April 4-5, 2009

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Mount to host political leaders  

NEWBURGH - Political leaders from around New York State will talk with Mount Saint Mary College students at a meet-and-greet reception from 2 p.m. to p.m. Sunday, April 5 in Hudson Hall. The public is invited to this free event.

The reception is a part of a senior thesis project, entitled “Be the Change: Celebrating Political Awareness and Activism at Mount Saint Mary College,” hosted by communication arts majors Sean Palmer of Brewster and Ryan Simpson of Wappingers Falls.

Sen. Charles Schumer or a representative, Congressman John Hall, New York State Senator Vincent Liebell, Orange County Executive Edward Diana, Poughkeepsie Town Councilman Jay Baisley and newly elected Walden Mayor Brian Maher, a Mount student, are expected to be in attendance at the reception, as well as representatives from the New York State Attorney General’s Office and others.

The week-long project consists of a number of events aimed at educating students about government and promoting political activism, including a politically charged poetry festival March 28.

Communications majors at Mount Saint Mary College are required to create and execute a public relations plan based on their interests.  Palmer and Simpson are politically active and hope that this project will entice their fellow students to do the same.

“Our goal is to start a dialogue between students and their elected leaders, looking at the issues that affect students and the issues that students care about,” Palmer said.  There is a great deal that we can learn from each other and a great deal we can do together to make this country a better place, but it has to start locally, and that is really the basis for  our project.” 

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