The Rally for Excellence, planned by the Senate's Intergovernmental Affairs Commission led by Director Rebecca Jewell, was an educational government immersion experience that gave students a chance to express their hopes and concerns for their university to state legislators.
Students met in small groups with 48 legislators to discuss issues including the Confluence Project, a new residence hall, Blugold Commitment differential tuition and the 2015-2017 proposed state budget.
"This gave students a chance to learn more about advocacy and the state political process, and we were also able to show legislators how much students value their Blugold education, "Jewell said.
The rally allowed for students and the Student Senate to gain insight on the four issues discussed throughout the day.
"We were able to meet with senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle," said student rally participant Amber Hargesheimer. "It was extremely helpful to hear different opinions and the legislators really valued our thoughts and concerns."
The Rally for Excellence was a great step in building a strong relationship between UW-Eau Claire students and state legislators and also showcased the Student Senate's dedication to creating active citizenship within the student body, Jewell said.
Students who would like to become involved in future opportunities to speak with legislators can contact Jewell at email@example.com or visit the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate on Facebook to find contact information for area legislators.
News media seeking comment regarding the Rally for Excellence may contact Student Senate Public Relations Director Amy Jewell at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Rally for Excellence, contact Intergovernmental Affairs Director Rebecca Jewell at email@example.com.
Photo caption: Fifty students visited state legislators in Madison during the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate's Rally for Excellence.