On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Indiana University Northwest will send a delegation of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse to lobby legislators on behalf of education funding in support of Hoosier higher education. Students, faculty, alumni, and other supporters of IU Northwest are invited on an exciting civic excursion to Indianapolis to lobby on behalf of education funding in this critical state budget year.
Bus transportation from campus will be provided. The buses will leave the north campus parking lot on 33rd Avenue no later than 7 a.m. CST time, and they will arrive back on campus at approximately 7 p.m. CST. To reserve seats, contact Alumni Relations Director Paulette LaFata-Johnson at (219) 980-6769, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrants may also contact the Office of University Relations at (219) 980-6800 to reserve seats.
In this, what promises to be the most challenging year for funding in a long time, IU and Purdue University are teaming up for a Hoosiers for Higher Education (HHE) initiative to promote bioscience investment and the efforts of the Indiana Innovation Alliance. This organization, headed by the two institutions, seeks to bring together the state’s research universities, biomedical and biotech firms, and health and life-sciences organizations in a collaborative framework that can make the most of the state’s capital and intellectual resources. Toward that end, the HHE event this year will highlight current collaborative projects and initiatives between IU and Purdue as a means of demonstrating to state lawmakers that both universities are committed to maximizing their resources and putting their state funding to the best possible use.
HHE day will begin at 8:30 a.m. Indianapolis time in the North Atrium of the Statehouse with an exhibit of current collaborative work being done by IU and Purdue students, faculty and entrepreneurs with Indiana businesses. Supporters from various campuses will also have the opportunity to network.
At 1 p.m., there will be a formal program featuring presentations by IU President Michael McRobbie and Purdue University President France A. Córdova. After that, HHE supporters will have the opportunity to meet personally with legislators to express their support for bioscience investment and higher-education funding. Finally, there will be a reception in the Indiana Roof Ballroom from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Indianapolis time. Because this is a biennial budget year in Indiana, the presence of IU supporters is particularly important as legislators make crucial budget and funding decisions in a difficult economic climate.
The Annual Statehouse Visit is the largest one-day legislative visit of any public institution of higher education in the state of Indiana. Over the past 17 years, more than 5,000 IU supporters have attended this event. IU Northwest is pleased once again to send a Northwest Indiana delegation to the Indiana Statehouse to make the Region’s voice heard on the vital issue of state funding for higher education. Join the IU Northwest community in making a difference!
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769, or visit the Hoosiers for Higher Education Web site at http://gov.indiana.edu/hhe/statehouse/index.shtml