UW-Stevens Point: activity center named Skyward Fieldhouse

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In recognition of the generous support of the founders/owners of Skyward Inc., the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Multi-Activity Center (MAC) was named Skyward Fieldhouse today.

Skyward Founders/Owners, Jim King, Class of 1968, and his wife, Jean, created the Skyward Scholars program. This new endowed program will provide four-year scholarships to incoming UW-Stevens Point students pursuing a career in programming. When fully operational, up to 20 Skyward Scholars will benefit from this program at any given time. The scholarship program will also enhance curricular activities within the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies and builds on more than two decades of curricular and scholarship support.

“The Skyward Fieldhouse reflects Skyward’s continued importance and commitment to education,” said Scott Glinski, CEO of Skyward. “We couldn’t be happier to continue our long-standing partnership with UWSP through this dedication. Skyward appreciates the support of our owners Jim and Jean King and the endless passion and support they bring to the university, which has a great impact on the surrounding community.

They were recognized at a grand opening of the Skyward Fieldhouse today (September 2). Skyward Fieldhouse signage was unveiled/displayed on two interior walls of this center’s gymnasium in the Health System Champions Room at the Marshfield Clinic, 2050 Fourth Ave. Mac, a 54,000 square foot recreation space with basketball courts and a 200 meter indoor track, is the largest campus space for open recreation, team practices and large events, including launch ceremonies.

“We are so grateful for the long-term support of Jim and Jean King and so proud to call them UW-Stevens Point Partners,” said Chancellor Thomas Gibson. “Thank you for your ingenuity, caring, generosity and unwavering support of UWSP and our community. Together with Jim’s brother they formed Skyward, a respected local K-12 school administration software provider that has grown exponentially in Stevens Point. Skyward has offered internship opportunities to dozens of our students and hired hundreds of UW-Stevens Point graduates – approximately 40% of their employees! »

The Skyward Scholars program will help even more students pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer systems. Five students would receive the partificial scholarship for a maximum of four consecutive years. Each year, five additional students will be selected for the Skyward Scholars program.

“We thank Skyward for their generous donation. The Skyward Scholars program is an exciting addition to the range of scholarships we can offer our students,” said Tomi Heimonen, associate professor and president of UW-Stevens Point Computing and New Media Technologies. “Thanks to this program, students who progress in computer information systems programs will have fewer obstacles in achieving their academic and professional goals.”

For more information about the Skyward Scholars program, contact the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies at 715-346-4409 or email cnmt@uwsp.edu.

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