There are eight beautiful new trees on the Centre College campus—four Princess Dogwoods and four Eastern Redbuds—thanks to a collaborative effort between the Susie Roush Beautification Fund and proceeds from Centre’s annual Hope Springs Yard Sale.
In recognition of the tireless efforts of First Lady Susie Roush, an ardent arborist and advocate for Centre’s urban forest, life trustee David Grissom and his wife, Marlene, made a generous gift of $500,000 in 2012 to create an endowment in Susie’s honor called the Susie Roush Campus Beautification Fund. Income from the endowment is used to enhance campus landscaping, with special emphasis on acquiring and maintaining deciduous trees.
The Hope Springs Yard Sale, a public event held annually in May, provided funding from the sale of items donated by students as they move out of Centre’s residence halls at the close of the academic year. Over the years, the Hope Springs Yard Sale has raised thousands of dollars to help the community, as well as finding new purpose for items that would ordinarily have ended up in landfills.
Centre’s commitment to beautification and effective urban forest management was recently acknowledged with a 2015 Tree Campus USA® recognition for the 6th year in a row by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The national program was created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
by Cindy Long
May 11, 2016