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Friday, March 10, 2006

Help Wanted: U.S. Defense Department Seeks Better PR Officers

"Our enemies have skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today's media age, but . . . our country has not adapted. For the most part, the U.S. government still functions as a 'five and dime' store in an eBay world."

--U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on why al Qaeda is winning hearts and minds, in speech to U.S. Council on Foreign Relation (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson) WORD Note: The WORD will take the next week off for Spring Break, sleeping in and seeking wisdom. Return: 3/20/06

ASUSU's 'visionary' president enjoying the whirlwind

By Marie MacKay

February 9, 2006 | From lobbying on Capitol Hill to attending Board of Trustees meetings to forming better relations with Logan City, whatever the task may be, this year's ASUSU president, Quinn Millet, has a lot on his mind -- but that's what he likes.

"I thought it would be a great experience and it has been," he said. "I consider myself lucky for having had the opportunity."

Millet compared his job to the CEO of a large business who has more than 100 three-minute conversations a day and each one is about something different.

"It's a lot of work and there's so many things to remember at the same time," he said.

During the more than nine months that he has been president, this Orem native said he, along with the rest of the Executive Council and Academic Senate, are more than happy with their accomplishments this year.

Tiffany Evans, director of Student Involvement and Leadership has worked with many ASUSU presidents in the past and has been impressed with Quinn's ability to help the most amount of students as possible.

"I would classify him as a visionary," Evans said. "I think he's been an excellent representative for the students."

As part of his platform at the beginning of his term as president, Millet said he would meet and listen to a variety of student issues and concerns and take those issues to administrators and legislators as he advocates for the best overall experience possible at USU.

One such accomplishment was getting the Utah Legislature to put the HPER building on a five-year list to receive funding for renovation.

"He kind of rallied everyone on ASUSU to get excited about it and support the cause," said Rosie Strong, Athletic vice president who spear-headed the project. "He's been really helpful in working to get the administration to support this."

Millet has also been actively involved in the Utah Student Association, which represents 110,000 students at 11 institutions of higher education in Utah. During this year's legislative session, Quinn lobbied in support of an additional $1 million in additional on-going financial aid for all higher education institutions throughout the state.

"Within the last three years, USA has taken student lobbying to the next level," he said. "It has been very successful."

Among other items, he also helped to lobby for House Bill 66, which will provide 400 tuition waivers to Utah State University students from Idaho.

"House Bill 66 will be a big help in enrollment," Millet said.

Among other projects, ASUSU is also trying to improve relations with Logan City and create a new position that will be a liaison with the city and the university, he said.

Millet is also working on establishing a university radio station and installing changing stations in each of the bathrooms on campus.

Aside from working directly with members of the Executive Council and Academic Senate, each ASUSU president works closely with President Stan Albrecht and is a voting member of the Board of Trustees.

"Working with [President Albrecht] is great; he really does care about student issues," Millet said. "He makes sure we're working towards the same objective."

In comparing USU with other universities, Millet said USU is the envy of higher education as far as student life goes, which he has tried to maintain.

"We have a college-town environment," he said. "A lot of things are geared toward students."

After Millet graduates in May, he hopes to pursue a degree in law.


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