Beth Emshoff (right) presents the award to Jennifer Oppenlander (left)

The 2013 Oregon Open Campus Award of Excellence was presented to Jennifer Oppenlander, Open Campus Coordinator in Jefferson County, at the Open Campus Summit on Sept. 25.

This award recognizes an individual for excellence in service to their community, partners and colleagues by improving local access to education in Oregon.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Justin Morrill
Justin Morrill

Guest post by Dave Landkamer, Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension Specialist

“Let us have colleges as might rightfully claim the authority to scatter broadcast that knowledge which will prove useful in building up a great nation — great in its resources of wealth and power, but greatest of all in the aggregate of its intelligence and virtue.” – Representative Justin Smith Morrill, pleading for passage of the Morrill Act of 1862

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862 and the subsequent Hatch Act of 1887 the foundation of the Land-Grant College System, which would transform our nation into an agricultural, industrial, and social powerhouse, was in place. Continue reading