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March 24, 2015

SVSU Receives Senate Tribute for Community Engagement

President Bachand and HornState Senator Ken Horn presented Saginaw Valley State University President Don Bachand with a special legislative tribute Monday, March 23.  

SVSU received the recognition for meeting criteria for the 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching.

“This achievement showcases SVSU’s outstanding tradition of being extremely engaged in our community,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “It’s always been a pleasure to work alongside SVSU students, faculty, staff and alumni, whether it be in my office in Lansing or while volunteering across the Great Lakes Bay Region.”

SVSU students are actively engaged in field-based learning and volunteer service throughout the region and Michigan as a whole. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation, and more than 60 percent of students have engaged in co-curricular service outside of academic course work.

About 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have earned the Community Engagement designation.

In addition to Senator Horn, the tribute was signed by Governor Rick Snyder and state representatives Ben Glardon, Vanessa Guerra, and Tim Kelly.