• UWA joins other public universities for Higher Ed Day events in Montgomery

    Posted: March 14, 2011

    Author: Meaghan Gordon

     LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama will join public universities from throughout the state in demonstrating support for higher education at two special events planned for April 6-7 in Montgomery.

    Activities begin April 6 with the Higher Education Partnership, an advocacy group for Alabama’s 13 public, four-year universities, hosting the Alumni Leaders’ Advocacy Banquet. This informative dinner focuses on the specific legislative issues of importance to state universities.

    The 2011 Alumni Leaders’ Advocacy Banquet will present a comprehensive review of the legislative environment facing the state’s public universities as they advocate for support for higher education. Presenters will include University of West Alabama President Richard D. Holland, immediate past chair of the University Presidents Council; Don Killingsworth, chair of the Council of University Governmental Affairs Representatives; and Gordon Stone, Higher Education Partnership executive director. The night’s program will also include an “Issues and Opportunities” panel with Representative Jay Love and AUM economist Dr. Keivan Deravi.

    “Participation at this event is a great way to learn more about the important issues facing our universities and how to support advocacy efforts. We encourage University of West Alabama alumni and friends to get involved,” said TyAnne Stone, UWA alumni relations director.

    The banquet event will be held at the Capital City Club in Montgomery beginning at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction to benefit the Higher Education Partnership Foundation, followed by dinner and program in the Terrace Ballroom. The cost for registration and dinner is $50 and includes membership in the Higher Education Partnership. To register, contact TyAnne Stone at 205-652-3852 or tstone@uwa.edu.  

    The following morning, April 7, the Higher Ed Day Rally will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Alabama State House featuring political and student leaders as well as other university personnel addressing the crowd. UWA faculty, staff, students and alumni will depart Livingston by bus at 7 a.m. and gather at the State House steps with fellow university supporters to join as one voice for higher education.

    UWA students attending Higher Ed Day will receive a free T-shirt and complimentary breakfast and lunch, sponsored by the Student Government Association. To sign up, please contact STARS Coordinator Brittany Keith at keithb@uwa.edu.  
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