WVCC Student Advisory Board Attends Higher Education Day at the Legislature

The West Virginia Campus Compact (WVCC) Student Advisory Board traveled to Charleston for the 2012 Higher Education Day at the Legislature on Friday, February 10. 


The annual Higher Education Day at the Legislature allows colleges to highlight the value of higher education to the public of West Virginia, and to showcase academic programs.


The WVCC Student Advisory Board members attend colleges and universities throughout West Virginia and are chosen by their campus presidents based on their history of community service and leadership. 


As part of the day’s activities, Student Advisory Board members met with a variety of legislators and government officials, including Senate Majority Leader John Unger, Speaker of the House Rick Thompson, Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Fragale, Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals Rory Perry, and Deputy Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Paul Sheridan.  The students were introduced as guests of the House of Delegates by Delegate Stan Shaver. 


Attending were Student Advisory Board members Tiffany Henderson (Bethany College); Tiffany Holliday-Davis (Bridgemont Community and Technical College); Erica White and Chance Rader (Concord University); Scott Barner and Kristin Yoho (Fairmont State University); McKenzie Ross and Lauren Johnson (Marshall University); Kelly Umana (Pierpont Community and Technical College); Joshua Strachan, Breeona Alston, and Laura Freeman (Potomac State College); Luke Tacosik and Melanie Fagan (West Liberty University); Robin Wright and Brian Little (West Virginia Northern Community College); Jenn Pratt (West Virginia University); and Jamie Blake and Joseph Greer (West Virginia Wesleyan College). To view pictures of the day, visit West Virginia Campus Compact’s Facebook page.


“These students are people who care and they will certainly be leaders in this state in the future,” explains WVCC director Franchesca Nestor. “The purpose of this event is to open up the concept of state government to them, so that it becomes transparent and tangible.”


Luke Tacosik, a member from West Liberty University, said the day was “a big success and a great experience” for Student Advisory Board members.


West Virginia Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.