The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved spending up to $2.7 million to upgrade the university’s wireless network during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, Oct. 12.
This investment will improve wireless connectivity in academic and administrative spaces across campus. Work will begin immediately and should conclude next summer.
“We have an aging WiFi infrastructure,” said James Muladore, SVSU executive vice president for administration and business affairs. “This will directly affect WiFi performance in classrooms.”
The action follows $770,000 approved by the Board in February to improve WiFi service in SVSU’s residence halls. The SVSU Student Association previously shared that the residential upgrades have resulted in far fewer complaints from students.
The Board also authorized an extension of SVSU’s agreement with Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative to supply natural gas. The new deal will run through Dec. 31, 2021 and is expected to result in $350,000 in annual utility savings, starting in the year 2018.
In other action, the Board:
• Passed a resolution of appreciation for Jeff T. Martin, who recently completed a term on the SVSU Board of Control.
• Passed a resolution of appreciation for Jerome L. Yantz, who recently completed a term on the SVSU Board of Control.
• Approved faculty tenure for Jason Kahler, assistant professor of English.
• Granted emerita status to Mary Graiver, who recently retired after serving on the SVSU nursing faculty for 36 years.
• Accepted the Annual Financial Audit and the Federal Awards Audit for the 2014-15 fiscal year, as presented by the accounting firm Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC.
• Approved SVSU’s annual capital outlay request to the State of Michigan.
• Approved an extension of an existing agreement with Ming Chuan University to lease space on SVSU’s campus. A sister school of SVSU, Ming Chuan is based in Taiwan and became the first Asian university to be accredited in the United States.