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Live oak dedicated to Roy and Vinita Martin

Released: 01/24/2006

LSU Alexandria officials on Jan. 20 dedicated a 130-year-old live oak in honor of Roy and Vinita Martin, longtime friends and supporters of the university.

The Martin Oak at LSUA measures more than 15 feet in circumference and has a crown spread of more than 100 feet. It is located in the front of campus near U.S. Highway 71.

The Martins are members of the LSUA Foundation Board of Directors and are well known at LSUA for giving their time, talents and financial support to the university.

Roy Martin is a charter member of the foundation and was chairman of LSU Alexandria’s first fundraising campaign. He has been an avid supporter of the nursing program at LSUA while Vinita Martin’s interest has been the business program and the Children’s Center. Mrs. Martin provided funding to name one of the classrooms in the center.

Through the years, the couple established three endowed scholarships and anonymously provided funding for numerous students pursuing college degrees. They also established four endowed professorships to benefit faculty members at LSUA.

The Martin Oak at LSUA is among the university’s first trees to be registered with the Live Oak Society of the Louisiana Garden Clubs. The dedication ceremony was held in recognition of Louisiana Arbor Day. Among those attending were Martin, his daughter Carole Baxter and Vinita Martin’s daughter, Linda Joseph.

Also in conjunction with Louisiana Arbor Day, officials planted 31 trees on campus.