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robinsonAs president of the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Aaron Robinson ’12, of Madison, is passionate about promoting Native Americans in medicine.

ANAMS’ goal is to support current students and recruit Native Americans into health professions.

“We focus on networking and reaching out to different universities and schools to help inspire Native youth to be physicians, too,” Robinson said. “As president, I look to expand that network and move our organization forward.”

Robinson is wrapping up his medical degree at UW-Madison to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

He earned his master of public health from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor of science from UWO.

While an undergraduate at UWO, Robinson worked with Curt Radford, an internal medicine physician in the Oshkosh area, to show clinical experience on his medical school application. Now, he will be returning to Oshkosh to complete a six-week clinical rotation.

“I thought it would be really cool to return as an almost-graduated medical student and do clinical work in Oshkosh,” he said.

Robinson said UWO professor Dana Merriman has been a huge driving force behind his education.

“Merriman challenges her students and expects a lot of from them, both academically and professionally, which makes her stand out as a professor,” Robinson said. “Challenging her students gives them a strong foundation for future endeavors.”

Merriman said UWO’s small class size and access to professors helped Robinson succeed.

“I would say that UWO provided Robinson with just the right balance of academic challenge; early, honest and supportive pre-professional advising; complementary extracurricular opportunities; all with a reasonable study-life balance,” Merriman said.

Robinson said UWO helped prepare him for the medical school curriculum. He is currently applying to programs that will train him as an emergency physician.

“UWO provided me with an academic challenge that helped me develop skills that allowed me to succeed in medical school,” Robinson said.

Headshot of Ben ArbaughBen Arbaugh, chair of the management and human resources department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business wears many hats.

He’s a distinguished professor of management, founding member of the Society of Business and Management Education Researchers and associate editor of Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. He also researches scholarly productivity on educational research in business schools.

“It’s a lot of archival work … collecting data on articles published in journals in the last 10 years, looking at the author and institution composition, author’s scholarly profile, determining scholarly profiles of respected journals and examining them for content that is educational research related,” Arbaugh said. “Then I examine institutional websites to get a good idea of the size of a university’s business school faculty to see what percentage of them are involved with educational research.”

Arbaugh, who has a doctorate in business strategy from The Ohio State University, a master’s in business administration from Wright State and a bachelor’s of business administration from Marshall University, said he is intrigued by studying educational research in business schools.

“Self-interest initially drove my research, and the idea of discovery,” Arbaugh said. “My own goal is to attract more scholars to this line of inquiry. The second is to change the narrative that is going on in business schools.”

Educational research should drive the development and implementation of curriculum, something he said UWO’s College of Business has been relatively active in.

“That puts schools that engage in educational research to have the narrative to tell external audiences how we develop curriculum effectively,” Arbaugh said. “Why would you not want to send your children, employers, etc. to an institution that is invested in making sure students learn most effectively.”

UW Oshkosh’s College of Business has three departments ranked in the top 50 for educational research. The management and human resources department is No. 1 and both information systems and economics are in the top 50.

In the executive MBA classes Arbaugh teaches, he talks with his students about being better consumers of business literature and they discuss his research.

“Good research is expensive both in terms of time and money,” Arbaugh said. “Without it, we run the risk of having people make less than fully informed decisions about how they go about doing things.”

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It’s an unlikely friendship, the playwright and the football coach.

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In his play The Boy Inside, Richard Kalinoski explores themes of maturity, pain, risk, and growth through the prism of a Division III football program. Kalinoski is a professor of theatre at UW-Oshkosh as well as a fan of the Titans football program. His interactions and friendship with head coach Pat Cerroni and his staff helped inform the playwright’s research. He spent two years embedded with the Titans coaching staff, behind doors that usually remain closed. Cerroni also helped Kalinoski get in touch with several other small school coaches, including former UW-Whitewater coach Bob Berezowitz.

The play is set at fictional Ramsey College, which Kalinoski says he modeled somewhat on Linfield and St. Norbert. The football program at Ramsey is successful, but is threatened when a prominent donor makes a significant offer to the college, contingent upon the extermination of the football program. The play brings to center stage the philosophical conundrum facing football.

“I was always a football fan, but I made a lot of assumptions that I was happy to explode in my research,” said Kalinoski, who also directs the play. “I wanted to show why a coach might want to be a coach, knowing that he’s not going to become wealthy from it. The whole thing was very refreshing for me.”

