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Dear UWO Campus Community members,

Like you, we are concerned by the recent, uncharacteristic rash of crime and violence in a neighborhood east of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The most recent incident involved a robbery and the stabbings of two students late Friday night. They suffered serious injuries, but we are glad to report that both victims are recuperating at an area hospital.

As the Oshkosh Police Department (OPD) has shared, the Friday night incident happened at approximately 11 p.m. in the 400 block of West Lincoln Avenue and 700 block of Wright Street. Police seek a “lone, white male suspect described as 5’9” to 6’0” tall weighing approximately 250 pounds with a buzz haircut and wearing dark, baggy clothing in connection with both stabbings.”

OPD is leading the ongoing investigation of these recent crimes. University Police are collaborating. We echo OPD’s request that anyone with any information about the incidents please call (920) 236-5700. If you have information and would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at (920) 231-8477 or text IGOTYA, and your crime tip to 274637. Online, you can go to www.winnebagocrimestoppers.org and submit your tip.

Victims are never responsible for the violence perpetrated against them. There are steps we can each take to strengthen our safety.

We have used our Titan Alert system to send incident information to anyone who signs up to receive text messages. The system helps us relay critical incident and safety details to campus community members’ and others’ phones as soon as possible. It also allows us to echo those same messages through University email and Twitter and Facebook to students, staff and faculty. You can sign up to receive Titan Alert text messages at http://emergency.uwosh.edu.

If you are out late at night, we encourage you, as OPD recommends, to travel in groups and stay in well-lit areas. There are a number of additional tips and resources you can use, including our campus-based Safewalk program, which provides trained Community Service Officers (CSOs) to safely escort you on and around campus during the evening and night hours. You can learn more about it and our other safety tips and resources at www.uwosh.edu/up. You can also download our free UW Oshkosh mobile app, which offers quick access to safety resources.

Ensuring that UW Oshkosh is a safe place to study, work and live is our most important responsibility. We care about one another here, and we take the obligation to individually and collectively preserve a safe campus community very seriously. We thank you for taking an active role, and we pledge to keep you informed of any new developments in the ongoing investigations.


Petra Roter, Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Yijun Tang (Chemistry) speaks during the University Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on Oct. 23 in Reeve Memorial Union.

Yijun Tang (Chemistry) speaks during the University Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on Oct. 23 in Reeve Memorial Union.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty members gathered to put the spotlight on and celebrate research during the 2014 “University Scholarship Recognition Luncheon” on Oct. 23.

UW Oshkosh Director of the Offices of Grants and Faculty Development Bob Roberts and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lane Earns led the program, acknowledging “the magnitude of scholarly research and creative activities” that can be easily lost in the day to day teaching and other work at the University.

“Our colleagues’ endeavors deserve a special celebration,” Roberts said.

Faculty speakers included Yijun Tang (Chemistry), Anna Filipova (Public Administration), Andrew Redington (Art) and Ryan Skiver (COB-Marketing and Supply Chain Management).

The program recognized faculty members who contributed to or authored published books in the last year and those who received Faculty Development Teaching and Research Awards, Sabbatical Awards and Extramural Research and Instructional grant awards of $25,000 or more during fiscal year 2013 to 2014.

The faculty members and scholarly and creative activities featured included:



Michael Ford (COEHS) and Michael Opitz, co-authors

Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy

ASCD, 2014

This book explores issues, insights and ideas related to instruction that engages students and enables them to truly enjoy learning in school settings. Distinguishing joyous effort from traditional views of motivation, the book builds a theoretical framework based on current research on affective dimensions of learning. It presents assessment tools to examine five critical factors in schools (learners, teachers, materials, assessments and the environment). It provides real-life teaching examples for (re)discovering and promoting joy in the school environment, school-wide activities, whole group instruction, small group instruction and individualized instructional approaches.




Eric Brunsell (COEHS) and Michelle Fleming, co-authors

Engaging Minds in Science and Math Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy

ASCD, 2014

Daily decisions about how to incorporate creativity, choice, and autonomy—integral components of engagement—can build students’ self-efficacy, keep them motivated, and strengthen their identities as scientists and mathematicians. This book expands on a theoretical framework for joyful learning and provides suggested activities and guidelines for designing instruction that is engaging and motivating to all learners. Special attention is given to engagement of students from populations that are typically underrepresented in science and mathematics. This book is part of a series designed and edited by Michael Ford and Michael Opitz.


