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CONtact-2014At a rate equivalent to roughly one credit per week, students eat, sleep and dream about nursing for 12 months straight as they persevere through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s one-of-a-kind Accelerated Online Bachelor’s to BSN Option (ACCEL).

The newest issue of CONtact, the College of Nursing’s magazine,  features an update on ACCEL and its graduates, as this national model for online nursing education celebrates its 10th anniversary.

“I knew ACCEL would be a great fit for my learning style,” said alumnus Luke Menet ’10, of Appleton. “The program is very unique for an online program in that you receive feedback from peers and professors multiple times each day due to the pace of the curriculum. The relationship of online learning and clinical experience within the curriculum encouraged learning and application of knowledge and evidence-based practice.”

CONtact, available online now, also includes stories about the transformation underway of the  College of Nursing’s laboratories and recent Nightingale award winners as well as updates from the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Mocker

Mocker

Like so many of Don Mocker’s colleagues and friends, John Lemberger remembers one of his many oft-shared axioms.

“My favorite Mocker quote, and it took me a while to understand it, was “A problem delayed is half solved,” said Lemberger, professor in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services (COEHS). “He understood the importance of time as a part of any solution.”

There have been many reflections on Mocker’s long, distinguished academic career and service after the former UW Oshkosh provost’s and dean’s passing at age 78 in Missouri on Aug. 24.

A memorial service was held for Donald W. Mocker, Ph.D., in Overland Park, Kansas on Sept. 4, and, at the request of his family, colleagues and friends were asked to direct any gifts to the Faculty Development Fund at the School of Education, University of Missouri Kansas City or the Technology Fund in the UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services.

Mocker attended Missouri Valley College and University of Missouri-Columbia before receiving his EdD from SUNY Albany. He had a full career at University of Missouri-Kansas City as a professor and dean before coming to UW Oshkosh in 1994 to serve as dean of the College of Education and Human Services. He served in that role until his retirement to Overland Park, KS in 1999.

Mocker was brought back to Oshkosh by Chancellor Richard Wells in 2000 to serve as interim provost and vice chancellor after Vicki Lord Larson left the position to pursue other professional opportunities. Mocker was then replaced by the new, permanent UW Oshkosh Provost Keith Miller.

A few of the many UW Oshkosh faculty members who worked alongside Mocker in his University leadership roles shared some memories of his lifelong commitment to faculty and his compassion for students and the academic mission of the institution. Here are some of their reflections:

Michael Ford, professor, Literacy and Language, COEHS

“When Don Mocker spoke to a College of Education and Human Services audience, he would often start by saying something like ‘People ask me how my job is… I tell them ‘fantastic’ because I am working with the greatest group of faculty members.’ Don Mocker loved his faculty, perhaps because he came from a Division One research institution where the faculty loads were minimal but the complaints were not. Don found it refreshing to be on a campus where the reverse was true. Don advocated for his faculty. My favorite moment was when a local legislator marched into his office to force his ‘phonics-first-and-only’ philosophy on our department’s reading classes. Not knowing Don was a nationally published and recognized expert on literacy, Dean Mocker politely showed him the door.

“Don had a great dry wit. When we were about to adopt our two sons from Russia, Don asked me, ‘How old are they?’ I told him, ‘Seven.’ He quickly responded, ‘You know if they were twelve, they could mow your lawn.’ Don also had a generous, kind spirit. One day I received a box from Overland Park, Kansas where Don had returned to retire. It was filled with old Boy Scout handbooks and memorabilia that Don had found among personal items after his brother had died. Remembering my long involvement with Scouting, he sent them to me knowing that I would appreciate their value… Compassionate and competent, many of us were so fortunate to learn from his leadership.”

