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Cougar Chat, My WSU Impact

My WSU Impact – Mike Bomar shares why he is a WSU Impact advocate

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We are excited to announce a new feature on our Cougar Chat blog: My WSU Impact. WSU Impact is incredibly grateful for our over 870 members and we thank every one for joining and lending their voice in support of WSU and higher education in Olympia. With your support, WSU Impact is making a difference with state legislators by communicating what WSU means to each of us and how important our education is to us personally, our families, and our communities. One of our advocates is Mike Bomar, a MPA graduate of WSU Vancouver. His story about why he joined WSU Impact is our first in a series, highlighting WSU Impact members and how they are volunteering in support of WSU.  We hope you enjoy reading as much as we are enjoying getting to know and share more about our fabulous members!

Mike Bomar, ’04 – WSU Vancouver alumnus, WSUAA member, WSU Impact registered advocate

As a proud Coug, a member of the WSUAA Vancouver Chapter, and an active volunteer in my community, I was intrigued when I first heard about WSU Impact last fall. I have always cared about WSU, education, networking, and giving back and WSU Impact seemed like another way to engage and support the university I care about.

I logged on to the WSU Impact website to learn more. After reviewing the mission of WSU Impact, I knew I wanted to register and use the tools to communicate my support for WSU with my legislators in the 18th Legislative District.

The site is great – my personal home page pops up with the photos and names of my three legislators, so I was immediately oriented not only to the issues affecting WSU and higher education, but also linking me to my elected officials.

It was easy to take action using the WSU Impact tools. I registered online, which is required because the web-based tools match each registered WSU Impact member to the correct legislative district. I read the information found under “current issues” on my personal home page. I clicked on “take action” and was directed to the automated features that make it easy in one click to send a message – properly addressed and formatted — to my three legislators.

What I like best is that I can personalize my message. I can easily edit the draft message so it is personal to me and to my legislators. It took me about five minutes to take action and I felt great because I was engaging in a new way and showing my support for WSU in an important and meaningful process – citizen advocacy.

Legislators need to hear from constituents. Legislators depend on receiving messages from citizens to help gauge what the important issues are to their specific voters. I can attest that you don’t need to be an expert or have all the answers – legislators are happy to receive genuine, authentic, polite messages from constituents expressing what we care about. I received email responses from my legislators and every one of the replies thanked me for reaching out and sharing my concerns. There was no expectation except that they welcomed the dialogue and urged me to keep in touch!

I urge all of my fellow WSUAA members in Washington state to join WSU Impact. It is an exciting way to give back to the university who has given us so much: our education and life-long relationships. Log on to www.wsuimpact.dev and send a message to your legislators. You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

 

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