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Olivet College will honor distinguished alumni
Oct 07, 2003

OLIVET, Mich.Robert Gillette, Paul Hahn, Ph.D., and Douglas Semivan will be honored with the Olivet College Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecoming activities Saturday, Oct. 18.

Gillette is a 1963 Olivet graduate and resident of Bloomfield Hills. Since 1979, he has created and developed 30 senior living facilities with other American House partners. In addition, he served on Olivets Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1989, and has sponsored alumni socials in Detroit and Naples, Fla., for a number of years. He recently donated new furniture for use on campus.

For more than 30 years, Hahn, a 1965 Olivet graduate and resident of Bowie, Md., has been the director of the Childrens Developmental Clinic, run in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Performance at Prince Georges Community College and the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hahn and his staff of professional and volunteer employees teach and guide children who are facing various developmental difficulties.

Under his leadership, the Childrens Developmental Clinic has trained more than 13,000 community college and university students to work individually with developmentally disabled children. The clinic also provides the community with the potential for 40,000 volunteer hours annually.

Semivan, a 1971 Olivet graduate and resident of Royal Oak, has artwork exhibited in 25 permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Detroit Institute of Art, Max Factor world headquarters in N.C., and Ford Motor Company in Dearborn. His artwork has also checkered the United States at various exhibitions.

While pursuing his bachelors degree, Semivan was a first apprentice at the Nez Perce Printmaking Workshop at Olivet College from 1968 to 1971. He serves as chair and associate professor of art for the art department at Madonna University in Livonia.


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