Director Kathleen Socolofsky receives Award of Distinction

Photo of Arboretum Director Kathleen Socolofsky with Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UC Davis student.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Assistant Vice Chancellor Kathleen Socolofsky, joined by Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) Mary Delany and a student from CA&ES to celebrate her "Award of Distinction."

Kathleen Socolofsky, director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, was honored October 5 with an “Award of Distinction” from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES).

“The Award of Distinction recipients are highly accomplished, as well as influential in their daily lives, and we are honored by their strong connection to and support of our college,“ said Mary Delany, interim CA&ES dean.

The award is presented annually to those whose contributions and achievements enhance the college’s ability to provide cutting-edge research, top-notch education, and innovative outreach. Kathleen was recognized as a Friend of the College for her role in transforming the campus landscape with innovative programs and broad-based support. Seven other people–faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college–also received the award.

Kathleen has led the Arboretum, in partnership with a number of CA&ES programs, in the transformation of the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove into a destination for visitors and the development of Nature’s Gallery Court GATEway (Gardens, Arts, and the Environment) Garden, and is in the process of creating an Animal Science GATEway Garden designed to connect campus and Arboretum visitors with the Department of Animal Science, its research and facilities.

Congratulations Kathleen!

Associate Director Cary Avery nominated to professional grounds management board

Photo of UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services Superintendent Cary AveryCary Avery, Grounds and Landscape Services associate director, has been elected to the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Board of Directors. With a membership of over 900 members representing approximately 550 institutions, one of the purposes of PGMS is to promote the dissemination of reliable and pertinent grounds management information to those in the industry with an emphasis on landscape sustainability.

In 2007 Cary elevated UC Davis Grounds and Landscapes Services to an elite category of professional landscape maintenance organizations by becoming one of only 110 individuals nationwide to pass the PGMS testing and qualification necessary to become a Certified Grounds Manager.

Today, in his new role as Member-at-Large, one of Cary’s goals is to share the work his teams have contributed to the development and maintenance of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden including best practices learned from our campus’s landscape conversions and information about the benefits of expanding academic partnerships to those in university grounds management.

UC Davis named Tree Campus USA

Photo of UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services Lead Tree Trimmer John McKnight.

John McKnight, Lead Tree Trimmer for UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services, can usually be found high above ground, caring for campus trees like this cork oak in Orchard Park.

UC Davis has been named “Tree Campus USA” for the fourth year in a row by the Arbor Day Foundation!

The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that:

  • Effectively manage their campus trees.
  • Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests.
  • Strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.

What does it take to be named a “Tree Campus USA”?

  • Campus Tree Advisory Committee
  • Campus Tree Care Plan
  • Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
  • Arbor Day Observance
  • Service Learning Project

Congratulations to our Grounds and Landscape Services team for taking care of our trees and keeping them a priority for our campus and the environment!

Download the 2011 Tree Campus USA UC Davis Press Release.

Find out more here.

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