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"Take Five" for WSU and higher education, Cougar Chat, In the News

“Take Five” for WSU & higher education – let’s get started

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Welcome to our “Take Five” initiative to support higher education and WSU. WSU Impact is asking our registered members to use the next several months to share good news stories about WSU’s amazing academic and research programs. We will provide the inspiration, you take five minutes to let your legislator know about these programs and what WSU has meant to you.

Let’s get started.

Log on by clicking “Members Enter Here” button on the right hand side of the WSU Impact home page or on the icon.members enter here

Log in by entering in your email address and password in the gray box to the right on your personal home webpage (see photo below). Once you have entered in your log in information, you will see photos of your three state legislators from your legislative district.

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Scroll to “Current Issues” (circled in yellow, to the left, in the picture above). Click on “Read More” to learn more about our “Take Five” effort.  When you click the “Take Action” button, you will see that we have loaded in a sample letter. We strongly encourage you to edit the ‘subject line’ and the existing draft OR click “Blank Letter” to make the message your own.

Here is a sample letter that shares a personal story about an education degree received from WSU, connecting to a ‘good news’ story in the Cougar Chat blog about WSU’s land grant mission,  and linking to a positive impact for the 36th District:

I have written to you several times this year and want to thank the legislature again for supporting higher education through the budget appropriations. I live with my husband in Magnolia and happy to report we are perfect voters! We both ask that you continue to support higher education in budget discussions and policies that affect higher education and Washington State University .
I received my MA. Ed from WSU in 1988 and have used my education degree in several ways. I served as campaign manager for the Seattle Public School Levy Campaign in 2004 and the King County Automated Fingerprint Identification System Levy (AFIS) Campaign in 2005 and 2012. Without the organizational skills and education I received at WSU, I would not have had the abilities to manage campaigns that have supported public schools and public safety in the 36th District. The power of the land grant mission of WSU makes it so students appreciate how important it is to extend learning and get involved in the community. WSU plays a major role in preparing our district’s teachers, health care providers, communicators, business and NGO leaders, and engineers – just to name a few, as well as conducting research that boosts productivity across a spectrum of fields and help meet the needs of diverse public and private stakeholders.
Thank you for your public service. Thank you also for holding town hall meetings – I enjoy listening to other constituents and your thoughts on current issues important to the 36th LD. Finally, thank you to the legislature for supporting higher education this last session. When you reconvene in Olympia next January, please continue to invest in higher education and maintain WSU as a high quality research institution while keeping our public universities accessible and affordable for future students.

The letter aligns with proven techniques for message effectiveness: (1) she identifies she lives in the legislative district or LD, (2) she shares a bit about herself, including she is a WSU alumna and a voter, (3) she shares how she used skill from her WSU degree to help the district – in her case: (a) acknowledging the management and organizational training she received at WSU, and (b) linking her experience to information in the “Cougar Chat” blog post: “WSU. The land grant mission in action, improving our everyday lives“, and (4) she asks the legislator to continue to support higher education and WSU when he/she reconvene in session starting in January 2014.

Please check out an example of a shorter letter here. Our sample also provides additional tips and suggestions!

Remember: WSU Impact will be sharing good stories on a weekly basis through our “Cougar Chat” blog for those who want to spread the good word about academic and research programs going on at WSU and sharing your personal story how your WSU experience has made a difference in your life.

That’s how easy it is to “Take Five” for WSU and share your Cougar pride with your legislators. Questions? Please contact us at admin@wsuimpact.dev or call Ann at (206)465-5136. Thank you and Go Cougs!

Other posts in the series:
Your voice matters – why sending an electronic letter is the most important way to contact your legislator

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