‘Hounds Around the Grounds’ to Transform Campus’ Appearance
Inaugural Campus Volunteer Event Focuses on Outdoor Seating, Activities
On the morning of President Bryon L. Grigsby’s Inauguration, slated for Saturday, April 12, the Moravian College community will help “transform campus” one Adirondack chair, hammock and cornhole board at a time.
In celebration of its 16th president, the College will host the “Hounds Around the Grounds” campus volunteer event, where students, faculty, staff and some visiting alumni will facilitate the distribution of dozens of chairs, tables and other furniture around the Main Street and Priscilla Payne Hurd campuses. Many College and Seminary alumni, as well as college and university delegates visiting campus for the Inauguration, will be on hand to witness the event and Moravian's community spirit.
“As these items get used, it is going to transform the appearance of our campus,” explained Randy Haffling, general services manager at Moravian. “The outdoor spaces that receive this furniture are going to be used differently than they have in the past.”
In one of her earliest conversations with Grigsby last summer, Nicole Loyd, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, recalls the new president wanted to create more inviting outdoor spaces for the Moravian students to use and enjoy. This led to the arrival of four cornhole boards scattered across campus this fall, an addition that proved quite popular with students.
“Creating useable outdoor space has been a big push by President Grigsby,” Loyd said. “There is so much going on around our campus, but often times students went from one place to another without being able to enjoy the path in between.”
Beginning at 9 a.m. on April 12, campus volunteers will team with the College’s facilities staff to place nearly 50 bistro table and chair sets, 15 cornhole boards, 15 hammocks and a to-be-determined number of Adirondack chairs around campus. (These chairs are part of a fundraising campaign called the MoCo Chair Challenge, a two-day initiative between the class of 2012 and class of 2013. The challenge will be held March 12 and 13.) Loyd polled students before selecting the furniture items.
Additionally, an outdoor ping pong table will be placed on campus, as well as “slack lines” – think ground-level trapeze lines tied between two trees. Items that require major assembly will be preassembled by the facilities staff.
We have been talking about how we don’t have to be tethered to the classroom anymore thanks to the iPads, and this furniture will tie right into that. It’s really good timing actually.”
– Randy Haffling
Students will play a pivotal role in the locations and placement of the College’s new furniture. Loyd plans to visit Clewell Dining Hall and the Marketplace during dinner on Wednesday, March 12, armed with campus maps soliciting student advice on where to place the equipment. However, the furniture will not be bolted down, which will allow students to relocate items over the course of semester.
“We really want the students to help us decide where items should be placed,” Loyd explained. “But at the same time, the idea is that some of these items will move as the community begins to use them, and that’s OK. Our students took good care of the first set of items placed around campus last fall (the cornhole games) and I have every confidence that they will take care of these new items in the future.”
Haffling expects the new furniture and activities to have a positive impact on the campus culture, drawing more classes outside with the weather is cooperative. “We have been talking about how we don’t have to be tethered to the classroom anymore thanks to the iPads, and this furniture will tie right into that,” he said. “It’s really good timing actually.”
Hounds Around the Grounds is slated to begin with a light breakfast for participants and distribution of a specially designed Inaugural T-shirt to all volunteers (as long as supplies last) to wear at the event and installation ceremony. The event will be kicked off with a few words from Inaugural co-chairs, Andy ’90 and Eli ’91 Hart and a group photograph on the Main Street soccer field.
For more information about the Moravian’s Inauguration, including details about the schedule and to RSVP, contact the Inaugural Office at 610-861-1467. Or visit the Inaugural website, www.moravian.edu/inauguration. The RSVP deadline has been extended to Monday, March 17.
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