HIGH POINT, N.C., April 9, 2013 – High Point University will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration at 4 p.m. on April 18 in David R. Hayworth University Park on the HPU campus. As part of the celebration, HPU will give away 200 dogwood trees for attendees to plant wherever they wish.
The celebration will also include a special presentation from the North Carolina Forest Service, tree dedications and volunteer presentations.
The Arbor Day event will feature various speakers including HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who has spearheaded the transformation of the campus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens; Dr. Joseph Blosser, director of Service Learning at HPU; Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds; Dr. Niky Hughes, assistant professor of biology; student Shelby Jones who works in the gardens; and HPU President Nido Qubein. Students will also plant a ceremonial tree that day.
Eric Muecke, regional Urban Forestry specialist from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Forest Service, will present HPU with the “Tree Campus USA” designation for the fourth consecutive year during the event.
The celebration will continue on April 19, when students will plant 60 new trees on the HPU campus.
The HPU community gathers each year to celebrate Arbor Day, which originated in 1872 in Nebraska City, Neb. by J. Sterling Morton. The holiday encourages groups and individuals to plant and care for trees. HPU continues to enhance its 320 acre campus by adding trees and gardens.
RSVP by April 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-841-9209. Parking and shuttle service will be available from Vert Stadium on Panther Drive (formerly W. College Drive).