After months of discussions, organization, phone calls and hard work, a group of Divine Word College students led by Class of ‘12 graduate Tung Mai have laid the ground work to plant nearly 50 cherry trees on campus to help commemorate DWC’s 50th
anniversary, in 2014. On Tuesday, April 16, Tung and Brother Kevin Diederich, SVD, staked out two straight lines for the trees along the eastern edge of the athletic field.
Tung said that he got the idea after seeing the famous blossoming cherry trees in Washington, D.C., which bloom spectacularly every spring. He wanted to replicate the effect on the Epworth campus. Beginning last year, Tung gathered support for the project among students, the DWC Student Senate, and the college administration. Working with Brother Kevin—who helped plant the first trees and bushes at DWC in the early 1960s—they developed a plan to create a new landmark for the college. Forty-seven, three-foot, bare-root cherry trees were planted this spring, one for each graduating class, dating back to the first class to receive diplomas, in 1966.