Carolina Day at the Statehouse returns March 24
Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters of the University of South Carolina will march to the Statehouse Wednesday, March 24, for the annual Carolina Day at the Statehouse. There they will meet with legislators and advocate for support of public higher education.
Carolina Day at the Statehouse is sponsored by the Carolina Alumni Association’s Carolina Action Network (CAN) and is open to anyone with an interest in the university. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and includes lunch. To participate, register by March 17 online at www.MyCarolina.org/advocacy. A $15 registration fee is required to defray the cost of lunch.
Carolina Day at the Statehouse began in 2004. CAN advocates are volunteers who work together to increase awareness of legislative matters that affect the state’s colleges and universities. Advocates communicate with their elected officials in various ways throughout the year, including the annual event in March. No meetings or membership fees are required, and individuals can give as little or as much time as they can.
University President Harris Pastides said the day is an opportunity for alumni and friends to convey the importance of higher education and the importance of the university to the state.
“We are the University for South Carolina and have been since 1801,” Pastides said. “Our role in the knowledge economy and in the cultural betterment of the state has never been more critical.”
Carolina Alumni Association Executive Director Marsha Cole said CAN is about helping members of the University of South Carolina family share their concern for the university and the positive message of what the university can do for the state.
“We know that the best schools are the ones where the parents get involved, and the best governments are the ones where citizens get involved,” Cole said. “If we show that we’re paying attention to what this legislature is doing, if they know that we care and are here and have an important message to deliver to them, then we will get a better government, and we will get people focused on the right issues for the state.”
Membership dues in the Carolina Alumni Association make possible the Carolina Action Network CAN, student scholarships and a variety of programs that advance the university possible and serve its alumni.