Oshkosh Northwestern, May 27
“We have a number of fun social and networking opportunities lined up this summer,” UW Oshkosh Alumni Director Christine Gantner said. “We encourage you to come meet fellow UWO alumni and learn what’s new at your alma mater.”
The summer line-up includes:
Fox 11, May 25
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jordan Karsten and 10 of his students set up a forensic dig for Lombardi Middle School students on Wednesday, May 18.
Barb Nelson, an eighth-grade earth and space science teacher at the Green Bay school, reached out to Karsten to prepare the dig for her students as a way to get them out of the classroom to apply their knowledge.
“The potential is so great,” Nelson said. “The students are learning about math, science and social science and this allows them to see hands-on the relationship between all of the subjects they are learning about in the classroom.”
Prior to the dig, Lombardi teachers taught students about the application of forensic digs, such as finding military remains in Europe and using them to identify what happened at that location.
“We work together to put together materials to bring in experts and to prepare students,” said Howard Lodl, eighth-grade earth and space science teacher. “The more hands-on opportunities we can provide, the more opportunities we give our students to explore career options. Bringing in experts like Jordan allows us to show students what they could do in their careers.”
For eighth-grade student Ben Freeden, the forensic dig gave him an opportunity to learn how to separate the crime scene into separate units, how to use tools and how to identify bones as male or female and determine how old someone was at the time of their death.
“This is really helping me remember what I learn,” Freeden said. “It is interesting and not something I had considered going into before, but now I might consider it.”
For Karsten, teaching middle school students about anthropology has been an eye-opening experience.
“It is exciting to see how excited they are to learn about science,” Karsten said.
Karsten and his students taught the Lombardi Middle School students about all aspects of a crime scene, including mapping based on location. Karsten said the hands-on learning allows students to explore their interests and remember what they learned.
“Instead of hearing about it in the classroom and then forgetting about it, they will remember the time they spent at a crime scene.” Karsten said. “My students are helping teach them, and that allows them to put what they’ve learned into action.”
For UW Oshkosh senior anthropology major Jake Hein, of Green Bay, helping middle school students is an opportunity to share his passion with others.
“I love anthropology and history, so being able to answer questions and teach others is really rewarding,” Hein said. “It’s great to help out and be in the field.”
Ellie Stamn, UWO senior anthropology major of Evansville, said teaching middle school students about anthropology is an opportunity to help them think beyond just their day-to-day lives.
“Anthropology gives people a broader perspective on life in general, helps them keep an open mind and be more well-rounded,” Stamn said.
Giving back to the community is important to Karsten and his students.
“It’s an opportunity unique to universities to be able to expose middle school students to something new and give them an experience to remember,” Karsten said.
The three females (Daisy, Dawn and Dempsey) and one male (Clash)—hatched earlier this spring in a nesting box located atop UW Oshkosh’s Gruenhagen Conference Center—were banded by Greg Septon of Peregrine Management and Research.
“The bands allow us to follow them for their entire lifetime,” Septon said. “We can tell how long they live and how far they migrate.”
Peregrine falcons, weighing only 2 pounds as adults with a 3-foot wingspan, are the fastest birds on the planet, striking their prey at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The falcons hunt smaller birds, primarily pigeons.
Septon noted that the four birds appeared to be well fed and in good shape despite concern for their health following news last week that their mother, Deborah, had been injured and then captured and taken to Aves Wildlife Alliance in Neenah to recuperate.
But Talon, the father, has been putting in double duty hunting for food and raising the growing birds alone.
“He stepped it up. He certainly did,” Septon said.
Deborah has laid eggs in the Gruenhagen box since it was built and placed there by UWO’s Building and Grounds crew in March 2011. Approximately 16 chicks have hatched in the box over the years.
Mystery Tackle Box, May 2016
Fox 11, May 24
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Emily Ruck ’16, received the 2016 Capital Credit Union Doing Right Reward. The contest honors college seniors who dedicate their time to helping others and the community. Ruck was one of five finalists.
Ruck, who graduated in May with a major in social work, was nominated by Nicole Bellcorelli, volunteerism program adviser in Reeve Union.
“Emily is incredibly professional and provides great customer service,”Bellcorelli said. “Her role and the extra effort she puts into it has helped countless groups over the past three years.”
Locasto graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2014 with a degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in strength and conditioning.
He currently is working at an extended spring training until the middle of June. Afterwards, he will be the head strength coach for the Advanced Rookie Diamondbacks affiliate team in Missoula, Mont.
“This is a three-month season where I will manage the team’s training, recovery and nutrition needs,” Locasto said. “As a strength coach, I am their stress manager. It is my job to give them what they need, and training is dictated by the day-to-day grind of the season.”
In December 2015, Locasto accepted the minor league strength and conditioning position with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He recently finished graduate school at the University of Miami Graduate School, studying exercise physiology.
During spring break at grad school in March, Locasto was able to experience two weeks of spring training.
“Other than playing in college, this was my first experience in training baseball players at this capacity,” Locasto said.
During the spring training, Locasto worked alongside the other nine strength and conditioning coaches.
“There is one strength coach for every affiliate minor league and one minor league coordinator who oversees everything,” Locasto said. “There are 200 plus players at spring training and, therefore, we need all the eyes we can for their development.”
Locasto said the transition to Arizona has been pretty seamless, since he has traveled to the sunny state with family since he was a child. Arizona and Montana will be the sixth and seventh states he has lived in in the last four years.
“At this point, it feels normal to live somewhere for a short period of time,” Locasto said. “I feel as though the exposure to numerous internships at major universities and private training facilities has prepared me for my first full-time position. I have had numerous mentors that I have to credit for where I am at today.”
The faculty/instructors at UWO who Locasto said care so much about their students’ success include Craig Biwer, Dan Schmidt and Kris Williams.
“These professors have been pivotal for increasing my curiosity in the profession of everything health and wellness,” Locasto said. “When you have professors who put as much into what they do as these individuals, the students are the ones who reap the benefits.”
Locasto said his first exposure to strength and conditioning was with coach Steve Brown at UWO.
“I look at Steve Brown as a leader in the field, and he has definitely had a profound impact on me as an individual,” Locasto said.
Locasto said he would not be where he is today without his mentors, and he is very fortunate to be a part of the Arizona Diamondbacks family.
“The energy and passion of every individual on the team has made it an easy transition,” Locasto said. “Everyone loves their job and it is contagious … makes it easy to get out of bed in the morning. This is a great opportunity to learn from extremely smart individuals.”
She was nominated by Chris Tarmann, police lieutenant for the University Police Department at UW Oshkosh.
Portions of Schettle’s nomination follows:
“Nikki goes above and beyond in countless areas as a law enforcement dispatcher.
“Recently, she proved just how incredible she is when the University had a Clery Act review. Nikki and I spent weeks preparing for the review and I think that she did a spectacular job. She had to collect many different types of cases from each year, determine what they should be classified as (sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, simple assault, etc.), organize the documents and make it clear and easy to understand. These tasks took hours and included reading entire reports that were easily 30 pages long, analyzing the information, and constant communication with the Dean of Students Office. Nikki’s contribution to the Clery review was brilliant and she managed to put together an easy-to-read document in several weeks while she did her other duties which include non-stop dispatching, finances, building openings, record requests, general administrative services and loads of paperwork.
“Nikki is beyond impressive in her position and we are extremely lucky to have her on board. She’s a great dispatcher with many years of experience which is reflected in everything she does. She’s also a great person and she deserves this award. I think I speak for the entire University Police when I say that she’s an extremely kind, knowledgeable, organized, and valuable person here at the University Police Department.”
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