Mount Union College Dedications Set

April 15, 2010

Renovations to the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union College this past year were made possible by three leadership gifts.

To recognize those gifts, dedication ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the Campus Center.

College officials will be unveiling plaques honoring the Payiavlas family of Warren, Ohio, who founded AVI Foodsystems; the Hoover Foundation of Canton Ohio; and the late Basil and Betty Strong of Atwater. The north lounge of the Campus Center will be named Payiavlas Lounge; the sun room at the south end will be named Hoover Garden Room; and the snack bar area will be named the B & B Caf'.

The dedications will begin at Payiavlas Lounge where Anthony Payiavlas, president of AVI Foodsystems, will deliver remarks on behalf of the family. AVI Foodsystems was founded in 1960 by John Payiavlas and is a private, family-owned business with 4,600 Ohio employees.

The ceremony will move to the Hoover Garden Room where Larry Hoover will provide remarks on behalf of the Hoover Foundation, which was founded in 1947 providing 60 years of support to community development, hospitals, health organizations and education. The Hoover Foundation and Mount Union College have enjoyed strong historical ties.

The ceremony will conclude with a tribute to the late Basil and Betty Strong of Atwater who left significant funds to the College. Basil, a 1926 graduate of Mount Union College, was a mechanical engineer who was credited with several inventions. His life with Betty was the classic love story as they enjoyed more than 70 years together and died naturally in their 90s less than one day apart in December, 2001. To honor the Strongs, the College held a web contest to name the snack bar area and B & B Caf' was the overwhelming favorite.

Dr. Richard Giese, president of Mount Union College, will host the event. 'The renovations to our Hoover-Price Campus Center have been significant, and they would not have been possible without the generosity of these leadership givers,' Giese said. 'The campus center is the focal point for our students and with these gifts, we have been able to significantly improve the quality of life for our students. We felt it was appropriate to honor these leadership givers during our most important weekend of the year ' commencement weekend.'

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