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February 18, 2005 :: College Students Kick Off a ‘Month of Action’ With Event at the Capitol

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College students from across the state will gather in Oklahoma City next week to help kick off a month-long awareness campaign designed to increase civic engagement efforts on Oklahoma’s college campuses.

“Raise Your Voice – a Month of Action” will kick off at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the State Capitol. The national campaign, which runs Feb. 20 through March 26, is sponsored by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents – representing some 5 million students – who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Funding is provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Students participating in Oklahoma’s kick-off event will hear encouraging messages from several legislators, including Sen. Angela Monson (D-Oklahoma City) and Rep. Terry Ingmire (R-Stillwater). Secretary of State Susan Savage will present a proclamation signed by Gov. Brad Henry. Students will also tour the Capitol building and observe the state Legislature in action.

During the next month, students will speak in a collective voice about the importance of promoting civic engagement. Organizers have planned various events on more than 250 college campuses nationwide in an attempt to encourage more students to become actively involved in politics and their communities.

Oklahoma Campus Compact has awarded seven Oklahoma college campuses with Month of Action grants to support activities on each of their respective campuses. Activities include dialogues, marches, conferences, poster campaigns, debates and a trivia game show, with more planned.

A complete list of participating Oklahoma institutions and events is available at www.okvoice.org.