In a Dec. 10 ceremony, the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department honored Marcy Brown Marsden, associate professor of biology and associate dean of Constantin College, with a Golden Oak Award and UD's chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (TriBeta) with a Community Service Award.
Brown-Marsden served as a member of Irving's Park Board for six years, working mostly with the city's ecotourism program and tree board.
"Fundamentally, I've tried to bring a scientific perspective to the city's decisions on park planning and environmental education, and they've been receptive and willing to try new things," said Brown-Marsden.
Since its inception, TriBeta has assisted with Irving park projects and events, including tree planting events and the Bio Blitz, an opportunity for community members to participate in a species inventory at the Campion Trail. This is the second year in a row that TriBeta has received the Community Service Award for ongoing, outstanding service and contributions to the Parks and Recreation Department.
"I'm very happy that TriBeta is being recognized again," said Brown-Marsden, "it brings a lot to them as an organization and to UD."
PHOTO: From left, Ray Cerda, director of the Irving Parks and Recreation Department, Brown-Marsden and Mike Kwiatkowski, Park Board Chair. (Patty Danko, BA '90/Irving Parks and Recreation)