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May 21, 2020

State award reinforces SVSU’s reputation for supporting students with military ties

memorial day wreath ceremonySaginaw Valley State University’s dedication to students affiliated with the military once again was recognized statewide. 
The university earned certification as a Veteran-Friendly School from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for the sixth consecutive year. The institution earned a gold-level status, the highest honor for recipients of the veteran-friendly recognition. 
Bethany Alford, director of SVSU’s Military Student Affairs office, said the continued recognition reinforces the university’s tradition of support military service members, veterans, and families of those military service members and veterans. 
“We work very hard to create an environment that makes SVSU a top choice for military-connected students,” Alford said. “We are dedicated to providing resources and developing policies that benefit those students. I am proud that we are being recognized for the environment we create.” 
The SVSU Military Student Affairs office reaches nearly 300 military-connected students across campus, helping them achieve success in the classroom as well as the community. The office staff offers support including helping students’ initial admission in the university and providing guidance as they select their classes and acclimate to college life. 
In February, SVSU was designated as a Military Friendly School by VIQTORY media company for the ninth consecutive year. 
For more information about SVSU's Military Student Affairs office, visit