UMD students are hitting the road for Saint Paul on a mission to represent their school.
UMD Lobby Day officially kicked off Thursday, with close to 50 students and staff gathering in the Kirby bus hub before their trip to the state legislature.
Their mission: to be a voice for the northern most branch of the U of M system.
That includes showing state lawmakers how UMD is a vital asset to Minnesota, and why they say it's worth its $28 million share of Governor Dayton's proposed education bond.
"So its important for a couple reasons, and the biggest one being that we just need to make UMD heard," says Dir. of Legislative Relations Jacob Griffiths, "it's were a little bit away from St. Paul as you can imagine, and it's good to let people know that UMD is here, and we don't just have a hockey team, but we have all these other cool things going on."
The first UMD lobby day was held in 2012.