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February 20, 2018

SVSU Board approves renovations tied to College of Business expansion project

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved spending up to $2.9 million to make renovations to Curtiss Hall and related facilities during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, Feb. 19. The construction projects are tied to the forthcoming building expansion and improvements for SVSU’s College of Business and Management.

The renovation cost is included in the overall $25 million project to construct a 38,500 square foot building addition for SVSU’s College of Business and Management. SVSU received construction authorization and a commitment of $9.8 million by the State of Michigan that was signed into law Thursday, Dec. 28. Work is expected to begin later this year.

The Board also authorized spending up to $575,000 to resurface parking lot D, immediately east of Zahnow Library, and make other parking improvements during the upcoming summer months.

Fifteen SVSU faculty members were granted tenure by the Board, effective July 1:

                     Prashanth Anekal, assistant professor of management

                     Meghan Baruth, assistant professor of health sciences

                     William Calvin Borden, assistant professor of biology

                     Brittany Collins, assistant professor of communication

                     Veronika Drake, assistant professor of English

                     Rosina Hassoun, assistant professor of sociology

                     Amy Hendrickson, assistant professor of law

                     Julie Keil, assistant professor of political science

                     Natalia Knoblock, assistant professor of English

                     Scott Kowalewski, assistant professor of rhetoric & professional writing

                     Elizabeth Pierce, assistant professor of accounting

                     Kandaker Abir Rahman, assistant professor of computer science

                     Conor Shaw-Draves, assistant professor of English

                     Isaac Stephens, assistant professor of history

                     Adam Warhausen, assistant professor of chemistry


In other business, the Board:

                     Appointed members Scott Carmona, JoAnn Crary, Dennis Durco and John Kunitzer to serve on the nominating committee to recommend Board officers for 2018-19.

                     Appointed Joe Biskner to serve on SVSU’s Board of Fellows, a community advisory board.