A New Name for Our New House

The Dedication Ceremony for the Paul A. Gross Faculty Residence
Paul and Roni Gross traveled to Costa Rica for the dedication of the Paul A. Gross Faculty Residence.

This weekend we celebrated the dedication of our second faculty house – the Paul A. Gross Faculty Residence. The house was completed this past year and has already served as a wonderful facility to host our hardworking faculty.

Paul Gross first came to Costa Rica in 2008 as a visitor interested in entomology courses. His experience interacting with students and participating in everything from hiking trails to ziplining inspired him to establish the Paul A. Gross Undergraduate Student Support Fund to help students attend study abroad programs through UGA Costa Rica.

The ceremony was  a wonderful time to honor Mr. Gross for his generous contribution, as well as celebrate the growth of UGA Costa Rica.

Who needs scissors at a ribbon cutting ceremony when you have a machete? The machete is a traditional tool many Costa Ricans use in everyday life, from working on the farm to clearing trails in the forest.
Mr. Gross talks with students from the Nature and Environmental Design program. These students designed a plan to provide the two faculty houses a greater sense of privacy and more outdoor living space.

The day before the ceremony, Mr. Gross and other UGA visitors had the chance to tour the campus. They had the chance to see everything from student and staff living spaces to our classrooms and recently renovated laboratory.

One of the most exciting portions of the tour was the biodigestor, also completed last year. The biodigestor serves as our water-treatment plant, but also contributes to sustainability by converting waste into methane fuel used by our kitchen. This summer our landscape architecture intern, Olivia Stockert, has been hard at work planting around the biodigestor. The native plant species she has chosen will help hide the structure from view and shield it from the wind.

Roni Gross takes a closer look at a bromeliad on the UGA Costa Rica campus.
Mr. Gross examines a fallen Cecropia leaf found along the Casita trails.

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