Next time it snows, expect to see a shiny orange Kubota tractor at work, clearing walkways and parking lots on the Stephens College campus.
The new, four-wheel-drive vehicle—with a 25 horsepower engineer—was delivered shortly before Christmas to the Facilities department where employees pooled their Reaching for the Stars Award money to help purchase the tractor. In addition, an anonymous donor matched the award money and an old tractor from the equestrian department was used as trade in the purchase.
“The tractor will be used to help save employees’ backs and money spent on renting equipment we won’t need anymore,” said Greg Mankey, director of Facilities Management.
The Kubota arrived from Farm Power Lawn & Leisure of Columbia, fully equipped with a removable shovel for moving dirt and snow as well as a detachable mower that will be used by the Equestrian department. And if that wasn’t enough, a removable blade for spreading gravel and dirt and clearing snow was donated by the local dealership.
In the future, Mankey hopes to add an attachable rototiller and backhoe to the tractor’s accessories.
Stephens President Dianne Lynch said the tractor is a good example of a purchase that the college needed because it will benefit many people and departments.
Through the Reaching for the Stars Award program, Stephens College encourages employees to identify ways in which the college can improve its services and/or incur cost savings by improving operational efficiencies. The award is presented each year to any employee/employees who suggests an idea that is implemented which most improves services, workplace safety, programs, working environment and conditions, processes, operations or improves efficiencies and/or cost saving to the college.
Award recipients receive a plaque as well as $1,000 for a select college project or department.
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