INSTITUTUE, W.Va – West Virginia State University (WVSU), a historically black university located in Institute, West Virginia, celebrated Earth Day this past Thursday, April 20, with a full day of activities that took place in and around the James C. Wilson University Union.
According to the university’s press release, the celebration began at 9:30 a.m. and included presentations, movie
screenings and a host of exhibitors. All events were free and open to the public.
From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. a variety of environmental and community groups had tables and displays setup throughout the hallways of the University Union providing information about the environment. Exhibitors will include the West Virginia Highland Conservancy, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, the West Virginia Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the West Virginia Citizens Action Group, the Coal River Group and the WVSU Recreation and Tourism Program.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 135 of the University Union WVSU students and faculty provided participants with a variety of hands-on learning activities, including presentation on water conservation, climate change, carbon footprint and bees.
At 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Davis Fine Arts Building there was a 30-minute presentation of excerpts from the play, “Marcellus Shale.” Following the excerpts of the play at 1:10 p.m. in the Davis Fine Arts Building auditorium, WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins accepted and acknowledge the University’s designation for the third year in a row as a Tree Campus USA. WVSU is the only university to have achieved this designation within the state of West Virginia.
Also during the Earth Day celebration at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. the film “The Flight of the Butterfly” was shown in room 131 of the University Union. The 44-minute film tells the story of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly across three nations of North America to their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico.
During the Earth Day celebration the eighth grade class from Stonewall Jackson Middle School toured WVSU campus and attended Earth Day events.
The Earth Day celebration was supported by the WVSU Cultural Activities Committee and the WVSU College of Professional Studies.
About West Virginia State University
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.