Eric Brunsell (COEHS), Deb Kneser and Kevin Niemi, co-authors

Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide

NSTA Press, 2014

The Next Generation Science Standards, released in spring 2013, provide a national vision and framework for science education in the United States. To better reflect understanding of how children learn science, these complex standards are structured differently than almost all previous standards documents. This book provides teacher leaders and administrators with 24 activities that can be used to help educators better understand the pedagogical shifts made by NGSS, plan implementation, and design effective instruction. Each activity was pilot tested in professional development settings with hundreds of educators. Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS is currently one of only two books published that focuses on implementation of standards adopted by 10 states and many individual school districts. As such, it is forming the basis for a nationwide school administrator professional development initiative.






Jakob Iversen (COB-Information Systems) and Michael Eierman (COB-Information Systems), co-authors

Learning Mobile App Development: A Hands-on Guide to Building Apps with iOS and Android

Addison-Wesley, 2014

Mobile apps are becoming increasingly important information systems for both personal and professional uses. This textbook covers mobile app development on both market-leading platforms: Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Perfect for both students and professionals, Learning Mobile App Development is the only text with complete parallel coverage of both iOS and Android. With this guide, students can master either platform, or both—and gain a deeper understanding of the issues associated with developing mobile apps.

The book is structured as a set of tutorials that leads students through developing an actual working app on both iOS and Android, mastering the entire mobile app development lifecycle, from planning through licensing and distribution. The tutorials lead students through creating the traditional initial “Hello World” app to a sophisticated app that uses many facets of the mobile devices’ capabilities including finding location, storing data, and using maps. Along the way, students also learn the app lifecycle unique to mobile devices.






Thomas Fischer (COEHS), Denise Clark (COEHS) and Mary Ann Marchel, co-authors

Assistive Technology for Children and Youth with Disabilities

Pearson, 2014

Denise Clark and Tom Fischer (Special Education), along with Mary Ann Marchel, a former UW Oshkosh faculty member now at the University of Minnesota Duluth, are co-authors of Assistive Technology for Children and Youth with Disabilities, published in 2014 by Pearson Education.

The textbook encompasses home, school and community environments and highlights supports available for children with disabilities from birth to age 21. The text details what types of assistive technology exist and how to select technology to meet specific student needs and match specific environmental circumstances.

Chapters address the broad range of technologies now available, including supports for mobility, positioning, access, academic areas, behavior problems, recreation and transitioning. Case examples, vignettes and activities provide practical, real-life examples that show how to use assistive technology to improve the independence and participation of students with special needs.




Alan Lareau (Foreign Languages and Literatures), editor

Victor Hollaender: Revue meines Lebens

Hentrich & Hentrich, 2014

The composer, conductor and theatrical entrepreneur Victor Hollaender (1866–1940) was one of Berlin’s most popular entertainment and operetta composers at the turn of the last century, and helped create the modern forms of cabaret and revue, above all with his scores of the satirical shows of the Metropol-Theater. He also wrote musicals for Broadway and Chicago and, in 1890, he was the first musical director of the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. He fled the Nazis in 1933 and died in obscurity in Hollywood; his works were suppressed and destroyed in Germany. Hollaender’s annotated memoirs are complemented by articles and poems by and about the composer, biographical annotations, a catalogue of works, and an audio CD.


