Sampson Community College Board of Trustees president Erika Starling took an oath to serve the college to the best of her ability, and as part of that oath, she wants everyone to do their part in making the college campus attractive.
At the request of Starling, and the remaining board members, the faculty and staff joined maintenance workers last week and took part in the first ever cleanup and beautification day.
“I had some concerns about how the campus looked, and I asked how we could get out there and make the campus more attractive to prospective students,” Starling said.
More than 80 employees volunteered their time trimming trees, removing old signs, planting trees, removing old poles, blowing leaves and more. According to Starling, during the clean up, there were many projects completed, while others were touched on and plans have been made to continue the efforts.
“We made a huge dent in the things that needed to be done,” the chairwoman added. “The faculty and staff worked hard. This is our first effort in a series of many efforts to make the campus one to be proud of.”
The day didn’t just serve as a way to spruce up the college campus, but also as a team building exercise for the staff.
When Starling was sworn in as the chairwoman of the board in June, she then made it clear that she wanted to work on making the campus one the students, faculty and community could be proud for others to see. Last week’s clean-up day was just the beginning of the plan.
In the last few months, there have been many changes on the campus of the local institute, and it’s all part of the Board of Trustees’ plan to reveal the “new” look of Sampson Community College as they continue to work with the campus architect to develop a modern entrance, campus wayfinding signs and landscaping.
“Anyone driving by the college can see that much of the character of the campus was lost during the Hwy. 24 expansion work,” Starling has said. “We believe the look of the school is important in the successful recruitment of students and new industries resulting in job opportunities for local citizens.”
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