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Do you know of an area on campus that needs sprucing up? Facilities Services is taking nominations as part of their Volunteer First Impressions contest.

While the campus has invested tremendously in new projects in recent years, most employees and students are working and learning in existing spaces.

“This is a way to emphasize that all parts of the university are important and all programs are vital to its mission,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor of Facilities Services. “A lot of people look out at a landscape that hasn’t changed in some time.”

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit an idea for renovating public spaces on campus. Typical suggestions include new carpeting, painting, deep cleaning, adding plants or landscaping, and updating signage.

Facilities Services will select 10 entries, one per day during the two weeks before Spring Break, and each winner will receive $10,000 in Facilities Services credit. Work on the projects will begin later in the spring.

“The winners can use the credit not only for labor, but in a wide variety of ways, including interior and exterior furnishings, materials, and landscaping,” Irvin said. “It will be exciting to see the great ideas of our students and employees become reality.”

The contest is now open. Entries can be submitted until February 1, 2019.

For more information, visit the Facilities Services website or contact Brooke Krempa at krempa@utk.edu.