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Beautiful U Day 2006

On April 20, 2006, Beautiful U Day celebrated its ninth event, this time bringing together all of the University of Minnesota campuses. Over 3000 students, staff, faculty, and volunteers participated in grant-funded and core events across the state.

The following is an overview of highlights from Beautiful U Day 2005. A complete notebook is kept in the Beautiful U Day office at 315 Morrill Hall.


Twin Cities Campus Wide Events

Curb Appeal: Beautiful U Day Curb Appeal was a campus clean-up event. Volunteers from across campus and the community participated in cleaning the exterior and interior entrances to campus buildings and parking facilities, and directly around the facilities. Campus maps were broken down by building and used to direct volunteers to direct their clean-up site. Volunteers were assigned to buildings in clusters based on the number of volunteers in their group. Event volunteers kept track of where volunteers were sent on a large master map (mounted on foam core) and volunteers were asked to report their progress on the information sheet provided on the back side of their building map. Cigarette butts were the biggest complaint from returning volunteers.

Beautiful U Day Awards: Three awards were given out for beautification and sustainability efforts on campus. This year the celebration included a slide show showcasing the buildings and workers – this will run before the event and then during the presentation of awards. Awards included:

  • Beautiful Classroom Award: A partnership between Beautiful U Day and the Office of Classroom Management, begun in 2003. Honors the custodial staff member or team that provides University of Minnesota students with classrooms that are clean and ready for use every day. Nominations made by OCM and one recipient selected by Building Services supervisors. (Winners: Babatunde Oyedele and Daniel Pechmann, Anderson Hall).
  • Beautiful Building Award: A partnership between Beautiful U Day and Facilities Management. Honors the custodial staff member or team that provides University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff with facilities and spaces that are clean and comfortable. This award encompasses all campus buildings and areas. Nominations made by building contacts and one recipient selected by Steve Spehn and Ruthann Manlet. (Winners: Kim Clauson, Mark Henthorne, Don Johnson, Barry Olson, Trina Smith, Bell Summers, Lee Sheehan, and Dave Weyley – Wilson Library).
  • Outstanding Student Award: A new award this year for the student worker who goes above and beyond as a Facilities Management employee. Nominations from Building Services supervisors, recipients selected by Ruthann Manlet. (Winners: Adam Newton, Jeremy Wallin, and Derek Jaakola).



Beautiful U Day Grants

The second annual Beautiful U Day grants were awarded in 2006. A request for proposal was issued in September 2005 with proposals due in January 2006. Announcements were made in late January. 22 proposals were received, 17 were granted.


  • UMC Facilities Management Grounds Department implemented a tree nursery for growing trees and identification markers for plant materials on campus.
  • UMC Math, Science and Technology Department enhanced the halls of Dowell Hall with photographs that represent scientific endeavors and entrepreneurships.
  • University of Minnesota-Crookston Horticulture Student Club correctly labeled all of the plants in the new Perennial Study Garden.
  • Crookston Horseman’s Association commissioned a horse sculpture and coordinated landscaping in the front of the University Teaching and Outreach Center.
  • Crookston Student Association cleaned-up and organized the Hafslo Building on campus.
  • UMC National Resources Club and Student Chapter Wildlife Society purchased walkway paving stones that will now allow visitors to tour plantings as they move from one biome to another.
  • Crookston IT Professionals Club (ITPROS) and Music/Theatre students beautified the first floor hallway of Dowell Hall, as well as the music department in Kiehle Hall.
  • Student Athletic Advisory Council painted, planted trees and beautified the UMC Outdoor Athletics Complex.
  • UMC Resident Advisors built and designed a flower garden with perennial flowers and shrubs outside of Skyberg Hall.
  • The Early Childhood Club and Clovia Club created a sensory garden and playground for the Early Childhood Development Center on the Crookston campus.
  • The student Bonsai Club planned and constructed a Japanese garden on the south western corner of the UMC mall.



  • UMD Facilities Management Recycling and Solid Waste group conducted a “Neighborhood Clean Sweep”, to help students dispose of large items as they move out of their off-campus apartments.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant in Duluth created an attention-grabbing waste receptacle, held an earth-week campus clean-up event, and posted educational signage along the campus trout stream.
  • UMD Department of Environmental Health and Safety organized a litter clean-up and education campaign focusing on Tischer Creek trout stream that runs through campus.
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) increased sustainability at the University of Minnesota Duluth by educating the campus community about fair trade and waste reduction.



  • Morris Physical Plant department planted vines on the outfield fence, perennials, and a screen of spruce trees around the Women’s Varsity Softball Field.
  • American Chemical Society Chemistry Club painted a mural on a stairwell in the new science building.
  • Morris Campus Student Association (MCSA) transformed the area behind the Science Building into a prairie walking area for people to enjoy.
  • Education Minnesota Student Program (EMSP) built birdhouses and feeders and distributing them around campus.
  • Morris Episcopal Campus Ministry (MECM) constructed a classic seven ring labyrinth on a site that is accessible and near the Morris central campus.


Twin Cities

  • Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence created a Supergraphic Courtyard Garden to beautify the Klaeber Court courtyard.
  • Carlson School of Management beautified large concrete planters on the West Bank Carlson Plaza with annual flowering plants.
  • The Civil Service Committee and University Relations revitalized the garden and replaced the dirt walkway with permeable pavers at the end of 5th Street South.
  • Metropolitan Design Center held a symposium, “Connecting Neighborhoods to the Mississippi: North Minneapolis” featuring panelists from community organizations, local government agencies, and the University.
  • Academic Health Center Communications took down the old, outdated displays and put up large format photos that showcase academic health center schools, colleges, and interdisciplinary campus life in Phillips-Wangensteen, Moos, and Weaver-Densford Halls.
  • Chemical Engineering and Materials Science beautified the Amundson Hall entry and foyer to make it more inviting.
  • University Child Care honored their neighborhood by refreshing the Mary McEvoy memorial garden at 15th Avenue and Rollins.
  • What’s Up in Sustainable Agriculture, a student group, planted perennial guilds that are both economically and environmentally beneficial at Cornercopia Student Farm.
  • The Sarita Wetland Management Initiative, formed by the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Club, integrated students and classes into management and stewardship of the Sarita Wetland.
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) increased sustainability at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities by educating the campus community about fair trade and waste reduction.
  • National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) beautified Shevlin Hall with the Shevlin Centennial Garden project.
  • The Pre-Pharmacy Club revitalized the area outside of Weaver-Densford Hall by planting flowers, and bringing in benches.


Other Minnesota Locations

  • The Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Club planted native species to landscape the Itasca Biological Station.
  • North Central Research and Outreach Center (Grand Rapids) contributed leftover flowers, bedding plants and trees from experiments and showcase them in pots, hanging baskets and low-maintenance landscaped areas.
  • West Central Research and Outreach Center (Morris) created a tree arboretum to educate students.


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