“I wouldn’t trade my job for anything,” he said. “I love being outside.”
Conway is one of 10 groundskeepers who keep the 145-acre university campus looking its best, doing everything from mowing, planting and irrigation to litter control and concrete repair. The crew members are on call 24/7 in case repairs are needed after a storm, and they do all of the plowing and shoveling in the winter.
“Our guys really know what they’re talking about,” Conway said. “It’s great to work with them.”
A grounds department veteran of nearly 20 years, Conway started as a student employee. He earned a BSAS in Criminal Justice in 1989, then took a few years away from YSU, during which he owned his own landscaping business and worked at a correctional center. In 1997 he came back to work full time with the grounds crew and has been here ever since.
“You see something different every single day,” Conway said describing the white-tailed deer, coyote and groundhogs he’s seen on campus, as well as the diverse jobs that he does.
Still living in his hometown of Vienna, Conway is a new grandfather and enjoys spending his free time with his family. He said the best part of his job is receiving compliments about campus. “It really means a lot when our work is appreciated,” he said.
Story by Rebecca Brown