For more information contact:
Linda Shaffer, Avila University, (816) 501-2422
Sherry Pennington, Cottey College, (417) 667-8181
Toni Cardarella, Park University, (816) 753-1841
Katherine Frohoff, Rockhurst University, (816) 501-4151
Robert A. Eisele, William Jewell College, (816) 781-7700

  KEEP ME IN COLLEGE: Area Students Unite to Protest
Gov. Nixon’s Financial Aid Cuts
  Kansas City, MO    
April 12, 2010

Students, faculty and supporters of five Kansas City-area independent colleges and universities will unite on the campus of Avila University to send a loud message to Gov. Nixon and the General Assembly that eliminating state aid for financially deserving Missourians will harm the economic future of our state.

Gov. Nixon recently announced that he plans to discontinue state financial aid for students attending independent colleges and universities simply because of where they chose to achieve their dream of an education. If enacted, this would be devastating to some 15,500 Missouri students, including those who attend Avila University, Cottey College, Park University, Rockhurst University and William Jewell College. Many of these students will struggle to find an alternative source of support, putting their ability to continue their education in jeopardy. This is the wrong direction for our state, and we can’t let this happen!

Supporters will rally to “Keep Me In College,” calling upon Gov. Nixon and state lawmakers to protect state financial aid for independent sector students. The rally will kick off with student representatives from each participating school sharing their stories about why they think it is critical to maintain Access Missouri funding. Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., Avila University president and vice chair, Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri, will also speak. Students will sign banners, complete postcards and send e-mails to the governor in support of Access Missouri.

Tuesday, April 13
10:30 a.m.

Avila University
Jeanne Hamilton Olofson Plaza – (Front Entrance of Blasco)
(Rain Location: Mabee Fieldhouse)
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145

Students from all participating schools sharing how Access Missouri impacts them
Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., Avila University president and
vice chair, Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri



About Avila University
Avila University is a Catholic, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd. in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.