The following UW Oshkosh awards were provided during fiscal year 2013–14 :

Faculty Development – Teaching Awards

Michael Baltutis (Religious Studies and Anthropology), Summer Study Abroad in South Asia

Mark Bowen (Geography and Urban Planning), Enhancing Instruction in a Large STEM

Catherine Bryan (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Latin American Civilization

Mary Kate Friess (College of Nursing), Integrating QSEN Competencies

Fredi Giesler (Social Work), Integrating QSEN Competencies

Yoshiro Hanai (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Instructional Materials on Manga and Anime

Joan Heller (Social Work), Integrating QSEN Competencies

Marguerite Helmers (English), Literature of the Great Irish Famine

Marianne Johnson (Economics), Experimental Learning in Environmental Economics


Faculty Development – Research Awards

Isabel Alvarez (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Evolution of Soccer Anglicisms

Ben Arbaugh (College of Business), Research Forums for Business Education Scholars Bruce Atwell (Music), Three Movement Composition for Horn Quartet

David Barnhill (English), Piercing the Blue Sky: The Snow Leopard

Michael Beitz (Art), Furniture-Sculpture

Jessica Calderwood (Art), Floral Fictions

Julia Chybowski (Music), Blackface Minstrelsy and the Black Swan

Stewart Cole (English), Fascist Animal

Jennifer Considine (Communication), Identity Tensions

Kevin Crawford (Chemistry), Semba Sample Purification

Andrzej Dziedzic (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Gaston Leroux’s Le fantome de l’opera

James Feldman (Environmental Studies), Nuclear America

Anna Filipova (Public Affairs), APNP’s View of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

Daniel Gier (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Detective Novel in Spanish and Cuban

Ryan Haley (College of Business), Journal Ranking Metrics

Eric Hiatt (Geology), Ancient Glacial-Chemical System, Brazil

Phan Hong (Psychology), Source Credibility, Invalidation, and Emotional Distress

Edwin Jager (Art), William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55

Marianne Johnson (Economics), Estimating the Welfare Costs of Zebra Mussel Infestations in Wisconsin

Eli Kalman (Music), Lera Auerbach’s Pianism

Nadejda Kaltcheva (Physics and Astronomy), Star Formation in the Seagull Nebula

Courtney Kurtz (Biology and Microbiology), Retinoic Acid in Hibernator’s Intestine

Birgit Leisen Pollack (College of Business), Customer Loyalty Behaviors

Sheri Lense (Chemistry), Multifunctional CO2 Reduction Catalysts

Evan Lipschutz (Art), Decimal and Zero

Gabriel Loiacono (History), A Shepherd, a Pauper and the Poor Law

Nadia Louar (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Bilingual Beckett/Beckett Bilingue

Edward Martin (Music), Composition for Keyboard Percussion Solo

Richard Masters (Art), Forsaken Passages: A Visual Narrative

John Mayrose (Music), Hashlife: Composition for Percussion Duo

Elsbeth McPhee (Biology and Microbiology), Effects of Fluorescent Powder

Anca Miron (Psychology), Empathy and Evidentiary Standards

Michelle Mouton (History), German Children’s Wartime Flight West

Gail Panske (Art), Teh: Printing the Void

James Paulson (Chemistry), Electron Microscopy of Chromosomes

Troy Perkins (Communication), Outpost

Joseph Peterson (Geology), 3D Modelling of a Dinosaur Bonebed

Thomas Rowland (History), Ulysses S. Grant: A Controversial Presidency

Michael Rutz (History), Religion in the Modern Age: Europe

Ryan Skiver (College of Business), Supply Chain View of Green Organization

Stephanie Spehar (Anthropology), Orangutans in Human-dominated Landscapes

Robert Stelzer (Biology and Microbiology), Spring Monitoring Program

Nenad Stojilovic (Physics and Astronomy), Nanofibers for Energy Conversion

Yijun Tang (Chemistry), Improving the Catalysts

Robert Wagoner (Philosophy), Evil and Responsibility in Plato’s Dialogues


Sabbatical Awards

Klara Bahcall (Music), Karl Goldmark, Forgotten Musical Genius

Jessica Calderwood (Art), Floral Fictions

Kevin Crawford (Chemistry), PPCPs and EDCs in the Winnebago System

Douglas Haynes (English), Every Day We Live is the Future

Larry Herzberg (Philosophy), Emotion, Perception, and Self-Knowledge

Paul Klemp (English), Early Modern Execution Rituals (1641–62)

Edward Martin (Music), Microtonal Composition for Marimba

Gail Panske (Art), Near and Far

Susan Ridgely (Religious Studies), Shaping Our Families and World in His Image

Stephanie Spehar (Anthropology), The Behavioral Ecology and Conservation of Orangutans in Human-dominated Landscapes