Margaret Olson, faculty emeritus, Counselor Education, COEHS

“Don’s leadership during my tenure as a department chair in the COEHS enabled our program to thrive in spite of several difficult periods. His wisdom, compassion and problem-solving qualities were always evident; he was completely congruent and consistent. He led the administrative council meetings efficiently; they started and ended on time, and we learned to straighten our chairs before we left! Don was respectful of students and faculty and able to resolve difficult situations with consideration for all sides of an issue. I continued to seek his advice after his retirement, as his interest in and concern for UW Oshkosh continued long after his year as interim provost.”

Michelina Manzi, professor, Literacy and Language, COEHS

“I know this was a favorite saying of Don’s: ‘We live in deeds, not years’ (poet Philip James Bailey). He had good deeds in each year that far exceeded the number of days within a year. In retirement, he was very proud of the mentoring and tutoring he did with urban youth in Kansas City. He tutored in literacy and academic subjects, growing close to the youth with whom he worked. When he was here as dean of COEHS, he advocated for and loved the faculty. He said they made his world a happy place. I recall during his hiring process that he said, before the faculty, that he would stand on his deeds and would be measured by this as dean should he be hired, that he would not request tenure, and, should he not measure up, we could show him the way out. He offered us six years (1993-1999) of service as our dean. Needless to say, we were sad to see him leave. He measured up!… He was not here a long time as dean–he did not believe in lifetime terms as dean–and gave us his full support. He knew the role of the dean inside and out and respected the faculty so much.”

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cfof_poster_14-15 (1)The fall semester is well underway at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and with it comes another Titan tradition–Career Fair on the Fox.

The bi-annual event will return to the Kolf Sports Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 1 until 5 p.m.

The career fair provides excellent opportunities to students looking for jobs and internships in the area, event coordinator Sarah Martin Kriha said.

The fair can even benefit students who aren’t looking for immediate employment.

“It’s a great way for students of all ages to network with employers,” Martin Kriha, who is with UW Oshkosh Career Services, said. “If students start early and go year after year, employers will start to recognize their faces.”

The fair will feature 150 business from around the state including Oshkosh Corp., J.J. Keller, J.M. Smucker, Bemis and many others.

Internship Connect will also be returning to the fair for students looking to gain experience in their field. This year, the function will provide 37 internships for a variety of majors. The positions available range from working with Habitat for Humanity to crime mapping for the Milwaukee Police Dept. Internship Connect is also in the Kolf and will start before the career fair running from 12:30 until 2 p.m.

A mobile application called Career Fair + is available for students looking to narrow their search for jobs and internships. The app allows users to search for and learn about the companies and jobs available at the fair. It also provides strategies for the event as well as a map showing the locations of all the businesses attending.

Students interested in going to the fair are expected to dress professionally and bring their resume, Martin Kriha said. Those who do not own business attire can acquire appropriate clothing items through the Career Closet program, which is housed within Career Services. To set up an appointment and view the inventory, students are encouraged to contact Career Services located in the Student Success Center.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will host a faculty and staff flu clinic Oct. 1.

The clinic will be held from 12 until 4 p.m. in the Sage Hall lobby.

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Payment:  Bring a copy of your insurance card (Network, United, WEA, etc). Affinity Health will provide vaccine for Network subscribers and bill Network directly.  The Visiting Nurses Association(VNA) will provide vaccine to all other insurance subscribers and those without insurance.  The VNA will bill your insurance directly.

Why should I get vaccinated?  Last flu season was another reminder of how unpredictable and severe influenza (flu) can be. Adults younger than 65 experienced a relatively high rate of severe flu illness. Nearly 60 percent of the flu-associated hospitalizations reported to CDC were in people age 18 to 64 years old, a trend also seen during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic season. Public health officials are encouraging vaccination for all individuals age 6 months and older to prepare for the upcoming flu season. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

How do flu vaccines work? Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

The seasonal 2014-2015 flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called trivalent vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus.  The trivalent influenza vaccine is “inactivated”, these vaccine do not contain any live influenza virus.

For more details on influenza please visit www.cdc.gov/flu

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aenright profileUniversity of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Anne Enright, ’96 of Seattle, Wash. doesn’t just love the Starbucks brand, she lives it.

Enright’s innovation and leadership in the media and marketing industry have made her one of this year’s UW Oshkosh Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

As a journalism student at UW Oshkosh, Enright got involved in the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Competition and Ad Club.

After graduation, Enright quickly climbed the corporate ladder to become successful in the field of media marketing. At the dawn of the interactive marketing age, she earned a position at Laughlin Constable as an interactive media planner. She quickly progressed to the position of interactive media manager for the television series Quantum Leap, where she worked with clients like MSNBC, Slate and OnHealth. In 1999, she became the associate media director of marchFirst.

In 2001, Enright became the national ad programs manager for Cars.com, where she was responsible for developing advertising opportunities for clients, including Mercedes Benz, GM, Ford and Honda.

In 2003, Enright became the associate media director for Integer Group, one of the world’s largest promotional, retail and shopper marketing agencies. She led multiple promotional media plans for Coors Brewing Company. In this position, she educated Coors Brewing Company’s brand managers and directors on the benefits of digital media and integrated mobile marketing efforts.

After working for Integer Group, Enright worked with many more Fortune 500 companies through various marketing agencies, including KitchenAid and United Airlines in the ever‐changing world of digital media.

“Her expertise has been in digital marketing, helping brands reach consumers via new channels of the internet and, most recently, entertainment and social media,” UW Oshkosh assistant professor Sara Steffes Hansen said. “Importantly, her talents not only charted the way for these brands, but also integrated with traditional media in a fast‐changing landscape during the last 15 years.”

In 2007, she became the senior vice president of Starcom USA and the activation group director for Kraft. She was responsible for all of the activation development, negotiation and execution of Kraft’s $350 million media investment, including video, publishing, digital, mobile, shopper and customer relationship (management) CRM media marketing. She also was a key adviser to the senior management of Yahoo, AOL, Google and Microsoft on what consumers and marketers needed from their companies.

Executive Vice President of Starcom USA Mark Pavia was extremely excited for Enright to join the Starcom team because of her desire to make a difference in the world of media marketing.

“I asked Anne to join our company because I felt like she wanted to help change the world when it came to marketing,” Pavia said. “While it may seem obvious now to invest in digital, it was not then. Anne was already a pioneer then and continues to be today.”

In Oct. 2013, Enright picked up her life in Chicago and moved it to Seattle to become the director of media and measurement for Starbucks. She is responsible for leading all paid media activity for Starbucks across all of their brands, including Teavana, Evolution Fresh, Seattle’s Best and Tazo Tea.

She sets a strategic media vision for the company,  identifies and develops strategic partnerships, manages their media investment of more than $100 million, drives media innovation and oversees media agency relationships.

Enright has been a key player in developing innovative digital media marketing  strategies for some of the country’s largest clients, and her career has taken her to places she never imagined it would.

“I’ve lived the dream,” Enright said. “When I left UWO and started my career 17 years ago, never did I imagine that I would have had the privilege to work with multiple Fortune 500 companies… Nor did I think I would shape the strategy of how those companies connected with their consumers.”

Since graduating from UW Oshkosh, Enright has met with industry leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg.

aenright starbucks“I work for a cultural icon, Starbucks, that is led by a pioneer in building a business with the lens of humanity, Howard Schultz,” Enright said.

UW Oshkosh journalism professor Mike Cowling and Steffes Hansen commend Enright not only for her success in the field, but also for remembering her UW Oshkosh roots.

This summer, Enright co‐presented a peer reviewed panel session with three faculty members from the journalism department at the annual conference of the national association that accredits the UW Oshkosh Department of Journalism.

“That kind of collaboration speaks volumes about her commitment to the Department of Journalism and to the profession as we evolve in a digital age,” Cowling said.

