WHAT: West Virginia University and the WVU Extension Service will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act with a research symposium featuring presentations by land-grant and cooperative extension experts from across the country. The Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service in the United States.

WHO: WVU’s former President C. Peter Magrath, President Emeritus David C. Hardesty, Jr., and current President E. Gordon Gee; Nathan Sorber, assistant professor and coordinator of WVU’s higher education administration program; Rachel Tompkins, senior fellow at the Rural Schools and Community Trust and former vice provost for extension and public service at WVU; and a robust group of public higher education researchers and scholars from Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Maine, University of Rhode Island, University of Arkansas, Mississippi State University, Iowa State University, Texas Christian University, West Virginia University and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

WHEN: Sept. 24-25

WHERE: Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, W.Va

Faculty, staff and interested community members are invited to attend this two-day event. There is no cost, but registration is required.

The celebration kicks off on Sept. 24 with an afternoon poster session and evening reception, followed by the 2014 C. Peter Magrath Lecture, “Presidential Reflections on the Smith-Lever Centennial.” It continues all day Sept. 25 with presentations from researchers and scholars across the country discussing the importance of the Smith-Lever Act and the future impact of the Cooperative Extension Service in public higher education.

More stories relating to the 100th anniversary can be found here: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu.