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January 12, 2022

Three champions for diversity, understanding honored with Drum Major Award at MLK Regional Celebration

Three champions for diversity, understanding and support of underserved people in the Great Lakes Bay Region have been selected to receive the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Community Service Award.

January 14, 2022

SVSU thespians, musician shine at regional theatre festival

Students from Saginaw Valley State University recently made their mark as some of the best collegiate performing artists, producers and designers in the Midwest.

January 20, 2022

Recent SVSU track and field graduate earns prestigious NCAA Top 10 honor

Lauren Huebner, a two-time graduate of SVSU, has been named to the NCAA’s 2022 Today’s Top 10 list. The award recognizes former student-athletes for success in the classroom, competition and community.

January 21, 2022

SVSU’s chief diversity officer recognized for exemplary service to the Great Lakes Bay Region

Mamie T. Thorns, associate vice president and chief diversity officer for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Saginaw Valley State University has been honored with the MLK Jr. Unity Award by the Iota Chi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha,

January 25, 2022

SVSU students distinguish themselves at Model United Nations conference

Two Saginaw Valley State University students distinguished themselves during the American Model United Nations (AMUN) conference. Political science majors Trenton Basner of Otisville and Ethan Rose of Ypsilanti earned the Outstanding Delegation Award for the contemporary Security Council.

February 1, 2022

SVSU and Lake Huron Region office of SBDC awarded ARPA funds to support small businesses in Bay County

The Lake Huron Region Michigan Small Business Development Center, housed at Saginaw Valley State University, has partnered with local organizations to provide much-needed financial support for small businesses in Bay County that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $368,500 award is part of the $2 million in ARPA funds allocated to Bay Future, Inc. by the Bay County Board of Commissioners.

February 1, 2022

SVSU celebrates Black History Month with art exhibit, mobile museum

Saginaw Valley State University will celebrate Black History Month with events throughout the month of February.

February 7, 2022

SVSU day of giving generates over $102,000 for scholarships and more

Thanks to an outpouring of support from alumni and friends of Saginaw Valley State University, the university will be able to offer scholarships to students who face financial hurdles to completing their degrees.

February 23, 2022

SVSU theatre production features talented cast, production crew

The Saginaw Valley State University theatre department will debut its first show of 2022, “Silent Sky,” this week.

February 24, 2022

SVSU, MiSTEM Recognize, Reward ‘STEM Stars’

Twenty K-12 teachers in six Michigan counties will see a boost to their STEM education budgets thanks to the STEM Center at Saginaw Valley State University and the MiSTEM Network – East Central Michigan Region.

February 28, 2022

SVSU to host Girls Scouts for a day of STEM this Saturday

Saginaw Valley State University will explore the fun side of STEM with a group of area Girl Scouts during a daylong event Saturday, Feb. 26.

March 4, 2022

SVSU professors to use Braun Fellowship to study public literacy, modern political discourse

Saginaw Valley State University has awarded the annual Braun Fellowship to Sherrin Frances, professor of English, and Natalia Knoblock, associate professor of English, to support their research.

March 9, 2022

SVSU recognized as Military Friendly School, GOLD status

For the 11th year, Saginaw Valley State University has been recognized as a Military Friendly® School. The latest honor, for the 2022-23 cycle, comes with an upgrade: SVSU has achieved Gold status for the first time. Only a select group of institutions earn this prestigious honor.

March 18, 2022

SVSU to host Black language scholar April Baker-Bell

Saginaw Valley State University will welcome a thought leader and published author on how language usage can negatively impact Black students.

March 14, 2022

SVSU to host Black History Museum Day

Saginaw Valley State University will hold a Black History Museum Day on Thursday, March 17.

March 22, 2022

SVSU to host local mayors in roundtable and reception

Saginaw Valley State University will host the mayors of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s four major cities for a discussion on local governance. “Madame Mayor: Local Governance in the Great Lakes Bay Region” will take place on Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms on SVSU’s main campus.

March 29, 2022

SVSU’s chief diversity officer receives national award

Mamie T. Thorns, associate vice president and chief diversity officer for diversity, equity and inclusion at Saginaw Valley State University has been honored with the 2022 Dr. Frank Hale, Jr. Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

March 29, 2022

SVSU and partners creating Saginaw Chapbook Project

Saginaw Valley State University, in partnership with the Friends of Theodore Roethke and the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, is providing people in the Saginaw area an opportunity to contribute their poetry to a special collection through the Saginaw Chapbook Project.

