Lydia Falk spent her spring semester this year (2015) in College Station, Texas completing her internship on a landscape maintenance team at Texas A&M. She heard about the position thanks to Bro. Nelson urging her to attend seminar one day. Falk ended up interviewing for the job that day and everything fell into place.
The seminar speaker that day was Don Crawford, Resident Regional Manager at Service Solutions Company. On our campus here in Rexburg, the grounds crew and landscape maintenance team consists of our own students using equipment owned by the school. Texas A&M is a client of Service Solutions Company (SSC), who then deploys maintenance and special projects teams to beautify and maintain the campus grounds. So, Lydia worked for SSC as part of a special projects team for campus.
Falk arrived in Texas April 24 and stayed all the way through August 14. She rented a room in the house of a family friend. Work hours were from 6:00am-2:30pm. She didn’t have a car, just a bike to get her to and from work each day— 4 miles every morning and afternoon. Now that’s dedication! Her crew installed annual spring as well as summer flower beds for the president’s mansion, the V.P. house, the chancellor house, and the equine center in addition to regular maintenance— cleaning, trimming, mowing, fertilizing. Occasionally, Lydia had the opportunity to be the crew leader. One task that all the crews working for SSC had was to clean the football stadium after games. In order to make sure all the little jobs this involves were accomplished, the company asked Lydia to create a spreadsheet to track when all these the tasks were completed. Her spreadsheet worked so well, the entire company began to use it after every game.
Of her time spent in Texas, Lydia said that she loved getting a real experience on a real crew in a large town on a large campus. You can’t get that kind of experience in Rexburg.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.