HPU Family and Community Members Celebrate Arbor Day

HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein receives special recognition

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 25, 2019 – As attendees entered High Point University’s annual Arbor Day Celebration on Thursday, they were welcomed by the lush green foliage on HPU’s campus, as well as the roots a recently unearthed tree on display at the event.

First Lady Mariana Qubein (left) was honored for her commitment to HPU’s campus with a plaque presentation and oak tree planted in her honor. Chris Dudley, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement (right), presented the award to her.

The roots of a tree symbolize so much about HPU and its commitment to students and the community, said First Lady Mariana Qubein.

“These roots of a tree reflect how we prepare our students not for the world as it is, but for the world as it is going to be,” said Mrs. Qubein. “When our students graduate, they are grounded like trees and ready to take on the world around them.”

Qubein received a plaque and an oak tree planted in her honor for her visionary leadership and passionate advocacy of HPU’s arboretum and gardens and to commemorate HPU’s 10th consecutive year as a designated Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation.

“The first lady of High Point University leads with intelligence, grace and determination,” said Chris Dudley, senior vice president of Institutional Advancement, who presented the honor to her. “She volunteers her time and expertise in so many impactful ways on our campus.”

Qubein has spearheaded the development of the arboretum and gardens on campus and works with student, faculty, staff and community volunteers to care for the gardens. She thanked the many volunteers and donors who support the collections on campus through their time and commitment.

Among the donors who were mentioned were Chris Henson, an HPU alum, who gave a gift to support the Henson Reflection Garden. Don and Teresa Caine, owners of Greensboro-based Camco Manufacturing, have generously supported HPU’s new conservatory that is currently being built next to the Wanek School of Natural Sciences. The facility will be an educational building that will include a plant display area, working greenhouse for plant research and education, an academic classroom and a bistro. 

Members of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens committee accepted the Tree Campus USA Award. This marks the 10th consecutive year HPU has been named a Tree Campus USA.

“It’s ornamental plant displays will expose and educate members of our community on the incredible beauty and biodiversity that exists within the natural world,” said Dr. Angela Bauer, founding dean of the Wanek School of Natural Sciences. “It’s research spaces will provide numerous opportunities for our students to gain skills and a scientific mindset necessary to study the plant kingdom.”

Matt Mahoney, HPU’s landscape manager, gave an update on various gardens across campus that include new horses in the Waterfall Garden, pruned and re-planting in the Hillside Garden and much more.

The growth of the gardens and arboretum has been an important part of the campus’s overall transformation, HPU President Nido Qubein told the crowd.

“It’s about impact,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. “Young men and women went through the hallowed hallways of this university to learn, and will exit the hallowed hallways of this university to serve and to make the world a better place.”

Each attendee received a complimentary Ginkgo biloba tree sapling at the conclusion of the event. This year’s Arbor Day Celebration is supported by Davey Tree, Vann York Toyota, Green Resource and Piedmont Carolina Nursery.

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