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The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has recognized Virginia Wesleyan with an Honor Award in its 2014 Green Star Awards competition. The College was acknowledged for exceptional maintenance of its 300-acre campus in the University and College Grounds category. VWC’s Assistant Director of Housekeeping and Grounds Mike Rigby accepted the award on behalf of the College at the 42nd Annual Professional Grounds Management Awards dinner held Oct. 24 in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky (see photo). The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence and recognizes individual professional efforts leading to high standards and high quality landscape appearance. “Our grounds staff works hard day in and day out to provide an aesthetically pleasing campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors,” says Rigby. “We have an extremely dedicated team that works with purpose and good spirit.” Overall, PGMS presented six Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as seventeen Honor Awards and three Merit Awards in six categories of competition. Virginia Wesleyan received a Green Star Merit Award in 2013. Learn more about PGMS and view a complete list of winners at