Students, employees help 'green up' campus for Homecoming 2005

With a light fog still hanging over campus and an early morning chill in the air, more than 30 students and a few faculty members were hard at work sprucing up the exterior of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business.

The McDonough Scholars were one of 14 groups —including both students and employees — who spent some part of a day the past two weeks "greening up" the campus in preparation of the hundreds of Marietta College alumni returning Oct. 21-22 for Homecoming 2005.

In total, around 200 people planted more than 300 colorful mums on MC's campus, pulled weeds, raked leaves and cleaned up any stray garbage on campus.

"This is a great way for the first-year McDonough Scholars to welcome the graduate of the leadership program by getting the McDonough building ready for Homecoming. It also reflects our program values of community-building, connecting to one another and leadership development," said Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business.

The McDonough Scholars spent Wednesday (Oct. 19) pulling weeds and planting mums in the landscaping around the McDonough Center.

Alpha Xi Delta sorority freshened up around the Admission House and the President's House last week.
"The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta know how important homecoming is to the College community," said Danielle Polk of Alpha Xi Delta. "We wanted to do our part in welcoming the past generations back to a beautiful campus."

Other organizations and individuals who helped with the campus green up were: Bruce Peterson (Director of Residence Life) at McCoy Residence Hall, Marilyn Pottmeyer and Karen Reynolds (Physical Plant employees) at the Greene Street Gateway sign near the soccer field, Jacquelyn Lane and Judith Dunn (academic secretaries) at the Fourth Street Gateway sign and Rickey Science Center, Barb Binegar (library service assistant) at the Linda Marshall Memorial Garden, Heidi Brenenstuhl led a group of students at Marietta Hall, Megan Luse led a group of athletic training majors around Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, MC Chapter of Habitat for Humanity around the Gilman Student Center, Barb Hickman (academic secretary) at Mills Hall, Dawes Memorial Library staff around the library, students from Dorothy Webster at their residence hall, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at their house, and the Washington County Master Gardeners on the Christy Mall.

"Aside of enjoying being outside and working with the soil, I feel the 'Pride' in my surroundings. I especially feel this way about the Rickey Science Center," said Jacqueline Lane. "It seems that there is more care and interest taken here. Judy (Dunn) and I both enjoy looking out for the building and for the best interests of the departments we work for."