The Colleges community will plant an oak tree on Smith Green in remembrance of Courtney Wilson ’08 on Thursday, Oct. 24. Originally from San Mateo, Calif., Wilson earned her B.A. in public policy studies and environmental studies from William Smith and minored in economics and French and Francophone studies. She was a 2013 graduate of The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan master’s program and a current doctoral student. Wilson died last month due to a catastrophic series of neurological events.The tree planting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.
In 2008, she provided student remarks and joined founder of the Green Belt Movement, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai P’94, P’96, Sc.D.’94 and several community members in planting a tree near the Quad in observance of Green Week, in honor of the founder of William Smith College, philanthropist and nurseryman William Smith, and in celebration of the William Smith Centennial.
In giving her remarks, Wilson called herself “a dreamer of a just and equitable world for all.” These words will be on the plaque at the base of the tree, so that future generations of HWS students will see her name and her quote and know that Wilson lived a life of consequence.
A number of campus community members will provide remarks during the ceremony, including President Mark D. Gearan, Chaplain Lesley Adams, Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science Craig Rimmerman; Associate Professor of Education James MaKinster; William Smith Dean Susanne McNally; and Christine Moskell ’08, a classmate of Wilson’s who will be on campus that day to speak to one of Rimmerman’s classes.
More information about Wilson is online.