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Rendering of updated Reeve Memorial Union

Next year, Reeve Memorial Union will get a makeover.

While parts of the building have been renovated in the past, the section facing Algoma Blvd. is due for an update. The goal of the renovation project is to modernize the entrance that opens up to campus on Algoma Blvd. as well as make important components of the union, such as the Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC), more inviting and accessible.

“The fact that we’re able to expand is really exciting,” Student Building Committee Chair Nikki Raccio said. “It’ll give us a bit more space for our ever growing student involvement.”

Raccio is the elected president of the Reeve Advisory Council and oversees student involvement in the project. She is responsible for communicating the needs and wants of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students to the building committee assigned to the project. Student input is an important part of the project as students were responsible for initiating the project, Raccio said. The renovations were approved as part of an Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) referendum back in 2012.

Although the exact costs are not yet known, the estimated budget for the renovation project is around $7.6 million. To fund the renovations, the OSA voted to raise student fees by $56 over a span of three years.

The entrance on Algoma is one of the projects focal points of Reeve Union, which was first constructed in 1957; a significant addition and renovation to Reeve Union occurred in 2000-2001, which included the addition of the University book store and the addition of the entry on Algoma Blvd. Even with the addition to the Algoma side of the building, however, the entrance currently lacks handicap access and its curb appeal; the entrance needs improvements to provide a more welcoming and approachable atmosphere, those involved with the project say.

The renovations will be completed by architects and engineers from Berners-Schober Associates, based in Green Bay. Berners-Schober have collaborated with UW Oshkosh for several other important projects such as Sage Hall and Horizon Village.

“The best improvement to this project will definitely be the larger, more open SLIC space,” Berners-Schober architect Derek Gruber said. “Other improvements include creating a new exterior appearance as well as addressing energy efficiency.”

Gruber said the construction is planned to take about one year and will begin in fall 2015. Parts of Reeve that aren’t being renovated will still be accessible to the students and employees who need to access to its various resources throughout the duration of the construction.

While the actual ground breaking of the project is a little while out, make ready moves are already beginning to occur at Reeve Union. The Reeve Marketing area will be relocating to the Reeve Administration office by Dec. 1, 2014; Copy This!! will move to a new temporary location by Titan Central, by the start of fall interim (January 2015) and will eventually be moved to a temporary space, which will be constructed during the month of December.

Once the renovations are complete, both Copy This!! and Reeve Marketing will have new office/retail space in the new renovated/expanded space off the Algoma entrance. The current Copy This!!/Reeve Marketing space is being vacated so the UW Credit Union can be renovated to create a new branch location space.

“We will work with Reeve staff and the construction team to minimize the impact of this project during construction,” Gruber said.

Raccio said that Reeve Union acts as the heart of the campus and updates to the building are exciting for students.

“Reeve offers a sense of community and collaboration,” she said. “We want that to continue and get stronger as the years continue here at UWO.”

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ROTC cadets who participated in the spring 2014 Commissioning ceremonies at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

It is an honor and echelon the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) – and, it is believed, any similar program at UW System institutions – has not earned in recent history.

UW Oshkosh’s ROTC program earned a top ranking among 43 college and university programs in the north central United States at the recent 3rd U.S. Army ROTC Brigade Professor of Military Science and Senior Military Instructor Conference in Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, Ill. The rankings are based on program assessments made by the 3rd Army ROTC Regional Headquarters in Chicago.

ROTC programs were ranked basked on cadet performance, training management, cadet management/administration, logistics, marketing and recruiting and command inspection evaluations.

“This award is as much a part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as it is the military science department,” said Lt. Col. Frederick Toti, of the Fox Valley ROTC program cadre and professor of Military Science at UW Oshkosh.

“Our performance simply could not have been achieved without the strong support from the university leadership. Our relationship with the College of Letters and Science and admissions, registrar and athletic departments have been critically important to the success of the ROTC program here. It is the finest model of support for all ROTC programs anywhere,” Toti said.

