Tyson Fettes may not have his college degree yet (that's still a few credits away) but he already knows what it's like to win elective office. The senior Sport and Fitness Management major experienced that thrill in April 2007 when he was elected Supervisor 1 for the Town of Burlington in western RacineCounty. Fettes prepared for his foray into public service by winning election as president of the Parkside Student Government Association.
A lifelong resident of Burlington, Fettes describes UW-Parkside as being, for him, far enough away from home, yet close enough to stay in touch. Upon his arrival on campus, Fettes said he found a lot more to like than just proximity to home.
"The professors at UW-Parkside really look forward to helping you build your future, and grow as an individual," Fettes said. "The small class sizes make you feel as if it's just you and the professor."
Away from the classroom, Fettes said the best things about UW-Parkside are the people he's meet, the connections he's built, and the friendships he's made and will sustain. As for the future, Fettes sees his experience here as a stepping stone to his ultimate career goals.
"I want to continue to serve the people of Wisconsin as a state senator," he stated. "UW-Parkside has helped me develop the skills necessary to deal with the people, personalities, and issues that would pertain to a position of that stature."