Student Integrity Award
This award, which is presented to one UW-Whitewater student annually, recognizes a student who has visibly demonstrated their commitment to the campus values, specifically showing their "commitment to personal and professional integrity". Recipients of this award will receive a plaque and recognition at the annual Campus Awards Ceremony.
A member of the UW–W family provides and excellent example. Peter J Barrett (1935 – 2000) – taught at UW-Whitewater in the Finance and Business Law Department for many years and retired from teaching in 1997. Previously, he was an Olympic athlete. He is probably best remembered for his unyielding commitment to integrity and his willingness to share his experience with any and all.
Fair play and honesty were more important to him than medals. His only handicap in life was that he wore very thick glasses and when sailing. They often were coated with water during a race. While competing in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Peter tacked on to port and accidentally touched another tacking boat – against the rules. No one onboard the other boat noticed. Even though only Peter was aware of the contact, he retired from the race. Even in a non- racing mode he beat the first place finisher by 50 yards. He was awarded the silver but could have easily won the gold.
He was a firm believer in the unlimited potential of the human spirit. "In any competitive endeavor success goes to those who most want to succeed."
- Currently enrolled UW-Whitewater student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
- Must be enrolled at full time status
- Demonstration of ethical behavior in both the classroom and in their co-curricular involvements.
- Continued demonstration of personal integrity in decision-making and leadership.
- Nominee's participation in co-curricular activities has had a positive impact on the campus community.