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IVCC receives tree recognition

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 1:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014 1:07 p.m. CDT
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Vice President Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema and math instructor Wes Black were instrumental in IVCC receiving Tree Campus USA recognition this year.

OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for the fourth straight year. Tree Campus is a national program honoring colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students in the spirit of conservation.

IVCC met the five core standards for effective campus forest management: A tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

Leading IVCC’s program are Vice President Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema, biology instructor Lauri Carey and mathematics instructor Wes Black who helped choose planting sites for 11 trees on the disc golf course including red oaks, a hackberry, American Linden, red bud and wild cherry.

Roelfsema said a larger number of trees were planted this year because of construction projects on main campus and east campus.

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