Spring in Step -- UAlbany Community Beautifies Campus for Commencement 2003
Day-long Goal is to Remove More Than 18 Tons of Yard Debris

Contact: Heidi Weber (518) 437-4993

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 17, 2003) -- After a particularly harsh winter, there's lots of "yard work" at University at Albany and the UAlbany community is ready. On April 22, the University will distribute 300 rakes, 90 shovels, 60 street brooms and 400 pairs of work gloves to campus volunteers. The goal is to remove more than 18 tons of brush, leaves and debris from University campuses as part of the Seventh Annual Campus Spring Clean-up Day, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 400 University volunteers, including faculty, administrators and staff, will gather debris, plant flowers and ground cover, spread mulch, rake or paint parking lines. The beautification effort is part of the preparation for the University's 2003 Commencement on May 17-18.

“Following a very difficult winter season, this is a wonderful opportunity for the UAlbany community to spend a day together outdoors,” said Vice President for Finance and Business Kathryn Lowery, whose office is in charge of the clean-up. “We greatly appreciate the hundreds of volunteers who have so much pride in the University that they make tremendous effort to prepare our grounds for the biggest event of the academic year.”

Last year, a record number of 500 faculty, staff and students planted 500 pachysandra, installed 3,800 square feet of sod on the east side of the Campus Center and spread 120 yards of mulch around trees and shrubs. They also planted four magnolia trees and picked up 18 tons of debris from the uptown and downtown campuses.

In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Wed., April 23.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges.

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