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Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | MAY 06, 2009 7:30 AM

UISG names officers

At a meeting Tuesday, UI Student Government officials completed their new administration by unanimously passing legislation to instate new individuals into office.

“I’m really excited about the group of individuals that we have,” UISG President Mike Currie said. “They are very experienced, motivated, and with their help I know we will have a great year next year.”

Secretary of the Senate for the 2009-10 school year will be Dina Nguyen, and Jeff Shipley will be the new City Council liaison. Andrew Rausch took the position of City Council vice liaison, and Lawrence Hau was voted student organization liaison.

The new public-relations director is Samantha Peterson, and Samuel Konchar was named the governmental relations liaison. Molly McAndrew is UISG’s new chief of staff, and Patch Cebrynski was voted the chief financial officer.

Ryan Kopf, former presidential candidate from L Party, was appointed as the technology director for UISG.

— by Michele Danno

Culver touts wind power

Lauding President Obama’s “leadership and vision for our nation’s energy independence,” Gov. Chet Culver touted a so-called “Renewable Energy Standard,” at a Tuesday panel discussion at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2009 conference.

Culver said passing the federal plan would stimulate growth in the nation’s wind industry and open markets for Midwestern wind energy projects.

“As governors, we are committed to helping open markets for companies investing in our states, putting people back to work by creating good, green-collar jobs, and rebuilding our national economy by taking advantages of the opportunities of renewable energy,” Culver said in a statement at the conference, which is in Chicago.

Representing a state ranked second in the nation in wind production, Culver chaired the panel discussion, which also included Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.

The conference — which brings together more than 18,000 wind industry leaders, government officials, and business executives — is the world’s largest annual wind energy industry event.

— by Shawn Gude


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