The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Inclusive Excellence Council is among the hosts of “The Ferguson Forum,” a panel discussion on the summer, Ferguson, Mo. incident that has sparked big questions and outrage across the nation and the world.
The facilitated panel-discussion event takes place on Monday, Nov. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Sage Hall room 1210. The forum will be facilitated by Byron Adams of the UW Oshkosh Multicultural Retention Program. The event is free and open to the campus and broader community.
The tragic, Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer has unleashed a storm of marches, protests and public debates. It has led to renewed questions about police violence against the African American community, growing racial divides in the United States and persistent stereotypes of Blacks in America.
In this Ignite® event at UW Oshkosh, six speakers will each provide five minutes of insights into understanding Ferguson and responding to it. Big questions and big ideas will be the focus of the presentations and will guide the discussion that follows.
The speakers will highlight the strong activism within the African American community; historical events that shaped the events surrounding Ferguson; the experience of black men in America; the issues of racism, white privilege and stereotypes; and the importance of allies in creating a socially just world. These ideas will lay the foundation for a campus-wide discussion about equality and social justice, which will immediately follow the speeches.
Several experienced facilitators will be on hand to help lead and channel a civil discussion.
Speakers include: Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler, UW Oshkosh assistant vice chancellor for the Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence; Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., director of diversity at Brooklyn Friends School; Mr. Aaron Jackson, UW Oshkosh major in criminal justice and sociology; Dr. Michelle Kuhl, UW Oshkosh professor of history; Dr. Jerry Thomas, UW Oshkosh professor of political science; Dr. Marguerite Parks, UW Oshkosh professor of educational leadership.
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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Tami Cabrera’s Muddy Paws Cheesecake business, of St. Louis Park, Minn., made an appearance in September at the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City.
The event was attended by more than a thousand television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Emmy Awards were presented in 43 categories, including the first-ever categories reserved for news and documentary programming in Spanish.
Her cheesecake was given to celebrities like Anderson Cooper, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams, to name a few.
Cabrera, a 1990 UWO journalism graduate, has owned and operated Muddy Paws Cheesecake for more than 20 years, and the company offers more than 200 flavors of homemade cheesecake for birthday, wedding and business occasions.
The “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” festivities kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a Continental Breakfast and Open House at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (AWCC) at the corner of Wisconsin Street and Pearl Avenue on campus, followed by the launch of the Tour de Titan Bike Ride at 11 a.m.
Tent City, the pregame celebration, begins at noon, south of the Oshkosh Sports Complex on Josslyn Street. The football match-up between the UW Oshkosh Titans and UW-River Falls gets underway at J. J. Keller Field at 1:30 p.m.
The fun returns to the AWCC after the game for the Fifth Quarter celebration.
WRST-FM at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will air four classic episodes of Dr. Robert Snyder’s “Jazz City” program to wrap up this weekend’s celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Radio TV Film program at UW Oshkosh.
The programs will air from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 and can be heard in the Oshkosh area at 90.3 FM or worldwide at www.wrst.org.
Dr. Snyder came to Oshkosh in the fall of 1964 to establish a Radio TV Film curriculum at what was then Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh. One of his early projects was the construction of WRST-FM, which went on the air in April of 1966. The first week the station was on the air, Snyder began producing his weekly “Jazz City” program, drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and his large personal collection of recordings.
More than just an outlet for Snyder’s passion for jazz, “Jazz City” also was an educational endeavor, as Snyder always relied on Radio TV Film students to serve as his recording engineers. Moreover, the program eventually became a publicity vehicle for the University, as tape copies were sent out by mail for broadcast on other stations in Glen Ellyn/Chicago, Springfield (MO), Fort Dodge (IA) and Wisconsin broadcast outlets in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Rhinelander and Superior.
“Jazz City” continued to air weekly over WRST until Snyder’s death in early 2008. His large personal collection of jazz recordings, reference works and historic photographs is now held by the Music Library at UWO.
The “Jazz City” programs selected for airing are from the years 1991-2007 and have been scheduled so that the over 100 RTF alumni and guests in town for the weekend anniversary celebration can enjoy Dr. Snyder’s program as they prepare to return home.
UWO’s Titan TV is also running classic student-produced TV programs from the past on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; these can be seen in Oshkosh on Time Warner Cable channel 10-57.
Washington D.C. was an eye-opener for Pearl Wright.
She was one of several University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholars Program to travel to the nation’s Capital over the summer as part of a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored delegation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “TRiO” programs and advocating for their future.
The programs, including McNair, give first-generation students and those from underrepresented groups the opportunity to pursue college, develop and lead high-impact research and achieve advanced degrees.
“I was able to meet with the two Senators from our state and discuss directly with them my concerns about where the future of education is going,” said Wright, who is pursuing degrees in religious studies and human services at UW Oshkosh. “An added benefit this year was meeting with the head of the Department of Education and making a case for a group that is not often considered in policy making–the non-traditional student. I believe I have made a positive impression in that area. Honestly, just four years ago, I had no idea what I was going to do in my later years. Now, I am applying for doctorate programs and looking forward to being a contributing member of society late into my life.”
McNair is one of the federally-funded TRiO programs at UW Oshkosh. TRiO was created to “support and motivate students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.” UW Oshkosh’s Student Support Services (SSS) has served about 300 students each year with the McNair Scholars program propelling 25. The number of students each program serves is set by the U.S. Department of Education.
McNair’s coordinators at UW Oshkosh are once again seeking new program participants who qualify for the program within the 14,000 student UW Oshkosh campus community. They are pointing to the Washington D.C. summer experience as just one example of the high-impact opportunities McNair students enjoy as part of their academic journeys.
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“The McNair program is for people who traditionally have not had equal opportunity to achieve doctoral level education,” Wright said. “I would recommend that anyone who is eligible for this program apply to the program. You do not know where you can end up in life and how high you can climb unless you take that first step. If someone in her mid-50s can be excited about going to grad school, and what it will allow me to contribute to the world in the years I have left, think of how much it will allow a traditional student to accomplish in their life time.”
Franki Mayer is another McNair Scholar who joined the UW Oshkosh delegation to Washington D.C. She is pursuing microbiology with chemistry and Spanish minors.
“After returning from the TRiO trip, I realized how important programs like this are,” Mayer said. “There were many high school students at the event who were involved in the ‘Upward Bound Program.’ It was really great to work with younger students who had a passion for learning, as well as to show them the possibilities that can be discovered by attending college. For any future students interested in applying to the McNair program I would highly encourage it.”
“I have learned so much about graduate schools, research–reading and lab work–and also qualities I didn’t think I had,” Mayer said. “The biggest thing McNair has taught me is to have courage, and believe in myself. Through doing the research and presenting it, I have also learned to be proud of all the hard work that has gone into the McNair program. Anyone who takes advantage of it will gain so much more than an education and research training.”
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