HPU to Celebrate Arbor Day in New Amphitheater

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 6, 2016 – High Point University will continue the tradition of celebrating Arbor Day in its newest outdoor learning space. The Arbor Day Celebration will be held at 4 p.m. on April 21 at the new Alumni Avenue Amphitheater. The event is open to the public.

At this year’s program, the School of Education will plant a “scholar tree” in recognition of HPU’s first cohort of doctoral students graduating in May. Also, the North Carolina Forest Service will present HPU with its seventh “Tree Campus USA” award.

Members of the campus and surrounding communities will share their experiences with HPU’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, as well as community gardens in the city. HPU student Kaitlyn Wright, president of Alpha Delta Theta sorority, and Dr. Nicky Hughes, associate professor of biology, will share news on student and faculty involvement. The Rev. Joseph Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning, Dara Ferris of West End Garden and Bonner Leader Jasmyn Alexander will talk about their work with community gardens.

“We gather again this year to celebrate God’s gifts to us in nature,” says HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein. “Our theme will be service to others through our talents and abilities. We offer our students opportunities for experiential learning by working in our gardens and creating spaces in our community to help others. Our students are dedicated and knowledgeable because they are learning to grow in mind and spirit. This year’s program will be focused on their work.”

During the celebration, an Oryza sativa ‘Black Madras’ rice plant will be given to all attendees.

Parking and shuttle service will be available from the new parking lot near the Congdon School of Health Sciences and Wilson School of Pharmacy. Attendees are asked to enter campus from N. Centennial Street and Montlieu Avenue.

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