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The Northwestern, Oct. 23

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Music Department is presenting Respighi’s Boutique, featuring acclaimed Euclid Quartet first violinist Jameson Cooper and UW Oshkosh pianist Eli Kalman, in a performance Friday, Oct. 28.



The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the UW Oshkosh Music Hall inside the Arts and Communication Building, 1001 Elmwood Ave., Oshkosh. Admission is free.

Cooper, an English-born performer from Indiana University at South Bend, Ind., is the first violinist of the acclaimed Euclid Quartet. He is described as a “fantastic and refined performer of all genres” as shown in his recent Prokofiev Sonatas CD or complete Bela Bartok string quartets or complete Bela Bartok string quartets and Quartets Nos. 1-4 by Hugo Kauder with the Euclid Quartet.

During his short visit, he will interact with UW Oshkosh student violinists and perform a recital sponsored by the University’s Music Department.

Cooper will partner in performance with UW Oshkosh pianist Kalman in a musical journey for violin and piano from Mozart to Respighi, including the earlier of Respighi’s sonatas dated 1897 (published in its world premier edition by Kalman in 2011) as well as Schumann’s first Sonata for violin and piano and Respighi’s magnificent masterpiece, the unique Sonata in B minor dated 1917.

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uwot_640x330The sensation of the century arrives at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh!

Campus will transform into a colossal carnival to dazzle and delight alumni, students, faculty and staff–it’s Homecoming 2016!

Take a look at some of the many things that make UW Oshkosh the Greatest University on Earth:

Primo professors make UWO the Greatest University

More than 300 top-notch faculty members inspire students daily to learn and grow.


Stupendous student orgs make UWO the Greatest University

UW Oshkosh Titans form bonds that last a lifetime in more than 160 student clubs and organizations!


Fantastic facilities make UWO the Greatest University

UWO is home to 52 buildings, including state-of-art residence halls and teaching and learning facilities.


Altruistic athletes make UWO the Greatest University

Off the field, NCAA Division III student-athletes give back to the community.


Our magnificent mascot makes UWO the Greatest University 

A mascot’s job is never done.


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The Academic Game Plan–the brainchild of both University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Athletics Director Darryl Sims and Faculty Athletic Representative and Political Science Department Chair Drucilla Scribner–will facilitate the integration of the academic and athletic missions of the University in support of the NCAA III philosophy.



“The Academic Game Plan gives us an opportunity to partner with faculty to work with our student-athletes individually and collectively with their respective programs,” Sims said. “This is an effort that we have embarking on for quite some time. We are now at a point where we have received faculty , student-athlete and coach support so we are really able to come together and see this vision take shape and go forward.”

The Academic Game Plan will strive to meet or exceed UWO general population GPA and graduation rates, while meeting or exceeding WIAC and NCAA Division III averages in academic performance. It also will engage faculty and staff in athletics and support and recognize the academic success of Titan student-athletes.

“The hope is to get more faculty involvement and to get our student-athletes spending more time with faculty. We want our student-athletes to have a great experience while they are here, get a great education and work collaboratively with our faculty,” Sims said.

Key components of Academic Game Plan include partnering for student academic success, coordinating academic and faculty support for students, and to recognize student-athlete academic achievement.

Five sports will participate in the Team Faculty Fellow Program of the Academic Game Plan in 2016-17: men’s swimming, wrestling, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and women’s golf. The Team Faculty Fellow Program connects faculty fellows with coaches and students receiving support students as well as helps with goals and facilitation, serves as  support person for the sport and identifies students-athletes for awards.

By the 2018-19 academic year all sports will be integrated into the Athletic Game Plan.

2016-17 Faculty Fellows:

  • Men’s Swimming and Diving
    • Stephen Kercher – History
    • Lee Van Scyoc – Economics
  • Wrestling
    • Dan Schmidt – Kinesiology
    • Tish Crawford – English
    • Crystal Mueller – English
  • Women’s Tennis
    • Becky Cleveland – Nursing
  • Women’s Volleyball
    • Heike Alberts – Geography
    • Laura Carnahan – Geography
  • Women’s Golf
    • Jordan Karsten – Anthropology

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Columbus Journal, Oct. 18

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is transitioning its honors program to an Honors College.

The change that highlights an existing strength of the University becomes effective for the fall 2017 semester.



