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Alumni Awards DinnerTen stand-out University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni have been chosen by the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association to be awarded for their achievements at Homecoming 2014.

Five alumni will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and five will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Alumni will be recognized at the Alumni Awards Banquet during Homecoming Weekend.

Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are recognized for their exemplary accomplishments and contributions in their careers and in the community.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners are Carol Angell ’90 and MSE ’95, La Crosse; Kristofor Brown ’88, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Anne (Angoli) Enright ’97, Seattle, Wash.; Thomas Zoch ’79, Neenah; and William Lecher ’87, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award also are recognized for their success in their careers and communities, as well as the potential they hold for future success. Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners include Bradley Carr ’01, Los Angeles, Calif.; Luke Kalteux ’06, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Christian Jensen ’07, Green Bay; Shannon Stone ’99, Washington, D.C.; and Corey Vanderpoel ’99, Hartland.

Below describes the successes and accomplishments of the Distinguished Alumni Award winners:

  • After completing her bachelor’s degree in special education in 1990, Angell went on to receive a master’s in special and elementary education in 1995. In 2000, she earned her doctorate in special education from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. Angell is the chair of the Department of Educational Studies and is a tenured professor of special education at UW-La Crosse. She has published two professional book manuscripts and several journal articles.
  • Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film in 1988 and, following graduation, moved to California to pursue his dream career in television and film. Brown is the executive producer for the TV series “Kirby Buckets” for Disney XD. He has worked as the writer and producer for hit TV shows like MTV’s “Beavis and Butt-Head,” Fox Network’s “Undeclared,” Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas,” “VH1 ILL-ustrated,” Spike Network’s “Blue Mountain State” and many more. He also has written and consulted on many feature films, including “Kicking and Screaming,” “Fun with Dick & Jane,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Ant Bully.”
  • With a bachelor’s degree in journalism and emphases in advertising and public relations, Enright has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Kellogg’s, Coors Brewing and United Airlines. She now works as the director of media and measurement for Starbucks and is responsible for leading all paid media activity for Starbucks and its brands, including Teavana, Evolution Fresh, Seattle’s Best and Tazo Tea. She manages $100 million in media investments, identifies and develops strategic partnerships, oversees media agency relationships and drives media innovation. Prior to working for Starbucks, Enright worked at Starcom as the senior vice president, group director on Kraft where she led all media activation and investment of more than 30 brands.
  • Sterkens earned her master’s degree in audiology from UW Oshkosh in 1983 and her doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University- Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2006. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Sterkens became a U.S. citizen in 2008. For 25 years, she was the owner of Fox Valley Hearing Center. In 2012, she became the national hearing loop advocate for the Hearing Loss Association of America, a nonprofit organization. She travels the country to educate people about the benefits of hearing loop technology. Sterkens was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2013 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
  • Zoch graduated in 1979 with bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry. He graduated magna cum laude and was the Biology Major of the Year in 1979. He also played basketball and baseball for UW Oshkosh and made Wisconsin State University Conference All-Conference for baseball in 1979 and the Wisconsin State University Conference Scholastic Honor Roll three times between 1974 and 1979. He earned his doctorate in 1983 from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his internal medicine registry at St. Joseph’s Hospital- Marshfield Clinic in 1986. He works as the executive leader for Ministry Health Care, the associate medical director for Network Health and the medical director for Network HouseCalls.
  • Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1987, Lecher went on to complete his master’s in nursing administration and his MBA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1991. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in nursing practice at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati with an anticipated graduation date of April 2015. Lecher is the senior clinical director of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.


Below describes the successes and accomplishments of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners:

