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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh ArtsCore presents: Layers of Trouble: How A Cicada’s Song Inspired an Artist to Find Art in Science Subjects.


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Judith Baker Waller, art professor at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, will share her story of the origin of her art and science collaborative exhibitions, presentations and teaching from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the UW Oshkosh Music Hall, 926 Woodland Ave.

Baker Waller will show images of her paintings and describe her history of working relationships with project partners in the sciences and of the welcome challenges and intellectual pleasures won through those connections. She will also explain why she has had a multi-decade fascination with the insect, cicada, and how it has become, for her, a symbol of ecology, innocence and warning.

ArtsCore is a partnership between UW Oshkosh, the Paine Art Center and Gardens and regional public school districts—it seeks to support pre-service and early career teachers in their efforts to teach in and through the arts by developing and implementing programming designed to enhance confidence and competence. ArtsCore has three initiatives—teacher residency programs, a Colony at the Paine and ArtsCore on campus.

“This event is exciting for UW Oshkosh ArtsCore because we see it as the kick-off for one of our three main initiatives: ArtsCore on Campus. We are inviting the entire campus community to see what art and science integration can look like from the perspective of a visual artist and university educator. Judith’s work is a wonderful example of a holistic approach to phenomenon which is what ArtsCore is all about,” said Wendy Strauch-Nelson, ArtsCore coordinator at UW Oshkosh.

ArtsCore on campus seeks to increase collaboration among and between departments at UW Oshkosh that are involved in teacher education. Through course work, internship opportunities, workshops, guest speakers and various other initiatives, ArtsCore on Campus will increase arts integration support for pre-service teachers and the campus community at large.

The event is free and open to the public.

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The Northwestern, Oct. 5

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh art professor Andrew Redington does much more than an average educator.

As a professional artist who specializes in three-dimensional work, Redington is the former director for the Allen Priebe Gallery, located in the Arts and Communications Center on the UW Oshkosh campus. He has been teaching at UW Oshkosh since 1995, where his duties include instructing a variety of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and art appreciation classes.

As a nationally exhibiting artist, his work has been selected for exhibitions ranging from the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Union Street Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

He has committed to several projects, which include a recent monumental public sculpture called Cornerstone Emergence for an exhibit called A Language of Old, for the newly built Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts on the corner of Marr and Sheboygan street in Fond du Lac. This exhibit is open for viewing in the Contemporary Wing of the Thelma Sadoff Center until Oct. 31.

Redington is also working on a few pieces for the Topeka 32 National exhibition in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery in Topeka, Kansas. The titles of his artwork are Nest and 50 cc of the Detritus of Changing Styles.

transition spaceHe is one of five finalist for the Circle Drive Sculpture Contest at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield. His piece is called Transition Space.

Redington said public art practice and studio art practice are very distinct. There are factors to consider when implementing either form.

“When you’re doing a call for public art, you need to consider the parameters that are set by the institution that are looking for the public art,” Redington said. “Not to say you’re less free to express yourself but you do have to solve those problems. Public art for one, has to be safe. There’s always the concern from the person that is funding is how the art is going to be maintained in the future and that it’s made of materials of longevity.”

He said studio art practice has a different set parameters, but the convocations for all art is to branch out in all directions.

“Some people try to sell their work through a gallery setting, others get jobs in academia, others make a living doing public art, but I think gallery sales is probably the best financially,” Redington said. “I do public art because I like to get my name out there since it gets the most traffic. But, usually larger projects bring in more revenue, because they have a budget that is larger. They are financially more secure. Versus when making something  in the studio, you have no idea if it will ever sell. It’s a chance that you take.”

Though Redington preoccupies his time through numerous outside projects, the various courses he instructs are notable.

Nest.1Redington said he enjoys all his classes, but functional design has been the course he  gravitates toward because it allows the freedom to work with a variance of art materials and it has been the course he’s been teaching at UW Oshkosh for more than 20 years.

Redington said he appreciates working with both beginner and advanced students. He said it’s rewarding to see student’s “ah hah” moments. He didn’t think he was able to accomplish this task, so he acknowledges that responsibility of the foundational courses.

