Tuesday, July 22, 2008
OSHKOSH-Chancellor Wells was presented an official copy of the Congressional Record proclaiming National Lao-Hmong Recognition Day in appreciation for the university's efforts in supporting the Lao/Hmong American Coalition.
The primary purpose of the Coalition is to represent the Lao-Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (SGU) veterans, their families and former spouses/widows of deceased Lao-Hmong SGU veterans.
"This is a stepping stone for the Hmong people," said Anne Vang of Oshkosh, a sophomore majoring in education and mother of seven who presented Chancellor Wells with the framed document.
On July 22nd 1995 in Golden, Colo., the first U.S. official tribute was conducted to formally acknowledge the Lao-Hmong SGU veterans as America's staunchest and most loyal allies. Known as America's "Secret Army," they were publicly recognized for their personal sacrifices and heroic contributions on behalf of the United States during the Vietnam War.
The Lao-Hmong protected United States personnel, guarded United States Air Force radar installations, gathered critical intelligence about enemy operations, and undertook rescue missions to save the lives of downed United States pilots. More than 35,000 of the Lao-Hmong lost their lives defending the democratic way of life, and many more were seriously injured and disabled.The Congressional Resolution which unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 13, 2001 and then passed the Senate without objection on Dec. 10, 2001, designates July 22 as National Lao-Hmong Recognition Day.
Vang was selected by the Lao-Hmong American Coalition to be present at the proclamation ceremony for the congressional record held last spring in Washington D.C. Her trip was paid by the university."I told everyone, 'I represent the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and women in higher education,'" Vang said. "To really define what an American is, you really have to visit D.C. Forever, I will owe my gratitude to the University for sending me there."
News Release #10-CONTACT: Dr. Hal Strough, Director of Athletic Training Education (920) 424-1298, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Oct. 11, 2002
New Major in Athletic Training Being Offered
OSHKOSH-A new major in Athletic Training has been approved by the Board of Regents and is being offered at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
"There is a shortage of athletic trainers who have four-year college degrees," said Dr. Margaret Genisio, Assistant Vice Chancellor. "We have the resources to offer a program for athletic trainers which is like none other in this region."
The major in Athletic Training began in the Athletic Training Education program as a Sports Medicine/Athletic Training minor in 1977. An emphasis in Athletic Training with a Physical Education Major was later approved in January 2000.
Forty alumna of the Athletic Training Education program are certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association and employed throughout the Fox Valley region by UW Oshkosh, Marian College, Sports Acceleration, Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness, Theda Care, Affinity, and Aurora Health Care.
The program is led by five certified Athletic Trainers with 10 Affiliated Site and three Allied Site partnerships under the direction of Hal Strough, PhD., LAT/ATC. Green Bay Packers Team Physician, Dr. Patrick McKenzie, is the Orthopedic Consultant for the program.
Sixteen students are currently enrolled in the program, including the inaugural winner of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Founding Father's Leadership Scholarship.
The Athletic Department also has implemented a Strength and Conditioning minor to prepare students to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists.
News Release #10-CONTACT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Oct. 11, 2002
Faculty and Staff Receive Awards for Outstanding Achievement
OSHKOSH-Awards have been given to 18 UW Oshkosh faculty and staff for outstanding contributions and achievement.
The Endowment for Excellence recognizes and supports the research efforts of UW Oshkosh's exemplary scholars. The professorships were instituted with contributions from community sponsors. In 2002, four faculty members received the award.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Kathleen E. Corley received the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Professorship. Corley is on the cutting edge of scholarship in the field of New Testament studies and recognized by many as one of the most promising scholars in her field. Her new book, "Women and the Historical Jesus: Feminist Myths of Christian Origins" is being published by Polebridge Press this month. Corley earned a B.A. from Westmont College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Claremont Graduate School. She is a native of Merced, Calif., and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association.
Professor of Special Education Craig R. Fiedler received the Oshkosh B'Gosh Professorship. Fiedler has held many leadership roles at the College and University levels, as well as in local, state and professional organizations. The author of two books that have been critically acclaimed, Fiedler is also the co-editor of a cross-disciplinary journal that addresses disability policy, law and ethical issues. Fiedler received B.S. and M.S.E. degrees from UW-La Crosse, J.D. from UW-Madison, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.Associate Professor of English Marguerite H. Helmers received the Alberta Kimball Foundation Professorship.
As one of the editors for the national publication Writing Program Administration, her insights into issues of writing instruction influence hundreds of teachers at the college level each year. Helmers received a B.A. from UW-Eau Claire, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UW-Milwaukee. She is a native of Wauwatosa, Wisc., and a member of the Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution.Ava L. McCall, professor in Education and Human Services, received the EAA/C.R. Meyer Professorship. She places a high value on intellectual development within the context of fostering diversity. She has also enhanced the intellectual climate of the University and increased its reputation through her collaborative research projects with area educators and her engagement with her community. McCall received a B.S. from Taylor University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. She is a native of Washington, Ind.
The John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship recognizes UW Oshkosh faculty members for teaching and professional excellence. The University conferred the professorships on three faculty members in 2002.Professor of English Paul J. Klemp was one of those recognized with the professorship. Klemp has committed his career to the practice of teaching and research as complementary activities. His company is sought out for his stimulating, witty talk about literature, film, seventeenth-century sermons, Milton, and rock and roll. Klemp received his B.A. from SUNY Brockport, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
The University also conferred the Rosebush Professorship on Frances H. Rauscher, associate professor of psychology. Following a successful career as a concert cellist, Rauscher distinguished herself as a leading psychologist for her work on the relationship between music and spatial intelligence. Her work has convinced skeptics that "the Mozart effect is genuine" and piano sonatas can give a short-term boost in brainpower. Rauscher earned a B.M. in cello performance from The Julliard School and a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University, where she also earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology.
Professor of religion and environmental studies, Bron R. Taylor was the other recipient of the Rosebush Professorship. Taylor was the founding president of a citizen environmental group, the Wolf-Fox-Winnebago Riverkeeper, which seeks to improve aquatic ecosystems in Northeastern Wisconsin. He has also served in a number of statewide capacities including the University's first representative to the Wisconsin Institute for the Study of War, Peace and Global Cooperation.Recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award have been selected on the basis of teaching excellence, service, and professional and scholarly growth. In 2002, three faculty members were honored with the award.
Alfred T. Kisubi has taught courses such as Social Issues and Human Services, Human Behavior and Human Services. He also wrote a highly acclaimed book of poetry, "Time Winds," and volunteers regularly at community centers such as the Oshkosh Senior Center and Father Carr's Place. Kisubi earned a B.A. from Makerere University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
John Koker teaches math classes for educators such as Problem Solving for Teachers, Modern Algebra for Elementary/Middle School Programs and Geometry for Teachers. "He must help students learn mathematics and he must help them learn about teaching," wrote one of his nominators. He received a B.A. from St. Norbert College, an M.S. from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee.
A passion for teaching and genuine concern for her students have made senior lecturer of chemistry Sandra K. Neuendorf an outstanding teacher. Her introductory chemistry lectures are crafted so that students can grasp the very complex material. Colleagues praise her problem-solving workshop for general chemistry students. Neuendorf earned a B.S. in secondary education and Ph.D. in biochemistry from UW Madison. She is a resident of Mayville, Wisc., and the daughter of Lloyd (deceased) and Dorothy Spriggle, long-time residents of Bay City, Wisc. Her mother currently lives in Red Wing, Minn.
Baron Perlman, professor of psychology, is renowned for his ability to make even a large classroom setting seem stimulating, enthusiastic, and personal. He also edits a column called "Teaching Tips" published in American Psychological Society Observer. These columns were collected in a book, "Lessons Learned," the best-selling book published to date by the American Psychological Society. Perlman earned a B.A. in psychology from Lawrence University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army.
Jane B. Wypiszynski, academic staff instructor in the Communication Department, has taught Business and Professional Speaking, Communication in Contemporary Society, Fundamentals of Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Interviewing at UW Oshkosh since fall 1990. She is also active in the Center for New Learning program and works with typically older adult returning students. She received a B.S. and M.A. from Ball State University. She is a native of New Richmond, Wis.The Outstanding Service Award recognizes excellence of service that touches each member of the University community. In 2002, three staff members received the award.As Director of Academic Computing Laura J. Knaapen is in charge of the entire University's computer system, including six computer labs with its 500 computers. She has also been involved in the development of Internet courses for the College of Business. She is a native of Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.Susan Neitzel provided much of the vision and leadership for the University's Center for Community Partnerships (CCP), a unique enterprise that allows UW Oshkosh to work with Wisconsin communities, organizations and businesses for a stronger and better region and state.
Saroj Thekkanath is Director of UW Oshkosh's Student Support Services which serves about 300 first generation, low-income and/or disabled students a year. The high retention rate (81 percent last year) of SSS participants attests to her success. In 2001 she received the UW System Women of Color Excellence Award.The University's newest award, the Outstanding Performance Award, offers recognition to members of the classified staff whose activities, accomplishments, and service are most deserving of acknowledgment by the University.
One of the three recipients of this year's award is Barbara J. Nemeth, who currently serves as College of Education and Human Services graduation examiner in the Registration Office. She has been a major player in bringing the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) to the University which faculty and advisors rely on when meeting with their advisees. Joan C. Ratchman serves as program assistant in the Department of Military Science. Whether working with technically challenging issues in the national Army ROTC cadet Web-based management system, creating complex cadet records, or dealing with a wide variety of student issues, Ratchman gladly does whatever is necessary to ensure that students and staff receive maximum support.Roberta (Bobbi) W. Reepsdorf currently serves as senior information systems resource technician in the Training and User Support Office. She has a special knack for transferring the knowledge she has to others.
UW Oshkosh Production of Macbeth Airs on Titan TV
OSHKOSH- Oshkosh cable Channel 2-Titan TV will air UW Oshkosh's theatre production of Macbeth on Dec. 2, 4, 9, 10, and 11 from 8 to 10 p.m. The play was recorded in the Frederic March Theatre during one of the November performances by Empyre Productions of Oshkosh.Macbeth has long been considered one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies. It follows the rise of a young military leader who becomes consumed by the need for power and fame, which eventually leads to his down fall. Like other tragic characters, his fate is foretold leading him to believe he is invincible. This belief causes him and those closest to him to overestimate their own power and safety. These tragic flaws bring about his eventual demise. This timeless theme is as relevant today as it was 400 years ago.