For the past three years, Dr. Dave Donathan, Professor of Management at St. Catharine College, has partnered his Senior Interdisciplinary Studies with Springfield Main Street Renaissance to help with the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival, a joint seasonal celebration between Springfield and Lebanon. On Jan. 25, this special three-year relationship between Springfield and SCC was recognized when the Kentucky Heritage Council presented the David L. Morgan Award for Outstanding Main Street Partners to the City of Springfield and St. Catharine College.
"This partnership has been very successful in bringing together the college and the community in a celebration which was ranked as one of Kentucky's best festivals," said Dr. Dave Donathan, Professor of Management at SCC.
"Kentucky has the oldest Main Street program in the nation," said Nell Haydon, Director of Springfield Main Street Renaissance. "There are about 70 cities that participate. Every three years, the Kentucky Heritage Council has an awards ceremony that recognizes some of the most significant work in particular cities. When the nomination forms were available, (Springfield) Mayor (Dr. John W.) Cecconi and our Main Street committee decided our association with St. Catharine College was an outstanding candidate for this award."
"Nell Haydon and Kathy Elliot were amazing partners and the classes came away with a new respect for small town America and the importance of preserving historic and cultural heritage," Donathan added. "This level of recognition would not have been possible without the hard work of students from all the College's academic discipline and the willingness of Ms. Haydon and Ms. Elliot to work closely with them."
As part of their class, SCC students were assigned various tasks during the Holiday Festival.
"The students were tasked with real world, real time committee and individual assignments which enabled an interdisciplinary class of students majoring in fields such as management, criminal justice, marketing and health sciences to synthesize and apply their theoretical classroom learning with the harsh truths of reality," Donathan said. "They gained valuable experience in working with local community and business entities, developing self-managed teams which required polishing their planning and communications skills, and how much hard work it takes to be successful outside the classroom."
"The partnership has been exceptional," added Haydon. "The students do a tremendous job in helping us coordinate the event and then working at the event."
"I just greatly enjoyed helping each and every customer," said Brian Beavin, a Business Management and Supervision major. "I loved seeing the smile on each one of their faces. One thing I took from that event was that teamwork is always the best way. Many hands make light work."
The Kentucky General Assembly also recognized SCC's project as part of a senate resolution read on Jan. 26 honoring all recipients of the KHC awards.
The SCC student partners were:
2009 - Valerie Coleman, Philip Dean, Brittany Edelen, Shelly Pruitt Hahn, Kaleb Henry, Joshua Landers, Arthur Latham, Melissa Pile and Stephanie Powers.
2010 - Lora Hagan-Jones, Patrick Jones, Aimee Luckett, Brittany Luster, Nicholas C. McBride, Kevin Owens, Katti Ramsey, David Barrett, Jonathan Foster and LeeAnn Pugh.
2011- Brian Beavin, Jeffrey Bruington, Aaron Darby, Sylvia Horlander, Nicholas Houlehan, Travis Lyons, Amber Matteoli, Philip Mattingly, Frances Nahale, Justine Paddock, Shanice Rogers, Brittany Smith, Kaitlyn Smith, Laura Terrell and Niklas Walsh.
Haydon said the partnership has been beneficial for both Springfield and St. Catharine and she hopes to see it continue in the future.
"If the college decides to continue this program for SCC seniors, I would hope this partnership would continue and grow. I believe city officials would like to see it grow and I think SWEDA (Springfield Washington County Economic Development Authority) is working on a partnership with SCC students. I think we are all looking into developing more partnerships with both the college's students and faculty. Just having the youthful excitement and energy that the students provide has been wonderful. We have been very impressed with the caliber of professionalism and talent offered by these students."