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College comes with a transition period for many students as they begin to become more independent and rely less on their parents. Managing finances in college can be tough.

Here are some ways students can become more financially responsible, and save money in college:


Apply for scholarships or grants

Apply for scholarships or grants







There are a variety of scholarships available to students throughout the academic year. Some are specific to an area of study, others are open to all students and are relatively easy to apply for. Watch for campus emails when these scholarships become available, or check the online list of available scholarships.


Make a budget…and stick to it

Make a budget








Creating a budget can help limit spending and show how current spending habits can add up. For help with starting a budget, check out our post on essential apps for college students, which includes a finance one!


Find a part-time job

Find a job






It’s tough working during the academic year, but there are many part-time jobs and employers that will work around class schedules. Even just working 5–10 hours per week can help, it’s still a steady income. Consider becoming a Community Adviser (CA). CAs live on campus, but their room and board is covered.


Cut expensive habits

Cut expensive habits








Evaluate your daily habits, and try to cut out expensive habits or find alternatives. The savings really add up by brewing your own coffee instead of buying it at the café, or even swapping soda for water when dining out.


Use student discounts






Several businesses near campus will give discounts to students when they show their student ID. Check out the list of businesses in the area that have student discounts.


Give your car a break

Give your car a break








While some students bring their vehicles to college, having a car during college isn’t necessary. Try walking or biking to class, take the bus or carpool when driving. Who doesn’t love a nice walk during sunny weather? By walking or biking places you are saving gas money, as well as reducing emissions.


Cook More

Cook more








It’s sometimes tough to find time to cook a nice meal, but it definitely pays to make dinner at home. Not only is it rewarding, but it’s also cost effective. It’s a simple way to save money by going to the grocery store and purchasing ingredients to make a home-cooked meal versus ordering out pizza every night. Cooking is a great life skill, too.


Find a roommate

Find a roommate








Students have the option to move off campus for their junior and senior years—try finding roommates to live with. Most of the time it is cheaper to split rent with multiple roommates rather than living alone. Living with roommates also means sharing many things such as furniture, appliances and glassware. Just be sure that you split up the chores around the house too!


Work hard in class

Work hard in class








Doing well in school will help lead to a good job out of college, which will help pay off any student loans. Doing well in class the first time also means not having to spend money re-taking classes.


Take advantage of what’s included in your tuition









There are many things that students have access to at UW Oshkosh, including campus services such as the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Polk Library and Titan Underground are available to you for free. Students can even attend campus events such as athletic competitions, concerts and more, as well as access many helpful services such as tutoring, the writing center and career services.


Take interim and summer classes









During the fall and spring semesters, a three-week interim course is offered to students. In an interim class, students typically take a three-credit course condensed into this three-week time period. Interim class is included in fall and spring tuition and is a great way to spread out class schedules or gain any credits that you still need. Summer classes can help students graduate faster, with several on-campus and online options available.


Chancellor_Leavitt uwotsizeUW Oshkosh is preparing and planning for a reduction in our upcoming state budget. While the 2015–17 budget process is still in development with the Legislature, we need to move forward with the understanding that we will have a reduced budget on July 1, 2015.

Today I’d like to announce a one-time program intended to help manage the upcoming reduction and bring us closer to our three-year goal of a reduced workforce. The Voluntary Retirement Incentive Options Program is now available for UW Oshkosh personnel that are at least 60 years of age prior to July 1, 2015, have atleast 25 years of service with the State of Wisconsin and are a minimum of .75 FTE.

The Program provides a one-time retirement incentive payment equal to 50 percent of your base salary, as of March 1, 2015.

If you meet these criteria, I encourage you to attend an upcoming informational session with the Human Resources staff to explore your options.