The conversations with Cerroni and his staff began right around the time the Titans began their ascent to national prominence. The Titans entered this season with a 30-5 mark in WIAC play over the past five seasons. The run includes a national quarterfinal appearance last year and a national semifinal in 2012. Cerroni has lived the challenges faced by Ramsey coach Tony Bartolo in The Boy Inside.

“You have to have a common message. Getting a bunch of people to believe in one thing isn’t as easy as you think,” said Cerroni. “We really coach our senior classes on how to lead and we’re recruiting the right people. With all of that, you need the administration’s support behind you, giving you a chance to prove yourself.”

Playwright3 copyThe play explores the sometimes contentious relationships between football coaches and college administrators. In recent years, Cerroni has enjoyed the support of the UW-Oshkosh administrators. It wasn’t always as good as it is now. Coach Bartolo has to plead his case to his school’s college president when she fails to see the merits of college football the same as he does. She compares it to buzkashi, a brutal sport popular in Afghanistan in which players ride horseback and battle over a goat carcass at the center of the field. The physical toll of football is at the forefront of the play.

“There is danger in football. The play doesn’t try to hide from that,” said Kalinoski. “I wanted the audience to understand that the danger of football is real.”

Cerroni has always tried to limit the risk of injury. The Titans do not tackle in practice. If any of them are going to suffer an injury, it’s likely going to occur on a Saturday.

“We haven’t been very physical in practice. You can’t afford to do it,” said Cerroni. “Injuries take their toll over time. Watching kids who work so hard see their career end in a second, that’s hard.”

It wasn’t just the physical toll of football that Kalinoski was interested in exploring. He wanted to get to know the players and why they play, in addition to understanding why coaches coach. He was surprised by what he discovered.

Written by Adam Turer, D3football.com • Photos courtesy of Richard Kalinoski

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Gordon_Barker,_Susan_headshotWith more than 30 years of experience in supervision, leadership and global organizational development, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Susan (Stigall) Gordon Barker ’79, of Fort Mill, S.C., has guided many people in growing and defining their careers.

Gordon Barker is a member of several professional associations, including the Black Data Processing Associates, Black Women’s Health Study, National Human Resources Association and Society for Human Resources Management.

As a global leadership development executive with General Electric Healthcare, she has been the recipient of several awards for her leadership skills.

These accomplishments have earned Gordon Barker a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be presented at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration in conjunction with Homecoming in October.

Without the support of Joseph Mazza, emeritus UWO professor, Gordon Barker said she would not be where she is today in her career.

“Growing up in Milwaukee’s deep inner city, I was fortunate enough to meet Joseph Mazza,” Gordon Barker said. “ I was a kid in a very tough environment, and he took me under his wing and knocked the chip off my shoulder and made me want to do better than my circumstances.”

Gordon Barker said Mazza and her experiences at UWO gave her a different frame of reference that made her want to strive for more.

“It taught me that I can achieve anything with hard work, and it taught me that I am not my circumstances,” Gordon Barker said. “I have used this knowledge to strive and also to mentor others as I have grown in my professional walk.”

Lydia Smith, a former co-worker, said Gordon Barker has an ability to identify a person’s true potential and push them to see it.

“She makes herself available to help in any situation, but the true value of her coaching is that she will guide you through the tough situations, instead of tackling them for you,” Smith said. “She makes sure that every experience grows you as an individual and teaches you the lessons that you will leverage for the rest of your career.”

Along with her professional achievements, Gordon Barker also is proud of her accomplishments as a wife, mother of five and a friend. In her free time, she enjoys reading, Jazzercise, dancing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Andrew Severson, a current coworker, said Gordon Barker is the pinnacle of what UWO alumni should aspire to be.

“Her experiences at this institution were the foundation in setting her up for success,” Severson said. “She’s achieved beyond her aspirations and continues to see a multiplying impact of those successes in her career today.”

Gordon Barker said her time at UWO was more than just a place of education, but a place full of caring people who helped her strengthen her potential and grow.

“I think a great university is, yes, about the education, but, moreover, it is also about how that education is both delivered and received,” Gordon Barker said. “In UWO’s case for me, it was done with strength, direction and caring. What a winning combination!”

For more information about UWO alumni awards or to RSVP for the Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, Oct. 21, visit uwosh.edu/alumni/alumni-awards or send an email to alumni@uwosh.edu.

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The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) has named the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as a recipient of a 2016 AAMN Best School or College of Nursing Award.

UW Oshkosh will be recognized during the 41st AAMN conference Sept. 22.

From the AAMN: “I can’t think of a program more supportive of the mission and goals of the AAMN than the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing. This program and those involved in leadership positions in the college and in the school are exemplary in their commitment. 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 UW Oshkosh College of Nursing is the model others should aspire to.”

