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Bench Dedication for Professor Eddy Foster
A mid-summer rain couldn't dampen the spirits of those who gathered at Alfred State College recently to dedicate the Professor Eddy Foster Memorial Bench and Garden. Donated by Donald Holzer, Murfreesboro, TN, ASC class of 1956 (plant and soil science), the bench and garden honor his mentor and friend, the professor who "provided me with extra help so I'd graduate..." reminisced the former "C" student at the ceremony. Holzer went on to note that he found help whenever he needed it while he was a student at Alfred State. He recalled, "John Ninos helped me out while I was a student by hiring me and paying me an incredibly generous salary. In fact," Holzer added, although he didn't realize it at the time, it was Ninos' "spirit of philanthropy and humanity that inspired me to do what I do!" And what Holzer does includes not only the memorial bench and garden, but also two ASC scholarships: an endowed scholarship which provides financial support for students enrolled in programs in the Agriculture and Horticulture Department; and an annual scholarship which is used for supplies and equipment for Ag/Hort classrooms, particularly those programs including coursework in agronomy, cropping, plant, or soil science. Funds are also used to help defray costs associated with field trips for students in the Ag/Hort Department. It was also noted that while Holzer worked for the Soil Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service, he authored or co-authored several books and donated copies to the ASC Soils Lab library. Holzer has also purchased several bricks in the Alumni Plaza on campus, memorializing individuals who held special significance for him. Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson spoke for the college community, saying, "I want to thank and recognize Donald Holzer for his generous contributions. Don has been a terrific friend to the College for many years, and continues to visit Alfred State for special events a couple times each year, all the way from Murfreesboro, TN. Thank you, Don, for all you have done and continue to do for Alfred State!"