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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Sustainability Signature Question:
“Learning Over Lunch” Conversations

If you are developing a Quest sustainability course and would like to connect with other members of the teaching community several opportunities to bring a lunch and converse with colleagues will be offered in the next few months. Featured in today’s USP Update are the following two dates for sessions related to the sustainability signature question:

Oct. 30, 12–1 p.m.

Sustainability 101: Tools, tips and techniques for introducing sustainability to students

Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Writing sustainability learning outcomes (for any discipline!)

These sessions will be held at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Pollock Alumni House).

Peer Mentor Program
Recruitment Begins Friday
Watch for details on the USP website as recruitment of current students begins during a Friday Provost’s Teaching and Learning Summit event.  After Friday’s event, faculty and staff will be invited to identify and recommend students for the Peer Mentor program using an on-line form.

Meet the USP Council
The USP Council is comprised of members of the UW Oshkosh campus community who are supporting the early implementation of this new general education program (2012–2014). In the next several USP Updates, we will introduce members of this collaborative team.

Debbie Gray Patton
Assistant Director, First Year Experience


Debbie Gray Patton

As the interim assistant director, first year experience (FYE), Debbie Gray Patton is assisting in the integration of the USP into the Odyssey new student orientation sessions and contributing to the creation of the alumni-mentoring program. Debbie has primary responsibility for developing the peer mentor program that will provide a trained student to support every first year student through the Quest I learning communities. Together with other USP Council members, Debbie will be recruiting, interviewing, selecting, and training peer mentors for Quest I courses this year, and implementing the peer mentor program in Fall 2013.

Debbie brings experience and enthusiasm to this important task from her other campus role, Assistant Dean of Students. In that capacity, Debbie’s responsibility has long been working with Odyssey each year.  She also assists with the Code of Conduct process, medical withdrawals and late drops. She has been a member of the UW Oshkosh campus community since 1995 (with a two year break).   She finds the most satisfaction in working with students in challenging life situations so they can still progress toward their academic goals. Debbie has had the privilege of forming relationships with hundreds of students over the years as they volunteer to assist with the Odyssey program.

Debbie Gray Patton holds a bachelors degree in political science and journalism and a masters degree in counseling from the University of Iowa. She loves cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes and spending time with her children. She just starting running in February and has completed two half marathons with a goal of doing a marathon in the next year. Debbie is excited to be a part of the USP team and looks forward to sharing that excitement with the student mentors and new students. Email Debbie at usp@uwosh.edu with any questions or comments related to the Peer Mentor program.

Need Help?
For assistance, please use the following contact information:
email: usp@uwosh.edu
website: uwosh.edu/usp

Watch for University Studies Program Update each Tuesday of the Fall 2012 Semester!
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