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Recap: First Greeley Day at the Capitol Event

Outside of the state capitol of Colorado in Denver

February 20, 2020

The University of Northern Colorado joined Aims Community College, the City of Greeley, the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Greeley-Evans School District 6, and the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance for the first-ever Greeley Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

During the event to more actively promote Greeley and discuss important issues, a recurring topic was the Aims2UNC partnership, a program that streamlines a path for students to transition directly to UNC after earning their associates at Aims.

Participants met with state officials including Gov. Jared Polis, Sen. John Cooke, Reps. Perry Buck and Mary Young, Treasurer Dave Young, and Colorado Department of Higher Education Executive Director Angie Paccione. 

The event is one of three legislative events that UNC and its partners collaborate on. In January, they hosted a legislative preview on campus. This May, a legislative recap will be held with elected officials and government relations staff.

"This was a tremendous event to highlight Greeley with our collective voice," said UNC President Andy Feinstein. "I want to thank our partners, our students who represented UNC and Greeley so well, and our elected officials for participating." 

View photos from the event:

Gov. Polis
Gov. Jared Polis visits with the Greeley delegation in the Old Supreme Court Chamber
for a brief introduction following breakfast.

UNC Choirs performing
The UNC choir performs in the House of Representatives.

Close up UNC Choir performing
Jarek Makarchuk, a junior Music Education major at UNC, performs as part of the choir in front of legislators and visitors from Greeley.

Colorado Senate Chamber
The Greeley delegation was split into two groups with one visiting the House of Representatives and another the Senate chambers. Greeley's Sen. John Cooke and Rep. Mary Young read recognitions from the floor of each chamber.

Greeley representatives in the Senate Chambers
Representatives from Greeley sit in the Senate Chambers of the state capitol.

Andy Feinstein and Angie Paccione
UNC President Andy Feinstein with Angie Paccione, Ph.D., executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Rick Garcia
Rick Garcia, executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, addresses the group.

President Feinstein and John Cooke
Feinstein with Sen. John Cooke.

Mary Young
Rep. Mary Young also met with the visitors from Greeley to discuss topics
pertaining to Greeley.

Greeley Mayor and Mary Young
Mayor of Greeley John Gates listens as Rep. Young speaks. 

—Photos by Woody Myers.

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