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Sodexo Presents Wilmington College with Willow Oak Tree

Tree Planted on West Side of Kelly Center

April 24, 2012

In peering through the branches and waxy leaves of the newly planted willow oak donated by Sodexo, one can see, from the left, Janet Renshaw, general manager of Sodexo at WC, President Jim Reynolds; senior Nick Huffman and Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for academic affairs.

In peering through the branches and waxy leaves of the newly planted willow oak donated by Sodexo, one can see, from the left, Janet Renshaw, general manager of Sodexo at WC, President Jim Reynolds; senior Nick Huffman and Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for academic affairs.

Wilmington College now has a willow oak to be counted among its collection of more than 100 different species of trees and shrubs on campus.

Sodexo Campus Services, the College’s dining services provider, continued its spring ritual of presenting a sapling for planting on at the College.

Janet Renshaw, Sodexo’s general manager at WC, said the tree is in honor of graduating senior Nicholas Huffman, who worked in dining services as a student and “served as a liaison” between Sodexo and the student body.

“Nick is an outstanding student and has been a wonderful student worker for Sodexo,” Renshaw said, also noting the key role he played at this year’s Food Symposium in which he was keynote speaker Marion Nestle’s campus host.

The seven-foot high willow oak has been planted on the west side of Kelly Center.

The College has more than 100 species of trees and shrubs on its campus and in the adjacent Frank O. Hazard Arboretum. In addition to the 17-acre arboretum, the College has a 15-acre natural area that runs along Lytle Creek on the south side of the campus.

The College established the arboretum in 1963 following the death of Hazard, a 1927 Wilmington College graduate that went on to teach biology at WC for 34 years. The dedicated the arboretum in 1964.