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Excited for new changes on campus? Check out the Fletcher Hall renovations, set to start fall 2017.
Nervous about a random roommate? Read tips from the A-T’s freshman assistant sports editor, Morgan Van Lanen about how to deal with roommates.
Feeling ill? Check out what the Student Health Center oﬀers.
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Opinion Happiness is important to your health here at UWO. Read about how to live a happier lifestyle.
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UWO is known for sustainability and its earth-friendly campus. Read about the importance of earth day.
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Sports Catch up on 2015-2016 game stats.
Will you Be the Match like UWO football player Brett Kasper was? Read about how he donated bone marrow to 10-year-old Phoenix Bridegroom.
Former UWO football player Joe Sommers signed with the Chicago Bears. Read about his time at UWO.
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A letter from the editor: Don’t be afraid to get involved on campus durin the ﬁrst ee of s hool by Kaitlyn Knox Editor-In-Chief
When students ﬁrst arrive to campus, their initial reaction may be shock. Students are traveling from across Wisconsin, the nation and even the world to come to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The ﬁrst week from home can be a scary thought, but the transition can be made easier with getting involved on campus. There are multiple options for students to get involved, starting with Taste of Oshkosh on Sept. 6 outside of Reeve Memorial Union and Polk Library. From there, students can sign up for different clubs and organizations they are interested in. Students can also look
on the UWO site for an entire list of clubs and organizations, which also has contact information on how to join. If clubs or organizations aren’t your thing, you can easily make friends by simply keeping your dorm room door open. You can also keep a white board and marker on your door for people to leave fun messages. Don’t be surprised if you have messages that say, “Come to room 267!” and don’t be afraid to go and meet people. From there, it’s easier to get involved and not feel like the transition from home to college is so scary. Students should take advantage of clubs and organizations because it’s not only a great way
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to make friends and meet new people, but it’s also a great addition to résumés. In this Titan Guide that Oshkosh’s student newspaper, The Advance-Titan, puts together, you will ﬁnd a lot of advice and other ways to get involved, make friends, who to call if you have problems with your classes and more. There are also tips and tricks to surviving campus life. Read the Titan Guide, talk about it with your newfound friends and pass it on to others you meet who may be looking for some guidance on this hectic campus. In the end, college is the best time of your life. Make the best of it by having fun, studying to further your career and ﬁnding yourself.
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Global Scholars option to be offered fall 2016
by Ti Windisch email@example.com UW Oshkosh students will be able to declare the Global Scholar Option, a self-directed course of study leading to a “Global Scholar” distinction at graduation, starting in fall 2016. Provost’s Leadership Fellow for Global Studies Druscilla Scribner said students who wish to become Global Scholars may be incoming freshmen in the fall, returning UWO students or transfer students. “It’s open to everyone in every college,” Scribner said. “Current students may be able to complete this option, and should see their ad iser to ﬁnd out.” Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science Franca Barricelli said the current Global Scholar Option grew out of talks that began in just one college. “As these discussions got bigger and bigger they moved
beyond Letters and Science to el of the curriculum to build off include the Colleges of Nurs- of the one piece in USP,” Barriing, Business, and Education celli said. and Human Services,” Barricelli The Global Scholar Option said. “At that point it became a is designed to focus on the upuniversity-wide program.” per-level courses more than the Students in the University ﬁrst course that students may Studies Program could already have already completed. be prepared “We focused to start the energy on what The program includes an we do with the Global Scholar Option, as a out-of-classroom experience advanced level req uired class that’s globally focused. of the curricufor USP also lum, and that’s — Druscilla Scribner where serves as the the ﬁrst step on Provost’s Leadership Fellow for Global ScholGlobal Studies ars program the journey to becoming a came from,” Global Scholar. Barricelli said. “The Non-Western req uireScribner said Global Scholars ment in USP becomes Global at UWO will do more than simCitizenship,” said Scribner. ply take speciﬁc courses. here hat ﬁrst U class is used is another req uirement that does as a stepping stone for students not take place in university to become Global Scholars, ac- classrooms. cording to Barricelli. “The program includes an out“We wanted the advanced lev- of-classroom experience that’s
globally focused,” Scribner said. There are several options that will likely be available for Global Scholars to choose from to fulﬁll that re uirement, according to Scribner. “Study abroad, an internship and alternative spring break are among potential experiences,” Scribner said. Social Sciences representative on the Global Scholar Council Angela Subulwa said that aspect of the program is one thing the Council is working on at the moment. “We’ve been spending time thinking about who’s going to look at the out-of-classroom experiences,” Subulwa said. Barricelli said students could use the Global Scholar Option to help give a boost to their transcripts, as there will be documented proof from the University provided to any students that complete the option.
“I think having a Global Scholar designation on their transcripts is valuable to students,” Barricelli said. Scribner said the program will also provide value to students in a less tangible sense. “We need to shift students thinking away from east versus west, to global,” Scribner said. “If we want our students to become globally aware and prepared to contribute to and thrive in an interconnected world, that takes more than one class.” UWO junior Ethan Felhofer said he can see the beneﬁts of the program. “I would deﬁnitely say it sounds valuable to students looking for opportunities once they graduate,” Felhofer said. Students interested in the Global Scholar Option can get more information on the University’s website, or from their advisers.
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Polk Library hosts more than books by A-T News Staff firstname.lastname@example.org With three oors and different resources on each le el, olk Library is much more than ust a study space for students. uring a typical week, , people enter olk, which is open hours throughout the week. With more than , books and , periodical titles a ailable for full-te t article access. According to olk s website, students can renew their items, chat with a librarian or use Interlibrary Loan to borrow books and other materials from outside libraries without lea ing campus. arah Neises, the head of Library ublic er ices, said she suggests students take ad antage of one-on-one sessions with librarians. “We offer research ad isory appointments, which are one-on-one sessions with a librarian,” Neises
said. “We ha e an online form you can ﬁll out telling us about your research need. We will teach you how to ﬁnd the resources you need to complete your pro ect.” tudents should also utili e an online ser ice called roupFinder when they ha e tests coming up, Neises said. “We also ha e roupFinder, an online ser ice you can use that helps you reser e a group study room in the library,” Neises said. Neises said her fa orite ser ice olk pro ides is during ﬁnal e ams week, which is the last week of each semester. “ olk Library will be open hours a day during the end of the semester,” Neises said. “We open the entire building and pro ide a secure place for people to study for their ﬁnals. We pro ide free coffee after p.m. and offer surprises throughout the week, such as massages, cookies, sub sandwiches and more.
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let her all reno ations start set to ﬁnish fall
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Renovations on Fletcher Residence Hall are scheduled to begin this June after several years of planning. The renovation project, which was approved by the state building commission last summer, is set to add extra bedrooms, an elevator and lounge areas to the freshman residence hall. Christine Miles, senior project manager in the planning and construction department, said the renovation should be fully completed in about a year. “Construction should start in June and will be finished by mid-July 2017, so it is ready for the fall 2017 semester,” Miles said. Miles said Fletcher Hall, built in 1964, has been well maintained over the years but is at the point where some things need replacing. “It is a very structurally sound building and has many years of usage left in it, so investing in rejuvenating it makes financial sense,” Miles said. Miles said Fletcher Hall will eventually have a ramped entrance on the Evans/ Stewart side which will allow for easy access to bike storage rooms and the existing dumpster building. A four-story addition to the front of the building will include a lobby area at ground level, along with student rooms and lounges on the second through
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UW Oshkosh’s Counseling Center offers a variety of services to students who are stressed about school, having roommate con icts or ha ing a hard time choosing a major. hese free and conﬁdential services, located in the Student Success Center suite 240, include one-on-one personal counseling and group counseling. “Our services, resources and website are designed to meet the diverse needs of our students,
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Fletcher Hall’s projected new look. There will be a four-story addition, additional rooms and lounges, similar to Taylor Hall. fourth floors. “The finished rooms will be very similar to how the Taylor Hall rooms are arranged,” Miles said. Director of Residence Life Tom Fojtik said a larger number of students will be assigned to South Gruenhagen, South Scott and Stewart Hall during the renovation. He said Fletcher Hall was chosen after Taylor Hall in a long-term plan to renovate older buildings on campus. “Fletcher is showing its age, and we believe it is best to renovate a larger building now so we can provide more renovated
spaces for students, primarily sophomores and juniors,” Fojtik said. “Our plan is to complete the Fletcher project, then move on to Evans and Stewart, which we would do at the same time.” Miles said windows, doors and internal systems will be updated to provide another 40-50 years of usage with regular maintenance. “The entire building will receive a face-lift inside and out,” Miles said. “All interior spaces will receive new finishes from skim-coated walls, to get rid of the concrete block look, to new flooring, various ceiling finishes and fresh modern bathrooms.”
Miles said the campus is hopeful to receive a LEED silver rating once the project is completed, meaning the building will have to meet specific standards on sustainability. “All of the systems going into the building are being designed to incorporate energy efficient products and operating systems,” Miles said. UWO student Jenna Thiel, who lived in Fletcher Hall her freshman year, said she noticed updates could be made to the doors and carpeting. “Other than that, Fletcher is a great hall to live in and I hope with these renovations it brings
some new and lasting memories for the University,” Thiel said. Thiel said she hopes the renovation keeps the original charm of the building intact. “I hope that Fletcher Hall still has a lot of character, because I think that is what I enjoyed most about that hall,” Thiel said. Miles said once the renovation is complete, Fletcher Hall will be a great residence hall for future UWO students. “Fletcher Hall will still have a traditional residence hall layout, but it will look and feel like a new facility,” Miles said. “It will be a bright, welcoming place to live.”
whether your needs relate to academic concerns, personal struggles or q uestions about what to major in,” according to the Counseling Center’s website. About 10 percent of Oshkosh’s student population utilizes the Counseling Center’s services, according to its website. “Every day we see students who are dealing with these sorts of personal and emotional issues,” the website stated. “We also see students who are trying to choose a major or career path that ﬁts them best.” The Counseling Center also
offers academic and career counseling to help students when they are ha ing difﬁculty picking a major or career. “Our goal is to help you understand your personality style, values and interests so you can pursue a ma or and career that ﬁts you,” the Counseling Center’s website said. The Counseling Center offers tools such as self-help classes to assist with testing anxiety. According to the center’s website, students in crisis can be seen at the earliest possible time during ofﬁce hours.
The center’s website also offered emergency phone numbers and resources for those in crisis or victims of sexual assaults and hate crimes. Oshkosh student Kristen Maginn said the Counseling Center is a good resource. “The Counseling Center provides me and numerous students assistance in an inviting and non-judgmental space,” Maginn said. “They are wonderful about ﬁtting me in regardless of my schedule. I would recommend students to check it out if they feel they need to.”
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Above: Clow renovations finished in time for the spring 2016 semester, revamping the lecture halls, lounge areas and the MiTaza Café. Below: Among the renovations, UWO added simulation labs for the nursing program. Students can practice real-life hospital scenarios right on campus.
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New simulation labs for UW Oshkosh’s College of Nursing debuted for the spring 2016 semester, allowing nursing students an expanded hands-on learning opportunity. Clow Social Science Center reopened Feb.1, after being closed for renovations, for the start of the semester. Vice Chancellor Jamie Ceman said the new simulation labs allow UWO to continue an interactive educational setting. “These are state-of-the-art so students can safely practice invasive procedures and also learn the best ways of interacting with and caring for patients,” Ceman said. “The labs are simulated hospital and home care environments. When students work with real patients they will have more confidence and will be better prepared to provide safe and expert care.” UWO College of Nursing Simulation Facilitator Polly Anderson said the new renovations include multiple simulation suites that can accommodate different scenarios the nursing students may practice. “We have four individual simulation suites that are convertible,” Anderson said. “They can be converted into a medical surgical suite, they can be converted
into a clinic room or converted into a home-like space, so you can do home health care.” Anderson said along with the four simulation rooms, there are also debriefing rooms that allow students to watch live simulations or review their simulation. “It allows us to determine what areas they did really well and what areas they could potentially improve,” Anderson said. According to Anderson, the windows in Clow that look into the simulation labs are used not only for prospective students, but they are also a learning opportunity for the nursing students. “In health care, privacy is very important, so it was well thought out that the windows were put there to give the students the opportunity to think about, ‘is this a private moment? Should the windows be open or should the windows be closed? ’ So it puts that thought into their minds during the actual simulation process as well,” Anderson said. Ceman said the new simulation labs, along with other contributors, allows the University to increase its enrollment of students into the College of Nursing. “We are able to grow and plan for future growth, in part because of these simulation lab spaces and also because of our new undergraduate practice lab
and our graduate lab and exam rooms,” Ceman said. “We can accommodate more students and provide them with the latest technology and eq uipment.” Anderson said the College of Nursing enrolled an additional 24 students for the spring 2016 semester. “We used to enroll 72 students a semester and now this semester, not only because the sim lab itself, but due to the expanded space and the thoughtful process of our leadership team, we accepted 96 students with 16 of the students being in a year-round program,” Anderson said. “They will still graduate in the same amount of time, but utilizing interims, it will allow more students to be enrolled in the program.”
UWO sophomore Peyton Scherff, who is applying to the College of Nursing in August will start the nursing program spring of 2017 if accepted, said she purposely chose to attend UWO because of the reputation of the nursing program. “I heard how competitive the program was, as well as its great reputation,” Scherff said. Scherff said the simulations will allow nursing students to correct their techniq ue while being in a comfortable setting. “The simulation lab allows us to practice our skills and techniq ues in a realistic setting, while still being able to make mistakes and learn in many different scenarios,” Scherff said.
