Mount St. Joseph University communications and new media studies major Emma O'Dell and Dean of Students Janet Cox went to the Statehouse as part of Independent College Day.
The event was organized by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) to focus on encouraging lawmakers to put student-aid needs first in Ohio's upcoming budget. Independent college students spoke with legislators from their home and school districts to ask them to support student aid included in the budget, specifically the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG).
"I went to this event to make sure our state government knows why I, and many other Mount students, chose to go to an independent university," said O'Dell. "Following the event I have gained so much knowledge regarding how our state government works. I think the media often fail my generation with sensationalized media, and because of this we rarely hear about what is going on within our state government. Spending the day at the Statehouse with AICUO heightened my personal awareness to make sure that I always pay attention and to participate in both local and state levels of government."
O'Dell is from Goshen.
Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic university and sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.
For more information regarding AICUO, visit their website at www.aicuo.edu.