(December 1, 2015)

Centenary professor recognized by Shreveport Green

Shreveport Green board member Patrick Doyal presents the Community Enhancement Award to Dr. Ed Leuck

SHREVEPORT, LA — Dr. Ed Leuck, Professor of Biology at Centenary, was recently honored with Shreveport Green's Community Enhancement Award. Leuck accepted the honor at Shreveport Green's annual awards luncheon held November 3 at East Ridge Country Club.

"Ed has been a wonderful force in the Shreveport and Centenary community," said Stephanie Hansen '12, ShrevCORPS Project and Member Coordinator for Shreveport Green. "We hope he knows that his efforts in the arboretum and with students have not gone unnoticed. He is a champion of native plants in our region, and we need more people like him."

Leuck's Community Enhancement Award recognizes his leadership in establishing and maintaining the Dr. Ed Leuck Academic Arboretum on Centenary's campus. The award also honors Leuck's work as a champion of native plants in the Northwest Louisiana region, encouraging their planting and educating many different audiences about the importance of conservation.

The Arboretum, located on three acres in the heart of Centenary's campus, is home to almost 300 species of plant life native to Louisiana and the southeastern United States. Leuck established the arboretum in 1985 with the support of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Balcom, and since that time, Leuck and many generations of students have maintained the unique collection and learned from the diverse resources in this hands-on science and outdoor exploration area.

In 2014, the Arboretum was awarded a Level II Accreditation from the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum, making it one of only five in Louisiana to be listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta.