- Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University
Motto Something More. Something Better. Established November 13, 1963 (charter granted) Type Public Endowment $37.0 million President Eric R. Gilbertson Provost Donald Bachand Chairman of the Board of Control K.P. Karunakaran, M.D. Academic staff Students 10,790  Undergraduates 8,190  Postgraduates Location University Center, Michigan, USA
Campus Suburban/Rural Colors
Red and White
Mascot Cardinals Website www.svsu.edu
Saginaw Valley State University, commonly known as SVSU, is a state university in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula in the Saginaw Valley region. The university is located in Kochville Township, Saginaw County. However, its official address places it in University Center, Michigan, which it shares with Delta College (which is 3.3 miles (5.3 km) to the north-northwest, in Bay County's Frankenlust Township). It is the youngest of Michigan's 15 public colleges and universities.
SVSU has five academic Colleges. The original College is the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences.
- College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Business and Management
- College of Education
- Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services
- College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Buildings are listed in order of their date of occupation.
Not all buildings on campus are listed.
Name Occupied Notes '66 Building January 1967 First building completed on campus Instructional Facility #1:
September 1969 Administrative offices
Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services
Named for Harvey Randall Wickes
Doan Center September 1969 Main dining hall
Student Life Center
Named for Leland I. Doan
Cardinal Gymnasium September 1971 Pioneer Hall of Engineering and Technology January 1978 Recently underwent renovation (2007). The building has been "certified green" by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first building in mid-Michigan to do so. Instructional Facility #2:
Brown Hall, Zahnow Library, Dow Doan Science Building West
September 1986 Brown Hall named for Maurice E. Brown
Zahnow Library named for Melvin J. Zahnow
Dow Doan Science Building named for Herbert Dow Doan
Arbury Fine Arts Center September 1988 Home to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Named for Ned and Dorothy Arbury
Ryder Center September 1989 Main athletic facility
Named for second President Jack Ryder
Wickes Memorial Stadium September 1991 Named for Harvey Randall Wickes Founders Hall December 1995 Small hall for presentations and lectures. Curtiss Hall/Groening Commons August 1996 Originally called "West Complex"
Curtiss Hall named for Charles B. Curtiss III
Groening Commons named for William Groening
Instructional Facility #3:
Dow Doan Science Building East
August 2001 Named for Herbert Dow Doan. Contains numerous classrooms and chemistry labs. Regional Education Center August 2003 Home to the College of Education
Auditorium named for Alan W. Ott
Student Center August 2003 Features large stained glass and tile floor versions of the SVSU seal Saginaw Valley HealthCare July 2009 A 10,000-square-foot (930 m2), $2.6 million clinic open to SVSU students and the public. Part of a partnership with Covenant Healthcare. Has X-ray and lab facilities. Health & Human Services August 2010 A 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2), $28 million building that will house the Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services. The building will incorporate the largest aqua-thermal heating/cooling system in the state of Michigan to reduce energy costs by over 35%.
- August 4, 1994: Ground broken for West Complex, which would become Curtiss Hall
- December 2, 1996: Curtiss Hall/Groening Commons opened (dedicated in April 1997)
(In order of construction)
- First year suites A-E
- First year suites F and G
- Living Center North
- Living Center South
- Living Center Southwest
- Dr. Samuel Davey Marble (March 23, 1964 - January 1974)
- Dr. Jack McBride Ryder (November 1, 1974–1989)
- Dr. Eric R. Gilbertson (1989–present)
2004 data puts the General Fund at $67 million. The sources include: state appropriations (42%, or $28.1 million), tuition & fees (55.2%, or $36.8 million) and "other sources" (2.8%, or $1.9 million).
SVSU's 2004 'self study' provides detail concerning the university's financials and other miscellaneous information.
The 2004 budget includes a cut of $1.3 million from the 2003 budget. Attempts have been made to avoid future budget cuts by means of raising tuition costs. This has sparked controversy, as SVSU has always prided itself on being a university with a very high quality/cost ratio; i.e. the quality of education has ostensibly and historically been more than commensurate with the price of attending the university. The university's mission statement reflects this belief.
