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Former Student Senate Presidents Support New Student Senate Opportunity Fund

RELEASED: March 6, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Two former University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Senate presidents recently made gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support a new Student Senate Opportunity Fund.

Randall Paulson, who was Student Senate president 1983-84, and Randall Newton, who was president in 1984-85, supported the fund, which will provide money for activities, including leadership development, not covered in the senate's regular budget.

"Serving as president of the student body was the single most interesting and rewarding experience I had in college, and I very much hope the Student Senate Opportunity Fund will enhance training and learning for many student leaders in the years ahead," said Paulson, who is Assistant State Public Defender, Appellate Division in Milwaukee.

Extracurricular activities, like serving in the Student Senate, are important to personal and professional development, Newton said.

"Involvement in Student Senate helped me develop in a balanced manner, adding interpersonal and public speaking skills to an excellent academic experience," Newton said. "Interaction with students, staff and faculty and administration while in student government allowed me to develop emotional intelligence skills that I employ every day on the job."

Newton's gift was matched by Honeywell, where he is employed as an ACS EMEA controller.

In addition to personal leadership development, this fund gives the Student Senate the means to further develop its effectiveness within the university, said Timothy Lauer, the current student body president.

"The activities the fund contributes to will certainly have a positive impact on the spirit of the Student Senate while improving our ability to represent students in moving forward the goals of UW-Eau Claire," Lauer said. "Without the generous support of alumni like these, student organizations and the Student Senate would have a difficult time organizing events, growing future leaders and improving the campus climate."

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