Gehrman said.

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni and friends are invited to a special free Work $mart Workshop 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28,  at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh.

Work $mart, a salary negotiation workshop designed especially for women, offers participants the tools, techniques and confidence to get paid what they are worth. Work $mart is a highly interactive, nuts-and-bolts workshop.

Participants learn how to determine their worth for the job they have or want, strategy for negotiating their salary and effective language to use in negotiation. Every participant leaves with a workbook to be used as a guide in salary negotiations.

Work $mart is sponsored by AAUW, the Women’s Center, Alumni Relations and Human Resources and supported by the Faculty Development Program at UW Oshkosh.

Register today for this free event.