“This change to an Honors College signals that UW Oshkosh is a great choice for high-achieving students who want to experience the very best educational practices,” said Laurence Carlin, director of the UW Oshkosh Honors College. “We added many new honors classes and students in the Honors College can take classes in any of the four colleges (Business, Nursing, Letters and Science, Education and Human Services).

“Their honors experience will include high-impact educational practices: small, discussion-based classes; honors study abroad; independent research; community engagement classes; mentoring by our honors alumni; and many more,” Carlin said. “These are the high-impact educational opportunities that tend to attract high-achieving students and the ones that served our recent honors alumni so well.”

Carlin called the transition an “exciting time” and said the future of honors education at UW Oshkosh “looks very bright.” Campus administrative leaders say honors education at UW Oshkosh is retaining and graduating more students than ever.

The name change is the result of deliberations with faculty in the program, the director and campus administration. The creation of an Honors College also is a part of the new strategic plan recently launched at UW Oshkosh–one that emphasizes the enhancement of research opportunities at UW Oshkosh. To graduate from the Honors College, students are required to engage in high-impact, faculty-mentored research.

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Provost Lane Earns sees the transition to an Honors College as the natural culmination of a campus-wide effort to increase support for what was only 15 years ago a relatively modest Letters and Science program that grew into the current University Honors Program.

“As we prepare ourselves for the opening of the new Honors College, not only will the number of students in honors courses increase, but so will the disciplinary range and diversity of the honors curriculum.”

The establishment of the Honors College, he continued, “will strengthen the high academic quality of UW Oshkosh, reinforced by the innovative and rigorous pedagogies that underscore our new University Studies Program and the assortment of new academic majors across the campus.”

A national consultant provided assistance in the transition from a program to the College, based on the National Collegiate Honors Council guidelines. The change has received approval from the University Honors Council, the governing group that has oversight of the University Honors Program, and is supported by the Provost, Chancellor, Honors Council and honors director.

The establishment of the Honors College is expected to positively impact the University when it comes to recruitment—as it will raise the profile of honors education on campus and signal to high-achieving students that UW Oshkosh is an option for those seeking high-impact teaching and research practices.

University Honors traditionally has required 21 honors credits to graduate from the program, but with the transition to the Honors College, the requirement is increasing to 24 credits. The move will ensure Honors College graduates have 20 percent of their degree requirements satisfied by the honors curriculum.

Pam Witt Hillen HelicopterFor 40 years, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Pamela Witt-Hillen ’78, of Neenah, has been a dedicated nurse and mentor to young nurses.

Witt-Hillen has worked at ThedaCare as a flight nurse for more than 30 years. She writes a quarterly newsletter, highlighting caregiver accomplishments and aspiring patient stories.

She helped organize the Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program at ThedaCare, and she received the Governor’s Safety Award for her involvement.

For these reasons, Witt-Hillen has earned a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be presented at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, Oct. 21, as part of Homecoming 2016 festivities.

Catherine Schmitt, a colleague and friend of Witt-Hillen, said Witt-Hillen became aware through her work of the need to educate youth about poor choices related to alcohol and risk-taking behavior.

pam witt hillen thedastar flight nurse“She was instrumental in founding the PARTY Program,” Schmitt said. “For more than 10 years, she spent every Wednesday in a hospital classroom with local high school students, helping them understand the consequences of one night of poor choices.”

Schmitt said Witt-Helen helped plan PARTY at the Performing Arts Center to reach a larger audience.

Mark Coenen, a fellow ThedaStar flight nurse, said Witt-Hillen is not one to focus on her own accomplishments.

“She avoids the limelight and shifts the focus to the patient or other caregivers by saying ‘teamwork is what makes us all strong,’” Coenen said.

Witt-Hillen said she is proud of her expertise in nursing that allows her to mentor young nurses. She also enjoys writing stories about their patients’ courage and determination.

“I am proud to make a difference in patients’ lives, but they have made me a far better person,” Witt-Hillen said. “I have done a quarterly newsletter since 2005, using it as a forum for current nursing education, to highlight caregiver accomplishments and to inspire others with patient stories of courage and recovery.”

Witt-Hillen said UW Oshkosh provided her with the opportunity to serve humanity with a great sense of satisfaction and pride.

“My experience at UWO has made me a lifelong learner,” Witt-Hillen said. “I have a great zest still for knowledge and ongoing education.”

