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SDSU student appointed to Board of Regents

BROOKINGS SD - South Dakota State University student Joe Schartz was appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to serve a two-year term as a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents.Schartz will enter his sophomore year at State this fall, double majoring in journalism and agriculture business and minoring in political science."I have always been a writer, and I knew SDSU had an excellent journalism program," said Schartz, who grew up on a farm near Humboldt.

"I was also interested in SDSU's theater program, concert choir and, most of all, the Honors College. I met Dr. Tim Nichols at a scholarship banquet and discussed Honors College, and after that, I knew it would be a perfect fit for me. It provides a community within a community, and I've met great friends in those classes."Schartz serves as a student association senator at SDSU, representing the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Journalism Student Advisory Board and the Honors Dean's Student Advisory Council. He is involved with Honors College Student Organization, concert choir, Fellowship of Catholic University Students and the College Republicans. He is also a Stephen F. Briggs Scholar. Last year, Schartz submitted an application for an internship with the governor, and his resume contained credentials that made him a suitable candidate for the Board of Regents. Schartz went through an interview process and was appointed by Daugaard June 3. "The business of the Board of Regents is something that has a direct effect on the lives of my classmates, my professors and the state of South Dakota," said Schartz. "Personally, I want to keep tuition as low as possible and make sure student and taxpayer dollars are being used effectively. The reason South Dakota brings in more students than it sends out every year is because we have low tuition rates and competitive job opportunities. Our universities produce useful members of the work force who will hopefully remain in the state and contribute to our economy. I want to continue this kind of growth."The South Dakota Board of Regents is the constitutional body responsible for governing higher education in South Dakota. Schartz is one of the board's nine voting members.Schartz will take the place of Patrick Weber, who left the board last month after graduating from the University of South Dakota School of Law. "I'm looking forward to meeting and working with the other members of the board," said Schartz. "I have a lot to learn from them."

After graduating from SDSU, Schartz plans to pursue a career that involves his passions — journalism, agriculture and politics.