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Free School provides teaching moments by Alex Nemec firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh hosted the Free School event, which held workshops that focused on sustainability and increasing awareness about the condition of our environment on April 23. The event was run by the Student Environmental Action Committee and included events such as Envisioning A Sustainable Farm For The Future and an interactive class that taught attendees about vermicomposting. UWO student Logan Myers said he originally attended the event for extra credit offered by his biology professor, but was looking to get more out of the event. “[ I’m looking] to gain some new perspectives on ideas that haven’t been challenged in a while; some new innovations,” Myers said. Myers said he thinks our society is becoming more sustainable and it is becoming cool to help save our planet. “I think it s deﬁnitely im-
portant,” Myers said. “You only have one earth and you [ have to] protect it.” Erika Van Ryzin is a freelance teacher and owner of Dancing Frog Farm in Fremont, Wisconsin and travels around teaching others about natural remedies and making the world more sustainable. Van Ryzin was the teacher of the Envisioning A Sustainable Farm For The Future workshop and said sustainability should be incorporated through every level of schooling. “There should be something to deal with sustainability every season,” Van Ryzin said. “It should actually start at elementary school.” Event attendee Thatcher Peterson said integrating sustainability into the education system earlier is harder than it sounds. “Do you waste time teaching sustainability… to high school kids given that their schedules are so tightly organized? ” Peterson said. “For every thing you add to them, what are you going to take away? Peterson said the trade-offs
for teaching sustainability are what causes him the most trouble supporting sustainability being taught in schools, even though he thinks it is important. “Sustainability and the various meanings of it, is one of many, many areas that you can say are eq ually important,” Peterson said. “I don’t know which of these areas is more important than any other areas. For every course you take in sustainability, you’re not taking a course in something else.” UWO environmental science alum Torrence Hess said he thinks sustainability is hard to teach and wishes the sustainability council would incorporate more science into their classes. “It would be nice if they tied sustainability in with some heavy science, instead of just people having worms in their kitchen,” Hess said. Daniel Benz, who owns Hedgehog Lawn and Garden in Oshkosh, volunteered his time to help Hess lead the vermiculture workshop, which is
the process of composting, at the event. Benz said the goal of his business is to take their worm farm and build it into his landscaping company and become a zero waste company, which will cut out having to run to the dump all the time. “Even though the dump is now composting, it’s still on the city and that costs taxpayers money,” Benz said. “Whereas if we can do it, we
can create food, plants, sell plants at plant fairs [ and] off season produce.” Benz said he is going to put on a display about succotash farming as well, which is a form of Native American farming. “You grow the corn stalks, grow the pole beans up the corn, then you cover the ground with sq uash, making very good use of the property,” Benz said.
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Health Center provides medical care, education
by A-T News Staff email@example.com The Student Health Center provides UW Oshkosh students with affordable medical care and health education. According to Student Health Center Director Pamela MacWilliams, 85 percent of the health center’s funding comes from segregated fees, while the other 15 percent comes from medications and some testing. MacWilliams said the health center sets medication prices by charging 30 percent above the at-cost price, which is significantly cheaper than students would pay at a regular clinic. Out of the $ 979 of segregated fees each full-time student pays annually, $ 131 is used to fund the health center. According to MacWilliams, 13,000 encounters and more than 6,000 students are serviced in the average year. MacWilliams said the health center is an important resource,
as 17 percent of students at UWO are uninsured, according to a recent survey. “That 17 percent doesn’t include students who are underinsured,” MacWilliams said. “Just because someone has insurance doesn’t mean they are able to afford q uality medical care.” Student Health Center Certified Nursing Assistant Chelsea Polzin said students should be aware that the health center has a fully-functioning team working there, including one doctor, a psychiatrist, a dietitian, three to four nurse practitioners and plenty of nurses. “The health center does not do walk-ins,” Polzin said. “Due to the large amount of students on campus, with a limited number of staff, students must call a few days in advance to schedule an appointment. They also offer same-day appointments, which can be made by calling bright and early when the health center opens.”
According to the health center’s website, birth control is available to all students including condoms at no charge, hormonal and non-hormonal prescriptions and emergency contraception. The center’s website said students are able to make appointments to start birth control or they can transfer their current prescriptions to the heath center. The center’s website also lists the fees for differing appointments and billing and insurance information. In addition to providing affordable medical services, the health center has a responsibility to educate students about their health. According to MacWilliams, the Center for Disease Control says every sexually active person under the age of 26 should be screened annually for Sexually Transmitted Infections. Because this is a national guideline, the health center conducted a survey and the percent of students getting tested annual-
ly was low. “We realized it was because it’s expensive,” MacWilliams said. “It’s close to $ 100 for all the testing, and students don’t have $ 100. We knew we needed to subsidize it and make it more affordable, and STI testing increased by about 200 percent when the costs were subsidized.” MacWilliams said they strive to educate and promote awareness, which is why there are health advocates in each of the dorms. “The health center provides free STI testing after spring break,” MacWilliams said. “We’re trying to dispel myths about STI testing. Even if you’ve only had one sexual partner, you should be getting tested annually.” The health center created the student health advisory committee in an effort to understand students’ needs. “We found the students want to have more marketing of what the Student Health Center has to
offer,” MacWilliams said. “We do advertise more ... on Campus Vision, and I send out emails when it’s time for flu clinics.” According to MacWilliams, the health center provides students with “continuity of care.” “If a student comes to us and has mono and is too sick to go to classes, we can connect them with a number of resources,” MacWilliams said. “We can have meals delivered to their dorm and connect them with the dean of students, so they can be excused from their classes.” According to health center employee and CNA Sydney Krimmer, the convenience of not having to go off campus is one of the biggest pluses for students. “We have STD testing, flu shots, TB tests, strep tests, blood drawing and amazing providers,” Krimmer said. “If we can’t provide the services needed by the student, the providers then suggest urgent care. But it is a nice midway in case you can be treated here.”
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LGBTQ community and allies rally together
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UW Oshkosh LGBTQ students, their allies from the University and the community celebrate together as one to recongize and celebrate the LGBTQ community. by Ti Windisch email@example.com The 7th annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Ally March and rally recognized both the LGBTQ community and allies to the community in Reeve Memorial Union on Thursday, April 14th. The LGBTQ March and rally occurs every spring semester along with tons of other events the LGBTQ Resource holds every year. LGBTQ Resource Center Director Liz Cannon said the event is an opportunity to celebrate and re ect on those allied with the LGBTQ community at UW Oshkosh. “This event is a time for us to re ect on why and how we are allies to the community,” Cannon said. “Whether we’re inside of it or outside of it.” According to Cannon, the LGBTQ Ally March also provides a chance to remember the strong LGBTQ presence at UWO. “We’re here to celebrate this community, and we on this campus have so much to celebrate when we see the courage and creativity of our diverse LGBTQ+ students,” Cannon
said. Cannon said the term ally is more than just a title, and it should mean action as well as identity. “When I ha e re ected on what it means to be an ally, I become more and more sure that ally is a verb, rather than a noun, although I respect it as an important identity for many,” Cannon said. “I see it as a verb that I take out and exercise every day.” University Police Sgt. Donovan Heavener was honored at the event for being an LGBTQ ally, but he said being an ally is just part of his job. “I’m really honored to be recognized tonight for being an ally for the LGBTQ community,” Heavener said. “I have to be honest, when I was told about this great honor...I said ‘I’m just doing my job.’” UWO graduate student Anthony Klingert was also honored for being an ally at the event and said the allies in attendance can help make changes to their society. “We are the peaceful weapons that can bring change to a violent world,” Klingert said. According to Klingert, he is tired of being part of a society
that is not open and accepting to all people. “I’m sick of us living in a world that can be hostile to us as we simply try to live with who we are,” Klingert said. UWO freshman Nicolas Tovar said he and his Beta Theta Pi brothers attended the event to show support. “I came out, ﬁrst and foremost, to support the Ally March,” Tovar said. “Secondly to support my fraternity, who’s also supporting the Ally March.” According to Tovar, the cause behind the Ally March makes it a worthwhile event. “I think it’s a great event,” Tovar said. ‘It’s great to see a whole bunch of people coming together for a cause.” According to Cannon, the ally rally is held to appreciate the LGBTQ community and allies in Oshkosh. “The biggest reason the rally is held is threefold: to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, to recognize what it truly means to ally with a community such as this one, and to acknowledge the work of so many allies here at UW Oshkosh and in the Greater Oshkosh community,” Cannon said. Cannon said the march serves
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“Go through a SAFE training, if you haven’t already or if you haven’t in the last couple of years, and seek out the LGBTQ Resource Center and Rainbow Alliance for HOPE programs which address topics you need to know more about,” Cannon said. Cannon said interested students can contact the LGBTQ Resource Center if they would like to donate their time to being allies. “The LGBTQ Resource Center is organizing a volunteer program, which we hope to launch next year, and we would love to start making contacts with people who would like to participate,” Cannon said.
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UWO student crowned Miss Oshkosh by Jessica Johnson email@example.com UWO student Serena Larie was crowned Miss Oshkosh 2016, supporting her platform Get Involved Via Engagement ( G.I.V.E) . According to Larie, she was inspired to run for Miss Oshkosh by her sister, Janelle ( Larie) Galica, a former UWO student and Miss Oshkosh winner who was crowned 10 years ago. “I was around nine or 10 when she was crowned, and I watched her become a role model for her community and the impact she had on people and that was when I decided this is something I really want to do,” Larie said. “So, 10 years later I was crowned Miss Oshkosh, and we are also 10 years apart in age, so that 10 years is really signiﬁcant to me.” Larie, who is majoring in communications and minoring in business administration, said winning the Miss Oshkosh title felt both amazing and surreal. “I felt very good about my performance, and I am very pleased to serve Oshkosh for this next year,” Larie said. Mariah Haberman, a judge at the Miss Oshkosh pageant and a runner up to Miss Oshkosh 2010, said she was looking for the next Miss Oshkosh to be well-spoken, kind, healthy and passionate
about her platform, and that Serena was “the whole package.” “She answered tough q uestions in our interview, she danced beautifully on stage and I could tell she takes her platform very seriously,” Haberman said. Larie said the platform she is advocating this year is G.I.V.E, which is a way people can give back to the community in any way possible. “There are so many things you can do to get involved, and that is mainly really what I want to try and promote this year, how important it is to give back to a community that has given so much,” Larie said. Larie said her favorite part of competing for Miss Oshkosh was all of the people she met along the way. “Everyone describes the Miss America Organization as a sisterhood, and it is an opportunity to make friends,” Larie said. “The scholarship is also really signiﬁcant and helps so much. I guess it is just how much everyone wants to help you and support you along the way.” Miss Oshkosh pageant co-producer and choreographer Kelsey McDaniels said she is happy for Serena, and knows she will do a great job as Miss Oshkosh. “She is already very engaged in the community and I look forward to seeing what else she does
UWO communications major Serana Larie was crowned Miss Oshkosh March 12. now that she holds the title,” McDaniels said. “I know she’ll be an excellent representative for our City and I’m excited to follow her journey.” ne of the ﬁrst things Larie plans to do with her title and as part of her platform is to share about G.I.V.E and also share success stories of those who G.I.V.E. “I would also like to start a page kind of like the Humans of Oshkosh, but maybe like a Humans who G.I.V.E, and also to open it up as a Facebook page for people
to talk about how to G.I.V.E and their experiences,” Larie said. c aniels said the top ﬁ e contestants receive scholarships ranging from $ 950 to $ 3,500, all courtesy of the Oshkosh Area Women’s Association. “The contestants all receive a $ 400 scholarship for participating in the pageant,” McDaniels said. “There are also awards for the best non-ﬁnalist inter iew and non-ﬁnalist talents, which each receive an extra $ 350. The Oshkosh Area Women’s Association
is a wonderful organization that fundraises throughout the year to give young women these scholarship opportunities.” Larie said she hopes to be a voice as well as a role model for her community during her year as Miss Oshkosh. “I will be speaking to a lot of schools and places of employment about my platform and basically what they take away from it is going to be huge, and I’m really excited,” Larie said. “It is just the beginning and I can’t wait.”
5 questions with Miss Oshkosh Serena Larie.
calls the general education program: The University Studies Program ( USP) . The USP enables students to learn about various req uired general education courses in a way that is both exciting and informative, before delving into their chosen field of study. Each Quest class is incorporates one of the three signature q uestions or learning objectives: Intercultural Knowledge, Sustainability and Civic Engagement.
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Q . W h at d o y o u r em em b er m o s t ab o u t y o u r f r es h m an y ear ? A . Upon entering my first semester of freshman year, I went to each classroom before classes started, because I didn’t want to show up late to class or end up in the wrong room! By my second semester, I found all my classes minutes before the start of class since I learned so much about campus and felt comfortable asking anyone around if I needed assistance. Q . W h at m ak es U W O c i al p l ac e?
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A . The University Studies Program UWO has put a creative learning twist on their general education courses. The university
Q . W h at i s y o u r m o s t m em o r ab l e m o m en t o f f r es h m an y ear ? A . Any Reeve Union Board ( RUB) event! My freshman year they brought actor and comedian Rob Schneider to campus. He was a favorite of mine since. Q : I f y o u c o u l d go b ac k t o t h e b egi n n i n g o f y o u r c o l l ege ex p er i -
A . I wouldn’t change making Dean’s List. I’m glad I utilized my campus resources immediately. As someone who struggled in math, I sought out the Math Lab, went regularly and as a result earned an “A” in both classes. Q . W h at ad v i c e d o y o u h av e f o r i n c o m i n g f r es h m an ? A . GET INVOLVED. UWO offers over 160 different campus organizations. Attend campus and community events and be an active participant. I can’t stress the importance enough. Your involvement is what sets you apart, many will receive a degree, but your resume builders and involvement are what advance you in many ways.
