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Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Students Advocate for State Student Aid in Albany for “Lobby Day”

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Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
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Brooklyn, N.Y. - More than 100 students from the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University will travel to Albany, N.Y., on February 8, 2011 to take part in the annual New York State Air Alliance Advocacy Day.

The group will be among 1,200 high school and college students, faculty and staff from schools across New York State participating in what is commonly known as “Lobby Day.” The Commission on Independent Colleges sponsors the event.

The students will share their stories about the value of state student aid programs and urge New York State legislators to stand strong for critical higher education programs. Several University departments have organized to provide free transportation to the event. Buses depart from the Brooklyn Campus at 7:30 a.m.

Stephen Lockett, an undergraduate student on the Brooklyn Campus, declared, “It is our duty to voice our concerns about the potential cuts to aid to students.” Commenting before Tuesday’s trip, he noted, “this will also afford us the opportunity to talk directly with our elected officials and show our unity.”

Annually, more than 330,000 students depend on state student aid programs such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Grad TAP, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology programs (STEP/C-STEP), and the Liberty Partnership Program to achieve their college aspirations. Four million New Yorks have received state aid over the past four decades.

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents the chief executives of New York’s 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. According to CICU, member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer the majority of the bachelor degrees (54%), master’s degrees (73%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (80%) earned in New York State.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 02/08/2011

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