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HPU To Host Arbor Day Celebration

04.13.2011

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 13, 2011 ? In continuing its observance of Earth Week, High Point University will hold an Arbor Day celebration at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at the Hoffman Amphitheater at the David R. Hayworth University Park. The event will be hosted by HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein. The public is invited to attend.

Several presentations will be made during the event, including:

? The dedication of trees on campus from the Spanish Club and the Student Government Association.

? A presentation of the Tree Campus USA award, given by Eric Muecke from the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources.

? An introduction to the Woodland Hillside Garden by Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds at HPU. The Woodland Hillside Garden, which is currently being installed on campus, is located across from the rear of Blessing Residence Hall. The new garden will take advantage of the existing tree layer and slope to provide a unique blend of textures, colors and forms to create a relaxing environment. The four-season garden will provide colors and textures during each season.

? A new webpage will also be introduced on Arbor Day. Accessible through a link on the HPU homepage or through www.highpoint.edu/arboretum, this site offers a peek into the colorful and unique gardens on campus.

?We are so blessed to have such diverse topographical areas on our campus that allow us to create new gardens for our students to enjoy,? says HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who heads the HPU Arboretum Committee. ?With all of the expansion our university is undergoing, we are able to add a wide variety of trees that create a diverse and unique Arboretum.?

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated High Point University as a ?Tree Campus USA.? The designation is given to college campuses for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. HPU is one of five colleges in NC to receive the designation.

The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, which includes 19 gardens across campus, were created to demonstrate the wide diversity of plant material that is adaptable to the Piedmont Triad. The goal of the Arboretum Committee is to showcase these plants and trees in a manner that is not only aesthetically pleasing to visitors and the campus community, but to do so in a manner which facilitates the use of the arboretum as a teaching tool.

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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 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 highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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