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The following list has been compiled with input from A۰P۰L۰U members campuses and information relating to previous milestone anniversaries. This is in no way an exhaustive list. A۰P۰L۰U does not want to prescribe what universities can, or should, do, but rather act as a vehicle for supporting those efforts. We encourage all our members to do what they can on these efforts. Additionally, as each campus marks their plans we hope you share them with us and other public institutions on the national calendar of events.
Several universities are working on having their legislative and executive bodies of government pass or order proclamations in support of their land-grant and public universities. A national effort to have Congress issue a similar proclamation is being led by A۰P۰L۰U's Council on Governmental Affairs. In 2011, the state of California had both houses of their government pass such a resolution. A sample resolution, based on the California resolution, can be found here and tailored to each state. You can also view the proclamation issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 for the Centennial Anniversary.
At most universities, student governments lead lobbying days to their statehouses. Universities are encouraged to work with student and alumni groups to use this anniversary in the lobbying effort. Examples of how universities integrate learning, discovery and engagement can have powerful messages. University science exhibitions, held in or around statehouses, that highlight how research effects communities and the classroom in is one example of how to physically show this integration.
Many universities around the country are planning student- and faculty-focused celebrations and seminars around their campus. One idea is to use the founding date of the specific institution to have a day of celebration. In classrooms, professors could talk about the impact of the Morrill Act on their fields of study; a universitywide day of service to the community could honor the Morrill Act, etc.
For the centennial anniversary of the Morrill Act, several universities around the country held meetings throughout the state that highlighted the importance of the land-grant tradition. For example, the University of Arkansas had extension agents, students and professors attend more than 200 county-level meetings to talk about the universities work within the county. These meetings were used to increase awareness about university programs and recruit future students. The University of Idaho had teams of professors, students and alumni give presentations on the Morrill Act at more than 60 high schools across the state.
Several universities have discussed hosting a contest for their student body around the idea of whichever student can create the best University App would earn a small scholarship. The app would have to integrate the Morrill Act anniversary--it could be a trivia game, an interactive timeline, etc.
For the Centennial Anniversary, many universities around the country held art contests for their students. Mixing visual and multimedia arts into this format would allow universities to showcase technology at their museums on campus.
Several universities are planning articles about the Morrill Act in university publications such as football and basketball game programs, alumni magazines, yearbooks, and more.
For the Centennial Anniversary, several universities had the Morrill Act run through the programmatic activities of their parents day. The idea was that while students learn the importance of the land-grant mission, parents often do not understand the unique educational opportunities land-grant institutions provide.
For the Centennial Anniversary, Rutgers University used the Morrill Act as the theme for the homecoming parade--meaning student made floats reflected the ideals of the land-grant tradition.
Several universities are looking to have commencement speakers tie their themes to the importance of the Morrill Act.
Universities can consider placing or updating memorial and historical markers around campus of events that relate to the Morrill Act.
University leaders should think about placing essays and opinion articles in newspapers across their state.
For the Centennial Anniversary, several universities had professors hold short courses and one-day workshops and seminars on agriculture and mechanical arts. These efforts were aimed at giving community members first-hand knowledge of hands-on teaching efforts.
Universities with public radio and television channels are planning educational programming around the history of the Morrill Act, mostly related to their state and region.
To honor the act several universities have discussed having penny collections across campus to tie fundraising back to President Lincoln, who signed the Morrill Act into law on July 2, 1862. The money could be used for the creation of a scholarship, creating a memorial garden on campus, etc., and the effort could possibly be leveraged with matching funds from the university endowment or private funding.
Universities can think about incorporating the Morrill Act Anniversary into their branding efforts--through the creation of a special logo or byline that could be added to university stationery, merchandise, etc. For the Centrnnial Anniversary, North Carolina State University included a Morrill Act message on all printed material including game tickets, programs, stationery, etc.
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