For more information about the Alumni Awards Celebration on Oct. 21, please contact the UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations Office at (920) 424-3449 or send an email to alumni@uwosh.edu.

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Five questions with UW Oshkosh’s Catherine Schmitt, College of Nursing faculty member.



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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh chapter of American Association for Men in Nursing won two prestigious awards at the 41st Annual national conference recently in Miami, Fla.

UW Oshkosh received the National Chapter of the Year designation and the American Association for Men in Nursing’s (AAMN) Best School/College in Nursing.

MacWilliams 2015In addition, UW Oshkosh faculty members Bonnie Schmidt and Brent MacWilliams were honored as Luther Christman Fellows; and MacWilliams began his term as national president of AAMN.

“We earned the UWO National Chapter of the Year and AAMN Best Schools for Nursing awards because of the hard work and commitment by the University community: OSA-Oshkosh Student Association, College of Nursing and our Great Lakes Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (GLAAMN) student members who have demonstrated what it means to be inclusive professional stewards,” MacWilliams said. “Some of our most active leaders and members are women who want to empower the profession through a new more diverse image.”

UW Oshkosh sent two faculty members–Bonnie Schmidt and MacWilliams–and five students (Lucas Lacrosse, Glenn Malecki, Wes Oren, Chelsea Powers and Stephen Schmidt) to the conference.

Don Anderson, a professor from Curry College School of Nursing, Milton, Mass., evaluated UW Oshkosh’s chapter. He said he couldn’t think of a program more supportive of the mission and goals of AAMN.

“This program and those involved in leadership positions in the college and in the school are exemplary in their commitment,” he said. “This College is creating an inclusive atmosphere for all, creating an environmental climate of acceptance and encouragement and creating a template for success in recruiting, retaining and involving men in nursing. It is an understatement to say that the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing is the model others should aspire to.”

A UW Oshkosh senior nursing student is savoring the University’s impressive showing at the AAMN conference in Miami.

“I found it to be an unexpected bonus for the work our group has done here on campus and on behalf of AAMN,” said Stephen Schmidt, of Brookfield, about the major awards. “A year ago, we thought it would be a stretch to compete with former winners like Duke and UCLA but we set the goal for ourselves to give it our best shot anyway. As time went on and we saw the following and the reputation we were building on campus, it became apparent that our chapter was something special, and that its members had the talent and leadership skills to earn awards of this caliber. Having the support from our advisers and College were an integral part to earning these awards, and I believe that this chapter is on its way to becoming one more point of pride for this College of Nursing to add to its prestigious repertoire.”

Schmidt, who is seeking a bachelor of science in nursing degree, said he stumbled upon nursing when he was about a month away from high school graduation.

“I had always known that I had a passion for working with people, but up to that point I had not found a vocation that felt like a good fit,” he said. “Strangely enough, my guidance counselor suggested nursing to me, and the subsequent conversation was persuasive enough for me to get my nurse assistant certificate to at least pilot the field. It was when I began working as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) that it clicked, this was the right career for me.”

Schmidt said the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing faculty have been equally inspiring role models through strong support of student activities, research and academic success. He called them the “pulse of the school” and what keeps students engaged.

MacWilliams, who will serve a two-year term as president, said AAMN represents more than 1,200 members “which is excellent, considering that men account for less than 7 percent of the nursing workforce.”

MacWilliams said during his term he will focus on men’s health, workforce equity and professional unity. He noted that recently the organization changed its name from American Assembly for Men in Nursing to American Association for Men in Nursing.

The AAMN is intended to provide a framework for nurses as a group to meet, discuss and influence factors which affect men as nurses. It encourages men to become nurses and supports men who are nurses to grow professionally. And it demonstrates the increasing contributions being made by men within the nursing profession.

The mission of AAMN is to shape the practice, education, research and leadership for men in nursing and advance men’s health.

MacWilliams said he personally will tackle the men’s health platform by committing to change his own habits. He challenges other members to take charge of their health.

“My own health has suffered neglect the past 10 years and I am committed to change,” he said, stating he intends to lose 20 pounds and document 200 hours in the gym or outside aerobic activity by Jan. 20, 2017. He will begin a video journal and document the progress monthly.

“Men do not need advice–they need coaches who ‘walk the talk,’” he said.

He challenges AAMN members to design their own health plans. He believes they will lead patients to better health by example.

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