West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences will honor a long-time friend of the College during a dedication ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. A reception will follow the ceremony.


WVU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research Gerald Lang will join Cameron Hackney, dean of the Davis College, for the dedication of the new James H. Arbuckle Lecture Hall located in the South Agricultural Sciences building on WVU ’s Evansdale Campus.


Arbuckle, who died in 2004, received a degree in agriculture from WVU in 1936. Following graduation, he found employment opportunities in a variety of fields at the WVU Dairy, Farmers Home Administration, state youth facilities, and as a mile inspector and farmer.


Later in life, Arbuckle enjoyed sitting in on classes at the Davis College . It was in these classes that he envisioned establishing an innovative classroom that would provide an excellent learning environment for the students of the University.


�€?Mr. Arbuckle’s love of learning led to the creation of this lecture hall,�€? said Bonnie McBee Fisher, director of development and alumni relations at the Davis College . �€?Without his gift, we would not have this room or the technology within it.�€?


Now the largest lecture hall on the Evansdale Campus, the room seats 250 and is equipped with two ceiling mounted projectors and retractable, motorized screens that can be used to display video, networked personal computer, or a document camera. A laptop computer or portable video device may also be displayed by connecting it to the local input panel at the lectern. The room’s audio system includes a lectern-mounted gooseneck microphone and wireless lapel and handheld microphones.


For additional information on the dedication, contact Fisher at 304-216-6801 or Bonnie.Fisher@mail.wvu.edu .