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Sesquicentennial, 1858-2008

Iowa State 150

Senate, House resolutions honor Iowa State for 150 years of service

The U.S. Senate and House have passed resolutions congratulating Iowa State University on 150 years of leadership and service to Iowa and the world.

U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley authored the March 6 Senate resolution. A similar resolution introduced earlier in the House was led by U.S. representatives Bruce Braley and Tom Latham and co-sponsored by the others members of Iowa's House delegation.

The resolutions honor Iowa State as it continues a year-long celebration of its sesquicentennial. The university was officially established on March 22, 1858, as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm.

Harkin pointed to Iowa State as home to some of the most important technological and agricultural advances in history, including Professor John Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry's electronic digital computer in the late 1930s.

"Iowa State has produced such esteemed graduates as George Washington Carver, a man who shattered the glass ceiling for minority inventors, women's rights activist Carrie Chapman Catt, and astronaut Clayton Anderson, just to name a few," Harkin said.

Grassley added that "Iowa State has been a leader for excellence in education, practical research, and outreach through extension, The university is the epitomy of a land-grant institution as it has extended a helping hand to all Iowans regardless of class."

The House resolution touted Iowa State's "visionary leadership" in the land-grant movement and points to its role in developing the county Extension service, hybrid seed corn, corn-based ethanol, the electronic digital computer, modern plastics, modern livestock genetics and genetic alteration of plants.

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