Tyler Junior College

Tyler mayor, TJC to host tree-planting

Published Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass and Tyler Junior College President Dr. Mike Metke will help the college celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-planting 2 p.m. Wednesday.

A brief ceremony and planting will take place on the west side of Vaughn Library, on the TJC main campus.

In addition to celebrating Arbor Day, the ceremony commemorates TJC’s involvement in Mayor Bass’ Tree Tyler Initiative to plant 5,000 new trees in the city by the year 2015.

The event is hosted by students and staff members of TJC Residential Life and Housing, who donated two Shumard red oak trees to be planted on campus.

An additional Shumard red oak has been donated by Petty’s Irrigation and Landscape.

Speakers at the event include Mayor Bass; Dr. Metke; Mark Bickerstaff, of Petty’s Irrigation and Landscape Services; Mitch Andrews, TJC executive director of advancement and alumni engagement; and Diana Karol, TJC director of auxiliary services.

TJC students and gardens advisory members will also participate in the ceremony.

“Tyler Junior College is a picturesque campus, and part of that beauty is due to our abundance of trees,” Dr. Metke said. “This is a great opportunity for our students to give back to their TJC community and it’s a legacy that will live on for years to come.”

Author: Elise Mullinix

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