UA Joins Other Public Universities for Montgomery Events Supporting Higher Ed
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama will join public universities from throughout the state in demonstrating support for higher education at two special events planned for April 6-7 in Montgomery.
Activities begin April 6 with the Higher Education Partnership, an advocacy group for Alabama’s 13 public, four-year universities, hosting the Alumni Leaders’ Advocacy Banquet. This informative dinner is designed to focus on the specific legislative issues of importance to state universities.
The 2011 Alumni Leaders’ Advocacy Banquet will present a comprehensive review of the legislative environment facing the state’s public universities as they advocate for support for higher education. Presenters will include Dr. Richard Holland, president, University of West Alabama and immediate past chair of the University Presidents Council; Don Killingsworth, chair of the Council of University Governmental Affairs Representatives, and Gordon Stone, executive director of the Higher Education Partnership. The night’s program will include an “Issues and Opportunities” panel with Representative Jay Love and AUM economist Dr. Keivan Deravi.
“Participation at this event is a great way to learn more about the important issues facing our universities and how to support advocacy efforts. We encourage alumni and friends of The University of Alabama and all public universities in the state to get involved,” said Pat Whetstone, UA director of alumni affairs.
The banquet event will be held at the Capital City Club in Montgomery beginning at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction to benefit the Higher Education Partnership Foundation, followed by dinner and program in the Terrace Ballroom. The cost for registration and dinner is $50 and includes membership in the Higher Education Partnership. To register, contact Diane Causey, Higher Education Partnership, at 334/832-9911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following morning, April 7, the Higher Ed Day Rally will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Alabama State House. UA faculty, staff, students and alumni will gather at the State House steps with fellow university supporters from Alabama’s 13 public, four-year universities, to join as one voice for higher education. The rally will feature guest speakers including political and student leaders as well as other university personnel. University bands from around the state will perform throughout the event and, a complimentary lunch will be served. Lunch tickets are free and can be downloaded from the Higher Education Partnership website, http://www.higheredpartners.org/, a week prior to the event. For more information, call 334/832-9911.
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.