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Two senators selected for council

Two UW-Eau Claire student senators will travel to Madison roughly once a month to join 29 members of the UW System’s fifth Student Ambassador advisory council.

“They were looking for two ambassadors who could travel to Madison,” Student Senate President Chad Wade said. Wade said he and Student Senate Vice President Meredith Marx chose Aaron Olson, Student Senate services director, and Adam Pettke, Student Senate treasurer, as ambassadors in early October because they could fit trips into their schedules.

“I think it’s just a process of delegation.”
-Aaron Olson
Member of the UW System Ambassador advisory council

Wade said the two also were chosen because the senate felt comfortable sending them as representatives.

“They were both in student government,” Wade said, “so … we felt comfortable … having them go down and represent our campus in Madison in that advisory role.”

Wade said Mike Rindo, executive director of University Communications, introduced to him and Marx the idea of selecting ambassadors from what would be a pool of about a half dozen applicants.

These applicants did not fill out formal UW System applications; rather, Student Senate crafted its own application.

“They weren’t really distributed as much, as we looked for candidates, tried to make announcements, tried to get out (the) word to organizations,” Wade said.

However, there wasn’t much response, judging by the low number of submitted applications.

“Getting the candidates was the hardest part,” Wade said. He added, though, that the interview process was short once applications were received.

“I think it’s just a process of delegation,” Olson said on how he was chosen.

He said he is unaware of duties he’ll fulfill as an ambassador, and Wade agreed he’s unsure of their role; however, Linda Weimer, UW System vice president for university relations, said in a UW news release that ambassadors will keep the System connected with students by participating in projects and events at a system level. An example of an event, the release said, is UW Day at the State Fair.

Rindo could not be reached for comment, and Pettke was unable to give an interview because he was out of town.

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