Morrill Act/Land Grant Sesquicentennial Celebration

Past Events

October 6, 2012—Family Day at the Farm, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., WVU Animal Sciences Farm
Want to see WVU’s land-grant mission in action? Join us at the Animal Sciences Farm for a day of fun and discovery for the whole family, featuring dozens of activities for all ages and encounter an ark full of animals, from bugs and dogs to cows and chicks!

September 12, 2011—Inaugural C. Peter Magrath Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom, WVU Law Center
Dr. C. Peter Magrath discusses the importance of land-grant universities in the 21st Century. His talk will be the first in the 2011-12 Festival of Ideas lecture series.

September 15, 2011—Greenhouse Groundbreaking, 10:30 a.m.
WVU officially breaks ground on a new greenhouse, an crucial investment to support the University’s research and academic programs.

October 10, 2011—State of the University Address
WVU President James C. Clements gives his annual State of the University Address, with a special focus on the University’s land-grant mission.

October 15, 2011—Family Day at the WVU Farm
Join faculty and staff from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design and WVU Extension Service in celebrating the importance of agriculture, a central part of WVU’s land-grant mission and identity.

October 18, 2011—Neil S. Bucklew Lecture
France A. Cardova, former chief scientist at NASA and current president of Purdue University, will present this year’s Neil S. Bucklew lecture on higher education at West Virginia University. The lecture is “Boilermakers and Mountaineers Look Ahead: Forging the Future.”
1:30 p.m. Erickson Alumni Center

October 21, 2011—International Research Symposium, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Room 101, NRCCE
As a major research institution, WVU’s reach is global, and its faculty travel the world in pursuit of knowledge and discovery. That global reach will be in the spotlight at an International Research Symposium sponsored by WVU’s Environmental Research Center, Peace Corps Master’s International program, Office of International Programs, and Office of Graduate Education and Life.

November 1-2, 2011—Extension Service Employees Conference at WVU Jackson’s Mill
WVU Extension employees convene to coordinate Extension’s integral role in sharing land-grant university research with the communities they serve.

December 7, 2011—Military Service Memorial
WVU honors the military service of West Virginians and WVU alumni and students while recalling the importance of military tactics in the land-grant tradition.

December 11, 2011—December Graduates Convocation, 1:30 p.m., Coliseum
WVU presents the first Spirit of the Land Grant Award at December Graduates Convocation.

January 17 and 18, 2012—Capital Classic
Join WVU in Charleston, W.Va., to celebrate the University’s various roles in serving the state.

February 21, 2012—WVU Day at the Legislature
University representatives visit the State Capitol to share information about WVU’s resources and to highlight the role of West Virginia’s first land-grant university.

April 18, 2012—”Educating the Nation: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Land Grant Colleges”
Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, will explore the social history of land-grant colleges in the United States at 7 p.m. in 1001 Agricultural Sciences Building.

May 12-13, 2012—Commencement

August 10-18, 2012—West Virginia State Fair
WVU affirms its ties to the state, especially in agriculture, with daily exhibits and educational demonstrations at the WVU Building.

August 24, 2012—School of Public Health Launch and Land-Grant Anniversary Celebration
WVU officially launches its new School of Public Health with a press conference and special events on the Health Sciences campus, including a celebration of the Morrill Act’s 150th anniversary.

11 a.m. – Press Conference, HSC Commons
11:30-11:45 a.m. – Public Health Grand Rounds Registration & Box Lunch
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Public Health Grand Rounds: Herbert B. Peterson, MD, FACOG, Okey Patteson Auditorium, HSC
1:30-2:30 p.m. – WVU School of Public Health State of the School Address by Interim Founding Dean Alan M. Ducatman, MD, MSc; Eye Institute Lecture Hall
3 p.m. – Health Sciences Center’s 150th Land-Grant Anniversary Celebration in front of HSC (tent), speakers: WVU President James P. Clements, PhD, and Chancellor for Health Sciences Christopher C. Colenda, MD, MPH; parking available at Mountaineer Station on Van Voorhis Road; reception to follow