UW Oshkosh heroes ignite inspiration in award winners

Gotham City and Smallville aren’t the only communities full of heroes—there are heroes right here at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the heart of the Fox Valley.

Celebrating the many achievements of UWO graduates, eight alumni were presented with Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni awards during Heroes of Homecoming 2015 in October.

The annual alumni awards are presented to those who have completed exceptional work since graduating from their alma mater in their career fields and within their communities across the nation.

Honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award were Linnea (Dahl) Baudhuin ’95, of Rochester, Minn.; William Schumann ’71, of Wheaton, Ill.; Juliette Sterkens MS ’83, of Oshkosh; and Kevin Wehrenberg ’93, of Burbank, Calif.

Honored with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award were Rene Delgado ’05, of Chicago; John Erickson ’09, of West Hollywood, Calif.; Lee Haugen ’04, of Valencia, Calif.; and Kevin Meighan ’09, of Fort Defiance, Ariz.

Wehrenberg named the entire radio-TV-film department as his UWO hero: “I’ll cherish the time I had with the UWO faculty forever and would give anything to do it all over again.”

Sterkens presents Kile with a #uwohero cape.

Among other heroes, the alumni named current and former professors, such as Linfeng Xie, chemistry professor; Jack Kile, former communicative disorders professor; and Juris Veidemanis, founder of the International Studies Program, to name a few.

Erickson said LGBTQ Resource Center Director Liz Cannon was his hero as she guided him to continue his education after UWO.

“Although I was fortunate enough to meet and be inspired by multiple people, Liz is the individual who changed my life and I wouldn’t be the man, scholar or professional I am today without her.”

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