Some grabbed paintbrushes. Others brandished shovels and rakes. Together, faculty and staff from the UMKC School of Medicine joined their colleagues from the University’s health sciences schools on Wednesday, Sept. 12, participating in the first UMKC Faculty and Staff Service Day.
Participants worked in two shifts on the Hospital Hill Campus throughout the afternoon on projects such as landscaping, painting and general cleanup around the campus. Similar activities took place during the morning on the Volker campus.
UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton applauded those wearing the white “Our University Our Community” T-shirts who volunteered their time to help spruce up the campus.
“We’ve got a campus that’s on the move,” Morton said. “It’s growing and getting better attention. We’re finally creating the kind of environment we need to make the progress we’d all like to see be made here. We’re getting more and more attention from the community that we serve and that feels pretty good. It’s important that we step out and get these facilities in shape. We have homecoming coming up.”
Morton and campaign co-chairs Lora Lacey Haun, dean of nursing, and Mel Tyler, vice chancellor for student affairs, used the event to also encourage faculty and staff to participate in a campaign to raise $5 million in gifts as part of the University’s overall $250 million Campaign for UMKC. Faculty and staff have so far provided more than $2.7 million in gifts and pledges for projects supporting academic units and campus leadership scholarship programs, the campaign leaders said.