The program ratings and ultimate rankings are part of a three-year overall compliance evaluation. That evaluation is comprehensive, examining program operations to cadet performance, including performance at the 2014 Army ROTC National Leadership Development and Assessment Camp where nine of 21 UW Oshkosh ROTC cadets ascending from junior to senior years earned “excellent” ratings on leadership, military skills and other performance measures. Five of those nine received “top-five” evaluations, meaning they were among the top five performing cadets among the 50 in their camp platoons.

Kent Sorensen, enrollment and scholarship officer with UW Oshkosh Army ROTC, said schools competing for the top north-central program ranking include some of the most prestigious universities in our country.

“It reflects highly on the quality and desire to excel of our students who are predominantly from high schools and communities throughout Wisconsin,” Sorensen said.

At UW Oshkosh, ROTC cadets also study Military Science, an elective managerial training program designed to develop students for leadership positions and responsibility as junior officers in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard.

Army ROTC at UW Oshkosh allows outstanding college students to become part-time or full-time commissioned officers in the US Army. The ROTC curriculum encourages critical thinking, goal setting and problem solving through an interdisciplinary study of leadership and managerial principles.

UW Oshkosh is home to the Army ROTC Fox Valley Battalion, one of more than 270 host programs across the country. Programs are also offered through the Fox Valley Battalion on the St. Norbert, Ripon College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Marian University campuses.

The rankings are the most recent recognition of UW Oshkosh’s support for active military members and veterans. UW Oshkosh has been ranked military friendly by GI Jobs magazine and Military Advanced Education journal. The institution most recently earned another “Best for Vets” distinction by Gannett Government Media’s Military Times for 2015.

History of Army ROTC at UW Oshkosh

Army ROTC at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh was established as a host institution in 1968 and first produced officers in 1970.  Partnership ROTC units under the host are established at St. Norbert College, Ripon College, UW-Green Bay and Marian University.

These five programs combine with UW Oshkosh’s host program to form the Fox Valley Senior Army ROTC Battalion.  The battalion is headquartered at the UW Oshkosh Kolf Sports Center, a modern facility with all the latest instructional support capabilities. These capabilities include 10 separate offices, a dedicated classroom, rifle range and supply room.

 

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The annual “Planting the Seeds of Inclusion: Supporting the Growth of All Children” conference on Saturday, March 7 is open to teachers, administrators, related service professionals and families and explores the ways all can support and expand learning opportunities for children with disabilities.

A free resource fair—a one-stop resource for those who have or work with children who require special education services—is intended to connect people with resources and support services. The resource fair is open to the public without participating in the conference.

The conference provides practical information and training on reading and math instruction, assistive technology, special education in virtual learning environments, behavioral interventions, collaborative teaching, college/career readiness and more through breakout sessions and keynote speakers Janice Fialka and Micah Fialka-Feldman.

Breakout session proposals are due on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Registration fees will be waived for accepted speakers, and proposals can be submitted online.

Cost of the conference is $60 for professional educators and $30 for students and family members of children with disabilities. The registration fee includes lunch. Students, educators, therapists, caregivers, teachers and parents are welcome; preregistration is suggested.

Two graduate-level courses are also being offered in conjunction with the “Planting the Seeds of Inclusion: Supporting the Growth of All Children” conference in March 2015. One in Early Childhood Education (Elementary Education 715, Current Trends in Early Childhood Education) and one in Special Education (Special Education 783, Current Issues: Supporting All Children).

Each course is worth one-credit and costs $200, and participants can register for one or both courses.

The conference is hosted annually by the College of Education and Human Services’ departments of curriculum and instruction, reading, special education and educational leadership.

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14117492266_a036d5d698_kWith just a few weeks left of the fall 2014 semester, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students who are on track to graduate at the Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony will get an extra boost with their job search, during a special Almost Alumni Day set for Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Alumni Relations, Career Services and University Books & More are teaming up to expand the traditional Almost Alumni Lunch into a daylong event.

“We are so pleased to join with our partners to expand UWO’s support of our graduating seniors,” said Alumni Director Christine Gantner. “The transition from college to their career or graduate school is a critical time for our seniors. We want to celebrate their accomplishments and help them as much as possible as they launch into the professional world.”

