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UW Oshkosh students celebrate year’s end at Bye Gosh Fest 2024

UW Oshkosh students celebrate year’s end at Bye Gosh Fest 2024

The end of the spring semester is in sight at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and what better way to celebrate than Bye Gosh Fest 2024!

The student-focused event Thursday put on by Reeve Union Board, featured the headliners Hot Chelle Rae and Chase Matthew at Kolf Lot 13.
Besides great music and food trucks, other activities included a joust arena, inflatables, caricature artists and mechanical bull.
Check out Bye Gosh Fest 2024 these photos captured by campus photographer Patrick Flood.

Bye Gosh Fest May 9 2024

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Groundbreaking kicks off construction of new track at Titan Stadium

Groundbreaking kicks off construction of new track at Titan Stadium

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Titan track and field teams are excited about the prospect of holding home outdoor track events on an all-new track, beginning with the 2025 outdoor season.

Construction of a new track began recently and is expected to be completed in August.

A ceremonial groundbreaking event took place April 24 at Titan Stadium, with Justin Kinseth, track and field head coach; Darryl Sims, athletic director; Abby Gildernick, assistant athletic director; Andrew Leavitt, chancellor; as well as track and field student athletes and Oshkosh Student Government leaders among those in attendance.

The Titans last held outdoor track meets in the 2014 season. UWO served as hosts of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship and the National Collegiate Athletic Conference Qualifier in May of that year.

Check out the photo gallery from the groundbreaking:

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Admitted Students Day draws hundreds of future Titans to UW Oshkosh

Admitted Students Day draws hundreds of future Titans to UW Oshkosh

Admitted Students Day at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh provided a fun opportunity for future Titans to visit the campus many will call home this fall.

Around 400 people—prospective students, family members and guests—attended the event March 1.

“This event featured opportunities to explore residence halls, officially sign with UWO, tour impressive academic facilities and meet other new Titans at our student lounge area,” said Sean O’Melia, admissions event coordinator, who called it the “largest ever” admitted student day at UWO. “There was a distinct excitement and energy throughout the day, that many people are thrilled with their decision to become a UWO Titan next year.”

Check out the photo gallery from UWO Admitted Students Day!

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Titans Day of Giving: Celebrate the black and gold while giving back

Titans Day of Giving: Celebrate the black and gold while giving back

Sept. 12 is more than just the anniversary of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s first day of classes in 1871—it’s also the third annual Titans Day of Giving.

Titans Day of Giving is a 24-hour robust virtual fundraising campaign to encourage alumni, patrons and friends to donate to an area of the University they are passionate about.

The goal is not only to raise funds to support a variety of academic programs and campus initiatives, but also to remind alumni and friends the impact that UW Oshkosh has had on their lives. By being a part of Titans Day of Giving, you have the chance to share your memories and stories of yesterday, as well as support the leaders, researchers and champions of tomorrow.

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UW Oshkosh alumni Obituaries: June 2024


Maxine (Gaddis) Cristy (EHS) ’47 and (EHS) ’84, Appleton, May 23, 2024


Jacqueline “Jackie” (Peterson) Dittloff (EHS) ’59 and (MSE) ’89, Green Bay, May 11, 2024

John Shoman (EHS) ’53, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 16, 2024

Muriel (Waldron) Willman (EHS) ’51, Crystal Falls, Michigan, May 12, 2024


Carol (Dibelius) Brachmann (EHS) ’62 Sheboygan, April 28, 2024

Neal Buck (LS) ’62, Fond du Lac, May 11, 2024

James Coller (LS) ’67 and (MSE) ’70, Green Bay, May 7, 2024

Arlyn “Bobby” Day (EHS) ’63, Cedar Grove, April 26, 2024

Gerhard “Gary” Fisher (LS) ’67, West Bend, May 5, 2024

John “Jack” Goedjen (LS) ’61, Two Rivers, April 18, 2024

James Schleg (EHS) ’65, Port Washington, May 15, 2024

Keith Wautlet (EHS) ’65, Largo, Florida, April 5, 2024

Kathye (Coughlin) Wierman (EHS) ’65, West Bend, May 10, 2024


Ronald Engel (LS) ’79, Fond du Lac, April 23, 2024

Randall “Randy” Payant (B) ’76 and (MBA) ’77, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 14, 2024

Robert Slattery (MSE) ’74, Manitowoc, May 15, 2024

Guy Verstegen (EHS) ’79, Appleton, April 8, 2024


Helen (Bernier) Heimerl (MSE) ’84, Fond du Lac, May 2, 2024

Kathleen (Cox) Kruk (LS) ’80, Fort Atkinson, Feb. 4, 2024

Mary Roders (EHS) ’83, Kenosha, April 24, 2024

Anne Skidmore (EHS) ’84 and (MSE) ’87, Visalia, California, April 23, 2024


Kathleen Lehman (EHS) ’95 and (MSE) ’01, Watertown, May 6, 2024

Robert Newman (MPA) ’93, Chetek, May 6, 2024


Marlene Engel (N) ’01, Waupun, May 21, 2024

Carla Toney (LS) ’00, Oshkosh, April 13, 2024

Friends and Faculty

Corrine Donley, lecturer and asst. professor, College of Education and Human Services

