This American Sweetgum tree was planted in memory of Oregon College of Education graduate, Carol Pickering, who died in an automobile accident November, 1975.
The tree was "originally planted at the north end of the field hockey field, which is where the weight throw complex is now. When Stadium Drive was built in the mid to late 1980's, we built two new softball fields which is where they are now. We moved the tree again to it's present location. So, the tree was planted, then moved twice. All through this the tree has thrived," according to former landscape supervisor, Ron Cooper. While there is no permanent marker, Cooper notes that the original wooden plaque said "A Sweet Gum for a sweet girl." The tree is now located one the softball field west of campus.
Pickering graduated from Oregon College of Education in 1975 with a B.S. in Education. She played both softball and field hockey. One of Pickering's former teammates, Sherry Adams designed and burned the letters into the original wooden plaque.
The image shows the tree on the other side of the chain-link fence next to a red scoreboard.