MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will formally dedicate the Botanical Research Building and UAM Sundell Herbarium at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.


The recently-completed facility houses more than 27,000 catalogued plant specimens, including more than 600 representing rare plants and species of special concern, acccording to a news release.


The herbarium is named for Eric Sundell, professor emeritus, for his role in developing the herbarium collection. Sundell taught botany at UAM for 26 years and was chairman of the Division of Mathematics and Science from 1985 to 1997. He is a charter member and past president of the Arkansas Native Plant Society and serves on the committee that oversees the Arkansas Audubon Society’s Halberg Ecology Camp for 11- and 12-year-olds.


Sundell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in biology from Tulane University.


The ceremony will include remarks by Chancellor Karla Hughes, Morris Bramlett, dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Karen Fawley, professor of biology and director of the herbarium, and Marvin Fawley, assistant dean of science and research.


Tours will be provided and a reception will be held in the Turner Neal Museum. Following the reception, Sundell will lead a walk of the UAM Arboretum.


Details: UAM School of Mathematical and Natural Science, 870-460-1016.