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LSUA to Honor Weems at Arbor Day Observance

Released: 01/08/2009

LSU at Alexandria will observe Louisiana Arbor Day with the naming of a Live Oak tree for former LSU Board of Supervisors chairman Charles S. “Charlie” Weems III and planting 27 trees. The observance will commence at noon on Jan. 16.

The Weems Oak will be the sixth named tree at LSUA. Others are named for Howard Mulder, Roy O. and Vinita Martin, William F. “Bill” Cotton, Dr. Martin Woodin and Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, all of whom are recognized for their service to the university.

Weems, a former 17-year member of the Board of Supervisors, was instrumental in the conversion of LSUA from a two-year institution to a baccalaureate degree-granting university. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the LSU Law Center and president and senior partner in the Gold Weems Bruser Sues and Rundell law firm.

The Arbor Day observance also will feature brief presentations from Dr. John Barnett, director of the local LSUAgCenter, landscape architect Margaret Waring, and tree specialist Bob Thibodaux.

A variety of oaks, cypress, sycamore and catalpa trees will be planted. The university has planted more than 125 trees during the last five Arbor Day observances.