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NO. R-26. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the University of Vermont and the universityís contribution to the civic, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, and medical well-being of Vermont.

(J.R.H. 22)

Offered by: Representatives Heath of Westford, Hummel of Underhill, Kiss of Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Severance of Colchester, Westman of Cambridge and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, an investment in the University of Vermont (UVM), our stateís flagship university, is an investment in the state by virtue of the universityís continuing commitment to excellent educational programs, research activities, and outreach efforts that routinely result in meaningful engagement with Vermont communities, and

Whereas, UVM is engaged in strengthening business and technology in Vermont as was shown when UVMís School of Business Administration launched the Family Business Initiative, a project that provides Vermontís family-owned businesses with the tools to compete in local and global arenas, and now includes businesses from eight Vermont counties, and

Whereas, a sustainable Vermont depends on a healthy environment, UVM recently observed the 25th anniversary of the George D. Aiken Lectures, and together with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant, offered seven sessions across the state focused on the stewardship of Vermont watersheds, and

Whereas, UVM is improving health care in Vermont with more than 500, or 37 percent, of the physicians practicing in Vermont, having graduated from or received medical residency training from the UVM College of Medicine, and

Whereas, UVM Extension faculty, staff and citizen-volunteer partners support youth programs throughout the state, and over 2,000 youths attend Vermont 4-H camps each year, and 3,100 youths participate in 222 4-H clubs in Vermont, and

Whereas, the UVM Community Service Scholars Program currently has 52 students from 26 Vermont high schools in eight counties, and

Whereas, this program is designed to attract those students who are engaged in the lives of their communities and their university, while remaining academically successful, and

Whereas, UVM and Cornell University recently received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish the Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship to offer food safety and other expertise to Vermontís important food preparation and specialty foods industry, and

Whereas, these activities exemplify the numerous ways that UVM students, employees, alumni and friends invest their time, year after year, in worthy community programs that enrich and brighten the lives of many Vermonters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to celebrate UVMís commitment to being an integral partner in creating a sustainable future for Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly is proud to recognize the many UVM students, employees, alumni and friends who have conscientiously and enthusiastically exhibited an admirable civic spirit to help make the state of Vermont a better place to live, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to UVM President Judith Ramaley.