Engineering Department Chair Dr. Mike Bright and Hillview Intermediate Center music teacher Anthony Molinaro are the 2014 recipients of the Grove City College Florence E. MacKenzie Campus-Community Awards. They will be honored at a ceremony on campus on Tues., Nov. 18, 2014.
Campus honoree Bright founded and is a Hub director for Wolverine BEST Robotics (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology), a program that brings area high school students and faculty to campus for friendly engineering competition and instruction. A nominator explained that Bright has “grown the program to include between 15-20 local high school teams each year. …The results encouraged interest for students in STEM areas, and promoted STEM activities for the Grove City community (and Western PA at large).”
Bright joined the faculty in 1998 and is chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor in those same areas. In addition to his teaching duties, he coordinates the MathCounts competition for middle school students, is a past member of the curriculum advisory boards at George Junior Republic and the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, coached girls soccer for the Grove City Youth Soccer Association, co-taught a community program on securing home PCs, and serves as an elder at East Main Presbyterian Church.
He and his wife, Tammy, have two grown children.
Community honoree Molinaro is the elementary general and choral teacher for the Grove City School District.
Nicknamed “Mr. Mo” by his students, he is, in the words of a nominator, “making quite the splash in the best way in the Grove City Schools by his contributions to the music classroom.” He works closely with Grove City College students seeking field experience for their future teaching careers. He has developed a unique curriculum based on the Dalcroze Method of music education, and also lectures on this method at Grove City College.
The Duquesne University graduate worked as a session bassist and producer in San Diego, Calif. He began teaching elementary instrumental music in the San Diego city schools in 2006. While balancing his teaching career with a performing and producing schedule, he won the 2011 San Diego Teacher of the Year Award. After his marriage, Anthony moved back to Western Pennsylvania to be closer to family.
Anthony lives in Valencia, Pa., with his wife, Melody, and 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.