Nov. 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) has been honored with an alumni engagement award during the Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) annual conference in Washington, D.C.
WVSU received the award Monday, Nov. 11, during the inaugural 1890 Land-Grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards. Under the criteria of this award, the institution demonstrated significant growth in the number of alumni engaged when compared to other land-grant colleges and universities.
“Alumni are a tremendous source of strength for West Virginia State University, and they have stepped up in unprecedented numbers to support President Brian O. Hemphill’s initiatives in the past year,” said Patricia J. Schumann, Vice President for University Advancement and President of the WVSU Foundation. “It is exciting to see alumni embrace our future with as much passion as they celebrate our heritage.”
“West Virginia State University holds a special place in the hearts of our alumni and it shows through their commitment to the University, our current students and collective goals,” President Hemphill said. “I’m truly thankful for our alums as their support is essential to each individual student finding his or her passion and achieving a quality education at State.”
WVSU is one of 18 land-grant universities founded by the Second Morrill Act of 1890 that were eligible to compete in the awards ceremony. The 1890 Land-Grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards were created to recognize the advances in learning, research and innovation among the nation’s 1890 Land-Grant Universities.
The APLU is a research, policy and advocacy organization representing 219 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and related organizations. Founded in 1887, APLU is the nation's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.
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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.