By Christina Basken @christinabasken
Reeve Memorial Union swarmed with students and alumni laughing, chatting, and enjoying delicious food and games while learning about what each booth offered during Tent City.
Before the homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 7, all were welcome to partake in this event. The Department of Journalism was one of many booths you could visit during this event.
“Tent City brings a lot of people on campus together to just enjoy food with family or visitors,” said Rachel Medley, a first-year nursing student. “They’ve got a bunch of different clubs and dorms set up at booths here which is cool because it’s informative for first-year students like me.”
The journalism department welcomed students, visitors and alumni to their booth for a fun newspaper toss to win free prizes and to inform new students about the opportunities available within the department.
Colleen McDermott, Acting Dean of the College of Letters and Science, said it was really nice for current students to be able to see alumni and see what they can strive to become.
“I’m looking forward to seeing alumni come back. They were our former students, my former students, who are stopping by just to say hi and catch up and tell me all the success that they’ve had since their time at UW Oshkosh, and that’s really fulfilling for faculty members,” said McDermott.
Many alumni also came back to UWO for this event to build anticipation for the department’s upcoming 50 anniversary celebration slated for next year.
According to retired faculty member Gary Coll, the journalism program started as an emphasis in the Department of English. In 1968, David Lippert got the charter to offer a major in Journalism and we split from the English department.
“The 50th anniversary is a really important milestone for our department,” said Coll. “So much has changed. The Department of Journalism, when I came, had about four or five students and there was only one emphasis, news editorial.”
The department is planning a two-day celebration where students and faculty can share in the story of how journalism keeps moving forward.
On Oct. 5, 2018, there will be professional sessions, networking, tours and an Alumni Awards Dinner. On Oct. 6, 2018, j-alumni can gather for an entertaining evening filled with live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.