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Jan. 14, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University students and staff will again visit the capitol in Jefferson City to engage state legislators and discuss issues facing the University.
The annual Legislative Reception will be Wednesday, Feb. 2. The event coincides with Great Northwest Day at the Capitol, which business and community leaders in northwest Missouri annually attend to present issues and influence legislation impacting the region.
"The Legislative Reception is a fantastic opportunity to send a clear message to Jefferson City that Northwest is prospering," Student Senate President Quentin Templeton said. "We're succeeding in our mission. We're student-focused and student-led. Our administrators and faculty attend, proving that student success really is our focal point. It's unique in that it is a student-organized event. I believe that this year will be even more impactful than years past, if only because we're able to align with the Great Northwest Day, further bridging that gap between our campus and our community."
Students, faculty and staff interested in traveling to the Legislative Reception should attend one of four informational sessions, hosted by the Student Senate Governmental Affairs committee. The sessions will be at about 8 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25, after the regular Student Senate meetings have concluded, and 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26. All sessions will be in the J.W. Jones Student Union Board Room.
The reception is an all-day event at the state capitol in Jefferson City; transportation and breakfast are provided. Busses will load at 3:30 a.m. and depart at 3:50 a.m. Buses are expected to return to Maryville at about 8:30 p.m.
After arriving at the capitol, students divide into groups to meet legislators. The day also includes lunch on the third floor of the rotunda and a tour of the Capitol.
About 35 Northwest students attended last year's reception where they met with legislators and stood behind University President Dr. John Jasinski as he appeared in front of the Missouri House Appropriations Committee.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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