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AUM Grounds Manager Michael Swicord (right) accepting the PGMS award from PGMS Past President John Burns

AUM receives award


Auburn University of Montgomery was recognized in the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) with an Honor Award in the Society's 2015 Green Star Awards competition. The award was given in the Urban University category for exceptional grounds maintenance.

Winners were honored during the Society's 2015 Awards Dinner held on Oct. 23 in conjunction with the School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 21-24. Michael Swicord of Tallassee is the grounds manager at AUM and accepted the award on their behalf.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high
degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding
landscape design and construction. Overall, PGMS presented six Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well
as twenty-one Honor Awards and two Merit Awards in ten categories of competition. To view a complete list of winners please visit

The Professional Grounds Management Society was founded in 1911. PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development.

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