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VIDEO: Stephan Smith Keeps Campus Beautiful, Safe for UK Family

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2017) — "It’s always a good feeling helping someone else," University of Kentucky employee Stephan Smith said.

Smith loves his job at UK because he has the opportunity to help people, show them love and make them feel welcomed and at home in a unique way. He is part of the university's landscape design team.

"I get here at six o’clock in the morning. I do a route where I go water flower beds to keep them alive on the dry days. Then I come back to the greenhouse and water the greenhouse. I meet with my supervisor and we go to our project. It could vary from pulling simple weeds to trimming hedges to planting to replanting. Whatever needs to be done we get it done," Smith said.

Smith says he has been to many campuses but nowhere as beautiful as UK. And to him, it's more than just the physical beauty.

"I love working on a campus because you see different people all the time — different race, different religion, different backgrounds. It’s a melting pot," Smith said. "Like they say, it’s a city within a city. You never know who you’ll run into, or you might see on campus."

Watch the video above to see Smith in action as he helps make campus beautiful.

This video feature is part of our UKNow series, “Kentucky’s Heartbeat — the pulse of our institution.” The goal is to highlight the people who are working every day to help each and every student succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

If you know of someone who you think should be featured because of his or her dedication to the student experience, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature on UKNow!

Photo of Stephan Smith, a member of the UK Grounds Crew
Photo of UK Grounds Crew Working to Make Campus Beautiful
Photo of Students on UK's Beautiful Campus
Photo of Students on UK's Beautiful Campus

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