On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Indiana University Northwest alumni, educators and other supporters will travel to Indianapolis to lobby the Indiana Legislature as part of the Hoosiers for Higher Education Annual Statehouse Visit and Life Sciences Day. Anyone who is interested in lobbying state lawmakers on behalf of higher education is invited to join this all-day excursion to the Indiana capital in support of IU.
Buses will leave IU Northwest from the north parking lot at 7 a.m. on Feb. 13, and will return at approximately 7 p.m. If necessary, one bus will make a stop in Lowell at Burger King on Rt. 2 to pick up participants who live in south Lake County. There is no cost for the trip; however, participants must provide their own lunches.
The day’s agenda will include a visit to the IU Life Sciences Display in the South Atrium of the Statehouse and a formal afternoon program in the North Atrium featuring IU President Michael McRobbie. Later in the afternoon, HHE supporters will have the chance to visit with Indiana lawmakers. The day will conclude with a reception in the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
The primary goal of HHE is to engage its members to connect with public officials about the importance of backing funding and policies that support IU’s role as a premiere international teaching and research institution. This annual HHE event is the largest state university rally held during the General Assembly session. The Life Sciences exhibit once again will feature groundbreaking research and discoveries from many world-renowned IU faculty members.
Paulette LaFata-Johnson, director of alumni relations at IU Northwest, is the organizer of the regional campus’s HHE delegation. Johnson said she was pleased with the university’s turnout last year and that she expects similar levels of participation and enthusiasm this year.
“It was great to see all those people there supporting IU,” Johnson said. “That’s really what you have to do to get their attention down there.”
The HHE event is also a great way for students and other citizens to become involved in the state’s legislative process.
“It’s an educational opportunity,” Johnson said.
Anyone interested in joining this HHE trip may call (219) 980-6800 to reserve a seat. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Feb. 6.