The campaign is a $10 million fundraising initiative to provide scholarships, internships, K-12 outreach and equipment needs to support the three bachelor’s degrees in engineering technology offered at UW Oshkosh. The bachelor’s degrees offered are in electrical engineering technology, environmental engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology.
Matt Jameson ‘96, president and CEO of Jay Manufacturing Oshkosh, will serve as campaign chair. Jameson graduated from UW Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in education and serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council.
John Koker, dean of the UW Oshkosh College of Letters and Science, will serve as campaign co-chair. Koker has overseen the College of Letters and Science at UW Oshkosh since 2007.
“I am increasingly impressed with the innovation at work between education and business here in Oshkosh,” Leavitt said. “UW Oshkosh and our local manufacturers are partnering in a way that’s never been done before—to impact workforce development in a way that’s good for our students, companies and our community.”
The engineering technology degrees, which started in 2014 at UW Oshkosh, came out of a need from local manufacturers and industry—and in partnership with the Manufacturers Alliance and the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA).
“This degree program, and this campaign, is a statement about how UW Oshkosh is responding to that need. People have told us this is important for their workforce, and we listened,” said Greg Kleinheinz, Viessmann Chair of Sustainable Technology and director of the Engineering Technology program at UW Oshkosh.
UW Oshkosh is looking for partners to support Campaign Engineering Technology. The $10 million fundraising campaign will dedicate more than half of the funds raised, $7 million, to student scholarships. Of the remaining dollars, $2 million is earmarked for K-12 outreach, $500,000 to support student internships and $500,000 for equipment needs.
“This is one of the most relevant and timely degree programs ever offered by UW Oshkosh,” Arthur Rathjen, president of the UW Oshkosh Foundation, said. “It links the needs of our region with the creation of future talent, which will result in a powerful economic impact.”
Eighty percent of UW Oshkosh engineering technology students receive some type of financial assistance. Providing scholarships extends beyond helping the individual student, but also directly benefits the local business and local economy.
“An investment in Campaign Engineering Technology is an investment northeast Wisconsin,” Rathjen said.
“We’re looking for people right now; and to find those really qualified people is not an easy thing. There is a shortage,” said Pete Pittner, vice president of the Sheboygan-based Miller Engineers and Scientists.
Companies like Miller Engineers and Scientists rely significantly on engineering technologists, as engineering technologists make up 50 percent of their workforce.
Campaign and University leaders seek continued partnerships and collaborative opportunities that will allow students in the engineering technology program to earn hands-on education and real-world experience simultaneously—making students familiar with the industry prior to entering the workforce.
UW Oshkosh works with students to help find the best career match for their interests—many careers and majors are unknown to students because of the unfamiliarity of an industry or job. UW Oshkosh is looking to expose students to the field of engineering technology.
“I chose mechanical engineering because I like to put things together; it’s more hands-on,” said Travis Ernst, a mechanical engineering technology student. “I couldn’t see myself sitting at an office and just being on a computer. I wanted to be out there actually doing things.”
The engineering technology program also provides unique possibilities for nontraditional students who might be working full time as applied engineers with two-year degrees. As employees look to grow in their career, earning a bachelor’s degree can be a benefit for the employee and employer.
Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) awarded approximately $140,000 in the form of a Fast Forward grant to UW Oshkosh to fund a cohort of engineering technology students to complete their bachelor’s degree. Each of the 33 students, representing 10 regional businesses, receives a customized approach to degree completion based on his or her background and experience.
“What are the hardest occupations to fill in northeast Wisconsin? Every year, for the last five years, based on our surveys and research with manufacturers, engineering technology is in the top five hardest to fill,” said Ann Franz, NEW Manufacturing Alliance director.
Shirley S. Williams, former assistant vice chancellor for academic development and minority programs and services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, died Monday, June. 20.
Williams was named to her role as assistant vice chancellor at UW Oshkosh in September of 1983. She also served as an education professor–starting as an assistant professor in 1966 and eventually climbing the ranks to full professor–and as the founding director of Head Start.
From Williams’ obituary:
“Shirley followed in the footsteps of her parents and grandfather and in 1959 became a teacher. She worked in the Chicago Public Schools until 1964 when she decided to pursue advanced degrees in education. Shirley enrolled at Vanderbilt University’s George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., where she earned a Master’s in Elementary Education (1964) and continued her doctoral studies there. … Six months later she accepted a position at the Wisconsin State University at Oshkosh (WSU-O)–which is now known as University of Wisconsin Oshkosh–while simultaneously finishing her dissertation. On top of all of this, Shirley learned that not only were there no blacks at the university, there were none in the entire city of 30,000 people!
“Appointed by the university as the local director of a new national initiative called Head Start in 1967, Shirley worked with a staff of eight to provide preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet with emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. … Shirley was granted tenure by the university in 1970. She then was awarded her Ed.D. by Vanderbilt University in 1972. She continued to make her mark at the university, rising up from associate and assistant professor to vice chancellor. This later led to her position at the University of Wisconsin System as a Senior System Academic Planner in 1985 with the responsibility of overseeing the teacher education programs at the 11 state university campuses.”
Funeral services will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher St., Madison, at noon, on Saturday, June 25. Interment will take place at Oak Hall Cemetery after the conclusion of the service. Visitation will be held at the church from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m., on Friday, June 24, 2016, and from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. A repast will take place at the church immediately following the burial.
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For 27 years chemistry professor William Wacholtz has been doing research, teaching and mentoring students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Wacholtz was the recipient of the 2016 Celebration of Scholarship Faculty Mentor award for his work in mentoring undergraduate student researchers. Since beginning his career at UW Oshkosh in 1989, Wacholtz has supervised more than 40 students in a variety of research projects.