Steffes Hansen often shows Enright’s LinkedIn profile to her students as an example of what journalism students can accomplish when they work hard.

“Her profile provides our students with a motivating example of what they can accomplish by working diligently, thinking strategically and keeping pace with the digital rigor of our profession,” Steffes Hansen said.

Enright and her success show current students what their UW Oshkosh education can help them accomplish, and Enright attributes much of her success to her time as a student at UWO.

“I sit at the table with those who have attended Big Ten and Ivy League schools and prove that UWO can produce talent that matches their education,” Enright said.

Enright and nine other award winners will be recognized at the Alumni Award Celebration during Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Oct. 17.

For more information about the alumni awards dinner, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (920) 424-3449 or email alumni@uwosh.edu.

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UW Oshkosh and city of Oshkosh leaders are joined by daycare students of the Children's Learning and Care Center for the dedication and ribbon-cutting of Lincoln Hall on Sept. 16.

UW Oshkosh and city of Oshkosh leaders are joined by daycare students of the Children’s Learning and Care Center for the dedication and ribbon-cutting of Lincoln Hall on Sept. 16.

Bundled in fall jackets, emblazoned with smiles, they sat in tiny, wooden classroom chairs in the front lawn of their school, their teachers wielding a small outlay of classroom safety scissors.

This small gathering of front-row daycare pupils quietly sat through official remarks and ceremony and, when their time to shine came, helped cut the ribbon on Lincoln Hall on Sept. 16. It was just one ode to community collaboration during the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation’s 9th Annual Community Breakfast and Report to the Community events.

The daycare students are one end of the lifelong-learner spectrum and population that now calls Lincoln Hall, the former Oshkosh Area School District elementary school, home. They helped dedicate UW Oshkosh’s newest academic building, housing the University’s Children’s Learning and Care Center and the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement.

“Now, with the move to Lincoln Hall we will be able to provide services to students, staff, and faculty as well as the community,” said UW Oshkosh Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Sharon Kipetz. “We can now accommodate 184 children and will be a year-round facility.  In our new space we will be able to provide summer care to children up to age 10. Our mission has remained consistent.  The UW Oshkosh Children’s Learning and Care Center provides quality child care in Oshkosh… Strong values of learning occur in this building and we know that we are the beginning of the educational process for the next generation.”

UW Oshkosh, its students and the state of Wisconsin invested approximately $4.5 million to renovate the 1960s-era building and tuck its youngest and, in many cases, senior-most learning communities within.

“Lifelong Learning is dedicated to serving the needs of nontraditional learners,” said Karen Heikel, assistant vice chancellor and dean of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement at UW Oshkosh.

“We accomplish this mission through programs for youth; through online degrees for adult learners; through professional development opportunities; and through Learning in Retirement,” Heikel said in her dedication remarks. “We also strive to provide outstanding student services for the 3,000 adult nontraditional students who attend class on campus and online at UW Oshkosh. All of these activities, programs and services accomplish our mission and The Wisconsin Idea – we both physically and intellectually extend the University to learners of all ages. And now, with the official ribbon cutting of our new building, we have a place to call home. After years of discussions, planning and decision-making, we are so happy to be settled into the beautiful and newly remodeled Lincoln Hall.”

City of Oshkosh Mayor Burk Tower joined University administrators for the Lincoln Hall dedication–just one example of partnership spotlighted by UW Oshkosh and the UW Oshkosh Foundation as approximately 200 to 300 people joined in the event and a Sept. 16, morning breakfast and program at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

Degree-program partnership earns Manufacturing Alliance Collaboration award

NEW Manufacturing at Breakfast

NEW Manufacturing Alliance Director Ann Franz is flanked by members of the organization and UW Oshkosh Foundation President Arthur Rathjen and Interim Chancellor Petra Roter at the Community Breakfast.

The Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance earned the “Collaboration in Action Award” for the instrumental role its member businesses played in helping craft the now-launched Engineering Technology program – a trio of electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering technology degrees created in partnership with the 13 partner-institutions and colleges of the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA).

The programs make the Bachelor of Science in electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering technology more easily accessible to students living in the New North region while addressing regional manufacturers’ demands for new infusions of well-prepared engineering graduates. Students entering the new Leadership in Engineering Technology program and pursuing any of its three degrees will be able to begin their academic studies at any one of 13 NEW ERA institutions and colleges. They finish the program and earning their degrees at either UW-Green Bay or UW Oshkosh.

“These new majors are some of the most exciting and fundamentally different programs that UW Oshkosh has undertaken in most recent years. It would not have been possible without the support of the Manufacturing Alliance and its member organizations,” said UW Oshkosh Foundation President and Executive Director of Advancement Arthur Rathjen.

Manufacturing CEOs and managers worked alongside faculty to help design the nationally distinct and responsive academic program after survey work identified a demand for more hands-on, engineering technologists in the regional economy.

NEW Manufacturing Alliance Director Ann Franz accepted the award on behalf of the organization, but welcomed several of its board leaders to the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center stage for a well-deserved round of applause.

Alumnus, TV producer Boettcher shares keys to his success

Boettcher delivers his keynote speech.

Boettcher delivers his keynote speech.

The Community Breakfast featured keynote speaker and UW Oshkosh alumnus Steve Boettcher, ’82.

Boettcher, a graduate of the University’s Radio-TV-Film program, has produced and directed PBS’s national series Pioneers of Television, now in its fourth season. His other television projects include productions for History Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC, CBS and NBC.

Most recently, he and his partners swiftly assembled a PBS documentary on the life of Robin Williams, the comedian who tragically died in early August. Boettcher and his team have interviewed dozens of TV celebrities for their Pioneers series, including Bill Cosby, Anthony Edwards (“E.R.”), Bob Newhart and a slew of other breakthrough artists from American TV history.

“I feel like I’ve collected people my entire career and collected their stories,” Boettcher said, sharing a few reflections on his personal success and that of his TV production company during the Community Breakfast.

A lifelong Wisconsinite, Boettcher said he remains proud to serve as an advocate for the state and UW Oshkosh, once going out of his way to let some high-powered producers on the coasts know he hailed from the Midwest, or, as he put it “L.A.” — “Lower Appleton.”

Perhaps his affinity for his home state and alma mater’s hometown jas been no better demonstrated than in his 2014 premier film The Frozen Chosen, a documentary on the otherworldly culture of sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago. The film was screened at UW Oshkosh earlier this year.

“What I’ve learned is our dreams and our philosophy dictate what our lives are like,” Boettcher shared during his keynote speech. “What we have at this moment in life is what we’ve attracted by the person that we’ve become.”

Boettcher also shared his own story of collaboration and innovation. He recalled his and his future business partner’s effort to, while students, secure a vacant Arts and Communication Building vacant office for their production of a former UW Oshkosh TV news program. They managed to get a custodian to not only get them access to the room but also keys.

The experience was formative: today, Boettcher is a five-time, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker.

“Success is defined by significance, significance to people around you–your coworkers your family, your loved ones,” he said. “… Your library, your notes, your pictures–let it inspire the next generation; it’s proof that we are serious students of life. What a treasure.”

 

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Organic food waste in Blackhawk Commons is divered to the UW Oshkosh dry- fermentation digester. A new sustainability plan aims to send more of such waste the "biodigester's" way.

Organic food waste in Blackhawk Commons is divered to the UW Oshkosh dry- fermentation digester. A new sustainability plan aims to send more of such waste the “biodigester’s” way.

Having accomplished many of its goals, and having used it to successfully and nationally catapult the university into some rare and “green” air, it was time for an update to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Campus Sustainability Plan (CSP).

Newly approved, version 2.0 doesn’t compromise on the University’s commitment to new, challenging and campuswide goals.

