Class of 2019 gives campus a mascot monument

Grove City College’s Class of 2019 will leave their mark on campus with a statue of the College’s mascot.

The Wolverine monument will be erected on campus in time for the start of the next academic year. It will be placed outside the Physical Learning Center, home of the College’s athletic programs. The larger-than-life-sized bronze statue is being crafted by Wanner Sculpture Studio, an art, design and sculpture studio based in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The senior class and their families raised $35,742 for the artwork.

Senior class gifts have a long, but sporadically recorded, history at Grove City College. One of the earliest known gifts is a brick column marking the former “front door” of the College at the intersection of South Broad Street and College Avenue. The column is a Spartan marker, with a bronze plaque, now green with age, which simply says “Grove City College.”

Other classes created endowed scholarships. In the last eight years, the Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 contributed more than $125,000 for endowed scholarships for future students.

In this century, other class gifts created some iconic campus attractions and augmented ongoing improvement and building projects. They include:

  • A large varsity G made of inscribed bricks on lower campus from the Class of 2018.
  • A mini-apple orchard on the bank of Wolf Creek from the Class of 2016, $21,867, Established.
  • A fire pit on lower campus from the Class of 2014.
  • A fountain between the Hall of Arts and Letters and Breen Student Union from the Class of 2010.
  • The outdoor classroom behind the Hall of Arts and Letters from the Class of 2009.
  • Renovated fountains on MAP South Patio in memory of classmate Sarah Schenk and volleyball, horseshoe and bocce courts on lower campus from the Class of 2008.
  • Memorial garden and gazebo on lower campus in memory of classmate Lauren Castanza from the Class of 2007.
  • A new college entrance sign on East Main Street from the Class of 2005.

“Senior class gifts are a great tradition that provides a way for new graduates to leave a mark on Grove City College through improvements to campus and support future students,” Nikki Eckard, Annual Giving coordinator, said.

To support the mascot monument, visit www.Giving.gcc.edu/2019giftinfo.

Class of 2019 gives campus a mascot monument

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