Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 5, 2003

Local graduate named student rep on university board of regents

By Lynda Jensen

The prestigious University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently added a familiar face ­ Andy Sorsoleil, son of Dave and Sue Sorsoleil of Howard Lake.

Sorsoleil was selected to serve as one of five student representatives on the board, starting May 1.

He went through an application and interview process to obtain the position, Sorsoleil said.

The appointment equals meetings, Sorsoleil said, with his first meetings scheduled Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9.

Of course, the impact from the state budget shortfall is a major concern for students right now, Sorsoleil said. The university budget will be adopted in June, he said.

"Our main focus is keeping tuition down and keeping programs from being cut," he said.

Sorsoleil is the student representative from the St. Paul Campus, which includes the Colleges of Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Human Ecology, Natural Resources, and Veterinary Medicine.

The Board of Regents is the governing and guiding body for the entire University.

"We're very proud of him," commented FFA Advisor Jim Weninger.

"This was a big honor for him," commented Sue Sorsoleil.

Previously, Sorsoleil was very active in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA program, being an officer for two years.

He also participated in Wright County 4-H programs, serving as the Wright County 4-H Federation Treasurer and President and was the youth representative on the Wright County Extension Committee.

Wright County 4-H is very proud of Sorsoleil, who has continued to grow in his leadership and citizenship. Youth programs such as 4-H and FFA give young people the opportunities to build their leadership skills, and to grow into responsible citizens.

He is currently a sophomore at the College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences (St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota) and is majoring in Agriculture Industries and Marketing.

Sorsoleil will serve one year and may be reappointed when the term is up.

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