Introduced Version Senate Resolution 20 History

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(By Senators Plymale, Tomblin (Mr. President), Jenkins, White, Unger, Barnes, Stollings, Laird, Oliverio, Williams, Yost, Minard, Foster, Kessler, McCabe, Prezioso, Chafin and Wells)

Designating February 10, 2010, as "Marshall University Day".
Whereas, Marshall University is one of the state's premier institutions of higher education; and
Whereas, Marshall University educates nearly 14,000 students at campus locations in Huntington, Point Pleasant, South Charleston, Beckley, Logan and Gilbert and offers degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels; and
Whereas, Marshall University is building a national reputation for research in biotechnology, forensics and medicine through its College of Science and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; and
Whereas, Marshall University has established a goal of creating new, high-value job opportunities through the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research as part of West Virginia's "Bucks for Brains" initiative; and
Whereas, With every dollar the state invests in Marshall University, the University generates nearly $8 spent in the West Virginia economy, resulting in an estimated output generated by Marshall of $547 million per year; and
Whereas, In 2009, two native West Virginians, Mike Hamrick of Clendenin and John "Doc" Holliday of Hurricane, enthusiastically accepted the positions of Director of Athletics and head football coach, respectively, at Marshall University while proudly acknowledging their love for this great state; and,
Whereas, Since the Marshall Recreation Center opened for business one year ago, approximately 200,000 people have taken advantage of its services, while discovering that "Fun, Fitness and Friendship Forever" is not just a slogan, but a way of life; and
Whereas, Full-time enrollment at Marshall University increased nearly 3.8 percent from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009, and new freshmen from West Virginia increased by 200 students or 16.5 percent during that same time; and
Whereas, The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing is providing services to all 55 state counties and providing expertise to more than 4,300 small and medium-sized manufacturers that employ more than 73,000 individuals across West Virginia; and
Whereas, The Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute of Marshall University is setting national standards in transportation; and
Whereas, Marshall University's Health Sciences train hundreds of West Virginians to serve as doctors, nurses, therapists and health technicians each year; and
Whereas, Marshall University alumni number more than 90 thousand across the globe; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates February 10, 2010, as "Marshall University Day"; and
Further Resolved, That the Senate hereby recognizes Marshall University for its tremendous contributions to the state of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Stephen J. Kopp, President of Marshall University.
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