R 073
2017 -- H 5811
Enacted 03/01/2017

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Mattiello, Shekarchi, Fogarty, Craven, and Carson
Date Introduced: March 01, 2017

     WHEREAS, The University of Rhode Island began as the Rhode Island College of
Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in 1892 as a result of the passage of the second Morrill Act
and with previous support from federal, state, municipal and private funds; and
     WHEREAS, Public Land-Grant Universities were established as part of the Morrill Act
to create a national system of state colleges and universities dedicated, "…to promote the liberal
and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life,"
that would provide for higher education opportunities for all citizens, not merely landowners,
merchants, and the wealthy; and
     WHEREAS, The vision articulated by President Abraham Lincoln and the 37th Congress
with passage of the Morrill Act continues to be the driving force behind the University of Rhode
Island’s mission to be a community joined in a common quest for knowledge and committed to
enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea and urban grant traditions; and
     WHEREAS, Since its founding with a class of twenty-six students, including two
women, the University has now grown to more than eighteen thousand undergraduate and
graduate students and offers eighty-two undergraduate, and seventy graduate programs and
eighteen certificate and non-degree programs; and
     WHEREAS, The global prominence and diversity of the University continues to expand
with students from sixty-six nations studying in Rhode Island and with more than one hundred
twenty international agreements in twenty-three countries, URI is connecting faculty and students
to international institutions and scholars, building and enhancing the curriculum, and advancing
research; and
     WHEREAS, The University of Rhode Island is dedicated to contributing to the economic
growth of the State of Rhode Island and its people by sharing knowledge with future generations
of innovators and entrepreneurs; now therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby congratulates the University of Rhode Island and its President, Dr.
David M. Dooley, on the occasion of the university's 125th Anniversary. We moreover wish them
many more years of community enrichment and continued educational success; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Dr. David M. Dooley, President of the
University of Rhode Island.