WOOSTER, Ohio – The United Way of Wayne and Holmes County has named The College of Wooster this year’s winner of the coveted Stanleys’ Cup, in recognition of the college’s deep and multi-faceted engagement in the community. The announcement was made at United Way’s annual meeting on Wednesday.
The Stanleys’ Cup is named in honor of two legendary business and civic leaders – Stanley C. Gault, former CEO of Rubbermaid and a 1948 graduate of the college, and the late Stanley Welty Jr., CEO of Wooster Brush. It recognizes a Wayne or Holmes County organization that actively promotes volunteerism among its employees, shares its internal expertise with the community, and whose leadership is actively engaged in the community.
United Way leaders cited the college’s social entrepreneurship program, in which student teams partner with local organizations to tackle problems, and its activities during Martin Luther King Jr. Day as two examples of that engagement. More than 450 college volunteers worked at almost a dozen local non-profits as part of the 2016 MLK Day activities.
Carolyn Buxton, interim dean of students and a member of the United Way board, accepted the award on behalf of the college. She noted that giving back has been central to the institution’s identity since its founding almost 150 years ago.
“To me, this just typifies the college’s history and mission,” Buxton told The Daily Record. “It’s just who we are.”
The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students