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UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lacboth access campuses of the University of Wisconsin Oshkoshformally launched the 2018-2019 academic year during the week of Aug. 27.

UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac became campuses of UW Oshkosh after the UW System restructure plan was approved June 29 by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Chancellor Andrew Leavitt offers remarks to the Fond du Lac campus.

“It’s a new day for a new university, and I am thrilled and honored to join you today for it,” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said to crowds made up of faculty and staff on the Fox Valley and Fond du Lac campuses. “We truly have an incredible opportunity still ahead of usthe potential to become something bigger than the sum of its parts, something to celebrate. It’s a very bright future for our new university.”

Opening Day Convocation on the Oshkosh campus will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4. Classes begin on the Fond du Lac and Fox Valley campuses on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and on the Oshkosh campus Wednesday, Sept. 5.

On each access campus, Interim Provost John Koker and Assistant Chancellor for Access Campuses Martin Rudd also offered remarks.

“I am honored to be a part of a new university with three campuses,” Koker said. “This is the perfect opportunity to build a new university that benefits our students and our region. It is the perfect time to build on experience and success of each of our three campuses.”

On each campus, faculty and staff members also were recognized for their innovative and scholarly work.

The Kaplan Award recognizes individuals for significant and innovative improvement in instruction and/or service to students. While the award winners were named during the spring semester, they were recognized during the opening day meeting.

On the UW-Fox Valley campus, the awardees were John Beaver, physics and astronomy professor; Ane Carriveau, senior academic librarian; Beth Johnson, geology professor; and Kelly Johnson, academic librarian.

On the UW-Fond du Lac campus, the annual Kaplan Award was granted to two recipientsKayoung Kim, psychology professor; and Carey Woodward, physics and astronomy professor.

At the meeting on the Fox Valley campus, faculty who have been promoted were also recognized and a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded by the senate Teaching Awards Committee. Jamie Douglas, associate professor of engineering, was this year’s awardee.

To conclude the opening meetings on both access campuses of UW Oshkosh, University Archivist Joshua Ranger offered a welcoming presentation to attendees titled A Look Back: An Archivist View.

Regional leadership team

As part of the opening day activities on each campus, Leavitt said the joining of the UW Oshkosh, UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac campuses “is strong and admired.” Leavitt credits that work, in part, to the regional leadership team, which he formally announced to the campus communities in an Aug. 22 email. The regional leadership team includes:

  • Martin Rudd, assistant to the chancellor for access campuses, addresses faculty and staff on the Fox Valley campus

    Martin Rudd, assistant chancellor for access campuses

  • Renee Anderson, regional executive assistant
  • Bill Bultman, campus administrator, Fox campus, associate dean for academic affairs for access campuses
  • Laurie Krasin, director of communications for access campuses
  • Suzanne Lawrence, regional director of continuing education (reporting to the Division of Online and Continuing Education)
  • Kevin Newhouse, regional supervisor of facilities
  • Carla Rabe, associate dean for Student Affairs for access campuses (reporting to the Division of Student Affairs)
  • Bethany Rusch, campus administrator, Fond du Lac campus, associate dean for administration and finance for access campuses