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Dear Friends of the College of Letters and Science,

I hope you enjoy this issue of Highlights and are impressed, as I am, with the wide range of exciting projects in which our faculty and students are involved.  The featured stories are examples of the high-impact learning opportunities that we support. They are invaluable to our educational mission and they are a great source of pride.
The College of Letters and Science continues to work toward increasing opportunities for student engagement “beyond classroom walls.”  We strive to give our students real world experiences that allow them to apply their analytical and problem solving skills in the community.
I invite you to share ways in which your education helped you to prepare for life after college. And I invite you to become involved as we explore new ways to enhance our students’ educational opportunities.
Sincerely,COLS logo
John Koker



The Grand Plan Title Card

Dana Baumgart and Dr. Sara Hansen, Department of Journalism, and their students took on a real-life client: The Grand Opera House, which sought a marketing and branding plan to attract college students to the city's historical venue.
Read more about The Grand Plan.

Testing the Waters title card Dr. Greg Kleinheinz and Dr. Colleen McDermott, Department of Biology/Microbiology, oversaw the Environmental Microbiology Collaboration project, which has given more than 150 graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to work in the field collecting and analyzing data, design experiments and present results at scientific meetings.
Read more about Testing the Waters.

Salute to Hometown Heroes title card airboatRescue1titlecard

On Jan. 22, 2011, more than 500 people attended the Salute to Hometown Heroes, a free community event at the Grand Opera House that honored the real-life heroes in our lives -- the firefighters, police, military and volunteer emergency personnel. The event culminated with the premiere of Airboat Rescue 1: When the Ice Breaks, the story of how one family rose above a personal heartbreak to become hometown heroes. The short documentary was a student-faculty collaboration by UW Oshkosh journalism instructor Grace Lim and Radio-TV-Film students Mark Mazur and Trent Hilborn. The cross-discipline project resulted in a DVD, a soundtrack of original music and a 28-page companion magazine.
Read more about the Salute to Hometown Heroes and Airboat Rescue 1.

Bridget Isnardi Debate photoStudent Notes are short news and feature items relating to the students members in the College of Letters and Science. Read more about Bridget Isnardi, the first UW Oshkosh student to be named to the National Debate Scholars Team.

For more highlights, please visit the College of Letters and Science Special Reports Web site.


UWO scientists reveal geosciences research results
Professors at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh do more than stand behind podiums talking about scientific principles. Eric Hiatt and Jennifer Wenner, geology professors at UW Oshkosh, presented their research at the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Annual Meeting, where almost 6,000 scientists were expected to attend.

Student-teaching in Mexico translates to teaching job
University of Wisconsin alumna Rebecca Strong ’10, is putting her elementary education degree into practice as a new second grade teacher at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Alumni Pride: Scott leads DeVry at Tinley Park
Former Speech Communication student now president of DeVry University’s Tinley Park Campus and Centers. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Jamal Scott ’97, of Tinley Park, Ill., is on the higher-education fast track. Shortly after earning a doctorate in organizational leadership from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Scott became president of DeVry University’s Tinley Park Campus and Centers in November 2009. Scott, who majored in speech communication at UWO, has more than 12 years of experience in higher education...

Martin Prevost wins Student Playwriting Contest
Senior Martin Prevost won the 12th-annual Student Playwriting Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Playwrights Project, the Department of Theatre and the Theatre Arts Board.

Meet the Prof: Lori Carrell
Dr. Lori Carrell’s vision is “to educate, inspire, and equip others to maximize the transformative power of the spoken word.” At UW Oshkosh, she has given shape to that vision in a myriad of ways. Students with a reputation for being reserved or silent always seem to “come out of their shell” in Dr. Carrell’s classes. I believe this is because of Dr. Carrell’s enthusiasm, ability to empathize with all students and role modeling of excellence in communication.

A liberal arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh provides our graduates with endless possibilities. 

We hope you enjoyed reading about the students, faculty, staff and alumni that comprise the College of Letters and Science.  Please consider supporting current and future initiatives in the College by making a gift to one of the following funds:

College of Letters and Science Fund – This fund represents the area of greatest need for the College. Scholarships for students, professional development opportunities for faculty and bringing speakers to campus are just a few examples of how these funds are used.

Diversity and Global Learning Initiatives Fund – Contributions to this fund will help us to grow the number of courses and learning opportunities that address issues of diversity, social justice and global culture. Our European Odyssey study abroad program, the Black Howler Monkey Research trip to Belize and a host of student/faculty exchange programs are examples of opportunities made possible through donor generosity.

Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Fund – With this fund we are increasing the priceless opportunities for our students to engage in research collaborations with our faculty. The value of students’ active involvement in empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies and discovery simply cannot be understated. Gifts to this fund allow us to provide travel support for presenting research results at professional conferences and to offer stipends to upper level students who might otherwise need to work in jobs unrelated to their fields of study.

Service and Community-Based Learning – The College currently provides field-based experiential learning through community partnerships. Students apply their coursework through service opportunities, and at the same time, they acquire an understanding of the importance of good citizenship and of giving back to the community.

Click here to make a gift to support COLS Funds at the UW Oshkosh Foundation. Please designate your fund preference. For questions, contact Barbara Beuscher, COLS Director of Development, 920.424.2428 or beuscherb@uwosh.edu.

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