Two U.S. senators, one current, one former, and Rep. Moran to speak at FHSU Political Science Day

HAYS, KS -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker and U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran will be in Hays Tuesday, April 10, for the Fifth Annual Political Science Day at Fort Hays State University.

Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society at FHSU, is sponsoring the day.

The featured guests will hold a forum from 12:45-2:15 p.m. in the Fort Hays Ballroom in the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.

Proposed topics for the afternoon forum include the missile defense system, crime policies concerning juvenile and adult criminals, health care, education and school safety, poverty and welfare policy, and tax policy.

At 7 that evening in the Fort Hays Ballroom, a panel of FHSU faculty will hold a discussion on the Electoral College. Panelists will include Dr. Joseph Aistrup, professor of political science; Paul Basinski, assistant professor of political science; and Dr. Norman Caulfield, associate professor of history.

Dr. Arthur Morin, assistant professor of political science, said the primary purpose for the day is to provide an informative and enjoyable day of political science discussion while attracting new political science majors.

Sen. Roberts said he is happy to take part in this unique opportunity.

"I look forward to hearing the thoughts and concerns of students. High school classes across the state will be able to view the forum live on the Internet. It will be very interesting and educational for everyone involved."

FHSU faculty, staff, students and community members are all invited to attend.

According to Morin, area schools have also been contacted and several have indicated an interest in bringing students to attend the forum.

"Our previous attempts to invite former Sen. Kassebaum to participate in the Political Science Day were not successful, so I am glad she was able to come this year. She was the one who made the initial contact with Sen. Roberts, and so he became a part. Then Congressman Jerry Moran expressed an interest, so he was added to the program."

Additional activities scheduled for the day are the awarding of the Outstanding Public Servant Award and the induction of new members of Pi Sigma Alpha.

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