Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Langston - Hidden Treasure

Last night I had the great privilege of attending an event at Langston University's Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Complex.

Langston University President JoAnn W. Haysbert is a Leadership Oklahoma colleague of mine and she graciously invited our class to participate in the event that featured Lt. Governor Jari Askins hosted by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan and State Rep. Lee Denney. The university is in Morgan's senate district and Denney's house distict.

We toured the world-renowned agriculture research facility and hear highlights of the programs that support the facility and the university's land grant mission. I was very impressed with Dr. Marvin Burns' presentation -- Langston A Hidden Treasure. Others on the program included Bob Drake, Dale Coody, Wes Harden and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach.

As someone who raised Angora goats in the '90s I was already aware of the fabulous work being done at Langston but was really impressed with the new Kika de la Garza facility. The scientists told us they need more projects and are eager to expand their work their. This is no addendum to the program at Langston, it is a jewel in the crown for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

It was great to visit with the students, faculty and administrators of the university and I hope to return to the campus soon.

Also attending were Rep. Mike Shelton and Rep. Anastasia Pittman, both Langston graduates. Other Democratic legislators I saw at the event include Rep. Mike Brown, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, Rep. Darrell Gilbert, and Rep. R.C. Pruett.

Thanks Dr. Haysbert for unveiling a Hidden Treasure.

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