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Our Next Congresswoman? Alice Kryzan ’70


kryzan.jpgHelen Gallagher, Class of 1970, writes, “How about a shout out to my green classmate, Alice Kryzan, and her race for congress?”

Yes, here’s a “shout out” for a woman we hope will be Trinity’s next member of Congress:  Alice Kryzan ’70!  Thanks to other alums in the Buffalo area for sending this news as well.

Congratulations, Alice!  We are so proud of you!

Last Tuesday, Alice won an upset primary victory over her Democratic opponents in the race for the seat in the House of Representatives representing the 26th District in New York.

I love this headline about her victory:  “Kryzan Stuns the Boys” from the Tonawanda News.

And how about this headline from the Buffalo News:  “Kryzan Beats Powers, Davis; Stages one of biggest upsets in primary history”

Isn’t that just like a Trinity Woman?  Stage an upset, stun the boys!

If elected to Congress, Alice would become the third Trinity alumna in history to serve in the U.S. Congress, following in the immense footsteps of retired Connecticut Congresswoman Barbara Bailey Kennelly ’58 and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ’62.

You can read more about Alice on the Kryzan for Congress website and Alice Kryzan’s Facebook entry

Political engagement and public leadership are hallmarks of a Trinity education.  In this election season, I urge all students, faculty and staff to use this “teachable moment” to learn as much as possible about our nation’s political process, as well as to engage with the parties and candidates of your choice.  There are no bystanders in an election!  This is OUR government, WE are the people who will make all the difference!

To further encourage the political engagement of the Trinity community, starting this week on Constitution Day, September 17, and extending through the election, we will have numerous campus activities devoted to political issues and the political process, including voter registration, debates and educational programs around the issues.

See Trinity’s Election 2008 website to keep up with all the election news and campus happenings!

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