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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Sen. Schultz visits and listens at UWP

PLATTEVILLE- Wisconsin Sen. Dale Schultz of the 17th Senate district visited the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Feb. 26 for a listening session with students, faculty and staff. Schultz immediately opened the floor to the group in attendance.

Schultz, who represents one of the largest geographical senate districts in Wisconsin, heard from the group and answered questions about various topics. Some of the issues discussed included Wisconsin's conceal and carry handgun laws; new legislation regarding texting while driving; the 2010 U.S. Census - and how it may affect the number of Wisconsin's Congressional seats and the reapportionment of legislative districts; as well as Wisconsin's upcoming gubernatorial election on Nov. 2.

Schultz suggested holding a debate in the region to help educate the gubernatorial candidates to the needs of Southwest Wisconsin.

Prior to the listening session, Schultz had visited with Kevin Bernhardt, UWP professor of agribusiness and director of the Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement, to talk about UWP entrepreneurship education initiatives.

"I am very glad to be here today in Platteville. You can't put UWP anywhere but right at the top of the list when it comes to community and economic development activities. Today's presentation by Dr. Bernhardt helped me put together the pieces and gain a clearer understanding of the role that the university has provided," said Schultz. "That's the number one challenge; everywhere I go, people are concerned about jobs and taxes. The world is changing very fast and the university has a role in helping people understand that part of it and making sure that we compete well.

Contact: Barb Daus, special assistant to the chancellor, UWP Chancellor's Office, (608) 342-1282, Written by: Ian Clark, UWP Office of Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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