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Aug. 28, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State freshmen dedicated an "October Glory" Red Maple tree Saturday morning as a symbol to the roots they are planting at the University.
The tree was planted earlier this week northwest of the Administration Building. In remarks to the students, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski noted the tree, which will grow to a height of about 50 feet, already has a bird's nest.
"The leaves are already changing; I think it's a great symbol for what is happening here," Jasinski said. "This is about planting your seed and your roots here at Northwest Missouri State."
The "October Glory," one of the most popular of the Red Maple cultivars, is known for its resiliency, intense fall color and fast growth rate. In the spring, red flowers in dense clusters form before the leaves.
The tree's new home was chosen in part to fill a space where three trees were removed as a result of damage during a July storm.
Maryville Mayor Chad Jackson, Student Senate President Quentin Templeton and Northwest arborist Adam Stone also addressed the students and encouraged them to engage with the Northwest and Maryville communities.
"As you come here and you spend the next few years of your life on campus, going back and forth to wherever home is for you, realize that you are a member of this community," Jackson told students. "Form that partnership and develop roots in this community. When you leave here, I want you to leave an impact on the community."
To close the ceremony, students poured water around the tree and tied green ribbons on its branches.
The ceremony was the second annual freshman tree dedication. Last year's freshman class dedicated a tree near Hudson and Perrin residence halls.
The Northwest campus is home to the Missouri State Arboretum. There are more than 1,300 trees with more than 125 species represented on the campus.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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