University to Host Arbor Day Celebration


Arbor Day will hold special meaning at JSU this year, as the university reflects on the 2018 tornado that destroyed hundreds of trees on campus and in the surrounding area. The annual Arbor Day Ceremony will take place at the International House on Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

The ceremony will include remarks by President John Beehler, Mayor Johnny Smith and Dean Tim Lindblom. Dr. Jimmy Triplett, a biology professor, will play the fiddle and Christian Dunn, a graphic design professor, will display artwork. The program will conclude with JSU and city representatives applying one last scoop of soil to complete the planting of a magnolia tree.

​On Feb. 22, the Jacksonville and JSU Tree Commission will host a free tree giveaway on the city square, 2:30-5:30 p.m.