“In my opinion, art isn’t art until it has a viewer,” Redington said. “So I encourage everybody to go out, find and enjoy different forms of art. It’s part of the human experience.”


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The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.

’65 Rosemary (Ehlinger) Slacum (EHS), of Mardela Springs, Md., retired  after 13 years of teaching English on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She is now involved in two historic groups, a local garden club and the Wicomico Woman’s Club.

’70 Heather Williams (LS), of Vista, Calif., has published: Drawing as a Sacred Activity by New World Library.

’73 Patrick Phair (LS), of Waupaca, presented “Banned and Censored: The Tampering of Ideas in American Literature” at the Waupaca Area Public Library hosted by Winchester Academy.

’74 Melanie (Fischer) Miller (EHS), of Shawano, is the program manager for Junior Achievement in the Wolf River District, a nonprofit organization where she also has volunteered for many years.

’75 Daniel Olson (EHS), of New Milford, Conn., has been with Rawlings Sporting Goods for 34 years. He has three children with spouse ’82 Laura (Mastous) Olson (EHS), pupil services director for the New Milford Public Schools.

’76 Gayle Tonn (LS), of Lena, worked for the Marinette County U.S. Department of Agriculture office for 19 years as the county extension director. She also served as a director for the Oconto County Farm Service Agency office for 10 years.

’80 Greg Stahl (LS), of Denver, Colo., retired as the commander of the Auraria Police Department patrol division, after 31 years of professional service.

’80 Philip Whitebloom (B), of Elkridge, Md., joined Imagine Communications as vice president for North America Channel and Government Sales. He also served as vice president for North America Regional Sales.

’89 Mohd Yaziz Bin Mohd Isa (MBA), of Malaysia, earned his doctorate in business from Multimedia University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. He is an assistant professor at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak in Luala Lumpur, teaching money, banking and finance.

’89 Aileen Wilkins (B), of Lenexa, Kan., is the chief people officer for H&R Block. She was featured in the Kansa City Business Journal as part of the Women Who Mean Business 2015 series.

’90 Christine (Zimmerman) Werch (EHS) and ’92 (MS), of Ripon, is the new speech and language pathologist for the Omro School District.

’92 Barbara Faber (N), of Two Rivers, joined Ministry Health Care in the Ministry Medical Group’s internal medicine department.

’95 Ray Reinders (B), of Oshkosh, is the owner of Reinder’s Link Computing Solutions, which offers computer, networking and IT support in the Fox Valley.

’97 Sara Vander Pas (EHS), of Kaukauna, was hired as a high school special education teacher for the Chilton School District.

’00 Lynn Woelfel (EHS), of Chilton, was hired as the new physical education teacher for the Valders Area School District.

’01 Molly (Bubolz) Chin (LS), of Madison, works for Esurance and had her first child in August, Tobias Arnold Si-Yuen Chin.

’03 Sheria (Grice) Robinson (N), of Livonia, Mich., earned her doctorate in nursing and a graduate certificate in gerontology from Wayne State University. She works for the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

’04 Nicole Jetton (EHS), of Greenleaf, was hired as an early childhood teacher at Little Chute Elementary School.

’04 Steven Swiger (LS), of Naples, Italy, has retired from the U.S. Army and now works for the Department of Defense.

’04 Dawn Wruck (EHS), of Neenah, was hired as a sixth-grade language arts teacher for the Freedom School District.

’05 Clint Carlson (LS), of Watertown, is living in New Delhi, India, and working with international schools to implement high technology.

’05 Julie (Albrecht) Hunt (EHS), of Clintonville, was hired as a sixth-grade through ninth-grade math teacher for the Princeton School District.

’07 Nathan Edwards (LS), of Oshkosh, taught for five years at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., and returns to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as director of recording technology.

’07 Moosey Goljenboom (B), of Pickett, earned her fourth certificate from Moraine Park Technical College’s Information Technology Careers grant program. She is one of 12 students who received the certificate, and the first student to complete all four certificates offered.

’08 Cory Jennerjohn (LS), of Waunakee, recently published his first children’s book about UW Oshkosh, Hail Titans Take a Walk with Clash. He has two sons with spouse ’03 Melissa (Schweitzer) Jennerjohn (LS).

