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Students organize voter participation drive

Former Vermont Governor, Ambassador Madeleine Kunin to speak Oct. 7

UMass Dartmouth student organizations have launched a campus-wide, non-partisan effort to encourage the University's 9,300 students to participate in the 2008 state and federal elections. The effort will include a series of speakers, including former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin and political satirist Jimmy Tingle; debate watching events, a voter registration drive, and absentee ballot assistance.

The consortium of student organizations leading the effort includes, the Student Senate, Office of the Student Trustee, MassPirg and student Democrat and Republican organizations.

"I'm so glad that we were able to initiate a voter registration/get out the vote campaign on our campus,'' said Student Trustee Tamara Endich. "With this historic election coming up, one that will have a big impact on our future, it is so great to see so many college students getting involved and spreading the word about the importance of the elections and the issues on the ballot."

The first major event of initiative will be a presentation by Gov. Madeleine M. Kunin, the first woman governor of Vermont, Deputy Secretary of Education, and Ambassador to Switzerland on October 7 at 4 p.m. in the Main Auditorium.

Gov. Kunin will speak as part of the Women's Resource Center and Women's Studies Program's "Get Out Her Vote Series."  Her talk will be especially timely given New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's run for the White House and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's vice presidential candidacy.

Gov Kunin's most recent book Pearls, Politics, and Power:  How Women Can Win and Lead is a call to action for new political engagement and leadership from the women of America. This event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center and the Women's Studies Program and co-sponsored by the campus Office of Community Service & Partnerships, Center for Sustainability, Department of Political Science, and the Marion Institute.  For more information, call 508.910.4584 or email jparker@umassd.edu.

Details on the Jimmy Tingle appearance are stll being worked out.
 

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  03-Oct-2008
Department:   News & Public Information

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