Davis follows a family tradition

December 13, 2002

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For Nicki Davis of Lodi, a college education at UW-Platteville is all about family. Following in the footsteps of her great grandmother, her grandmother's sister, her mother and her father, Nicki Davis will receive her degree from UW-Platteville at Winter Commencement on Dec. 14. Davis has an older brother who graduated from UWP and a younger brother who is a freshman at UWP. Davis also has a sister, Ginny who attends UW-Whitewater.

Davis will be graduating with a degree in electrical engineering with emphases in power electronics and communication systems. She also has completed a minor in music and has been involved in a variety of extracurricular activities throughout her college career. Davis has participated in vocal jazz, marching band, has been a member of the pep band and student senate, she is a resident assistant for Dobson Hall, and the Curriculum Committee Chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Davis worked to finance her education through a number of campus jobs. Davis attributes her success to her family. "My family inspired me to work hard and go after the electrical engineering degree. I was encouraged and expected to go to college," said Davis.

Last summer, Davis pursued an internship at Johnson Control Inc. based in Milwaukee. She worked on projects in Washington D.C., including the creation of databases and aiding in the design of security systems.

Based on her review of her internship experience, Davis was offered a position upon graduation. Her work ethic, ability to balance jobs with course work, time management, and persistence factored into her getting offered the position.

Davis is exploring career choices with Johnson Control Inc. and Wisconsin Public Service, based in Green Bay.

Davis said the best part of attending UWP was the people and relationships that were built over the years.

"The professors are excellent and personable and have directed me to job opportunities. The faculty wants to see you succeed and challenges you to do just that. When I interned out east, I was working among others that were from Division I schools. To be able to compete at that level says something about the education at UWP."

Davis enjoys participating in vocal jazz, playing the piano and playing tennis in her free time.

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