USF Students In Tally Today

It’s USF Day in Tallahassee, with students expected to talk about the university and meet with legislators.

USF students on the bus Tuesday morning before heading to Tallahassee.                                                                Photo: Adam Freeman | USF News

From USF News

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 gathered outside the Marshall Student Center early Tuesday morning before leaving by bus for Tallahassee.

Organized by Student Government, the group is expected to 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 10 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.