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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 22, 2010
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
UL Lafayette Gateway Tree Planting
Pictured from left: UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie, Jerry Bordelon and Shannon Savoy with Apache Corporation, Jim Foret with UL Lafayette Renewable Resources Department, artist Robert Dafford, Jan Swift with Upper Lafayette Economic Development Authority and City-Parish President Joey Durel.
A project to turn the Interstate 10 exit at University Avenue into a gateway for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is blooming.

crepe myrtlesLast week, UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie and City-Parish President Joey Durel joined representatives from Apache Corporation and Upper Lafayette Economic Development Authority for the planting of 100 red and white Crepe Myrtle trees along the gateway.

The trees are part of a collaborative effort among the groups to create a gateway at the exit and revitalize the area.

Apache Corporation donated a total of 200 trees to the university as part of the company’s efforts to protect and preserve the environment. The remaining Crepe Myrtles will be placed along University Avenue leading to UL Lafayette.

The trees are a second phase to the exit’s beautification. Last year, artist Robert Dafford painted two murals of the university’s logo on the interstate’s concrete embankment.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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