Three Hiram College students recently helped promote the importance of putting student-aid needs first in higher education to legislators and visitors at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) welcomed college students from around the state on Feb. 25, 2015, the first of two Independent College Days. Hiram’s student representatives included physics major Su Latt ’15, of Myanmar, political science major Laura Baskin ’16, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and integrated language arts major Jacob Vaughan ’16, of Windham, Ohio.
The Hiram students spoke about the importance of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, a need-based grant the state government provides to help students attend college. They also spoke about the importance of private colleges, highlighting their life-changing experiences at Hiram College.
Latt, Baskin and Vaughan met with State Sen. John Eklund (R-Munson Twp.) and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), as well as influential staffers in other offices. The students also shared lunch with alumnus Dick Wolf ’74, senior legislative aide to State Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster), the Speaker pro tempore of the Ohio House of Representatives.
All students participating in Independent College Day also had the opportunity to tour the Statehouse, hear an update on the current political atmosphere in Ohio, learn what a day in the life of a legislator is like and attend committee meetings throughout the day. Brian Lind, assistant dean of students, and Ed Frato Sweeney, coordinator of citizenship education, accompanied the Hiram students on the trip.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio was organized in 1969 to represent the interests of its 51 members to Ohio’s lawmakers, regulators and citizens. AICUO seeks to strengthen student financial aid programs and bring about a greater understanding of the benefits and contributions of Ohio independent colleges and universities. At the same time, the association works to promote the well being of Ohio higher education as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of the responsibility to serve the educational, social and cultural needs of the state and the nation. For more information regarding AICUO, visit our website at www.aicuo.edu.