Thursday, January 29, 2009
UWG Day at the Capitol provided an “up front and personal” opportunity for University of West Georgia students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni to interact with the state’s top governmental officials.
Governor Sonny Perdue greeted more than 50 campus representatives including Dr. Michael Ruffner, vice president for university advancement, and Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG president. Groups of students then visited with their local representatives.
The event also included special recognition on the floor of both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the UWG co-ed cheerleading squad for their eighth straight national championship title in competitive cheerleading.
UWG students from across the state spent one-on-one time in the offices of their government officials to discuss the priorities of the University System of Georgia and those of UWG. Gov. Perdue has included $1.4 million in his budget proposal for the design funding for a building for UWG’s School of Nursing. Support of the Governor’s recommendation of formula funding for the USG was also a topic of conversation for the day.
Students majoring in a wide range of academic programs such as political science, history, management, marketing, mass communication, and pre-med spoke with approximately two dozen representatives and senators.