Room naming ceremony set to honor professor emerita

April 29, 2014
Dr. Patricia Collins Exercise Science Room
Dr. Patricia Collins

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — On Tuesday, May 6, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will name its exercise science room, located in Room 210 of Williams Fieldhouse, the Dr. Patricia Collins Exercise Science Room, in honor of Dr. Patricia Collins. A formal dedication will take place at 2 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, administration, former students of Dr. Collins, donors to the room naming and community members are invited to attend.

Collins arrived at UW-Platteville in 1960 and throughout her 33 years of service, made an impact on the students, faculty and staff of the university and was a leading force in its physical education, health promotion and athletics programs.

The exercise science laboratory classroom, which opened in 2012, is a dual-purpose laboratory/lecture space that features an interactive SMART Board classroom on one side and a metabolic cart, treadmills, exercise bikes, flexibility tests and mat area on the other. The state-of-the-art facility also provides a space for undergraduate health and human performance research opportunities.

Health Promotion Fit Lab interns are trained in this classroom to interact and perform the Health and Human Performance 1000 course physical fitness assessment protocol that each UW-Platteville student goes through as part of the “wellness” requirement.

The classroom was made possible through a laboratory modernization grant, funds from the UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education dean’s office and gift dollars raised by the UW-Platteville Foundation from donors wishing to honor Collins.

UW-Platteville students, faculty, staff, former students of Dr. Collins, donors to the room naming and community members are also welcome to attend an open house being held for Collins on Saturday, May 17. Guests will meet at the Dr. Patricia Collins Exercise Science Room at 1 p.m. to view the room, then gather at the Platteville Golf and Country Club, 6729 N. Water Street in Platteville, at 2 p.m. for complimentary appetizers.

Contact: Dr. Colleen McCabe, health and human performance, (608) 342-1796,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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