“In the spring of 2010, CSA and the Traditions Council approached Student Senate with the challenge to create a new tradition on campus that will capture the energy and enthusiasm of student organizations,” said Joanna Catalano (’12), former president of Student Senate and member of CSA board and Traditions Council. “After several polls of the student body and many conversations with the university’s administration, the idea was born.”
“We chose the shape of an apple as a tribute to the university’s history and mission,” Catalano said. “I believe that the apple, which is an innate symbol for education, not only represents the quality of the teacher receiving the apple, but also represents the gratitude of the student giving the apple. This apple is a huge ‘thank you’ from past graduates to the teacher that gave them the tools to be successful – Clarion University.”
Pictured, top, students leave their Clarion blue handprints on the apple sculpture; and Dr. Karen Whitney, Clarion University president, and Joanna Catalano ('12), former Student Senate president, give the apple its first message.
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