Arbor Day Celebration; CASNR students mark deep-rooted holiday tradition
Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources marked its annual celebration of sustainability and community this week, with its annual Arbor Day event Friday (Apr. 24). The event, which featured four CASNR organizations, is a partnership among Student Union & Activities, Hospitality Services, Center for Campus Life, Tech Activities Board, Grounds Maintenance and the Texas Tech Ethics Center.
Arbor Day is a great opportunity for Red Raiders to come together to beautify the campus and understand the importance of service while building a sense of community, said CASNR Dean Michael Galyean.
It allows for students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate in a fun way by enjoying music, food and planting right in the heart of campus, he said. CASNR organizations participating in the annual campus-wide program included Block and Bridle; Collegiate FFA; Horticulture Society, Pre-Vet Society; and the Student American Society of Landscape Architects.
When Texas Tech first started, most of the funds went towards the buildings, but the campus was lacking its landscape. Then, in 1937, President Knapp decided to dedicate one day every spring to beautify the campus. Today, the Tech tradition continues as students, staff and faculty beautify the campus on Arbor Day.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org