SWOSU Student Union Elm Remembered

A part of SWOSU campus history is being honored after the 100 year old “Union Elm” tree was taken down on Sept. 4, 2016. Diseased and breaking down it had to be removed according to James Skinner, Director of Physical Plant.
Over the years the tree has seen first dates, break ups, Greek events, first kisses, marriage proposals and countless other Bulldog activities. Last year, under the Union Elm, Daniel Thompson, junior, business marketing major from Elk City met Amber Bachiochi, junior communication arts major from Sweetwater. A bond was formed, and so when they returned from the Labor Day weekend and it was gone they felt they had to do something.
“It was such an iconic part of campus and it will definitely be missed.” said Bachiochi. So she and Thompson put up a small shrine on the stump. They left a photo of the tree, two automatic burning candles and a memory book for any thoughts students would like to send to the tree. It was there for a week. The spiral notebook had pages of well wishes and remembrances at week’s end.
The two have taken all that and made a permanent tribute to The Union Elm in the trophy case on the second floor of the Stafford building. All comments and love notes to the tree are posted there. Thompson said, “We met there. It was always super nice under that tree, and it meant something to a lot of people.”
“The tree lives on here,” said Dean of Students Cindy Dougherty.
Plans are still in the works for the future of the Student Union deck, as well as what to do with the parts of the tree that were salvaged.

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