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Dining operations offers more variety by Jessica Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh is still working on making changes to dinning operations to make it more convenient for students. Assistant Director for Dining Services Marty Strand said the idea to renovate Blackhawk Commons came from surveys given to students to find out what they wanted in terms of dining operations on campus. Strand said two common themes within the survey results were about putting Blackhawk back into the top of the line showcase it once was and renovating the worn-out building. “It needs to be brought up to date because we feed all of our freshmen here at Blackhawk, and all the incoming students and their parents are eating lunch here, so we could be making a better impression than we currently are,” Strand said. According to Strand, one of the big ideas for Blackhawk is dividing the seating area into three different sections to make it easier for students to find friends. He said the first Titan room would be full of school spirit and everything Titan. “The colors in the area will be our school’s colors, better furniture and tables, graphics on the walls so it isn’t plain paint anymore, add in more booths and change to more modern lighting,” Strand said. Strand said the second area will have an art feel to it where student artwork would be displayed on the walls. This area will also have more booths and modern lighting. According to Strand, the third area will provide a comfortable living room atmosphere for students. This room could also include historical pieces of artwork or wood from the Oshkosh area. Stand said the dining operations services are waiting for budgets to be approved before they move forward with the Black-
hawk renovations. “Once our budgets are approved for our regular operations, then we can go back and see how we can stage putting these ideas in real play,” Strand said. “We are hoping to start doing that this academic year.” Z achary Dunton, an Oshkosh Student Association food committee student representative, said the decision for the renovations is ultimately up to the UWO administration, but they base their decisions off of student input. “The director and assistant director of University Dining proposed the renovations to the Food Committee, OSA, [ Reeve Advisory Council] and [ United Students in Resident Halls] ,” Dunton said. “Each body discussed the merits of the renovations and the renovation received overwhelming support.” According to Strand, Holy Habañ eros is somewhat similar to Titan Taco with the exception that it uses different products. “Instead of a diced product, we will use grilled beef or grilled chicken, which will be of better q uality and taste for students,” Strand said. “The price point is a little bit different. It’s going to be a little higher, but we will still keep budget in mind so you can get a value meal for a decent price.” Wings and Strings is now moved to the Pizza Hut area where the heating shelves will hold pizza, pasta, breadsticks and wings. Dunton said the changes to Reeve Marketplace and Blackhawk are motivated to address student desires. “The renovations will add variety to Scotty’s and Reeve Marketplace, which many students have been asking for. The renovation of Blackhawk will create a better atmosphere and hopefully assist with admissions as well,” Dunton said. According to Strand, the new vending machines at Polk Library will include a new Voce vending machine, which is an espresso machine, a cold food machine, a
snack machine, a water and juice machine and possibly a Starbucks machine that will include cold Frappuccinos and double shots. “It will be open 24 hours a day for anyone to use in the library, and customers can use credit cards and Apple Pay if they choose to do so,” Strand said. “This will be great addition to the library. We are very excited.” UWO junior Emily Peterson said she is very excited for the new vending machines because it will allow her to grab something to snack on whenever she wants. “I am usually at the library pretty late, and there isn’t anything open at that time to eat or drink, so the fact that there will be vending machines available 24/ 7 makes me really happy,” Peterson said.
Students wait in line at Scotty’s, a dining hotspot located in South Scott Hall.
Campus Dining Locations • Blackhawk Commons: All-you-can-eat buffet, open weekdays • 2Go@BHC: Located in Blackhawk Commons, 2Go serves takeout meals such as tacos, nachos and buffalo chicken wraps • Cafe Clow: Serves coffee, tea, sandwiches, soups, salads and more. ocated on the rst ﬂoor of o cade ic i din • MiTaza: Serves coffee and snacks in Reeve Memorial Union, Halsey Science Center and Polk Library • Oshkosh Smoothie Company: ffers a s oothie ine a on fresh bakery and pastry items.
• Reeve Memorial Union Marketplace: The main venue for freshmen to dine on eekends the arketp ace is co prised of ven es inc din Sub Connection, Garden Toss, Pizza Hut, B&G Grill and Wholly Habaneros • Sage Café: erves a e s sand iches raps and coffee for st dents ho are in et een c asses in a e a • Scotty’s: This s sand ich and pi a oint ocated on the rst ﬂoor of o th cott a is open nti idni ht for ate-ni ht cravin s • Titan Underground: Located in the basement of Reeve, Titan Underro nd serves ice crea and fried snacks hi e offerin entertain ent
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Happiness is more than a good time
by Emily Reise email@example.com Emily Reise is a sophomore journalism major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan. Happiness may be the most sought after and elusive state of consciousness throughout history. The framers of our nation have made the pursuit of happiness a personal right. Some of the greatest philosophers in history have declared happiness the purpose of a human life. Scientists have found the concoction of chemicals released in the brain that leads to being happy. Even after these incredible realizations, there is still no concise way to find happiness. However, there are some steps students can take to increase their levels of happiness and improve their lives. A global survey on happiness is done by the Gallup-Healthways Index annually. The Gallup-Healthways Index pin points five categories that define human well-being. The five categories are: a sense of purpose, social relationships, financial situations, community involvement and physical health. The index then attempts to measure the well-being and happiness of a country. “The United States saw a drop in its ranking, falling from the No. 12 spot in 2013 to the No. 23 spot in 2014,” The interpreters of the data had said. “However, there was only a small absolute change in the country’s well-being score— it dropped from having 33 percent of its residents thriving in three or more aspects of well-being in 2013 to 30 percent in 2014.” Many students think happiness is an action. They may interpret being happy as lying on a beach or eating popcorn and binge watching Netflix. Aris-
totle however defines happiness as an end goal and even the entire purpose of an ideal human life. “He is happy who lives in accordance with complete virtue and is sufficiently eq uipped with external goods, not for some chance period but throughout a complete life.” Aristotle states in his work “Nicomachean Ethics.” Aristotle’s theory claims that a temporary form of happiness will not make a person happy. Instead, having lifelong relationships, helping others, doing what a person is passionate about and gaining knowledge is instead more worthy to invest time in if a person is trying to yield happiness. Glennon Doyle Melton, author of “Carry on Warrior,” poses an interesting view on happiness. She acknowledges that life is a beautiful mess. Most college students can agree with this. They often find themselves in stressful environments especially around finals week. Students who are crunched for time may look for a temporary release from their stress. Some may turn to alcohol or drugs after a long week because they are a shortterm escape from their busy mind and worrying problems. Melton confronts this issue in her book. Melton theorizes that everyone has the thirst for something that is not innately distilled within themselves, describing this unfulfillment as having holes. When the holes are filled, the person is happy, and when they are empty, it provokes sadness or loneliness. Some fill these holes up with temporary things such as alcohol. She filled hers for twenty years with alcohol. Melton explains that some of these temporary things fill the holes for a short while, but after substances fade one feels even worse. She urges people to find what lights a fire within them and replace fear and doubt with a driving passion. Happiness does not only depend on what a person values and spends time on. Changing views on life,and attitude can also lead to a happier life. Author of “Eat Pray Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert has a great insight on this notion. “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day,” Gilbert says. “This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in
Cartoon by Alison Prusha your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” It is hard for most to break old habits or change their outlook on life and attitude. However, making little changes to everyday life can make a drastic change on someone’s q uality of life. People worldwide have been participating in happiness projects. A happiness project is an approach to changing one’s life. Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” recorded her project for over a year. “Look for happiness under your own roof,” Rubin says. She did not take a trip around the world like most of the happiness project participants do. She demonstrated that students can change their life solely by changing their outlooks and values. First, she wrote about what gave her joy and what gave her resentment. From there she came up with 12 areas of her life she wanted to improve. Some of her goals were to make time for friends, aim higher, remember love, lighten up and pursue a passion. Each month she dedicated the entire month to improving one of these areas. “It’s about living in the moment and appreciating the smallest things,” Ru-
bin said. “Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you and letting go of the obsessions that want to take over your mind. It is a daily struggle sometimes and hard work but happiness begins with your own attitude and how you look at the world.” Rubin stresses in her book that happiness projects and life changes can assist people in improving their happiness. However, it should also be stressed that it is okay to reach out for other resources. Fortunately for the students of UW Oshkosh, they are eq uipped with counselors and a therapy dog at the Student Success Center. Here, students can enhance abilities to grow and succeed in both their personal and academic life. Students are capable of bettering their q uality of life by enhancing their attitude, values, and perspective of the world. Making a happiness project does not have to be complicated. Students should pick a few things they want to change about their life and focus on accomplishing that. Achieving this will make an incredible impact on a person’s life. Striving towards happiness has the potential to make one a better friend, student, family member and co-worker.
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USP keeps students engaged in their gen ed requirements in the USP curriculum for students to by the Advance-Titan Staff choose from, including geography of firstname.lastname@example.org coffee, philosophy of love and poliAll students at UW Oshkosh have tics of food. These courses are designed to teach to complete a certain series of general education courses in order to gradu- students about culture, civic engageate, but some of these req uirements ment and sustainability while filling do not seem beneficial and many stu- traditional general education req uiredents struggle to apply themselves in ments. USP courses are meant to be more these courses that may not relate to interesting and engaging than the usutheir interests or major. The University Studies Program is al pit classes, which help students do trying to address these concerns by well and enjoy their req uired classes. The courses req uire students to be transforming general education classes to get students excited about learn- active outside of the classroom by volunteering, talking to people in the ing things outside of their majors. In fact, other colleges throughout community and working on long-term the country are looking at the program projects. “We wanted to provide this time of to adjust their own curricula, setting UW Oshkosh apart from all other col- exploration so people can discover within themselves what they didn’t leges. Now, incoming students are able already know about but then also be to choose classes that pertain to their earning credits toward graduation,” major and other interests to prevent Carrell said. These courses also keep professors them from getting bored in their geninterested in their classes. eral education classes. With smaller class sizes and topics It’s discouraging to go to a class not req uired for a major and absolute- that pertain to students’ interests, proly hate it, but USP is trying to make fessors are more likely to be engaging and enjoy their time time in the classroom with their students. more enjoyable while We wanted to provide this USP also helps fulfilling graduation time of exploration so peostudents transition req uirements. ple can discover within themand adjust to colInstead of being selves what they didn’t already lege by addressing a waste of time, the know about but then also be problems many USP program is trying earning credits toward graduafirst year students to get students to en- tion. reported struggling joy their general edu— Lori Carrell with, such as test cation classes and retain more information USP Interim Director anxiety and homesickness in the first from them. classes they take. “USP classes have “Teachers ease not really attributed to my interests, but they have given me kids into college better by being paa broader sense of other topics or ma- tient and clear with their teaching,” jors,” Oshkosh student Julia O’Con- O’Connell said. The program also req uires every nell said. Besides making class more enjoy- student to be active learners and visable for students, USP also addresses it their professors regularly, create an Oshkosh’s student retention problem, ePortfolio and talk to their peer menhopefully encouraging more students tors. It pushes first-year students to do to graduate from college. “The goal we want to accomplish what many don’t: get involved. “Our students report that they’re first is retention,” USP interim director Lori Carrell said. “Students come not engaged in greater numbers that in with the potential, but if their first are acceptable to us,” Carrell said. semester includes a lot of large class- “There are many, many students who es and they don’t feel a sense of be- don’t participate and we know they’re longing they may leave for reasons we more likely to stay, get jobs and be civilly engaged after graduation if can do something about.” There are more than 250 courses they’re involved in college.”
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Civic engagement must start locally
The student government at UW Oshkosh,
by the Advance-Titan Staff the Oshkosh Student Association, holds email@example.com elections for representatives who, according Voting is everything in America. It’s the foundation of our democracy and, for most people, the pinnacle of civic involvement. Presidential election years are uniq ue because they have a way of igniting supporters from both ends of the political spectrum, especially young voters. Midterm elections— or elections held around halfway through the executive term— are just as, if not more, important than presidential ones. The 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest voter turnout from 18- to 29-yearolds in 40 years. According to a report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, just under 20 percent of registered voters cast ballots. The drop can be assigned to a number of factors. Chief among those is students’ frustration with American politics as a whole. Still, the growing attitude of apathy towards voting among millennials is troubling, especially since millennials are projected to replace baby boomers as the largest voting generation by 2020, according to The Atlantic. That shift will come with the power to shape the scope of American politics for most of the foreseeable future, and even more importantly, the responsibility of being properly informed. Of course it’s not realistic to expect every person of voting age to be passionate about politics all the time, but students need to understand that their vote does matter and not just on the national scale.
to the OSA website, “work collectively toward ensuring a prosperous collegiate experience for each student by representing, safeguarding and promoting the student’s interests and rights throughout the pursuit of knowledge.” Only 232 students voted in the 2015 OSA elections, which is less than two percent of the University’s entire student body. The OSA elections commissioner attributed the low numbers to lack of student knowledge about the elections and lack of choices for candidates. OSA manages the distribution of about $ 9 million worth of segregated fees and its senate is in charge of approving all new student organizations so there’s no denying the importance of the executive and legislative positions on campus. There needs to be an effort to better publicize exactly what OSA does, how it affects students and what members of the campus community can do to get involved. In turn, students need to be more adamant in their efforts to inform themselves about governmental happenings, both national and local. Americans are privileged because our political system was set up with a system of checks and balances so that it doesn’t run through one person. But that means if students want “a political revolution is coming” or “make America great again” to be more than campaign slogans, they have to actually vote. A change in the way students approach elections can start right here, at UWO.
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UWO resources can save students’ grades and improve their writing
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by Whitney Free firstname.lastname@example.org Whitney Free is a senior at UWO. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan.
Throughout their college careers, many students have received a returned assignment, only to discover that the project or essay they had put so much time into has earned them a less than satisfactory grade from their professor. Sometimes students feel it’s the professor who misunderstands the point they were trying to get across or that professors do not understand the perspectives that students have. Is there a miscommunication between students and professors? Are students just being lazy and not paying attention to what is being asked? Or are professors not being clear enough with what is expected of students? UW Oshkosh junior Mallory Beckman said the clarity and
grading styles of professors often vary. “For some projects, professors give us so many restrictions on what we can and can’t do, it can become confusing,” Beckman said. “Some professors are very clear on what they want to see, and this makes assignments not only easy to accomplish, but easy to do well on.” Clear instructions on what is expected of students not only gives them the chance to do better on assignments, but also allows students the ability to fully understand topics assignments are on. Senior Mariah Tralongo said she would gladly accept criticism as long as there was a rationale behind it that could help her in the future. “It’s about constructive crit-
icism,” Tralongo said. “Any time something I’ve created was turned down or fixed, it was only to help me see how I can improve.” Although it may not always seem constructive, there are ways to try and prevent that feeling of disappointment after getting a bad grade on an assignment that so much effort was put into. When doing any assignment, one must always remember to go over the rubric and what the professor expects. Make sure to always ask q uestions along the way. Your professor is there to help. For those who feel they aren’t getting enough help from their professors, UWO has other resources for students to use. By visiting the UWO Writing
Center website, students are able to set up appointments to get outside help with papers and projects. For those too busy to make an appointment, there are also online options where students can online chat or get private video feedback on assignments. Even though it can be confusing and frustrating to not know what your professor is looking for, or to think you know what is expected and end up being completely wrong, there are many different ways to clear up the confusion to make sure one can feel confident about his or her coursework. Make sure to take advantage of all the resources UWO offers and ask as many q uestions needed to help make things easier in the end.
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The original message of Earth Day has been lost
by Dylan Juza Juzad52@uwosh.edu
Dylan Juza is a senior communications major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan.
April 22 is Earth Day, and as Google honors signiﬁcant dates ia their search engine, I was able to take a q uiz on what animal I was. I got sq uid, but what does this ha e to do arth ay hat confusion persisted as I took part in the Earth Day Festi al on campus, where I could spin the Wheel of ustainability, answer tri ia,
take a pledge to turn off appliances when not in use and be entered to win a ‘green basket.’ h goody, I could possibly win a basket of organic chips, locally made salsa and a water canister ow does winning pri es re ect my appreciation for the earth According to worldhistorypro ect.org, on April , , en. aylord promoted the ﬁrst arth ay in America in which he called students to oppose en ironmental degradation as they opposed the war in ietnam. In the year , we re gi en incenti es to care only if the en ironment caters to our alues and way of life, which happens to be general apathy toward anything that doesn t ha e to do with lu ury and oursel es. he Wheel of ustainability informed me on things like what food miles and single stream recycling are, how much water is produced to make a pair of blue eans, all things that when a person realizes, only helps to immuni e them from caring. It ad ocated for shorter showers, to shut the faucet off while brushing our teeth and to use reusable water bottles. According to an N C News article
America s windling Water upply in , America holds the lead in a erage water use per day per person. If we want to keep this precious resource around, I think we need to do more than shorter showers. Currently circulating on social media is a ideo titled ear Future enerations orry by rince a, which shows that we need to seriously reconsider our priorities, such as rain forests being destroyed for ﬁrst-world proﬁts. Furthermore, the idea of deep ecology ﬁrst promoted by Arne Naess in distinguishes between aluing the earth and sustainability. In other words, shallow ecology, aluing the economy. hat brings a different uestion Are people willing to change their way of life Are we willing to go without using dishwashers, laundry machines, daily showers or electricity We need to stop accepting our capitalist American way of life as not ust the highest good, but also as the only way of life. ne thing keeping people from changing is that change is hard. Well, watching the earth suffer might be a lot more difﬁcult. arth ay shouldn t be ust one day,
especially a day for winning pri es and ﬁnding out about how I can continue my American lifestyle the en ironmentally safe way. arth ay is e ery day and whether we would like to acknowledge that or not is not up to us. his is important for shkosh students to be aware of. We already are citi ens who can make a difference in our community. o we want to become stuck in our ways or would we be willing to change to help our planet earth When we become parents, what kind of future do we desire for our children and the generations to come As we graduate and ﬁnd oursel es in positions like the C of a company, when it comes to pollution and proﬁts, what will we decide Academia is founded on deep q uestioning, truth seeking and eliminating human suffering. I ha e come into contact with many professors who ad ocate a change in alues to sa e the planet. he problem we are facing will get worse with ignorance, and human suffering will grow more pre alent. arth ay is e ery day because this problem needs our constant attention.
by the Advance-Titan Staff email@example.com While good grades and a high A are important, students should realize the importance of getting in ol ed with campus organi ations rele ant to a future career. A allup oll released in February re ealed one third of employers who responded disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement, “higher education institutions in this country are graduating students with the skills and competences that my business needs.” “ usiness leaders say that college graduates do not ha e the skills that their particular businesses need such as applicable knowledge and applied skills in the ﬁeld,” the poll stated. It s important for students to get inol ed with acti ities that pro ide them with this applicable knowledge. “ here are a number of ser ices and e ents that we ha e in our ofﬁce that freshman through seniors can engage in,” Career anagement irector for Career er ices Angela ictor said. “We ha e the Career Fair on the Fo that happens e ery semester where more than 100 employers come to network with students and we offer professional skills courses that students can take for one Uni ersity credit.” ssential skills for employment listed
by the National Association of College and Employers are usually not learned in a classroom and students need to get practice these skills in the real world. “ he National Association of Colleges and mployers has a list of top skills employers typically seek,” ictor said. “ hey generally include things like ability to communicate erbally, organi ational skills, time management skills. And the way students can build those skills are not only through their coursework but also inol ement on campus.” eing in ol ed also pro es to employers students are willing to dedicate their time to professional commitments. “ olunteering and community in ol ement also show how ested they are in their community and their willingness to donate their time,” ictor said. he best way for students to increase their employability is oining a manageable amount of campus organi ations so their membership is meaningful, and they don t stretch themsel es too thin. “It depends on the student,” ictor said. “I would say it s uality of in ol ement o er uantity of in ol ement. For e ample, it might be more beneﬁcial for a student to ha e a leadership role in one organi ation ersus being a member of ﬁ e organizations.”
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UWO PRSSA receives honorable mention by Jessica Zemlicka email@example.com UW Oshkosh Bateman Team and Journalism 455 Public Relations Campaigns class received honorable mention in the national Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Case Study Competition. The Bateman Team and campaigns class created a public relations campaign for the UWO Student Veterans of America chapter during the first seven weeks of spring 2016. According to a press release sent out by the journalism department, UWO was ranked against other universities from across the country. “UWO ranked 16 out of the 70 entries received across the country by PRSSA Headq uarters in New York City,” the press release states. According to the PRSSA website, Loyola University New Orleans, Samford University and the Univer-
sity of Alabama are the three finalists presenting their campaigns in Chicago on May 18. Journalism lecturer and faculty adviser to the Bateman team Jean Giovanetti said the team and class achieved their goals for UWO SVA with the help from the campus community. “The UWO Bateman Team and the Journalism Public Relations Campaigns class were able to increase awareness of UWO Student Veterans of America within the Oshkosh community by 20 percent in a seven-week period,” Giovanetti said. “They accomplished this with a lot of participation and support from students, staff, faculty, administrators and the Oshkosh community.” UWO SVA held a game night on March 3 with the help of the Bateman team and campaigns class. A previous Advance-Titan article said the event increased awareness for UWO SVA on campus.
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UWO’s Public Relation Student Society of America traveled to CNN to learn more about the aspects of the public relations field.
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How to deal with roommates by Morgan Van Lanen firstname.lastname@example.org
From my personal experience, by the end of your freshman year your relationship with your roommate will fall under one of two categories. The first is you and your roommate will be besties. You will get dinner together every night, you will share clothes with one another and you will stay up late watching Grey’s Anatomy when really you should be studying for anatomy. The second category is not q uite as positive. You and your roommate will see each other every night at dinner as you eat with your own friends, your roommate will take your clothes for her sorority events without asking, and your roommate will stay up late every night watching Grey’s Anatomy while you go to bed early because you have an 8 a.m. the next morning. Or, you can be like me and be a mix of the two categories. And then the second one gets so bad your roommate eventually just moves out. Like a lot of freshmen these days, my roommate and I met on Facebook in the summer prior to starting school at Oshkosh. We were from the same area as we
5 questions with OSA president Austyn Boothe Q : W h at d o y o u r em em b er m o s t ab o u t y o u r f r es h m en ? A : What I remember most about my entering my freshman year at UWO was how nervous I was to be so far away from home! I had grown up in small town in Illinois where everyone knew everyone. Going to events like Taste of Oshkosh really helped me get involved and meet people that I now call my best friends!
went to neighboring high schools. After meeting at Starbucks one night and really hitting it off, we decided to be roommates. At the beginning of first semester, things were going really well. We had the same group of friends, hung out a lot and seemed to have a good time together. On weekends though, I often felt as if I was more of her mother than her roommate. Since coming to college, I have learned some people cannot handle the freedom of being away from their parents for the first time and those people often make very poor decisions. Around Thanksgiving is when things started to go downhill. One Saturday night I was told I was not allowed to come back to my own room so she could have a boy over. The next morning when I came back, I witnessed her and the boy doing things on my futon that still haunt me today. I will never forget what happened that night and how poorly my roommate had treated me by not allowing me into my own room. However, I made a mistake too. I should never have allowed her to do that to me. When she told me I could not come back, I should have come back anyways. And, I could have even of gotten my community Q : W h at m ak es U W O a s p ec i al p l ac e?
A : There are so many opportunities here at UWO and that is why I believe it is such a special place to get an education. We have over 150 clubs and organizations to join on campus as well as a multitude of different majors and minors. Everyone is able to find something they want to do on our beautiful campus. Q : W h at i s y o u r m o s t m em o r ab l e m o m en t o f y o u r f r es h m an y ear ? A : My absolute favorite thing about starting at UWO was welcome week! The
advisor involved. I encourage anyone who is ever put into a situation like that to stick up for themselves. A roommate cannot take advantage of you. The dorm room is just as much yours as it is your roommate’s. For the rest of first semester, we were not the same as were were before the incident. We hung out less and talked less. We were still friends, but there was definitely some awkwardness after I confronted her about never kicking me out of my own room again. At the beginning of second semester, things were very awkward. I am not sure what ever really happened, but we did not talk at all. I was never in the room for the first four weeks of the semester because I was not comfortable being there. It was a very hostile environment. However, not being best friends with your roommate is completely OK! Even if you guys do not really talk, that is fine too! What was not OK about my situation was I literally felt unwanted in my own dorm room. One should never feel like they are not safe, welcome or allowed in their room. About three weeks into second semester, my roommate brought back one of her sorority sisters, school brings in magicians, hypnotists, comedians, and so much free food. Events like these made it really easy for me to transition to living in a new place. Q : I f y o u t h e b egi n n l ege ex p er i y o u d o d if s am e?
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who was very drunk, to our dorm room. It was about 11:30 p.m. on a Thursday night and I was in bed, as I had an exam in my 9:10 a.m. class the next day. My roommate’s sister was being extremely loud and the two of them kept leaving and coming back into the room, and all the while keeping our door wide open. The sister then slept over in our room that night. I confronted her the next day and told her she was not allowed to bring back friends on school nights so late. It was completely OK on weekends, but not on days when I have early classes. About a week later on a Saturday morning, I woke to my roommate and her boyfriend packing her stuff into bins and containers. I asked her if she was moving out and she said yes. At the time, I felt incredibly betrayed. I q uestioned what I had ever done to her to make her hate me so much. I had always done my best to respect her and be someone she could talk to. After a lot of crying and self-reflecting, I realized we were just very different people and did not make good roommates. That same morning, I sent her a long text message apologizing for anything I ever did that may have upset her. I wished her good luck with her new roommate and
with the rest of the semester. My freshman year roommate situation had some ups but also a lot of downs. The biggest thing I took away from it all is respect. Respect goes a really long way in getting along with the person you are living with. Do not steal your roommate’s food. Do not take your roommate’s clothes without asking. Do not expect your roommate to hold your hand on weekends. And, do not ask your roommate to do favors for you but then never do anything in return. These are all things I had to deal with during my freshman year of college. And, it showed me my roommate did not respect me. However, I grew as a person during my freshman year. I learned how to live in a tiny space with someone I did not necessarily like or who liked me. I learned that, even though she did not respect me or my things, I still had to be nice back to her. Two wrongs do not make a right. No matter what, there will always be times when you and your roommate do not get along. I promise you will get on each other’s nerves more than once. And, no matter how bad a roommate situation may be, never forget, you only have to live with them for eight months.
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A : If I could go back to the start of my college experience I do not think I would change anything. Getting involved in the Oshkosh Student Association and joining Sigma Sigma Sigma have truly shaped my college experience which I am very appreciative of.
Photo courtesy of Austyn Boothe Q : W h at i s y o u r b es t ad v i s e f o r i n c o m i n g f r es h m an ? A : The best advice I can give to incoming freshman is to keep an open mind. [ Also]
make sure to have fun. I understand that we are all here to achieve our dreams and get degrees but that doesn’t mean we should not take time to enjoy ourselves while doing it!
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Choosing your major in three steps
Declaring a major can be a huge stepping stone in your college career. It can determine the types of classes you’ll be in for the next four years, and maybe even the type of work you will go into once graduation comes. UWO is full of resources to help you decide which major works best for you, and it’s easy to declare a major by following these steps:
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UWO’s freshman year bucket list Welcome to UW-Oshkosh! You have four years (or more) to experience everything UWO has to offer but here are a few things you should make sure you do in your first year
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In three easy steps, you can be on your way to a career path! UWO offers more than 50 minors and 12 certificates for you to choose from if you’d like to further your education. Have questions? Send an email to email@example.com or stop by the Student Success Center Suite 202. You can also call (920) 424-1268.