1992-2002, Stow, Ohio, Dec. 19, 2023

Karen Norton, program assistant, College of Education and Human Services 1969-2009, Oshkosh, April 23, 2024

Mike Sabel, UWO postal and printing office 2002-2024, Oshkosh, April 27, 2024

UW Oshkosh alumni Class Notes: June 2024

’66 Kenneth Shingler (EHS), of Shawano, is retiring from the College of Menominee Nation where he has been an English teacher since 2001. Shingler previously taught English at Shawano High School for 33 years.

’69 Ken Wydeven (EHS), of Appleton, was one member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 351 who presented about his war experiences to the Hilbert High School students and the public. Wydeven said he graduated from UW Oshkosh on a Friday night and was drafted the following Monday morning. After his service in Vietnam, Wydeven was a teacher and principal at St. John Sacred Heart Sherwood.

John Close ’76

’76 John Close (LS), of Charlotte, North Carolina, sported his Titan gear while vacationing in Frankfurt, Germany.

’78 Jeff Gerritt (LS), of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, took first place for column writing in the 2024 National Headliner Awards. Gerritt wrote as the editorial page editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

’82 Tom Washatka (LS), of Oshkosh, was the guest saxophonist with the Ripon College Jazz Ensemble in April. Washatka is a composer, arranger, recording engineer and producer who has been performing music for over 40 years. Washatka is married to performing artist Janet Planet.

’94 Craig Weberg (LS), of East Troy, was named the Rock County Sheriff’s Office 2024 Correctional Officer of the Year. Weberg works in the Community Corrections Bureau as a diversion officer and the only Huber officer.

’99 Teri (Kemppainen) McKean (EHS), of Skokie, Illinois, is the director of crisis and support operations for NAMI Chicago and an adjunct instructor with the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign School of Social Work. McKean is married to ’00 Jason McKean (EHS).

’03 Curt Kubiak (MBA), of Neenah, is the president and CEO of The Alliance whose mission is to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. Kubiak is the founder and CEO of NOVO Health since 2014.

’05 Lauren Garstecki (LS), of San Tan Valley, Arizona, is the managing director of Aker Ink PR and Marketing. Garstecki has two decades of experience guiding business development strategies in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and more.

’08 Rebekah Peppler (LS), of Paris, France, has written a cookbook, Le Sud: Recipes from Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, which delves into the food, drinks and places that inspire her love of southern France.

’14 Leah (Christian) Anderson (EHS), of Denver, Colorado, and her husband, ’13 Dan Anderson (EHS) are expecting a baby girl.

’14 Steve Harrison (MS), of Winneconne, is the superintendent of the Neenah Joint School District. Harrison has been the Appleton Area School District’s assistant superintendent for five years.

’15 Irineo “Neo” Medina (LS), of Kaukauna, celebrated the completion of a new mural on the side of Read Elementary School in Oshkosh. Medina, the students, several teachers and more than 40 community members helped paint the mural next to the playground. Depicted are portraits of students in bright colors representing the vibrant and diverse nature of the school body.

’15 Carrie Rule (LS), of Oshkosh, launched Carrie Rule Limitless, a leadership development consulting business.

’17 Kim Lohman (N), of Prairie du Sac, has been a nurse at Sauk Prairie Hospital for 12 years. Lohman volunteers with Sauk Prairie Ambulance and has two children.

Kim Lohman ’17 and family

’17 Mai Nu (Thao) Vang (EHS) and ’22 (MS), of Green Bay, is a teacher in the Green Bay Area Public School District. Vang was named one of the Top 40 Most Influential Asian American Leaders in Wisconsin in 2023 by Madison 365. Vang was also named one of the 2024 Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals of Northeast Wisconsin by Insight Publications.

’18 Colby Kasten (LS), of Reedsville, is opening Legacy Spine and Sport, specializing in family chiropractic services and sports performance and rehab.

Mai Nu Vang ’17 and ’22 MS

’19 Danielle Block (MPA), of Appleton, is the Village of Kimberly’s village administrator and public works director. Block held this same position from 2017-2022 before joining the City of Appleton as public works director.

’19 Anthony Burgard (LS) and ’21 (LS), of Hubertus, is chief of the Hartford Fire and Rescue Department. Burgard was previously chief of the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company for four years where he had worked since 2004.

’22 Jack Halbach (EHS), of Hilbert, has returned to his alma mater to teach tech education at Hilbert High School.

