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Planting event huge success; campus blooms

April 22, 2002

What's red and white and colorful all over? The Austin Peay campus!

Thanks to the efforts of more than 300 faculty, staff and students, Austin Peay will be abloom with geraniums, impatiens and even a few plants intriguingly named "Lucifers."(Curious? Check out the area behind the science building.)

Volunteers begin arriving at 8 a.m. Saturday for "Plant the Campus Red," many of them with shovels, hoes, wheelbarrows-and kids-in tow.

"They came out enthusiastic and ready to work," says Brenda Harrison, coordinator of the event. "They were just wonderful."

Professor of agriculture Dr. John Mathews had the largest team. "He brought 19 students," Harrison says.

Computer Services, with two teams, demonstrated staff support of the effort.

Men's and women's basketball teams, the dance team and several coaches made a strong showing on behalf of Athletics.

Kappa Sigma, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Chi, the Baptist Student Union, ROTC and members of the President's Emerging Leaders Program were just a few of the student groups present.

At 11:30 a.m. members laid down their hoes, washed their grubby hands and headed to the Raymond C. Hand Park, where Govs Club board members served up burgers and dogs. As workers traipsed into the sheltered area of the complex, Rip Watts, a development officer in University Advancement, took the mike to announce door prize winners.

The Chamber of Commerce and Target made available five $20 Target gift certificates. Firestone provided certificates for vehicle maintenance and repair, Pepsi gave away drinks, and the Austin Peay Govs donated dozens of caps, calculators and other prizes.

By 1:30 p.m., tired but happy volunteers headed home, some to yard work that had been postponed by their campus labors.

"Everybody was awesome," says Harrison. "I can't say enough about the faculty, staff and students who participated. A huge 'thanks' to all."