Mark Tassin, Faul, Terril D., Gautreaux, Craig | 5/24/2008 12:22:25 AM
News Release Distributed 05/23/08
More than 1,500 young people from across Louisiana will gather on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge June 17-20 for the 94th annual 4-H University. There will be an array of educational activities including competition for scholarships, educational trips, saving bonds and other prizes.
“4-H University is the culmination of a year’s worth of club activities for many of our members. They have spent a good deal of time preparing for the various contests and are looking forward to the competition,” said Mark Tassin, state leader for the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development program.
The event’s name was changed from 4-H Short Course to 4-H University four years ago, Tassin said. The new name reflects a broader mission for the gathering. Although competitive events are a major part of the four days on campus, the students also are given the opportunity to participate in a greater variety of educational events. For example, in Clover College, they can choose among such classes as dramatic arts, camp counseling, healthy food choices, camping out and team building.
“Students get a taste of college life during 4-H U,” said Terril Faul 4-H coordinator. “This is important in helping get ready for life after high school.”
This year’s 4-H U theme is “Raising the Bar for 100 Years” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Louisiana. Evening assemblies will be held the first three nights. On June 17, the evening assembly will include the recognition of outstanding 4-H alumni and the members of the newly created 4-H Hall of Fame. In addition, the oldest 4-H alumnus will be acknowledged.
On June 18, Donnie Thurman Jr., a former National Beta Club officer, will speak about the power of positive attitude and how it can be useful in overcoming the most stubborn of obstacles. Thurman has spoken to more than 700,000 young people nationally in the past three years.
The June 19 assembly will feature the announcement of contest winners and recognition of both outgoing officers and executive committee members and newly elected members.
For more information on 4-H University or how to join a 4-H club, go to the LSU AgCenter’s Web site (www.lsuagcenter.com) and click on 4-H.
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