The 2011 Family Day at the West Virginia University Farm has been honored with an award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE District II has chosen to bestow this event with a Silver Award in the category for community relations programs, projects and special events.

Coordinated by the Office of University Events, the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the WVU Extension Service, the event was part of WVU’s 150th celebration of the Morrill Land-Grant Act. Its aim of the event was to highlight the importance of WVU to the research, utilization and preservation of West Virginia’s agricultural and natural resources.

“Family Day at the WVU Farm was a celebration of the University’s land-grant past and future,” said Jay Cole, chief of staff, WVU Office of the President.

“Holding the event at the WVU Animal Farm highlighted the University’s historic mission of promoting access to high-quality higher education and conducting research to meet the needs of West Virginians.”

Students, faculty, staff and members of the Morgantown community were invited to spend an afternoon at the farm to enjoy jewelry making, insect origami, sheep shearing, flower arranging, WVU woodsman team demonstrations, interactions with WVU’s service dogs, musical performances by the Falling Run Bluegrass Band and a variety of healthy snacks, among many other activities and displays.

The Office of University Events will accept the award on March 4 during the CASE District II conference in Pittsburgh.

CASE is a professional association for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. Its membership includes more than 3,600 colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools and nonprofit organizations in 76 countries. District II serves more than 675 institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia.



CONTACT: Liz Dickinson, Office of University Events

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