As of Winter 2010, per credit hour charges for in-state students is $229.00. Out of state and non-resident aliens pay $557.30 per hour. 
The Saginaw Valley State University fields 16 varsity teams at The NCAA Division II level as members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Cardinals compete in the following sports:
- 1982 - Men's Indoor Track and Field - NAIA
- 1983 - Men's Indoor Track and Field - NAIA
- 1989 - Softball - NAIA
- 1991 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
- 1997 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
- 2006 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
- 2007 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
- 2009 - Men's Ice Hockey - ACHA Division III
- 2010 - Men's Ice Hockey - ACHA Division III
- 1977 - Men's Cross Country - NAIA
- 1978 - Men's Cross Country - NAIA
- 1982 - Men's Cross Country - NAIA
- 1983 - Men's Outdoor Track and Field - NAIA
- 1984 - Men's Outdoor Track and Field - NAIA
- 1984 - Men's Golf - NAIA
- 1985 - Women's Basketball - NAIA Division I
- 1996 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
- 2004 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
- 2009 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
Basketball Final Four:
- 1982 - Women's Basketball - NAIA Division I
- 1985 - Women's Basketball - NAIA Division I (Runner-up)
Famous graduates of SVSU include the following:
- Congressman Bart Stupak
- Congressman, State Representative, and State Senator James A. Barcia B.A. (who received an honorary doctorate from SVSU in 2001)
- University of Texas women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors (formerly coach at Duke U.)
- Philadelphia Eagles tackle Todd Herremans
- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Paul Spicer
- Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Lamar King
- Buffalo Bills linebacker John DiGiorgio
- Mensa International Grant Recipient Eli W. Adams
- Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Eugene Marve
- St. Louis Rams wide receiver Ruvell Martin
- Houston Texans wide receiver Glenn Martinez
- Virginia Destroyer tight end Galen Stone
- Toronto Argonauts corner back Matt Black
- Michigan State University women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant (formerly coach at SVSU and Eastern Michigan University)
- Central Michigan University women's basketball coach Sue Guevara (formerly coach at University of Michigan and softball coach at SVSU)
- NASA Flight Director Anthony J. Ceccacci
- Professional Tenpin Bowler Bill O'Neill
- Chief Minister, State of Karnataka, India, B. S. Yeddyurappa (received an honorary doctorate from SVSU in 2008)
- Meera Chopra, a South Indian film actress
- Mark Claar, International Baccalaureate accredited biology teacher at High Point Central High School
- Matt LaFleur, former SVSU quarterback and current Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach
Saginaw Valley State University is one of the fastest growing universities in Michigan, and has continued to grow year after year. For the Fall 2009 semester, SVSU saw its largest incoming freshman class to date with 1,740 arriving and over 75% of them living on campus. The overall enrollment now stands at 10,498 students: a record level for SVSU. Saginaw Valley State University is also continuing to build on to its campus, both in new housing developments for students and in new buildings to help further the academic achievement of the students. Pioneer Hall of Engineering was completed in 2007, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in March 2009 for the new Health & Human Services building, which was opened for the Fall Semester of 2010. SVSU also recently opened Saginaw Valley HealthCare, a clinic for SVSU students and the public to use, and Living Center Southwest, the fourth large dormitory. With the completion of the new dorms, the number of students living on campus has risen to 2,700. SVSU news is covered by both the Valley Vanguard and the Saginaw Valley Journal.
- ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. http://www.nacubo.org/Documents/research/2009_NCSE_Public_Tables_Endowment_Market_Values.pdf. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
- ^ SVSU's student enrollment up this year.
- ^ YOUniversity TV: College Video Tours - Saginaw Valley State University
- ^ Official SVSU Blue and Red (for Web and Print Projects).
- ^ http://www.svsu.edu/undergradadm/cost.html
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- SVSU History Site
- Conference and Events Center at Saginaw Valley State University
- The Valley Vanguard, SVSU student newspaper
- The Saginaw Valley Journal, for-profit newspaper
- SVSU's Office of Institutional Research, a resource for institutional financial information
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