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Northwest Missouri State University

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More than 200 Northwest students teamed up Sunday to help beautify the city of Maryville as part of the University's fall BRUSH project. Left, students scrape old paint from the campus's Environmental Services shop. Right, students spread new wood chips along Maryville's Robertson- Crist Nature Park trail. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Advancement)

Sept. 27, 2010

Students BRUSH up Maryville, Northwest campus

MARYVILLE, Mo. - More than 200 Northwest Missouri State University students took to the campus and Maryville community Sunday as part of the University's fall BRUSH event.

One hundred twenty-three students spent Sunday afternoon picking up trash and removing weeds from city sidewalks along Main Street and the east side of Maryville, according to Amy Nally, Northwest's director of volunteer, service learning and civic engagement. About 60 students worked at Robertson-Crist Park to place and rake new wood chips on the trail - something that had not been done in eight years. Another 20 students from the Newman Center, which serves the Catholic community at Northwest, scraped and painted the Environmental Services shop building on the north side of campus.

"This year we decided to work on two projects that would impact the community overall and also include one project on the Northwest campus in efforts for the students to continue providing support to the community and Northwest," Nally said.

BRUSH, or Beautifying Residences Using Student Help, was launched in 2004 and gives Northwest students opportunities to work on landscaping, painting and other home improvement projects.

This year, BRUSH partnered with Pride of Maryville, a program that encourages residents to be more directly involved with keeping the city cleaner and safer.

"We have great students here at Northwest and they truly understand the meaning of community service, giving back and supporting Maryville and our campus community," Nally said. "The students gave their time, effort and a lot of hard work to beautify specific areas in our community, but the self-satisfaction and meaningful change they make are the biggest rewards."

Nally thanked several individuals for their support and assistance on the project including Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and First Lady Denise Jasinski, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jackie Elliott, Dean of Students Dr. Matt Baker, Associate Director of Landscape Services Lezlee Johnson, Lead Groundskeeper Adam Stone, Maryville Parks and Recreation Director Rod Auxier and Pride of Maryville Coordinator Amy Strough.

For more information about BRUSH and other service learning projects at Northwest contact Nally at 660.562.1954 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468