North Dakota state legislators will be making an appearance at North Dakota State’s Higher Education Day.
The day is sponsored by NDSU student government, which invites all state legislators to NDSU “for an afternoon of conversation with students and a luncheon,” Katie Mastel, student government executive commissioner of external affairs, said.
“It is a good idea to welcome state legislators to campus because they will get to be immersed in the NDSU community,” said Hailey Dubord, a second year student majoring in crop and weed science.
“It is our chance to say thank you to them for their hard work as well as go over some of the important student initiatives this year,” Mastel said.
Mastel said that all state legislators, along with many student government members and a few administration and faculty members, have all received an invitation to Higher Education Day.
Ariel Walker, musical theater major, said, “It’s a good idea because then state legislators can get the perspective of college students.”
The afternoon will consist of a welcome from student government, lunch, round table discussions, a presentation of the student initiatives and a quick campus tour, Mastel said.
“Our legislators work very hard to make North Dakota education a priority in the legislature and we want to show our appreciation for that,” Mastel said.
“It not only benefits the legislators, but it will benefit the students because their opinions and ideas can be heard,” Dubord said, adding that the event is “a great networking opportunity as well.”
Legislators will be show short and long term student initiatives that are being worked towards so NDSU can continue to work with lawmakers to accomplish these projects in the upcoming session.
“Some of the student initiative we will be covering include the capital projects on campus, the current police jurisdiction law,” Mastel said.
Higher Education Day is an annual event on campus and keeps relationship with legislators while showing what is being worked on here at campus.
The legislators will visit NDSU from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center.
Students interested in attending should RSVP by contacting Mastel.