On Friday, March 30, 2018, volunteers from the East Georgia State College Student Government Association, STEMM Club, Plant Operations Department, and faculty and staff worked together to plant the new Memorial Garden on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus. Located between the Luck F. Gambrell Building and the George L. Smith Building, the garden will serve as a place of quiet reflection for those wishing to remember EGSC students who have passed away.
Volunteers planted knockout roses, milkweed, fothergilla “Mt. Airy,” Black Knight butterfly bushes, Mahonia “Soft Caress,” daylilies and sunshine plants (Ligustrum sinesis), and also placed two Mason Bee houses that were designed by EGSC art students. More plants, benches and stepping stones will be added in the future.
Participating in the planting were Mark Ellison, Dr. Paul Cerpovicz, Cameron Chalker, Keon Cobb, Mohmedyamin Chhipa, Caitlin Hicks, Susanna Hall, Warren Goosby, Stacey Grant, Brianna Clay, Sarah Fraticelli, Ian Marchinton, Dr. John Cadle and John Rincon.
A Remembrance Ceremony was held in the newly-planted garden on Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m. The Memorial Garden is a joint project of the EGSC SGA and STEMM Club.