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Peace Resource Center Symbolizes WC-Japanese Peace Mission with Cherry Tree Planting

Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Participates in Event

May 1, 2012

Lambda Chi Alpha member T.J. Gruber waters the Yoshino cherry tree during the ceremony.

Lambda Chi Alpha member T.J. Gruber waters the Yoshino cherry tree during the ceremony.

The Peace Resource Center planted a Yoshino cherry tree on campus on May Day (May 1) in recognition of the enduring relationship between Wilmington College and the citizens of Japan.

The brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity suggested the tribute and a number of members attended the tree planting ceremony along with PRC director Jim Boland, campus minister Dan Kasztelan, several local Japanese women and Martha Hendricks, interim associate vice president for academic affairs.

Boland explained that Barbara Reynolds founded the Peace Resource Center at WC in 1975 after establishing the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1965.

“Each of these centers was founded with the mission of bringing together the citizens of Japan and the United States,” he said, noting that, in addition to this connection with Japan, the College has a sister institution, Hiroshima Jogakuin College, and an articulation agreement with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

“Although this tree may be small today, we expect it to grow in health and strength through the years,” Boland added.