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

AAMN is a national organization with local chapters; the organization is governed by a board of directors. UW Oshkosh’s Brett MacWilliams, associate nursing professor, serves as the president-elect for the AAMN.


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Duane Goupell, director of Testing Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has begun duties as president of the National College Testing Association (NCTA)–composed of more than 2,200 members from across the U.S. and beyond.

Goupell is entering the second year of a four-year commitment: elected to serve a year as president-elect, two years as president and a year as past-president.

“The biggest thing is, I’m the face and voice of the organization,” he said about the association made up of college testing personnel and representatives of test companies.

Goupell has been at UW Oshkosh since January 2004 and has been a member of NCTA since its inception in 2000.

“The testing industry has changed dramatically in the past 10 years,” he said. “The biggest reason is because of the technology that is available and used. More and more agencies are going to computer-based testing–something we’ve had many years at the University.”

Testing Services is located at UW Oshkosh in Polk Library, Room 4.


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campTeam-building and community service in the Wisconsin’s Northwoods have been tradition for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh women’s volleyball team the past 28 years.

As summer winds down and before its season gets under way, the volleyball team spends a weekend at Camp Black Hawk, a Girl Scout camp in Elton, Wis., near Antigo. Team members have time to bond with each other, build trust and more importantly, help take down the camp for winter.

“At that point (of the season) we’ve been practicing for about a week,” said Head Coach Brian “Lumpy” Schaefer. “This gives them a chance to know each other.”

At camp, the team does a variety of work that could take the camp caretaker weeks to complete. During last month’s camp, the volleyball players removed mattresses and frames and mosquito netting from the platform tents and hauled them to a lodge for winter storage. They also took out sections of pier and brought rowboats, paddles, sailboats, paddle boards and wooden chairs to inside storage.

The team headed north on Thursday, Aug. 25 in a 15-passenger van and returned to Oshkosh on Sunday. Schaefer said a few of them–new to the camp experience–“think they’re going to be up there battling bears.”

He said the players’ end up loving the experience and remember it as a highlight of their time on the team.

The tradition started during the term of former longtime women’s volleyball coach, Marty Petersen, who decided her teams could benefit from community service and bonding at the camp that she had once been a counselor at. The tradition has continued even after Petersen left the coaching ranks in 2004. Schaefer said Petersen still enjoys attending camp with the team (she was part of the activities last month) and getting to know the current members.

camp2Assistant Coach Jon Ellmann said he liked seeing players interacting with each other on a more personal level.

“The camp activity gets freshmen and sophomores together and everybody gets to know everybody outside the gym,” he said. “Their personalities really come out so that’s really valuable.”

He said team members were “working their tails off” to get a task done “and nobody was complaining.”

Sophomore setter Morgan Windau said it’s a fun tradition and a “very unplanned” weekend – different from the routine of practices and meetings and classes at UW Oshkosh.

“At the camp, no one is on phones,” she said. “It’s just a given. We just stay off of them and find things to do.”

Windau, who is majoring in elementary education, said she believes team chemistry improves after camp. She noted there are six freshmen on the 18-member team this season.

Senior captain Laura Trochinski, a defensive specialist on the back row, said she loves being at Camp Black Hawk.

camp3“I love being outside–especially when preseason is two weeks long,” she said. “We’re in the gym 2-3 times per day. It’s just long and it’s nice to experience something new.”

There is a scary scavenger hunt and ghost stories, that are Schaefer’s specialty.

A “trust walk” is done to help members know they can depend on one another.

Trochinski, a native of Berlin, said teammates were directed down a stairs and across a bridge over water – all at night and while blindfolded. With only voice commands captains led the entire team back to the starting point.

More bonding occurred into the wee hours.

“At night, coaches sleep in a different building,” she said. “That’s our time to talk and play games and get to know each other.”

Camp Black Hawk sits on 375 acres and serves as the state’s primary resident Girl Scout camp for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

The camp has a high ropes course, climbing wall, archery range and horse-riding as well as two lakes for swimming, boating and fishing. Other activities revolve around nature trails, an arts and crafts house and a nature center.

The women’s volleyball team took advantage of its outdoor recreation features and even scheduled a practice over the weekend at nearby White Lake High School. For each meal at the camp lodge, there was a designated cooking crew, set-up crew and clean-up crew composed of team members.

Ellmann said it was great to be part of something that elicited positive responses from former players when they saw social media posts about the weekend.

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