RCC Celebrates Arbor DayMay 4, 2017
As part of the continuing celebration of the 50th anniversary of Rockingham Community College, students, faculty, and staff observed Arbor Day by planting a paperbark maple tree on campus.
“Arbor Day is an annual celebration in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees,” said RCC President Dr. Mark Kinlaw. “This is a celebration to promote educating the world about the importance of trees.”
In addition to observing Arbor Day, the group acknowledged RCC’s effort to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA. Tree Campus USA recognition has been obtained by 237 colleges and universities across the country who have a program in place that manages the campus tree inventory along with tree care and maintenance.
“Managed trees provide beauty to the campus along with a place for students to study, eat, relax, and socialize,” said Kinlaw. “We have a beautiful campus, and we want to do everything we can to enhance it.”
The third observance was the continuing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the year that the college began offering classes. Fifty years ago, Dr. Gerald James, the college’s first president, and RCC’s first students planted a red oak tree near the Science Building. Thanks to Bryan Wagoner Tree Farm in Gibsonville, all will enjoy the commemorative paperbark maple tree with its curling bark and beautiful fall foliage.