Buses leave campus at 4:30 a.m. for four-hour, 250 mile trek to Tallahassee
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Just weeks before the start of the 2014 Florida legislative session, dozens of University of South Florida students will have their voices heard by state lawmakers on a number of important issues.
About 75 students will travel by bus from Tampa to Tallahassee on Wednesday, Feb. 12 for USF Day at the Capitol. Along with USF System President Judy Genshaft, students are scheduled to meet with about 50 legislators throughout the day.
The students plan to start gathering at 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 at the bus loop, north of the Marshall Student Center. The buses will arrive at 4 a.m. before departing for Tallahassee at approximately 4:30 a.m.
During face-to-face meetings with members of the House and Senate, the group aims to focus discussions on key priorities for the USF System. Those initiatives include establishing the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, further investment in the USF Health Heart Institute, additional funding for construction of USF St. Petersburg’s College of Business, continued support for expanded STEM programs at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and passing proposed legislation granting in-state tuition waivers for veterans.
In addition, several USF programs and student entrepreneurs will be showcased with displays in the State Capitol’s 3rd floor rotunda from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
By having a strong presence inside the Capitol, students hope to place the USF System and its $4.4 billion annual economic impact, at the forefront of lawmakers’ minds as they begin this year’s legislative session.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving more than 47,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.