FACS Day at the Capitol a huge success

February 19th, 2015 Author: Cal Powell  |  706-542-3536  |  More about Cal
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Nearly 70 FACS students met with state legislators and enjoyed a tour of government offices as part of the annual FACS Day at the Capitol event on Wednesday.

In addition to meeting with legislators, FACS students, faculty and staff witnessed the reading of a resolution by Gov. Nathan Deal proclaiming Feb. 18 as Family and Consumer Sciences Day in Georgia.

The governor posed for a photo with the group, which included FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox and four FACS Legislative Aides, inside the Capitol.

“The trip was a great experience for all involved,” Fox said. “Our Legislative Aides are doing a fantastic job representing the college and we are so grateful to all the legislators and staff for taking time out of their schedule to visit with us and give our students a closer look at the inner workings of state government.”

The four interns, Janai Crudup, Sarah Pillsbury, Callie Dailey and Taliah Lamar-Herring, participated in a post-lunch panel discussion with students to discuss their experience as legislative aides.

The group also heard from human development and family science doctoral student Lorien Jordan, who also works as a lobbyist, and FACS graduate and lobbyist Karen Pope.

Also during lunch, the group heard brief remarks from Sen. Bill Cowsert, Rep. David Knight and Sen. Frank Ginn, as well as from Tim Echols with the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Following a tour of the Capitol led by the aides, smaller groups of students met with various legislators to discuss the legislative process.

“The trip could not have been more enlightening for our students,” Fox said. “We hope more students will take a closer look at the opportunities provided by the FACS Legislative and Congressional Aide program, and recognize the importance of engaging in the legislative process to help secure a better future for all Georgians." 

To see a photo gallery from the event, visit our Flickr page.

For more information on the Legislative Aide program, click here.

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