March 30, 2022

Brooke Oleson: FIRST Scholarship Recipient

An extracurricular experience in high school led to a scholarship and career preparation skills. Brooke Olesen, an elementary education major from St. Joseph, Michigan, first heard about Saginaw Valley State University after her brother and father came to SVSU for the FIRST State Robotics Competition in 2018.

April 6, 2022

SVSU’s theatre production showcases feminist themes, international cast

The final production in Saginaw Valley State University’s 2021-2022 theatre season features feminist themes and a talented cast featuring a number of international students.

April 6, 2022

SVSU students present research at national geography conference

Three Saginaw Valley State University students recently virtually presented their faculty-led research studies at the 2022 American Association of Geographers annual meeting. They were among the more than 4,500 presentations, posters and workshops at this year’s conference

April 8, 2022

SVSU Theatre Department offers students a chance to improve their skills at the Southeastern Theatre Conference

Ten students from Saginaw Valley State University’s Theatre Department honed their skills at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) annual convention from March 9-13 in Memphis.

April 12, 2022

FIRST Robotics state championship returns to SVSU, bringing $1 million in economic impact

Saginaw Valley State University will welcome 160 high school robotics teams from across the state for the FIRST in Michigan state championships.

April 21, 2022

SVSU B.A.T.S. Project tackles difficult community challenges

Saginaw Valley State University is celebrating the 10th anniversary of a unique research initiative designed to involve students from different academic disciplines in identifying collaborative solutions to community challenges in Saginaw and other urban settings.

April 22, 2022

SVSU celebrates excellence in student writing

The University Writing Program at Saginaw Valley State University celebrated the writing achievements of student writers with 2022 University Writing awards on Wednesday, April 20.

May 5, 2022

SVSU anticipates joyous commencement ceremonies

When Alejandra Fulgencio participates in one of two commencement ceremonies at Saginaw Valley State University on Friday, May 6, she will join the ranks of Cardinal alumni that include her mother and sister.

May 6, 2022

SVSU adds degree program in computer engineering

A new degree program at Saginaw Valley State University will prepare students for the growing field of computer engineering. The SVSU Board of Control Friday approved adding a new Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree during its regular meeting Friday, May 6.

May 6, 2022

SVSU adds new degree program in environmental studies and sustainability

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved adding a degree program in environmental studies and sustainability Friday, May 6. The new Bachelor of Arts program will be beginning with the fall 2022 semester.

May 6, 2022

SVSU Board approves investments to nursing simulation and advanced automation lab

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved spending up to $2 million to fund enhancements to the university’s nursing simulation center and its advanced automation and technology laboratory during the Board’s regular meeting Friday, May 6.

May 11, 2022

SVSU graduating seniors: Alejandra Fulgencio

A Saginaw Valley State University graduate has followed in her mother’s and older sister’s footsteps by walking across the graduation stage.

May 12, 2022

SVSU to celebrate opening of Riverfront Saginaw Center with ribbon cutting

Saginaw Valley State University leaders, public officials and others will cut the ribbon on SVSU’s Riverfront Saginaw Center site on Friday, May 13, marking the culmination of years of university planning to expand community outreach.

May 12, 2022

SVSU alumnus makes gift to Athletics in honor of former track and cross country coach Doug Hansen

Saginaw Valley State University today announced the largest donation in the history of its athletic program. The gift of $300,000 was given by Fred Harring ’84, a former Cardinal track and cross-country runner, to honor his coach, the legendary Dr. Douglas Hansen, and support current and future student-athletes in those programs.

May 22, 2022

SVSU Department of Nursing recognizes excellence in nursing

The Saginaw Valley State University Department of Nursing celebrated the excellence, dedication and leadership demonstrated by nurses in the Great Lakes Bay Region during the Carleen K. Moore R.N. Nursing Excellence awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 17.

May 24, 2022

SVSU students accepted into medical school early through partnerships

Five Saginaw Valley State University students have taken the next step to become medical doctors through their acceptance into Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine through SVSU’s Early Assurance Program (EAP).

May 27, 2022

SVSU honors business leaders, outstanding faculty and staff

Saginaw Valley State University honored several regional business leaders as well as outstanding faculty and staff during the university’s 31st All-University Awards Banquet Friday, April 29.

