International Harmony Tree Planting Ceremony

Published: September 18, 2012 | Author: Jen Burt | Category: Academics

As melting pots in their own right, college campuses bring together people, cultures and ideas from all over the world to build an atmosphere that inspires learning, growth and development. 

With a population exceeding 7,700 students who hail from 9 different countries around the globe, Southern Utah University is no exception.  As technologies bring us closer and closer together, we are increasingly able to envision a world without borders. 

In this spirit of global citizenship and to inspire unity among a diverse student body, international students from SUU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program will host a special tree planting ceremony this Thursday, September 20, at 1 p.m. 

Two mimosa trees, purchased by ESL students, will be named the “Trees of International Harmony” and will stand on campus as an enduring gesture of friendship, unity and harmony among the students of SUU. 

The ceremony will take place at the Carter Carillon bell tower near the gardens where the trees will be planted.  ESL students and others will share their thoughts on global unity and a prayer for peace will be offered. 

Following the brief program, the trees will be planted in the gardens flanking the south side of Old Main.   There, they will stand as a continuous reminder of our shared commitment to international unity, harmony and respect for humankind.   

In keeping with the spirit of the occasion, ESL students extend an invitation to all. Students, faculty, staff and community members alike are invited to join the ceremony and are encouraged to maximize the experience by forging new friendships and associations, promoting a feeling of unity and fraternity on campus.  

For more information on this special event, please contact Mark Atkinson at

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