"I certainly realize how valuable an education can be - in my case - life changing" - Scott Wittchow
Photos and story by Laurie Krasin
The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac awarded its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award to Scott Wittchow, retired managing editor of Action Publications.
Wittchow was with Action Publications for 22 years before retiring in 2011. He received both the Cheers for Volunteers Outstanding Business Volunteer award and was the recipient of the first Leadership Fond du Lac Alumni Award in 2003.
“I certainly realize how valuable an education can be – in my case – life changing,” said Wittchow. “Coach Dick Knar sent me a letter back in 1969 and then called me asking me to come and look at the campus, attend classes and play some basketball.”
Born and raised on a farm near Rosendale, Wittchow attended UW-Fond du Lac from 1969 through 1971 and played basketball under Coach Knar.
“It was during that initial visit and following weeks that I learned that UWFond du Lac offered an affordable start to a four-year degree,” said Wittchow. “Coach Knar assured me that I would receive the encouragement and faculty mentoring to get through two years worth of classes - and I did.”
He then transferred to UW-Oshkosh where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
“A UW-Fond du Lac English professor discovered that I could string words together and steered me into writing which evolved into 40 years in journalism.”
An active community volunteer, he serves on the Fond du Lac Area Foundation Board and is a member of Fond du Lac Noon Kiwanis. He has previously served as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Board, American Red Cross Fond du Lac Chapter, Leadership Fond du Lac Board, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District of Kiwanis International Board, Peace Lutheran Church of Rosendale Church Council and the Citizens Advisory Council to International Paper.
He served on the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Board of Directors until last year.
In 2000, Wittchow became a bone marrow donor to Nicola Coates, a young woman from Great Britain who was fighting a third round of cancer. His donation extended her life another 10 years before the cancer returned and took her life three years ago.
“The UW-Fond du Lac experience gave me a fabulous foundation for a rewarding career and a wonderful life,” said Wittchow. “As the 10th person selected to receive the award I am humbled as I look at the list of previous winners.”
Click here to read more about previous UW-Fond du Lac Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.