The day’s events include a Stop and Shop from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. in the Student Success Center with bookstore discounts, a Career Closet sidewalk sale, First Destination Survey, a professional photo booth and money/debt management and resume ready stations.

“The Almost Alumni Stop and Shop is a new event exclusively for seniors,” said Jodi Carlson, Career Services employer relations manager and College of Business career adviser. “The concept began with the goal to provide a one-stop shop for seniors, but quickly morphed into a full day of opportunities for those nearing graduation to better prepare for the transition from college to career.”

On-campus interviewing also will be available all day in the Student Success Center. Students are encouraged to log into Titan Jobs to see which employers will be interviewing on campus.

Almost Alumni LunchFrom 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the activities move to the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (AWCC) with a free lunch for graduating seniors. Grab a quick lunch, learn about the UWO Alumni Association and purchase an Alumni TitanCard for just $5 (a $10 value). Register here.

During that same time at AWCC, check out the Oh $%!t  I Don’t Have a Job! Career Fair to network with employers. “This fair will connect seniors to organizations looking to hire recent college graduates with a wide variety of degrees,” Carlson said.

The day will then wrap up back at the Student Success Center with Almost Alumni Workshops scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Presentations will cover new graduate financial planning with financial advisers; reviewing job offers and understanding benefits with employer sponsors; and a LinkedIn workshop with cutting-edge information about how to update your profile and find your dream job.

 

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The outstanding results of the First Year Scholars (FYS) and Future Young Professionals (FYP) program last year have earned the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh a College Success Continuation Grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, a $183,300 grant will provide students with academic advising, tutoring, peer mentoring and knowledge of campus resources to help each student succeed during the academic year. These services are proven to help students stay on track to graduate.

UW Oshkosh was one of 16 organizations invited by Great Lakes to assist students in strengthening connections to their campus, peers, faculty and staff. The FYS and FYP program assists traditionally underserved students; including students of color, students whose families have limited-income and students who are first-generation college (parents have not earned a four year degree). The mission of the program is to offer these students personal support and academic guidance to help them transition into college with ease and success.

“Moving students toward greater opportunity in life benefits us all,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “We fund programs that understand the root cause of what holds students back, and take bold steps to overcome these obstacles. We look forward to seeing the impact the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh First Year Scholars and Future Young Professionals program can have on helping more students graduate and achieve their full potential.”

As the FYS program enters its third year, and the FYP program its second, Emmy Marvin, FYS and FYP academic adviser said: “Our main priority with the FYS/FYP program is focused on the overall academic, professional and personal success of our students. While we place a high value on the scholarly achievements of our students, we are also very cognizant to work on their personal and professional development as well. With the help of funds from Great Lakes, our students have access to the tools, resources, guidance and mentoring they need to become successful college students.”

“As an FYS member, I learned skills and tips that helped not only in my first year, but will continue to help in future years, ” said a student who participated in FYS during the 2013-14 year stated:

FYS was founded in 2012 and FYP was founded in 2013 under the Division for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence. The program serves 125 students, 100 first-year students and 25 second-year students. FYS and FYP students meet with an academic adviser a minimum of four times throughout the year. These meetings cover topics such as course selection, referral to campus resources, career and major exploration, personal support, funding a college education and life skills development.

FYS students attend weekly learning group sessions acquiring information that will aid in their personal and professional development (i.e. study skills, test-taking strategies, résumé development, professional communication skills, etc.).  Approximately 20 FYS students are assigned to each group.  The groups are led by two upper-class students who also serve as peer mentors to the FYS students.

FYP students enroll in a one-credit professional skills course during their first semester. Students in the class participate in mock interviews, a Dining with Professionals event, campus career fair and start to develop professional networks. The students also learn how to construct a résumé, cover letter, business card, electronic portfolio and their LinkedIn profile. During their second semester, the students participate in job shadowing opportunities.

At the end of each semester, FYS and FYP students who complete all program requirements receive a book stipend of $200 to use for the following semester.

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

The SeafarerThe University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Theatre Department’s production The Seafarer hits the stage this week.