The following external grant awards – major research and instructional grants of $25,000 or more were awarded in 2013-14:

Catherine Arentsen (Head Start):

-Federal Head Start Continuation Grant (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): $4,060,486

-Wisconsin Head Start State Supplement (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $98,175

Fredi Giesler (Social Work), Title IV-E Child Welfare Training (Department of Health and Human Services and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay): $192,674

Nancy Harrison (Center for Academic Support and Diversity):

-First Year Scholars/First Year Professionals (Great Lakes Higher Education): $216,445

-Student Support Services Program (U.S. Department of Education): $365,466

Toivo Kallas (Biology and Microbiology), Cyanobacterial Strains and Culture Strategies for Isoprenoid (WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.): $28,667

Gregory Kleinheinz (Biology and Microbiology):

-Iron County Environmental Health (Iron County Public Health Department): $52,000

-Vilas County Public Health (Vilas County Public Health Department): $225,000

-Vilas County Clean Boats Clean Water Internship Program (Vilas County): $62,100

-Vilas County Transient Non-Community Well Testing (Vilas County/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources): $48,000

-Assessment of Beach Remediation Efforts at Select Lake Michigan Beaches (U.S. Department of Commerce): $91,944

John Koker (COLS), Implementation of the Collaborative Engineering Technology Program (UW System): $1,900,000

Colleen Merrill (Small Business Development Center):

- Small Business Development Center (Federal Small Business Administration): $88,000

-Small Business Development Center (UW Extension): $90,117

-Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Private Donations): $120,000

- Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation): $97,500

Jamie Page-Stadler (Career Services), Career Ready Internship Initiative (Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation): $150,000

Renee Rickert (CCDET):

-TANF/W-2 Training, Pathlore Services for Childcare, and Child Support (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families): $544,497

-Increasing Safety by Preventing Violence-Civil Money Penalty (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $37,000

Guadalupe Salinas (Center for Academic Support and Diversity):

-Opening Doors to College for Foster Youth Program Grant Proposal (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families): $40,000

-UWO PreCollege Program: MPS Team Gear Up (Milwaukee Board of School Directors): $30,000

Pat Scanlan (Literacy and Language):

-Advancing Disciplinary Literacy in Rural Schools (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction): $79,565

Jennifer Shuttlefield Christus (Chemistry), Solar Army-SHArk SEAL & HARPOON (National Science Foundation): $50,671

Rosemary Smith (Nursing), Increasing UW System Nursing Program Faculty (UW System): $3,200,000

Wendy Strauch-Nelson (Art), ArtsCore Center Planning (Margaret Cargill Foundation): $58,000

Kim Stuyvenberg (CCDET):

-University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Vet Corps (Wisconsin Department of Human Services): $72,939

-Pathlore (Wisconsin Department of Health Services): $104,160

-Truancy Intervention Program (Winnebago County): $64,260

-Dementia Care Standards: Training Development and Delivery (Wisconsin Department of Human Services): $500,000

Leona Whitman (Nursing), Living Healthy Clinic (Winnebago County Department of Human Services): $126,900

Mary Seaman (Biology and Microbiology), UW Oshkosh McNair Scholars – Year 2 of 5 (U.S. Department of Education): $208,494


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RTF IconIt was a milestone year for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Radio-TV-Film (RTF) program.

Dozens of graduates from the program returned to campus over Homecoming weekend 2014 to celebrate and reflect on its 50th anniversary. Alumni traveled from the east and west coasts and points in-between, having established successful careers in broadcasting, TV and film production and other fields.

UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations helped host a 50th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, where guests also enjoyed the 15-minute mini-documentary “Radio TV Film: Our Past, Our Future,” developed by RTF faculty, staff and students, led by executive producer and RTF Director of Television Services Justine Stokes.

The retrospective captures the stories, the leaders and the remarkable evolution and successes (not to mention the array of productions and vintage hair styles and fashions) throughout the program’s first five decades.

