Kent State Salem Students Beautify Campus, CourthousePosted Aug. 2, 2010
Students at Kent State University at Salem saved tax payers more than $20,000 when reconstructing the front entryway of the campus during their summer classes. Participants of the landscape construction class improved the main entryway aesthetically while also increasing the visibility of entrance and exit, which will improve safety.
Horticulture Program Director Stan Jones explained that the project could have been contracted out but it served the campus better by combining it with the landscape construction class, “Our initial investment saved the campus more than 60 percent of what it would have otherwise have cost,” he said. “It also created a hands-on learning lab and outdoor classroom experience for our students.”
Jones said students were required to understand typical grading, site materials, construction techniques and proper installation methods to ensure the project’s success.
“With this project we really required these students to take what they had learned in the classroom and apply to a real world project,” he said.
Jones, as well as Maurice Peoples, the department’s horticulturist and horticulture facilities coordinator, spearheaded the class to its completion. In doing so, they incorporated plant material that will later be used for furthering the students’ plant material identification skills and best management practices.
During the same class, students continued work at the Columbiana County Courthouse to beautify its entrance areas. The project is part of a sequence of work completed by the Kent State Salem landscape construction class during the past few years. This year the class installed new landscape plants along the main entryway. Funds for the project were donated by area citizens through the efforts of County Commissioner Penny Traina, who formulated the partnership.
“This is not only hands-on experience, but also community service,” Jones said. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the county and other groups as we are able. Our program is designed to give our students maximum exposure so that they are thoroughly prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.”
The Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Horticulture is one of 14 degrees offered between Kent State University at East Liverpool and Salem. Students who obtain this degree will develop managerial-level expertise in landscape horticulture, urban ecology, sports turf management, various areas in landscape design, plant propagation and nursery production. For more information about this degree, please contact Stan Jones at 330-337-4290 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The two campuses also offer 28 associate degrees and a seamless transition to Kent State University’s more than 250 bachelor’s degrees. For more information, log on to www.col.kent.edu or call 1-877-KENT-EDU.