People, Places, Pride


Marty Robinson

  • What do The Sopranos, Gillette, Burger King, Hershey’s and ADT Security have in common? Marty Robinson. The UWO associate professor of music has served as composer and trumpeter for numerous recordings that have accompanied advertisements. Robinson has shared the stage with jazz legendaries Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman; played in jazz clubs in New York City, New Orleans and Europe; and performed for four U.S. presidents. Read more.
  • William Tallon assumed the role of dean of the College of Business on June 1. Tallon brings his innovative leadership style to UW Oshkosh from Western Kentucky University, where he initiated a professional MBA program, a business honors program, a business living and learning community, and a Center for Professional Selling. Read more.
  • After a highly competitive national search, UW Oshkosh selected Darryl Sims ’03 and MS ’05, as its new athletic director. A former defensive lineman for the Badgers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, Sims served as assistant athletic director at the University since 2007. He also coached for NFL Europe. Read more.
  • At UWO, teaching and learning are not confined within the four walls of a classroom. An event coordinated by Grace Lim, adjunct professor of journalism, showcased off-campus learning experiences of students from several departments in the College of Letters and Science. On Nov. 11, “Beyond Classroom Walls” illustrated how some students spend their days in waist-deep water, collecting samples, while others head to prison to learn about life on the inside or start their day when someone shouts, “Action!” on a movie set. Read more.

John Zupanc and Deb Vercauteren

  • John Zupanc and Deb Vercauteren, a husband-and-wife team responsible for 24 of UWO’s 42 national athletic championships, announced that they will retire from their teaching, coaching and administrative positions in January. They each have totaled 30 years of service with the UW Oshkosh track and field program. Read more.
  • A recent article in the Harvard Papers in Botany caught the eye of Thomas Lammers, curator of UW Oshkosh’s Neil A. Harriman Herbarium: A newly discovered plant species from Indonesian Papua — Ardisia lammersiana — was named after the associate professor of biology and microbiology. Lammers is the author of World Checklist and Bibliography of Campanulaceae. Read more.
  • The last thing Joseph Peterson expected to find inside a 70-million-year-old dinosaur bone was soft tissue. Peterson, a visiting lecturer at UW Oshkosh, rejects the theory that microbial slime is responsible for the phenomenon. His recent essay contributes to a changing view of fossilization in paleontology, suggesting that while bacteria typically is responsible for decomposition of remains, in some cases bacteria also can preserve tissue. Read more.


Andrea Jurgilanis holds twin girls whose cesarean birth she attended and whom she helped resuscitate. She and her fellow UW Oshkosh nursing students learned to adapt to limited resources and equipment while engaging in a “clinicals abroad” experience in Uganda. Photo courtesy of Patricia Vander Loop

  • Since 2005, educational leadership professor Alfred Kisubi has led College of Education and Human Services students on a study-abroad program to his homeland of Uganda. Last spring, UWO’s ties to Uganda were tightened when Kisubi and faculty from the College of Nursing brought 13 nursing students there to satisfy their clinical requirements. Read more.
  • While in college, students forge relationships that last well beyond four years and, in some cases, span many miles. In June, three UWO students ventured to the southern hemisphere to visit former classmates who attended UW Oshkosh through an exchange program 
with the Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile. Five students participated in Languages Open Doors, a 10-week volunteer program that UW Oshkosh sponsors in partnership with the Chilean Ministry of Education. Read more.
  • A dedication and grand opening of the Student Success Center was held Oct. 7. The former Elmwood Commons building was renovated with state-of-the-art green features. It houses the offices of Career Services, the Counseling Center, the Center for Academic Resources, the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center and the Writing Center. Read more.
  • UW Oshkosh students are one step closer to living the “suite life” now that construction has begun on a new apartment-style residence hall, which will stand on the site of the former Nelson, Breese and Clemans halls. The five-story, 340-bed structure is the first residence hall built at UWO in 40 years and is planned to meet platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Read more.

Groundbreaking for the biodigester

  • A groundbreaking ceremony for UW Oshkosh’s dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester — the first commercial-scale facility of its kind in the nation — was held in September at 755 Dempsey Trail, adjacent to the University’s Campus Services Center. The renewable energy facility will include heat and power generators that will produce up to 10 percent of the campus’s electricity and heat. Read more.
  • This past summer, UW Oshkosh purchased the former Lincoln Elementary School, 608 Algoma Blvd., from the Oshkosh Area School District, which closed the school in 2009. The Lincoln Center, located adjacent to the University, will be retrofitted to accommodate UWO’s Children’s Learning Center and the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement. Read more.


  • UW Oshkosh has built upon its commitment to the environment by participating in a new program to encourage sustainability in all aspects of higher education. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. In addition, UWO was ranked 35th nationally for its sustainability efforts on the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” ranking. Read more about STARS. Read more about “Cool Schools.”
  • Faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Nursing had plenty of reason to celebrate in the fall. The college’s 40 years of success and 10-year re-accreditation from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing were recognized Oct. 22, with a reception at which alumna Col. Carolyn Jolitz ’84 and MSN ’94, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Read more.
  • The number of children with a father in prison increased 77 percent from 1991 to 2007, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. A nationally recognized UW Oshkosh program is taking an innovative approach to the problem. Developed by reading education professor Michelina Manzi, Breaking Barriers with Books uses children’s literature as a catalyst to enhance relationships between incarcerated fathers and their children. Read more.
  • Out of more than 4,000 colleges and universities across the country invited to submit information, Military Times EDGE magazine ranked UW Oshkosh first in Wisconsin and 36th in the nation on its “Best for Vets” list. UWO ranked high for financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services for veterans. Read more.
  • A decade ago, 61 members of the campus community signed a worldwide declaration of fundamental principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. The 10th annual Earth Charter Summit, Oct. 17–23, featured a variety of events focusing on the charter’s four pillars: respect and care for the community of life; ecological integrity; social and economic justice; and democracy, nonviolence and peace. Read more.
  • UWO students working at a certain global corporation have another reason to shout, “Yahoo!” This past fall, Yahoo! relocated its Global Service Desk Team closer to campus and renewed its contract with the University’s Business Success Center. About 30 current and former UWO students provide internal support for Yahoo!’s 14,000 employees worldwide. Read more.
  • UWO has partnered with Zimride to launch a free, online network for ridesharing for students, faculty and staff. The private UW Oshkosh network allows individuals to connect for shared commutes or one-time rides, reducing campus traffic; lowering demands on parking; and providing a sustainable, cost-saving option for the campus community. Read more.
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