College Plans Special Celebrations for Elm Tree Lawn

Scripps’ 70-year-old elms have been the center of many College celebrations through the years. They will be the theme of several more this spring as the Scripps community says goodbye to the beloved elms before Scripps renews Elm Tree Lawn this summer.

An ad hoc Elm Tree Lawn Renewal Committee was formed in fall 2007 and charged with making recommendations regarding special celebrations and use (if any) of the wood from the trees. The committee has met several times this academic year.

The committee’s recommendations for events include: a special tribute to the elms during Reunion Weekend, May 2–4, during lunch under the elms; a community event during the closing weeks of the academic year; and a full community salute to the new elms at the start of fall semester 2008. Full details of these events will be posted on the Scripps website as confirmed.

The committee also recommends that the College commission the creation of a podium and diploma table to be made from the “best of the wood,” with the remainder of the wood returned to the environment.

Members of the committee include: three former directors of alumnae relations—Alice Betts Carpenter ’57, Anne Browning McIntosh ’83, and Mary Fraser Weis ’66; current Director of Alumnae Relations Emily Rankin ’97, Sally Preston Swan Librarian at Denison Judy Harvey Sahak ’64; Professor Eric T. Haskell; Director of Grounds Lola Trafecanty; Art professor and Director of the Williamson Gallery Mary Davis MacNaughton ’70; Williamson Gallery Curator and Registrar Kirk Delman; students Sarah Moos ’09 and Esha Sachdev ’09, and Director of Public Relations and Communication Mary Bartlett.

 

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