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Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall meetings engage students in democratic process

By Kate Sine
10/26/2015

Some students today may be confused with the structure of government. Maybe, they don’t understand which branch controls what or who can assist in a certain situation. For example, instead of calling the county commisioner or state senator for a trash or recycling issue, you would instead call a city-level representative.
    
The Town Hall Meeting on October 28 in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room at 6 p.m. will be focused on how each branch of the local government interacts with students and residents. The event is free and open to the public. It serves to educate the students on how they can make a change with the democratic process as a tool.

This is just one of Patrick O’Brien’s, Director of Civic Engagement's, expectations of the town meetings. O’Brien has been lending a helping hand in organizing these events. He has invited representatives from county, city and University officials to this assembly to teach students what each representative does at their corresponding level. The J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public Affairs and the Office of Civic Engagement are hosting the Town Hall meetings while the Student Government Organization sponsor and supports.

Following this meeting about local issues, there will be two more Town Hall meetings. The second meeting schedule for November 3 will focus on state government while the meeting on November 17 will focus on national government issues.

Ultimately, the goal of these meetings is to help students to have the ability to understand and utilize the democratic process as well as voice concern for certain problems in their community. These meetings will help students solve problems in their community by teaching them to seek help from the appropriate level of government.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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For further information on this release, contact:

Student and Community Involvement
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301.687.7597
Fax: 301.687.7049
E-mail: mmartz@frostburg.edu

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