West Virginia University at Parkersburg welcomed spring on Saturday by participating in sixth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade. Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, WVU Parkersburg president, and his wife Cindy served as grand marshals. They led the parade which featured more than 100 businesses and organizations. The college’s float, took first prize in the commercial float category with its theme “Spring into action, grow your career.”
“As new members of the Mid-Ohio Valley community, Cindy and I were both honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in such a large event,” said Lamkin. “To look out at all of the happy faces lining in the streets was such a fun and welcoming experience.”
To create the parade float, WVU Parkersburg formed a committee of faculty, staff and students with staff member Tammy Harper serving as committee chair.
“We decided early on that ‘Spring into action, grow your career’ was the perfect way to tie the parade theme ‘Spring is in the air’ in with the college’s mission,” said Anthony Underwood, vice president for student services. “We were very grateful to the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition for letting us use its parade float as a base for our design.”
“I am very proud of our campus community for its hard work on our float,” said Lamkin. “The students and children who participated made a wonderful impression and represented WVU Parkersburg well.”