When a willow oak spontaneously split near the Student Center last fall, the campus community mourned its loss, placing mementos and candles on its stump before it was fully removed.

A group of students took that tribute a step further by dedicating part of their classwork from the fall semester to presenting Fall of a Champion, an exhibit now on display in Clough Commons.

The students from LMC 3308: Environmentalism and Ecocriticism, taught by Associate Professor Hugh Crawford and in partnership with Serve-Learn-Sustain, the Honors Program, and the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, spent the semester studying the connection between trees and people. When they came to class on Tuesday, Sept. 18 — the day the tree fell — it seemed only natural to make it part of their work.

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Kathryn Higinbotham (right), a second-year student who was part of the LMC 3308 class, and Sarah Higinbotham, her mother and a former Georgia Tech Brittain Fellow, view the exhibit on Feb. 13.
Willow Oak in pieces. Image via reddit
A large tree split near the Student Center on Sept. 18, 2018.
Contractors planting 13 new trees in the Tech Triangle to replace the two historic oak trees that died in the area last year.