My name is Caroline Russell and I am currently a freshmen at Madison College in Madison, WI. I have served on our Student Senate since October and was also Lieutenant Governor until April 13th, 2013 when I was elected President of WSG. I am in the Liberal Arts Transfer major right now at Madison College but I am also a UW-Connections student. I will be transitioning to UW-Madison in the Fall of 2014 and am hoping to obtain my masters in Political Science and Sociology with certificates in German, Macroeconomics and Anthropology by 2017.
As President of WSG I would like to make our wonderful organization into an institutional powerhouse that legislators, local and state, can come to for advice and guidance on issues that are central to our students. I want all of our Governors and Lieutenant Governors to be extremely familiar with their legislators and meet with them often. I also would like us to work more fluidly together in order to achieve the goals we have for each of our individual colleges. Lastly I want to maintain the credibility of our tremendous work by ensuring that the entirety of the state's technical colleges remain an active within this organization; we are stronger together than we would be apart. I am extremely excited to work with my Vice President Mark Short, and all of the Governors and Lieutenant Governors!
President Christopher Morse
An Army Veteran, I am currently majoring in Leadership Development, Human Resource Management and Manufacturing Management at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. I am the President of Leaders in Action, a Vice President in Phi Theta Kappa and a student ambassador. I love going to church and my faith is very important to me. I look forward to serving Wisconsin Student Government as the President for 2016-2017
Vice President Chris Villarreal
Vice President Jordan Justus
SCHOOL - LAKELAND AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Degree Program - Golf Management
Issues Important to me - There are many important issues that the Technical College System faces in a typical year. I plan on making sure that the legislatures in Madison are aware on where we Technical College stand on issues for they are well aware on how we feel on legislation that affects how the Technical Colleges Operate.
What are you looking forward to most in your position- I look forward to representing WSG and building a relationship with our organizations and our state legislatures.
Vice President Richard Evers
Adm Financial Officer Traci Lawrenz
Vice President Craig Collins
AFO Traci Lawrenz
AFO Timothy Homuth
Parliamentarian Richard Weber
AFO Officer Sarah Joas
School - Gateway Technical College Program - Human Services with certification in AODA
Issues I feel are important - For the last 7 years I have advocated for students on many different levelss and issues. My advocacy efforts started when my son was diagnosed with Autism in 2005. I am passionate about education and everyone having an opportunity to continue on after they graduate high school. Students can only do this if the cost of college is kept to a minimum. I believe in the Technical College System and am excited to promote all that our schools have to offer students.
Things I am looking forward to in my position - In this next year I am preparing to build a stronger relationship between Wisconsin Student Government and our state LEgislators. I also hope that as an organization we will not only look at our local issues, but keep an eye on the national issues that will inflence our colleges as well. I am personally delighted and honored to nuture leadership skills; not only in myself but in my peers as well.
Parliamentarian Carly Moulton
President Adam Strozier
SCHOOL - MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE Program - Liberal Arts
Issues I feel are important - Improving the the Image of the of the Technical College System, Keeping costs affordable for students, Continual integration of technology into the classrooms.
Things I am looking forward to in my new position - I am looking forward to becoming more politically involved in legislative affairs that affect our technical colleges. This year I would like to take a deep look at all new legislation that is being introduced and give our position and input to our legislators. I am also looking forward to promoting important skills, such as leadership that can be used in WSG, local student governments and in the work field.
Vice President Mark Short
School - Gateway Technical College Program - Accounting
Issues I feel are important - Improved articulation agreements between WTCS and UW schools, maintenance of State-sponsored Financial Aid opportunities, more Service Learning opportunities at schools, and improved communication of WTCS-related legislative issues to students.
Things I am looking forward to in my position - In the Vice-President position of WSG, I am looking forward to working with other officers and delegates in WSG to create a mission statement that will encapsulate all that this organization hopes to achieve. I am looking forward to getting to know the diverse members of WSG and learning what the needs of their constituent student population is. I look forward to supporting our newly-elected President, Caroline Russell in the direction she would like to guide the organization. Finally, I look forward to the enhancing the good working relationship our organization has with both the Wisconsin Technical Colleges District Boards Association and the Wisconsin Technical College System Board for the purposes of promoting students' interests.
As the 2012-2013 AFO
Issues I feel are important - Improved credit transfer agreements between WTCS and UW schools, maintenance of State-sponsored Financial Aid opportunities, more Service Learning opportunities at schools, and improved communication of WTCS-related legislative issues to students, exploring and initiating relations with the Tribal Community Colleges in Wisconsin, and continued participation in ASACC-related events and initiatives.
Things I am looking forward to in my position - In the AFO position, I am looking forward to the experience of the process of developing an annual budget. I look forward to getting to know my fellow officers as well as the members of the delegations from around Wisconsin. Finally, I look forward to the wonderful opportunity of advocating the wishes of the WTCS students to state legislators.
Parliamentarian Christopher Arbour
AFO Charlie Andrews
President Rebecca Gement
Degree Program – I graduated in May 2011 with my Network Specialist Degree. I am currently working on programming/administration for the IBM iSeries and a Computer Support Specialist Degree. I plan to graduate in May 2012. I am hoping to find a position where I am the liaison between the end user and the program designer. Traveling would be a bonus!
Important Issues to you – Technical Colleges have never been more important to the State of Wisconsin than they are now. We need to ensure that they have the funding necessary to meet the current and future needs of our students and business partners. The three areas I feel are very important right now are:
Sustainability because if we do not take care of our resources today, there will be none for tomorrow.
Entrepreneurship as every big business began as one person having a dream, setting goals and succeeding.
Service Learning because it is important to give back to our communities both our time and knowledge so that the next generation learns from our successes and our failures.
What are you looking forward to most in your position – I look forward to meeting with legislators to let them know how important the success of our technical college system is to the state of Wisconsin’s economy. Technical Colleges touch on every aspect of the working class. They give young students the hands-on training necessary to enter the workforce with real-world skills. They give older, displaced worker students the opportunity to garner new skills in a timely fashion to return to the workforce. Finally, they also offer the opportunity for current workers to take specialized classes needed for them to continue on their career path. As President of WSG, I look forward to being the spokesperson for technical college students throughout the state to present their concerns and goals to leaders in the State of Wisconsin.
Vice President John Lippold
School: Moraine Park Technical College
Program: Interactive Media
Important Issues: There are numerous important issues facing our elected representatives. It behooves us the make sure our representatives in Madison keep the technical college system in the forefront. Additionally, I think it is critical for the students of the technical college system to identify avenues of entrepreneurship within our areas of study. If we can build our own enterprises we will not be dependent on the economy to provide our livelihood. Where possible, we should encourage our schools to add classes to their curriculum that would promote this way of thinking.
Looking forward to: On a regular basis I interact with politicians on a local level. I am looking forward to building a dialogue with our representatives on the state level.