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Wildcat Day at the Capitol

More than 400 Bethune-Cookman University Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Will Rally at the Capitol Today
Wildcat Day at the Capitol Supporters Are There to Lobby Legislators and Decision Makers for School Funding
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Tallahassee, Fla. – January 27, 2016 - Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) are arriving in Tallahassee this morning for Wildcat Day at the Capitol (WDAC).  Hundreds boarded buses at 6 a.m. and headed to Tallahassee to join President Jackson and other university leaders.  The WDAC participants will meet with lawmakers to discuss their concerns, share the successes of B-CU and lobby for funding.  This is the largest group to attend Wildcat Day at the Capitol, thus far. 

“We are extremely proud of all of our Wildcat Day at the Capitol supporters.  It is important for our students and alumni to understand the processes and to participate.  This is a great time for B-CU and we are looking forward to doing even more,” says Noni Walker, Director of Public Affairs. B-CU is looking for support for the Bridge to Success Programs; College of Health Sciences Initiatives; Black Male Initiatives; Library Resources; Access and Retention; and Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Initiatives.  WDAC participants will be addressed by President Jackson and the B-CU delegation in the House Chambers at 11:30 a.m.  They will follow with a rally in the lobby of the Senate Chambers at 1:15 p.m.

B-CU was in Tallahassee last week for Governor Rick Scott’s “Ready, Set, Work University Challenge.”  The initiative challenges state-funded universities to get 100 percent of their graduates (not going on to graduate school) full-time employment within a year for those receiving each university’s two most popular degrees.  While Bethune-Cookman University is a private institution, school leaders voluntarily took on the challenge and was the only private university represented at the meeting.  

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For more information and media inquiries for today’s Wildcat Day at the Capitol, please contact Keisha Boyd (386)214-3653 or boydk@cookman.edu.  

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.