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Blinn College recognized for its commitment to campus aesthetics

Keep Brazos Beautiful names College its J.C. “Jack” Miller Institutional Beautification Award winner

May 5, 2014

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For years, Blinn College faculty, staff and students have worked side by side to beautify the campus, whether it meant pulling weeds in the campus gardens or installing a dry creek bed.

On Friday, Keep Brazos Beautiful recognized their efforts with the J.C. “Jack” Miller Institutional Beautification Award given to institutions whose landscaping is an outstanding example of beauty, design, maintenance and cleanliness.

Last Fall, Blinn purchased 30 live oak trees and crepe myrtles from the Keep Brazos Beautiful tree sale and planted them on campus, an activity the College intends to make an annual event.

Faculty, staff and students maintain a campus garden and dry creek bed, and Blinn’s Geographic Society, a student organization, has planted flowers on campus.

Amy Reed, executive director of Keep Brazos Beautiful, takes courses at Blinn and said the College’s landscaping efforts have made a visible impact.

“You can really see the transformation,” she said. “We want to applaud Blinn College for its efforts, because the difference is definitely noticeable. It makes me proud to be a student there.”

That sense of pride is exactly why Blinn works so hard to keep its campuses clean and well-cared for, said Sylvia McMullen, president of Brazos County campuses.

“It’s important to not only provide our students a first-rate educational experience, but students need a place to study and learn that inspires them,” she said.

Keep Brazos Beautiful, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 volunteer and educational organization, founded Jack and Dorothy Miller in 1980. It became a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in 1986 and of Keep Texas Beautiful in 1993. Keep Brazos Beautiful programs center on educating and building partnerships and volunteer opportunities with citizens, civic organizations, businesses and governmental agencies to improve the community’s appearance with natural beauty.

Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.

Registration is now available for Blinn’s May minimester (May 12-28) as well as the Summer I, Summer II and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

PHOTO – From left: Social Sciences Professor Steve Kirkpatrick, Natural Science Professor Victoria Sharpe and Executive Director of Operations Ted Hajovsky accepted the J.C. “Jack” Miller Institutional Beautification Award on behalf of Blinn College Friday night at the Keep Brazos Beautiful Annual Awards Celebration at the College Station Hilton.