  • Thursday, April 2, 2015, Noon – 1 p.m., Reeve 202
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4–5 p.m., Reeve 202
  • Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:40–1:40 p.m., Reeve 202

The UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations Office has received the following death notices:

Dorothy (Kalbus) Unger (EHS) ’42, Oshkosh, March 13, 2015

James Adams (EHS) ’50, Mayville, March 19, 2015
Marlin Doxtater, last year attended ’55, Pleasant Prairie, Feb. 23, 2015
Eunice (Bradley) Guell (EHS) ’53, Fond du Lac, Jan. 4, 2014
Richard Hofman (EHS) ’52, Neenah, Jan. 14, 2014
Laurel (Kennedy) Streich (EHS) ’54, Summit, Feb. 27, 2015

Eileen Keipe (EHS) ’62, Green Lake, Feb. 24, 2015
Marjorie Kundiger (LS) ’68 and (MSE) ’70, Saint Helens, Ore., Feb. 8, 2015
Neal Lafever (LS) ’67, Billings, Mont., Feb. 22, 2015
Linda (Dhuey) Opicka (EHS) ’69, Casco, July 2, 2014
Friedrick Rothfelder (LS) ’68, Winter Haven, Fla., Feb. 12, 2015
Marlea (Brudnicki) Schulz (EHS) ‘64, Austin, Texas, Feb. 27, 2015
Peter Van Ness (LS) ’69, Lodi, Feb. 23, 2015
Leroy Williams (LS) ’68, Oshkosh, March 14, 2015
Elmer Zell (EHS) ’68, West Bend, March 13, 2015

Carl Cihlar (LS) ’70, Waupaca, Feb. 27, 2014
Gary Hinske (LS) ’74, Menasha, March 9, 2015
Robert Hocevar (LS) ’73, Sheboygan, Jan. 2, 2015
Steven Sharpe (EHS) ’70, Apollo Beach, Fla., March 4, 2015

Sue (Streeter) Dolfin (B) ’84, Fond du Lac, Feb. 19, 2015
James Gilgenbach (B) ’81, Fond du Lac, March 4, 2015
Elizabeth Koenig (LS) ’87, Madison, Feb. 12, 2015
Douglas Schultz (LS) ’86, Iron River, March 9, 2015

Debra Woodworth (MSE) ’03, Appleton, March 5, 2015
Aaron Orr (LS) ’12, Oshkosh, Feb. 26, 2015


• 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 — Doctorate 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

If you know of a classmate, family member or other UW Oshkosh friend who has passed away, email alumni@uwosh.edu or call Linda Cotton in the Alumni Relations Office at (877) UWO-ALUM or (920) 424-3449.

imgresUniversity of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Daniel Burrus ‘71, of Hartland, has done it all in the business and entrepreneurial world as a keynote speaker, business strategist and global futurist.

He’s recognized nationally as one of the top three business gurus for speaking to businesses about how to strategize for new and upcoming technology that drives economic changes. Burrus founded six companies and serves as founder and CEO of Burrus Research Associates. He currently travels worldwide to give keynote presentations through extensive business research and presents technology forecasts.

He also is one of the first undergraduate students in the nation to have directed a national federal grant, earning him recognition as a successful entrepreneur.

“In other words, I didn’t let being an undergraduate keep me from making a bigger difference or from doing something that had never been done,” Burrus said. “It was a great experience and I learned about the power of original research and applying it to real life.”

Not only does he manage his own company, speak and research strategies, but he also is a contributing blogger to popular sites like CNBC, Huffington Post and Wired Magazine, and also does photography.

Burrus’ interest in strategic planning began in his third year at UW Oshkosh, where he earned an education degree with a social science minor. He became an author at that time, becoming a pioneer for multimedia in education.

“During [college], I did deliver a number of speeches, but at the time I didn’t realize that in the future, I would be a high-demand keynote speaker,” Burrus said.

He put himself through college by playing lead guitar in a rock band called the Chicago Army, which featured music similar to the blues, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers and more.

