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Olivet College to recognize state leaders
May 03, 2010

Olivet College will recognize some of Michigans finest leaders as part of its Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the colleges Cutler Event Center.

The 2010 honorees are leaders in their chosen professions and reflect the colleges vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.

Patricia Mooradian is president of The Henry Ford, a national historic landmark and one of the largest history destinations in the world. She oversees the development and implementation of every aspect of the institutions business operations and strategic positioning with emphasis on attendance and revenue growth. Mooradian is vice chair of the Henry Ford Learning Institute; vice chair of the Michigan Travel Commission; vice president of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Board; and a founder and executive board member of the Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan. She is also a board member of the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network.

Steve and Melinda Roznowski are both 1982 graduates of Olivet College. Steve joined The Christman Company, a Michigan-based real estate and construction firm operating throughout the Midwest and eastern seaboard, in 1985. In 2000, he was elected to the position of chief executive officer the fifth president in the companys 115-year history. Melinda earned a masters degree in social work from Western Michigan University and spent several years as a family and adolescent therapist prior to devoting time to the care of their growing family. The Roznowskis, who are both philanthropists and leaders in the greater-Lansing area, recently supported the construction of Olivets M. Gorton Riethmiller Art Building.

Outgoing Olivet College President Don Tuski and his wife, Louise, will also be honored at this event. During President Tuskis tenure at Olivet, he has seen enrollment surpass the 1,000-student mark seven years in a row. In addition, he oversaw the most successful capital campaign in college history, which included the construction of three new buildings and the renovation of multiple others. In the early 1990s, Tuski helped to develop the colleges vision, Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. In 1997, he also helped lead the effort that resulted in the writing and passage of The Olivet College Compact. Tuski also worked closely with the college community on the creation and implementation of The Olivet Plan. Both of these documents continue to guide the colleges daily proceedings. Louise Tuski has been a member of Olivets faculty and was recently instrumental in pursuing a successful fundraising campaign for the colleges Oaks Theatre.

An entrepreneur, Miles Vieau has owned or operated a number of successful businesses in Michigan. He is also an avid volunteer, having served with the Michigan Association for the Deaf, Hearing and Speech; president of the Brighton Athletic Booster Club; a member of the Superintendent of Schools Executive Council; president, second vice president and treasurer of the Brighton Lions Club; director of National Lupus Foundation lupus symposiums; and trustee and treasurer of the Brighton School Board. He also served on the Republican National Committee from 1994-2000 and has served the Republican Presidential Task Force since 1990. A supporter of Olivet College, Vieau serves as trustee of the Manning P. Vieau Memorial Scholarship; which he typically awards to students interested in attending Olivet.

Tickets to attend the event are $75 with proceeds benefiting the Olivet College Annual Fund. For more information, contact Shannon Tiernan, director of foundation relations and special events, at (269) 749-7164 or

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