Ninety percent of UW Oshkosh’s organic waste should be destined for the campus ‘biodigester’ waste-to-energy plant. The institution should pursue construction of “a student-run Greenhouse.” Students, faculty and staff should co-develop a “comprehensive campus transportation plan,” adopt the national “Real Food Challenge” which strengthens sustainability of student dining services and create sustainability “Leadership” and “green dot” certificate programs within Sustainability Studies.

That’s just a snapshot of the many new objectives built into the renewed (CSP) – a key operational plan first developed by faculty, staff and students in 2008.

“UW Oshkosh is widely known as a national leader when it comes to sustainability,” said Sustainability Director Brian Kermath. “That’s a testament to our 2008 plan’s development and execution. Now, we’re proposing and planning to take some new big steps.”

“We don’t plan on pausing or resting – we’ve got some new initiatives and challenges we want to tackle,” Kermath said. “As with our first plan, it will take the deep thought, hard work and serious commitment of faculty, staff and students over the next several years to really take us to the next level.”

The new sustainability plan was authored by the campus Sustainability Council and endorsed by former Chancellor Richard Wells before his retirement. Its approval coincided with the Office of Sustainability’s move to some new and symbolic digs at UW Oshkosh. This fall, the department is setting up shop in the Oviatt House, the stately, spired former chancellor’s residence, oldest building at UW Oshkosh and, one might say, the campus’s most iconic recycling project.

Oviatt was vacated by the UW Oshkosh Foundation in spring, making way for Sustainability and University Honors offices.

“It’s a wonderful, new home for us and a great example of the principles and practices woven into the new plan,” Kermath said.

The plan’s “priority goals” are divided into three key areas: “the academic mission of the University,” “reducing and eliminating negative impacts especially related to human and planetary health and leading the campus to climate neutrality” and the “management of sustainability.”

More broadly, the plan is designed to achieve objectives, “developing the ‘campus as a living-learning laboratory’ and “engaging and empowering students and other university stakeholders to maximize their understanding of, and ability to act on the sustainability challenges of our time.”

“What makes the new plan different from our old one is that we are approaching this more like a ‘living document,’” said Jim Feldman, associate professor of Environmental Studies & History. “Rather than publishing a plan that we hope to guide us for the next five years, we are laying out our goals and vision with the intent to return to the plan every year or two to update it and to respond to new opportunities and conditions.”

The new Comprehensive Sustainability Plan’s specific, additional goals include:

  • “Development of a Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program for students, which will involve studies, mentoring, and internships.”
  •  “Implementation of the ‘green dot’ (or other indicator) certificate program in Sustainability Studies.”
  •  “Adoption of the Real Food Challenge.”
  •  “Funding and adopting appropriate measures to convert fully to single stream recycling” on campus.
  •  “Development of a comprehensive campus transportation plan.”
  •  “Improvement of the bicycling culture and bicycle facilities on campus.”
  •  “Requiring that LEED certification be the standard for all new construction at Gold levels or above.”
  • “Analysis of monthly resource consumption data,” which will be used to track University sustainability performance.

 

In many ways, the new goals pick up where those integrated into the first CSP left off. The faculty-staff-and-student Sustainability Council applauds the campus community’s collaborative efforts to accomplish a number of significant initiatives during the last six years.

Students enjoy lunch on Opening Day 2014 outside Horizon Village and Reeve Memorial Union.

Students enjoy lunch on Opening Day 2014 outside Horizon Village and Reeve Memorial Union.

“The incorporation of sustainability in the University Studies Program, the construction of Sage Hall and Horizon Village as LEED Gold buildings and the three biodigesters stand out as particular highlights,” said Feldman, a Sustainability Council member.

