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Campus Beautification Day on May 27, 2016.

Campus Beautification Days are back!

Let's get outdoors together and make our campuses a beautiful place to work, study and visit

May 4, 2022 — 

Remember the days when staff and faculty got together outdoors to plant flowers and beautify our campuses? The annual event, which always includes a free BBQ lunch, has been taking place for many years and is enjoyed by all. But the last couple of years were a miss due to the pandemic.

In 2022, Campus Beautification Days are back. The university community will leave their classrooms, lecture halls and offices to embark in a little planting and weed-pulling at both campuses, as well as the Smartpark area.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring our community back to campus to reconnect with each other, enjoy the outdoor spaces and instill pride in working and learning together,” said Naomi Andrew, vice-president (administration).

All staff and faculty are encouraged to come out and have fun with their co-workers. This year, Bannatyne will have its event on May 13. The early date will allow us to have the campus looking its best in advance of Bannatyne Convocation  on May 19.

Fort Garry Campus Campus Beautification Day is scheduled for June 1, with a rain date of June 2.

With Mother Nature still struggling to relinquish its colder temperatures, the Operations & Maintenance team have created a plan to prevent any plant material loss, including covering plant material at night when needed and carefully timing their preparation and planting tasks.

Gardening activities and BBQ, and don’t miss the Pride Flag Raising

Activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. and go until noon on both campuses. Also join us for the Pride Flag Raising at Fort Garry Campus on June 1 at 9am. Watch more more details to come!

The entire university community is invited to join in a day of gardening and planting at both campuses, with free barbecue lunch to follow. Everyone is encouraged to attend (even if you didn’t get to participate in the planting).

Participants can also enter to win some great prizes!

What can participants expect:

  • Flowers will be delivered to all planting sites, including Administration Building, Arthur Mauro Residence, Curry Place, University Centre Patio and many more
  • Two Coordination Stations will be at EITC and Physical Plant and each will be stocked with donuts, coffee and project ideas
  • BBQ lunch in outside Brodie Atrium at Bannatyne
  • BBQ lunch in the Quad at Fort Garry

A popular and successful tradition

Campus Beautification Days have been a long-running, popular and successful tradition, thanks to the hard work and contributions of the volunteers who take the time out of their busy schedules to help beautify the campus space.

While Physical Plant will provide as many gardening tools and as much equipment as possible, participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves, spades and rakes, as well as suitable footwear.

Watch for more details, including prizes, in the coming week. We look forward to seeing everyone together outdoors!

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