Alumni, students to meet legislators, rally during Capital Day April 5

Alumni and students will team up for “Penn State Capital Day” on April 5 in Harrisburg, to make their case with legislators that the proposed 52.4 percent cut in Penn State’s appropriation needs to be substantially moderated.

Capital Day’s primary focus will be on individual meetings with Pennsylvania senators, representatives and their staffers where teams of Penn State alumni and students will convey the message that the proposed budget would be devastating to Penn State and will have a negative impact on current and future students and tuition. They also will ask legislators to restore funding to Penn State at a level that would allow Penn State to preserve its in-state tuition rates and 24-campus network.

“As President Graham Spanier has noted, Penn State stands ready to do its fair share to balance the state budget, but the governor’s proposed budget allocation is not Penn State’s fair share,” said Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. “Such a devastating reduction in funding threatens Penn State’s land-grant mission of providing quality, accessible higher education at affordable tuition rates for Pennsylvania students and their families.”

In addition to individual meetings, Capital Day will include a noon “Rally in the Rotunda” and ice cream social to demonstrate support for Penn State, stress the negative effects on students and tuition with such a potentially sweeping cut to Penn State’s state appropriation and highlight Penn State’s $17 billion in economic impact in the Commonwealth each year.

All Penn State alumni, students and friends are encouraged to participate. For more information or to register, visit http://www.alumni.psu.edu/grassroots online.

Capital Day is organized by the Penn State Alumni Association’s Grassroots Network, an education and advocacy group supporting Penn State; the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG), which represents Penn State students at 19 undergraduate campuses beyond University Park; the University Park Undergraduate Association; and the Graduate Student Association.

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Last Updated March 22, 2011