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UWO students earn money in their ﬁeld of study by Ti Windisch firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh music industry recent graduate Ben Binner was a music student by day, but a performer by night during his time at UWO. “I earn some of my income from performing with local groups like The Water City Jazz Orchestra, which freq uently plays at Manila Resto, and is also hired to play at private events,” Binner said. “I also played with Pam the Bear at local bars over the summer and the fall semester.” Binner said he and other music majors have also been able to put their education to work at UWO campus events. “I have played with small jazz combo groups, formed by students in the music department, that get hired to play at events at school like Chancellor Leavitt’s induction ceremony, the Chancellor’s Breakfast, et cetera, all of which the school pays for me to play,” Binner said. According to Binner, the music industry program focuses on both performing and recording music and he uses both aspects of his major to make money. “One other source of income I have that relates to my major is recording concerts and recitals that take place in the music hall,” Binner said. Binner is not the only UWO student who works in their major outside of the classroom. UWO senior Kenton Barber said getting a job in his major has helped him academically because of the experience he has been able to accumulate. “Working in my major has provided me real work experience I can relate to when we talk about topics in class,” Barber said. Recent UWO graduate student Jordan Rhodes worked in his major during his time as an undergraduate student in the College of Business by working to start his own business. “By the time I graduated I had raised about $ 10,000 and had a launch plan ﬁnali ed with hopes of self-funding the company after our launch,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes said current students with great ideas should use the tools at their disposal while they are still at the University. “Now that we have a Center for Entrepreneurship on campus there are so many resources available to student entrepreneurs, including mentorship, ofﬁce space, clear steps to follow, exposure and even funding,” Rhodes said. “These resources aren’t there once you graduate, so seize the opportunity and go for it.” UWO journalism major Haley Lentz does freelance writing and other advertising work for private clients. “I do freelance work during [ my clients’] busy business seasons creating logos, making promotional advertisements or setting up social media accounts and posting for some places for local Oshkosh downtown businesses,” Lentz said. Lentz said her outside work combined with her schoolwork presents a difﬁcult task, but ultimately a worthwhile one. “Being an off campus student and working on and off campus gives me much less free time than other students,” Lentz said. “I take 18 credits a semester and hold three jobs but it all helps my future career.” Lentz said the hardest part about her outside work is knowing she has to do her best every time or clients might choose to go with a more established option instead. “The biggest challenge is keeping the clients happy and making sure they don’t replace me with a real professional who does marketing as a living,” Lentz said. Rhodes said making time for outside work while still completing his undergraduate studies was no easy task. “It was e tremely difﬁcult to do this at ﬁrst it took a lot of prioritizing,” Rhodes said. “I had to identify things that weren’t bringing value to my life and use that time more effectively.” According to Rhodes he had to make some tough decisions regarding what to do with his time for the sake of his company. “I stopped watching television
except for Packer games, stayed off of social media, avoided video games, stayed in on weekends and did that I could to make time for school, work and the business,” Rhodes said. According to Rhodes, staying focused on classes that did not relate to his personal experience was a challenge he faced as an undergraduate. “A lot of my major was taught from a perspective that I couldn’t relate to: large corporations,” Rhodes said. “There was very little content in my major about how to effectively run a small business, or scale a startup, so it was tough for me to spend time learning about business at such a macro level.” arber said he often ﬁnds himself busy thanks to his work in his major outside of his studies at UWO. “It s ery, ery difﬁcult,” arber said. “I have basically no free time.” According to Barber, Saturday and Sunday are often opportunities for him to catch up on schoolwork. Binner said the hardest part about working outside of school as a music major is balancing his many responsibilities at all times. “You want to keep up with your school work, keep up with your practicing and try to expand your horizon by playing publicly as many times as you get the chance to,” Binner said. “Oh, and maybe have a social life too.” Although it keeps him q uite busy, Binner said he enjoys performing in the community. “It’s a pure joy to perform for other people and every student can reap the beneﬁts that come with it,” Binner said. Lentz said despite the adversity she would recommend students seek opportunities to work in their major. “I would most deﬁnitely recommend working in your major during school,” Lentz said. “Yes, it is a lot more work, yes, it does take a lot of time, yes, sometimes people won’t like your work, but I’m glad I got to practice and learn from my mistakes.”
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PHOTO COURTESY: CHELSEA PHILLIPS ADVANCE-TITAN
Top: Ben Binner was the lead Alto Saxaphone player for the Water City Jazz Orchestra while finishing his degree at UW Oshkosh. Above: UWO senior Kenton Barber works at Fox 11 while earning his degree in Radio TV Film.
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12 discounts with your Titan ID Are you aware your Titan ID card can get you discount at restaurants, stores and more around the Oshkosh area? Many students are on a budget coming into college, so these
discounts are a great way to take advantage of what Oshkosh has to offer while also saving money! The Titan Discount Club even offers discounts nationally and online. There
is no charge or forms to get these discounts, all you have to do is be a UWO student. Just show your Titan ID and get savings! For more discounts, check out the OSA website.
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Food Benvenuto’s Italian Grill- $5 oﬀ purchase of $30 or more - Located on 300 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh, WI 54902
Cherry Berry- 10% discount daily after check-in on Facebook - Located on 1810 Jackson St., Oshkosh WI 54901
Hardee’s- 10% discount - Located on 409 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901
IHOP- 20% discount - Located on 1400 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh, WI 54902
Marco’s Pizza- 10% discount - Located on 330 Ohio, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Jade Dragon- lunch special after 3:00 p.m. delivery or pick-up only - Located on 252 Wisconsin St., Oshkosh, WI 54901
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery15% discount - Located on 2005 W. 9th Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54904
Papa John’s Pizza- $6.99 Large 1- Topping Pizza - Located on 150 Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Other Banana Republic- 15% discount in store purchase - Located 4301 W Wisconsin Ave., Appleton, WI 54913
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Smart Style Family Hair Salon- 10% discount - Located at Walmart on 351 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh, WI
Marcus Theatres$5 Thursday Movie Night for students - Located on 340 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh, WI 54902 Paper Tiger Book Store- 10% discount - Located on 408 N. Main St., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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8 ways you know you’re an English major
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1. All of your friends expect you to be a grammar expert.
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UWO Rec Center offers free activities
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The Rec Center on campus offers a variety of exercise classes, programs and intramurals that are free to students on campus with a student ID. Check them out:
Most people are familiar with Zumba, but did you know that UWO offers Zumba classes every week? Participate in a 45 minute Zumba session every Wednesday in one of the Rec Center’s studio rooms. Zumba is open to all UWO students. Zumba’s Latin rhythms and easy to follow dance moves will surely get your body moving!
Most people are familiar with Zumba, but did you know that UWO offers Zumba classes every week? Participate in a 45 minute Zumba session every Wednesday in one of the Rec Center’s studio rooms. Zumba is open to all UWO students. Zumba’s Latin rhythms and easy to follow dance moves will surely get your body moving!
Like a specific sport? Looking to compete just for fun? UWO has got your back with a long list of intramural sports to choose from. Some of the intramurals offered at UWO are volleyball, tennis, kickball, wiffleball, table tennis, dodgeball, flag football, soccer, floor hockey, basketball, badminton, wrestling, softball, racquetball, ultimate frisbee, and many more. Visit the Rec Center website for more information on how to get involved in intramural sports at UWO.
Butts N’ Guts
Do you play doubles? Singles? Whatever you play, the Rec Center offers six newly-remodeled tennis courts for student use. Swing by the front desk of the Rec Center to rent a racquet, or bring your own. Make sure you have some tennis balls handy. The Rec Center does not offer tennis balls to students.
F A L L Flag Football Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Indoor Soccer Sand Volleyball 4 vs. 4 Bags Doubles Golf Simulator Scramble Tennis Singles Badminton Open Gym Wrestling Open Mats
Looking to crank up your workout? Look no more. Butts N’ Guts offers a high-intensity workout for those who are looking to get the most out of their fitness routine. This group exercise is designed to target the core muscles, including abdominals, legs, back, hips, and of course, the gluteus maximus. Butts N’ Guts is offered on Thursdays and Fridays in one of the Rec Center’s studio rooms.
List of intramurals offered at UW Oshkosh Badminton Singles Preseason Basketball Table Tennis Doubles Field Goal Competition Wrestling Meet Racque tball Doubles 3 vs. 3 Basketball Online Games Fantasy Football NCAA Bowl Pick’em
N T E R IN T E R IM Arena Football Futsal Indoor Soccer Badminton Doubles Battleship S PR I N G Floor Hockey Basketball Softball Outdoor Soccer
Wallyball Racque tball Singles Table Tennis Open Nets Golf Simulator Matchplay Dodgeball Volleyball Table Tennis Singles Three Point Contest Kickball Sand Volleyball 3 vs. 3 Tennis Doubles
Ladder Golf Doubles Online Games NCAA March Madness ( M) NCAA March Madness ( W) S PR I N G I N T E R I M Disc Golf Singles Yard Game Olympics Wiffleball
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Campus resources to improve grades Math Tutor Lab
Looking to stay ahead in school? Struggling with writing, math or another subject? Check out UWO’s academic resources available to students free of charge.
Get tutored in math courses between 104 and 273. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is needed. Head over to Swart Hall 113, or contact Professor Ganapathy at (920) 424-1333. If you’re in Math 100 or 103, contact Professor Clemons or head to Swart 301.
Writing Center Use the writing center to help with papers, written assignments, résumés, speeches, presentations, course projects and more! You can receive face-to-face help or schedule an e-appointment if you can’t make it to the SSC. Go to wcenter.uwosh.edu to schedule an appointment, or stop by the Student Success Center Suite 102, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 4-8 p.m.
Center for Academic Resources (CAR) Request tutors for a variety of courses on campus through the CAR. It’s free and easy to do. Head over to Student Success Center Suite 102, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (920) 424-2290.
Reading and Study Skills Center
A campus center that features both credit and non-credit courses to help students learn study skills, time management, test preparation, note taking skills and more. Check it out at the Nursing & Education Building, Room 201, email email@example.com, or call (920) 424-1031.
Other campus resources can be found on the USP website! Go to www.uwosh.edu/usp, select Students on the top bar and select Resources on the side.
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A : We can certainly talk about our geography and the vibrancy of northeastern Wisconsin. But what really strikes me is the PEOPLE. The campus community is a welcoming place for all. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni all help deﬁne our shared experience. The excitement found in the entering class is a great example of the spirit that I am talking about. Our collegiate experience is one that respects and values each person as they learn, study, work and grow while exploring both personal growth and professional advancement. Q : Wh at d o you r em em b er m os t ab ou t you r f r es h m an ye ar ?
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A : I recall being struck by just how large the University was, and by how daunting it was to imagine navigating my way through the courses, requi rements and experiences that would result in the completion of my baccalaureate degree. The energy, enthusiasm and chaos at the start of the ﬁrst year was really uite invigorating.
A : I remember the excitement and the anticipation associated with the start of my collegiate studies. I was enrolling in my “home town” campus at the University of Arizona where my father worked a professor of physics. Living in the residence halls and making new friends was a big part of the changes that took place that ﬁrst year. The sense of opportunity and building my future was a very clear impression in my mind at that time. Q : Wh
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Q : I f you r c ou l d go b ac k t o t h e b egi n n i n g of ouy r c lo l ge exp er i en c e w h at w ou l d you d o d i f f er en t or d o t h e s am e? A : I would like to say that I would approach my studies with the same attitude. I originally planned to major in music, but eventually switched over to the sciences. I remember some of the angst and uncertainty of what my future would hold. Having gone through it all, I realize now that these challenges are developmental steps that make us all stronger and more resilient. Don’t be afraid to change your mind and to experiment with the courses and offerings that are made available to you. The same is true of clubs, organizations, sports and other recreational opportunities. Live the experience. Own the experience. Make it yours.
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A : My best advice is simple: be your authentic self and know that you are joining a community that is learning, growing and sharing by working together. This sense of your presence in a vital community is one of the key aspects of your studies at UW Oshkosh that I hope you see, feel and experience.
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How to do laundry in the dorms by Kaitlyn Knox firstname.lastname@example.org
UW Oshkosh offers many different resources to help freshmen and transfer students do laundry in the dorms. Students may feel overwhelmed coming to college when they are used to their parents doing the laundry, but the dorm laundry machines are easier to use than they look. With the use of Titan Dollars or a credit card, students can easily swipe a card through the scanner in the laundry room, enter the number of the machines they are using and press the button on the machine for what type of wash they want. However, Maryne Taute, the Donner and Webster residence hall director, said it’s common for students to have a difficult time using the machines. She suggested students get directions and advice by visiting the website of the campus’s laundry vendor, Mac-
Gray. The Mac-Gray website offers stepby-step instructions on how to remove certain stains, how to do laundry based on the type of clothing a student has and a guide to reading laundry tags on different articles of clothing. The easiest way to do laundry is to start by separating all of the clothes into lights and darks. Then, load each machine respectively and fill the pull-out tray with laundry detergent. You can add liq uid softener and bleach, if you prefer, in the correct washing machine trays labeled accordingly. Swipe y o u r Titan card in
the scanner and enter in the machine number. Go back to the machine and select which wash is preferred, usually a cold or warm wash for all loads. Washing takes about 35 minutes. Taute said students should make sure not to stuff the washers too full, or the machines could break. She suggests leaving at least four inches between the top of the pile of clothes in the washer and the top of the barrel. When the wash cycle is complete, you can move everything into the dryer, separating what needs t o b e a i r dried according to
the laundry tags. Check the lint trap to make sure it is free of lint, put one or two dryer sheets in and repeat the step of swiping your card and selecting the number of the dryer. Go back to the machine and select a dryer setting. In 45 minutes, your laundry should be dry. Taute said students should remember laundry etiq uette as they do their laundry, such as not leaving laundry sit in the washer or dryer for a long time after the cycle is complete. One way students can avoid that problem is by using Laundry View, a text messaging service that alerts students when their laundry is finished. It can be used online to see which washers and dryers are available to use in the dorm. If you don’t know how to do laundry, it is OK to ask another student. Taute said if a student is too afraid to ask, they can use the Mac Gray website.
Off-Campus Dining Locations Erbert & Gerberts
Mahoney’s Restaurant & Bar
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
Try the Titan sandwich and pair it with the Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli soup! Located at 240 Wisconsin St.
Enjoy the view of the river and campus while sitting outside on their patio. Located at 30 Wisconsin St.
Try different ﬂavors of popcorn or one of the many pie and cheesecake ﬂavors at the historic Caramel Crisp & Cafe. Located at 200 City Center.
New Moon Cafe
Spend your Sunday mornings having brunch while people watching on Main St. at Bar 430. Located at 430 N Main St.
Enjoy a laid-back cafe setting to study while enjoying a mostly Mediterranean menu. Located at 910 N Main St.
Enjoy the seasonal coffee and bakery items while listening to loal music. Located at 401 N Main St.
The Varsity Club
Lou’s Brew Cafe and Lounge
Get low-priced pizza by the slice and garlic knots at Polito’s Pizza. Try the famous mac n’ cheese pizza! Located at 543 High Ave across from the Scott Halls.
Play pool or darts while enjoying food at The Varsity Club. Located at 570 N Main St.
Use your student discount to get 10% off your coffee and food. Located at 248 Wisconsin St.
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UWO offers 80 study abroad programs by Chelsea Phillips email@example.com UW Oshkosh students are able to study abroad through a variety of trips and time frames. There are many places available for students to study including Japan, India, the United Kingdom, Germany and many more. Traveling outside of the U.S. at least once is on many people’s bucket lists. Many students said they want to study abroad but do not have the financial capability to do so. However, there are options and people around campus to help with financial needs so UWO students are able to study abroad and gain cultural knowledge. According to study abroad coordinator Kelsey McDaniels, students get class
credits when taking specific courses while they are abroad. They can study abroad for as long as an academic year. “Students can use their financial aid and loans toward study abroad trips,” Kelsey McDaniels, the study abroad coordinator at UWO, said. “There are also scholarships available depending on the program. Programs range from our interim trips which can be two to four weeks to a full semester or academic year.” McDaniels said she would recommend studying abroad to every student. “I truly think that it’s a once in a lifetime experience that every student should participate in if they can,” McDaniels said. “Once students go abroad, I will often hear back from them that they’re having an amazing experience, so that’s really rewarding.”
