Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 10:42 pm

Silvis man credits Boy Scouts for leadership accomplishments

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By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com

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Michael Schmidt
A Silvis man credits his Boy Scout experience for helping him lead a University of Wisconsin-Platteville student group responsible for deciding how to allocate about $700,000 in student activity fees to campus organizations.

Michael Schmidt, 21, son of Martin and Sandra Schmidt, of Silvis, is president of the Segregated University Fee Allocation Commission, better known as SUFAC, which he called "the financial arm of student governance."

Mr. Schmidt, a 2009 Alleman High School graduate, is a college senior communications, graphic design and marketing major. He credited his Boy Scout experience and Eagle Scout project for preparing him for leadership.

To earn scouting's highest rank, Mr. Schmidt led a group of nearly two dozen scouts to paint a 102-year-old girder bridge over the Hennepin Canal in Colona in 2006.

As SUFAC president, Mr. Schmidt said he's responsible for setting and chairing meetings, producing a budget and related documents, and submitting it to the college's chancellor.

The fees support the cost of parking, stadium, health, the Ullsvik Center, textbooks, Children's Center, PAC, ID systems, and municipal services, according to http://www.uwplatt.edu/org/sufac.

After graduating in May, Mr. Schmidt said he hopes to find a graphic design job in the southwest Wisconsin area ''or where the jobs are."

"I've known the Schmidt family since he was knee high to a grasshopper," Silvis City Clerk Jim Nelson said. "Michael has been involved in many different church and community activities. If he, or any of the Schmidts are around, you can count on them to get things done right."