May 8, 1998
Luana Burlingame, an accounting major from St. Paul, has been chosen to deliver the Commencement Address on May 24 at UW-River Falls.
Her presentation marks the third time that a graduating senior has been asked to present the address in the modern history of the University. Burlingame's selection was through a speaking competition open to all commencing seniors.
Her speech, "We Believe" will focus on the need to strike a balance between the incredible potential of technology against the values that require a responsible use of this resource for the benefit of all.
She says of her selection to deliver the address: "It's an incredible honor. I'm pretty excited."
A native of California, Burlingame began her career at UW-River Falls after transferring from Century College in Minnesota in 1995. "I absolutely love River Falls," she says. "I love the small campus atmosphere with teachers who are personable and reachable."
At UW-RF, she served as president of the Accounting Society. She also is a member of the Toastmasters International Vikings Club of St. Paul.
Now employed full-time as a division accountant with Novis Marketing of Minneapolis, Burlingame is the mother of two children, Ian, 5, and Emilee, 3.
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