University of South Florida Release: USF Students Busing to Tallahassee to Highlight Programs, Meet with Legislators
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2013) – As state lawmakers begin to make tough decisions about the future of higher education, a group of University of South Florida students aim to ensure their voices are heard.
Dozens of USF students will participate in USF Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Florida State Capitol Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The students plan to gather at the bus loop, north of the Marshall Student Center, starting at 5 a.m. on Feb 19, before departing for Tallahassee by bus at 5:30 a.m.
Organized by Student Government, the group will showcase a number of USF programs, highlighting ways the university is helping to grow the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida.
Students also plan to meet face-to-face with legislators to discuss issues ranging from funding to in-state tuition for veterans.
Several hundred handwritten postcards, featuring the statewide “Aim Higher” initiative, will also be delivered, asking legislators to restore $300 million and invest an additional $118 million for state universities in this year’s state budget. If that investment is made, state university presidents have said they will not raise tuition next year.
By taking an active role in the legislative process, students hope to place USF at the forefront of lawmakers’ minds as they make critical decisions impacting higher education.
Inside the Capitol, about ten tables will be set up, each putting the spotlight on a different area of the USF System.
USF President Judy Genshaft and Head Football Coach Willie Taggart are also expected to attend.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF ranks 50th in the nation for federal expenditures in research and total expenditures in research among all U.S. universities, public or private, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving more than 47,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.