Sept. 18, 2008
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Greening program culminates with tribute to late professors
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will celebrate a campus Green and Growing Program milestone Sept. 26 when they dedicate the Student Government Association's new campus pavilion and plant the final two of 100 new trees purchased with a Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections Grant.
Students will plant the saplings at dusk in the Bailey Library Quad in honor of the late David Dixon, professor of history, and Claudia Balach, assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood. The professors died within the past year.
"The evening is a celebration of the Green and Growing Program. We're dedicating the trees in honor of these professors because they reached so many students and are deeply missed," said Tyson Johnston, geography and environmental studies major from Meadville and vice president for public relations for SRU's Student Government Association.
The ceremony, which will include tributes to the respected educators, is set for 7:15 p.m. in the Quad and will include remarks by Robert Smith, SRU president; Steve Roberts, director of Outdoor Adventures; Johnston and Larry Brink, president of Student Government Association.
SGA obtained a $5,000 Pittsburgh 250 grant last fall and has led the greening program. The group bought 100 trees and 10 new single-speed bicycles for the Green Bike Initiative, which makes loaner bikes available for use on and off campus.
SGA's latest purchase is outdoor furniture for a new gazebo in the Quad. "We were able to purchase furniture made from recycled plastic materials," Johnston said. "We expect delivery of the furniture this fall."
Although nearly all of the 100 trees are already in the ground, the group hopes to continue purchasing and planting additional trees. SGA is also making memorial bricks available for placement near the trees. The eight-by-eight inch bricks cost $30, Johnston said.
A critical mass ride beginning 6:30 p.m. at the ARC kicks off the evening. The cyclists will end their ride at the pavilion in time for the 7:10 p.m. program.
Greening advocates want other students to notice the strides already made and get involved. "When new students come, they can see what we've been doing and hopefully they take a piece of that and carry it on in their lives," Johnston said.
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