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Honoring The 100th Anniversary Of The University Of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Honoring The 100th Anniversary Of The University Of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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KIND. I want to thank my good friend and colleague from the Northern Mariana Islands for yielding me this time.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of House Resolution 730, to honor the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as they celebrate their centennial anniversary. Representing such an exceptional university with a rich history of academic achievement, located in my hometown, is a great source of pride for me.

For the past 100 years, the faculty, staff and students of UW-La Crosse have worked hard to make the university one of the most highly regarded public institutions of higher education in this country. This year, U.S. News and World Report again ranked UW-La Crosse second in its rankings of top Midwestern universities.

Founded in 1909, the university is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Wisconsin's western border, alongside the beautiful Mississippi River, and surrounded by picturesque bluffs. The campus's visual beauty has been a main draw for many students and faculty throughout the years. From its inception, the college has expanded its academic curriculum, and now has 88 undergraduate programs in 44 disciplines and 26 graduate programs. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is providing students with a high-quality education that allows them to excel in the competitive global economy.

As the Representative for western Wisconsin, I have always treasured the strong emphasis that's placed in our area on higher education. All of the six universities located in the congressional district have superior technology, science and math programs that will place graduates in the innovative industries in the future.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is no exception to this. It is the leading public university that excels in academics, athletics and the quality of life for its students.

UW-L also has an extremely diverse student body that enhances students' cultural awareness and learning experience. The university is a member of the International Student Exchange programs and has made partnerships with other universities around the world. Currently students from over 54 different countries are enrolled at UW-L.

I can attest firsthand to the high caliber of graduates that UW-La Crosse produces, because throughout my time in Congress I have employed many of them. Currently, I have seven graduates from UW-La Crosse on my staff, who happen to be with us today in the House gallery, from my chief of staff, Erik Olson, to my district office manager, Loren Kannenberg, Shannon Glynn, Steve Sipe, Brad Smith, Karrie Jackelen and Mark Seitz. I congratulate them on their achievement and thank them for the outstanding work they do on behalf of the people of the Third Congressional District of western Wisconsin. It's clear that UW-La Crosse prepared them well for their careers after graduation.

I would like to congratulate all of the UW-La Crosse faculty, staff, students, alumni, of the past 100 years for the century of academic excellence. UW-L wouldn't be the success that it is if it wasn't for their hard work and dedication.

The university has achieved so many great things over the past 100 years. I know that the faculty, staff and students of UW-La Crosse will achieve even more over the next 100 years.

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