HIGH POINT, N.C., April 23, 2010 – High Point University celebrated Arbor Day, with a special tribute to Dr. Roy Epperson, on April 22 in the Hoffman Amphitheater at David R. Hayworth University Park.
The Philosophy Club named a garden in honor of Epperson, and also dedicated a tree to him in recognition of his service for the past 40 years at HPU.
“The Dr. Epperson Garden will be planted this summer from samples from his garden and will be located between Congdon Science Hall and the Hayworth Fine Arts Center,” says HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein. “The arts and sciences were always his love and I think that it will be very special.”
In addition to this dedication, various other events took place as part of the Arbor Day celebration. Several trees were planted by Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, the Philosophy Club and the Biology Club. Also, the arboretum student team announced up-to-date digital mapping of the identified trees on campus, and Mrs. Qubein announced three new additions to the botanical gardens, which will bring the total to 17 botanical gardens on campus.
As a newly designated Tree Campus USA, HPU also received a plaque and flag by Karen Neil from the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. HPU is one of only five universities in the state that have the designation ?Tree Campus USA,? and the only one in this county.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.
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