The University of South Alabama invites the campus community and general public to attend the dedication of the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on Tuesday, May 1, at 4 p.m., at the trail’s entrance on Aubrey Green Drive.
The Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail honors the contributions of geographer Dr. Glenn Sebastian, a University Professor Emeritus who joined the USA faculty in 1967 and retired in 2006. He has inspired more than four decades of USA students in the study of geography and continues to teach even in retirement.
Sebastian served 25 years as chair of earth sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. His enthusiasm for teaching earned him a wide range of accolades, including the Outstanding Professor and Distinguished Service awards from the USA National Alumni Association and the Excellence in Teaching and Service awards from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sebastian remains one of the most popular teachers on campus, and more than 13,000 students have enjoyed his physical geography classes over the past 44 years. Also a former National Park Service Ranger, he has utilized the campus nature trail throughout the years by taking University students as well as civic and other community groups on short field trips through the area.
When Sebastian retired in 2006, the faculty and staff in the department of earth sciences established an endowed scholarship in his name to honor his 40 years of service to the University. The faculty also created the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail Endowed Preservation Fund, ensuring that USA’s on-campus nature trail is forever preserved for the enjoyment of students and the USA community.
The Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail is located in headwaters of Three Mile Creek. Over three miles of trails wind through 95 acres of native pine/oak woodlands. Signage on the trail helps visitors understand the environment.
The University nature trail has been a part of campus for nearly 30 years. Efforts to officially recognize the trail began with geography major Amy Milam in 2006. This year, Brian Allred, assistant director of Campus Recreation, spearheaded the effort to bring the nature trail project to fruition. With substantial support from the Student Government Association, the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail is now a reality.
The Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail dedication will be held at the entrance to the nature trail off Aubrey Green Drive. Guests are asked to park in the Chemistry Building parking lot on USA North Drive, which will be well marked with signs. JagTran will shuttle guests from the parking lot to the site of the dedication ceremony before and after the event. JagTran will run continuously before the event, beginning at 3 p.m., and will make its last return to the Chemistry Building parking lot at 6 p.m.
To learn more about the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail, visit http://www.southalabama.edu/geography/DrSebastianNatureTrail.htm. For more information about contributing to either the Dr. Glenn Sebastian scholarship or nature trail preservation fund endowments, call the Office of Development at (251) 460-7032.