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Olivet College receives $750,000 grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation
Jul 26, 2007

Olivet College’s Ruth Rawlings Mott Auditorium, located in the Charles Stewart Mott Academic Center, will undergo an extensive renovation, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint.

The project will include replacing the auditorium’s 400 seats, carpeting, ceiling tiles, lighting, stage and roof, as well as upgrading its technology, and heating and cooling systems. The auditorium’s lobby will also be renovated. A portion of the grant will be used to create an endowment for future facility maintenance.

“Olivet College is extremely grateful for the Mott Foundation’s support of the college and for this grant to enhance the Ruth Rawlings Mott Auditorium,” said Olivet President Don Tuski. “The upgrades that will result from this generous gift will dramatically improve the overall appearance and functionality of the auditorium, which is one of our main gathering places on campus for learning and student activities. The auditorium also serves as the site for our responsibility-based guest speakers series.”

The Mott Academic Center and its auditorium were built in 1967. The Mott Foundation provided a $2 million grant in 1964 toward the project. The auditorium is a focal point on campus and is used by students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members for classes, conferences, honors convocations, and performing arts and other events. It also hosts numerous departmental speakers and individuals who present on behalf of the college’s Lecture and Symposium Series.

“Although it is unusual for the Mott Foundation to fund capital projects outside the Flint area,” Mott President William S. White said, “we are pleased to make this grant based on our historical relationship with Olivet College and its record of educational excellence.”

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grant-making is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in suburban Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The foundation, with year-end total assets of $2.63 billion, made 545 grants totaling $107.3 million in 2006. For more information, visit Mott.org.





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