Rowan presents first Spirit of Hollybush Awards

Rowan presents first Spirit of Hollybush Awards


Rowan University will honor four local individuals and one business with the inaugural Spirit of Hollybush awards during a dinner on Saturday, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the lawn of Hollybush, Whitney Avenue, Glassboro.

The evening is the culmination of a daylong celebration organized by Rowan and Glassboro that will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Hollybush Summit between U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexi Kosygin.

The recipients are:

The Spirit of Hollybush Award for Education is going to Patricia Paulsen, a recently retired 30-year teacher and administrator in the Glassboro School District. Paulsen will be honored for many contributions, including uniting generations of Glassboro elementary school students with their community, from the mayor to senior citizens.

The Spirit of Hollybush Award for Business is being awarded to Fred Tartaglione, Jr., owner of Tag’s Auto Supply. Tartaglione, who has based his business in Glassboro for close to 40 years, is being honored for supporting community initiatives large and small and exemplifying the values of a true hometown business.

The Spirit of Hollybush Award in International Understanding is being presented to Christina Klotz Kales, a 1969 graduate of then-Glassboro State College, for a variety of contributions, including her membership on the Board of Directors of the Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation, which helped build a residential school for students orphaned by Africa’s AIDS epidemic.

The Spirit of Hollybush Award for Public Service is being awarded to Jim Wigglesworth, an almost 50-year volunteer with the Glassboro Fire Department, U.S. Army veteran and head coach for youth football in Mullica Hill and Glassboro, among other roles.

The Spirit of Hollybush Award for Partnership goes to Nexus Properties, partner with Rowan and Glassboro on the Rowan Boulevard $400 million redevelopment project that has brought housing, retail and office space and more to the area.

“These honorees include people dedicated to the community, leaders in important fields and visionaries who have devoted themselves to the greater good,” said Mayor Leo McCabe. “It is a pleasure to honor the people and businesses that contribute to the present and future of the University, the town and the world at large,”

Tickets for the dinner and awards ceremony are $60 per person. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit Proceeds benefit the Glassboro Historical Society and Rowan University Hollybush Institute.​