June 13, 2005
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Greenhouse dedicated to past MUW president
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Past MUW president Dr. James Strobel
will be on campus Friday as part of the dedication
celebration of the Strobel Greenhouse. The dedication
will take place at 10:30 a.m.
The greenhouse, located on the second floor of Parkinson
Hall, was an obvious choice to dedicate to Strobel, said
W. Scott Rawles, vice president for institutional
advancement and development.
“[Strobel’s] great love is horticulture and plants . . .
it was a perfect fit,” adding that there had been a
desire to name something after Strobel for some time.
“[The greenhouse is] a natural one – it links to his
Strobel took the role of president in 1977 after the
retirement of Dr. Charles P. Hogarth. During his
presidency, Strobel introduced a number of positive
changes, including the Medal of Excellence, the Faculty
Member of the Year Award (recently awarded to Dr. James
D. Roth), as well as the just completed Business Week
camp and the currently ongoing Mississippi Governor’s
School. He stepped down from the presidency in 1988.
Installed by Janco Greenhouse Company, the greenhouse
allows students to engage in research projects and
utilize the concepts learned in class, as well as
practically applying those skills.
Dr. Dorothy Kerzel, head of the Division of Science and
Mathematics, said, “It’s an appropriate honor to name it
after Dr. Strobel.”
Kerzel said the division was currently working to
install a drip irrigation system to automatically water
the plants. She said she hopes the new system will
increase the faculty/student research studies.
“We’re looking forward to getting it up and running to
its full capacity.”
MUW President Claudia A. Limbert said, “It has long been
a given here at MUW that we needed an appropriate
greenhouse that would provide a lab space for student
and faculty work. Once that greenhouse was in place, it
seemed equally a given that it should be named in honor
of Dr. Strobel,” because of his background in
horticulture. Limbert said Strobel is still actively
performing research on tomatoes.
The dedication ceremony is open to the entire campus.