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UTRGV celebrates its third Arbor Day with Texas Coma tree planting

UTRGV students and guests gathered on the Edinburg Campus on Wednesday for Arbor Day festivities, which included the planting of a native Texas Coma tree. UTRGV has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA college by the Arbor Day Foundation, and Arbor Day festivities are an important way to celebrate the designation. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

UTRGV students and guests gathered on the Edinburg Campus on Wednesday for Arbor Day festivities, which included the planting of a native Texas Coma tree. UTRGV has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA college by the Arbor Day Foundation, and Arbor Day festivities are an important way to celebrate the designation. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

By J. Edward Moreno

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 13, 2017 – UTRGV students, staff and guests gathered on the lawn at Southwick Hall on the Edinburg Campus on Wednesday for Arbor Day festivities.

For UTRGV, recognized as a Tree Campus USA college by the Arbor Day Foundation, Arbor Day festivities are an important way to celebrate the designation; this is the third year the university is hosting Arbor Day ceremonies.

Oscar Villarreal, director of campus facilities operations for the Edinburg Campus, said trees benefit college campuses. “They make the university environment more pleasant,” he said.

Villarreal commended the UTRGV Facilities Planning and Operations staff for taking excellent care of the 230-acre Edinburg Campus, including all the trees, plants and flowerbeds.

“They’re the ones that create the first impression of the campus to the community,” he said.

Staff and students planted one native tree – a Texas Coma – for the Wednesday ceremony, but the university will plant about 20 more trees on the Edinburg Campus throughout the year as construction projects are finalized.

Nineteen student recipients of the UTRGV Abriendo Caminos scholarship were present at the Arbor Day ceremony – shovels in hand – to help plant the tree.

Abigail Alfaro, 22, a nursing junior and recipient of the Abriendo Caminos scholarship, said they often take advantage of opportunities to volunteer around the community.

“It’s a great opportunity to beautify our campus,” she said. “I think more trees will help make the campus, well, prettier.”

Another Arbor Day ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, on the Brownsville Campus  Library Lawn.

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ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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J. Edward Moreno
UTRGV Staff Writer / 956-665-3639
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