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University Volunteers Spruce Up Campus

University at Albany faculty, staff, and students donned T-shirts and jeans and rolled up their sleeves for work during Spring Cleanup Day April 27.

Vice President for Business and Finance Kathy Lowery said, “I am very happy with the results of Spring Cleanup Day. Our Grounds Department commented that this was the best-organized cleanup effort to date, with more than 570 volunteers. Such outstanding results were made possible only because of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by faculty, staff, students, and all the members of the University community who participated. Once again I’m grateful to everyone whose University pride and spirit compels them to be a part of this yearly effort to beautify our campus.”

Organized into 17 teams of volunteers with each team ranging from 18 to nearly 100 individuals, the volunteers:

  • Collected and removed 380 yards of debris from lawn areas, gardens and quads.
  • Rolled out 3,080-square-feet of sod.
  • Constructed a brick pathway, 40 feet long and five feet wide.
  • Planted or replaced after removing the stumps, 11 white birch trees, five magnolia trees, four weeping cherry trees, and six flowering crabapple trees.
  • Planted many flats of pansies around campus.
  • Remulched and edged areas around campus trees and plantings.
  • Swept up and picked up trash and debris along three miles of roadway and shoulders.
  • Painted parking lines in the Dutch Quad parking lot.

If the thought of cleaning up the back yard seems daunting, consider that it took 800 trash bags, 480 rakes, and 200 lbs. of grass seed to prepare the University at Albany’s main campus for Commencement Weekend.