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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

UWP student selected as UW-Baraboo/Sauk County's commencement speaker

PLATTEVILLE - University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Kevin Opgenorth has been selected as University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County's commencement speaker for their May 22 ceremony.

As part of his efforts as a student representative on the UW System Board of Regents, Opgenorth visited UW-BSC in the fall and was very well received by the campus and community. Each regent is assigned to a UW campus as a "regent buddy" or representative and Opgenorth was assigned to UW-BSC. On the Board of Regents, Opgenorth also serves on committees for capital planning and budget, student discipline and other student appeals, academic staff excellence awards, diversity awards and the UWP chancellor search.

At UWP, Opgenorth is majoring in business administration and economics with plans to graduate in May. He returned to UWP after serving for three years in the United States Army, including a one-year deployment in Iraq. He is active on campus as a member of Student Senate, an officer in the Society for Advancement of Management and part of the ad hoc committee on inclement weather policy.

According to Matt Jurvelin, UW-BSC's assistant dean for student services, the commencement speaker selection process began with a committee reviewing a list of recommendations from the community, faculty, staff and students of UW-BSC. The committee narrowed it down to about 12 individuals and ultimately selected Opgenorth. "It was fantastic having him here on campus in the fall," said Jurvelin. "We were very pleased when he accepted the invitation to serve as our commencement speaker in May."

Thomas Pleger, campus executive officer and dean at UW-BSC, is looking forward to welcoming Opgenorth back to campus. "We have regents visit the UW-BSC campus regularly and when Regent Opgenorth came to visit this fall he was very well received by faculty, staff and students. We were extremely impressed with his background and feel that he represents the interests of the UW System students well. We are honored to have him as our commencement speaker and look forward to welcoming him back on campus," Pleger said.

"I am honored that UW-BSC has asked me to be their graduation speaker. I am very excited to share this special experience with the graduates and their families," said Opgenorth.

For more information, contact Opgenorth at

Contact: Kevin Opgenorth, student representative, UW-Extension Board of Regents, Written by: Anne Killian, UWP Office of Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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