PWSCC Student Association President Tatiana Topping recently attended the University of Alaska Coalition of Student Leaders Legislative Affairs meeting in Juneau along with student leaders from around the state. Tatiana, along with the other students, held meetings on February 3rd and 4th with state legislators to advocate on behalf of the University of Alaska’s budget proposal. In addition to these individual meetings, the students also met with Governor Sean Parnell and observed UA President Patrick Gamble’s presentation on the university budget to the House Finance Committee and the House Finance Subcommittee on the University Budget.
Prior to their meetings with legislators, members of the Coalition discussed the university’s budgetary priorities and concluded that advocating for the combined heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, completion of the University of Alaska Anchorage and UAF engineering buildings, and support of high-demand programs (including mandatory comprehensive academic advising) would be the Coalition’s three top priorities to discuss with lawmakers.
“Meeting all the other schools that were there and understanding what the Coalition does and represents was really interesting,” stated Tatiana. “It was a great experience and the legislators we met with were really nice and supportive of higher education in Alaska.”
PWSCC Campus Life Coordinator and Student Association advisor Ronnie Houchin accompanied Tatiana and discussed opportunities for collaboration and enhancement of student leadership opportunities with advisors and students from other campus student governments. For more information about the Coalition of Student Leaders, see their website at: http://www.alaska.edu/governance/student-coalition/
The PWSCC Student Association meets Friday mornings at 9:00am. All students are welcome to attend either in person or via distance. For more information, contact President Tatiana Topping at firstname.lastname@example.org.