MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Brown College presented its Distinguished Alumni Award this month to former U.S. Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-Wisc.), a graduate of the school’s broadcasting program who credits the practical training he gained there with providing him the verbal communications skills needed to be an effective legislator.
“I’m a good example of someone with a liberal arts degree and all the theory that comes with such studies. But, I needed the practical skills. That’s why I enrolled at Brown”
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Gunderson attended what was then called Brown Institute, where he earned a Certificate from the Radio Television Broadcasting Program in 1974. A native of Osseo, Wisc., he was elected to three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly before being elected to the Congress, where he served eight terms until choosing not to seek re-election in 1996.
“I’m a good example of someone with a liberal arts degree and all the theory that comes with such studies. But, I needed the practical skills. That’s why I enrolled at Brown,” said Gunderson, who received the award at the Brown College spring graduation ceremony.
Among the real-world lessons Gunderson says he learned at Brown was, “First, start with the most important message. Second, communicate in short, simple sentences so the listener or the reader can follow you, and understand you. In broadcasting they will only hear you once, so make sure you speak in ways that enables them to instantly understand.”
Today, Gunderson serves as president and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, where he continues to lead America on issues of education and workforce investment. He is a champion for the vital role that private sector schools play in educating Americans for the skills they need to compete in today’s workforce.
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