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Dear Friends of the College of Letters and Science,

"A flourishing state of the arts and sciences contributes to national prosperity and reputation.” George Washington

These timeless words from our visionary first president are as true today as they were over 200 years ago.  And they speak directly to our mission in the College of Letters and Science – the mission to provide a strong liberal arts education to our students.

The featured stories in this issue of Highlights are examples of the high-impact learning opportunities that we support.  I hope you will join me in a collective sense of pride in the wide range of exciting projects in which our faculty and students are involved in every day here at UW Oshkosh. 

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. 


John Koker, Dean

photo of MIdwest in Far East project

For three weeks, two groups of UW Oshkosh students -- math education and business/economics -- ventured to China on a journey that changed the way they look at the world. The Midwest in the Far East is a celebration of study and travel at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The multimedia project produced by journalism instructor Grace Lim and two journalism students resulted in two magazines and more than 30 audio and video podcasts.

For the complete story including the podcasts and photo galleries, see The Midwest in the Far East.

9-11 Concert Photo

Patriotic songs and the American flag filled the air at the 9/11 Remembrance Concert. Led by music director and conductor Andre Gaskins, also the director of Orchestral Activities and Cello at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the concert attracted thousands to the Leach Amphitheater. John Koker, dean of the College of Letters and Science, joined the orchestra for "Liberty for All," an orchestral piece with narration that uses quotes from the Declaration of Independence, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The composition is by James A. Beckel, principal trombonist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

For the complete story including an audio-only highlights clip of "Liberty for All," see 9/11 Remembrance Concert.

photo of film professor Doug Heil

Film professor Douglas Heil has been teaching courses at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 1987. He received an English degree from University of Illinois and then earned his M.F.A. at Northwestern University. In this audio-only podcast, Heil discusses the ideas and work behind his book Primetime Authorship.This podcast is reported and produced by multimedia student reporters Kristen Manders and Andrew Munger. The Pages podcasts are discussions with UW Oshkosh faculty and staff about books they've authored and books they love.

To hear the podcast, please see, Doug Heil and Primetime Authorship.

Eli Kalman and students

For five weeks at 9,300 feet above sea level, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Professor Dr. Eli Kalman blended his passion of teaching and music with the rustic life at Rocky Ridge Music Camp, which is situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. This summer, Kalman shared the Rocky Ridge experience with three students from UW Oshkosh: Rebecca Ottman, Tanya Paulson and Luke Swanger, who was named a co-winner of the annual Young Artist Seminar Concerto Competition.

For the complete story and a video of Luke's winning concerto, see the Rocky Mountain Way with Dr. Eli Kalman.

photo of James Krueger

Dr. James Krueger kicks off the 2011 Dean's Symposium series for the College of Letters and Science. His presentation “Missing Voices: Understanding Group Identity and War Attitudes Among Service-Connected Civilians” examines the attitudinal differences among civilians with and without a familial connection to the U.S. military.

For the an audio-only podcast of the presentation along with the slideshow in PDF format, see Dr. James Krueger and Missing Voices in Notes, which are short news and feature items relating to students, faculty and staff in the College of Letters and Science.

For more highlights, please visit the Beyond Classroom Walls website.

Video: Journalism students, alumni on ‘why social media matters’
Anybody who figures social media for a fad or flash in the pan hasn’t consulted the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s journalism students or alumni. We took a moment to ask a few members of Homecoming 2011′s Department of Journalism student and alumni Tweetup — a face-to-face gathering of Twitter social media users — why they believe social media matters as we move deeper into the 21st Century. Here is a quick video encapsulation of their answers, including some thoughts by Tweetup featured alumni speaker, Troy Janisch, ’89, the social media manager for American Family Insurance and a popular blogger (@socialmeteor).

VIDEO: UWO students share 9/11 memories, reflections
Some of them were only in third grade when the attacks took place.
Others were on the job,  oblivious to the horrors and heroism taking place in New York, Washington D.C. and a farm field in Pennslyvania.
Several remember their grade school classes being interrupted as teachers grappled to responsibly explain the enormity of what was happening on live TV.
UW Oshkosh Today reached out to several University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students on Sept. 8 and asked them to share some memories and reflections on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 as the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks approached.
Our gratitude to the students who paused during their busy schedules to share their thoughts and reflections. You can see and hear them in this video…

UWO students contribute to Pentagon-focused exhibition
The Neenah Historical Society hosted a new, timely exhibit that two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students were involved in developing. The exhibition honored the recent 9/11 ten-year anniversary as well as a Neenah native, George Edwin Bergstrom, who oversaw design and construction of the national defense nerve center. “The Pentagon and Architecture of George Edwin Bergstrom” at the historic Hiram Smith Octagon House in Neenah also marked the 70th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Pentagon.

COLS study abroad

Alumni and friends of COLS are invited to travel and study abroad with students, faculty and staff on COLS study abroad programs. From the many programs that vary in location and length of study, we have selected two opportunities to feature. For a complete listing, click here.

Literary Study Tour: Science Museums and Literary Discoveries
Location: multiple cities in England
Dates: May 23 - June 7, 2012
Accommodation: youth hostels (alternative accommodation at additional fee upon request); hotels
Program Model: Faculty-led
Contact: abroad@uwosh.edu
Travel with Dr. Vivian Foss and UW Oshkosh science majors and students of literature as you explore world-class museums of science and art, experience live performances, visit places where well-known writers lived and worked and tour major cities.  Alumni may travel for learning and enjoyment with or without taking the associated English course.

Intensive Spanish in Salamanca, Spain
Location: Salamanca, Spain
Dates: June 01 - June 30, 2012
Accommodation: host family or, upon request and subject to availability, shared apartments
Contact: abroad@uwosh.edu
Study intensive Spanish at Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales in Spain!  Live with a host family in a UNESCO World Heritage City.  Spanish as a Foreign Language courses are offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced.  All participants become official Universidad de Salamanca students, with the same access to all University facilities and services as Spanish students.  Dr. Elena Gonzalez-Muntaner accompanies a UW Oshkosh group of students and community members to Spain; once settled in, Dr. Gonzalez turns over advising and support for the UW Oshkosh group to UW Oshkosh partner “Spanish Learning”.

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

Thank you for reading about the students, faculty, staff and alumni that comprise the College of Letters and Science.  As a friend of the College of Letters and Science, please consider an investment in current and future College initiatives by making a gift to support one of the funds below.

College of Letters and Science Excellence Fund – This fund represents the area of greatest need for the College.  These monies are used to support scholarships for students, professional development opportunities for faculty, and to bring speakers to campus. Such high impact opportunities are invaluable as they further enrich the liberal arts education we provide to our students.

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.
Roseanne Hoefel Multicultural Education Fund – Support to this fund provides speakers and programs that educate our campus community about diversity and create a comfortable learning environment for all students. Recently funded events include the UW Oshkosh Pow-wow, Dialogues in Diversity art production with black students and support for the Gateway to Success Mentoring Program which pairs diverse students with faculty mentors.

Click here to make a gift to support COLS Funds at the UW Oshkosh Foundation. Please designate your gift for the COLS Excellence Fund.

For questions about establishing a scholarship fund or including COLS or a COLS Department in your estate plans, please contact Barbara Beuscher, COLS Director of Development, 920.424.2428 or beuscherb@uwosh.edu.

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