Awards

Professional Grounds Management Society honors Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University was granted a 4-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation as awarded by the Professional Grounds Management Society; it was announced by accreditation facilitator Joe Jackson. "Western Michigan University presented its case for the Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation Program in exemplary fashion. The Landscape Services Division was well organized and had clearly given a great deal of thoughtful attention to addressing the program's criteria,” stated Jackson. “Obtaining the 4-star accreditation rating requires a very proactive and aggressive approach to understanding and implementing sound grounds management practices. Western Michigan University's Landscape Services Division effectively met this requirement while also displaying an appreciable propensity for continuous betterment,” he said

Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Award 2011

The Professional Grounds Management Society recognized Western Michigan University with an Honor Award in the Society's 2011 Green Star Awards competition. Western Michigan University received an Honor Award in the Small Site category for the recently developed Haenicke Memorial Garden. The garden was designed and planted in the fall of 2009 in honor of the late Dr. Diether Haenicke, former Western Michigan University president.

Western Michigan University Spirit Award

Tim Holysz, director of Landscape Services, was proud to present one of his employees, Steve Keto, Landscape Services supervisor, with the WMU Spirit Award May 22, 2011. Holysz was the recipient of this award last year. This is a traveling award given to WMU staff members annually by the Administrative Professional Association and Professional Support Staff Organization.

Prescribed burn certification

Chad Avery, arborist; Darrell Junkins, supervisor; Nick Gooch, horticulturist; and Steve Root, supervisor, received prescribed burn certifications April 9, 2011, from the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council. In order to receive the certifications they had to complete rigorous training in wild land fire behavior, firefighter training, human factors on the fire line and incident command systems. They are certified in S-190, S-130, L-180, and I-100.

Certificate of Commitment

On April 6, 2011, WMU Landscape Services was presented with a Certificate of Commitment by WMU Disability Services for Students. This award was in recognition of dedication to maintaining the miles of paths and roadways for students with mobility disabilities and commitment to diversity at Western Michigan University.

WMU Landscape Services featured in Professional Grounds Management newsletter

"Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, is a campus of 745 acres of intensely maintained areas. Director of Landscape Services, Tim Holysz, and his landscape crew of 47 professionals have the daunting task of overseeing this campus, but have proved by using creative and sustainable practices, it is possible."

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Arborists are first university employees in Michigan to earn certification as tree risk assessors

November 15, 2010

John Disbro and Chad Avery, certified arborists with Landscape Services, attained designation as certified tree risk assessors. TRACE, the tree risk assessment certification exam, was developed in consultation with the worker's compensation board of British Columbia, British Columbia Hydro, Wild life and Danger Committee of British Columbia and numerous reviewers around North America. The course and certification is administered by the Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Applicants of the exam must be certified arborist and have extensive fieldwork in arboriculture. The coursework is combination of classroom lecture and fieldwork that includes modules in biology, structural mechanics, risk theory and practices, reading tree conditions, assessing and assigning risk levels and prescribing risk mitigation strategies.

The certifications were awarded after passing an examination. Disbro and Avery are the first employees in the state of Michigan to have earned these certifications.

WMU Spirit Award

Tim Holysz, director of Landscape Services, was presented with the WMU Spirit Award May 21, 2010. This is a traveling award given to WMU staff members annually by the Administrative Professional Association and Professional Support Staff Organization. Holysz is known by his fellow staff members and employees for his outstanding attitude and enthusiasm. His dedication to his job and willingness to help has made a huge positive impact throughout the University.

WMU Make a Difference Award 2010

Landscape supervisor Steve Root was nominated for this award by his employees. This prestigious award is reserved for WMU's most outstanding staff employees—those who reach far beyond their assigned responsibilities to give generously and creatively of their time and talents, making the University an even finer place to work and study.

WMU Make a Difference Award 2009

Landscape supervisor Darrell Junkins was nominated for this award by his employees. This prestigious award is reserved for WMU's most outstanding staff employees—those who reach far beyond their assigned responsibilities to give generously and creatively of their time and talents, making the University an even finer place to work and study.

Kalamazoo Michigan Works certificate of appreciation 2009 summer youth work experience program

Landscape Services supervisors were presented with certificates of recognition by the Kalamazoo Michigan Works board of trustees Nov. 5, 2009. The certificates were in honor of their dedication, commitment and leadership in preparing today's youth for tomorrow's workforce through the 2009 Summer Youth Opportunity Unlimited program.

Tree Campus USA designation 2009

After submitting an application and a review process, Western Michigan University was designated a Tree Campus USA for 2009. This designation is given to universities who effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy urban forests, and strive to engage their student population utilizing service-learning opportunities centered on campus and community forestry efforts.

Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Award 2009

Western Michigan University was one of four universities to receive the Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Award in the University and College Grounds category. The purpose of this prestigious award is to bring national recognition to grounds manicured with a high degree of excellence, to recognize individual professional efforts leading to high maintenance standards and high-quality appearance of the landscape, and to challenge those responsible for maintenance of grounds throughout the country to achieve a higher level of excellence.

Annual WMU Make a Difference Award 2008-09

Landscape supervisor Steve Keto was nominated by his landscape crew. This prestigious award is reserved for WMU's most outstanding staff employees those who reach far beyond their assigned responsibilities to give generously and creatively of their time and talents, making the University an even finer place to work and study.

Tree Campus USA designation 2008

WMU was one of the first 29 campuses to earn the designation of Tree Campus USA in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation. In order to be selected as a Tree Campus USA, a college must meet five criteria: it must have a tree advisory committee, a tree care plan, dedicated annual tree spending, an arbor day observance and a tree-related service-learning project.

Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Award 2003

WMU was recognized for grounds excellence. We were one out of only six other programs recognized by the Professional Grounds Management Society in the School or University Grounds Category.