Brickman, a leader in the commercial landscaping industry, purchased and donated a tree that was planted last month at Penn College's Schneebeli Earth Science Center in honor of retired faculty member Dennis E. Fink. The winter king hawthorn tree, a variety known for its ability to provide color all four seasons, was planted by Brickman staff with the assistance of former and current students. Brickman's Dave Foresman, an advisory board member and longtime supporter of the landscape/horticulture program at Penn College, remarked, “His dedication to students and to this institution was remarkable. Often, individuals aren’t recognized for the impact they make on young people. Students knew he was genuine and, because of that, (he) formed strong relationships with many Penn College students." The May retiree received the college's Master Teacher honor in 1997. The tree, planted outside the Idea Garden, will serve as a stately reminder throughout the year of the impact Fink had on students, alumni and the industry during his 38-year career.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management