Celebrating our Normal School history
What a day this is! Opening a school that shall widen its influence, in ever-widening circles, while time shall last — aye, throughout eternity!
— Rev. Dr. John Allison at the Oshkosh Normal School dedication, Sept. 19, 1871
Welcome to our special issue of Engage in commemoration of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 140th year. As UWO’s alumni director, I am very proud of our University’s history as Wisconsin’s leading teacher-training institution and the first such school in the nation to have a kindergarten.
I also am humbled to serve the thousands of UW Oshkosh alumni who dedicate their lives to educating young people as teachers across the nation and the globe.
In this issue, Joshua Ranger, our University archivist, writes about key aspects of our strong educational tradition and makes interesting comparisons to our modern-day programs and faculty. Meanwhile, news editor Alex Hummel explores the future of teacher education in Wisconsin and beyond.
In honor of our 140th anniversary, the Alumni Office is offering alumni, along with the entire campus community of faculty, staff and students, the opportunity to participate in our “This We Believe at UW Oshkosh” essay project. Look for details on page 25 about how you can share your daily life philosophy by participating in this yearlong project.
Finally, this issue is a fitting tribute to the memory of former UW Oshkosh alumni director Jean (Goodwin) Nelson ’49, whose dedication to UW Oshkosh’s graduates has inspired our institution to carry on her legacy of service to our more than 80,000 alumni worldwide.
Christine Gantner, Alumni Director