In 1971, Florence E. MacKenzie, wife of Grove City College president Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie, sought to cultivate the relationship between the College and the Grove City Borough community. Her efforts and involvement included serving as president of Grove City Woman’s Club, the Shakespeare Club, the Women’s Bowling League, secretary of the local United Way and president the Grove City Hospital Board of Trustees, where she oversaw the merger of the Bashline/Rossman and Grove City Hospitals, today known as the Grove City Medical Center.
Following her death in December 1981, President MacKenzie created the Campus-Community Awards to honor her vision and effort and appointed a committee to seek nominations of qualified individuals from both areas whose volunteer efforts embodied the spirit of her work. Since 1983, these annual awards publicly recognize individuals who personally strengthen town-gown relationships.
There are two awards given each year – one for a Grove City College campus representative and one for the Borough of Grove City.
The CAMPUS AWARD is given to any member of the College employee/student family. Grove City College administrative, faculty, staff/hourly positions and current students are all eligible.
The COMMUNITY AWARD is given to a member who lives or works within the Borough of Grove City.
The criteria for both awards is the same: To seek an individual who has brought the relationship of Grove City College and the Borough together and has demonstrated and/or cultivated positive relationships between Grove City College and one or more community groups. The award is given based on an individual’s volunteer service. Employment related initiatives should be above and beyond that which is required by the employee in the job description. The volunteer work, projects and initiatives must engender a positive and engaged outlook between community and college.
Examples of past award recipients include former Grove City Council President James H. Montgomery, cited for his problem-solving capabilities as well as for insight on how to bring college and borough together for the betterment of all, and faculty representative Dr. Hilda Kring, nominated for 25 years of service to campus and community, establishing a campus-produced Children’s Theatre for area school children and initiating the 12 days of Christmas series on WSAJ radio. Mrs. Mary Ellen Liggitt, a dedicated volunteer for both community and the College for 39 years, gave her time to the hospital, coordinated the blood services program on campus, worked with Angel Flight, an auxiliary of AFROTC, was the adviser for the College’s Alpha Beta Tau sorority and was an award-winning photographer, with work appearing in various Grove City College publications. Faculty member Cynthia Walters ran the Over 40 swim class held at the college pool and created an in-demand one-semester program for residents overcoming a fear of water by learning swimming basics.
The deadline for nominations is September 30. The awards ceremony takes place in November of each calendar year.
Click HERE to make a nomination