A tree symbolizing growth and a relationship between SVSU and the University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce was removed for the building of the Scott Carmona College of Business.
“The tree was located within the footprint of the building and had to be removed to facilitate construction,” said Anthony Bowrin, dean of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business. “Our initial plan was to relocate the tree. However, after consulting with landscapers we learned that the survival rate for the type of tree in question following relocation is very low.”
The site of the replacement tree is not yet determined.
At the end of a Global Business Sustainability conference in September 2014, the dean of the Shri Ram College of Commerce at the University at Delhi helped President Donald Bachand plant a tree to honor growth and a relationship between the two universities.
“We will be planting a new tree and reinstalling the plaque to commemorate the relationship between the University of Delhi Shri Ram College of Commerce and SVSU,” Bowrin said. “I anticipate that this will take place early next spring.”
The tree won’t be replanted until the spring due to winter weather. Project Manager Mike Pazdro said the tree will be planted near the west entrance of the building, but he has no official location or date for the installation.
Brian Thomas, the associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said Rama Yelker led the partnership with the Shri Ram College of Commerce. Yelker no longer works at SVSU.
“When I was overseeing international partnerships, we did develop a couple programs for Shri Ram, but they did not send any students, so I did not pursue the partnership further,” Thomas said. The partnership does not currently exist, but the plaque was kept by the university to commemorate the relationship between the schools.