PULLMAN, Wash. — Two former members of Congress will be guests of the Washington State University College of Business and Economics this week as they meet with students, faculty and administrators to encourage careers in public service.

Barbara Vucanovich, R-Nev., and Sam Coppersmith, D-Ariz., will attend classes in the WSU college and in the political science department as part of the “Congress to Campus” program, co-sponsored by the John Stennis Center for Public Service, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Washington, D.C.

Public events at WSU with the former legislators include a reception from 4-5 p.m. today (April 20) in Todd Hall Atrium and a no-host lunch from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in the Compton Union Building Lair.

They will also participate in a Moscow, Idaho, community discussion Wednesday (April 21) on the 50th anniversary of the landmark desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan. The 7 p.m. discussion will be in the Moscow City Council chambers in City Hall, located at Third and Washington streets in downtown Moscow.

Brief presentations on the background, impact and meaning of the case will be made by panelists, including Don Burnett, dean, UI College of Law; Walfred Peterson, professor emeritus, WSU’s Department of Political Science; Elizabeth Barker Brandt, professor, UI College of Law; Dr. Cassandra Nichols, WSU Counseling and Testing Services; Linda Pall, adjunct professor, UI College of Law and WSU Department of Accounting.

Sponsors of the event include the WSU College of Business and Economics, City of Moscow, the Latah County Human Rights Task Force and the University of Idaho College of Law.

Vucanovich was a member of Congress for seven terms, retiring in 1996. Her major committee assignment during her congressional service was the House Committee on Appropriations. She chaired its subcommittee on military construction.

Coppersmith served in Congress from 1993-1995, during which time he kept a campaign promise to return each month the congressional pay raise he had opposed. He also forged a coalition of budget-cutters, environmentalists and foreign policy experts concerned about plutonium to eliminate the Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor program.

The visit will replace the annual Business and the Law Lecture, launched in 2003.

For more information, contact Pall at (209) 882-7255 or e-mail to lpall@moscow.com.