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Keep the students coming back

November 3, 2012

In my Oct. 13 column, I advocated bringing alumni back to Fredonia to enjoy the many features it offers. To my surprise, I found that there are such organizations dedicated to giving our SUNY students such a sense of home that they will want to come back. Greystone Nature Preserve harbors 31 trees planted by students of the Environmental Literature class taught by Dr. Christina Jarvis in May 2011. As their final examination, the students were offered the opportunity to actively be environmentalists and plant trees. Through grants from NRG and the Community Fund, seven varieties of tress were offered to the students. Each student selected a tree based on its characteristics, thus learning a bit of dendrology along with the literature. The students worked in pairs to plant the trees, but each tree was GPS recorded. That means a student can return as an alumni and see the individual tree he or she planted in 2011. Hopefully, some of these students, many of whom had never planted a tree previously, will have the sense of having put down roots in Chautauqua County, and will return to experience the living symbol of these roots. These kinds of activities produce well-rounded students who want to return to a place that has nurtured, supported, and shown them the natural beauty of the Chautauqua County area.



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