USM Advocacy Day to be Held Feb. 11 in Annapolis
University System of Maryland
Faculty, Staff and Students to Rally for Budget Support
Adelphi, Md. (Feb. 7, 2015) -- University System of Maryland
(USM) leadership councils representing students, faculty, and staff are urging members
of the USM community to participate in USM Advocacy Day in Annapolis on
Thursday, February 11.
The Council of University System
Faculty (CUSF), Council of University System Staff (CUSS) and USM Student
Council (USMSC) will meet as a group with key legislators during the morning of
Feb. 11 to discuss the issues that are important to faculty and staff.
The day will begin with a welcome and
briefing by USM Vice Chancellor for Government Relations Patrick N. Hogan in
the Miller Senate Office Building (Conference Room West I & II) at 9:30
a.m., followed by recognition of the respective councils on the floors of both the
House and the Senate.
All students in the USM are
encouraged to join this group, and to follow updates on Twitter at #students4MD.
A reception for all USM Advocacy Day
participants will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Miller Senate
Office Building. Reception attendees will hear remarks from the President of
the Senate and Speaker of the House. The USM Foundation is sponsoring the
CUSF, CUSS, and the USMSC will urge
legislators to remember that strong budgetary support of the USM helps to
ensure continued economic development and improvement in the quality of life
for Maryland citizens, advance commercialization and technology transfer, and
foster cutting-edge research and discovery in such areas as health care,
energy, and cybersecurity.
A critical message during USM
Advocacy Day is that an investment in the USM is an investment in the state of Maryland.
The USM drives the state's economic and workforce development by:
the number of STEM graduates to meet the state's workforce and innovation
with public schools to increase the number of STEM teachers and enhance STEM teaching
Aligning academic programs across the system
to meet the state's workforce needs.
The USM leadership groups will
focus on lawmakers who sit on influential committees and represent USM
institutions. The USMSC's legislative agenda centers on the advancement of USM
students, on campus and in the work place, to ensure that Maryland's excellent
public higher education institutions remain as accessible and affordable as
possible for students of all backgrounds, while maintaining their high quality.
Students interested in participating
can contact the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Mike Lurie