Alumnus Tonya Schmidt to speak at leadership event

April 11, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-From the halls of Dobson at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to hall director at Marquette University, UWP alumnus Tonya Schmidt will share the secrets of her leadership success at the Student Leadership Recognition event. Chosen as the keynote speaker, Schmidt will discuss the importance of "Confidence in Your Leadership Abilities," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the UWP Center for the Arts.

"It's so important to have confidence in yourself and then apply that confidence to leadership experiences," Schmidt said. "This is what helps you grow as a person, so it helps you and those around you."

Schmidt graduated from UWP in 1998 with a degree in English and a minor in communications. As a student at UWP, she was a member of the concert, symphony and jazz bands, as well as the women's choir. Schmidt served on the Resident Hall Council, wrote for the student newspaper, The Exponent, and was a resident assistant and program assistant for Dobson Hall.

Schmidt's active involvement on campus, along with her study abroad experience in London and the student assistant position with the UW-Platteville Alumni Association and the UW-Platteville Foundation made her a good match for this year's leadership event.

"I knew Barb Daus (former director of UW-Platteville Alumni Services and currently the special assistant to Chancellor David Markee) through my student assistant position with the alumni and foundation offices," Schmidt said. "She knows of my involvement, personality and my study abroad experience so she asked me to speak at the event. When I was asked to speak, I was very flattered and extremely excited."

After graduating from UWP, Schmidt continued her education at UW-Whitewater, obtaining a master's degree in counseling and serving as assistant hall director for UW-Whitewater's Residence Life Department. Schmidt, her husband, Todd - who graduated from UWP in 1996 as the valedictory speaker with a degree in political science and a minor in accounting - and their daughter are currently relocating to Milton where he will be serving as the city administrator. Schmidt said UWP had a tremendous impact on her life.

"I was given so many opportunities at UWP to participate in leadership positions to learn and grow as a person," Schmidt said. "I really don't think I would have gotten all of this at just any college. Students can get involved in everything from sports and music to Greek organizations and professional associations. UWP students are given endless opportunities and if they take them, their lives will be enriched forever."

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