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(J.R.H. 177)

Offered by: Representatives Ginevan of Middlebury, Nuovo of Middlebury and Smith of New Haven.

Whereas, a group of distinguished Vermonters, including Jeremiah Atwater, Nathaniel Chipman, Herman Ball, Elijah Paine, Gamaliel Painter, Israel Smith, Stephen R. Bradley, Seth Storrs, Stephen Jacob, Daniel Chipman, Lot Hall, Aaron Leeland, Gershom C. Lyman, Samuel Miller, Jedediah P. Buckingham and Darius Matthews, petitioned the General Assembly for the establishment of a new institution of higher education in the town of Middlebury, and

Whereas, on November 1, 1800, the General Assembly adopted "An act incorporating and establishing a college at Middlebury, in the county of Addison," that incorporated this stellar group of distinguished Vermonters as "an incorporate society, or body corporate and politick" to be known as "the President and fellows of Middlebury college," and designated Jeremiah Atwater as the new college's first President, and

Whereas, the act authorized the appointment of "a scribe, or register, a treasurer, tutors, professors, steward, and butler, and all such other officers and servants, as are usually appointed [at] colleges and universities," and to "make, ordain and establish all such wholesome and reasonable laws, rules and ordinances ... they shall think fit and proper, for the instruction and education of the students," including the granting of degrees, and

Whereas, over the last two centuries, Middlebury College has evolved into one of the most respected liberal arts colleges in the United States, and

Whereas, the Middlebury College Bicentennial Planning Commission has designed Celebration 2000 to commemorate this momentous milestone in Vermont's educational history, and

Whereas, the bicentennial celebration's reflective perspective is encompassed in English Professor David Bain's recently published illustrated history, entitled "The College on the Hill," and

Whereas, Celebration 2000 features plays, concerts and symposia, both on campus and at such locations as the New York Public Library, and the dedication of a magnificent new edifice for the college's third academic century to be aptly named Bicentennial Hall, and

Whereas, the celebrations will culminate with an exciting array of activities during Founders' Week from November 1-5, 2000, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Middlebury College on the bicentennial anniversary of its legislative incorporation, and extends best wishes for continued good fortune as the college commences a third century of academic life, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Middlebury College President John M. McCardell, Jr.