What’s your Oshkosh story?

I’m Adam Bellcorelli and have lived in Oshkosh since I got married in December of 2005. The woman I would be lucky enough to marry had just finished up her graduate school program in Toledo, Ohio when she got hired on as the newest Residence Hall Director at UW Oshkosh. I had been working for an online university outside of Chicago and a few weeks before the wedding, I was tired of the tedious job and sick of being away from my sweetheart. I told my boss I was going to lunch and never coming back. I spent the next couple weeks packing up the apartment, watching movies, and getting everything settled so that I could drive up to Oshkosh and begin our life together. Once we were married, I moved into the apartment she had in Donner Hall and began looking for work around campus.

What do you do here?

After a semester of searching, I landed an interview with the University Honors Program as the Academic Advisor. Dr Maguire and Dr Klemp are the two folks I remember talking to and they must have thought I was alright because they brought me on to begin my 5 year stint in the UHP. During that time, my wife and I moved to Evans Hall, we started our family, and I began graduate school myself. We loved raising our kids in the residence halls! There was always something fun to do nearby, always students around who loved seeing the babies, and so many great staff members who became adopted big siblings for the little ones.

Our first child loved riding with me all over UWO. I’d strap her into the baby carrier on my chest and take my scooter across campus, to visit friends in offices or down by the river. When our daughter got bigger and our son came along I would hook up a wagon to my scooter and cruise all over Oshkosh, visiting parks and restaurants along Main St.

We were so in love with Oshkosh and all there is to do around here that we decided we would buy a house. When my wife switched university jobs to one that did not require her to live in the residence halls, we moved about a mile up the road from campus. Our then-5 year old would tell people, “We moved from the city to the country.” We had our own yard and garage and neighbors with kids, it was great.

Life continues to be great, as I am now a Community Employment Specialist at Clarity Care, helping people with disabilities find professional development opportunities. My wife is in charge of volunteerism at UWO, our daughter is a 2nd grader at Read Elementary and our son is in 4K at Lincoln School at UWO. I am vice-chair of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the City of Oshkosh Planning Department and my wife is the Girl Scout Leader for our daughter’s troop.

What do you like about Oshkosh?

Some of our favorite things about Oshkosh at the Farmer’s Markets (Summer and Winter), Menominee Park and the Zoo, the great local parks, the Riverwalk and paths along the water, and the amazing people we meet every day.

What needs to change in Oshkosh?

Oshkosh would do well to embrace sustainability and diversity. We live in a time and place where it is increasingly difficult to attract young professionals and families to a smaller city and Oshkosh has a great foundation to build from if we all come together as a community and celebrate what makes each of us great. We need to make smart choices that lift everyone up when it comes to infrastructure (bridges, bike paths, clean water, safe housing) and speak to our neighbors so we do not lose those connections.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Oshkosh is a growing and active place with so many positive things happening, it is important to remember that that growth and activity does not benefit everyone equally unless we intentionally work to share the progress and truly “lift all boats”. By valuing neighborhoods and community we can continue to cherish the traditions and events that we all love as well as learn about and enjoy new cultures and friendships. I’d like to see us all take a few extra moments to slow down through the round-abouts and appreciate all the good going on around us.

 

“Pass the Mic” is a new feature in Oshkosh Independent designed to celebrate the richness of our diversity through simply showing and telling a little bit about all kinds of people that make Oshkosh what it is, through snowballing, or passing the mic from one person to another person in their network. Stay tuned to see who gets the mic next.