October 18, 2019
Walsh faculty, students and members of the community celebrated the University’s designation as a Tree Campus U.S.A. school with an Arbor Day Celebration and tree dedication on Friday, October 18. The event included community exhibits, campus tree walks and a special dedication of a new sugar maple tree located at La Mennais Hall. The tree was selected by the Walsh Tree Advisory Committee in conjunct with the Brothers of Christian Instruction and is replacing a tree that had been previously lost in a storm this summer.
“This event is a part of a worldwide commitment to helping nature regenerate itself. We are part of a worldwide collective in this initiative,” said Dean of the School of Arts and Science Dr. Michael Dunphy. “This particular tree, because it is a Sugar Maple, is connected to the Brothers and has roots in their fraternal community in Alfred, Maine. Whenever anyone gets involved in planting and renewing nature, it is a unique way to give back and show gratitude for the gifts in our lives.”
Hosted by Walsh’s Tree Advisory Committee, this event is just one example of the University’s commitment to environmental issues and underscores the hopes of the founding FIC Brothers, including Brother Dacian Barrette who personally planted many of the trees on Walsh’s campus today with the goal to ensure the presence of beautiful green space for students.
Walsh University was honored with a 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This national program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests. As a member, Walsh must maintain a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
Several community organizations participated in the afternoon by providing educational activities and information for guests, including:
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry
- Ohio Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
- Beech Creek Gardens, Alliance, Ohio
- Stark Parks
- Stark County Master Gardeners
- Heritage Herb Society
- Canton Audubon Society
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Walsh University achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
Walsh students in BIO 305 Botany course and other Division of Math and Sciences students were on hand to serve as volunteers throughout the celebration.