|Above, students leave their Clarion blue handprints on the apple sculpture. Below, Dr. Karen Whitney, Clarion University president, and Joanna Catalano ('12), former Student Senate president, give the apple its first message. Students are encouraged to use the apple to express themselves and to promote events and organizations. Below left, a patriotic artist transformed the apple into a Sept. 11 commemorative.
Clarion Students’ Association, in collaboration with the Traditions Council, unveiled an apple sculpture Sept. 7 on the lawn of Grunenwald Center for Science and Technology. The white, marble composite apple is an open canvas on which students can express themselves and promote their organizations.
“In the spring of 2010, CSA and the Traditions Council approached Student Senate with the challenge to create a new tradition on campus that will capture the energy and enthusiasm of student organizations,” said Joanna Catalano (’12), former president of Student Senate and member of CSA board and Traditions Council. “After several polls of the student body and many conversations with the university’s administration, the idea was born.”
Funded through the CSA Special Projects Fund, the apple honors Clarion University’s long-standing commitment to education since its founding as Clarion Seminary in 1867.
“We chose the shape of an apple as a tribute to the university’s history and mission,” Catalano said. “I believe that the apple, which is an innate symbol for education, not only represents the quality of the teacher receiving the apple, but also represents the gratitude of the student giving the apple. This apple is a huge ‘thank you’ from past graduates to the teacher that gave them the tools to be successful – Clarion University.”
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