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

Hundreds of West Virginia 4-H’ers and WVU Extension 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 WVU Extension, 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, former WVU Extension 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 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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Attendees can connect to the event via social media by use of the hashtags #WVUDay, and by following @WVUExtension on Twitter and WVU Extension Service on Facebook.

For questions regarding WVU Day at the Legislature, contact the WVU Extension Office of Communications at 304-293-4221.

West Virginians can also access the University’s resources by contacting their local county office of the WVU Extension Service, and visiting