Choosing to study abroad can be an overwhelming process. To make the process easier, follow this pre-departure checklist: 9-12 months Talk with family, friends and advisers to choose a program that is right for you. Start looking into costs of the program. Remember there are ﬁnancial aid options and scholarships available to those who qua lify. Apply to the program. Always keep deadline dates in mind. 6-9 months Apply for a passport. Apply for a visa if one is needed. Start familiarizing yourself with the host country’s language and culture. 3-6 months Apply for a credit card that is accepted worldwide. Watch your grades. Most programs have a minimum GPA requi rement. ook your ight. Schedule a doctor’s appointment to get any necessary vaccinations. 1-3 months Don’t forget to hand in any necessary paperwork to the study abroad ofﬁce. Attend pre-departure meetings. Look into international cell phone plans. Get host country currency. A couple of weeks before departure Obtain medical and traveler’s insurance. Pack. ake all ﬁnal arrangements for the time that you are away. For example, scheduling classes, ta es, ﬁnancial aid, voting, etc. Conﬁrm your ight and enjoy your adventure!
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Free transportation options for UWO students
Looking to travel around Oshkosh but didn’t bring your car to campus? No problem! UWO offers a variety of transportation that is either free to use, or very low cost.
Take a city bus to Walmart, Target and other locations around the Oshkosh area free of charge with your student ID.
Your TitanCard is... • University ID • Meal Plan Card: Learn more at dining.uwosh.edu.
Titan Transit You can travel to the frontage roads, the west side of town and back between the hours of 6:30-10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, free with a student ID.
• Declining Balance (debit) Account for On-Campus Purchases - Titan Dollars: Learn more at reeve.uwosh.edu/titancard • Library Card • Door Access: Some Residence Halls and Computer Labs • Sports Pass for Regular Season Titans Athletic Events • Access Card for the Student Recreation & Wellness Center
Your Meal Plan Includes... Dining Locations
Blackhawk Commons and 2Go@BHC Café Clow Corner Convenience Store Halsey Mi Taza To-Go Oshkosh Smoothie Company Reeve Marketplace
(B&G Grill, Garden Toss, Pizza Hut Express/WingStreet, SubConnection, Wholly Habaneros, Weekend All-You-Care-To-Eat)
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Dorm layouts made easy for you
Going from a full-sized bedroom that can ﬁt a large dresser and queen-sized bed to a small room that barely ﬁts lofted beds, ﬁnding a good dorm room layout can be difﬁcult. The A-T has created some possible layout ideas for you and your roommate to make moving in a little easier. Check them out below and on page 35.
Evans and Donner Layout 1 Stewart Hall is the same except the closets are against the long-edged walls. Webster Hall is also the same except the desks are built in by the window.
Evans and Donner Layout 2 Stewart Hall is the same except the closets are against the long-edged walls. Webster Hall is also the same except the desks are built in by the window.
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North and South Scott and Gruenhagen Conference Center are larger than Stewart, Evans, Donner and Webster, but they are an L-shape. This leaves room for more creativity!
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North and South Scott and Gruenhagen Conference Center are larger than Stewart, Evans, Donner and Webster, but they are an L-shape. This leaves room for more creativity!
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Badgers transfer Connor Senger, and Jayden Essman proved he could play as well. With L as t s eas on : 11-2 overall, 7-0 Wisconsin In- the amount of experience and talent this team has, the Titans will be projected among the top tercollegiate Athletic Conference teams in the conference this fall. S en i or s l os t : 16
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son-opening loss to Robert Morris University ( Ill.) , the Titans defeated Finlandia Univ e r - sity ( Mich.) 86-0 en route to an 11-game winning streak. A big highlight of the season was defeating top-ranked UW-Whitewater after the Titans lost their top two q uarterbacks in the ﬁrst half. shkosh won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and outscored its ﬁrst two playoff opponents by a combined score of 90-7. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : UW shkosh is loaded with talent heading into the 2016 college football season. The Titans have depth at q uarterback with Brett Kasper and Wisconsin
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L as t s eas o n : 26-9 overall, 6-1 WIAC S en i o r s l o s t : 1 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The women’s
volleyball team traveled out of state twice where they played all the top teams in the region. The Titans went on to win the WIAC regular season title, but lost twice in the tournament and wasn’t able to recieve a berth into the NCAA Tournament. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : nce again the itans will be returning most of its roster. Veteran head coach Brian Schaefer led most of these girls to an NCAA Tournament berth in so the e perience is there. UW will have to have a nice showing in a tough region and conference in order to be successful in the post season.
M en ’ s s o c c er L as t s eas o n : 11-4-3 overall, NCAA Division III Tournament bid 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : he shkosh men s soccer team wrapped up their ﬁnal season with a 5-2-2 home record and a 5-1-1 away record. They scored 35 goals over a span of games, including ﬁ e from unior forward Elias Efthimiou. Junior goalkeeper Sam Gabrilska had an overall 0.5 goals against average. The team concluded its season with a - loss against t. laf College in the ﬁrst round of the NCAA Division III Tournament bid 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : The shkosh men s soccer team and men’s tennis team will not be returning for the 2016 season, as they were cut due to budget cuts, lack of being in a conference, and Title IX .
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L as t s eas o n : 14-4-3 overall, NCAA Division III Tournament bid S en i o r s l o s t : 5
2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : UWO’s women’s soccer team averaged 2.19 goals per game and 18.8 shots per game while senior goalkeeper Nina Muzi allowed an average of .82 goals per game. They were still able to receive a bid to the NCAA DIII Tournament where they fell to DePaul University in a shootout in the first round. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : The team looks to make a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the 2016 season. The Titans will return freshman forwards Alek Kleis and Rylee Engelland who combined for 10 goals in the 2015 season.
M en ’ s c r o s s c o u n t r y L as t s eas o n : Two 1st-place fin-
ishes, seven top-five finishes, 13th in NCAA DIII Championship S en i o r s l o s t : 2 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The UW Oshkosh men’s cross country team earned their 23rd NCAA DIII Championship birth by taking home wins at Ripon College and the Roy Griak Invitational, and second place in the Gene Davis Invitational. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : The upcoming season has all but two members returning, with five runners leading the team as seniors.
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senior Sonny Jenkins, who led Oshkosh in the 6,000 meter race at regionals, will be leaving the team. Returning is junior Kylee Verhasselt, who took second at the WIAC Tournament Championship race.
W o m en ’ s t en n i s L as t s eas o n : 5-9 overall S en i o r s l o s t : 0 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The team
had a 3-3 conference record, with wins against UW-Steven’s Point, UWStout, and UW- River falls. They had a 4-1 home record and a 1-7 away record. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : The Titans look forward to returning their entire rosters, as all players were freshmen and sophomores during the 2015 season.
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Tournament for the first time in 13 years by defeating UW-River Falls 66-63. range on the season. Four seniors, two of which are starters, will not be returning next season.
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ishes, five top-five places, 15th in NCAA DIII Championship S en i o r s l o s t : 6 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The UW Oshkosh women’s cross country team earned an automatic birth into the NCAA DIII Championship to end the year, their 26th appearance.
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L as t s eas o n : 23-6, WIAC postseason champions, lost in second round of NCAA DIII Championship S en i o r s l o s t : 2 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The team made its 13th NCAA DIII Postseason Championship birth this past year. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : This team looks to earn another title and will return its main core of contributors. Depth is a strength, and with contributions from bench players like junior Morgan Kokta and freshman Chloe Pustina.
M en ’ s s w i m m i n g an d d iv in g L as t s eas o n : Three wins, four loss-
es, sixth and fifth place finish S en i o r s l o s t : 1 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The men only competed in two home meets all season and lost both in conference battles with UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse. UWO finished off the regular season with victories over Ripon College and Lawrence at Ripon. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : Christopher Culp took over the men’s swim and dive team in the fall. With a young roster returning and ending the season on a high note in Ripon, the men will look to improve next season.
W o m en ’ s s w i m m i n g an d d iv in g L as t s eas o n : One win, five losses, ninth and fifth place finish. S en i o r s l o s t : 6 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The team picked up its first win of the season against Ripon College right before the WIAC Championship. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : Christopher Culp entered his first season as the women’s swim and dive head coach. The players were excited with the change and are looking forward to success and improvement in the future.
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Titans triumph through rain or shine in spring G y m n as t i c s
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L as t s eas o n : Two wins, four losses, second, third and fourth place ﬁnishes. S en i o r s l o s t : 5 2 0 1 6 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : A mix of age groups led the UW shkosh gymnastics team. heir sole ictory in conference was to tout, but they ﬁnished fourth out of eight teams at the NCGA West Regional and sent Krystal Walker to Nationals for the fourth consecuti e year. 2 0 1 7 s eas o n p r ev i ew : er since Walker s freshman year, head coach Lauren Karnitz has brought in a lot of enthusiastic gymnasts. Walker will stay on as an assistant coach this year.
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r ev i ew : ellas andenberg ﬁnished fourth in the 133-pound weight class in the WIAC Championhips. At the idwest egional, the itans ﬁnished eighth out of ele en teams and oe elkey led UW with a fourth place ﬁnish in the -pound weight class. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : Head coach Efrain Ayala will return the majority of his roster back and look to be back at Nationals with a young team.
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en s softball team placed second in regular season standings. his marks the third season under coach cott eyer, and the team has had impro ements across the board in e ery year he has been coaching here. hey ﬁnished undefeated at home this year, winning all ten home contests. 2 0 1 7 s eas o n p r ev i ew : The team loses solid contributions from all four of its seniors, but returns the core of the team. he pitching staff will be comprised again of sophomore Clare obbe and unior ara runlieb, while sophomore rika erry, freshman aitlyn rol, and Lauren Torborg lead the position players who are returning.
W o m en ’ s go l f L as t s eas o n : wo ﬁrst place, two second place and a third place ﬁnish. S en i o r s l o s t : none 2 0 1 5 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : UWO secured the conference title with c en ie aul ﬁnishing ﬁrst o erall and winning WIAC layer of the ear. Four out se en itan golfers earned All-WIAC honors including head coach Li a uetten being named conference coach of the year. 2 0 1 6 s eas o n p r ev i ew : UW will return all se en golfers and once again be the fa orites to win conference.
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L as t s eas o n : - - o erall, - WIAC 2 0 1 6 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : he men s tennis team ﬁnS en i o r s l o s t : ished their last season at UWO with wins against Law2 0 1 6 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : The Titans picked up their rence Uni ersity, dgewood College, and Carroll Uni-
ﬁrst wins during spring break and continued to beat in state non-conference teams. he WIAC is always one of the top conferences in the country and UWO only picked up four wins out of twel e games against the top three teams. 2 0 1 7 s eas o n p r ev i ew : Despite coming into the season with high e pectations, the itans are still young. They are only losing two key parts of their offense and top two starters, but will return the back end of their rotation.
Women’s track and ﬁeld L as t s eas o n : th place ﬁnish in the NCAA i ision III Women s Indoor rack and Field Championship S en i o r s l o s t : 11 2 0 1 6 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : UW shkosh women s indoor track and ﬁeld team ﬁnished in ﬁrst place in its
opening meet of the year, the UW Oshkosh Titan Open and the UW shkosh itan Challenge. he itans placed fourth in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championship 2 0 1 7 s eas o n p r ev i ew : he itans will ha e a lot to replace heading into . UW shkosh will lose multie ent athlete aylor herry and runner ylee erhasselt. ead coach en orsey will ha e to utili e the talent on its roster to replace them.
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th place ﬁnish in the NCAA i ision en s Indoor rack and Field Championship S en i o r s l o s t : 5 2 0 1 6 s eas o n i n r ev i ew : he UW shkosh men s indoor track and ﬁeld team won its opening meet of the year, the UW Oshkosh Titan Open, a three-team meet against UW- te ens oint and UW-Whitewater, as well as the UW shkosh itan Challenge. shkosh ﬁnished sixth in the WIAC Championship 2 0 1 7 s eas o n p r ev i ew : UWO has a lot coming back to its team in with ust ﬁ e players lea ing from graduation. he itans will need to ﬁnd ways to replace top thrower achary aehman and top runner Na i Allen ne t season. shkosh brings back plenty of e perience and talent with so many athletes returning for the 2016 s uad. III
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Kasper connects with 10 year-old Phoenix by Erik Buchinger firstname.lastname@example.org
After more than a year of waiting to find out the identity of the recipient of his bone marrow transplant, UW Oshkosh q uarterback Brett Kasper has found his match. The recipient was 10-year-old Phoenix Bridegroom from Chesterton, Indiana, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and needed the transplant to save her life. “The doctor told us that her only chance of beating this cancer after it had come back was a transplant, and a successful transplant at that,” Phoenix’s mother Tammy Bridegroom said. “So it was very scary.” In October 2011 when she was five years old, Phoenix underwent a fiveday stretch in which she experienced headaches on and off along with occasional vomiting. “We took her to the doctor, and the doctors thought she had a sinus infection,” Tammy said. “Then she started looking like there was something much more wrong with her. She wasn’t getting any better, so we ended up taking her to the ER at that point.” According to Tammy, the doctors knew Phoenix was not responding normally. She was overly tired, looked dehydrated and was vomiting regularly. “They knew they wanted to do some blood tests right away and give her some fluids,” Tammy said. “As soon as the first blood tests came back, they knew right away that she had leukemia.” Phoenix started experiencing hemorrhages in her brain, and she was immediately airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where she was put on life support for 12 days.
