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Woodin Oak Rededication and Wooden Logo Highlight LSUA Arbor Day

Released: 01/12/2010

Rededication of the Woodin Oak and unveiling a hand-carved wooden replica of the LSU Alexandria logo will highlight the annual Arbor Day observance Friday at LSUA. The ceremony begins at noon under the Woodin Oak on Middleton Drive between Chambers and Oakland halls.

“It’s appropriate at LSUA’s 50th anniversary that we honor the first chancellor,” said Dr. David Manuel, the school’s ninth chancellor. “Martin Woodin began his chancellorship here in January 1960, nearly 50 years to the day of this rededication.” Woodin served two years as chancellor before becoming president of the LSU System.

The Woodin Oak, with a circumference of 14 feet and a spread of more than 100 feet, is registered with the Live Oak Society. It is one of six named oaks on a campus that features 250-year-old trees.

The wooden replica logo was created by woodcarver Bruce Alexander of Loomis, S.D., from a piece of Live Oak that had to be removed for expansion of the Brumfield Caffey Annex adjacent to the student center. The piece, which measures approximately three-by-four feet, will hang permanently in the Chancellor’s Conference Room in Abrams Hall. It was made possible by a gift to the university from Joy Hodges, incoming chairwoman of the LSUA Foundation board of directors.

“The wooden logo is everlasting and magnificent, and it represents a signature 50th anniversary gift,” said Manuel.

Approximately 160 trees have been planted in recent Arbor Day observances at LSUA. Fourteen species of trees will be planted this year.

Speakers include Dr. John Barnett, regional director of the LSU AgCenter, landscape architect Margaret Waring, tree expert Bob Thibodeaux and Dr. Reed Crook, assistant professor of biology and sponsor of LSUA’s student tree inventory project. The ceremony will be moved to Bolton Library if there’s inclement weather.