Perhaps you remember the 1939 classic movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which starred James Stewart—a story about one man’s effect on American politics. Globe University-Wausau doesn’t have a movie star, but we do have Norbert, our resident bearded dragon who made quite an impression on State Representative Mandy Wright during a recent visit to our school.
Mandy Wright is completing her first term as the State Representative of the 85th District and is now running for re-election. Ms. Wright is a graduate of Wausau East, a former teacher of the Wausau public school system, and has served in many volunteer capacities in our community. As such, she is ideally suited for her appointments to four assembly committees: Small Business Development, Education, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
The visit was hosted by Heather Holzem, community manager, and Stephanie Luisier, director of career services. The tour of the campus was led by Mike Kranzusch, campus director and Debra Tetting, dean of education.
Ms. Wright visited classes in our massage therapy and veterinary technology programs answering questions from students and sharing her positions on subjects of interest. Kevin Berry, veterinarian technology instructor, was on hand for her stop in his class.
“I think it’s fantastic that an assembly representative from our area would take the time to visit a private university to see their constituents,” he says. “Ms. Wright was genuinely enthusiastic to learn about our veterinary technology program, and experienced the hands-on learning the students receive in our program from microscope work to the functionality of the surgery suite. It was a pleasure to have her on our campus.”
Of particular intrigue to her were our strategies of linking applied learning projects to community activities and student externships. She was also very aware of the importance of student retention and placement rates.
Ms. Wright, although busy with a demanding schedule, is very active in outdoor activities and shares her husband’s passion for exotic animals. She immediately was drawn to Norbert our bearded campus ambassador. Although this may not be Washington, Norbert, the students, staff and faculty of the Wausau campus now have a new friend in Wisconsin politics with State Representative Mandy Wright. We are counting on our shared dedication to education, for her to promote our efforts to provide a continuing education to many interested adults of the Wausau community.
By Mike Kranzusch, campus director