Ribbon cutting held for Pavlis Honor College

HOUGHTON – Michigan Technological University’s hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Pavlis Honors College Friday, welcoming the first dean of the college, Lorelle Meadows, and Frank Pavlis himself.

“I certainly sincerely appreciate being here and receiving this great honor,” Pavlis said after the ceremony. “It’s a real pleasure to see so many nice people.”

Pavlis, a 1938 Michigan Tech alumnus, is a longtime supporter of the university and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. His name is familiar at Michigan Tech for the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, which was established eight years ago and focuses on international leadership experiences for students.

“Frank has really helped students in profound ways to discover themselves. If you take a look at the van that went to Ghana, the portable doctor’s office, and the students that went on that trip, their lives are changed forever,” said Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz. “They are not the same people they were when they came here and certainly when they left, and they are changed for the better.”

At its February meeting, the Michigan Tech Board of Control voted to establish the Pavlis Honors College – the first named college at the university – to provide a home for programs in leadership, research and service. Those attributes, according to Pavlis, are “plus factors” students need to succeed.

“When we started to talk about broader programs for Michigan Tech and the things we really uncovered by having the (Pavlis) Institute were we needed a bigger umbrella for what Frank called our ‘plus factor programs’ at Michigan Tech so we could really bring those together,” Mroz said. “It’s not just for students who are really bright, but for students who are really motivated.”

Lorelle Meadows, who recently came to Michigan Tech from the University of Michigan to serve as dean of the Pavlis Honors College, welcomed and thanked Pavlis for his contributions to the university and his role in creating the college.

“It’s really Mr. Pavlis’ rich life experiences and his forward thinking vision for what’s required of college graduates from a great technical university that the honors college was created,” she said.

Meadows also expressed her appreciation for the wide reach of the Pavlis Honors College and its impact on students and Michigan Tech.

“It’s going provide an intellectual home for engaging educational programs, leadership, innovation and service and instill in our students what Mr. Pavlis and others call plus factors – those factors that encourage the unexpected in our students and inspire them to meet the university’s vision of creating the future,” she said.