Senate honors Mash
In a one-hour meeting Monday night, Student Senate passed a resolution recognizing outgoing Chancellor Donald Mash’s service to the university.
Mash, who addressed the Senate at the beginning of the meeting, said he has enjoyed working with student government throughout his seven years at UW-Eau Claire.
“I have a great respect for the role our students play in the governance process,” Mash told the body.
He also presented Student Senate with a sweet parting gift: a 10-pound Nestle Crunch candy bar.
As he leaves for Madison to fulfill the post of UW System executive senior vice president, Mash said his most cherished memories of Eau Claire involved the individual contact he had with students.
“I insisted on attempting to address every orientation session,” he said.
Before voting on the resolution, which received a standing ovation by the body, senators took time to share memories of Mash accumulated during their time at Eau Claire.
Student Senate’s Student Services Director Aaron Olson said his most memorable Mash moment was when the chancellor cooked omelets in the cafeteria his freshman year.
“That’s what made him a great leader,” he told the body, “making omelets and saying hi to people.”
Student Senate President Chad Wade echoed Olson’s praise of Mash’s leadership abilities.
“I can’t exactly put into words what a great example of leadership Chancellor Mash has been … for (Vice President) Meredith (Marx) and I,” Wade said. “He’s definitely going to be missed.”