• Student Leadership and Activities


    Student Activities

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    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104 


    Wendy Burns

  • Leadership Programs

    "A leader is not necessarily someone who holds some formal position of leadership or who is perceived as a leader by others. Rather, a leader is one who is able to affect positive change for the betterment of others, the community and society."

    The Office of Student Activities fosters personal growth and community development to promote learning, develop talents and prepare students to become thoughtful members of their communities.  The Office of Student Activities is excited to provide the Day at the Capitol program as a part of it's leadership development series.  

    Day at the Capitol - Register HERE

     What is Day at the Capitol

    During the 2013 - 2014 academic year, over 800 Hamline students received a Minnesota State Grant, averaging $4,135 per recipient. The State Grant Program is a critical piece of many Hamline students' higher education funding and represents more than 2 million dollars in total aid to Hamline students. The Day at the Capitol event is an opportunity for Hamline students to participate in the legislative process by encouraging state legislators to support the State Grant Program.  

     Students attending the Day at the Capitol event will have the opportunity to  

    • Add a personal story to their resumes and develop themselves professionally,
    • Learn firsthand how the legislative process works,
    • Support fellow Hamline students who rely upon the state grant program to fund their Hamline education, and
    • Expand their networks by connecting with Hamline alumni who work at the Capitol.
    The State Grant Program not only supports Hamline students but is also Minnesota's largest financial aid program, providing financial aid for more than 84,000 Minnesota college students. Last year Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proposed an 80 million dollar increase to the State Grant Program. This resulted in students seeing an increase in the amount of their grant and an increase in the number of students eligible to receive the grant. Hamline students can play an important role in helping to urge legislators to continue to support the state grant program for Minnesota College students during a difficult economic time.

    What Do Students Need to Do To Participate

    Students interested in participating in the Day at the Capitol program are expected to check their schedules for Thursday, April 10 and talk with professors about missing class. If a student has an exam or presentation scheduled for that day, he or she may not be able to participate. It is each student's responsibility to find out if this event will work for his or her individual class schedule.


    How to register for Day at the Capitol

    Students can register HERE for the Day at the Capitol event. Students who pre-register and attend will receive a 2014 Hamline University Day at the Capitol polo shirt.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, April  2, 2014.

    What Happens at Day at the Capitol?

     Students will meet in the Anderson Center at 8:15 a.m. and travel to the State Capitol (transportation is provided). Students will hear from Hamline alumni over a light breakfast and receive additional training. Each student will receive a schedule of meetings with state legislators during which they will have the opportunity to share why they feel the Minnesota State Grant program is important. Students will also have time to tour the Capitol building, sit in during session or committee meetings and have lunch in the State Capitol or Transportation Building (funds are provided for lunch). At the end of the day, students will have an opportunity to hear from key legislators before returning to campus. Student should be back to campus by 3 p.m. 

    How will students be trained to be a citizen lobbyist?

    Staff members from Minnesota Private College Council have extensive experience lobbying for and supporting the Minnesota State Grant Program. Students will be provided with information before the event at an information session. You will also receive training the morning of the event. 

    Need more information?

     For more information about the Day at the Capitol Program, contact the Office of Students Activities at SALD@hamline.edu or visit the Minnesota Private Colleges Council Day at the Capitol website HERE.


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