Roll it!…


The Northwestern, Oct. 22

_UWO4136This Homecoming, the annual Tour de Titan bike ride took a little different path.

Not only did it have a new starting location–the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center–but it also was led by a group of dedicated individuals from myTEAM TRIUMPH-Wisconsin.

myTEAM TRIUMPH is a nonprofit organization that gives disabled people of all ages a chance to ride along during events they would normally not be able to participate in such as marathons and bike races.

The founder of the Wisconsin chapter of the organization, UW Oshkosh alumnus Christian Jensen ’07, led the ride this year with three disabled “captains”  and the “angels” who rode bikes and pulled them along the course.

About five years ago, while working as a personal trainer at Bellin Health in Green Bay, Jensen was inspired to bring myTEAM TRIUMPH to Wisconsin after he developed a close relationship with 58-year-old Mary Cox, a patient with multiple sclerosis. Cox’s mobility was severely limited by the disease that began to affect her in her 20s, Jensen said.

Jensen1Jensen started physical therapy with her, but felt that what they were doing at the hospital together wasn’t enough. “I quickly realized that what she needed more was to kind of get out in the community,” he said.

Jensen and his wife,Tiffany, borrowed a running stroller from a family member and began running with Cox. Jensen explained that most of Cox’s day was spent alone indoors and getting outside provided her with joy and excitement that she could rarely experience otherwise.

Once Jensen started entering marathons and other endurance events with Cox, she was hooked. She told him that when she runs it makes her feel like her disability goes away. After people started to notice the possibilities that Jensen could Cox accomplish, they started to reach out him to ask how they could get involved, he said.

He eventually contacted the national founder of myTEAM TRIUMPH, Ronald Robb, and started the Wisconsin chapter at the end of 2009. Jensen’s key role in the founding of myTEAM TRIUMPH-Wisconsin inspired the UWO Alumni Association to name him one of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2014 winners.

myTEAM TRIUMPH, alumni lead campus event

_UWO4145Since Jensen and his wife are both UW Oshkosh alumni, they thought it would be a worthwhile experience to integrate their work at myTEAM TRIUMPH with this year’s Tour de Titan bike ride, which was held during Homecoming Weekend.

“Tiffany and I like to come back to UW Oshkosh because it brings us full circle in a way because we met here,” Christian said.

“Angel” and father to one of the captains, Shawn Gross said the ride was an amazing opportunity for his son, Nathan. He said Nathan, who has been doing  myTEAM TRIUMPH events for years, sometimes exhibits self-injurious behavior, but when he’s riding the behavior stops. Gross doesn’t normally participate in some of the longer events but said he was happy to ride in the Tour de Titan, which is a short, family-friendly event.

“It was something we could accomplish in honor of Christian really,” Gross said. “…In honor of all he’s done to get myTEAM TRIUMPH going, which is an amazing thing.”

Jensen said he was happy he could get students involved with the event because he thinks it’s a beneficial experience of diversity that many shy away from.

“It gives students the opportunity to put service behind wellness,” Jensen said. “Wellness with a purpose.”

A 2012 profile of myTEAM Triumph during the Green Bay Duathlon… 


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One of the maps UW Oshkosh Professor Kazimirez Zaniewski produced for the Oshkosh Northwestern "Divided Wisconsin" series.

One of the maps UW Oshkosh Professor Kazimierz Zaniewski produced for the Oshkosh Northwestern “Divided Wisconsin” series.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

A detailed, data-driven map depicting Wisconsinites’ voting impulses is worth many thousand more – even a few Sunday-newspapers-worth of eye-opening, front-page political news and analysis.

UW Oshkosh Political Science Professor James Simmons and Geography and Urban Planning Professor Kazimierz Zaniewski teamed up with the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper over the last several months to examine the political winds in the crucial swing area that is northeastern Wisconsin. The Nov. 4 gubernatorial and midterm Congressional elections loom.

Their collaborative, data-based study and analysis of 26 years of Wisconsin election results and voting data, and the resultant digital, interactive maps they produced, are the cornerstone of Gannett Wisconsin Media’s multi-Sunday series “Divided Wisconsin.”

