I would like to commend student body President-elect Andrew Lessig, Student Ombudsman Seth Weaver and their fellow students Stephen Warta and Kenneth Kroeker for taking the initiative to visit our state’s capital to meet with myself and other legislators during the most recent legislative session. They proved to be strong, informed advocates for quality university programs and comprehensive higher education opportunities at UAA.
I also want to thank the many other UAA students, as well as those from other University of Alaska campuses, who sat down with other legislators during these visits. Seeing university students involved in the public process demonstrates our public universities are succeeding in their most important role — to produce informed citizens with a stake in our state’s future.
Thank you again to these students for their engagement, and congratulations to President-elect Lessig on his recent election. I have no doubt they will continue to be exceptional representatives of the UAA student body.
Senator Johnny Ellis
Editor’s Note: Andrew Lessig has officially been sworn in as USUAA President since he last met with legislators.