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Fox 11, Aug. 27

uwot-2015-640x330Titans, assemble! Leap, fly and swing onto the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus for Heroes of Homecoming 2015 festivities Oct. 12-18.

Whether you prefer watching the  traditional football game or riding in the annual Tour de Titan bike ride, Homecoming offers a wide variety of activities to activate the inner super hero of  our entire UW Oshkosh community, including students, faculty and staff and our Titans fans. Be sure to save the date and encourage all your sidekicks to attend as well.

“Homecoming is a great time to reconnect with UWO classmates and return to campus to see what’s new,” UWO Alumni Relations Director Christine Gantner said.

This year’s Homecoming includes celebrating our UWO heroes—complete with black Titans capes. If there is a UWO professor, dean, adviser or mentor who made a significant impact on your life, share your UWO super hero story on social media with the hashtag #uwohero.

UWO students also get involved throughout the week with Homecoming activities ranging from flag football to a spoons tournament. They can choose events that best fit their super hero powers.

“The nice thing with Homecoming is that there are a lot of different events, so students can pick which ones they want to attend,” said Missy Burgess, Reeve Union’s assistant director of Student Involvement.

The Homecoming weekday schedule for student activities includes:

Monday, Oct. 12: Hall/House Decorations Judging, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 13: Talent Show with DAKABOOM, 8 p.m., Reeve Union Ballroom.

Wednesday, Oct. 14: Homecoming Comedian, 8 p.m., Albee Hall.

Thursday, Oct. 15: Spoons Tournament, 4 p.m., Reeve Union Concourse; Flag Football Tournament, 7 p.m., Kolf Field House.

Friday, Oct. 16: Yell Like Hell/Lip Sync, 7 p.m., Kolf Gym AB.

Alumni and community events take place primarily on Oct. 16 and 17:

Friday, October 16:

  • 5 p.m., Alumni Awards Celebration hosted by the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association, Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (AWCC). Call (920) 424-3449 or send an email to RSVP for the dinner and program. Cost is $30 per person.



Saturday, October 17

  • 9:30-11 a.m. Power Up— Continental Breakfast and Open House, AWCC.
  • 11 a.m. Keep Moving—Tour de Titan bike ride, line up and depart from the AWCC and end at Tent City, Josslyn Street.
  • 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Cowabunga—Tent City, south of the Oshkosh Sports Complex, Josslyn Street.
  • 1:30 p.m. Smash—Football game vs. UW-Stevens Point, J. J. Keller Field at Oshkosh Sports Complex. $10 adults; $8 seniors, $6 K-12 students.
  • Fifth Quarter, Up, Up and Awaayy—post-game celebration, AWCC.


After the Fifth Quarter, Titan pride will scale to new heights as Greek alumni from all organizations and all graduation years unite at the All-Greek Reunion at the AWCC.

“It’s exciting to have the Greek alumni back on campus as they were a huge part of student life, and continue to be great mentors and role models to our undergraduate students,” Gantner said.

For more information regarding alumni, student and community events for Homecoming 2015, head to www.uwosh.edu/homecoming.


moveinNew and returning University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students will move into campus residence halls Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day).

Nearly 3,000 students will move into 10 residence halls throughout UW Oshkosh’s campus—affecting traffic patterns and increasing activity on campus.

In cooperation and coordination with the City of Oshkosh, many streets near campus will have parking restrictions and traffic will be rerouted to expedite the UW Oshkosh move-in day process.

Move-in traffic will be directed to enter campus from High Avenue. Residence hall parking lots will be closed and used as unloading lots. Lot 25 (Nursing Ed) and Lot 27 (Heating Plant) also will be closed during move-in, as the lots will be used as check-in lots for students and families. Most traffic changes during the UW Oshkosh move-in days will be affected between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

“A centralized, drive-thru, check-in process offers a streamlined residence hall arrival as students, parents and families begin their UW Oshkosh experience,” said Liz Morrell, coordinator of initiatives and special programs for the Department of Residence Life at UW Oshkosh. “Move-in is, in many ways, the first homecoming students, parents and families experience at UW Oshkosh, which is why we have faculty, staff, current students and alumni come together to provide a warm welcome during move-in days.”

Additionally, Morrell said about 500 returning UW Oshkosh students will arrive on campus Saturday, Sept. 5; many will assist with welcoming new students during move-in. Of those, volunteers include UW Oshkosh Titan athletes, campus administrators and leaders, and UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt.

Residence Life and UW Oshkosh are encouraging Twitter users to use the hashtag #uwomovein as they chronicle their move-in experience and share questions and comments.

