Commencement Speaker

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 9, 1997

Student to Deliver Commencement Address

For the second time in the modern history of UW-River Falls, the spring commencement address will be delivered by a graduating senior.

Delivering the address on May 18 to an expected 528 bachelor's and master's candidates will be senior Julie A. Zaloudek, a political science and music double major from Spooner.

Zaloudek was chosen to deliver the address through a selection process among graduating seniors that was coordinated by the Faculty Senate Public Relations Committee. Seven seniors auditioned to give the commencement speech.

"We were impressed with both the content and delivery of her speech," said committee chair and agricultural economics Professor David Trechter. "She is a poised and polished young woman. She will do a great job."

Zaloudek's speech, "Don't Let Your Ambitions Overshadow Your Accomplishments," deals with a basic theme relevant to all of us, Trechter said.

"I always have something to say," Zaloudek said. "I have really enjoyed the River Falls campus. This is a way of saying good-bye to all of the people I've met here."

Zaloudek has been active in campus activities including the Student Academic Success Center Advisory Board, the Leadership Training and Development Board, the African-American Alliance, and as treasurer of the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. She has been a Model United Nations delegate, and a soloist with the UW-RF Women's Chorus.

After graduation, Zaloudek hopes to use her "abilities, education, and energy to promote positive change within the inner city." She has completed an internship with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and this summer will direct a musical composed of inner city children through the Boys and Girls Club of St. Paul, Minn. She also works with inmates at the Stillwater (Minn.) Correctional Facility.

A 1992 graduate of Spooner High School, she is the daughter of the Rev. Dennis and Kathy Witkus.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center.

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