’08 Tracy Jessogne (MSN), of New London, a nurse practitioner, joined wound care services at Agnesian HealthCare in Ripon.

’10 Katie Hintzke (EHS), of New London, was hired as a literacy teacher for Readfield Elementary School.

’10 Mike Riska (EHS), of Appleton, was hired as a biology and physical science teacher at Freedom High School.

’11 Katie (George) Kovalaske (EHS), of Larsen, is an instructional resource coach at New London Intermediate/Middle School, and works with all teachers in research, digital citizenship and technology.

’11 Rebecca Stupka (LS), of De Pere, is the school psychologist at Sunrise Elementary and J.R. Gerritts Middle School in Kimberly.

’12 Laura Delikowski (MSE), of Green Bay, is the new adviser/transfer recruiter at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Prior, she was the student services specialist with the admissions office for two years.

’13 Beth Baar (LLCE), of Wautoma, was promoted to director of real estate services for CAP Services. CAP is a private, nonprofit community action agency that helps low-income people in Portage, Marquette, Outagamie, Waupaca and Waushara counties.

’13 Lindsey Ward (EHS), of Denmark, was hired as a second-grade teacher at the Eagle River Elementary School in the Kimberly Area School District.

’14 Nick Collar (EHS), of Appleton, was hired as an eighth-grade language arts teacher for J.R. Gerritts Middle School.

’14 Manny Vasquez (MBA), of Kaukauna, was promoted to vice president of Fox Cities Regional Partnership. He previously was vice president of existing industry services for the organization. He is a member of the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association Board of Directors.

’14 Kayla Voissem (EHS), of Appleton was hired as a ninth-grade English teacher for Kimberly High School.

’15 Pamela Berg (MS), of Peshtigo, was hired as principal for Suring School in the Marinette School District. Prior, she was a social studies teacher.

’15 Danielle Donnelly (EHS), of Campbellsport, was hired as an intermediate and middle school cross-categorical and special education teacher for the Waterloo School District.

’15 Laura Frassetto (EHS), of Little Chute, is teaching special education-cognitive disabilities at Woodland Elementary School in the Kimberly Area School District.

’15 Morgan Holz (EHS), of Kaukauna, was hired as a first-grade, literacy teacher for Woodland Elementary School in the Kimberly Area School District.

’15 Annmarie Johnson (LLCE), of Keshena, was promoted to lending and tribal tax director for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

’15 Alyssa Maglio (N), of Whitefish Bay, is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

’15 Ashely Miller (MSE), of Two Rivers, was hired as a middle school counselor for the Kiel Area School District.

’15 Jennifer Rabas (EHS), of Green Bay, was hired as a fourth-grade teacher for the Little Chute Elementary School.

’15 Abigail Thompson (EHS), of Eagle River, was hired as a special education teacher for the Phelps School District.



• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LLCE  — Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing

• DNP — Doctor of Nursing Practice
• GMBA — Global Master of Business Administration
• MA — Master of Arts
• MBA— Master of Business Administration
• MPA — Master of Public Administration
• MS — Master of Science
• MSE — Master of Science in Education
• MSN — Master of Science in Nursing
• MST — Master of Science in Teaching
• MSW — Master of Social Work

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police will participate in the Run with the Cops fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 8.

The event, a fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics Wisconsin, will include police officers from more than 20 local law enforcement agencies. This is the second annual Run with the Cops Event. Those who wish to participate can sign up in advance or on the day of the event in UW Oshkosh lot 13.

The run begins on the UW Oshkosh campus at 7:30 p.m.; registration begins at 5 p.m. The event will also include a display of law enforcement vehicles, a kid’s dash and a donut eating contest.

The cost of the event is $25 to participate in the 5K, which includes a T-shirt and glow accessories. The kid’s dash is $15 and includes a t-shirt, badge stickers, glow necklaces and more.

“What’s not to love about this event? It’s pretty amazing to see all the different squad cars lit up throughout the run course and it’s also nice to to run alongside local law enforcement officers to support such a positive organization,” said Chris Tarmann, UW Oshkosh interim chief of police.


