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Girls from throughout Wisconsin participate in the annual Badger Girls State Convention.

Although most UW Oshkosh students have gone home for the summer, the University is still bustling with life this time of year.

During the summer months, campus becomes a beneficial resource to camp and conference groups such as the Badger Girls State Convention, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and many, many more.

“UW Oshkosh is a wonderful campus, rich in resources that our camp and conference groups take full advantage of,” said Marc Nylen, director of Gruenhagen Conference Center, “These resources include our many facilities, our staff, computer resources, our dining program and also the many outstanding resources within the City of Oshkosh.”

Late last week, girls began filling campus for this year’s Badger Girls State Convention, which is one of the largest events held on campus each summer. The convention is hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary and has been held on the UW Oshkosh campus for the last eight years.

“This event brings 815 female delegates and staff members to our campus,” Nylen said.

Further, EAA’s AirVenture kicks off July 25 and attracts many to campus. Nylen said: “We also provide lodging for 4,500 people in our eight residence halls and conference center on campus during the annual convention.”

In addition to Badger Girls and AirVenture, UW Oshkosh also plays host to various smaller groups throughout the summer. The University recently welcomed Tremper High School: Golden Strings to practice and perform in the Gruenhagen Conference Center’s Titan Lounge.

“They performed in the Titan Lounge all day, and the sound of music permeated our building, which was just wonderful,” Nylen said.

In the coming weeks, the UW Oshkosh campus will welcome numerous sport camps for gymnastics, football, swimming, volleyball and running, as well as a fire science camp in late June. The campus will also hold a variety of pre-college programs, the Titan Advantage Program, Project Success, a scrapbooking workshop, a car show and freshman orientation through the Odyssey program. Along with these activities, the University will be hosting the University of Nizwa Cultural Exchange Program.

“This program will bring approximately 14 students and staff chaperones from the University of Nizwa, Oman to campus from July 19 to 22,” Nylen said. “We look forward to welcoming this new group to our campus.”

As well as providing lodging, the University can also provide visitors with a meal program. The summer programs allow visitors to dine in either Blackhawk Commons or Reeve Memorial Union.

Resources on campus and throughout the Oshkosh community make holding and event or a convention at UW Oshkosh appealing, Nylen said.

“There are so many outstanding resources within the City of Oshkosh, including the Paine Art Center, Oshkosh Public Museum, Grand Opera House, EAA museum, restaurants and other retail outlets, including the mall in Oshkosh,” Nylen said. “We are ideally located along the shores of the Fox River, and have residence hall facilities, a student union, a recreation and wellness center, conference center and dining outlets that meet the needs of all types of groups and individuals.”

If interested in more information or general questions about the Gruenhagen Conference Center services, please contact the staff by visiting or contact Marc Nylen at or (920) 424-1123.

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