East Georgia State College’s Arbor Day Celebration was held Friday, March 6. The celebration was on the Swainsboro campus and featured the planting of a Weeping Willow at Ezra Pond. The tree was dedicated to Danny Vaughn, a former EGSC employee of Plant Operations.
Vaughn was a 24-year career employee of the college, working from March 1988 until his retirement on December 1, 2012. He worked tirelessly with the landscape and grounds crew in Plant Operations and was very methodical in his approach to taking care of the campus landscape. He was the expert shrub pruner and the campus appearance was indicative of his dedication to maintaining pristine grounds. Vaughn would always take on whatever tasks were requested and always had a smile to offer to everyone. He truly enjoyed his work at EGSC, and the campus was a better place because of him. After retirement, he enjoyed his hobbies and traveling to visit with relatives. He passed away unexpectedly in April of 2019.
At the celebration, Dr. David Chevalier welcomed everyone who attended and introduced Alex Ballard, a Community Forestry Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission. Ballard spoke to attendees about the specific tree being planted and the history of Arbor Day. He also demonstrated how to correctly plant a tree and how to care for it. David Steptoe and Teresa Wiggins, current and former plant operations staff, spoke about Vaughn and the lasting impact he left at EGSC. Remarks from Dr. John Derden were also read as a tribute to Vaughn. At the base of the tree a commemorative sign was placed in memory of Vaughn.
The Arbor Day event is part of EGSC’s efforts as a Tree Campus USA recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation. The program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy forests. At the event Dogwood, Willow Oak, Catalpa, and Swamp Chestnut tree seedlings were given away for attendees to enjoy in their home gardens.
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