State System

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is sponsoring a bus for IUP students to attend the #Prepared4PA rally Thursday in Harrisburg.

These students will join faculty and other supporters from the State System’s 14 schools for the annual advocacy campaign. The rally is scheduled to encourage legislators to allocate for more funding for the State System.

Before the rally, State System Interim Chancellor Karen M. Whitney will discuss the State System’s 2018-19 appropriations request before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a Feb. 19 news release. The hearing will be at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room #1 in the North Office Building of the Capitol Complex.

IUP Student Government Association President Brian Swatt, who serves on the State System’s Board of Governors, will also be attending the hearing and testifying on behalf of the State System, along with Laurie A. Carter, Shippensburg University’s president.

Swatt and Whitney will speak at the rally, as will Dr. Michele Papakie, IUP’s journalism and public relations department chair. Speakers will share their stories about their experiences at State System universities.

Hundreds of higher education supporters are expected to attend the event, according to the Feb. 19 news release.

The bus is available to students on a first come, first serve basis, and students can sign up through Crimson Connect. Class excuses will be available to those who need them. 

The bus will leave from the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

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