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UWOT Internal ImageAs the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks to differentiate itself as a research-enhanced comprehensive institution, the spring issue of Engage magazine — available online today— offers a sampling of the scholarly and creative endeavors already taking place on campus.

Meet parasitologist Shelly Michalski who works to find a cure for the painful and disfiguring tropical disease that causes elephantiasis.

Discover astronomer Nadia Kaltcheva who investigates stellar nurseries to unravel the mysteries surrounding how new stars are formed along the spiral arms of the Milky Way.

Learn about pianist Eli Kalman’s dedication as he practices hours on end to prepare for his next performance.

The new issue of Engage also includes a story about Chancellor Andrew Leavitt’s passion for the Bayeux Tapestry; a student profile about McNair Scholar Alexis Brown, a junior marketing major from Chicago; and a feature about biology researcher and alumnus Craig Cady’s commitment to giving back to his alma mater in his wife’s honor.





Kaye Matucheski receives her award with Dr. Nollenberger City of Antigo clerk and treasurer Kaye Matucheski was awarded the 2016 Stephen Hintz MPA Award as the top MPA student.

“It is an honor to be given this award and Kaye is a diligent, hard working and intelligent student using her real life experience along with her learning from the program to perform in an outstanding way in the courses of the program,” said Karl Nollenberger, associate professor in the Department of Public Administration.

“I was very excited and honored to receive the award. I have many deserving classmates so this was extra special to me,” said Matucheski, clerk and treasurer for the City of Antigo.

Matucheski has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point, which she earned as a nontraditional student. She said she missed learning, which is why she chose to pursue a master’s degree at UW Oshkosh.

“The MPA program has given me more confidence in dealing with everyday situations in my role with the City of Antigo,” Matucheski said. “I have a deeper understanding of the reasons behind tasks that I do, I am a better manager and better able to work with situations outside my comfort zone by attending classes.”

In addition to receiving the 2016 Stephen Hintz MPA award, Matucheski is also a 2016 Government Finance Officers Association’s Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship recipient. The $8,000 award will be presented at the Government Finance Officers Association’s 110th annual conference in Toronto May 22–25, 2016.

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The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.

’71 Philip Aggen (LS), of Germantown, is enjoying retirement and recently visited the UW Oshkosh campus, Paine Art Center, Oshkosh Public Museum and the Military Veterans Museum.

’73 Billy Dettlaff (LS), of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is self-publishing his manuscript about the history of the golf profession called “Doctors of the Game,” targeted at golf historians, collectors and lovers of the sport. Dettlaff is a Professional Golfers’ Association master professional and part of his paper was published in the PGA of America’s Centennial Book in December 2015.

’81 Bill Wyman (COLS), of Oshkosh, is the new president and chief executive officer of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

’83 Suzy (Dieringer) Breneman (LS), of Orfordville, spoke at the Girls and Women in Science workshop for sixth grade girls, their teachers and parents at Beloit College.

’87 Wendy Hartman (BBA), of Hortonville, is a new instructional technology coordinator at Mid-State Technical College.

’88 Mark Duerwaechter (BS), of Sherwood, was named to the 2015-2016 top 25 Superintendents to Watch program for his leadership, innovation and communication skills. He was one of 25 in the United States and the only one from Wisconsin.

’92 Bruce Dethlefsen (MS), of Westfield, a former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, visited the Hatch Public Library in Mauston in April.

’95 David Thiel (MBA), of New London, executive director of the Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation, was named to the board of directors of New North Inc.

’95 Jeff Sabel (EHS), of Valders, was selected to fill the position of the late Jennifer Berge on the Valders Area School Board.

’07 Greta Voit (BSE) and ’11 (MSE), of Waukesha, is a recipient of the 2016 Herb Kohl Fellowship Award. She is a science teacher at Waukesha North High School.

’08 Tony Memmel (BM), of Nashville, Tenn., will be touring with his band through South and Central America in May as an ambassador in the American Music Abroad program.

’08 Lindsey Stoil (B) and ’09 (MBA), of Falls Church, Va., serves as the joint strategic operations and integration officer at the Defense Health Agency. She also is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

’12 Tori Johnson (BBA), of Madison, took over ownership of the three Ancora cafes in Madison.        

’14 Zachary Kaiser (LS), of Saint Nazianz, was named strategic risk adviser at McClone in Menasha, where he will develop and acquire new business and manage relationships.

’15 Victoria Horstman (BA), of Sparta, was named one of six finalists for the 69th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador.

’15 Irineo Medina (LS), of Sheboygan, was hired as an artist to direct the mural project at Mayville Middle School. The mural created by students was unveiled at a ceremony during the middle school’s Literacy Night.

’15 Joanna Wavrunek (LS), of Denmark, was named one of six finalists for the 69th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador.



• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LLCE  — Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing

• DNP — Doctor of Nursing Practice
• GMBA — Global Master of Business Administration
• MA — Master of Arts
• MBA— Master of Business Administration
• MPA — Master of Public Administration
• MS — Master of Science
• MSE — Master of Science in Education
• MSN — Master of Science in Nursing
• MST — Master of Science in Teaching
• MSW — Master of Social Work

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Two Oshkosh residents will be the recipients of Chancellor’s Medallions during the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 142nd spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14.

The Chancellor’s Medallion is awarded to individuals the Chancellor deems deserving because of their significant contributions to all or a combination of some of the following:  the University, the region, the state or the nation.

This year’s Chancellor’s Medallion recipients are Kathy Bermingham and Joye Moon, who will both be recognized at the 9 a.m. ceremony.

Headshot of Kathy BerminghamKathy Bermingham is the director of Leadership Oshkosh for the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. She has led both the Leadership Oshkosh and Youth Leadership Oshkosh programs since 2003. Bermingham is a graduate of Lourdes Academy, Carroll College and attended graduate school in the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Bermingham and her husband John, both lifelong Oshkosh citizens, raised two children, Margaret and Jack, now adults.

Bermingham is an Oshkosh Public Library trustee, Oshkosh4Education commissioner and Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center board member. She has recently served terms on the boards of the Oshkosh Community YMCA and Grand Opera House Foundation.

In her work with the Leadership Oshkosh programs, Bermingham thrives on connecting people with others, helping people define their passion and teaching about the Oshkosh community. Her mission is to support others in their drive to make a positive difference in the community. For Bermingham, nothing is more satisfying than to inform her leaders with knowledge about Oshkosh, watch them grow as a result of their Leadership Oshkosh experience and, finally, catapult program graduates into the community in a meaningful and fulfilling way.

Joye Moon - 10-27-04 - Oshkosh Painter Artist Joye Moon.  Northwestern photo by Joe SienkiewiczJoye Moon, a lifelong artist with a studio in Oshkosh, graduated magna cum laude in 1984 with a bachelor of fine arts degree and an emphasis in drawing and painting.

Moon has taught more than 200 watercolor workshops throughout the state and has conducted 25 international art tours to Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Bahamas. She has been invited to feature her work through one-woman exhibits and group shows at art galleries and museums throughout the country, and has been accepted into 150 national and international juried exhibits.

Moon’s book, “Exploring Textures in Watercolor,” was published by North Light Books in 2008 and has been a best seller around the world. Her work has been featured in Splash 8 by North Light Books and How did you paint that? 100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens, by International Artist. She also has been published in many articles in art magazines, such as American Artist, Watercolor and the Artist Magazine.

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The UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations Office has received the following death notices:

William Fell last year attend ’42, Oshkosh, Sept. 10, 2015
Rita Hein last year attend ’47, Appleton, April 16, 2016
Lois Marquart (EHS) ’41, Waupun, April 14, 2016

Sidney Davidson (LS) ’57, New Berlin, March 17, 2016
Jeanette Head (EHS) ’57, Stockbridge, March 21, 2016
Charles “Chuck” Schultz last year attend ’58, Two Rivers, August 29, 2014

Ardis Cermak (EHS) ’61, and MST ’67, Algoma, Nov. 25, 2014
Katherine ‘Kay’ Charles (EHS) ’66, Sturgeon Bay, April 24, 2016
John Masaros (LS) ’62, Appleton, March 12, 2016
James Zieske (LS) ’66, Beaver Dam, April 4, 2016

Mary (Dahlke) Basler (LS) ’72, Eldorado, March 22, 2016
Joseph Carriveau (LS) ’72, Oshkosh, March 15, 2016
Kathryn (Hickey) Glasnapp (LS) ’72, Saint Paul, Minn., April 9, 2016
John Jenkins (LS) ’70, Osceola, March 15, 2016
Lawrence Loechler (LS) ’78, Oshkosh, April 1, 2016
Donald Madsen (B) ’77, Madison, April 9, 2016
Wendy McCulloch (DNP) ’78, West Bend, April 7, 2016
Eileen (Davis) Ponzio (EHS) ’72, Niagra, March 24, 2016

Mary (Vanderwyst) Johnson (LS) ’83, Kaukauna, April 21, 2016

Diana Crowe (LS) ’97, Appleton, March 21, 2016
Robert “Bob” Kircher (EHS) ’90, MS ’94, Oshkosh, March 30, 2016
Alice ‘Sue’ Nowak (LS) ’97, Beaver Dam, April 5, 2016
Wendy (Milner) Wagner (LS) ’98, Appleton, April 13, 2016

Troy Davenport (LS) ’01, Oconomowoc, April 11, 2016
Traci (Beyer) Langenhuizen (LS) ’09, New London, March 28, 2016

