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I had the pleasure of traveling to Madison twice this week – albeit for two very different but important reasons.

First, on Tuesday, the Wisconsin Legislature honored our UW Oshkosh Gymnastics team for their national championship. We are so proud of this team and the hard work and dedication they have put into their sport. Many on the team also helped bring home the national title last year.

The official resolution, sponsored by State Reps. Lori Palmeri and Michael Schraa and State Sen. Dan Feyen, congratulates the team on winning the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association 2023 National Championship. It was a privilege to witness the team receive this recognition.

We were back at the capitol on Wednesday with a delegation of our UWO student leaders, alumni and university partners, meeting with legislators and sharing our stories of success as reflected in the themes and priorities within the UWO2030 Strategic Plan. This was a capital opportunity to interact with those making the important decisions that impact our campuses and a chance for legislators to hear firsthand from our students and alumni.

We are grateful for these opportunities to discuss UWO’s priorities and needs. In so many ways, our region’s and Wisconsin’s future run through UWO and UW System institutions. Our elected leaders have difficult budget and policy decisions ahead of them, and we always appreciate their recognition that UWO is a generator of talent, entrepreneurial energy and community leadership essential to our state’s economic and civic strength well into the future.

View a photo gallery of the event here.


Lastly, in just a few short weeks we will be celebrating another commencement, another class of graduates ready to head out and make their mark on the world.

For those of you participating in the ceremony: thank you! If you are not part of the ceremony, please consider attending to help show your support for our students. This is a wonderful moment that passes all too quickly. It helps remind us why we do what we do every day.