Sen. Dale Bumpers to Attend 15th Anniversary
of naming of Bumpers College

April 12, 2011
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Trina Holman, liaison for alumni, development and recruitingBumpers College

Blake Bard, director of developmentDale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

Howell Medders, agricultural communication services,Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station

Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations,University Relations

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A portrait of Sen. Dale Bumpers by John Harris A portrait of Sen. Dale Bumpers by Nancy Harris hangs in Honors Hall in the Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Building at the University of Arkansas.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Dale Bumpers, who served as governor from 1971-1975 and U.S. senator from 1975-1999, and his wife, Betty Bumpers, will participate in an observance Thursday, April 14, of the 15th anniversary of the naming of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food andLife Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Students and faculty members are invited to a reception for Sen. Bumpers from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Mullins Library, Room 486.

Installation of a historical marker on campus will be announced at a noon luncheon, highlighting the contributions of Sen. Bumpers to the economic, environmental and social well being of Arkansas.

Sen. Bumpers’ name was officially added to that of the college by a resolution of the U of A Board of Trustees in July 1995. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Daniel Glickman and other dignitaries attended a dedication ceremony on April 15, 1996.

On Thursday morning, Sen. Bumpers will meet with groups of students and faculty members to discuss teaching, research and service programs in Bumpers College and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Sen. and Mrs. Bumpers will then join students, faculty, administrators and other invited guests for a luncheon at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House, where a replica of the historical marker will be presented to the senator.

Bumpers College Dean Michael Vayda said, “The theme of the dedication program in 1996, Leadership in a Time of Change, continues to ring true as a refrain for the Dale Bumpers legacy. We are proud to be preparing the leaders who will maintain the international prominence of Arkansas’ food and agricultural industries, provide stewardship of our environment and natural resources, and advance the quality of life of our children and rural communities – as these were focal points of the Senator’s efforts.

“Our inter-related academic programs provide premier professional career opportunities addressing some of the most important issues in Arkansas, the United States and the globe, with real-world experience through internships and project-based learning.”

Vayda added, “We have some of the best faculty in the nation, who are conducting research in these areas, and providing outreach to our communities, through state and federal funding provided to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.”