In keeping with our tradition as a land-grant institution, the University is committed to the performance and recognition of service activities on the part of its faculty as essential components of its mission. Enlightened perspectives, technical competence and professional skills are indispensable resources in coping with the complexities of modern civilization. Service activities involve the application of the benefits and products of teaching and research to address the needs of society and the profession. These activities include service to the institution, state and region and at national and international levels. Service by faculty members to West Virginia is of special importance to the University mission.