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10/19/2006 - Jackson, Miss.

Employees of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) will participate in the first-ever Campus Clean-Up Day, Friday, October 20, 2006. The event will kick-off at 8:00 a.m. on the IHL campus, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS, 39211.

Despite the lack of funds to hire professional contractors for the job, IHL staff members have displayed pride in their work environment by personally offering to clean up and beautify their campus.  IHL employees along with employees of Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Jackson State University have volunteered to undertake such varied tasks as painting, gardening, cleaning windows and doors, and power washing. Staff members without a specific assignment will organize files and carry out general cleaning tasks in their offices.

IHL staff are proud to do their part to help the state of Mississippi by being responsible stewards of state resources.  Friday's efforts will help maintain the integrity of the campus grounds and buildings.

The campus clean-up is truly a team effort.  ATMOS Energy is sponsoring lunch for the volunteers at noon in the back courtyard of the Paul B. Johnson Tower Building. The University of Southern Mississippi graciously donated paint for the painting projects. Eley Associates/Architects; Cook Douglas Farr Lemons, Ltd. Architects and Engineers; Atherton Consulting Engineers; and Dale and Associates Architects all contributed money to provide Campus Clean-Up Day t-shirts for volunteers featuring the employee-slogan "making it happen together."

Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, IHL governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.


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