St. Cloud State students were treated to an experience of a lifetime Feb. 9 when United States Vice President Kamala Harris paid a visit to St. Cloud’s New Flyer manufacturing plant, a leader in electric bus production.
Senior Economics major Edison Jensen said “yes” to the University Chronicle when asked if he would attend and write a story on the Vice President’s visit.
Jensen spent about 15 minutes with the Vice President’s press pool, going on a tour of the manufacturing facility where he paid close attention to the benefits of electric vehicles, union workers, and the infrastructure bill set into play by the Biden-Harris administration.
“Take advantage of every opportunity and dress for the occasion,” Jensen said still whirling from his experience.
Senior Political Science major Elise Kloeppner and senior Social Studies Education major James Reichow were asked by the Vice President’s advancement team to volunteer. Both have been highly involved with Sen. Aric Putman’s recent campaign and other Minnesota DFL events.
Kloeppner and Reichow were tasked with seating and providing directions to guests later being present for the formal speech. To say Kloeppner was star struck is an understatement.
“I assume that I will have the opportunity to meet one to three presidents and vice presidents in my lifetime, and for the first female vice president to be the first one was monumental,” she said. “Being in the presence of Kamala Harris proved to me that my dreams will become a reality if I work hard enough.”
Students from UTVS were also there, filming footage for the station.