U-Idaho Morrill Act Contest Online Sessions Scheduled Sept. 6, 13 and 20

Tuesday, September 4 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – If Abraham Lincoln were around today, he might say that seven score and 10 years ago, Congress brought forth a revolutionary idea to make higher education available to the working classes.

No doubt the $6,000 in prize money available to Idaho students this fall to celebrate his signing of the Morrill Act in 1862 would seem generous to a president whose salary was $25,000 a year.

In recognition of the Morrill Act’s 150th anniversary, the University of Idaho is offering the prize money for a poster and video contest for Idaho’s kindergarten to 12th grade students. More information is available at www.uidaho.edu/MorrillAct.

To help teachers and students learn more about the contest, the Morrill Act and how to make a video, the University of Idaho is offering a series of three online webinars, Sept. 6, 13, and 20.

The contest, “I Am Idaho’s Future,” asks elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grades to make a poster that reflects the Morrill Act and the importance to their futures provided by the opportunity to pursue education beyond high school.

For students in grades six to 12, the contest asks them to prepare a short video that reflects on the Morrill Act and its impact on education and their futures. The video contest offers separate prizes for classrooms, groups and chapters of FFA and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America or FCCLA.

Tune in online on Thursday afternoons for online sessions to help you make a Morrill Act video at 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time and 3:30 Pacific. The sessions will be accessible at http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/morrillact/.

Sept. 6

Abraham Lincoln, Justin Morrill and the People’s Universities
Learn the background of the land-grant university system and a 150-year-old quest to give everyone a chance at higher education.

Sept. 13

Telling a Story with Video
Learn how to gather information, interview people and get the pictures to tie it all together.

Sept. 20

Video production
So you’ve got a story to tell, you’ve got the people, the sound and the pictures, how do you mix it all together into an award-winning video?

Can’t make it then? Find more information about the contest, how to tune in to a webinar or find videos of past sessions, at www.uidaho.edu/MorrillAct.