Program receives Rosa Parks award

January 22, 2014

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Sky's The Limit Program

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Sky’s the Limit program recently received the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award at the Women’s Transportation Seminar Award luncheon in Brookfield, Wis.

The Sky’s the Limit outreach program is a transportation focused program in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at UW-Platteville, designed to introduce young women to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. “There are three outreach programs under the umbrella name of Sky’s the Limit: seventh through eighth grade program, ninth through 10th grade program and 11th through 12th grade program,” said Dr. Kristina Fields, associate professor in the College of EMS and active WTS international and Wisconsin member.

The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award is presented to an organization that has exhibited outstanding and extraordinary efforts in developing opportunities for women and minorities and has contributed to promoting diversity and cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry or in a project or activity that supports the goals and mission of Women’s Transportation Seminar, a professional organization focused on women in transportation. The WTS Wisconsin awarded the Sky’s the Limit program with the plaque.

Other WTS Wisconsin members who are UW-Platteville alumna and other civil engineering alumna come back to the university to help with the different Sky’s the Limit programs. “It is this overall outreach program and its involvement by all of these wonderful women that help pull this off,” said Fields.

The UW-Platteville Sky’s the Limit program has been in place since 2005, and expanded in 2010. “I am very proud of our professional staff and students who over several years have developed a program that has received an award named after such an important woman in history,” said Tammy Salmon-Stephens, senior director of the Student Success Programs in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

Contact: Dr. Kristina Fields, College of EMS, (608) 342-1533, fieldskr@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, willmanc@uwplatt.edu

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