April 28, 2021

Centenary University Benefits from Hackettstown Donor/Resident Planting Trees for Earth Day


HACKETTSTOWN, NJ, April 28, 2021—On Friday, April 23 Centenary University became a beneficiary of a town-wide beautification project launched by a generous donation of trees from Steve and Sharon Somers. Mr. Somers, a resident of Hackettstown, and a former Trustee of Centenary University, has a long history of supporting the town, the University and many other local initiatives.  With perfect timing in celebration of Earth Day, and a week of lectures and projects focused on environmental issues, sustainability, and conservation, the new trees were planted to line Reese Avenue on the south side of the University campus.

University President Bruce Murphy noted that Steve and his family are extremely active in our community, and that he has been supportive of many University initiatives over a number of years: “Steve was the driving force behind our ‘Field of Dreams’ Campaign in 2019, which helped to complete our new University baseball field. We are proud to receive continued support from him and the Somers Family, including the new trees, which will adorn our campus for years to come.”

When asked why he feels strongly about being an active and engaged member of the community, Steve stated, “It is important to me to keep my support local, and I am glad when I learn of opportunities to stand behind initiatives that are close to home.”

Steve Somers is the owner and President of Vigon International, which is a flavor and fragrances manufacturer located in East Stroudsburg, Penn.



Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in Parsippany, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.