“Research and teaching is what we do,” Wacholtz said. “For me, teaching is the most re-affirming, enjoyable aspect of my job.”
Giving students high-impact, hands-on learning experiences allows Wacholtz to pass his knowledge on to the next generation and help them gain experience.
“I am no different than they are,” Wacholtz said. “I was raised in small town on a cattle ranch and I try to help them realize they have all the ingredients to become any kind of scientist they want to be or to go on to medical school or other professional programs.”
Wacholtz grew up in Missoula, Montana, and originally wanted to be a professional musician prior to pursuing a career as a scientist. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Washington and a doctorate in chemistry from Tulane University.
“As a sophomore at the University of Washington, I started working with John Macklin and he taught me nuclear magnetic resonance on inorganic systems,” Wacholtz said. “I was learning to make new molecules and worked in the lab for three years.”
Just as he participated in research as an undergraduate student, Wacholtz provides opportunities for undergraduate students in his lab. Wacholtz’s research focuses on structural property relationships in how light interacts with matter, artificial photosynthetic processes and how light energy can be converted into stored energy.
“The goal of the research is to find ways to make better use of our energy,” Wacholtz said. “We are looking at molecules and how photons can be converted to storable energy—it is very important for a more sustainable future with less dependence on fossil fuels.”
Wacholtz’s students have a vital role in his research.
“Undergraduate students are the people who help me to do the things I need to do. I only have two hands and can’t do much if I don’t have people helping,” Wacholtz said. “Having students help gives you the ability to talk it out, clarify things in your mind and students even suggest new experiments and new ideas I never would have thought of on my own.”
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh recognized and celebrated more than 220 faculty and staff at the annual Years of Services Luncheon on June 14.
“One of my favorite jobs as chancellor is recognizing the service of the many faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh.” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said. “Their hard work and dedication are the driving factors behind our success.”
The years of service of those honored this year ranged from five to 50.
Kathleen Van Roy
Leigh Mrotek Gorzek
Ryan Van Scyoc
Birgit Leisen Pollack
Debra Gray Patton
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Thirteen students from Wind River Tribal College in Wyoming recently graduated with a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh bachelor’s degree in education.
Through a 2010 grant from the Office of Indian Education, the Wind River Tribal College established a relationship with the UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services.
The tribal college serves primarily nontraditional students from the Northern Arapaho reservation. The collaboration allowed Wind River students the opportunity to earn credits towards a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education while staying on the reservation and remaining in their current jobs.
The grant also supported the students’ books, childcare costs and other expenses associated with earning their education.
Suzanne Doemel, UWO teaching and learning faculty member, and Susan Finkel-Hoffman, interim outreach director for special and early childhood education, were instrumental in getting the program started.
“Working with the two cohorts in Wyoming was a most inspiring and humbling experience,” Doemel said.
Since the internet is unreliable in rural Wyoming, technology for distance and online education wasn’t an option, UW Oshkosh faculty traveled to teach classes.
“We decided, we would go there, be hands-on and build relationships with them, just like we do with our students here at Oshkosh,” Finkel-Hoffman said. “We packed our suitcases.”
Over the years, UW Oshkosh has become an integral part of the Northern Arapaho Teacher Education Program training Native American teachers.
“I am proud of the students who are coming through this program and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with the project,” Finkel-Hoffman said.
“My greatest enjoyment came with each group as they completed their education programs,” Doemel said. “We have made a difference in all their lives for the children and families of the Wind River Reservation for generations to come!”
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh earned a two-star Green Electronics Council (GEC) 2016 Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Sustainable Purchasing Award. The awards recognize excellence in the procurement of sustainable electronics.
Managed by GEC, EPEAT is a free and trusted source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy for purchasers to select high-performance electronics that support their organization’s sustainability goals.
The 38 award winners represented a wide range of organizations, including national, provincial and state governments, leading academic institutions and the healthcare sector.
The combined impact of this year’s 38 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Award winners resulted in more than $16.8 million in energy savings, greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 29,786 passenger cars from the road for a year and a reduction of more than 702 metric tons of hazardous waste.
Over the lifetime of the products purchased, UWO’s impact by purchasing products that meet EPEAT standards will save 181,000 kWh of electricity—enough to power 14 homes in the U.S. for a year—and save $13,611 in energy costs, according to the Green Electronics Council.
UW Oshkosh measures purchases of computers and printers through state contract vendors such as Camera Corner Connecting Point and Southern Computer Warehouse. All HP computer and HP printer purchases were tracked and reported for the EPEAT Purchaser award and the goal for next year is to report Apple computer purchasing totals, said Kevin Boldt, senior technician for UW Oshkosh Information Technology.
“We work together to make sure technology purchases meet the current and future needs of our faculty, staff and students,” Boldt said. “We also consider the environmental impact of our technology purchases and choose computers and printers which meet at least bronze-level registration under the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).”
Junior environmental studies major and biology minor Ryan Deloge, of Mequon, works in the UWO sustainability office and assisted in applying for the EPEAT sustainable purchasing award.
“Being able to help Kevin Boldt with the 2016 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing award for UW Oshkosh was a very educational experience and it provided a unique view into the sustainable face of IT,” Deloge said.
For Deloge, working in the sustainability department helps him feel like he is making a difference in the community and develop his skills for his career after UWO.
“Working here at the sustainability office helps me apply concepts I have learned in the classroom to figure out real world problems that, when solved, make Oshkosh an even more environmentally-friendly and sustainable place,” Deloge said.