Faculty and Staff Work Together During Montana Technological University Beautification Day

family members helped with the planting
Future Oredigger Giselle Gendreau joined her mom, Montana Tech staff member, Savannah to plant flowers during Beautification Day on June 9th.

Every season is beautiful at Montana Technological University and as summer approaches it truly is a time that the campus comes to life. Each year summer brings with it increased recruitment tours and visits from alumni and friends.

staff planting at the student success center
Melissa Kump, Director of Institutional Research, and crew help plant and spread bark at the Student Success Center

With this in mind yesterday, June 9th the Montana Technological campus community took advantage of wonderful weather and rolled up their sleeves for the annual Beautification Day. 66 faculty, staff, and family members pitched in to plant flowers, spread mulch, weed, and clean the campus. Below are photos of the Oredigger family hard at work!

Carleen and Leslie plant in front of the MG building
Carleen Cassidy, Director of Finance and Budget, and Leslie Dickerson, Executive Director of Admissions and Enrollment, plant flowers in the ore cart in front of the Mining & Geology Building.

Stephanie Cook, wife of Chancellor Les Cook organized the event sharing that, "Les and I both enjoy gardening very muc style="width:100%;"h, it's very therapeutic to get your hands in the dirt and rewarding to see the outcome. Our evenings often consist of strolling about campus which usually entails some weeding and cleaning up, but last summer we decided to spruce up one of the gardens after we asked the grounds crew to remove some outdated bushes. One project led to a couple more and with all the help from the campus-wide planting events, the campus is looking beautiful. A clean and colorful campus helps recruitment, employee morale and adds to our community."

Provost Steve Gammon moving mulch
Provost Steve Gammon hauls mulch to his crew helping refresh the courtyard.
casey planting
Casey Vanatta and crew help plant petunias in the campus courtyard.

Campus volunteers shared their talents by planting, weeding, picking up trash, painting, and more. Their efforts resulted in an additional 975 flowers planted and over 30 yards of new landscaping bark. Once all tasks were complete volunteers enjoyed lunch and the chance to visit with each other in the campus courtyard.

donna planting in the library garden
Donna Conrad plants flowers outside the Montana Technological University Library Auditorium.

And this is just the beginning of projects for the summer. Inspired by a beautification group she belonged to previously Stephanie Cook is forming Montana Tech's first Garden Party work group. Cook is looking forward to the opportunities ahead and noted that "Some of the projects we hope to accomplish with the Garden Party this summer will be weeding completed gardens, working at the Highlands campus, and possibly building some new gardens. With a short summer season, the time will go fast so we'll see how much we can get done!"

admissions reps planting in the courtyard
Brian Williams and Lillian Daley, both Admissions Representatives, and others plant flowers in one of the courtyard planters.

Thank you to all who participated yesterday during Beautification Day. And for all alumni and friends of Montana Technological University please consider this an open invitation to stop by this summer for a visit to see all the work and new growth happening at Montana Tech.

Susie, Carrie, and Deanna planting daisies around the Marcus Daly statue
Susie Anderson, Dr. Carrie Vath, Dean of Students, and Deanna Johnson plant flowers around the base of the Marcus Daly statue, sure to welcome everyone to campus. Notice the construction of the new Lesar Family Nursing Simulation Center happening behind them.