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(J.R.H. 252)

Offered by: Representatives Osman of Plainfield, Alfano of Calais, Baker of West Rutland, Barbieri of Wallingford, Barney of Highgate, Blanchard of Essex, Brooks of Montpelier, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Dominick of Starksboro, Doyle of Richmond, Flaherty of South Burlington, Heath of Westford, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krasnow of Charlotte, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Livingston of Manchester, Marron of Stowe, Miller of Shaftsbury, Schiavone of Shelburne, Suchmann of Chester, Vincent of Waterbury and Weiss of Northfield.

Whereas, since 1982, thousands of highly motivated Vermont secondary school students have been afforded a wonderful opportunity to indulge their intellectual, artistic and creative curiosities through participation in the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, and

Whereas, the host institutions, the University of Vermont which houses the week-long Asian cultures, engineering and science and technology institutes; the School for International Training in Brattleboro which is home to the one-week institute on current issues; and especially Castleton State College, where the arts institute is in residence for two weeks each summer, have striven to accommodate the special logistical and technical requirements of these programs, and

Whereas, these summer educational enrichment programs, originally in the arts, and now also in Asian cultures, current issues, engineering and science and technology, enable the young participants to interact with leading scholars and specialists in their respective fields, and

Whereas, attendance at a summer institute can be the opening door to a promising future career that the student might never otherwise have considered, and

Whereas, the individual institute directors and faculty strive to present a worthwhile, rewarding, and academically challenging curriculum, and

Whereas, while attending a governor’s institute, the students also have a chance to sample life on a college campus, and to contemplate applying in the future to one of the host schools, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its continuing and enthusiastic support for the outstanding academic and cultural student enrichment programs offered under the auspices of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly expresses its appreciation to the host schools that serve as the location for the institutes, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jean Olson, Executive Director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, to Judith Ramaley, the President of the University of Vermont, to Martha K. Farmer, President of Castleton State College, and to James A. Cramer, President of the School for International Training.