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HU Students Travel to Richmond to Lobby Elected Officials
02/19/2010 - #0

Hampton, VA - Twenty-five Hampton University student leaders traveled to Richmond, Va. Feb. 15 as part of Student Lobby Day. Along with HU Associate Vice President of Governmental Relations Bill Thomas and Assistant Director of Student Activities Anzell Harrell, students petitioned Virginia General Assembly members on several issues, in particular funding and support for the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute. The visit was a follow up to a legislative agenda students sent to the General Assembly earlier this year.

“This was an educational opportunity for our students to understand the currency of politics. Our students need to know that when you vote, you have to follow up. We have to speak to the powers that be to let them know what our requirements are. If you don’t follow up, it’s not a complete transaction.” Thomas said.

HU’s presence in Richmond this day was significant, Thomas said, because it was “Crossover Day,” a time when final decisions are declared by policymakers. Students met with Governor Bob McDonnell; Lt. Governor Bill Bolling; Virginia State Senator, District 2 Dr. Mamie Locke, who is also the dean of the HU School of Liberal Arts; Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell and other key representatives in General Assembly leadership positions.

“I’m so proud of the students and Dr. William R. Harvey for recognizing that this is important,” Thomas said.

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