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UW-Eau Claire Student Senate
To Hold Third Annual Government Day

 MAILED:  March 10, 2004

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Senate will host activities for its third annual Government Day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Davies Center.

The event will offer students an opportunity to interact directly with their elected government officials at the city and state levels. Roundtables, interactive programs and panels throughout the day are tailored to the theme “It’s Your Government — Get Involved.” The day will end with a 7 p.m. keynote address by Ed Thompson, former mayor of Tomah and Libertarian Party candidate in the 2002 Wisconsin gubernatorial election, in Room 100 of Schneider Hall.

Following is a schedule of the day’s activities:
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — “What is Student Senate?” Student senators and directors will answer questions and provide information regarding all nine commissions of Student Senate. (Badger Room)
• 9-10 a.m. — “The Brain Gain.” State Rep. Rob Kreibich will speak on the fact that 80 percent of UW graduates stay in the state after graduation. However, Wisconsin struggles with attracting college graduates from other states. Rep. Kreibich will discuss possible solutions to this problem. (Eagle Room)
• 9-10 a.m. — “The Importance of Young Voters.” State Sen. Ron Brown will discuss how the increase in young voter turnout influences campaign strategy and issues for political candidates. (Potawatomi Room)
• 10-11 a.m. — “UW-Eau Claire/Community Relations.” Eau Claire city council members will visit with students and discuss the current relationship between the community and UW-Eau Claire. (Potawatomi Room)
• 11 a.m.-noon — “Government’s Role in Promoting Local Diversity.” City affirmative action officer Marguerite Taylor will discuss actions taken by the city of Eau Claire to improve education and diversity in the community. (Potawatomi Room)
• 1-2 p.m. — “How Does the Student Senate Affect You as a Student at UW-Eau Claire?” Student Senate President Adrian Klenz, Student Senate Vice President Kate Demerse and former Student Senator Matt Flaten will answer questions about how Student Senate decisions affect each student. (Eagle Room)

• 1-2 p.m. — “The State Budget and its Effects on UW Students.” State Rep. Larry Balow will answer questions regarding the state budget. (Potawatomi Room)
• 2-3 p.m. — “Women in Leadership” Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Development and Diversity Dr. Kimberly Barrett will discuss women’s role in leadership. (Eagle Room)
• 2-3 p.m. — “Neighborhood/Student Relations.” Marty Fisher-Blakely of Randall Park Neighborhood Association, Garry Sherwood of the Third Ward Neighborhood Association and Student Senate leadership will speak about how to improve relations between student and non-student neighbors. (Potawatomi Room)
• 3-5:30 p.m. — “City Council Candidate Forum” The 10 city council candidates running for the five seats in the April 6 election will explain their views regarding the city of Eau Claire. (Schofield Auditorium)
• 7-8 p.m. — “It’s Your Government — Get Involved!” Keynote speaker Ed Thompson will be speaking about the importance of government involvement. Thompson is the former mayor of Tomah, the 2002 Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate and the brother of former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson. (Schneider 100)

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Student Senate office at (715) 836-4646 or contact Randy Winsand at

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Updated: March 10, 2004