We strive to maintain and enhance the beauty of our campus. Listed below are a few projects designed to improve campus life at Penn State Brandywine.
Local nursery plants charitable seeds at Penn State Brandywine
Bill Kirkpatrick has been planting trees and beautifying the communities in which we live for more than three decades, thanks in part to the education he received from Penn State University.
Now, the owner of Kirkpatrick Nurseries, Inc. in Edgmont is carrying on his mission and giving back to the University that helped guide his career by donating more than $3,200 in plants and trees to Penn State Brandywine.
"I really wanted to give something back to Penn State. I completed the University's Ornamental Nursery Program in 1979, and it has given me many of the tools I've needed to be successful in the business," said Kirkpatrick, whose parents bought the Christmas tree farm where the nursery currently operates back in 1975 so their son could learn the ins and outs of the business. He also worked at another local nursery at the time. "The program at University Park included everything from entomology, to soil science, to landscape architecture and design."
Kirkpatrick and his nursery manager, Bill Hallman have formed a relationship over the past few years with Charles Daly, school landscaper at Penn State Brandywine, which also helped the donation become a reality. Daly had been purchasing plants from Kirkpatrick Nursery because he wanted to support a local nursery, and he liked what he saw when he visited. Eventually, the business relationship blossomed into the donation, which couldn't have come at a better time for the college campus.
"I thought it was extremely generous. He has given us some really sizable plants–they're wonderful" said Daly. "We're going to install these plantings in a lot of focal points on campus, especially in some areas where we had to remove trees due to disease or the fact that they presented a hazard. We're also going to plant a couple of small dawn redwoods along the stream banks to help stabilize the campus stream. The campus is going to look great when these plants become established."
The donations will also help beautify areas of the campus facing Route 352, where the addition of a campus entranceway necessitated the removal of several trees. In addition to Penn State Brandywine, Kirkpatrick has made donations to other local organizations, including Edgmont Township. All serve as a source of pride for the man who grew up in Media and who has lived in Edgmont since his teens.
"I like to help out where I can, and it will be nice 20 years from now to take a stroll around the Penn State Brandywine campus, or other locations where I've made donations, and see how they've beautified the community," he said.
The “Penn State Brandywine Enhancement Fund” provides the Brandywine campus with discretionary dollars that are crucial to move the campus forward in a number of ways. Examples on how the fund might be used include scholarship support (over and above what is available through our endowed scholarships), book-bag fund (assist students with the cost of books), campus physical enhancement projects (seasonal plantings), various degree program equipment needs (equipment for new innovative lab & class projects), and so on.
The “Tiz Griffith Athletic Enhancement Fund” was established in honor of Tiz Griffith who retired in June 2004 after serving as the campus Athletic Director for 16 years. During her AD tenure she has guided more than 1,200 student athletes through six varsity sports. The athletic program at Penn State Brandywine has been an integral part of campus life for more than 30 years. In fall of 2005 the campus will field six varsity sports that will offer 4 year eligibility. The “Tiz Griffith Athletic Enhancement Fund” was established to support the athletic department with this new level of participation and competition.
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