MAILED: May 18, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seniors Lauren Biela West and Melissa Bieri have been selected to deliver the "Response From the Class" at the spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 23.West, a communication and Spanish major from Berwyn, Ill., will give her speech during the morning ceremony to graduates of the College of Business and the College of Professional Studies. In her speech titled "The Opportunity of Challenges," West describes how facing a challenge is more rewarding than walking away from one.
"It is easy to forget that goals are achieved, projects are completed and pride is earned by viewing challenges as opportunities," she said. "Dealing with new challenges in life is a never ending process that we have been learning about since we were children."
A current resident of Chippewa Falls along with her husband and daughter, West said her plans after graduation include working in public relations and using her Spanish speaking abilities.
Bieri, an organizational communication major from Monona, will speak before graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and those receiving master's degrees during the afternoon ceremony. Her speech compared building a house for Habitat for Humanity during this year's spring break to graduating from UW-Eau Claire.
"Like building, education relies on a foundation," she said. "Our foundation consists of past experiences, family support, friendship and personal strength."
Bieri plans to work for Andersen Consulting in Minneapolis after graduation.
Chair of the commencement committee that chose the students to speak to the graduating class, Dr. Robert Sampson said the speeches this year were outstanding.
"They were first of all original," he said. "Second of all they identified not only their own perspectives as students, but identified the roles of others like parents, faculty and friends during their time at the university."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 18, 1998