SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 36
(By Senators Beach, Prezioso, Williams, Sypolt, McCabe, Kessler (Mr. President), Foster, Browning, Laird, Stollings, Yost, Klempa, Chafin and Tucker)
Designating February 21, 2012, as “West Virginia University and West Virginia University Extension Day”.
Whereas, The United States Congress in 1862, during the Civil War, sought to energize the intellectual resources of the nation by making higher education accessible to the public; and
Whereas, President Abraham Lincoln supported and signed this legislation 150 years ago because it contained ideals vital to the future of the nation and because it was able to be executed through the allocation of land grants; and
Whereas, The legislation, known as the Morrill Act, later manifested itself in West Virginia through West Virginia University; and
Whereas, West Virginia University is the state’s first and largest land-grant university, which is dedicated to serving the citizens of West Virginia; and
Whereas, The West Virginia University football team’s Orange Bowl win showcased leadership and excellence in sports and brought honor and pride to the entire State of West Virginia; and
Whereas, The West Virginia University Extension Service, the primary outreach arm of West Virginia University, is the “front porch” of WVU with an office in each of the state’s 55 counties, with trusted research delivered by local Extension agent experts in areas of youth development, agriculture, community development, and families and health; and
Whereas, The West Virginia University Extension Service, with the help of 6,500 adult volunteers, conducts the 4-H youth development program - the state’s largest youth organization - in which more than 84,600 youths in learning leadership, citizenship and life skills through local groups and camps in their counties and at WVU Jackson’s Mill, site of the nation’s first state 4-H camp; and
Whereas, West Virginia University Extension Service agents and staff have been knowledgeable, dependable, enthusiastic and effective partners with county commissioners, school administrators, educators, law-enforcement personnel, health providers, miners, farmers, families and civic leaders; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates February 21, 2012, as “West Virginia University and West Virginia University Extension Day”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the President of West Virginia University, James P. Clement, and to the West Virginia University Extension Service.