Due to the brain injuries, Phoenix was unresponsive and lost her vision, Tammy said. “She couldn’t see at all,” Tammy said. “A couple months after that, she was able to have the surgery done, and right after her surgery, she was able to see again.” After going through nearly three years of recovery, which included chemotherapy and radiation, Phoenix concluded treatment in June 2014. “She started complaining of headaches and started vomiting again and had no appetite,” Tammy said. “She was under a doctor’s care fairly regularly at that point, so it was kind of like just to be on the safe side, let’s have the doctor take a look at her. They did blood work, and they knew right away that she had relapsed.” In October 2014, the cancer had come back. “It was really difficult,” Tammy said. “Physically for her, it was extremely difficult, painful and hard. The relapse was really hard on her because she felt like she had already paid her dues and gone through this before, so it’s confusing for a kid to have to go through something like that again.” After determining that a transplant was the only way to save Phoenix’s life, the doctors tested her sister, Diva, who was not a match. Approximately two months after Phoenix’s relapse, the family was notified that they had identified a match. Following a successful transplant surgery, Phoenix’s family had to wait one full year to find out the identity of the donor. A few weeks ago, Tammy learned that the sophomore Kasper was the donor and reached out to him through email. “It was a thank you letter for what he has done for us,” Tammy said. “Shortly
thereafter, he wrote me back and sent me some photos and gave me history of what his story was like and what the process was like for him.” The UWO football team partnered with Be the Match, which prides itself on managing the largest and most diverse bone marrow registry in the world according to its website, and approximately 80 percent of the football team volunteered to have their mouths swabbed during an on-campus registry in the spring of 2014. “They say it’s like winning the lottery to be a match, so when I first got on the registry list, I didn’t really think anything of it,” Kasper said. “But at the same time, if you buy a lottery ticket, you still have a chance to win, so you’ve got to think if you do get matched with a recipient, you have to be committed to it. I knew if I was ever to get matched, I wouldn’t back down from it.” After being notified in November 2014 that he was a potential match, Kasper went in for more testing. A month later during finals week, he was told he was a perfect match for an 8-yearold girl. “When I actually got the call saying that they’re going to go through with me, it was really exciting,” Kasper said. All Kasper knew going into procedure was that the recipient was an 8-year-old girl, and on Feb. 17, Kasper underwent surgery at UW Hospital in Madison. “The day of, I was a little bit nervous because I didn’t fully know what to expect,” Kasper said. “The only nerve racking thing for me was being put under, which sometimes can be a little scary, so I was a little nervous going in.” Approximately 10 months after surgery, Kasper was notified through his coordinator
that the recipient was doing well, and Phoenix’s identity was revealed a few months after. “We haven’t met yet, but it’s looking really promising to actually meet because they’re really open about their story,” Kasper said. “They want to spread awareness of childhood cancers.” Kasper said he would like to have Phoenix and her family attend one of his football games at some point in the fall. “Ideally, I would meet with them once down there and then bring them up here for a game or two,” Kasper said. Tammy said she would like this story will lead to more people to register. “My hope is that our story would inspire people to get on the national bone marrow registry, so they can be potential matches and life savers,” Tammy said. According to Kelli VanderWielen, the community engagement representative for Be the Match at the Community Blood Center, this story has already raised awareness with an increase in potential donors. “I can’t even begin to explain the impact that Brett has made on our organization in this community,” VanderWielen said. “He has inspired, and he has given hope, courage, purpose and meaning in life. His story is going to continue to encourage people for years and years to come.” UW Oshkosh held the first day of this year’s Be the Match drive on Wednesday, and students can still register on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Sage Hall or Reeve Memorial Union. “There’s about 12,000 patients each year that search the registry, and it is our mission to make sure that everyone has a match, but unfortunately that
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Phoenix is currently 100 percent cancer free. doesn’t always happen,” VanderWielen said. “That’s why being in a college campus where there is diversity is really important because you’re more likely to match with someone within your own race and ethnicity.” VanderWielen said the support from the Oshkosh community made a big difference for Phoenix. “A little over a year ago, that girl was in a rough spot, but now she knows that Brett, his coach, an entire team and an entire community were really supporting her during that time, and at that point, she didn’t even know,” VanderWielen said. “Now over a year later, she knows how much support she has of some wonderful folks in a different community.” When Phoenix was first diagnosed in 2011, Tammy left her position
as a local YMCA administrator to become a stayat-home mom to take care of Phoenix full time, which she still does today, while her husband John is a self-employed graphics designer. After missing the majority of her schooling so far, Phoenix is in third grade enrolled at Brummitt Elementary School in Chesterton. “The hardest thing for her was having to be isolated and not being able to go to school and be with the other kids her age,” Tammy said. According to Tammy, Phoenix is healthy and doing well in her recovery. “She is doing great,” Tammy said. “Medically, her status is 100 percent cancer free, so she’s doing as well as she possibly could at this moment.”
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Titan gymnast leaves lasting legacy by Austin Walther email@example.com
UW Oshkosh gymnast Krystal Walker secured her 10th All-American honor by placing seventh in the all-around with a score of 38.325 as she ended her lifelong gymnastics career among the top in program history on March 18. Walker is only the third gymnast in UWO history to collect at least 10 All-American awards. Mary Leivian from 1986-89 earned 25 and Lynnda Hahn from 1990-93 claimed 13. Walker also joins Leivian, Hahn and Tiffany Barden ( 199699) as the only gymnasts in program history to win four consecutive All-Americans in the all-around competition. Walker has been competing in gymnastics since she was 2 years old. She watched her older sister compete at the age of six and showed interest in joining. She became a part of USA Gymnastics in the Chicago Park District and competed there until she was 14 years old. Walker then moved to Naperville Gymnastics where she stayed throughout high school. Walker said competition before high school was very intense and she put a lot of time into it. “I honestly didn’t have much fun with gymnastics growing up,” Walker said. “I felt like it was a job and I needed to be perfect.” However once she got older, things started to become easier. “High school got a little more interesting when I started understanding it more,” Walker said. “I can ha e aws and I can have fun doing the sport.” Around the end of her sophomore year Walker was starting to get attention from college scouts. She put together a recruiting video and sent it all over the Midwest. The University of Illinois at Chicago was the ﬁrst school to e press interest in her. UWO Head coach Lauren Karnitz said she only watched a little tape on her, but she knew she had to get in touch with her. “I reached out to her because I wanted her to come here,” Karnitz said. “I didn’t hear much from her coach because she wanted to go to Division I. I tried to get her to come here before she knew about us. I saw her potential. She didn’t have many videos so I saw her as a diamond in the rough.” During Walker’s campus visit to UWO, Karnitz said she saw a glimpse into the future.
“When she came for her recruiting trip, she randomly ended up on a promotional video,” Karnitz said. “She was front and center and it kind of foreshadowed her career here.” After everything was done, Karnitz knew right away Walker belonged in the program and got a sense she was going to ﬁt in well. “When we were leaving, her mom said at that point we were meant to be together and that I was going to be great for her,” Karnitz said. After doing more research, Walker made up her mind to become a Titan. “I liked that it was Divison III,” Walker said. “I went online and liked that it was only two and half hours away from home. Then when I got here I enjoyed the campus and Karnitz attracted me to come here.” When Walker started practice with the Titans, Karnitz knew she was going to have an easy job coaching her after seeing her routine on the balance beam. “At that point we didn’t have anyone that could do beam like she could,” Karnitz said. “I told the others, ‘This is what I want you guys to do.’” As a freshman in 2013, Walker was posting scores that would earn her a spot at Nationals. Walker wasn’t thinking about any of that. She was just having fun for once, while competing in a team atmosphere on a college gymnastics team. “I didn’t know I was going to succeed right off the bat,” Walker said. “I wanted the actual college experience because I didn’t have that growing up. My high school coach told me once you get into college, you’ll love it. At one point I wanted to q uit, but my coach kept pushing me and I’m glad he did. College is completely different.” Once Nationals came around, Walker earned three All-American accolades on the vault, balance beam and all-around. Walker said she was shocked and as a freshman she didn’t know what to expect. She was just taking it all in. “I didn’t know what All-American was,” Walker said. “I knew it was cool and awesome, but I just thought this is a great accomplishment and it wasn’t until Karnitz told me what it was when I fully understood it.” Going into 2014, Karnitz said Walker set a new tone for UWO gymnastics. Not only was Walker the ﬁrst itan gymnast to earn All-American since 2010, but other girls earned honors at the National meet
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Krystal Walker performs a floor routine against UW-Whitewater during her senior year.
too. “She paved the way her freshman year,” Karnitz said. “We had upperclassmen who were kind of on the negative side. They were deﬁnitely not on the same page as her. She wanted to make the program the way it is today. It was really nice to have a freshman come in and say, ‘I don’t care what you did before. This is how it’s going to be done now.’” Junior Taylor Ennocenti said she noticed right away as a freshman how great of a teammate Walker was going to be. “I was very intimidated, to be honest, because she is the best one on the team,” Ennocenti said. “She then came up to me and was so genuine and nice and that’s how she treated everyone in the gym. She became a lot more approachable.” Walker’s sophomore year brought three more All-Americans in all-around, balance beam and uneven parallel bars. She then added three more her junior year in allaround, balance beam and oor e ercise
gi ing her All-American honors in all ﬁ e events. The journey for Walker at UWO is everything she was expecting college gymnastics to be. “It was interesting and cool starting as a freshman not knowing anything,” Walker said. “Then in my sophomore year I had a job to do. In my junior year I had expectations and as a senior I had to take in the freshmen and teach them the process. Each year I had new responsibilities, helping the new girls and set an example for them.” Walker plans on being an assistant coach for the gymnastics team in 2017 and Ennocenti is grateful to have her around for another year. “The way that she motivates me is different from the way Karnitz would motivate me,” Ennocenti said. “Having her around is going to be a lot of help for all the other girls including the incoming freshmen and I’m glad that they get the privilege to know her, too.”
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Different programs, same vision
UWO basketball coaches look back on first four years by Michael Johrendt and Morgan Van Lanen firstname.lastname@example.org At the UWO there are two basketball teams; a men’s and a women’s. However, if you were to ask any of the players, coaches or staff on either one of the two teams, they would all tell you they make up one unit. During the 2012-13 school year, both basketball programs at UWO hired a new head basketball coach. Pat Juckem, previously the men’s basketball head coach at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, became the head coach for the men’s team. The women’s team brought in Brad Fischer, previously the top women’s basketball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UW-Parkside. According to Juckem, he and Fischer created a very strong bond from the beginning, as they both worked to rejuvenate teams that had strong histories but had struggled recently. “My players have incredible respect for Coach Fischer and his staff and their program,” Juckem said. “I think we share some commonalities in what we look for and what we value. And as a result, the men’s team and the women’s team have a connection. We are really excited for each other when the other one does well, but we also are competitive. Each program wants to do their part and really become the ‘basketball school’ in the greatest league in the country.” Since Fischer and Juckem arrived, both basketball programs have seen improvement and success on the court. Previous women’s head coach Terri Schumacher posted a 7-18 overall record and a ninth-place conference finish at 1-15 in the 2011-12 season. Schumacher stepped down, and Fischer was handed the reigns to the team in 2013. In his first season, the team won 13 more games than the prior season, as their 20-6 overall record and 12-4 conference record earned them second place in the WIAC.
UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s basketball teams pose with their 2016 WIAC Championship plaques on Feb. 28. This season marked the third consecutive postseason appearance and the fourth consecutive second-place finish in conference for the women. According to Fischer, Oshkosh was a team he looked up to when he was coaching at other schools. “When I was at La Crosse and trying to build the program there, Oshkosh was so successful at the time,” Fischer said. “They were sort of a measuring stick for what we wanted to be at the time, so it was always a place where I knew you could be successful. Opportunitywise, since I have been here, our administration has been so supportive in allowing us to do things the way we think, not being micromanaged, not being told who to recruit, and not putting any restrictions on how we should do things.” On the other hand, Ted Van Dellen, who retired after 22 seasons, was the men’s head coach before Juckem stepped in. The year prior to Juckem’s arrival, the Titans overall record was 4-22 and their 0-16 record in conference placed
them ninth in the WIAC. During Juckem’s first season, his team again placed ninth in conference with a record of 2-14. The next two years they took fifth with records of 7-9 and 8-8. Their greatest success came during the 2015-16 school year when they went 9-5 in conference and took second place. The men went on to win the WIAC Tournament Championship against UW-River Falls and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division Tournament. Juckem stated rebuilding the team has taken a lot of time and effort, but it has been worth it. He believes it all started with doing his homework to recruit players who would be the best fit for the program. “It’s been a gradual, brick-bybrick approach,” Juckem said. “We deliberately chose not to go with a q uick-fix approach. We wanted to work on building a culture. It starts with identifying and evaluating and ultimately recruiting the right kind of players: players who
are high-character, good student athletes, committed, are going to be great teammates.” While the men took slower steps to building their program, the women’s saw immediate success after their new coach stepped in. In his first year at Oshkosh, Fischer lead the Titans to their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2000. Fischer believes his achievements are in part due to his approach to recruiting, something he acq uired when he was still an assistant. “It is still about trying to find the best players that fit and end up in our level, and it is a part of our challenge,” Fischer said. “I have never thought that that was a huge hurdle for us to try and overcome. I think that we have a good [ amount of] experience here and that is what our job is: to find the girls that [ want] this to be the place they want to be and to show them that this is a good place for them.” The men’s and women’s successes on the court are not the
only things that make them special. Rather, the type of culture the two teams create from the players’ sportsmanship make them stand out among the rest. Senior guard Alex Olson has seen first-hand the progression his team has made over the last four years he attended Oshkosh, he said. “The culture has changed for both programs over the past few years,” Olson said. “There has been q uick success, especially for the girls programs, but also for ours. It’s not just all about what happens on the court; lot of it is the offthe-court stuff. The coaches are recruiting players who have good character, on and off the court.” Fischer’s coaching history can be traced all the way back to 2000, when he was an assistant at Western Wisconsin Technical College for their 2000-01 campaign. He went down to the high school level for a few seasons at Gale-EttrickTrempealeau High School from 2001-03.
