Winter Alumni Events Happen in Arizona and Florida


The upcoming University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Winter Events are sure to help those looking to leave the Wisconsin chill behind and celebrate their Titan pride.

“Our regional alumni events provide a perfect opportunity for UWO alumni and friends to connect, celebrate their Titan Pride, and learn what’s new on campus where they are” , said alumni director Christine Gantner.

The UWO Winter Alumni Gatherings will begin in Florida with two Village events.

The Village Alumni Reception kicks off the winter events and will take place on January 19th at Sonny’s BBQ. It will be hosted by Titan alumnus Marlene (Schick) Ackerman ’69 and the Central Florida Alumni Chapter.

The second event in The Villages will take place almost a month later, on February 21. The Chancellor’s Reception in The Villages will be an opportunity for alumni to meet Chancellor Andrew Leavitt, Gantner and UWO Foundation Executive Director Greg Giles ’91.

The Titan alumni events continue in Florida before moving to Arizona.

Other Florida events include Wisconsin Day at Fort Meyers on Feb. 23 and a Naples Alumni Reception on Feb. 25 hosted by Sharon and Jim Rath ’76 at the Quail Run Golf Course.

“I would like to encourage other Titans to attend this year’s alumni gatherings,” Rath said. “Looking back, it’s amazing to recognize the impact that attending UWO has had on our lives. Certainly, a life change for each of us. It has been over half a century since I first set foot on the campus of UW Oshkosh. Each year that we have attended these alumni gatherings, we continue to meet others who share our UW Oshkosh experience, and we love to hear updates about our university.

The final event of the season is a Brewers game against the Chicago Cubs during its spring training trip to Phoenix, Arizona on March 12.

“We are grateful to the former volunteers from these regions who help make these gatherings possible. All alumni and friends are welcome,” Gantner said.

Winter 2022 alumni events include:

  • Alumni Reception at The Villages: January 19, 2-4 p.m., Sonny’s BBQ, The Villages, Florida
    Join UW Oshkosh alumna Marlene (Schick) Ackerman ’69 and the Central Florida Alumni Chapter for a casual gathering of alumni at Sonny’s BBQ. Enjoy meeting other UWO alumni and friends, souvenirs and alumni gifts. Registration required.
  • Chancellor’s Reception at the Villages: February 21, 3-5 p.m., Legacy Restaurant at Nancy Lopez Country Club, The Villages, Florida
    Meet Chancellor Andrew Leavitt, Alumni Director Christine Gantner, UWO Foundation Executive Director Greg Giles ’91, members of the Central Florida Alumni Chapter, and other alumni and friends for a reception at the Villages. Enjoy a college update, free refreshments, a cash bar, and UWO giveaways. Registration required.
  • Wisconsin Day in Fort Myers: Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Salty Sam’s, Fort Myers, FL
    Enjoy live music and Wisconsin-themed food and drink. Look for the UW Oshkosh table and wear your Titan clothes. Registration required.
  • Reception of graduates in Naples: February 25, 4-6 p.m., Quail Run Golf Course, Naples, Florida
    Join Alumni Director Christine Gantner, hosts Sharon and Jim Rath ’76, and Naples-area alumni and friends for a reception at Quail Run Golf Course. Enjoy free appetizers and gifts from alumni. Preferred attire is Casual or Titan. Registration required.
  • Wisconsin Day in Sun City at the Sun Bowl: March 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun Bowl, Sun City, Arizona
    Join Alumni Director Christine Gantner and other alumni and friends at the Wisconsin Day Picnic at the Sun Bowl. The event includes Wisconsin-themed food, drink, prizes and live music. Bring a lawn chair. No RSVP necessary.
  • Spring training for former brewers: March 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Family Fields, Phoenix, Arizona ($40)
    Join Alumni Director Christine Gantner, UWO Foundation Executive Director Greg Giles ’91, and other UWO alumni and friends for an afternoon of early season baseball at spring training for brewers. Cheer on the Brewers at American Family Fields as they take on the Chicago Cubs. Meet other alumni at Max’s Sports Bar before the game. Enjoy free appetizers, alumni gifts and a cash bar. More information will follow soon.

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