Vande Voort nominated for UWP super senior award

December 6, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE-Whether she's serving as a mentor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Women in Engineering Program or as secretary for the Society of Women Engineers, Sheri Vande Voort of Greenleaf has more than risen to the occasion.

Vande Voort is a 1998 graduate of Wrightstown High School and the daughter of Raymond and Carolyn Vande Voort of Greenleaf. She anticipates graduating in December 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering and was nominated by Max Anderson, chair of the civil and environmental engineering department, for this semester's UW-Platteville Alumni Association Super-Senior/Honorary Life Membership Award.

"I thought Sheri was a very deserving student for the award, based on her involvement in environmental engineering programs and other activities on campus," Anderson said. "I'm the advisor for the Platteville Society of Environmental Engineers (PSEE) and Sheri was the secretary last year. I thought she did an excellent job, doing so much more than taking minutes for the meeting. She really took charge of the activities. It was like we had a second president."

In addition to Vande Voort's involvement with PSEE, she is also a member of the civil and environmental engineering honor society, Chi Epsilon, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has aided the University with a number of workshops and programs involving engineering activities, such as a workshop held for local Girl Scouts about engineering opportunities.

"I think I was nominated for the super senior award because I have been involved in several organizations on campus and have a strong desire to learn the technical skills of an engineer," Vande Voort said. "I also have the ability to take initiative and am a friendly, outgoing person who has been able to maintain an honorable grade point average throughout the past four years of college."

While receiving her education at UWP, Vande Voort's involvement has extended beyond environmental engineering and campus activities."My mentor group and I were involved in a community service project of raking leaves for elderly people in Platteville," Vande Voort said.

After graduation, Vande Voort plans to accepte a position at an engineering consulting firm in Denver, Colo., working on water/wastewater design work. In her free time, Vande Voort said she enjoys gardening, biking, hiking and helping her parents on their family dairy farm.

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