CHEYNEY, PA – As the words “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow” faded, the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton and Senate Candidate Joseph Sestak, D-7, climbed onto the stage of Cheyney University’s Cope Hall and were welcomed by students, faculty and visitors with a roaring applause on October 28, 2010.
Cheyney University President, Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital, thanked Sestak for his past support of initiative to “tackle innovative solutions” as the university continues to strive to bring students an enriching academic experience.
As a congressman, Sestak has supported Cheyney’s pursuit to gain funding for its Keystone Honors Academy, allowing Cheyney to be the only PASSHE institution to offer students a full-tuition scholarship for high academic performance. Sestak has also visited the college numerous times in support of the Carver Science Center, Aquaculture Research and Education Center, and technology upgrades.
Dr. Howard-Vital warmly said, “I thank Joe Sestak for realizing the role of historically black universities and colleges in solidifying America and [upholding] its national security.”
Former-President Clinton delivered a powerful speech encouraging student to get out and vote in a force similar to that of the 2008 elections. His message was clear as he asked the crowd, “If you voted two years ago but aren’t going to the polls on November 2nd, what did you vote for?”
After his speech, Clinton shook hands with SGCA President Chris Carter, and proceeded to shake hands with numerous students in the crowd. The excitement of the crowd was thick as people stretched over each other in an attempt to simply get a hand shake from the former commander-in-chief.
When asked about Sestak, Carter said, “I do appreciate his support of Cheyney University over the years as he has involved the campus in his phone-banking, his legislative advocacy, and his planning to host events. It appears very much that he is trying to include the nation’s first HBCU in his agenda.”
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This story was also featured by the Cheyney University Public Relations & Marketing Department in the Cheyney Newsletter and in the Cheyney Magazine Spring 2011 edition.