Resolution J982-2013

Commending Cornell University upon the occasion of celebrating the 150th Anniversary of its designation as the Land-Grant University of the State of New York

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  • Mar 25, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 25, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 21, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending Cornell University upon the occasion
of celebrating the 150th Anniversary of its  designation  as  the  Land-
Grant University of the State of New York

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those educational institutions of true purpose and high achieve-
ment whose exemplary programs and accomplishments are clearly reflective
of the pursuit of excellence in education and  unparalleled  service  to
the community; and
  WHEREAS, It is also the custom of this Legislative Body to acknowledge
events of historic significance which exemplify the character and devel-
opment of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Cornell University upon the occasion of celebrating the  150th  Anniver-
sary of its designation as the Land-Grant University of the State of New
York; and
  WHEREAS,  This  remarkable  sesquicentennial  will  be observed with a
Symposium and Reception, to be held on Tuesday, April 9,  2013,  at  the
New  York  State  Education  Building  in  Albany; speakers will include
Cornell University President David Skorton, State University of New York
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and other higher education leaders; and
  WHEREAS, The Morrill Land Grant Act was signed  by  President  Abraham
Lincoln  in 1862, in recognition of the need for an educated and trained
workforce to fuel our expanding young Nation and rapidly changing econo-
my; and
  WHEREAS, This watershed legislation provided each state  a  parcel  of
land  to  be  used towards financing higher education institutions which
would "promote the liberal and practical  education  of  the  industrial
classes"  by teaching subjects related to agriculture and engineering in
addition to classical areas of study; and
  WHEREAS, The Morrill Act set the stage for Cornell  University  to  be
founded  as  New York's land-grant college in 1865; Ezra Cornell, then a
state senator, offered an endowment and the gift of his Ithaca  farm  to
create  the eponymous university, where "any person can find instruction
in any study"; his visionary generosity positioned Cornell University to
become one of the world's leading educational institutions; and
  WHEREAS, One of Cornell University's  most  enduring  qualities  as  a
land-grant  institution  is  its deep commitment to developing knowledge
that benefits communities around the world; and
  WHEREAS, It has fulfilled its land-grant mission by applying universi-
ty-based research to  practical  problems  via  extension  and  outreach
throughout  New  York and the world over, from vegetable growing classes
for New York farmers in the 1880s to Neurobiology and Behavioral Science
extension in today's global metropolises; and
  WHEREAS, Cornell University's public impact remains robust;  in  2010,
12  companies  were formed, 114 licenses negotiated, 140 patents issued,
and 338 new technologies disclosed; that  same  year,  $764  million  in
research expenditures were made; and
  WHEREAS, Cornell Cooperative Extension is an integral part of New York
State's  communities,  maintaining  offices in 55 counties plus New York
City, annually logging one million volunteer hours to  New  York  compa-
nies,  educating 167,000 youth through 4-H and representing $158 million
in annual economic impact for the state; and
  WHEREAS, The community of Cornell University  can  look  back  on  its
triumphant  150 year history with glowing pride, secure in the knowledge
that its accomplishments have immeasurably enhanced the quality of  life

for  people around the globe, and can look forward, with full confidence
in its strength, as it prepares for the ebb and swell of change it  will
encounter in the years to come; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  only  fitting  that this Legislative Body extend its
highest commendation to Cornell University for its unwavering commitment
to fulfilling its land-grant mission of education  and  service  to  the
communities  of  this  great  Empire State, and its outstanding contrib-
utions in the service of creating a better world; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  Cornell  University  upon the occasion of celebrating the 150th
Anniversary of its designation as the Land-Grant University of the State
of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to David J. Skorton, President, Cornell University.

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