Friday, October 23, 2009

Walk slow and enjoy

Every so often Willis Sommer, vice president of fiscal affairs, will send a seemingly random email to the all faculty/staff email list drawing our attention to something he has noticed on campus. It is usually either nature-related or pointing out progress on a construction project.

Campus has been especially beautiful this fall. But with mid-terms, papers, multiple projects and such occupying our minds, it is easy to be so focused on the task at hand that we overlook the beauty around us.

I’d like to share Willis’ note (with his permission)

I suspect all of us are surprised this fall with the richness of the changing color of the trees. I am enjoying walks on campus seeing the various colors. I would especially note the following areas:

  1. The Ehrman Grove on the walk to Riley Court. Standing at the entrance to Sauder looking at the grove, the red maples have a backdrop of yellow leaves.

  2. Standing at Centennial Hall on the College Avenue side looking toward Hirschy—an array of colors.

  3. On the College Hall driveway where the sidewalk from Centennial to College Hall crosses, stop and look at the College Hall side entrance to Mosiman. You will see a red maple getting redder in front of two orange sweet gums. All three should get even better in the next few days.

  4. The trees in Klassen Court are now turning. Although not necessarily as bright, the leaves are still pretty, particularly seen as a grouping.

  5. The purple leaves on the tree near the IT Berky Annex entrance. It is best when the sun is bright.

  6. Several oaks, in front of Shoker and near the greenhouse, seem more colorful than past years.

Walk slow and enjoy.

Walk. Slow. And Enjoy. Amen!

(If it weren’t rainy and grey outside, I would go take a few photos to share. But if you are near campus, it would be worth your while to visit. Maybe catch a game or lecture/concert. You won’t be disappointed.)

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