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Make a Difference Day on May 19


The campus community is invited to participate in “Make a Difference Day,” an annual campus beautification event, on Wednesday, May 19.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the front entrance of Moffett Center on Graham Avenue at 8 a.m. to receive work assignments. Coffee and donuts will be served. The event will be held from 8-11 a.m. at work sites throughout campus.

The Physical Plant encourages students, faculty, staff and alumni to join them in planting flowers and trees, mulching, raking, sweeping and general spring cleanup. The grounds crew staff will prepare the work sites and provide tools and assistance in all areas. Employees are granted release time, with supervisory approval, to assist in the beautification of the grounds.

“We see this as an opportunity for our campus community to help beautify the grounds for Commencement, one of the most important events at SUNY Cortland,” said David Horrocks, assistant director of buildings and grounds at the Physical Plant. “It’s a way to honor our grads and their families.”

An annual tradition on campus, the event is weather-permitting. It was originally scheduled for May 12.

“We’re happy to accommodate people who would like to work in their favorite areas,” Horrocks said. “Many people return each year to a specific task that they enjoy — for some it’s planting flowers at the memorials, others like to spread mulch around their office building.”

Those interested in volunteering are asked to register by contacting Marianne Evangelista at (607) 753-5582.