ADA — The dedication of a memorial bench honoring former East Central University faculty member Dr. Mickey Rowe will be included in the third annual Earth Day/Water Festival Thursday, April 20 on the ECU campus.

The bench on the Crabtree Honor Plaza near the Memorial Gateway and Tiger fountain will be dedicated in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Rowe, described as the scientist and educator instrumental in the development of ECU's noted Environmental Health Science program, died in 1996. His widow, Janie Odum, other family members and several of Rowe's former students are expected to attend.

A reception will follow the dedication at 3 p.m. in the Danley Hall atrium.

Earth Day/Water Festival activities will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Ada on the lawn between Science and Danley Halls. Representatives of the EPA, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will begin setting up field equipment used in their work at 8 a.m.

The Environmental Health Science Club will host a hotdog/bratwurst sale and an Earth Day shirt sale from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the lawn.

Rowe taught at ECU from 1972 to 1996 except for a year-and-a-half period in 1993-94 when he taught at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.