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Aug. 27, 2011
As some 1,500 freshmen settle into college life at Northwest Missouri State University, a new tree on the campus will grow and mature with them.
During its Third Annual Freshman Tree-Planting Ceremony Saturday, Aug. 27, the University dedicated a crimson king Norway maple in honor of the 2011 freshman class. The tree is planted northeast of the Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, Maryville Mayor Ron Moss, Northwest Student Senate President Andrew Maddux and arborist Adam Stone took part in the ceremony, in addition to Northwest freshmen who poured watered on the tree and tied green ribbons to its trunk and branches.
Jasinski said the tree is symbolic of the roots freshmen are laying at the University and the growth they will experience as college students.
The tree is oval-shaped now but will become more round and broad as it grows. It is expected to stand about 35 to 40 feet tall and reach about 25 feet wide when it matures. It's also known for its straight trunk and excellent branching habit, and it's unique in that it remains burgundy throughout the growing season. It also has high tolerance to wind and storms.
"You will have high tolerance to a lot of things throughout your freshman year and your time at Northwest, but we know you'll be very resilient," Jasinski told the students.
Maddux also described the tree as a symbol of new beginnings while encouraging the students to branch out, learn new things and explore different opportunities.
"All of this will hopefully foster intellectual pursuits in and out of the classroom," he said. "There are tons of great opportunities at Northwest to grow as an individual and as a student. When you look back in a few years, after you've graduated, you will see this tree as a physical reminder of how you grew. Through storms and other events, it was resilient, and through persistence and successful pursuits on your own, you will be just as strong."
Previous freshman tree dedication ceremonies saw trees planted outside Hudson and Perrin residence halls and a Red Maple planted west of the Administration Building. As home to the Missouri State Arboretum, the Northwest campus features more than 1,300 trees and more than 125 species.
Weekend activities for freshmen and new Northwest students continue with a merchant fair from 10 a.m. to noon today on the campus. Motivational speaker Joe Martin, a casino night sponsored by the University's Residence Hall Association and a midnight movie at The Hangar fill out tonight's schedule.
The University will have its convocation for students at 2:45 p.m. Sunday in Bearcat Arena. A fireworks show is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting, at the Northwest practice football fields.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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