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May 18, 2018– Northern Kentucky University’s student leaders celebrated Earth Day with a day of service in honor of Interim President Gerry St. Amand and his wife Peggy.

“Interim President St. Amand jumped right into leading our university during this transition year. He guided us through challenges and helped kick off our 50thAnniversary celebration,” said Sami Dada, outgoing student body president. “I speak for all the students when I say we were lucky to have him leading us. This day was a way to thank him for all he has done for our campus community.”

On April 21, students beautified the campus by spreading mulch, painting, planting and cleaning in preparation for commencement. The Student Government Association and Northern Kentucky Leadership Institute partnered to hold the day of service event. Students contributed 84 total hours of service.

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Interim President Gerry St. Amand (center) plants a tree on NKU's campus.

“Peggy and I had a great time working side-by-side with students to spruce up the campus just prior to commencement. The enthusiasm the students had was truly infectious,” said Interim President St. Amand. “I’m not sure how I ended up on the tree planting team, but I can thank the stand out NKU Horticulture team for their landscaping direction and lending a hand on the toughest holes. Everyone pitched in and now the campus looks great.”

NKU’s Office of Student Engagement has hosted “Service on Saturday” events since 2002. Many of the service days, like this one, are coordinated with holidays and campus events. The community service day allows students, faculty and staff the opportunity to give back by taking part in a coordinated effort.

For more on the university’s “Service on Saturday” events, visit NKU’s Community Service webpage. To learn more about Interim President St. Amand, click here

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit