#TitansAre: Leaders, Researchers and Champions


Frank Braun

▶︎ Experienced Academic Manager Frank Braun joins UW Oshkosh as the new Dean of the College of Business. He previously served as a professor in the School of Business at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and dean of the College of Business, Health and Human Services. He brings both executive and entrepreneurial industry experience to the college.

▶︎ Teri Gee, a scientist with a background in outreach presentations and an interdisciplinary training, is the new director of the Barlow Planetarium on UWO’s Fox Cities campus. She plans to continue to focus in Barlow on involving school groups and public performances for the community.

▶︎ Graduate Max Honzik ’19, from Berlin, Germany, uses her communication skills and passion for sustainability to help transform global consumer habits. He works as a PR and content manager at Ecolytiq, a startup that provides banks and financial institutions with digital infrastructure to fight climate change.

▶︎ UWO was nationally recognized in July for its holistic approach to sustainability. Chancellor Andy Leavitt and Director of Campus Sustainability Brad Spanbauer traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the United States Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Post-Secondary Sustainability Award. The award is given for the reduction of environmental impact and costs; improve the health and well-being of schools, students and staff; and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.


▶︎ A multidisciplinary team at UWO has received a nearly $1 million, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation aimed at increasing and retaining women in university STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) departments . Associate Professor of Chemistry Jennifer SchuttlefieldChristus will lead the project as Principal Investigator to address intersectional gender equity concerns at UWO identified by previous strategic planning work, work-life balance study, and recent gender equity survey. STEM work environment.

▶︎ Major in History and Minor in Anthropology Catie Gullickson, of Oshkosh, interned last summer at the Oshkosh Public Museum. She has worked in archives to help organize, create and digitize collections so that they are more accessible to the museum and the public. It has also created “search aids”, which describe the materials and collections and facilitate their search in the museum’s database.

▶︎ Five UWO students were part of the very first group of American students to participate in an archaeological field school in Slovenia. Faculty of Anthropology Adrian Free and Kevin Gartsky leads summer adventurers, including Abbey Brakera young anthropology student from Jackson, Wisconsin; Julia Dahmsa young history student from Omro; Abby Holdena major in anthropology from Waunakee; Dana Lemka, a major in Anthropology and Saukville History; and Meredith Volkman, a major in anthropology and biology from Verona, as well as four other students from other universities. They worked to dig a settlement site in the town of Slavina.

Stephanie Spehar

▶︎ A UWO sustainability research team began work in September on a new $1.6 million National Science Foundation study of the social and environmental conditions that contribute to toxic algal blooms in freshwater systems. Stephanie Spehar, director of UWO’s Sustainable Institute for Regional Transformations, leads the interdisciplinary research team of seven faculty and faculty members. The project has wide-ranging implications as blooms cause billions of dollars in economic losses worldwide for industry, recreation and public health.

▶︎ Students from UWO and other schools in the UW system traveled to Lake Michigan this summer to clean up litter in the water and along the shoreline in a new litter skimmer boat using a remote-controlled drone purchased with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The larger project to preserve water resources essential to the vitality of key Wisconsin communities also involves the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin and collaboration with the Marine Debris Project of the Council of the Great Lakes Region National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


▶︎ Kiersten Bloechl-Karlsen and Heidi Nicholls have each been recognized with an annual UW System Administration Award. Bloechl-Karlsen, Associate Dean of Students in the Office of the Dean of Students, is the recipient of the Dr. PB Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on behalf of LGBTQ+ people. Nicholls, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, World Religions and Cultures, won the UW System’s Outstanding Women of Color in Education award.

▶︎ Forbes named UW Oshkosh one of Wisconsin’s Top 10 Employers. Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to compile this fourth annual list, which was created from an anonymous survey of 70,000 Americans working for companies with at least 500 employees. The University also ranked #3 in the state among institutions of higher education.

▶︎ Young graduate Lea Porath ’22, from New London, the most decorated player in UWO women’s basketball history, has signed a professional contract with the Martini Sparks of the Vrouwen Basketball League in the Netherlands. The marketing and supply chain management major was named an NCAA Division III All-American six times and was a finalist for the 2022 Jostens Trophy.

▶︎ Intense training paid off for UWO ROTC cadets who finished second in a competition that tested them on everything from physical strength and endurance to weapons qualification and knotting. The team included Katie Frutha senior nurse from Union Grove; Christian Hechta major in international studies from Weyauwega; reed polgar, a philosophy major from Zion, Illinois; and Emily Riverosophomore psychology student in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Alicia Studeman

▶︎ Alicia Studeman, the associate director of new student and family programs, was among those honored during the opening day honors program on September 6. She received both an Outstanding Service Award and the Ally LGBTQIA+ Award. His recent efforts have resulted in the most sessions (56) in Titan Takeoff Orienteering history while strengthening his pro team. She is co-chair of the Beyond Equity and Action Committee on campus, a teammate for swimming and diving, and an advocate and mentor to many student leaders.

▶︎ Nurse.org recently recognized UWO’s Accelerated BSN Option as the #2 online nursing program in the nation for non-nurses. As the first program of its kind to be developed in the United States, the accelerated BSN option was designed for people who already have a bachelor’s degree and are looking for a BSN. Available to students everywhere, the rigorous program enables non-nurses to achieve their dream of becoming a nurse in just 12 months.

▶︎ In August, UWO was one of 187 schools nationwide to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Success Program. Like other TRIO programs, McNair Scholars Program grants are awarded in five-year cycles. This is the fourth successful grant application for UWO, which first hosted McNair in the 2007-08 school year.

▶︎ UW Oshkosh is one of the best schools for military service members and state veterans, according to a ranking recently released by Military Times. UWO landed at No. 2 in Wisconsin and No. 86 nationally among public schools in the 2022 Best for Vets: College rankings.

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