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General Assembly Honors Radford University for 100 Years of Service

RADFORD -- Radford University was recognized for 100 years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia during consecutive “center-aisle” presentations held on the floor of the General Assembly in Richmond on February 11. The ceremonies were held in collaboration with the university’s annual “Advocacy Day” at the state capitol.

“To have our university’s Centennial recognized by one of the most distinguished legislative bodies in the history of democracy is truly an exceptional honor,” said Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle. “This was a wonderful tribute and we are truly grateful.”

Advocacy Day in Richmond In the House of Delegates, President Kyle, RU Board of Visitors Member and Past Rector Mary Ann Hovis and Student Government Association President Matthew Clem were introduced during ceremonies hosted by Delegate David Nutter (R-7th).

(See Advocacy Day Photos for more photographs.)

Nutter, chief patron of House Joint Resolution 220 which recognized RU’s Centennial, was joined during the ceremony by Delegates James M. Shuler (D-12th), Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-6th), and John A. Cox (R-55th), all co-patrons.  Delegate Nutter commended the university for its century of service and the excellence of its programs.

Nutter told Members that RU had been named an “Up and Coming” university in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings, and that the university had recently introduced its first doctoral programs. His announcement that 93 percent of Radford University students are residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia drew applause from the chamber.

Advocacy Day Bruce Jamerson, Clerk of the House of Delegates, read the resolution to the entire chamber, and then Nutter recognized the RU students observing from the gallery above and presented a framed copy of the resolution to President Kyle.

On the Senate side of the General Assembly, Senators Ralph Smith (R-22nd) and John Edwards (D-21st) presided over the ceremonies where Senate Joint Resolution 161 was considered. Smith introduced the Radford delegation and congratulated the university on its Centennial. Susan Clarke Schaar, Clerk of the Senate, read the Senate Resolution.

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling then invited the visitors to the front of the Senate Chamber, where he lauded the quality of Virginia’s colleges and universities and said that Radford “is in the center of the excellence.”

The ceremonies coincided with Radford University’s “Advocacy Day” at the General Assembly.  More than 40 students travelled to Richmond, donned their trademark red RU turtlenecks and met with lawmakers to discuss issues important to the university.

This was the ninth year in a row that RU has presented the “Advocacy Day” program in Richmond.

Feb. 12, 2010
Contact: Jeff Douglas (jdouglas@radford.edu; 540-831-5803)

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