News: Harper Legacy Garden Dedication

last modified May 02, 2013 04:29 PM

On Tuesday, April 30, the Harper Beautification Committee was joined by students, faculty and staff to dedicate the Legacy Garden, which is a tribute and memorial to the life and service of those we call family at Harper Campus. The garden honors their legacies and celebrates their contributions to the CPCC community. Special thanks to the Harper Beautification Committee, Sheila Tzerman, Steve Corriher, Krystal Crowe, Tom Derthick, Tony Hayes, Suzanne Richards, Jay Potter, Corlis Hayes and Preston Gist.

Here is the text of the speech given by Krystal Crowe:

"The mission of the Harper Beautification Committee is to cultivate a sense of community pride by recognizing, developing and implementing initiatives that beautify and enhance the CPCC Harper Campus. With this in mind, and in conjunction with the 50th anniversary, we wanted to create this garden to honor the legacies of those who are no longer with us at Harper. A lot of thought, hard work and time have been put into this project and I would like to take a few minutes to thank everyone involved.

"First and foremost, I would like to thank the Committee and our Harper colleagues who have helped with this garden and other projects this year, including beautification days. Thank you: Suzanne Richards, Steve Corriher, Sheila Tzerman, Tony Hayes, Tom Derthick, Denise Keating, Debra Oliver, Keith Powell, Stephen Gerhardt, Kevin White, George Wightman, Arlene Finklea, and the Dean’s office. I apologize if I left someone out. I want to give special thanks to Sheila, Steve C., Tom, Suzanne, and Tony for their help this past week in preparing for the dedication today. Thank you for your creativity, teamwork, patience, and – of course – humor. I appreciate everything you have done.

"The Committee wants this garden to be a place for relaxation and reflection, and to serve as a reminder to continue honoring the past, celebrating the present, and building the future. To symbolize our past and present, we have a bench that was handcrafted by Tom Derthick and two Adirondack chairs that were constructed by students in the carpentry class taught by Tony Hayes. The walkway is a symbol of our future and was built by Preston Gist, Tony, and students in the carpentry and masonry classes. These students include: Randy Duffy, Rod Foley, Jacob Foss, Armando Martinez, Derrick Smith, Patrick Williams, Scott Lewis, and Miles Smith. Lastly, I would like to thank Austin Price, a student in the Welding program, for creating and contributing a beautiful sculpture, which really adds to the garden. Thank you all for using your skills to beautify and enhance Harper Campus. Please join me in giving a round of applause for these individuals.

"In giving thanks to all those who made this happen, we also want to recognize those individuals we came to honor today. Although we miss them dearly, we are grateful for the memories we shared with them and the legacies they left behind at Harper Campus. It is in their memory that we would like to conclude with a poem, which will be recited by Dr. Corlis Hayes."

Here are some photos of the garden and the Harper Beautification Committee:

Dr. Corlis Hayes reciting poetry at the dedication

Harper Beautification Committee

Harper Legacy Garden commemorative plaque

Adirondack chairs in the Harper Legacy Garden

Harper Legacy Garden bench

Sculpture by Austin Price