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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will spend 90 minutes with Marshall University students, faculty, staff and administrators Thursday, March 6, as part of an ongoing effort to improve communications.

The second installment of Williams' "Coffee with the Mayor" is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Student Center lobby on campus. The sessions are sponsored by the Student Government Association and allow people to discuss issues with the mayor in an informal setting.

"The idea is to let all stakeholders at Marshall know that I am their mayor and that I am always approachable," Williams said. "City Hall isn't just a building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street. I want there to be a consistent presence of city government on campus."

In addition to listening to concerns and answering questions, Williams said his primary objectives are to let students know they are valued citizens, show them that staying in Huntington after graduation is a viable option; and, if they have to leave upon graduation, help them develop a love for Huntington so strong that they can't wait to return.

Student Body President EJ Hassan said the event "exemplifies the already strong partnership between Marshall University and the City of Huntington."

"The Student Government Association is very proud to be a part of this partnership, and we look forward to the opportunity of keeping students engaged with their city officials as well as student representatives," he said.

The Student Government Association is offering students a chance to win a Keurig coffee maker during the event. Any student who Tweets a photo of the event and mentions @MUSGA with the hashtag #CoffeeChats in their tweet will be entered to win.