By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)
Warriors & Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is the third of the War: Through Their Eyes series that first started in 2009. Ten UW Oshkosh students are sharing their heroic stories and experiences of being at war.
Journalism students who wrote War: Through Their Eyes have worked hard to make a 100-page book, 300 online journal entries and 30 audio podcasts that highlight veteran war stories. The student reporters also wrote 1,000-word first-person essays giving readers the story behind the story. The students were taught to write the stories so the reader feels connected, which allows them to view war in a different light. Highlights of the students’ work will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 in Reeve Union Ballroom.
The hour-long event will include short opening statements and a multimedia presentation. The Warriors & Students photo exhibit includes war-time photos along with personal photos of the veterans. Photos from the first and second series of War: Through Their Eyes projects also will be included in the exhibit.
The project is produced by UW Oshkosh Instructor Grace Lim, who has led this team of students through the entire process. “This is the third project and I am still humbled by the stories that the veterans have shared with me and my students. I have been moved to tears after hearing some of the stories,” Lim said.
Lim explained how students may see impacts from the stories of their peers who served in war. “I want them to know that meaningful stories about war are right next to them, in their classrooms,” Lim said. “I want them to remember that they are still living in a country during a time of war. It’s easy to forget that when we’re all worried about the Packers season or how we’re going to live without Breaking Bad.”
One of the student reporters, Morgan Counts, expressed her experience and thoughts on getting to know one of the veterans. ”I am truly honored to have the experience to write for War: Through Their Eyes,” Counts said. ”I enjoyed every step of the process, whether it was interviewing veterans, putting together podcasts or writing the stories. These student-veterans have such incredible stories that they would be too humble to share otherwise. As a journalist, I am honored to have the opportunity to tell such deserving stories.”
Counts described her experience interviewing Mark Maurer, a member of the National Guard, who toured in Iraq for one year. “Mark volunteered for deployment, which was one of the most intriguing things I learned through this process,” she said. “I had never met or heard of someone who volunteered for deployment, and it opened my eyes to how much all of these men and women in the military love what they do and are truly passionate about it.”
A limited number of books will be sold at the event for $10. All proceeds will go to the Student Multimedia Projects Fund that helps offset the costs of projects like the War: Through Their Eyes series. For more informations about the series click here.