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Selu Celebrates 25 Years of Unique Scholarship Opportunities

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On Oct. 12, Radford University and Selu gathered for a special evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 380-acre conservancy. RU faculty, staff, students, friends and alumni attended the event, held during the university's Homecoming and Family Weekend. RU President Penelope W. Kyle offered remarks in reflection of the important role Selu plays in the life of the university and the community. "For the last 25 years, this property has made an impact on generations of students and will continue to for the next 25 years and beyond," Kyle said. Selu Conservancy is RU's "outdoor classroom," a place for faculty, students and guests to perform fieldwork and bring the natural world into their learning experiences.

Please click on the following link to read about this special event: Radford University News and Events.

RU Foundation secures conservation easement for Selu

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During the summer of 2011, the Radford University Foundation, Inc. donated an open-space easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation protecting the Foundation-owned Selu Conservancy.  This easement will protect in perpetuity the Selu property's many important conservation values, including scenic views enjoyed by the boating public on the Little River, a habitat for threatened and endangered plant and animal species, and an important watershed for sources of public drinking water.  With the help of Conservation Partners LLC, the Foundation claimed a transferable Virginia land preservation tax credit for the donation, then sold the credit through Conservation Partners to a number of Virginia taxpayers. This sale generated approximately $100,000 in revenue, and per the direction of the Radford University Foundation Board, these funds will be used as a quasi-endowment fund for the upkeep of the Selu property.