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april 2018


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Q: For decades, springtime in Athens has been marked by the blooming of OHIO’s famous cherry tree grove on the banks of the Hocking River. What long-time international university partner gifted the first 175 trees to OHIO in 1979 in honor of the OHIO’s 175th anniversary?

THE ANSWER IS: C) Chubu University

OHIO and Japan’s Chubu University signed their first exchange agreement in 1973, beginning a fruitful international partnership that remains today. By 2003, the first 175 trees had been reduced to 97 by storm damage and other injury, so Chubu University again donated a planting – this time comprising 103 trees to bring the total to 200 in celebration of OHIO’s bicentennial. You can track this year’s blossoms through daily photos posted to www.ohio.edu/cherryblossoms/.

 

Pictured above: Chubu University President Kazuo Yamada (left) and OHIO President Charles Ping plant the first of 175 cherry trees given to the University in 1979.


Sources:
 “Gift of cherry trees enhances campus beauty.” Outlook. April 13, 2004

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