This Spotlight series recognizes a student's academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.
Name: Patrick Caine
Hometown: Lowell, WI
Currently Residing: Fond du Lac, WI
Career program/major: Business (Supply Chain Management) or Communication (Organizational Communication)
High School Attended: Dodgeland High School, Juneau, WI
UW-FDL student clubs/organizations: CRU; Basketball; jazz ensemble and wind ensemble collaborations with Marian University; Student Government Association (SGA); represent SGA on several UW Oshkosh restructuring work groups.
What led you to choose your program or major?
At this point, there isn’t a degree that has my name on it at any level. Really it has been talking to people about what fits what I want to do, as unorganized as that may sound. Various professors and staff members have suggested majors that fit what I want to do in a more general sense.
Why did you decide to become a student at UW-Fond du Lac?
There are a couple reasons: first, the affordability of the campus. I have been able to save a good portion for the future and I’ve been able to purchase a more reliable vehicle. Second, my parents both went here, so I had a little bit of background going in. They actually met in Math 105 class taught by former Coach Dick Knar. Third, the size of the campus. Coming from a high school class of 60, I never had to sit in a big class, and I appreciate the one-on one communication with the staff here. I know who they are and they know me. Finally, I think our cooperation with the resources at UW Oshkosh will provide a great opportunity to take advantage of the other benefits of being here. Only time will tell how the school can change.
Is there a professor or staff member at UW-Fond du Lac who made a difference in your life or inspired you?
I have been able to appreciate each staff member here and what they bring not only to the campus, but also to the community. There are business owners, mothers, fathers, people that are doing great things in and out of campus. The goal of each member is to see each student succeed, however the student defines success. This year, there are faculty and staff members who have dedicated much of their time to the UW System restructuring process, along with their other obligations. Their ability to multitask is something I want to learn from. Simply put, the entirety of the staff inspire me.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Fond du Lac student?
One thing I have been able to do here is find myself, and in some cases, it has been unexpected. In high school, I did the best I could, but I just couldn't find the “sweet spot” when I was at school. At UW-Fond du Lac, I feel like I found that. I also urge incoming students to be cognizant of their VALUES and make school your own; listen and understand until you feel it’s your obligation to say something.
Describe something unexpected that happened here at UW-Fond du Lac.
I always had interest in student government, and so I decided to join the Student Government Association at UW-Fond du Lac. About halfway through my freshman year, news broke that the two-year campuses (including UW Fond du Lac) would form a closer bond with their nearby four-year UW campus. In the case of UW-Fond du Lac, it was joined with UW Oshkosh. Putting it nicely, it’s something that no one saw coming. As this process has moved along, the new institution saw a need for student input on committees to better process the transition of aspects of life on campus. I stepped up to this opportunity and I’m really happy I did. I am now the president of our SGA, and I work with an awesome group of people every day that ultimately care about the students and staff and making the school a better place.
When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?
Student Government keeps me busy, especially with the committees I’m part of related to the restructuring. Also, I work as I can, especially in the summertime, and I try to learn when I’m there. I also have an internship with KFIZ, a radio station in Fond du Lac, to call high school football games. It’s my dream one day to be a play-by-play announcer for the Green Bay Packers Radio Network. I also enjoy going to church and being with my family when I am home.
What are your future education or career plans? After UW-Fond du Lac, I’m going to transfer to either UW Oshkosh or UW-Whitewater. I’m just exploring my options at this time. Following college, I will probably return to my family’s business, Caine Transfer and Caine Petroleum of Lowell, WI / Caine Warehousing, Reeseville, WI, and find a role there. Radio is my backup plan, and I feel that backup plans are important in life.
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