University Receives Beautification Award from Richmond Chamber of Commerce

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Ongoing campus beautification efforts at Eastern Kentucky University have caught the attention of the surrounding Richmond community.

At the recent annual awards banquet of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, EKU received one of two Bernease Walters Beautification Awards presented by the Chamber. The Chamber noted that since Michael Benson became EKU president in August 2013, more than two dozen campus improvement projects have been initiated. Several involve making the campus more pedestrian friendly and maximizing green space.

One example is a garden designed by noted designer Jon Carloftis, coming soon to the former location of the Martin Hall Tennis Courts. Another is a pedestrian mall between the south side of Crabbe Library and the Weaver Building, to soon replace what has been a lackluster industrial setting.

Walters, a Richmond native, was a civic leader who sought continually to improve the city’s appearance and image and encouraged others to join together and build enthusiasm for community beautification.

Among the criteria: efforts must be significant enough to enhance the appearance and image of the community.

Benson accepted the award on behalf of the University.

To view the progress of campus improvement projects, follow EKUBuilds on Twitter or visit

Published on November 04, 2014

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