Universities of Wisconsin 2024-2025 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars

The Universities of Wisconsin announced the selection of the 2024–2025 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars.

This year’s program participants come from the Universities of Wisconsin’s 11 comprehensive universities and UW-Milwaukee. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) must demonstrate excellent teaching skills and have a curiosity about student learning to be nominated by Provosts. The yearlong program begins in late May and will culminate with a research presentation at the annual Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning in April 2025.

WTFS provides UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the Universities of Wisconsin and from various disciplines. In addition to discussing effective evidence-based teaching and learning approaches, participants are guided through systematic research focused on improving student learning through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, the 25th year of using this format.

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars is one of three signature programs offered by the Universities of Wisconsin’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). OPID supports the Universities of Wisconsin’s’ 13 Centers for Teaching and Learning in fostering a culture of teaching and learning excellence in Wisconsin. Together they offer professional development programs that ensure student learning in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Fay Akindes is OPID Director.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program is directed by two faculty leaders, Valerie Barske, a history professor at UW-Stevens Point, and Heather Pelzel, a biological sciences professor at UW-Whitewater.

The 2024–2025 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars are:

  • Rae Langes, UW-Eau Claire, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Katrina Rothrock, UW-Eau Claire, Mathematics Education
  • Heather Kaminski, UW-Green Bay, Cofrin School of Business
  • Taskia Ahammad Khan, UW-Green Bay, Electrical Engineering
  • Rachel Funk-Johnson, UW-La Crosse, Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship
  • Xinhui Li, UW-La Crosse, Microbiology
  • Astrid Ochoa Campo, UW-La Crosse, Spanish and World Languages
  • Mair Culbreth, UW-Milwaukee, Dance
  • Joan Shapiro Beigh, UW-Milwaukee, Organizations and Strategic Management
  • Samantha Larson, UW Oshkosh, Public Administration
  • Jordan Snyder, UW-Parkside, Psychology
  • Amelia Ray, UW-Parkside, Chemistry
  • Lynnette Dornak, UW-Platteville, Physical Geography
  • Lucie Kadjo, UW-Platteville, Agribusiness
  • Abigail Jackson, UW-River Falls, Cognitive Psychology
  • Carlos Rojas, UW-River Falls, Spanish
  • Cera Babb, UW-River Falls, Music-Choral
  • Cary Elza, UW-Stevens Point, Media Studies
  • Laura Anderson McIntyre, UW-Stevens Point, Forestry
  • David Barry, UW-Stevens Point, Sociology
  • Xiaojing “Kate” Liu, UW-Stout, Packaging
  • Lauren Johnsen, UW-Stout, Communication Studies
  • Priyanka Mehta, UW-Superior, Psychology
  • Kara Woodley, UW-Superior, Special Education
  • Cody Marie Busch, UW-Whitewater, Speech Language Pathology
  • Rocio Duchesne-Onoro, UW-Whitewater, Environmental Science


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UW Oshkosh Obituaries: May 2024


Jean Arnold (EHS) ’56, Neenah, March 19, 2024

Jeanne (Bird) Culver (EHS) ’53, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 28, 2024

Joyce (Mortenson) Hein (EHS) ’50, Naples, Florida, March 24, 2024

Mae (Buchanan) Helmer (EHS) ’57, Oshkosh, April 3, 2024

Rober Schrader (LS) ’54, (MA) ’74, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 27, 2024


Janice Blumreich (EHS) ’65, Oconto, March 22, 2024

William Coffman Sr. (B) ’68, Mequon, Nov. 18, 2023


Roberta “Bobbi” Barry (EHS) ’74, Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Aug. 30, 2023

Jeffrey Busarow (LS) ’74, Green Bay, April 5, 2024

Roger LeBouton (EHS) ’74, Oshkosh, July 21, 2023

Kathleen (Bartels) Maccoux (LS) ’74, New Franken, April 18, 2024

Richard Mauer (B) ’72, Reno, Nevada, March 22, 2024

Cynthia (Keup) Volz (EHS) ’72, Green Bay, March 26, 2024

Diane Wais (EHS) ’70, Glendale, April 11, 2024


Mary Edwards (MSE) ’84, Monona, March 19, 2024

Mark Mills (B) ’83, Two Rivers, March 29, 2024

Robert Schmidt (LS) ’85, Stevens Point, March 12, 2024

Beverly Vanden Boom (N) ’80, Green Bay, April 6, 2024

Andrea Zinniel-Hando (N) ’88, Fond du Lac, March 17, 2024


Vernon Staerkel (LS) ’91, Oshkosh, March 23, 2024


Mitchel Metoxen (MPA) ’11, Seymour, Feb. 19, 2024

UW Oshkosh alumni Class Notes: May 2024

‘75 Kirk Ruhnke (LS), of Hurricane, Utah, was inducted into the Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame.

