RSVP for 50th Anniversary Open House

By Laurie Krasin

The community is invited to an open house event 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, in celebration of UW-Fond du Lac's 50th anniversary year.

This is an opportunity for alumni, community supporters and friends of the campus to gather and share campus memories with current and former faculty, staff and students. UW-Fond du Lac alumni will provide special music during the evening. Photos and other memorabilia from the campus archives will be on display in the commons area and in the Oberreich gallery.

Highlighting the evening will be a special musical performance by Paul Thelen and his daughters Eva Thelen-Dunphy, Ellie Thelen and Elise Winkel (pictured left to right).Thelen family in front of piano

A brief program at 6 p.m. will include remarks by Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel, UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andy Leavitt and UW Oshkosh Assistant Chancellor for Access Campuses Martin Rudd.

UW-Fond du Lac opened with a freshman class of 230 students on Sept. 9, 1968, as the Wisconsin State University-Fond du Lac, a branch campus of the nearby Wisconsin State College Oshkosh. UW-Fond du Lac was again joined with UW Oshkosh (and UW-Fox Valley) on July 1, 2018, as part of a UW System restructuring project.

The story of UW-Fond du Lac began in 1963 when the Wisconsin coordinating Council for Higher Education (CCHE) designated Fond du Lac as a potential site for a two-year branch campus as part of its "outreach" plan designed to bring quality higher education within easy reach of students.

The Citizen's Committee of Fond du Lac County residents began exploratory studies, which led to a formal resolution of support in 1966 by the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at the open house. Those interested in attending the anniversary celebration should RSVP online. The deadline to RSVP has been extended to Nov. 1, 2018.


Laurie Krasin