Hundreds of West Virginians will make their way to the State Capitol on Tuesday (March 4) for West Virginia University Day at the Legislature. Among the crowds will be 4-H youths, WVU Extension volunteers, master gardeners, community educational outreach service members and WVU faculty and staff.

WVU Day at the Legislature kicks off WVU Extension Service’s 100th birthday celebration, and educational entertainment will help mark the event. Steve Stark, historical illustrator, will tell the story of WVU Extension’s historic past by way of artistic drawings and narration during a performance in the state Capitol’s Rotunda.

“This year’s WVU Day at the Legislature helps us recognize a landmark year for WVU Extension Service,” said Steve Bonanno, WVU Extension Service interim director.

“WVU Extension has worked with West Virginians in communities across the state for a century to educate them and make their lives better. We feel privileged to continue that mission into the next century.”

The event educates youth about the legislative process and allows them to participate and learn from WVU’s people and programs.

In addition to WVU Extension exhibits, the Capitol and West Virginia Culture Center host a variety of activities and learning opportunities from WVU colleges and departments.

WVU Day also hosts WVU leaders and guest speakers which include WVU President E. Gordon Gee.

Many of WVU’s units and programs will be present during the event to showcase and educate visitors about their programs and purpose. Some of the units that will be at the event include the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU Jackson’s Mill and Farmstead, the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and numerous other WVU Extension programs.

For a complete list of exhibitors visit

Attendees can connect to the event via social media by use of the hashtags #WVUday and #WVU4Hengage, and by following @WVUExtension on Twitter and WVU Extension Service on Facebook.

WVU’s Day at the Legislature isn’t the only way West Virginians can access the University’s resources. Find your local county office of WVU Extension Service and visit



CONTACT: Cassie Waugh, WVU Extension Service

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