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Beautiful U Day.

Beautiful U Day 1999.Beautiful U Day 1999

The Third Annual Beautiful U Day was again a great success. For the first time, Beautiful U Day was expanded to two days of fun. The first day of the celebration was dedicated to the year's largest coordinated recycling and trash collection effort. The second day was a chance to show off new public spaces and building projects. Thank you to all the volunteers and to those who took part in the many events.


Campus Appreciations

Campus Appreciation Breakfasts were held at 10 different sites around the East Bank, West Bank and St. Paul campuses on Wednesday as a thank you to students, faculty and staff for their patience during this period of unprecedented construction. The menu included granola bars, apples and milk.

What a better way to warm up on a brisk fall day than with coffee, cider and cookies. Facilities Management zone 6 employees passed out the free items on Thursday. Zone 2 employees also passed out coffee and hot chocolate on both mornings. Zone 3 held its second annual ice cream social on Thursday.

Campus Appreciation Lunches were held at the St. Paul Student Center and on the Washington Avenue Bridge on Thursday. Students, faculty and staff were treated to sandwiches, chips and cookies, plus a special gift - a can cooler with the Beautiful U Day logo. Lunch guests could also view drawings and plans of the many construction projects on campus. On the bridge, lunch-goers could even play a game of mini golf, thanks to the ingenuity of Facilities Management zone 6 staff.


Campus Cleanout '99

The cleanout gave staff a much-needed opportunity to clean out the clutter in buildings. People jumped at the chance! It took Facilities Management staff two days to collect all the material.

A special group, calling themselves the G.A.C. Squad (Gang Against Crud), cleaned up areas around Zone 4, including the Community Clinic.


Building Improvements

Williamson Hall was the target of many improvements. Carpenters Steve Wynkoop and Eddie Fuerstenberg, along with photographer Tom Foley, unveiled a new mural inside Williamson Hall. The mural, "Beauty in the Details," depicts various architectural elements from five buildings near Williamson Hall. Foley took the photographs and Wynkoop and Fuerstenberg built and hung the mural.

A group of alumni from Dayton-Hudson Corporation volunteered an afternoon to plant shrubs and clean windows. The group dug right in and planted an entire bed of shrubs and washed many windows on Williamson Hall. Facilities Management staff also helped with the window washing.


Honoring Special Employee's and People

Many special employee's and people gathered to honor Vern Mattson, a University truck driver who died last year. Vern left money in his will to plant trees around campus. His family and co-workers were on hand for the planting of the first two trees.

Approximately 30 Autumn Splendor Buckeye trees will be planted throughout campus.

Facilities Management employees and customers who "go above and beyond" were honored at a Recognition Ceremony held in the newly reopened Garden Plaza.


And we had some fun!

Have you ever seen a university president smash a pumpkin with a steamroller? Well, that's exactly what people saw at the Kick-Off Event on Thursday. In honor of both Beautiful U Day and Homecoming, President Mark Yudof drove a steamroller over pumpkins painted with the opposing teams' logos. It was a "smashing" way to kick off the day.

Volunteers from Facilities Management zone 5 made many improvements to the Child Care Facility, including painting and building a bridge between the playhouses. Of course, a beautiful fall day wouldn't be complete without a big pile of leaves to play in!


New Campus Additions

Artist Ian Dudley was on hand to discuss his latest work, a diorama in front of the Bell Museum. Dudley is the exhibits coordinator for the Bell Museum.

Additional heritage markers were unveiled at Pillsbury and Folwell halls. The Heritage Marker program began last year as a part of Beautiful U Day '98. Each marker explains historic details about buildings and areas on campus.

President Mark Yudof, University Services Vice President Eric Kruse and Campus Master Planning Associate Vice President Clint Hewitt cut the ribbon, officially opening the newly renovated Garden Plaza.

Mother Nature provided a great backdrop for the event with beautiful fall colors and a clear blue sky.


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