Summer 2013 15
Tree Campus USA
Two students bring attention to the trees of IU Southeast
By Sara Cunningham • Photos by Graham Gohmann
Indiana University Southeast is on its way to becoming recognized as a Tree
Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation thanks to two graduating seniors,
Misty Perkins and Rachel Missi.
The student team has spent hundreds of hours since September creating a
detailed inventory of IU Southeast’s campus trees – which number close to 1,000.
The Tree Campus USA recognition would signify that IU Southeast effectively
manages campus trees, develops connectivity with the community to foster
healthy urban forests, and engages its student population through service
Perhaps more importantly, Perkins’s and Missi’s work gives campus staff and
leaders the gift of research that will likely inform decisions and campus planning
for years to come.
Students, faculty, and staff head out on the first-ever IU
Southeast Arbor Day Tree Walk across campus.