  • After earning his bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film in 2001, Carr moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television production. He works as the senior vice president of production for Relativity Television. The company is actively producing more than 20 television shows, pilots and presentations. Carr is responsible for running the day-to-day operations, creating production budgets and calendars and overseeing insurance for the shows. He earned an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.”
  • Kalteux received his bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film in 2006 and works as a writer and story editor, having written for the Starz project, “Incursion,” and currently for a new, unreleased Netflix series. He also worked as a set-lighting technician for feature films like “Iron Man 3,” “The Hangover” and “The Hangover: Part II” and “I Love You, Man.” He also worked on television shows, such as ABC Family’s “Greek” and ABC’s “Eli Stone.” For the past four years, Kalteux has contributed to the American Cancer Society’s North Hollywood Relay for Life event.
  • After earning bachelor’s degrees in history and physical education in 2008, Jensen became a performance enhancement specialist and now works as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for Bellin Health in Green Bay. He also is the executive director for myTEAM TRIUMPH Wisconsin and serves on the Cerebral Palsy Inc. Board of Directors. myTEAM TRIUMPH is a nonprofit athletic mentoring program for challenged athletes.
  • Stone earned her bachelor’s degree in special education in 1999 and her master’s in international education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2004. While in D.C., she worked for the Office of Public and Private Partnerships at the headquarters of the National Park Service, and she worked on the U.S. Department of State South Asian Teacher Training Project. For the past six years, Stone has served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development and has lived and worked in Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines. She also worked as a consulate for the United Nations World Food Programme in India.
  • Vanderpoel graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems with a finance emphasis. While attending UW Oshkosh, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Universities and Colleges. He works as the managing director of Schenck M&A Solutions, where he coleads a team of investment bankers and has been involved in hundreds of company sales and acquisitions. He has served on the board of directors for six years and is currently the treasurer for the HOPE Network, a nonprofit organization that provides support for single mothers.


For more information about the alumni awards dinner set for Friday, Oct. 17 during Homecoming 2014, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (920) 424-3449 or email alumni@uwosh.edu.

Theatre campus visionFrom a Dublin card game with the devil, to a Division III football controversy that pits a college president and the coach over the sport’s violence, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 2014-15 Theatre season subjects span an ocean and several decades.

But the thematic Ties that Bind, as billed by the Theatre department, are as classic as they come, subjects that have been dealt with on stage for generations, including “the drama of family, commitment, duty, adversity and, of course, love.”

“We are excited to present a season that engages and challenges the audience,” said UW Oshkosh Theatre Department Chair, Professor and Director Merlaine Angwall. “We think people will be caught up in the uproarious Over the Tavern, swept away by The Seafarer, riveted by The Boy Inside and transported to another time and place with O Pioneers!.”

The UW Oshkosh Theatre season begins Oct. 8 with Over the Tavern, by Tom Dudzick and directed by UW Oshkosh Theatre Professor Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft. The comedy, set in 1959 and focusing on a boy’s–Rudy’s–curiosity about other religions outside his family’s Catholicism.

“When he tells his teacher, Sister Clarissa, that he would like to shop around for a more fun religion all hell, or rather, ‘heck’ breaks loose,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said.

Over the Tavern runs from Oct. 8 through Oct. 12 with weeknight and Saturday 7:30 p.m. shows and a Sunday, 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets for this all season performances can be purchased at www.uwosh.edu/theatre.

Here’s a glance at the rest of the 2014-2015 Theatre season, continuing in November and, in 2015, including the theatrical premiere of The Boy Inside, a new play by written and directed by UW Oshkosh Theatre Professor Richard Kalinoski:

The Seafarer
By Conor McPherson
Directed by Merlaine Angwall
Nov. 19-22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

In the rundown Dublin house where Sharky cares for his blind brother, old acquaintances and an ominous stranger gather for a Christmas Eve card game. As the liquor flows and the game heats up, Sharky realizes he may truly be playing for his soul. In the grand tradition of Irish storytelling, this eerie Christmas fable looks at how people face their demons, past and present. Contains mature language.

The Boy Inside
Theatrical Premiere
By Richard Kalinoski
Directed by Richard Kalinoski
Feb. 18-21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Coach Tony Bartolo, the head coach of a college Division III football team, is having his best season ever and vying for the national championship. His college president, Helene Kingston-Barrows, a distinguished academic, suddenly asks Coach Bartolo to suspend his frenzied preparations and contemplate the violent implications of the sport which is America’s obsession. Dr. Kingston-Barrows asks Coach Bartolo to pay attention to another sport—an ancient ritual of rural Afghanistan called Buzkashi. Coach Bartolo is compelled by surprising pressures at his college to re-examine his personal relationship to football and the cultural implications of competitive sports.

O Pioneers!
Adapted from the novel by Willa Cather
Book and lyrics by Darrah Cloud
Music by Kim D Sherman
Directed by Bryan Vandevender
April 29-May 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
May 3, 2015, 2 p.m.

Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farm after her father dies. Through harvest, drought and poverty, she struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie all while keeping her three younger brothers together until they are ready to stand on their own. In the process, she makes a place for herself in a male-dominated, early 20th century community through her intellect and strong will.


Tickets for UW Oshkosh Theatre performances may be purchased at the campus Box Office or online using the button below. Ticket prices are $14 for general, $11 for senior citizens or alumni and $5 for UW Oshkosh students with ID. All promotions and discounts are valid only at the Box Office and are not available for online ticket sales.

The box office is open the week of the productions from Monday through Friday, Noon to 4 p.m. and evenings of performances from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On performance Sundays, the box office opens one hour before show time.

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Literacy is an important component of any society, but it’s more complex than having the ability to read the words on the page.

Reading comprehension is something that many children and even some adults struggle with. Fully understanding a text requires careful observation skills that are best developed at a young age.

Dr. Timothy Rasinski will cover this issue among several others during the annual Hot Topics in Literacy conference on Oct. 11 in Sage Hall from 8 a.m-2:45 p.m.. Rasinski teaches literacy education at Kent State and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. He’s even been elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame.

Students or faculty who are interested in the conference should register online by clicking the link here. The registration fee is $40 for students and $75 for staff and includes lunch.

A one credit course is also being offered to graduate students who attend the event. The course must be paid for separately through Titan Web and requires participants to attend three sessions in addition to the conference: Friday, October 10, 5-8 p.m.; at the conference all day Saturday, October 11; and Wednesday evening, November 19.

For more information visit the College of Education and Human Services site here.

10338 Campus VisionThe Earth Charter Summit kicks off  Oct. 6 at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with another interesting lineup of guest speakers and events.

The summit will be held from Oct. 6-10 at various locations and buildings around campus.

Sustainability has long been an important value of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Twelve years ago, UW Oshkosh became the first institution in the state to sign a document called the Earth Charter. The Charter’s message advocates many important values that center around the promotion of respect, responsibility and compassion for the Earth and its many diverse communities.

“To me, the charter means being a good steward of the Earth,” said Brad Spanbauer, the chair of the summit’s planning committee. “It’s important to be a good global citizen.”

The Earth Charter Summit will provide students with knowledge and opportunities that can help them get involved in the university’s efforts to reduce waste, preserve nature and foster respect. The summit features a variety of functions including guest speakers, a bike expo and even a forum for students to interact with Wisconsin state assembly candidates.

The week-long series of events also draws attention to UW Oshkosh’s efforts to promote and encourage the purchase of Fair Trade products on campus, such as coffee, chocolate and a number of products sold in the University Bookstore. UW Oshkosh is launching a new series of videos promoting its distinction as the first Fair Trade university in the United States — it earned that title in 2008 — and its ongoing commitment to support Fair Trade practices and products.


UW Oshkosh’s commitment to the charter can be seen by the policies it has applied on campus. It has become the first University in the nation to become fair trade. That means that when given the option UW Oshkosh will always choose the most ethical and environmentally friendly products and services.

The University had also implemented several technologies to reduce its use of resources and help better manage waste. Energy efficient lighting and bathroom fixtures occupy many of the buildings and several solar panels around campus help power them. Spanbauer noted that UW Oshkosh also boasts a state-of-the-art biodigester that is the only one of its kind in the western hemisphere. The biodigester turns organic waste from the University into usable energy.

Spanbauer said students can help the University further promote its sustainability undertakings by attending some of the events hosted by the summit.

“Students can get involved on campus by tying their environmental efforts with something they are interested in such as gardening, recycling or social justice,” he said.

Spanbauer thinks it is important for students to educate themselves about what is happening in the community and around the world to provide a better perspective on why the Earth charter exists and how it can be optimally implemented.

A full schedule of events for the Earth Charter Summit can be found on the UW Oshkosh Sustainability website.

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Hours after the announcement that he will serve as the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 11th Chancellor, Andrew J. Leavitt met with reporters via conference call to talk about the priorities, transition steps and challenges ahead. Leavitt, vice president for University Advancement at the University of North Georgia and chief executive officer of the University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc., assumes the role of UW Oshkosh Chancellor on Nov. 1.

Learn more:

WLUK-Fox 11, Sept. 29

The Northwestern, Sept. 29

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 29

The Northwestern, Sept. 28