US Senator Jay Rockefeller honored by MU at D.C. event
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In front of more than 200 audience members, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller was honored by Marshall University at its annual "State of the University" event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the senator's office.
"Marshall University is such a special place to me, but more important, it means so much to West Virginia," Rockefeller said during the event. "Marshall has provided thousands of West Virginians with a diverse and vibrant education for more than 175 years. [It] is an essential part of our state's excellent higher education system and its economic future. I congratulate the university tonight on its continued success, and I'm deeply honored to take part in celebrating all of Marshall's achievements."
Rockefeller has supported many programs at Marshall in the medical field, as well as the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including his work to protect and secure funding for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and National Institutes of Health's Institutional Development Award Program.
He also has used his position as Chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation to increase recognition for Marshall University's Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, the Forensic Science Program, and the Rahall Transportation Institute.
During the event, Marshall University President Dr. Stephen Kopp delivered remarks expressing the university's appreciation for the senator.
"On behalf of Marshall University and its students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, we extend our abiding appreciation and congratulations to Jay for 50 years of dedicated service to the state that he chose to serve and make his home," he said. "Sen. Rockefeller's work has had a direct impact on Marshall, through projects such as the Internet 2 health care fiber network, advanced manufacturing, Veterans Administration projects and our Japanese language program and partnerships with Toyota, among others. We are grateful for the opportunities he has created in West Virginia today and for many years to come through his lifelong efforts on behalf of the people of our state and nation."
Rockefeller also congratulated Kopp on his achievements as the university's president.
"During tough economic times, mostly because of short-sighted funding cuts at the state and federal levels, President Kopp has remained laser-focused on growing Marshall's academic and research programs," Rockefeller noted. "Now, because of his hard work and dedication, Marshall has become an education powerhouse."
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