Onorato to visit Penn State Oct. 25 for educational forum

University Park, Pa. -- Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato will take part in an Oct. 25 educational forum at Penn State’s University Park campus.

The forum is open to the public. It will begin at 3 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Heritage Hall. No tickets are required, but space is limited with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Onorato is expected to focus his remarks on higher education issues.

The hour-long forum is sponsored by the Penn State Grassroots Network, a legislative education and advocacy group with more than 36,000 volunteer members, mostly Penn State alumni living in Pennsylvania. The Network is part of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Joining the Network as co-sponsors are the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments and Penn State’s Graduate Student Association.

The event is part of an ongoing series to keep Network volunteers and others informed about legislative issues affecting Penn State and other aspects of state and federal government. The Grassroots Network invited both gubernatorial candidates to visit campus and talk about higher education issues.

Currently, Onorato is Allegheny County executive. He is a 1983 graduate of Penn State with a degree in accounting and earned a law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has been asked to outline his position on state government support for public higher education and to address the long-standing relationship between state government and Penn State -- Pennsylvania’s only land-grant institution and one of Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities.

The event will begin with remarks by Onorato, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Questions for the forum are being solicited in advance via e-mail and Facebook. Send to grassroots@psu.edu, with “Education forum” in the subject line, or post on the Grassroots Network Facebook page at facebook.com/PennStateGrassrootsNetwork online.

Forum moderators also will facilitate audience questions during the event.

In September, Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved a 2011-12 fiscal plan for Penn State that asks state government to provide a supplemental 5 percent increase, or $17.2 million, over the current budget year's level of support. If provided, it would bring the University's state appropriation to a total of $364.2 million.

For more information on the Alumni Association, go to www.alumni.psu.edu and for more information on the Grassroots Network, go to http://alumni.psu.edu/grassroots/ online.

Last Updated October 20, 2010