University Park, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Governors State University is continuing its celebration of the freedom to vote with a community observance of the inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama on January 20.
The GSU Student Senate is sponsoring a social gathering between 9 and 10:30 a.m. with light refreshments that will afford students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to discuss the election, the new presidency, and future of the United States. Observance will continue during the swearing in ceremony at 11 a.m. Viewing will be possible on a large screen television installed in the Hall of Governors or on one of the many television monitors tuned to the Inauguration situated around campus.
“GSU has been actively promoting involvement in our country’s future through our GSU Votes campaign, which helped register hundreds of new voters here at the university,” said Sarah Appel, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership. “The campaign continued through November encouraging every registered voter to vote.”
The theme for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration will be “A New Birth of Freedom,” commemorating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The words come from the Gettysburg address, and express Lincoln’s hope that the sacrifice of those who died to preserve the nation shall lead to “a new birth of freedom” for our nation.
According to Appel, the theme is particularly appropriate in light of the historic election of Senator Barack Obama. “We are very proud of the entire university community’s involvement in the election process and pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate it together.”