President Henry, Admission and Financial Aid staff members cleanup gardens surrounding Virginia Hall
The grounds around one of the College’s most historic buildings received an afternoon of tender love and care on Monday, thanks to staff members from the offices of Admission and Financial Aid and Tusculum College President Dr. Dolph Henry.
The College’s campus has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful in the area, but the wet summer months allowed some weeds to flourish in the gardens surrounding Virginia Hall.
Built in 1901, Virginia Hall houses the Admission and Financial Aid offices, as well as several classrooms, two computer labs and offices for faculty, the registrar and the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies program.
“The beauty of Tusculum College’s campus is something that visiting prospective students and their parents frequently mention. It is important for us to keep our campus looking its best. This is especially true in and around Virginia Hall, which is often the first building visited by newcomers to the College since they begin their visit at the Admission Office,” said President Henry.
Along with Dr. Henry, ten members of the Admission and Financial Aid staff took part in the beautification effort. The grounds keeping work began after lunch and included pulling weeds from the gardens, trimming overgrown bushes, placing plants on and around the sidewalks, and edging the ground and sidewalks in front and beside the Hall.
Jacquelyn Elliott, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid at the College, organized the effort as a result of a discussion at a joint Admission and Financial Aid staff meeting.
“We should all take pride in our community. Working together as a team on such a project helps us better understand the work of our fellow colleagues in grounds and maintenance. We’re all part of one campus here…and helping each other get the work done is rewarding,” Elliott said.