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Men’s volleyball starts a dynasty by Brady Van Deurzen firstname.lastname@example.org The UW Oshkosh men’s volleyball team successfully took home its third straight National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Title on April 10, after a 3-game victory over No. 9 Penn State at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The Titans’ appearance in the title game certiﬁed them as a common title contender, ﬁnishing third or better at the national tournament 10 out of the last 12 years with titles in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and runner up ﬁnishes in and 2009. he itans ﬁnished the year with a 56-4 overall record and had four players receive top honors in the NCVF. The three national title wins for the Titans have been won behind senior setter and All-American Travis Hudson. However, he said the title wins are more multidimensional than just having great players. “We had good team chemistry the previous two years, so playing well with each other came easy,” Hudson said. “This year it was a will to want to be great. We wanted to win when it ﬁnally counted, so people stepped up when needed.” Hudson also stated he believes head coach Brian Schaefer has been the driving force behind his potential at UWO. Schaefer, who has been the head coach for the Titans the past 16 years, was named the 2005 Division I National Coach of the Year in the NCVF. He has coached 47 players who have received All-American awards, as well as 132 players who have received All-Conference awards. Over the past 16 years of his career, Schaefer has led the Titans to an overall record of 776161-5 and a winning percentage of .826. Schaefer said he believes this winning mentality is based on an emotional draw rather than solely a physical one. “I really think it is important to care for your players beyond
the court,” Schaefer said. “I try to be a great role model for them in terms of work ethic, honesty and understanding. If the players feel like you will do almost anything for them, they will in turn play hard for you as well as their teammates.” Schaefer has achieved many goals during his 16-year career at UWO. Whether it is a national title or a player getting National Honors, Schaefer said he still ﬁnds the success of his team to be very rewarding. “Our success is humbling,” Schaefer added. “We have taken third or better in the nation at the highest level of collegiate club volleyball 10 out of the last 12 years. What that means is that you need to have a group of players that not only have talent, but a drive to succeed. We have built a recipe for success at UW Oshkosh and when you put in the right ingredients, you grow a culture that remains tradition-driven.” Schaefer added he is content with his position as the UW Oshkosh men’s volleyball head coach. “I am lucky every day to call UW Oshkosh my home,” Schaefer said. “I get to, not only coach both the men’s and women’s teams, but I get to enjoy doing it with colleagues from the other sports that care about each other. There is no other place I want to be.” Schaefer said he believes in a tradition-driven approach to his team, and it all begins with new players becoming adept with the Schaefer system. Senior left-side hitter Alec Redlich believes the key to the Titans’ success is for the young players to learn from the older ones. “The current seniors have really been the core that has dominated the last three national tournaments and every year they just need to add a role player or two to make another run,” Redlich said. “In terms of how our team is dynamic, we really rely on each other because if every player does their job on the court there
Above: The UWO men’s volleyball team finished the 2016 season with a 56-4 record. Below: Alec Redlich is one of four seniors on the Titans’ roster who aided the 2016 championship run. is no way to stop our team.” Redlich also said he thought the Titans were built around a sense of dependency on one another. “We don’t have to be the most talented team out there because when our entire team knows they can depend on each other, everyone plays with more conﬁdence and it makes handling the pressure much easier,” Redlich said. Range added he believes the freshmen are learning a great deal from the upper classmen. “I think the younger players seeing us win, ﬁrst hand, really motivates them to do the same,” Range said. “We are tradition-driven and I think they really understand what that means now.” Both Range and Hudson will be returning next year for an attempt at a fourth straight title win. Hudson said he is excited about coming back for one last year and he hopes the q ualities his team has now will carry into next season. “In my opinion, excellent coaching, the drive to win, good team chemistry and the athletes willing to put in the work to be great make for a prosperous volleyball team,” Hudson said.
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UWO men’s basketball gives back by Morgan Van Lanen email@example.com For the UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team, Saturday night’s game was not about the numbers on the scoreboard. It was not about who had the best shooting percentage or who made the most free throws. It was not even about which team lost and which team won at the end of it all. Rather, Saturday night’s Special Olympics’ Unity game was all about giving those with special needs the opportunity to participate in the game UWO basketball players take for granted every day. “Our guys realize that they are very blessed, athletically and in opportunities they have,” men’s basketball head coach Pat Juckem said. “Any time you can be in an environment like this, you are even more aware of that. It’s just great that there’s this game that we all love, that we can all share. There’s a certain bond that is created, regardless of ability level. I think that is very meaningful.” For the 40th consecutive year, UW hosted the Special Olympics Indoor Sports Tournament on April 9 and 10 at Kolf Sports Center for athletes with special needs. 650 athletes took part in basketball skills, team basketball and gymnastics, and were housed in Gruenhagen Conference Center. According to Juckem, there were about 40 different basketball teams that took part in tournament. During Saturday’s Unity game, Juckem’s players were mixed with Special Olympics athletes and played two 30-minute matches. Last year they helped teach participants basketball skills like dribbling and shooting. The UWO women’s basketball team also took part in this year’s event, as they ran concessions on Saturday.
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Moving back to the college level, Fischer became an assistant coach at his alma mater, La Crosse, from 2003-06, while also completing his master’s degree in 2005. From La Crosse, he joined Division II Parkside and held the role of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator until 2011, when he joined Oshkosh. Fischer believes going through the coaching process is one of the best ways to reach full potential, as it gave him many different opportu-
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UWO men’s basketball team poses with Special Olympics athletes after the Unity Game at Kolf Sports Center. Juckem described how great the atmosphere was during Saturday’s Unity game. “The athletes were very serious,” Juckem said. “They didn’t want our guys dogging it, so our guys certainly competed. It was thrilling when there was a lot of comaraderie; the bench was very active and involved. It was just a very positive experience for all of the athletes, the parents, and the supporters. There were a lot of fans who were hooting and hollering when one of our guys would go and try to dunk or a great play was made. It was a really nice environment.” With Saturday night being very eventful in Oshkosh for college students, Juckem believes his players committing their time to the Unity Game was even more special. His players were not told they had to volunteer at the event, rather the coaches left
nities to learn everything that goes into coaching. “I think being an assistant coach is a really important part of the journey,” Fischer said. “As an assistant coach, you do not have the same pressure and same responsibility, so if you take advantage of your time and really assess what your head coach is doing, the things you really like, and the things you may not like, it helps build your philosophy.” Fischer keyed in on a moment in time in which he did not believe he would be a basketball coach, but he took the opportunity he was handed and ran with it.
it up to them to decide. The decision was easy for junior guard Jacob Laihinen. “Our team loves to try and volunteer as much as possible,” Laihinen said. “We understand the impact that us helping out at the Unity game had on the athletes participating. We certainly enjoyed the experience and, from the looks on the athletes faces throughout, it seemed like they enjoyed it as well.” For freshman guard Kyle Beyak, playing in the Unity game was a time to talk with the athletes about their love of basketball, share relatable stories and just have fun. “I think I will remember this experience for the rest of my life,” Beyak said. “But more importantly, it made me want to help out again. To see the pure enjoyment and
“Recruiting is really the thing that got me into college coaching,” Fischer said. “Coach [ Lois] Heeren at La Crosse asked if I would be interested in helping out that first year and that I move from high school to her side. And I enjoyed it, but it still was not a thing that I was going to do. The first year she really let me get out and recruit and try to identify players that we thought could be successful. That was the first time that I really got into the thinking that this might be something I want to do, because it was a huge challenge.” Just like Fischer, Juckem never had plans to become a basketball
excitement to play with and against each other in these games made it all worthwhile.” Juckem said he hopes his team can make an annual tradition of volunteering at the Special Olympics Indoor Sports Tournament. He also hopes to see more events involving the Special Olympics incorporated here on campus in the future. Junior forward Sean Dwyer said he admired the athletes’ constant positivity, and he hopes they took away as much from the weekend as he did. He said looks forward to being able to help out again next year. “My favorite part was being able to put a smile on the athletes’ faces and know that I have made an impact in their life,” Dwyer said. “I hope those games will be something they remember for a long time.”
coach. He attended Lawrence University as a psychology major and played on the basketball team. After changing his major to education and staying at Lawrence for an extra semester to complete his student teaching, he became a graduate assistant for the basketball team. Juckem then took the head coaching job for the men’s basketball team at Manitowoc-Roncalli High School, which he held for three years where he was also a psychology teacher. He went back to Lawrence University to be the assistant head coach for six years and then moved to Cedar Rapids to coach at Coe
College. Although basketball has always been a huge part of Juckem’s life, he always makes sure to remind his players there are other things to life than just the sport. “I always counsel our guys when they are thinking about careers and occupations and what they want to do,” Juckem said. “And I tell them that, if you can wake up every day excited about what you’re doing and not feel like it is a job, then you have a great thing going. And that’s how I feel about coaching in my position. I never wake up dreading going to work. And I feel very fortunate about that.”
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Sommers signs NFL contract with Bears by Erik Buchinger firstname.lastname@example.org
Former UW Oshkosh tight end Joe Sommers signed a NFL free agent contract with the Chicago Bears moments after the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday night. “I’m excited to get to work,” Sommers said. “I’m heading to Chicago on Sunday, and I’m just anxious and can’t wait to get down there and get started.” Sommers said he watched the draft and focused on other tight ends that were selected and compared his numbers to them. “I watched the ﬁrst couple rounds, and it was a long, dragging process,” Sommers said. “It deﬁnitely made the day go longer, and I probably shouldn’t have done that.” Sommers watched the draft with his family in Hortonville as he took calls from NFL representatives on Saturday. “I had been talking to a few coaches throughout the day, but once the sixth and seventh rounds started, the calls started coming in more and more,” Sommers said. Among the teams that called on the third day of the draft were the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. Sommers said he was pretty tense as the ﬁnal round went by. “I was pretty wound up for that,” Sommers said. “I had a lot of hopes getting picked obviously. I was told that might happen, so I was pretty anxious during the seventh round.” With the 250th overall pick in the seventh round, the Browns were on the clock, and Sommers’ agent Ron Slavin told him to get his phone ready. “I got a call from an Ohio number right before their pick, so I thought for sure it was Cleveland calling to tell me they were going to draft me,” Sommers said. “But it just happened to be a Bears coach with an Ohio number.” At the conclusion of the draft, Slavin signed the contract elec-
tronically, and Sommers signed the following day. “Going in, I knew there was a chance I would get drafted, but I told myself not to get my hopes up too high,” Sommers said. “I deﬁnitely was hoping I would be, but it didn’t hit me like a truck or anything that I didn’t get drafted.” According to Slavin, Sommers’ base salary numbers are $ 450,000 in 2016, $ 540,000 in 2017 and $ 630,000 in 2018 with a $ 7,521 signing bonus. “After we got the call saying I’d be playing for the Bears, half of the town of Hortonville stopped in to say congratulations,” Sommers said. “We cooked out, had some drinks, and it was a good day.” Slavin said going undrafted can sometimes beneﬁt players. “Once you get passed the sixth round, it’s a crapshoot of what teams are going to do,” Slavin said. “In reality, sometimes it’s better not to get drafted because you can choose where you want to go.” Sommers and Slavin decided Chicago would be the best ﬁt for him to begin his NFL career. “Chicago’s depth at tight end isn’t the greatest, and they didn’t draft a tight end, so it made sense for Joe to go there,” Slavin said. Sommers said the fact Chicago wanted to sign him immediately after the draft ended as a priority free agent proves the Bears are intrigued by his potential. “I think it means they want to give me an opportunity,” Sommers said. “An opportunity is all that I can ask for. Nothing is going to be given to me as an undrafted free agent. It’s still a tough road ahead, but I’m just excited about the opportunity to get my foot in the door.” According to Aaron Leming, who covers the Bears for BearReport.com, he spoke with a scout that said Chicago got a steal with Sommers. “I spoke with a scout from an outside team that had a ﬁfth round grade on him and called the pick up a big one,” Leming said. “Also, he said he would be shocked if Sommers didn’t make
UWO tight end Joe Sommers is looking to be the first Titan to play in a NFL game since 1945. suit as blockers. My personal pre- expecting out of me, and I look the team.” Leming, Sommers and Slavin diction is that it will come down forward to that role. The last coueach acknowledged with the de- between Braunecker and Som- ple years I haven’t been able to do that in Oshkosh, but I was always parture of Martellus Bennett, the mers for the last spot.” Slavin said Sommers complet- bugging my special teams coach Bears’ depth at tight end was a need going into the draft to back ed step one, which is getting an to get me in there. I just love getup starter Z ach Miller, which cre- opportunity, and now he has to ting running full speed to make plays like that. I just need to come ates an opportunity for Sommers. make the most of it. “Making it to the NFL from Di- to work every day and show that “Outside of Z ach Miller, the Bears have no guaranteed roster vision III to get a legitimate shot I’m a high effort, high motor guy, spots,” Leming said. “They didn’t is hard, and then to make a roster and I’m not going to be a liability draft a tight end, and the depth is even harder,” Slavin said. “He learning the playbook. I just need behind Miller includes Rob Hou- knows he has to put in the work to take care of what I can control.” If Sommers plays a game in the sler, Khari Lee, Gannon Sinclair to make it all happen.” According to Slavin, special NFL, he would be the ﬁrst UW and fellow undraftee Ben Brauckener out of Harvard. If Sommers teams work and overall offensive Oshkosh football player to play in shows up in training camp, pro- versatility will be key in whether a game since Hal Robl played for vides an overall good game, espe- Sommers will make the Bears’ the Chicago Cardinals in 1945, according to Pro Football Refercially in the blocking department, roster. “He has to contribute on spe- ence. he’ll have as good of a shot as any After signing his ﬁrst NFL conplayer on the roster behind Miller cial teams,” Slavin said. “He’ll have to learn the playbook fast tract, Sommers said he is excited to make the ﬁnal roster.” Leming said he likes Sommers’ and prove he can do some dif- to go to Chicago to start rookie chances of making the Bears’ 53- ferent things. Joe can block, he minicamp, which is May 13-15, can come out of the backﬁeld as followed by organized team acman roster this fall. “With little depth behind Mill- a fullback, and obviously he can tivities ( OTAs) before training er, I would say his chances are catch the ball. The more you can camp begins in late July. “It’s starting to feel more and very good,” Leming said. “If the do, it always helps you make a more realistic, but I haven’t been scout I spoke to is right in what roster.” Sommers said special teams down there, so I think actually he says, there is a strong chance he will break camp with the team. play and hard work will give him getting down there will be cooler than signing the contract,” SomUltimately, I think it will come a good shot to make the team. “I really have to make an im- mers said. “I’m just real pumped down to the team keeping three tight ends, and one if not two of pact on special teams,” Sommers to get down there and get to them will need to have a strong said. “That’s something they’re work.”
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