Duane Porter, a student at Moraine Park Technical College, was elected president of the Wisconsin Student Government (WSG) for the 2007-08 academic year at the recent WSG meeting in New Richmond. He has been serving as WSG lieutenant governor for 2006-07.
Porter, from Campbellsport, is enrolled in the Information Technology – Technical Support Specialist associate degree program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. In addition to serving on the WSG, he is member of the Moraine Park IT Club, the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and the Moraine Park District Student Government (DSG). He also serves on Moraine Park's Quality Council.
The Wisconsin Student Government is a student-run organization representing more than 460,000 technical college students across the state. WSG participates in the shared governance of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and seeks to advance higher education by empowering current and future students to advocate on their own behalf for the accessibility, affordability and quality of the WTCS. WSG addresses political and other issues that affect students, faculty, the system's financial concerns and its existence.
Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses each have their own Student Senate to provide campus student activities and to address campus student government business. Moraine Park’s District Student Government is established to address college-wide student issues and provide tri-campus student activities between each campus.
Porter was elected WSG lieutenant governor at the Feb. 2 DSG meeting and attended his first WSG meeting, the WSG Legislative Seminar, Feb. 25-27. “He decided at the recent April WSG meeting to run for 2007-08 WSG president and presented a very informative and persuasive campaign speech to the WSG membership which resulted in his election,” said Jan Logan, Moraine Park student government advisor. “This is a very wonderful opportunity for one of Moraine Park's student leaders to serve as WSG president. Duane will attend the statewide District Boards Association meetings, among numerous other statewide meetings.”
“I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to serve on the executive board of WSG for the next year,” said Porter. “When I first entered Moraine Park last fall I never imagined that any of this would be happening. I hope that I can be an example to others in regard to opportunities and the excellent education provided by Moraine Park Technical College.”
Porter is the third Moraine Park student over the past four years to be elected president of the WSG. Former Moraine Park students Monica Williamson and Michele Scholz also held the position.
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