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Campaign raises more than $11,000 for new plantings on campus

Thu, 04/10/2014

LAWRENCE — The Campus Tree Advisory Board at the University of Kansas has more than doubled its spring fundraising goal of $5,000 for Replant Mount Oread, bringing in more than $11,000 during a one-month campaign. The campaign is an effort to involve the campus community in planting trees on the Lawrence campus.

“We were all impressed by the level of enthusiasm people expressed for this project,” said Dale Slusser, assistant vice president of KU Endowment and Campus Tree Advisory Board member. “The fundraising primarily was accomplished through an article in the campus paper, emails, and social media.”

The campaign received a significant contribution from Douglas May and Catherine Schwoerer, both professors in the School of Business, in honor of May’s late father, Wallace May. Wallace May was an associate dean of Continuing Education and an adjunct professor in communication studies. He earned a doctorate from KU in speech communication and human relations in 1978.

“He noted in his memoir that he had planted over 1,000 trees during his lifetime,” May said of his father. “After he retired from KU in 1991, he opened a photography gallery. His first photography show, ‘One Tree, One Year,’ was of the massive Osage Orange tree located on the Campanile Hill as you walk down toward the stadium on the western sidewalk.”

The funds raised through the campaign will be used for the spring Replant Mount Oread event, which will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11. Nine new trees, including Shumard Oak, Village Green Zelkova and Golden Raintree, will be planted north of Stauffer-Flint Hall, near the northwest corner of Watson Library, and along Sunflower Road. The additional funds will make possible more tree plantings in the near future.

The Center for Sustainability is coordinating volunteers for the planting. Individuals interested in volunteering can contact the Center for Sustainability at 785-864-5804 or sustainability@ku.edu, or sign up on the Replant website



Matt Menzenski, a graduate student in Slavic languages & literatures, took this photo during President Obama’s speech at KU Thursday. Menzenski says he was struck by how relaxed the president was in his delivery. He missed a chance to hear former President Bill Clinton speak in his hometown in 2004, but finally got to see a sitting president this week at KU. “The opportunity to hear the president speak is just one of many great opportunities I've had at KU. So many interesting talks and events happen here all the time. I try to attend at least one a week-- it's never hard to find something interesting to go to.” Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures KU Dept of Slavic Languages - Friends & Alumni Barack Obama The White House #exploreKU #POTUSatKU

#RockChalk to Dana Adkins-Heljeson of @KSgeology , recipient of the Outstanding Support Staff Recognition Award. http://t.co/PbwFlzZD8W
Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


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