Starr, Jackson to host town hall forum

April 5, 2011

By Sara Tirrito

Lariat Staff writer

Student Government will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday during which students can participate in a Q&A session with President Ken Starr, Dr. Kevin Jackson, vice president for student life, and Houston senior Michael Wright, student body president. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in Draper 116.

"The purpose is to give every student an opportunity to come in and ask Judge Starr, Dr. Jackson or myself a question that they might have about university life, and just give every student access to our president," Wright said

The meeting will give students a chance to engage in a real-time dialogue with campus leaders, Jackson said.

"I think it's always important to give students an opportunity to come and ask their questions in a format where you have university administrators and student leaders who can respond," Jackson said. "It gives students a chance to share what's on their hearts and minds and gives us a chance to hear that, as well as hopefully answer questions that they may have."

Wright said students should take advantage of the opportunity to speak with Starr and Jackson, and to become more involved with the university. "I hope to see a lot of students show up with questions ready," Wright said, "students that are engaged in the happenings on campus and want to learn more about what's going on from kind of the top level of the university."

The panel anticipates questions on a wide range of topics and will answer students' questions to the best of their ability or find answers to those questions that they cannot immediately answer, Jackson said.

"To me that's the beauty of a town hall," Jackson said. "The students get to bring the topics forward and we'll do our very best to answer those."