Boelk among more than 600 graduates at UWP

May 14, 2003

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2003_05_14.jpgPLATTEVILLE-UW-Platteville student Brandon Boelk, a native of Monticello will graduate from UWP in a class of more than 600 undergraduate students with a major in political science and a minor in criminal justice.

"I enjoyed the time and all the opportunities I was given at UWP, I hope to come back one day in a different role," said Boelk.

Boelk plans on attending an out of state graduate school and pursuing a master's degree to eventually attain a position at a university in student affairs. He has not determined which graduate school he will be attending, but has interviews this summer.

"Helping students deal with college is one of those jobs you wake up in the morning and want to go do. That is why I am pursuing that path," said Boelk.

He has been involved in a variety of activities including the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, where he held positions as vice-president of recruitment, new member coordinator and banquet chair. Boelk also held the positions in student governance, most notably student body president. In fact, being student body president has been one of the most memorable experiences Boelk has had at UWP.

"Working with the senators, the executive board, eating lunch with the governor and being sent to Washington, D.C., for a legislative conference were highlights of the position.

Boelk also took pride in helping Sigma Phi Epsilon attain its charter in 2000. Sigma Phi Epsilon is one of the youngest fraternities, yet one of the largest on campus.

Boelk mentioned a list of people who he felt were influential in his success. His parents, Chad and Shirley Boelk, and his brother, Austin, have been most supportive. He also thanked his brothers in Sigma Phi Epsilon and that Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs, Michael Viney and David Nevins, UWP leadership development coordinator have been very helpful as well.

"Mick and David have helped me in getting to know almost the entire division of student affairs. In guiding me the last few years as student body president and as a student they have opened my eyes to new things. The passion they have for helping students is what inspired my decision to pursue student affairs," said Boelk.

In his free time Boelk enjoys sports, politics and governance.

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