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F&M Student Meets Australian Prime Minister

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  • Sarah Wigman '11, right, and Chelsey Muroda of Skidmore College strike a pose with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Living and studying abroad is usually an unforgettable experience for college students. For Sarah Wigman '11, it also led to a brush with political power.

Wigman recently returned to the U.S. after spending the fall semester at Australian National University (ANU) through the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University. One evening, she attended a formal dinner at ANU's Burgmann College. The guest speaker at the dinner was Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who was once a resident at Burgmann.

After the dinner, Wigman met the Prime Minister and struck up a brief conversation.

"After the lecture, he walked out freely and was followed by all of the Burgmann residents, including me," Wigman says. "He was very receptive to pictures and asked where I was from. I told him Pennsylvania, and he proceeded to tell me that he'd be there later in the month for the G8 summit with President Obama.

"It was crazy to be able to shake the hand and stand next to the most powerful man in the country. I was so glad to have the experience."