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TBTN-vision slide (1)The 25th-annual Fox Valley Take Back the Night  will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, kicking off from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, 625 Pearl Ave.

The event is aimed at raising awareness and providing education to stop intimate partner violence and mobilize bystanders to speak up and reach out. The night also spotlights allies, supports survivors and remembers those lost to violence.

This event begins at 5:30 p.m. View a full schedule of events, which includes a resource fair, the rally and march and a Never Silent Exhibition at the Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery  in Reeve Memorial Union.

From the late 1970s through present day, Take Back The Night events have been held by college and university women’s centers, YWCAs, rape crisis centers, community centers, high school student groups, battered women’s shelters and other organizations dedicated to helping women achieve safety and empowerment.

Most events involve candlelight vigils, speak outs, marches and rallies in order to raise awareness about sexual violence. Some events involve only women. But as more men voice their own stories of sexual abuse, more events are  becoming coed efforts to raise awareness and promote healing. All events strive to bring awareness to the problem of sexual violence and support those who have been victimized.

Fox Valley Take Back the Night is a collaborative effort between organizations, allies and sponsors throughout the region. Programs and services are available on campus and throughout the community.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the first university in the UW System to offer a public relations (PR) major—the only certified PR major in the state.

Headshot of Tim Gleason, journalism department chair“The PR major helps meet a significant demand for public relations practitioners and media writers working for online media and other businesses,” Tim Gleason, UW Oshkosh journalism department chair, said. “Both public relations and journalism majors are working for organizations that didn’t exist a decade ago.”

This is the first semester students can declare a major in PR, a program that focuses on areas of internal and external as well as corporate communication for students interested in public relations and related professions. Prior to being offered as a major, PR was offered as an emphasis in the journalism department.

UW Oshkosh was also the first university in Wisconsin to earn the Certification in Public Relations (CEPR), a designation only 28 schools have earned.

“It can be difficult for future university students and their parents to know which academic programs are the best ones,” Gleason said. “By having the certified public relations major, it shows that the journalism department offers a high-level of public relations education compared to the competition.”

STEP_JournalismBrzezinski_1For Carissa Brzezinski, a senior from Wild Rose, Wis. and the first student to declare a public relations major, having the only certified PR major in Wisconsin was a big draw to the major.

“I like bragging that we are the only university in Wisconsin that has a certified PR major,” Brzezinski said. “The journalism department already has a great reputation, so having a major in PR gives UW Oshkosh even more credibility.”

Originally a radio-TV-film major, Brzezinski took an interim introduction to public relations course and said she fell in love with PR.

“The more classes I take, the more I fall in love with PR,” Brzezinski said. “I plan to combine my love for PR with my passion for sports.”

Brzezinski, who was the first sideline reporter for TitanTV, said the University faculty and staff are really open and receptive to ideas. For Brzezinski, it was taking initiative and asking questions that lead her first to become a sideline reporter and later to pursue an internship in the journalism department.

Brzezinski is working as a social media intern through the Student Titan Employment Program (STEP). STEP provides funding for internships aimed at giving UW Oshkosh students high-impact, campus-based opportunities in their area of study.

“I was terrified to pursue an internship because I had never had one,” Brzezinski said. “By working on campus in a social media internship, I am gaining a lot of real-world experience and confidence.”

Brzezinski said the support and learning environment in her on-campus internship has helped her gain confidence and prepare for the next steps in her career after graduation.

“I am applying knowledge I am gaining in the classroom and my internship really allows me to fully grasp my classes and see the information in a new light,” Brzezinski said.

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Green Bay Press Gazette, Oct. 1

The Northwestern, Oct. 1

KileIn keeping with the Heroes of Homecoming 2015 theme, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is celebrating its heroes this October—complete with black Titans capes. To launch this effort, UW Oshkosh alumna Juliette Sterkens MS ’83, of Oshkosh, shares why former communicative disorders professor Jack Kile is her UWO hero.




Now we want to hear from the greater UW Oshkosh community of alumni, faculty, staff and, especially, students. If there is a UWO professor, dean, adviser or mentor who made a significant impact on your life, share your UWO superhero story on social media with the hashtag #uwohero.

For all your  Homecoming 2015 details, check out uwosh.edu/homecoming.