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Beautiful U Day 2007

The University Community celebrated the Tenth Annual Beautiful U Day on April 19, 2007. Once again, the event brought together students, faculty and staff for beautification and sustainability events on all Univeristy of Minnesota campuses.


Twin Cities Campus Wide Events

  • Campus Wide Litter Pick Up
  • East River Road Tree Planting
  • Northrop Plaza Container Planting
  • Campus Wide Building Clean Out



Beautiful U Day Awards

Each year, awards are presented recognizing beautification and sustainability efforts on campus.

Beautiful Classroom Award: Since 2003, Beautiful U Day and the Office of Classroom Management honor 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.

Beautiful Building Award: A partnership between Beautiful U Day and Facilities Management, the Beautiful Building Award 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.


Beautiful U Day Grants

The third annual Beautiful U Day grants were awarded in 2007. The Beautiful U Day Grant Review Committee approved and funded more than two dozen student and departmental projects.


  • University of Minnesota Crookston Facilities Management built a flagstone walkway through the Centennial Gardens and around the Gazebo.
  • The IT Professionals Club and Help Desk Employees sponsored a container planting project that supplied 400 potted plants that were distributed in offices, classrooms and residence halls across campus.
  • The Communications Club took photos of campus-wide Beautiful U Day activities and created an electronic journal of the days events.
  • The Crookston Natural Resources Club created and installed interpretive signs that explain and highlight the features of the Nature Nook – a student based environmental education and outreach landscape project that feature the three biomes of Minnesota.



  • University of Minnesota Duluth Health, Physical Education and Recreation cleaned up and beautified the Bagely Nature Area, an often-used outdoor classroom on the UMD campus. The project included Buckthorn removal, a litter clean-up, and work on a recreational trail that winds through the area.
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Facilities Management – Recycling and Solid Waste Unit sponsored a Student Neighbors Clean Sweep that helped students dispose of furniture and other large items at the of school year. This annual project began in 2002 and has improved the relationship between UMD and campus neighbors.
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Facilities Management also sponsored a Computers and Electronic Equipment Recycling Awareness Initiative that allowed the UMD campus to safely dispose of the old and obsolete electronic equipment that has been collected over the years.
  • Student Health Advisory Committee beautified the UMD Health Services Building with new landscaping and a newly created picnic and study area. The landscaping incorporated plants native to the North Shore such as Barberry, Canadian Columbine and Crested Iris.
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group organized the Beautiful U Day Reusable Shopping Bag Giveaway in an effort to educate and motivate students to practice sustainability on campus.
  • Duluth Air Force ROTC planted 750 sapling trees along Tischer Creek between Matie Street and Norton Street. UMD Facilities Management also contributed an additional 250 trees to the effort to improve the stability along the Creek and to improve water quality.



  • University of Minnesota Morris Plant Services planted trees and cleaned a heavily used walking path between the University of Minnesota Morris and Morris High School. The path is a common route for community members traveling to the new Morris Big Cat Stadium.
  • The University of Minnesota Morris Saddle Club beautified the area around the historic UMM Saddle Club Barn by replacing broken concrete with agri-lime, planting trees and shrubs, putting low-voltage lighting, and installing new concrete hitching posts.
  • The Morris Chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group brought together the students, faculty and staff at UMM to design and paint a hinged triptychs to commemorate the important features of Morris’ natural beauty and commitment to the physical environment.
  • Working together, the UMM Chemistry and Biology Clubs built a sustainability-minded picnic area on the UMM grounds. The Bio Club installed picnic tables made from recycled materials as well as trash and recycling containers. The Chemistry Club installed four solar ovens to be used in place of traditional charcoal burning barbeques. To cap off the project, the two groups co-hosted a campus picnic promoting the use of the area and celebrating its completion.



  • The University of Minnesota Rochester installed a Move Progress Impact Island that provides updates and improve awareness of the new UM Rochester campus in University Square.


Twin Cities

  • The Initiative for Renewable Energy hosted a forum titled The Road to Renewable Energy: Careers for Everyone. Topics included the types of renewable energy careers that exist today, what kind of skills and knowledge they require, and how students can go about preparing for these careers.
  • University Dining Services displayed informational materials, handed out giveaways and provided food samples during the Beautiful U Day lunch in an effort to inform the campus community how USD utilizes sustainable agriculture, Minnesota grown food and fair-trade items at on-campus restaurants.
  • The School of Music and Sigma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota beautified the lobby of Ferguson Hall and created a welcoming environment where artists are encouraged to practice their craft. The Beautiful U Day project is be part of a major project to renovate the lobby through plantings, artwork and other softscaping.
  • The Bio-Medical Library and Wangensteen Historical Library created an inviting space outside of the library entrance on the second floor of Diehl Hall. The project included large format photographs showcasing the Libraries and their resources, and also funded interior beautification of the area.
  • The Agricultural Experiment Station and students from the Department of Horticultural Science teamed up to create a gateway to the St. Paul campus on the corners of Cleveland and Larpenteur Avenues. The project was integrated into the coursework of a Horticultural Sciences class and students helped create a sustainable design that is functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost-effective and visually pleasing.
  • Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology expanded on a 2006 Beautiful U Day project that created the Community Learning Garden on the St. Paul Campus. Expansion of the Garden included additional landscaping, educational interpretive signs, and the installation of picnic tables.
  • The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education
    Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative Peace Garden
    The Aurora Center worked with residents of Commonwealth Terrace, the University’s family student housing near the St. Paul Campus, to create a peace garden. The peace garden included benches that reflect the unique cultures represented in Commonwealth Terrace, a peace pole, and flower beds.
  • The Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Club continued a project begun last year during Beautiful U Day to revegetate the Sarita Wetland. Plantings included trees, herbaceous ground flora and aquatic plants.
  • Southeast Como Improvement Association Student Group hosted a Van Cleve Park event that engaged students and created a sustainable environmental impact through a hands-on, rain barrel making workshop. Participants learned how to build and maintain a rain barrel and received information on the important benefits of water conservation.


Other Minnesota Locations

  • Flowers, bedding plants shrubs and trees were planted in several locations around the University’s North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids. The project was a continuation of a long-term beautification plan initiated with a 2006 Beautiful U Day grant to improve the appearance of the University’s north-central gateway for Greater Minnesota.
  • Volunteers at the University of Minnesota Extension Services, Cloquet Regional Center and Cloquet Forestry Center designed and installed two bird feeding stations at the Cloquet Forestry Center and provide nesting boxes for a variety of local bird species.


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