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Political science major to go to Washington, D.C., as a student lobbyist

February 17, 2012
Katy Faust
EAU CLAIRE — A junior political science major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will get some real-life experience this spring lobbying members of the U.S. Congress.

Katy Faust, a member of the UW-Eau Claire sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma-Gamma Lambda, was selected as a congressional representative by Tri Sigma and the National Panhellenic Council.

Faust will travel to Washington, D.C., April 21-25 to serve as a student lobbyist. The Neenah native will spend several days lobbying congress about the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act, which would allow donations to Greek houses to be tax deductible, safer and more affordable for members of fraternities and sororities.

Faust said she is thankful for the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the political process and to experience the political process in a close-up and personal way.

"I am so proud to be able to represent Sigma Sigma Sigma in our nation's capital," Faust said. "I am extremely thankful to my sorority — both locally and nationally — for encouraging me and selecting me to do be part of this experience."

Whitney Hedge, Eau Claire, current president of Sigma Sigma Sigma-Gamma Lambda, said she believes this opportunity is groundbreaking for the UW-Eau Claire sorority.

"We are extremely proud of her for being selected," Hedge said of Faust. "She is the only Greek from our campus, and she is the only Greek selected from Wisconsin."

Faust plans to attend law school after she graduates from UW-Eau Claire.

Founded in 1902, the National Panhellenic Conference is composed of women's Greek-letter fraternities, which serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life. NPC is one of the largest women's membership organizations, representing more than 4 million women at 655 college and university campuses and 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the United States and Canada.

For more information, visit the Eau Claire chapter website.



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