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Support the U Day: Students Encouraged to Join the Rally



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Do you wish tuition were lower? Do you enjoy free food? Do you want a free t-shirt? Then Support the U Day is the event for you.

Join the Legislative Certificate Program and UMD Student Association on Thurs., Feb. 7, at the Minnesota State Capitol for a University of Minnesota statewide event, Support the U Day.

Communicate the importance of the University of Minnesota to leaders at the state level. Students from all five system campuses will be represented at this event. No prior lobbying experience is required. All students will receive a folder with talking points and will be led by a lobby leader who is familiar with the process.

Transportation is provided to and from the Capitol. Everyone who attends this event will receive free breakfast and lunch along with a free t-shirt.

"This day is critical for every student that attends the U to show the legislature that students care about their tuition dollars. Participants will have the unique opportunity to advocate for a tuition freeze and increased state support to maintain the quality of our University," said UMD student Kelly Kemper, legislative certificate program director. Support the U Day is planned by Kemper and nine other representatives of the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition.

Confirmed speakers include: Governor Mark Dayton; Senator Terri Bonoff, Senate Higher Education Chair; Representative Gene Pelowski, House Higher Education Chair; and University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler.

Register to attend at the Support the U Day website. Address information will be used to identify the legislative district where you are registered to vote. Participants will have the exciting opportunity to meet with state legislators and share personal stories of why state leaders should continue to fund higher education. Registered participants will receive a confirmation email with more specific details.

Faculty members are encouraged to allow students to miss classes to attend. For more information about the event, contact Kelly Kemper kempe081@d.umn.edu


Schedule of Events – Thurs., Feb. 7:

8-8:30 am: Free breakfast and rally in Kirby Bus Hub

8:45 am: Depart Kirby Bus Hub to the Capitol

Noon: Rally in the State Capitol Rotunda

12:30 pm: Free lunch in the State Capitol Great Hall

1-3 pm: Meetings with elected officials

6 pm: Return to Kirby Bus Hub

 

 

 

January 2013

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