ACU honors groundskeeper Helen Ellison with awards, scholarships


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Nov. 19, 2001

Abilene Christian University honored long-time groundskeeper Helen Ellison in Chapel services on Monday.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 was proclaimed Helen Ellison Day in the city of Abilene. City Councilman Norman Archibald read the proclamation and presented it to Ellison.

In addition, Helen received a Change the World award, presented by Dr. Royce Money, president of ACU. Change the World awards are given to recognize individuals or groups who are touching lives in a positive way and making a difference, in large ways or small.

"In her quiet way, Helen has shown us Jesus every day," Money said. "In her own special way, she has changed the lives of ACU students, staff, faculty and campus visitors."

Dr. Bob Hunter, vice president emeritus of ACU and state representative, announced that now-President George W. Bush had, in December of 2000, signed a proclamation declaring Ellison a "Yellow Rose of Texas."

Students at ACU also honored Ellison. The Students' Association gave $1,500 to start an endowed scholarship called the "Helen Ellison 'I Love You' Scholarship" recognizing Ellison's favorite phrase.

Ellison has served ACU as a groundskeeper for the past 33 years and has touched the lives of many students with her cheerful nature and friendly greetings. Ellison now resides at the Abilene State School and is retired from her work at ACU.

Students and faculty/staff at ACU joined Helen for lunch in the World Famous Bean on Monday and brought pictures, notes and other mementos from her work at ACU.

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