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TRU Day in the Capitol May 19 - 05/18/15
Oregon's Technical and Regional Universities to showcase their students, programs and highlight critical issues impacting Public Higher Education

955 Spruce St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19th, 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Locations in the State Capitol Building (see below), Salem, Oregon

WHAT: Oregon's Technical and Regional Universities (the "TRUs") serve over 20,000 students across the state, with 82% Oregonians, many of whom are from rural areas, low-income families, are underserved students of color, and 50-60% are the first-generation in their family to attend college. Our students' success is Oregon's success as we help vitalize rural cities and towns and provide highly educated and skilled graduates who contribute to every industry in the state and power Oregon's economy.
TRU Day at the Capitol provides a venue to inform legislators and the public about the strengths and contributions of our universities and incredible students and graduates.

WHO: The TRU Presidents - Jay Kenton, EOU; Chris Maples, Oregon Tech; Roy Saigo, SOU; and Mark Weiss, WOU -- will be in attendance throughout the day and available for interviews (contact info below).
Sen. Peter Courtney and Rep. Peter Buckley will acknowledge the contributions of the TRUs on the Senate and House Floors; and will meet with TRU advocates during the day.

HOW: TRU Day activities include:
7:00-10:00 am, Capitol Steps: Breakfast with the Mascots - TRU Representatives and Student Athletes will kick off TRU Day, greeting legislators with coffee and pastries and their campus mascots.

9:00-10:00 am, Sen. Peter Courtney and Rep. Peter Buckley will greet the TRU advocates in Hearing Room 50.

8:00-4:30 pm, Galleria West: Pop-in TRU Showcase - a sampling of the TRUs unique degree programs, research and activities, demonstrated by our talented, diverse students, including: 3D printing; Effects of protein supplements on functions of wild land firefighters; Ultra Sound Unit; Vulnerability of the nation's critical infrastructure; Eastern Promise; Student resource advocacy; Drought affecting agricultural production in Klamath Basin; TRIO student success; Teaching Research Institute; Featured posters: Applied Psychology and Population Health Management

10:45-11:45: Sen. Courtney will acknowledge the TRUs in their respective Chambers; and the SOU A Capella group will sing "America the Beautiful" on the House Floor

12:30-1:00: SOU A Capella group will sing in the Capitol Rotunda

CONTACT:
Eastern Oregon University: Tim Seydel, 541-962-3740, tseydel@eou.edu
Oregon Institute of Technology: Di Saunders, 971-219-6869, di.saunders@oit.edu
Southern Oregon University: Ryan Brown, 541-552-6186, Brownr2@sou.edu
Western Oregon University: Lisa Catto, 503-838-8163, cattol@wou.edu

About Oregon's Public Technical and Regional Universities
Oregon's Technical and Regional Universities share a particular responsibility for serving the higher education needs of smaller communities in Oregon while also contributing to their economic vitality. Eastern Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, and Oregon Institute of Technology contribute significantly to the educational attainment of Oregonians in support of the state's 40-40-20 goal, while having positive economic, social and cultural impacts in their regions.

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