Georgia legislators, CAU family interact at CAU Day at the Capitol.

Updated: Mar 13, 2021


Lawmakers talk with students, faculty, staff and administrators in lobby at State Capitol.

Photo taken by Derrian Carter.

 

At the fourth annual “CAU Day at the Capitol,” students, faculty, alumni and the Clark Atlanta University president, Dr. George T. French Jr., engaged and interacted with Georgia’s legislators on Feb. 18.


CAU Day at the Capitol is a brand awareness day where students, faculty and alumni exhibit the qualities of a CAU Panther. It is a day where students, faculty and alumni inform Georgia’s legislators about what CAU has to offer as a private institution.


Dr. French had the opportunity to speak to the House and Senate Chambers, Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan. When Dr. French spoke to the Senate Chamber, he

declared that CAU was “the best historical black college or university (HBCU) in the United States.” He went on to say that CAU is the “largest private HBCU in Georgia and largest United Negro College Fund (UNCF) university in the nation.”


In addition, CAU had exhibits and pamphlets to display the various academics and programs that are present at CAU for state lawmakers. Academics and programs that were present included: WCLK-FM, CAU TV, the School of Business, the School of Social Work, the School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, the Honors and Scholars Program and the School of Education. Each table informed legislators of activities and types of learning each discipline encompassed.

Students were passing out doughnuts while meeting and greeting legislators. For the

legislators who stopped, some students shared some of their experience at CAU. The Panther mascot was in attendance as well to provide support and fanfare for groups in the building. Moreover, students had the chance to sit in and listen to legislators deliberate on issues in the Senate chamber and take a group picture with Governor Kemp. Sophomore business major Alyzia Henly described the event as “a different experience.” It was her first time in the Georgia State Capitol, and she was impressed with the outing.

 

This story has been originally published in Clark Atlanta University's student newspaper - the Panther. For inquiries, email James McJunkins: jamesolaf@comcast.net

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