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ASU students help ‘beautify’ Polytechnic campus on Arbor Day


April 24, 2007

MESA, Ariz. – In the spirit of the polytechnic learn-by-doing environment, students, staff and volunteers are coming together on Arbor Day, April 27, to plant 20 donated trees around Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus.

Bill Sayler and Tyler Rodgers, manufacturing engineering technology seniors, and Diana Aguirre, business administration junior, came up with the idea about planting trees for Arbor Day after brainstorming for their TMC 470 Project Management class.

Students not only came up with their ideas, but were required to implement them as part of the class.

“We went out and acquired donations from Skyline Nursery in Queen Creek, San Tan Nursery and Tree Farms in Gilbert, and V & P Nurseries in Gilbert," said Sayler. "With their help, we were able to donate 21 mesquite and one palo verde tree to ASU's Facilities Management.”

The trees were donated for use near the ISTB3 building and the bee research facility located on the south end of campus.

“Facilities Management helped identify where the trees would be planted, based on sun/shade needs and availability of water,” said Sayler, who is graduating in May.

The team’s idea is a win-win for everyone.

“We completed our project for a final grade, helped beautify the campus and added more trees to the environment,” said Sayler. “What can be better than that?”

On Friday, beginning at about 10 a.m., the students and volunteers will begin to plant the trees at the bee facility. If you are interested in volunteering your time, contact Bill Sayler at wasayler@hotmail.com .