2009 Utah Student Conference on Political and Civic Engagement

2009 Utah Student Conference for

Political and Civic Engagement

University of Utah • Friday, September 25, 2009


The purpose of this conference is to educate and train student leaders across the state of Utah to:

1) develop advocacy campaigns for the 2009 legislative session,
2) increase student civic involvement through engaging state government and business leaders,
3) conduct valuable service programs on their campuses,
4) understand the political dynamics of higher education in Utah.

The conference will promote idea sharing and unite higher education institutions around one goal. It will also bestow upon students the knowledge and opportunity to create long-term changes on their campuses in regards to civic involvement. This institutional knowledge will be of great use to student leaders and organizations from year to year. 


Conference Agenda


8:00 am –

9:00 pm

Registration and Check-in

9:00 am  -
10:00 am

Opening Keynote: Increasing Student Influence and Voter Turnout in Utah
Lt. Governor Greg Bell

10:00 am 
10:15 am


10:15 am 
11:00 pm

Lobbying and the State of Utah Politics
Frank Pignanelli and Lincoln Shurtz

11:15 pm –
12:15 pm

Panel Discussion – Legislator Views on the Future of Higher Education
Reps. Holdaway and Moss, Sens. Jenkins and Romero
Moderated by Jenny Brundin of KUER

12:30 pm –
2:00 pm

Lunch and Award Ceremony
Lunch Keynote: The Politics of Higher Education
Commissioner Bill Sederburg

2:00 pm –
3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions
Higher Education Government Liaisons
Brad Mortensen (Weber), Mason Bishop (SLCC), and Michael Kennedy (Utah State)

3:00 pm –
3:15 pm


3:15 pm –
4:15 pm

Providing Service in Your Community
Service-Learning Panel Discussion
Hosted by Linda Dunn, Bennion Center Director

4:15 pm –
5:00 pm

The Importance of Coalition-Building
Natalie Gochnour

5:00 pm –
6:00 pm

Closing Keynote: Strengthening Democracy through Civic Engagement
Mayor Peter Corroon


Brigham Young University • College of Eastern Utah • Dixie State College  
Snow College • Southern Utah University • University of Utah
Utah State University • Utah Valley University • Weber State University • Westminster College

Name Sales End Price
General Admission Ended Free

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