University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
February 22, 2010
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, (251) 460-6211

USA Faculty, Staff and Students Make Plans to Attend
Higher Education Day March 4

University students, faculty and staff will join thousands at the 2010 Higher Education Day Rally in Montgomery on Thursday, March 4.

During the 11 a.m. rally on the State House steps, participants will ask legislators to give higher education its equal share of dollars in the 2010-2011 education budget, which funds K-12, two-year and four-year public institutions. Following the rally, a free luncheon for participants will be held on the Capitol grounds.

"It is important that the University of South Alabama be well represented again this year because we are facing a challenging budget situation," said Happy Fulford, executive director of governmental relations.  "We also need to be sure that the solution to the PACT funding problem is not accomplished at the expense of higher education." 

In preparation for the trip, the USA Student Government Association has launched a note-writing campaign to tell legislators why USA is a great institution.

Students wanting more information about the note-writing campaign or to reserve bus seats should call the SGA Office at (251) 460-7191 or stop by Student Center Room 280. The deadline to reserve bus seats is Thursday, Feb. 25.

The Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is asking faculty members to use this trip to Montgomery as a service-learning project for their classes.

To discuss service-learning opportunities or to reserve bus seats, contact Karen Peterson, co-director of the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at (251) 460-6148 or e-mail Bus seats for students can also be reserved in Student Center Room 139.

The University’s Office of Governmental Relations is organizing the bus trip for faculty and staff. Seating is limited. To reserve bus seats for faculty and staff, contact Marsha Butler at (251) 460-7277 or e-mail her at All buses will depart from University Commons at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.

The Higher Education Partnership, which sponsors the rally, represents 13 of Alabama’s public institutions of higher education.


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