HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19, 2012 – The High Point University family and the local community gathered in the David Hayworth Park today to celebrate Arbor Day – a national holiday that encourages groups and individuals to plant and care for trees.
HPU continues to enhance its 320 acre campus by adding trees and gardens. This week alone, students volunteered to install more than 400 plants and trees across campus in honor of Arbor Day.
At the ceremony, HPU was presented with the Tree Campus USA designation by Eric Muecke, a regional urban forestry specialist from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This marks the third consecutive year that the university has been honored as a Tree Campus USA. The program is an initiative that sprang from a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. to foster the development of the next generation of tree stewards. It is designed to award national recognition to college campuses and the leaders of their surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.
HPU is one of six universities in the state to hold this designation and one of 116 in the nation.
First Lady Mariana Qubein, who has enthusiastically led the transformation of the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on campus, was on hand to receive the designation. She also spoke to those in attendance about new gardens that have recently been added to campus.
“It’s been wonderful to create a beautiful campus in conjunction with High Point University students, faculty and staff,” says Qubein. “Our gardens and arboretums not only make our campus beautiful and healthy, but they also serve as a learning tool for students.”
Arbor Day originated in 1872 in Nebraska City, Neb. by J. Sterling Morton.
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 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. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
# # # Pam Haynes