NYCC Dedicates Chinese Herb Garden

NYCC’s School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine recently distinguished itself through the construction a medicinal herb garden unparalleled in New York State. On Friday, July 13, 2007, New York Chiropractic College President Frank J. Nicchi, D.C., M.S., and members of the NYCC community were joined by Carl Casaccia, Don Gentilcore, Rocky LaRocca and Paul Devaney, all of Seneca Meadows, and Jean Giblette, of High Falls Gardens, for a ceremony dedicating the NYCC School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s (AOM) new Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden, located on the grounds of the Seneca Falls campus. The living exhibition ensures that students enrolled in the AOM program at NYCC will long be able to observe, firsthand, the nature and distinct characteristics of the living medicinal plants and the growing techniques used in their cultivation. It is hoped that this botanical marvel will draw gardeners, botanists, horticulture experts, and practitioners of Oriental medicine to Seneca Falls and to NYCC. Nicchi expressed his pride in this new educational opportunity for NYCC students, saying, “We have once again demonstrated our tradition of excellence in education and unparalleled preparation of healthcare professionals.”Nicchi expressed his sincere gratitude to Seneca Meadows for their considerable financial assistance in the construction of the garden, demonstrating their unwavering support for healthcare education. Additional funding for the garden was received from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the J.M. McDonald Foundation, and High Falls Gardens. Nicchi also gave special thanks to Jason Wright, L.Ac., assistant professor at NYCC, whose inspiration and hard work led to the creation of the garden; and to Giblette, who worked closely with Wright on the design for the garden and was instrumental in the donation of most of the plants now growing there. The structure for the garden was constructed by Jerry Fox and Larry McCoach, from Against the Wind Stonework of Willet, N.Y.To learn more about NYCC and its School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, please visit our Web site at www.nycc.edu.

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