Kermath added, “The university’s digesters now sell a lot of electricity to the grid – about half of what we consume on campus. What’s more, if we were to capture all of the waste heat from these plants, which we hope to do over the coming years, then the total energy production in equivalent kilowatt units would roughly equal all of the electricity we use on campus. These and other accomplishments would take us a long way to meeting our climate neutrality goals.”

“Campus freshwater usage is down by 41 percent from 12 years ago, and total suspended solids in stormwater runoff is down by more than 40 percent, thereby meeting the goal set in 2008,” according to one Sustainability Office summary look back on the old plan.

Kermath said the previous plan also helped nudge UW Oshkosh campus culture toward more sustainable daily habits and practices. They include integration of the “Zimride” ride-share program into campus, which allows campus community members to easily carpool via an online program, the launch of “trayless” dining, which reduces water use and waste, and the offering of local and vegetarian food options. UW Oshkosh’s participation in “Recyclemania,” a national competition promoting the importance of recycling and waste minimization, led to a first-place-in-Wisconsin in food waste diversion in 2014. Waste reduction has also been achieved through move-in day and move-out day diversion activities. In 2014, the campus diverted nearly one and half tons of goods from the landfill to Goodwill during move-out.”

The new CSP pushes UW Oshkosh to deepen the integration of sustainability into its teaching and research. It’s a focus that has already earned national notice, as UW Oshkosh’s transformation of general education – the University Studies Program – was created with sustainability, along with intercultural competency and civic engagement, designated as one of three “signature question” areas.

“Moving forward, I am particularly excited about how the CSP will guide our implementation of the ‘Campus as a Living Laboratory’ idea,” Feldman said. “This concept helps us use campus resources and operations as teaching tools for sustainability. Doing so will strengthen ties between and among the teaching, research and operational activities on campus and further enrich student encounters with sustainability as both a concept and as a practice.”

Bradley Spanbauer, associate lecturer in the Department of Biology/Microbiology, with the Office of Sustainability and part of the Sustainability Council, helped architect and author much of the content that was developed for the new Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Spanbauer said the new plan will capitalize on something that was essential to the success of the 2008-2012 plan: Partnerships on and off campus.

“I would say one thing I found most interesting is the need for more collaboration across units on campus,” Spanbauer said. “In conducting the review of the previous CSP, I discovered that we met many of our goals, some of which we greatly surpassed, such as reducing our water usage and better planning for storm water.”

“I think the plan addresses many of our ‘next steps’ concerning numerous areas of campus, from curriculum to facilities,” he said. “This plan also addresses new areas that were not previously covered in the first plan, such as environmental health. This is important because not only are we concerned with human health, but also, how our impacts on the planet affect our health.”

 

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ADP-Campus-Vision-1920x1080-Constitution-DayEd Larson, Ph.D., of Pepperdine University, presents “Washington’s Second Revolution” on Friday, Sept. 19 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, part of the institution’s  Constitution Day activities.

Larson, professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine, is “author of nine books and nearly one hundred published articles,” according to Pepperdine. He “teaches, lectures, and writes about issues of law, politics, science, and medicine from an historical perspective.”

He has appeared in several major publications and on TV and radio programs, including The Daily Show and multiple appearances on PBS, BBC, the History Channel, C-SPAN and National Public Radio, according to his Pepperdine biography.

The seal of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a co-sponsor of the event.

The seal of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, a co-sponsor of the event.

Larson’s visit and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. presentation in Reeve Memorial Union, Room 202 on Sept. 19, is sponsored by the University’s American Democracy Campaign and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The event is free and open to the public.

Each educational institution in the United States receiving federal funding is required to observe Constitution Day, officially on Sept. 17. Universities and colleges typically design programming to occur the week before or the week after the official date.

“In AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP), many campuses have transformed that little-known federal mandate into an opportunity to reflect on our government, our liberties and our obligations as citizens in this democracy,” the UW Oshkosh American Democracy Campaign states on its website. “It also creates a wonderful opportunity to launch the academic year with a set of inspiring activities.”

 

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