University of West Alabama students will attend Higher Education Day in Montgomery, AL on February 23.

The Student Government Association at UWA takes a group of students each year to Montgomery’s largest annual advocacy rally. All UWA students are encouraged to attend. A free t-shirt, breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from Montgomery will be provided. Students will also be excused from their classes that day.

When asked what UWA students will learn from attending Higher Education Day, SGA President, Hunter Winborne, said “a better knowledge of what is happening in higher education at a state level, as well as a chance to voice their opinion on higher education funding.”

According to the Higher Education Partnership’s website, Higher Education Day is a way for universities to voice their concerns to legislators about funding and also remind them of their “large and involved voting bloc.” The Higher Education Partnership is the advocacy network for the state’s public universities that sponsors Higher Education Day each year.

“By improving university funding, educational attainment will be positively impacted. Quality of life improvements will be visible. Job growth will continue to improve. Income increases will improve quality of life and drive up the available revenue for the Education Trust Fund,” stated SGA Attorney General, Preston Thomas. “Everyone benefits from it. Public university students offer a tremendous service to the residents of Alabama,” he added.

Higher Education Day begins with a parade starting at the Higher Education Partnership’s headquarters and ends at the Alabama State House, where a rally is held. Gordon Stone, the director of the Higher Education Partnership, will start the rally by discussing what the state is spending money on and the benefits of funding higher education. Some of the partnership’s board directors will speak, such as UWA’s own, R.T. Floyd. The governor will then follow with his take on higher education funding.

Thomas said that his favorite part about Higher Education Day is the rally. “Watching Gordon Stone get hyped up about funding for Higher Education is a must see!”

Those who are attending are asked to wear blue jeans and arrive at the Student Union Building parking lot at 5 a.m. Buses will leave at 6 a.m. and return around 1 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact Preston Thomas at 601-527-7561 or thomasp9660@uwa.edu.

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