Press Release

HLGU to Hold Tree Planting Ceremony

Friday, October 18, 2013
by Rebecca Sneed

Hannibal-LaGrange University is excited to hold a tree planting ceremony on October 31, 2013 at 10 am to restore the tree-lined entrance that was ravaged by a storm on May 20.

The ceremony will include a testimony from Edward Walsh, a 1961 graduate of HLGU who helped plant the original trees as a freshman in 1959. Following Mr. Walsh's story will be the breaking of ground for the planting of the first tree lining the entrance, a beautiful, 3.5-inch diameter, 12 foot tall State Street Maple. The remaining 13 trees to line the entrance will be planted throughout the day.

Following the ceremony everyone is invited to a reception in the Roland Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Less than one month prior to the storm, HLGU celebrated Arbor Day and announced that it had started he application process to become an official "Tree Campus USA" site, but the May 20th storm damaged many of the mature trees that had stood and welcomed visitors to this campus.

In addition to replacing the entrance trees and as a part of the Tree Campus USA initiative, HGLU's campus will also have one of every tree species that is native to northeast Missouri.

"Our goal is to be an attraction for schools, civic groups and anyone who enjoys God's great outdoors," stated Dr. Anthony Allen, HLGU President.

For more information about this event, or if you would like to be a part of HLGU Tree Campus USA by planting, teaching, or helping with funds needed to plant new trees, please contact Dr. Judith Lemons at 573-629-3109 or via email at jlemons@hlg.edu.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations