Youths to celebrate WVU's 150th at WVU Day at the Legislature

Hundreds of West Virginia 4-H’ers and WVU Extension Service representatives will travel to the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 28 to explore opportunities at West Virginia University, meet with legislators and celebrate WVU’s 150th birthday at WVU Day at the Legislature.

Hosted by the WVU Extension Service, the annual event offers participants a unique chance to learn about higher education opportunities afforded to them within their state while getting a firsthand look at the legislative process.

“For many of our 4-H’ers, this is the first time they’ve been to the Capitol or met face to face with WVU representatives or legislators,” said Steve Bonanno, WVU Extension Service dean and director. “It’s important for them to make that personal connection with their state government and learn about the vast opportunities available to them with a higher education experience.”

As part of the day’s festivities, WVU Extension Service will host a birthday gathering in the Capitol’s lower rotunda at noon. The celebration will feature remarks from Bonanno and WVU President E. Gordon Gee as well as a string quartet routine performed by the WVU Creative Arts Center.

Participants will have the chance to sign a giant birthday card to be presented to President Gee, and can also expect to take part in other birthday activities such as an interactive birthday balloon extravaganza card game station and more.

Many of WVU’s units will be present during the event to showcase and educate visitors about their opportunities and purpose. Some of the units that will be at the event include the WVU College of Creative Arts, WVU School of Medicine, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU Extension Energy Express, WVU Jackson’s Mill and Farmstead, the College of Education and Human Services, College of Law and numerous other WVU Extension programs.

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WVU Extension Service Community Leadership Academy creates recipe for success for West Virginia

While many could argue that times are tough for West Virginia, a bright economic outlook becomes more achievable through well-equipped leaders that can creatively gain resources, motivate their communities and develop sound strategies for the future.

According to some of West Virginia University Extension Service’s faculty, that’s exactly the type of training offered at the Community Leadership Academy — a three-day conference aimed at strengthening leadership from all disciplines and areas of the state.

The conference is now in its fourth year, and the theme is Regeneration: Real Solutions for Real Situations, an emphasis that encourages leaders to take home what they learned and begin applying it in their communities.

Hosted at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel in downtown Morgantown, the conference also lets those in attendance learn through optional, structured experiences that highlight the best of the city with a craft beer tour and a culinary tour.

A full schedule of courses and access to online registration is available. The cost is $245 per person. Student and group discount rates are available. Deadline to register is Friday, April 7.

Attendees can mix or match breakout session topics that include leadership, good governance and economic strategy. It’s a model that, according to organizers, allows leaders to get the most from their experience and get more tools that are relevant to them.

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