“We played from Green Bay to Milwaukee, and in Oshkosh, we played the most at The Cove,” Burrus said. “At the time, it had the largest room for music. I still play a little every day and as a guest with bands on occasion.”

After graduation, Burrus started as a science teacher in the early to mid 1970s. He started many businesses during this time and sold four in 1982. He then began research in global innovations.

Burrus became the first and only futurist to accurately predict the 20 technologies that would help drive companies economically in 1983, which eventually launched his business career.

“They included the Internet, the digital revolution, lasers, fiber optics, molecular design, robots, genetics, parallel processing and what we now call cloud computing, to name a few,” Burrus said.

In 2001, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from UW Oshkosh, which highlighted his success on being inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Burrus founded Visionary Apps, LLC in 2009, a company dedicated to developing the first apps for military and medical emergency personnel, as well as the real estate market with foreclosures and rentals on all homes in the nation.

Currently, Burrus has presented more than 2,800 keynote presentations around the nation and the globe. He has traveled as far as Bejiing, Moscow, Singapore and South Africa, and has addressed audiences as large as 14,000.

Since his career launch, Burrus has published six books, many of them labeled best-sellers by the New York Times and Amazon, and hundreds of articles.

Throughout his career, Burrus has had top-named clients, like Google, IBM, Yahoo!, Sara Lee and more, work with him to strategize their future impact based on technological innovations. He uses humor and insights to motivate his audiences.

He’s featured on independent TED Talks, where he discussed his best-seller, “Flash Foresight,” and how the audience members would use it to “drive innovation and growth.”

In his free time, Burrus plays many instruments and enjoys boating and motorcycling. Burrus still continues his photography passion, but has put filmmaking on hold until he can better fund his ideas.

Burrus encourages current students to keep thinking bigger, and not let what they may think is a big idea stop them from finding an even bigger idea.

“Choose to be extraordinary on a daily basis,” Burrus said. “Before doing something, ask yourself what would an extraordinary person do, and do that instead.”

Burrus was reassured by many professors at UWO to keep pursuing his dreams and that made a difference in his undergraduate career.

“A university has buildings and equipment, but it will always be the people, and your willingness to engage, that will make your experience great,” Burrus said.

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

’52 and ‘53 Clarence ‘Clare’ Landry, of Beloit, retired from Rockford University and celebrated 60 years of marriage with his wife, Grace.

’75 Mary Fowlkes (EHS), of Milwaukee, was recognized during the 30th Annual Black Excellence Awards honoring women in the military. She retired as Master Chief after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for 23 years.

’96 Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Keenan (MSN), of Fond du Lac, received the Fond du Lac Women’s Fund 2015 Women of Achievement award. She founded Loaves and Fishes, a program for those in need, and helped found Bethany House, a homeless shelter, now known as Solutions Center.

’97 Kim Svoboda (LS), of Staten Island, N.Y., accepted the corporate development officer position at the Habitat for Humanity International in New York City.

’98 Susanne (Lauer) Fenske (LS), of Waukesha, accepted the position as vice president of student affairs at Clarion University in Clarion, Pa.

’98 Karlene Grabner (B) and (LS), of Oshkosh, has directed the Women’s Fund for almost 10 years and also serves as the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation’s Director of Donor Services.

’00 Janelle Jensen (N), of Appleton, was hired at Catalpa Health in Appleton as a mental health nurse practioner.

’01 Michelle Bertram (B), of Fond Du Lac, has been a Walgreens store manager for 12 years.

’02 Joshua Springer (EHS), of Matthews, N.C., is coach of the Providence Day girls basketball team in Charlotte, N.C. They earned six-straight NCISAA state championships and are one of the best programs in the country.

’03 Danen Kane (LS), of Denmark, released his second Christian album, titled “Flesh and Soul.”

’04 Ryan Dahmen (LS), of Monroe, was promoted to personal banker at the Bank of New Glarus and Sugar River Bank Branches.

’07 Tara (Fletcher) Brzozowski (MBA), of Appleton, was hired as the director of public relations at Element in De Pere.

’08 David Flagel (LS), of Fairborn, Ohio, works as a visiting assisting professor of biology and environmental science at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He received his doctorate in January from the University of Notre Dame.

’08 Adam Hegge (LS), of Colombus, opened his own business called Madison Graphics. He designs retail graphics, banners, trade show displays, posters, wall murals, and graphics for windows, events and vehicles.

’10 Mariah Haberman (LS), of Madison, was selected to be part of In Business Madison’s 2015 Class of 40 under 40, recognizing accomplished young leaders. She also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors.

’12 Katie Holliday (LS), of Oshkosh, joined the EAA magazine staff as an assistant editor.

’14 Taylor Anthonsen (LS), of Kenosha, worked at the 2015 Oscars, after winning the 2014 People Magazine Oscar Fan Experience Contest.

’14 Jason Diem (EHS), of Appleton, has been hired by Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, a project management firm.

 ’15 Jacob Davel (LS), of Port Washington, successfully completed the Army Reserve Training Corps program, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 ’15 Justin Olesen (N), of Fond du Lac, graduated from the College of Nursing and is a registered nurse at Agnesian Healthcare Inc.



• 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

Send items for future Class Notes.

WFRV TV, March 26

New North Inc. has named University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt to its board of directors,

“New North is excited to welcome Dr. Andrew Leavitt,” said Tim Weyenberg, chair of the board development committee.

Along with Leavitt, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller was also selected for the board

“The addition of two regional education leaders, as well as a respected information technology specialist, will bolster our efforts to continue to move the regional economy forward,” Weyenber said.

New North, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, regional marketing and economic development organization fostering collaboration among private and public sector leaders throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin, known as the New North region. The New North brand unites the region both internally and externally around talent development, brand promotion and business development, signifying the collective economic power behind the 18 counties. The counties include Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Waupaca, Brown, Shawano, Oconto, Marinette, Door, Kewaunee, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Florence, Menominee and Waushara. To find out more information about New North, Inc., visit thenewnorth.com.

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Meet Michelle Kuhl, a faculty member in the UW Oshkosh history department.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories, the popular Wisconsin Public Television series focused on Wisconsin community history, has made Oshkosh the focus of its next episode.

For more than a year, producers have been gathering narratives and archival materials to tell the unique history of what was once Wisconsin’s second largest city–Oshkosh.

Prior to its statewide broadcast on WPT’s network later in April, the program will be premiered at the Grand Opera House on April 7, followed up by another showing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Reeve Memorial Union on April 8.

The UW Oshkosh History Club, the organization hosting the event, hopes students will take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their adopted “hometown.”

The hour-long program will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Reeve Theater.  After the program , the show’s producer, David Hestad, will answer questions about making quality and engaging local television. There is no charge to attend this event.

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lgbtqThe University of Wisconsin Oshkosh LGBTQ Resource Center presents “Building Community: Think Before You Gender,” a TransAction workshop April 2 and 3.

The TransAction workshop was created to encourage community among transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and allies. Events include Trans ally training, roundtable discussions, a resource fair and more. The workshop will be held at Reeve Memorial Union ballroom and is open to the campus and broader communities.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, Kate Bornstein, author, playwright, performance artists and gender theorist, will be featured as the workshop speaker at Sage Hall, room 1214,. Her speech is titled: “On Men, Women and the Rest of Us.”

Registration is required for the workshop.

On Friday, April 3 at 11 a.m., Bornstein will also participate in the Queer Talk Show. No registration is needed.

The LGBTQ Resource Center at UW Oshkosh was founded in 2008 with an overarching mission to offer programs and service to the community, both on and off campus. The center offers informational materials on a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and has an extensive LGBTQ+ focused library containing books and DVDs. The LGBTQ Resource Center is located on the lower level of the UW Oshkosh Center for Equity and Diversity.


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