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Capital Day 2012

  • Advocate for Penn State
April 4, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where Hilton Harrisburg
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-863-9425
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The Penn State Grassroots Network has joined forces this year with three student government groups to organize Penn State Capital Day in Harrisburg – the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG), the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), and the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Capital Day brings together alumni and student advocates for Penn State and connect them with their state legislators. 

The centerpiece of the day’s events will be pre-scheduled visits to state legislators’ offices in the state Capitol complex by small teams of Network volunteers, students, and other advocates for Penn State. These teams will meet with legislators and legislative staffers and deliver a broad message of support for Penn State. Another major component of the day will be a rally in the main Capitol rotunda. The “Rally in the Rotunda” brings together alumni and students in a high-visibility, crowd-gathering event. The rally concludes with an ice cream social, featuring Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream. 

The teams’ primary message is that continued government support for Penn State is essential, in order for the University to continue improving the quality of a Penn State education, keep tuition increases as low as possible, maintain the value of a Penn State degree, and keep the University's Commonwealth campuses strong.

Hilton Harrisburg
One N. Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


 9:00-    9:30 am
Registration and packet pick up will be in the Pennsylvania Ballroom, Hilton Harrisburg. Pastries, coffee, and juice will be available.
 9:30-    9:45 am Welcome & Introductions
Brief remarks by Kevin Steele, chair of Alumni Council's Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee, and representatives of CCSG, UPUA, and GSA.
 9:45-  10:00 am Legislative Briefing
A representative of Penn State's Office of Governmental Affairs will outline key legislative issues and messages.
10:00-  10:15 am Advocacy Training Session
Alan Janesch, director of the Penn State Grassroots Network, will offer guidelines and tips on effective advocacy.
10:15-  10:30 am Volunteer Team Assembly
Volunteers will assemble into teams and begin legislative visits.
10:30-      3:30 pm Visits to Legislators
Office visits for each team will be scheduled in advance. (Please do not schedule your own appointments.)
11:00-  2:00 pm Lunches Available
Volunteers can pick up box lunches anytime during this three-hour period in 60 E East Wing. This room will be available all day for use by Capital Day participants.
 1:00-    2:00 pm "Rally In The Rotunda" & Ice Cream Social
Volunteers will gather in the Capitol Rotunda for the rally. After the rally, Berkey Creamery ice cream will be served to volunteers and guests in the East Wing Rotunda.

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