How to Get Involved
There are a number of ways that you, as a member of the TSU community, or as a concerned constituent, can voice your support for higher education and TSU.
The 79th Legislative Session runs from January 11 through May 30, 2005. During that time, you can get involved in a variety of ways. A few suggestions include:
Send congratulatory letters to elected officials and indicate that you -- as a TSU student, alumnus or alumna, faculty or staff member, or as a friend of the TSU -- look forward to their support of higher education and the institution. Click here for a list of area state senators and state representatives. A list of legislative committee members will be available as soon as they are named.
Caution: If you are a TSU faculty or staff member, you must write your legislator as a private citizen, not using any state resources, including staff time, letterhead, postage, computing time, etc.
Keep current on breaking legislative issues and information and their impact on the TSU and higher education by checking this website regularly.
Submit a letter to the editor or an article to your hometown newspaper voicing your concern and support of particular issues facing higher education. Be sure to share a copy of your editorial correspondence with the TSU Office of External Affairs, fax (713) 313-6867. This way, we can keep a coordinated record of our communication efforts during the session.
Keep those cards and letters coming! Continue to write your elected officials encouraging their support of TSU.
Get a group together -- or go by yourself -- and visit your legislator in Austin.
Caution: All visits to the legislators in Austin on behalf of TSU should be coordinated through Thomas Curvey, Legislative Aide for the Office of External Affairs, (713) 313-1114. A personal visit from a concerned constituent to his/her elected official can be very effective. When you visit, be sure to mention your affiliation with your university and that you are visiting in support of the institution.
If you are a TSU faculty or staff member, you must use your vacation time to visit the Legislature, unless you are on approved official business.
Always remember to be brief and to the point. Most likely, you will just be able to visit with a member of the legislator's staff. However, staff aides are important contacts and you should always share information with them. If you are planning a visit to Austin and would like to take some printed materials on TSU, please contact Thomas Curvey at 713-313-1114.