The donation was the largest gift the Biology Department has received since taking on the restoration.
“This is extraordinary,” says Biology Professor Alvin Diamond. “This is the largest donation we’ve received thus far in our campaign to get the Arboretum back up and running it’s going to go a long way. It’s also going to help us as seed money to get other donations.”
The money will go towards restoring a major part of the facility that went into disrepair and expanding resources for students.
“This is going to go to replacing a bridge that goes to the island in Mullis Pond,” says Diamond. “Also a floating dock area where students will be able to safely get out on the water to do sampling of water testing, macroinvertebrates and fish things like that.”
Hyundai Representatives say the company was excited for the opportunity to help the university with a project like the Arboretum.
“Making a contribution to the Troy University Foundation and Arboretum is an important part of our own pillars here with our corporate social responsibility efforts with Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama,” says HMMA Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Robert Burns. “It takes care of not only education but also environmental.”
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