Celebrating 100 years of Botany at Connecticut College

In 1917, botanist Caroline Black joined the faculty at Connecticut College, accepting the position on the condition that a Department of Botany be created. She became the newly formed department's first chair in 1918.

Now, 100 years later, as we celebrate the Botany Department's centennial, the study of botany continues to play a critical role in addressing many sustainability issues facing our planet.

For more information on these events, consult the College Calendar

Monday, February 5
Lecture: "The Importance of Botany in the 21st Century"
Exhibition: "100 Plant Specimens for 100 Years"

The centennial celebration began with a lecture by Chad Jones, Chair of the Botany Department at Connecticut College, and the opening of an exhibition created by recent botany graduate Georgia Hann (pictured above.) 

April 2 to July 31, Shain Library
Exhibition: "Deep Roots: Botany at Connecticut College, 1918-2018"

Items from the College Archives on display in the Chu Asian Art Reading Room in Charles E. Shain Library. Free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., Shain Library
Lecture by Susan Froshauer '74  

The library exhibition opens with a talk by botany alumna Susan Froshauer '74. In addition to working with a multitude of statewide research and development initiatives, Dr. Froshauer has served as president and CEO of Rib-X Pharmaceuticals (now Melinta) and CURE, Connecticut United for Research Excellence. She is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Yale Office of Cooperative Research. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m., New London Hall 112
Earth Day Tie-Dye Shirt Event

Join the Botany Department to celebrate Earth Day. Tie dye shirts using natural dyes. Sponsored by the Botany Student Advisory Board.

Saturday, June 2

9 a.m. Interactive Arbo Walk: Engage your five senses
Join faculty from the Botany Department on a walk through the Arboretum. Learn about the diversity of plants and other organisms using all five of your senses. Pick up a pastry and a hot cup of coffee at the Arbo entrance before setting out on your adventure.

3 - 4 p.m. The Art and Science of Pressing Plants
In this interactive workshop, learn how to press and mount plant specimens. Learn how these specimens are used in the science of botany. Take home your creation.

5 p.m. 100th Anniversary of Botany at Connecticut College Reception
We invite alumni of the Botany Department to join faculty for a reception celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the department at Connecticut College.

Saturday, September 29
Fall Weekend

Join us on Fall Weekend as parents, alumni, students, faculty and friends of the College celebrate the Botany Department Centennial. Activities will include a panel discussion with botany alumni and a keynote lecture by Robin Kimmerer, plant ecologist at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

October (Date and Time to be Announced)

At the Botany Department Research Symposium, hear about the current research being conducted by faculty and students in the Botany Department, including a series of short presentations by faculty and posters highlighting student projects.