"M" Step Project brings engineering building one step closer

April 13, 2006

PLATTEVILLE - The "M" Step Project, a fundraiser leading to the sponsorship of one classroom in the new engineering building, is now welcoming alumni and friends to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Individuals, families and businesses are welcome to sponsor a step, and in return, their name or names will be engraved onto a plate that will be permanently attached to the face of the step. It costs $500 to sponsor a step, $750 for the choice to pick which step, and $10,000 per platform (which have benches and/or telescopes). The cost may either be paid in full or over a period of no more than five years.

The first step will be named in honor of Pat Medley and Alvin Knoerr, the two men who had the vision of making the largest "M" in the world on Platteville Mound. In 1936, Medley and Knoerr, students of the Mining School in Platteville, traced a giant "M" in the snow on the mound. The following spring, they convinced their schoolmates to build the stone "M," which still stands as a proud symbol of UWP.

Richard Shultz, dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, said, "We see this as an opportunity for people who have strong ties to UW-Platteville - those who feel that the university has provided them with the tools to succeed in their careers and lives - to own a piece of it. The opportunity is open to anyone who feels a connection with the "M" as a symbol for the university." Interested sponsors may contact Angela Gasior, development officer for the College of EMS, at (608) 342-1231 or gasiora@uwplatt.edu. This offer only lasts as long as there are steps, and there are only 266 steps and three platforms.

Contact: Dennis Cooley, director, University Relations and UWP Foundation, (608) 342-1182,cooleyde@uwplatt.edu

Prepared by: Kate McKinney, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,mckinnka@uwplatt.edu

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