Sure sign that spring has sprung

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then this beholder finds the Davis & Elkins College campus exceptionally beautiful. Whether feasting one’s eyes on the mountains surrounding the campus, or the close encounter with nature resulting from the woods, trees and plantings throughout campus there is a ruggedness and natural beauty that does not grow old.

In the midst of all of nature’s splendor, the college’s campus beautification day occurs this coming Friday, April 26. Spearheaded by D&E First Lady Lisa Wood and the Student Life staff, this event produces hundreds of volunteers who can be seen scurrying throughout the campus planting flowers, weeding flowerbeds, raking and picking up branches, spreading mulch and clearing away trash. The annual event is a sure sign that spring has sprung … even in Elkins … and that our eye-pleasing campus is becoming even more beautiful.

To quote an email Lisa sent to the campus, “Bring your gloves, a hat if it’s sunny, and a cheerful heart, as we prepare to have some fun making the D&E campus come alive with red and white blooms from the Gatehouse to the fields!”

Prior to Monday’s arrival, both the grounds crew of the College and our student group “GreenWorks!” have been busy making preparations. The volunteers for the day will comprise large numbers of students, staff and faculty. We are always pleased to welcome community volunteers as well. This is an event where “the more the merrier” is true and all can contribute something to the greater good.

To the surprise of no one, the flowers will be red and white. With joy, we display the colors of Senator Nation and proclaim to all who come onto campus our pride in this College that has transformed lives for 115 years, most of that time on a hillside overlooking the town of Elkins.

Following the academic year and commencement activities, there will be a large number of visitors who will enjoy our beautified campus over the summer. A partial list of summer guests includes 350 rising high school seniors at Rhododendron Girl’s State, Upward Bound, an arts camp sponsored by The Old Brick Playhouse, the three-week Augusta Festival, sports camps and 800 Boy Scouts from Belgium! These visitors, along with students, faculty, staff and local residents can soak in the beauty of summer at Davis & Elkins College.

Having just celebrated a day of resurrection for the faithful, nature’s reminder of resurrection from the cold and bleak midwinter is all around us as we welcome spring. Lisa recently shared “Daffadowndilly” by A. A. Milne with the campus in her invitation for Beautification Day. I close with his words:

“She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown;

She turned to the south wind

And curtsied up and down.

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor:

Winter is dead.”

The journey continues….