About the production: 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 Seafarer runs Nov. 19 through 20, with nightly shows at 7:30 p.m. and a Nov. 23 show at 2 p.m.

For tickets, call (920) 424-4417 or visit uwosh.edu/theatre. Ticket prices are $14 for general, $11 for Senior Citizen or Alumni and $5 for UWO Students with ID. The Box office will be open the week of the productions Monday through Friday, Noon until 4 p.m. and evenings of performance 6 until 7:30 p.m. Performance Sundays the box office will open one hour before show time. All promotions and discounts are valid only at the Box Office and are not available for online ticket sales.

To get sneak peak at The Seafarer, check out the photo gallery.

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The Community Gardens Club is where hands-on learning and classroom instruction meet.

One of more than 160 student organizations, 15 students participate in the year-round Community Gardens Club, maintaining an organic garden located on W. 3rd Street in Oshkosh.

“We have workdays in the garden as well as regular meetings on campus to discuss various aspects of running the garden, issues relating to the environment and sustainability and plans for future events,”Stephen Thomson, Community Gardens Club president, said. “We have various events throughout the semester, which in the past have included a fall harvest and spring planting party, bonfires, and as a group attending a conference on sustainable agriculture.”

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CEO logoWith a $1,000 grand prize on the line and a shot at another $10,000, 10 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student entrepreneurs will each give a 90 second business elevator pitch Tuesday to a panel of business leaders – including Culver’s titan and UW Oshkosh alumnus Craig Culver ’73.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the 4th Annual Pitch Contest will be co-hosted by the Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) and the UW Oshkosh Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) in a joint effort to brighten the spotlight on the surging entrepreneurial climate and excitement at UW Oshkosh.

“We are extremely excited about this event due to the number of passionate students, the great ideas and the lineup of fascinating speakers,” said Jordan Rhodes, director of the Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI).

“Students are stepping miles out of the their comfort zones to get up in front of an extremely intimidating crowd and panel of judges, all in hopes of receiving enough money to get their businesses started – now that’s passion,” Rhodes said.

In addition to the high stakes pitch contest between students, the event features a brief presentation from Founder and CEO of the Oilerie, Curt Campbell, on his experience pitching on the actual hit reality TV show, Shark Tank.

PrintCulver will also serve as keynote, sharing the story of his journey from graduation at UW Oshkosh to his role as the head of a national franchise, Culvers Franchising System Inc.

The Pitch Contest event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sage Hall 1210. It is free and open to campus and the community.

The event’s stakes have grown from a $250 prize in its 2011 inaugural year to a $1,000 prize with the ongoing support of the CEO and the Alta Resources CEI. This year, students will also compete for an automatic qualifying spot in the February Business Model Contest, also hosted by the Alta Resources CEI and offering a $10,000 grand prize.

“The amount of resources available for student entrepreneurs on this campus is absolutely incredible,” said Dan Brosman, president of the UW Oshkosh CEO. “It’s a great feeling to be able to provide our student members what they need in order to start their businesses, and I can’t wait to see them go out there and pitch their hearts out for it.”

 

2014 PITCH CONTEST JUDGES

  • Craig Culver, CEO/Founder of Culver’s Franchising System Inc.
  • Curt Campbell, Recent “Shark Tank” Contestant and Owner of The Oilerie
  • Colleen Merrill, Executive Director of the CEI & Director of the SBDC
  • John Muraski, Professor of Information Systems and UWO-CEO Faculty Advisor

 

CONTESTANTS

  • Brian Harrah: Out of the Drawer Percussion
  • Parker Lenz: Atlas Capital Group
  • Taylor Schultz: Mobile Car Detailing
  • Nick Wirsching: Dairyland Wake Compound
  • Jason Marhal: Textbook Mobile LLC
  • Nathan Ochocinski: Acuaponics Shrimp System
  • Matt Noonan: Xpress Thru
  • Mikala Sebastian: The Addo Novo Project
  • Nicole Brey/Molly Kaprelian: Metis Consulting
  • Zach Clark: Fifth Ward Brewing Company

 

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