On Campus: People, Places, Pride


UW Oshkosh College of Nursing Dean Rosemary Smith will retire at 2014’s end, after more than 27 years as an educator and 10 years of service as dean.




In November, Sylvia Carey-Butler took over as assistant vice chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence. Carey-Butler is the first permanent person to hold the role at UWO in more than five years. She brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to the University.



Last fall, UW Oshkosh Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Petra Roter was honored with an Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Award. The chamber recognized Roter for excelling “not only in her workplace, but throughout the community” and helping create “great leaders of our future.”



Shawn Ekstrom took the post of campus medical director last fall. She brings a wealth of community health-care experience to UW Oshkosh.




Kevin Tomasiewicz, who followed an impressive collegiate and professional pitching career with coaching experience at two Midwestern colleges, was named the new head baseball coach at UW Oshkosh last fall.



This season, Scott Beyer took over as head women’s softball coach; he comes to UWO from UW-Green Bay. Beyer also is involved with recruiting, fundraising, instructing camps and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes.



UW Oshkosh Professor Miles Maguire recently authored a journalism textbook, Advanced Reporting: Essential Skills for 21st Century Journalism, which offers a new methodology for reporting.




Sandra Cox joined the UW Oshkosh April 14 as the new Student Counseling Center director. Cox has more than 16 years of experience in higher education.


UW Oshkosh’s newest building, the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, opened its doors in April. During its first open weekend, the Center hosted the wedding celebration of UW Oshkosh Alumni Association board member Brooke (Buntrock) Tabbert and her husband Ron. See photos from UWO’s newest building on page 20.



In December 2013, UW Oshkosh and its partners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Rosendale Dairy, the site of the University’s third biodigester project. The project, a partnership between the UW Oshkosh Foundation, Milk Source, BIOFerm and Viessmann Group, Soil Net, Alliant Energy and Infinity Lawn and Garden, will serve as a biogas production facility and living, learning, renewable-energy laboratory for UWO students.

Last November, the University dedicated the John E. Kerrigan Office of International Education. Kerrigan, UWO’s ninth chancellor, was known at UW Oshkosh as the man who made the strengthening and expansion of international education a personal and institutional mission.



As part of the Reeve Memorial Union parking lot update project in late 2013, four electric vehicle charging stations were installed on campus. Two of the stations are located in the Reeve Memorial Union parking lot (lot 15) and another two are located in the campus parking ramp. For a small fee, the electric vehicle charging stations are open to campus and the greater community.




UW Oshkosh recently expanded its educational footprint in the New North region with the opening of an Executive Education Center in Appleton. Located at 2323 E. Capitol Drive, the center was established to coincide with the recent launch of the Executive MBA path, which is aimed at transforming the way master’s-level business education is delivered to MBA students.


Chancellor Richard H. Wells was recognized by the state legislature March 18 for his contribution to UW Oshkosh. Wells will retire in late August after 14 years as UW Oshkosh’s chancellor. more on page 4.
UW Oshkosh is working hard to improve its Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) profile on campus. In 2013, UW Oshkosh earned four out of five stars on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, which is an ongoing measurement to improve campus LGBT policies, programs and practices, sponsored by Campus Pride, a national nonprofit organization.

Employee Healthy Titans Program

UW Oshkosh earned a GOLD rating for efforts and concentration of employees working on everyday health and wellness efforts. The Wellness Council of Wisconsin awarded the University a “Well Workplace GOLD” status, a designation that puts UWO into the ranks of “America’s Healthiest Companies.”





UW Oshkosh is the sixth-most efficient public school in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III athletics, according to recent a study by a UW–Whitewater professor and student. The faculty-student team researched how effectively universities used their resources to score points in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup competition. The Directors’ Cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the university with the most success in collegiate athletics.

Raazia Riffat ’10, assistant business analyst, received the UW System’s 2013 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. Colleagues cited Riffat’s commitment to serving and promoting the work of an Oshkosh-based Muslim community.


Last year, the Kohler Foundation Inc. gifted UW Oshkosh the Shaffer Collection, an array of small sculptures, maquettes, paintings, drawings and historical papers, which reflect a lifetime of work by artist O.V. (Verne) Shaffer. The works join UW Oshkosh’s permanent collection and will be exhibited throughout campus and studied by the institution’s students and faculty. Additionally, 2005 honorary doctorate recipient and UW Oshkosh Foundation board member Ruth DeYoung Kohler has been an enthusiastic supporter of faculty, students and programs within UW Oshkosh’s Department of Art and has helped the UW Oshkosh Foundation bring vibrant works of art to the campus’s new Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

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