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IWU’s colorful campus

Indiana Wesleyan enjoys some scenic campus views, thanks to the hard work of some dedicated groundskeepers.

Indiana Wesleyan enjoys some scenic campus views, thanks to the hard work of some dedicated groundskeepers.

Indiana Wesleyan University shines a little brighter because of Jeanne Argot and Sue Isaacs.

This duo spends their post-retirement days in the fall and spring landscaping for IWU, planting flowers and clearing sidewalks.

“We make things look beautiful,” said Argot. “It’s just a pleasure to work with plants like this and make things look nice. It’s one of God’s blessings.”

The tree-trimming team is a blessing to the campus as well, working hard and serving students in what is often a thankless job.

But they don’t do it for the praise, Argot and Isaacs have worked together for years and enjoy each other’s company as well as the work they do.

On this particular day, Argot and Isaacs aren’t planting new life on IWU’s campus, but getting rid of the old life to prepare for the upcoming winter. This means unrooting the flowers they planted just a few months earlier.

Isaacs said this is an odd feeling, undoing something you just recently worked hard to create.

The black walnut minefield awaits its match: a leaf blower-weilding groundskeeper.

The black walnut minefield awaits its match: a leaf blower-weilding groundskeeper.

This particular task also means rounding up the countless black walnuts that fall in certain areas around campus, a job not for the faint of heart. The duo picks up hundreds each day on the job, and sometimes clean up the same area multiple times a week.

Isaacs nodded to the day’s enormous collection of walnuts.

“That’s just a small pile of what we’ve been doing,” she said.

Watch the video below to see a day in their life, as The Sojourn hitched a ride on their golf cart this semester and saw the two in action, making IWU’s campus beautiful, one flower at a time.

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