‘80 Russ Van Gompel (B), of Oshkosh, retired as the City of Oshkosh finance director. Van Gompel received a key to the city by Oshkosh Mayor Matt Mugerauer.

‘82 Scott Roberts (B), of Naples, Florida, is chief revenue officer for Segra, one of the nation’s largest independent fiber network companies. Roberts has over 30 years of sales and marketing leadership experience.

Surprise Stadium

‘84 Ted Tornow (LS), of Surprise, Arizona, works at Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. Tornow is married to ‘86 Ruth (Ostenso) Tornow (N).

‘93 Wendy Haase-Roberts (LS), of Long Beach, California, is the president and CEO of Travel Santa Ana. Haase-Roberts has been in the travel and tourism industry for 25 years and is a three-time Ironman.

’97 Michelle Dalton (LS), and ’10 (MBA), of Omro, is vice president of strategic partner development for Proforma. Dalton is a volunteer business mentor, sits on the board of Omro’s Chamber and Development Group, and received the 2023 Gold Titan Award for Women in Business.

‘97 Molly Gilbertson (LS), of Waupun, is the operations officer at National Exchange Bank & Trust. Gilbertson is an active board member of the Kiwanis Club in Beaver Dam.

Molly Gilbertson

‘00 Rev James Droste (EHS), of Plymouth, is the pastor of Yorkville United Methodist Church. Droste previously served as pastor at Wesley UMC in Sheboygan and church planter at Plymouth Area New Church Start.

‘00 Jason Mathwig (LS), of Menomonee, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Mathwig currently works for New North, Inc.

‘00 Anne (McCarthy) Michels (EHS), of Oregon, is currently the executive director of Green Pastures Living, a non-profit organization founded to help provide affordable, independent senior housing. Michels founded Green Pastures in 2019 and she and her husband ’99 Scott Michels (LS) both serve on the board of directors.

‘04 Andrew Selgrad (LS), of Beaver Dam is the incoming coach of the Ripon High School football team. Selgrad spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Columbus Cardinals, leading them to a 35-4 record.

‘05 Robert Benzinger (B), of St. Peter, is the senior vice president of retail banking with National Exchange Bank & Trust. Benzinger joined the bank in 2017 as a loan project officer and has over ten years of experience in the finance industry.

‘05 Heather (Bartel) Winscher (LS), of Oshkosh, is president of Watermark47, a family-owned printing, packaging, and finishing business founded by her grandfather, Roy Bartel.

‘09 Virginia (Pliska) Maus (BA) of Hortonville, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Maus works at Snow Fox Data.

’12 Tanya Reynen (LS), of Oconomowoc, is Watertown’s new fire chief. Reynen has a 20-year career in public service and previously served as deputy chief of training center at Lake County Fire and Rescue.

’13 Kimberly Klaetsch (MBA), of Fond du Lac, is the vice president of business and private banking with National Exchange Bank & Trust. Klaetsch joined the bank nearly ten years ago and held several other positions including assistant vice president and retail lending supervisor.

‘14 Jolene Schatzinger (MSE), of Ripon, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Schatzinger is the executive director for the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund.

‘14 Liz (Cookle) Wollenberg (EHS), of Appleton, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Wollenberg is currently the vice president of regional strategy and resource development for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

‘15 Katelyn (Wendt) Lothary (N), of Brooklyn, is a certified medical examiner in SSM Health’s Occupational Health Clinic. Lothary previously worked in the UW Health Transplant Unit for six years and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Medicine degree in 2020.

‘15 Daniel Brosman (BBA), of Oshkosh, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Brosman is director of the Small Business Development Center at UW Oshkosh.

Dan Brosman

‘16 Reginald Parson (MPA), of Portland, Maine, serves as the first deputy director of the Maine Paid Family and Medical Leave Program.

‘17 Jennifer Faris (LS), of Oshkosh, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Faris works at United Manufacturers, Inc.; Faris Gourmet Popcorn & Treats.

‘17 Mai Nu (Thao) Vang (EHS) and ’22 (MS), of Green Bay, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Vang works for the Green Bay Area Public School District.

’18 Courtney Hansen (B), of Oshkosh, was named one of Insight on Business’ 40 Under 40 Award recipients as one of the region’s influential young professionals. Hansen works for the City of Manitowoc.

’18 Renee Smith (MBA), of Findlay, Ohio, is the associate chief medical officer for Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. Smith previously served as system chief medical officer with the Blanchard Valley Health System in Ohio.

‘22 Wanda Burnley (EHS), of Roberts, is program director at Have A Heart, a social service organization that services individuals with disabilities throughout the River Falls area. Burnley is also a Lion’s Club member and the founders of the Hudson Hometown Music Festival.


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