Release date: April 26, 2010
News & Public Affairs contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-5616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MTSU/Cedar Glade contact: Dr. Kim C. Sadler, 615-904-8283 or email@example.com
MTSU Faculty, Alumni Involved with Quarterman
Cedar Glade Wildlife Festival April 30-May 1
(MURFREESBORO, TN) – MTSU faculty and alumni will play vital roles in the 33rd annual Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival April 30-May 1 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Faculty members Kim Cleary Sadler, Jeff Walck, Kurt Blum and Thomas Hemmerly, and alumni Roy and Melissa Turrentine, Matt Niemiller, Wayne “Buddy” Ingram, Dwayne Estes, Marta Rolig and Danny Bryan are scheduled to be session and hike leaders, particularly with Saturday’s agenda.
Sadler, associate professor in biology and director of the MTSU Center for Cedar Glade Studies, will oversee the center’s fourth Research Roundtable from 1 until 5 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the park’s Assembly Hall.
Saturday’s events will include a bird walk starting at 7 a.m.; various “Talk and Walk” events throughout the entire day; morning and afternoon Cedar Glade flower hikes via motorcade; and nighttime Owl Prowl and Frog Frolic.
At 7 p.m. Friday and at a mid-day luncheon Saturday, much of the focus will be on Quarterman, 99, Vanderbilt professor emerita, who has studied the Cedar Glades for more than 60 years. Event organizers hope she is able to attend.
“She is an amazing scientist who has influenced a lot of people,” Sadler said of Quarterman. “She was a champion for conservation efforts in Tennessee, in terms of land purchase to protect habitat with rare plants. She didn’t retire or just stop. She continued to be active for years.”
To attend the luncheon honoring Quarterman, call Sadler at 615-904-8283.
All programs are free and will be held rain or shine, Sadler said.
For more information about Middle Tennessee Cedar Glades, visit the Center for Cedar Glades Web site at http://frank.mtsu.edu/~mtsucee/Cedar_Glades.htm.
For park information, contact Ingram (firstname.lastname@example.org), 328 Cedar Forest Rd., Lebanon, TN 37090, or call 615-444-4565 or 443-2769. The state park is about 18 miles north of Murfreesboro and six miles south of Lebanon, just off U.S. Hwy. 231.
With three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and former faculty, Middle Tennessee State University confers master’s degrees in 10 areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. MTSU is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation in the Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” 2009 survey.
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