Learn more:

b326a5a3-5e53-45de-8bfb-02956852beddLast school year, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students spent hundreds of hours learning outside the classroom. With guidance from their faculty/staff mentors, they practiced their lines, observed stars clusters, scoured historical documents, created works of art and isolated bacteria … and much more.

To capture the breadth of this work, UWO’s Oshkosh Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Program recently published the UW Oshkosh Student Scholarship 2015 Book of Abstracts.

The work of dozens of UW Oshkosh students in majors ranging from art to theatre and from astronomy to sociology is featured in the book available online now.

1c6aee91-de1e-4911-b0ef-315a8b50342cProvost Lane R. Earns said: “The activities showcased in this book positively affect students’ intellectual, professional and personal development by enhancing capabilities including self-directed inquiry, information literacy, communication and collaboration.”

These critical skills can open doors for the students to employment opportunities or graduate school acceptance

“The community at large benefits as students and faculty together conduct applied research to solve real-world problems,” Earns said.

The abstracts were collected from fine and performing arts endeavors, scholarly presentations and publications, 2014-2015 Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Programs, and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Learn more:

Campus_VisionThe University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will commence the 144th academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 with activities for students, faculty and staff. The entire campus community is welcome and encouraged to attend these events.

This year’s Opening Day Convocation will be held at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (AWCC). Hop aboard the trolley to to the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. The trolley will begin at 7:15 a.m. (View map)

  • 8 – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
    Alumni Welcome and Conference Center Great Hall
    The Opening Day continental breakfast will be served inside the Great Hall. Meet colleagues, enjoy refreshments and celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. Commemorative t-shirts will be available for those who sign up.


  • 8:45 – 10:30 a.m. Opening Day Convocation
    Alumni Welcome and Conference Center Ballroom
    The convocation includes campus news and updates from Chancellor Andrew Leavitt as well as the presentation of faculty, academic staff and University staff awards.


  • 10:45 a.m. Opening Day College Meetings
    • College of Education and Human Services: NE 151 at 10:45 a.m.
    • College of Letters and Science: AWCC at 10:45 a.m.
    • College of Nursing: Sage 2234 at 10:30 a.m.
    • College of Business: Sage 1216 at 11 a.m.


  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Taste of Oshkosh
    Pedestrian Mall
    Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of UW Oshkosh as students, faculty and staff celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.


  • 2 p.m. Opening Day Run/Walk/Stroll
    Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC)
    Faculty, staff and students are invited to join Chancellor Leavitt for the annual one, two, or three-mile run/walk/stroll beginning at 2 p.m. from the SRWC to Titan Stadium. Free commemorative T-shirts are available when you register online.


Learn more:

Carlson_Marjorie_2015Margie Carlson, program assistant for  the  University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, has been selected as the recipient of the Foundation Award from the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA).

This award is presented to individuals whose hard work and dedication positively influences the students’ perceptions of an advising office and/or the overall functioning of the office.

WACADA membership has grown to more than 230 people representing UW System colleges and universities, private universities, and the Wisconsin Technical College System. The organization provides opportunities for networking and professional development, encourages members to participate in professional development activities, supports and promotes professional standards of academic advising, fosters recognition of academic advising as a profession; and, as an affiliate of the National Academic Advising Association, supports NACADA goals and programs.

Carlson will be honored and presented with the award in Whitewater during the WACADA Annual Conference in September.

Learn more:

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

The Northwestern, Aug. 21

As summer winds down, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police Department is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 20-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

Aug. 21 through Sept. 7 (Labor Day), UW Oshkosh Police, along with law enforcement partners nationwide, will participate in the campaign, which shows a zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving.

In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, almost a third of all traffic fatalities.Thirty-eight percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 or higher), amounting to 161 lives lost.

“Too many people think their actions won’t affect anybody else,” said UW Oshkosh Police Chief Chris Tarmann. “They know drinking and driving is illegal. They know it’s wrong. But they do it anyway – they make decisions as if those statistics just can’t happen to them.”

In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Chief Tarmann wants to remind drivers that “it’s not a recommendation; it’s the law.” During the enforcement period starting Aug. 21, there will be a special emphasis on drunk-driving enforcement. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles, DUI checkpoints, and increased messaging about this reckless, preventable crime.

“The number of people who are still drinking and driving is unacceptable,” Tarmann said. “Yes, we want to increase awareness for the campaign, but we want the effects to be permanent.”

Chief Tarmann emphasized the preventable nature of drunk driving: “All it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.”

To help prevent drunken driving, the Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety initiative has a free “Drive Sober” mobile app, which includes updated features to help you get home safely. The Drive Sober app can be downloaded by visiting zeroinwisconsin.gov.

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