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Moravian Students to Participate in Lobby Day at State Capitol

Bethlehem, Pa., April 2, 2008— Four students from Moravian College will travel to the state Capitol to join with students from the other independent colleges and visit with their local legislators on annual Student Lobby Day, Tuesday, April 8. The event is sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).

Moravian College students, Emily Gibbons ’09 (Edison, NJ), Tyler Buck ’11 (Wescosville, PA), James Blatt ’10 (Bethlehem, PA) and James Lavoy ’10 (Greentown, PA) will be accompanied by Warren Hilton, associate dean of student development. The group will attend a noon press conference held in the Capitol Rotunda. PHEAA Board Chairman Rep. William Adolph (R-Delaware), AICUP Board Chairman Dr. Brian Mitchell (President of Bucknell University), and Pennsylvania State Grant recipient Richard Riley, who attends Villanova University, will speak.

According to AICUP, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) may not have the business earnings needed to provide the same financial supplement to the Pennsylvania State Grant Program as it has in recent years because of changes in federal law and turmoil in financial markets caused by the national subprime mortgage crisis.

The Group asserts that despite Governor Rendell’s proposed 3 percent increase ($11.6 million) for the State Grant Program, many students could experience a noticeable reduction in their grants in the next academic year.  Throughout the day, students will be asking legislators for a 10 percent increase in the state’s appropriation to the Grant Program ($38.6 million) to simply keep the grant levels similar to this current academic year.

The Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), the only statewide organization that serves exclusively the interests of private higher education within the Commonwealth, exists to complement and support the work of campus leaders.  A list of AICUP’s member colleges and universities is included on its website at www.aicup.org.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.