Keeping ATU beautiful

Every season brings a different set of responsibilities that the grounds-keeping crew at Tech must prepare for when it comes to taking care of Arkansas Tech’s campus.

Come rainy days, spring flowers or wintery days, the Landscape and Grounds Department on campus gets the job done.

William Hall, an undeclared major from Dover, has been part of the grounds-keeping crew on campus for one and a half years. He became part of the grounds-keeping crew when he graduated from Dover in 2016.

“I love being part of the team that makes the campus look and stays beautiful on a daily basis,” Hall said. “So the students can take pride in their university.”

As part of the grounds-keeping crew, Hall said that the daily responsibilities are assigned to them in work zones. They include mowing, weed eating and cleaning the flower beds.

For the springtime, Hall said that general spring duties that must be done to prepare for spring growth on campus are “pulling weeds from flower beds, trimming trees and shrubs, mowing and weed eating.”

But not every day at Tech is a sunny day. This semester, the campus has gotten its fair amount of rainfall. In the past, the campus has seen rainfall that caused flooding on the west side of campus, including a flooded parking lot. Hall said that the flooding in the parking lot remains a problem but also the “drains around the campus.”

When it’s not a warm, spring day or wet and rainy on campus, during the winter the grounds crew is responsible for the “removal of ice and snow on walkways and building entrances,” according to the Tech Facilities Management website.

They are also in charge of picking up campus litter on a routine schedule which is organized by Robert Condley, the landscape and grounds supervisor.

Lakynn Noblett
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I am a Class of 2014, Dover High School alumni. Once I graduated, I went to University of Arkansas Community College of Morrilton for two and a half years where I graduated with honors in General Education. After that, I came to Arkansas Tech University and declared my major in Print Journalism. I’m the oldest of two sisters but I have one older brother. I played sports all my life: basketball, cheer, but most of all, I excelled at softball where I was the starting pitcher for my high school softball team for three years. I spend my free time reading, writing, and drawing. I’ve got two dogs: a shi tzu named Phoebie and a black golden retriever named Maybree.