& Mrs. Gregory Melikian Establish
Armenian Studies Program at Arizona State University
By THE ARMENIAN REPORTER INT'L
AZ - Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Emma Melikian of this city recently
established the Million Dollar Melikian fund for Armenian Language
and Cultural Study at Arizona State University.
The announcement of the establishment of the fund was made public
last month when His Holiness Karekin II paid a short visit to
the city. During the visit, a proclamation jointly signed by
Lattie F. Coor, President of the University, and Stephen K.
Batalden, Director of the university's Critical Languages Institute,
was read, in which they disclosed that, as of the year 2002,
the Critical Language Institute of the University will offer
courses in Armenian language and culture.
His Holiness blessed the couple for their generosity as the
audience of 400 local Armenians and Arizona University officials
witnessed the event.
Arizona State University has an enrollment of 46,000 students.
Mr. Gregory J. Melikian and Mrs. Emma Melikian, former residents
of Kew Garden, NY, are prominent leaders of the Armenian community
of Tucson, where they have been living for the past 32 years.
Melikian, a lawyer, is a former owner of the San Carlos Hotel
and a founder of Great Western Realty Co. He is a past president
of Arizona Opera Company. He has served on the board of directors
for Channel 8 KAET and has worked with historic site preservation,
both in the Valley and in Tucson.
Gregg is related to Drs. Paul and Joyce Barsam of Boston. Mrs.
Barsam is currently a Trustee at Tufts University, with her
husband serving as President of the Armenian Library & Museum
(ALMA) of Watertown, MA.
Gregory's wife, Emma Melikian, has been a prominent leader in
the metropolitan arts community. She is the founder and president
of "ThankYouAmerica Foundation," an organization devoted to
the support of immigrants and their positive contributions to
American life. She has been awarded the George Washington Medal
of Honor from the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge. The national
society of the Daughters of American Revolution presented her
with the Certificate for Outstanding Community Services. She
is the sister of Dr. Nikit Ordjanian of Flushing, NY.
As leaders of the Armenian community in the southwest, the Melikians
have played a significant role in the development of the Armenian
Church in Scottsdale and its Educational and Social Center.
The community has a cultural center that is used once a month
for church services. The center recently completed a second
floor, which serves the community as a library and computer