Jewell, Martin to receive 2013 Campus-Community Awards
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Retiring College President Richard Jewell ’67 and Hillview Intermediate Center Principal Tammi Martin are the 2013 recipients of the Grove City College Florence E. MacKenzie Campus-Community Awards. They will be honored at a ceremony on campus on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
Campus honoree Jewell became the College’s eighth president in 2003. Under his leadership the College increased enrollment and added several major buildings to its campus. Among the building projects are the new science, technology, engineering and mathematics building (STEM Hall) and the Rathburn Hall Christian activities building. Jewell completed the College’s Change and Commitment campaign in 2006, and currently is engaged in the Grove City Matters capital campaign, in which he has helped to raise more than $70 million of its $90 million goal.
Jewell is a great supporter of the Grove City community and expanded campus renovations into the downtown area. He oversaw renovations to the Carnegie Alumni Center and spearheaded the building of the Colonial Hall apartments, putting more than 200 students directly into the Olde Town shopping vicinity. He encouraged the College’s financial support of Grove City Revitalization in the early 2000s. In recent months, he facilitated the purchase and refurbishment of three older homes on East Main Street.
Jewell has been a supporter of the town and the College since arriving as a freshman in 1963. He is a friend to local leaders, is a speaker and attendee at community events and encourages the many College employees to participate in community services. He will retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.
He and his wife, Dayl, have a daughter and two granddaughters.
Community honoree Martin is principal of Hillview Elementary School in Grove City. Said a nominator, “Tammi Martin is dedicated to education in and out of the classroom.”
Her partnership with Grove City College includes involving students from Grove City College in the Hillview classrooms and art projects, providing the future teachers with valuable hands-on experience. She helped establish the special education major at the College. She has brought special speakers to campus and highlighted the needs of homeless youth and families. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor of special education at the College. She is teaching two courses this fall.
She is an active Rotarian and established a Junior Rotarian program at Hillview to recognize leadership in elementary students. She is a strong advocate for providing school children with field trips to celebrate their learning. Her work includes partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization to encourage and develop family involvement in the schools. She is also a tour director for the Rotary Reality Tour for older students.
Prior to serving at Hillview, she was the secondary principal at George Junior Republic Juvenile Treatment Facility in Grove City. Earlier in her career, she was a guidance counselor and teacher for both George Junior and the Grove City Area School District. In addition to teaching at Grove City College, she was an education instructor at other local colleges.
She and her husband, Richard, have two children.
Florence E. MacKenzie, wife of former Grove City College president Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie (1971-1998), 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. The awards have been presented since 1983.