Telling Stories, Making Connections – Alumni Share Powerful Messages with Legislators

“Just say how you feel. Just tell them your story.”  That simple statement by Josh Ryan, Hill Day participant and Globe University-Madison West alumnus, represents a powerful message as we embarked on another Hill Day visit.

Globe University-Madison West joined our six sister campuses representing the Wisconsin Council for Independent Education for Hill Day 2013 at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Representing Globe University-Madison West this year was criminal justice alumnus, Josh Ryan, who graduated in September 2012, and medical assistant alumna, Myra Milton, who graduated in March 2011.  Campus Director Brock Vander Velden and I also attended to show our support.

Hill Day 2013

(From left) Jennifer Hilgendorf, Myra Milton, Rep. Robb Kahl, Josh Ryan and Brock Vander Velden

With our first visit, we were thrilled to meet with 47th Assembly Representative Robb Kahl. During our meeting, Josh and Myra shared their education experience at Globe University and painted a picture of what the school offered them.

The group also met with aides to Senator Jon Erpenbach, Senator Mark Miller, Representative Dianne Hesselbein and Representative Melissa Sargent, sharing the same story and helping raise awareness of our campus to legislators.

Also discussed was our support for Assembly Bill 20, which deals with degree requirements for the examination to practice as a certified public accountant (CPA).  Currently, a person may not take the CPA required to become a certified public accountant in the State of Wisconsin unless the person has graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher with an accounting focus from a regionally accredited school. Assembly Bill 20 would expand qualifications to those schools who are nationally accredited, such as Globe University.

That afternoon the assembly was set to vote on the bill and many aides we met felt confident that it would pass.

Hill Day 2013

Hill Day participants toured the Wisconsin State Capitol.

“I thought it was a great experience,” Josh shared. “I got a lot out of it. I’m not really that deep into politics, but it really opened my eyes on how in depth everything is in the political world. It was just an honor to be invited and to meet our state legislators. It was awesome.”

Myra added, “I want to thank Globe for inviting me to participate in Hill Day. It was a very good experience for me. I’ve never been involved in politics, so it pretty much opened my eyes on what is going on. The fact that the bill on the floor today will pass was exciting.”

We want to thank Josh and Myra for accepting our invitation to participate and applaud them on the great job of telling their story. It’s those stories that pave the awareness path for our campus and students’ successes.