Former Faculty and Friends

Eugene Cech, psychology professor, 1962-1992, March 5, 2016
James Flood, assistant chancellor, 1965-1995, April 16, 2016
Joan Gottsacker, assistant nursing professor, 1973-1994, March 29, 2016
Li Hu, art professor , 1994-2013, April 13, 2016
Russell Lowe, art lecturer, 1980-1991, March 28, 2016
Karen McGovern, Head Start Program, 1978-2002, April 11, 2016


• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LLCE  — Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing

• DNP — Doctorate of Nursing Practice
• GMBA — Global Master of Business Administration
• MA — Master of Arts
• MBA— Master of Business Administration
• MPA — Master of Public Administration
• MS — Master of Science
• MSE — Master of Science in Education
• MSN — Master of Science in Nursing
• MST — Master of Science in Teaching
• MSW — Master of Social Work

If you know of a classmate, family member or other UW Oshkosh friend who has passed away, email alumni@uwosh.edu or call the Alumni Relations Office at (877) UWO-ALUM or (920) 424-3449.

clow-banner-for-clow-homepageA grand opening celebration for the most recently updated University of Wisconsin Oshkosh academic complex will be held Friday, May 13.

Leaders from the University, College of Nursing and the College of Letters and Science will dedicate their updated teaching and research facilities beginning with a program at 11 a.m. in Clow Lecture hall 104L. A reception and tours will follow. The grand opening celebration is open to the public.

The extensive renovation of the Clow complex represents UW Oshkosh’s commitment to providing quality nursing education and letters and science programs to help students meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Within the new space, College of Nursing students have access to new labs featuring spaces for students to work with faculty in hands-on situations, a simulation suite set up to replicate a hospital setting, a community simulation apartment for students to train in the areas of hospice and home care, and much more.

“The new space and equipment will enable us to continue to teach our students to provide nursing care that is cutting edge. Our new classrooms, lab spaces, simulation and computer technology will showcase the talent of our nurse educators and support staff and demonstrate why we lead Wisconsin in developing caring and scholarly nurse leaders,” College of Nursing Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan said.

College of Letters and Science students use the renovated building through a new psychology lab, which allows for expanded research opportunities, a foreign language instructional drop-in lab, and new general access classrooms and lecture halls.

In alignment with UW Oshkosh’s commitment to sustainability, the updated Clow building has been designed to U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard. The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

For more information, visit uwosh.edu/go/grandopening

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A trio of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students will present their work in the Imposed Introspections exhibition at Matchbook Studio, 219 Market Street, Oshkosh, in May.

The exhibition will feature art work by UW Oshkosh students Sam Jarosz, Marissa McKenney and Olivia Lariviere.

The reception and art walk will be held May 7, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 9, 10 a.m. to  6 p.m., May 13 through May 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 21 through May 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Matchbook Studio gave this exhibition opportunity as an award during the Annual Student Honors Exhibition in February.

McKenny, a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in studio art, said she was really surprised by the opportunity.

“The honors show is typically for art majors only and I am not an art major, so I was happy to be in the honors show itself,” she said. “I’m not pursuing a career as a professional artist necessarily–I plan to go onto graduate school for art therapy.”

She said although she won’t be going directly in the art field, it’s nice to experience the other side of the art world.

McKenny’s pieces are called Embedded 1-5. She said her work focuses on imposed gender roles.

“My artwork specifically looks at what’s expected of a woman living in a specific time period–whether it be now or the past–and how it can affect people holistically as a population, but also how it affects people on different levels,” she said.

McKenny said her artwork looks at different female figures and how society’s expectations have influenced who they are.

“My pieces include embroidery work, and this unveiling of who the person is specifically,” she said. “I hope when people see the show, they think about this and become more aware of these expectations and roles society has on individuals.”

Gail Panske, professor of art and director of the Allen Priebe Art Gallery at UW Oshkosh, said this exhibition features artwork by UW Oshkosh students, the community and society as a whole.

“This is an important opportunity for art students to experience what it is like to work with a gallery and have an exhibition off campus as they begin their careers as practicing professional artists,” Pankse said. “Matchbook Studio and UW Oshkosh’s Art Department/Priebe Gallery are planning on working together to continue to collaborate on this and other community and University events.”

WORDMARK276x122The University of Wisconsin System Academic Programs, Educational Innovation and Governance gave approval to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for intent to plan a master of science degree in athletic training.

With the approval, the next step is for UW Oshkosh to submit a plan to the UW System Board of Regents for approval to begin offering the degree in the summer of 2019.

Athletic trainers work with athletes and physically active populations in prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries, and medical conditions.

The degree will help prepare students for work in the athletic training field, with 70 percent of athletic trainers holding a master’s degree, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

“The transition of the entry-level degree to the graduate level nationally will put athletic training in better alignment with our peer allied health professions,” said Rob Sipes, director of the UWO Athletic Training program. “At UW Oshkosh, the transition to the graduate level has given the program faculty an opportunity to be innovative in designing a fully integrated curriculum, along with new inter-professional and nontraditional clinical experiences.”


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