The series, as The Northwestern reports, offers “stories that explore the polarization of the electorate” in Wisconsin, specifically examining “The state’s changing voter demographics and how it is eroding the middle ground; Why northeastern Wisconsin plays a crucial deciding role in statewide elections; How turnout explains the state’s sometimes wild swings between Democrats and Republicans; How and why voting patterns have changed on the local level; and The efforts to stem the tide of toxic politics.”

Leveraging expertise, knowledge

For Simmons and Zaniewski, it was an opportunity to share expertise they have each developed over the last few decades.

Simmons has been collecting and studying voter trends in the region since the 1970s. Over the last 15 or so years, he has been zooming in on the changing and sometimes undecided tendencies and preferences of Fox Valley voters in close-call presidential, gubernatorial and, in some instances, Congressional elections.



“We showed that Wisconsin is a bellwether,” Simmons said. “… There are only a handful of states that are competitive. All the money in a presidential year is going to be spent there. Plus, some of Wisconsin’s officials on the political side are national figures… And in other ways we simply reflect the polarization. The parties have shifted apart.”

Simmons and Zaniewski collaborated to produce and present a couple of research papers examining the state’s political polarization over the last several years. That segued into some conversations with Oshkosh Northwestern City Editor Karl Ebert, who, along with the newspaper’s other editors and reporters, knew readers deserved some explanation for the reasons political ad blitzes so intensely focusing money and message on their TVs and mailboxes.

The reporting project also dovetailed with a June Pew Research Center study of political polarization in America. Wisconsin, as Simmons’ data and Zaniewski’s maps showed, was indeed a poster child for widening national rifts.

“If I put up the numbers, people’s eyes would glaze over,” Simmons said. “People can relate to this. You look at the state. You see the patterns. It’s pretty apparent from the spatial analysis what’s happening.”

For Zaniewski, the project capitalized on his passion for maps. He helped The Northwestern generate data-based illustrations vividly showing the shifting political poles in the Badger State dating back to presidential elections since the late1980s.



The colorful, straightforward, front-page visualizations factor detailed voting data and complex political and voting behaviors since the 1988 presidential race. They tell the story on a county-by-county and even township-by-township level.

“You may be familiar with the term ‘infographics.’ It’s the hot word,” Zaniewski said, adding that maps and graphics are becoming increasingly effective teaching tools for a more visual audience, too. “Everybody’s going to that… The emphasis is showing things graphically.”

Educating, empowering citizens

At www.thenorthwestern.com, interactive versions of the Divided Wisconsin project maps generated by Zaniewski invite readers to zoom-in on and drill-down to town and municipal-level voting trends and tendencies.

“What was exciting was that we could have a long-term collaborative project with the University and, hopefully, we can do more things along these lines,” said Ebert, an award-winning reporter and UW Oshkosh student who has been honing his knowledge of data and mapping in a geographic information systems (GIS) certificate course.

“It’s more than picking up the phone and tapping someone’s expertise,” he said. “… Simmons and I had several long conversations about (the project) before the thing even got off the ground. We started talking about it early summer and decided the right timing was to peg it to the election. And I think that was a really good call. The things you’re seeing in the gubernatorial race are things we can shed light on.”

The Divided Wisconsin reporting series began earlier in October. In upcoming Sunday editions of The Northwestern, reports based on Simmons’ data and Zaniewski’s maps explore why turnout matters in elections on regional and national levels.

“It goes back to the idea that northeastern Wisconsin has enough persuadable voters” to swing elections in certain cases, Ebert said.

“We’re going to look specifically at Winnebago County, and then we’ll wrap it up with a story on what people can do to overcome this polarization,” he said, noting the very real, and sometimes raw, divides political opinions can split open, even between friends and families.

“But we’ll also offer some ways out of the polarization,” Ebert said.

Simmons said the project has been rewarding in how political science and geography at UW Oshkosh is being applied to help explain the campaign currents Oshkosh, Fox Valley, New North and Wisconsin voters are being swept up into.

“What I like about this is I’ve always thought there ought to be an even closer link between the University and the community,” he said.


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UWO WordmarkThe 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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The Northwestern, Oct. 18

MPC_LogoUniversity 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.