June 6, 2022

Michigan Small Business Development Center conference honors SVSU regional director

Beth Roszatycki, regional director for the Lake Huron Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Saginaw Valley State University, earned the Culture Award for going above and beyond to support Michigan small businesses. She received the honor at the 2022 Michigan SBDC conference.

June 7, 2022

Two SVSU professors chosen for prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Two Saginaw Valley State University faculty members have earned highly competitive awards from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for the 2022-23 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

June 7, 2022

SVSU’s Student Association invites regional nonprofits to apply for support

For the 20th year, Saginaw Valley State University students will raise funds for a regional nonprofit organization. The SVSU Student Association is now accepting applications for the 2022 Battle of the Valleys (BOV) charitable partner.

June 8, 2022

SVSU inducts student leaders into 24th class of Roberts Fellows

A diverse group of Saginaw Valley State University students will fuel their passion for leadership and service through their participation in the Roberts Fellowship program.

June 16, 2022

SVSU faculty and staff honored for service to the community

Three Saginaw Valley State University faculty and staff members were honored at the 2022 Heart of the City awards banquet in Saginaw for their service to the Great Lakes Bay region.

June 16, 2022

SVSU honors medical laboratory science students in White Coat Ceremony

Saginaw Valley State University recognized graduating students in the medical laboratory science program in a White Coat Ceremony Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. in SVSU’s Gilbertson Hall.

June 23, 2022

SVSU-Wildfire partnership brings financial services, scholarships to campus

Saginaw Valley State University has named Wildfire Credit Union as its financial services partner. Under the agreement, Wildfire will commit $100,000 in scholarships each year as well as other services.

June 29, 2022

SVSU supports rural students’ college success and career preparation with $1.2 million federal grant

Saginaw Valley State University has received a major federal grant that will enable the institution to broaden the scope of services it offers rural students and prepare them for careers in Michigan.

July 19, 2022

With family in Ukraine on her mind, SVSU graduate Alona Olshevska earns athletic honors

Saginaw Valley State University student and women's track and field All-American Alona Olshevska knows what it takes to run fast, but when confronted with uncertainty and fear with family still living in her native Ukraine, there was no running away.

July 19, 2022

SVSU grad receives Pat Tillman Award for Service

In recognition of her connection to sports and service to others, a Saginaw Valley State University graduate will be honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2022 ESPYS on Wednesday, July 20.

July 20, 2022

SVSU appreciates state approval for renovation of Brown Hall

Saginaw Valley State University will quickly move forward with plans to renovate Brown Hall, after the project received approval and funding in the State of Michigan budget for the 2023 fiscal year.

July 21, 2022

SVSU and MyMichigan Health partner to enhance health care workforce in region, state

Saginaw Valley State University and MyMichigan Health have announced a partnership designed to enhance educational opportunities for MyMichigan Health employees and improve the talent pipeline for health care delivery at the health system’s locations in communities throughout Michigan.

July 22, 2022

SVSU Board approves modest tuition increase of 3.9 percent

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved a tuition increase that is less than half the current rate of inflation during the Board's regular meeting Monday, June 20.

August 2, 2022

SVSU’s Student Association selects Self Love Beauty as 2022 BOV charitable partner

Student Association — SVSU’s student government — announced that it has selected Self Love Beauty as the charitable partner for this year’s Battle of the Valleys competition.

August 9, 2022

SVSU Board selects George Grant to serve as 5th president

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control appointed George Grant Jr. to serve as the institution’s fifth president during a special meeting of the Board Tuesday, Aug. 9.

August 30, 2022

SVSU-Bowie State football to play at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and Bowie State University (BSU) of the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA) have announced a unique collaboration of common ground that will highlight the history and experience of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

August 11, 2022

Past colleagues endorse future SVSU president

Those who have worked with incoming SVSU president George Grant Jr. praised his vision, his values and his character, and they have every confidence that he will be effective in his new role.

August 12, 2022

SVSU boosts talent pipeline through career fairs

Saginaw Valley State University is committed to improving the talent pipeline for employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. As part of this effort, SVSU’s Office of Career Services is planning to host seven employment fairs during the 2022-2023 academic year.

August 24, 2022

SVSU welcomes students back to campus

Saginaw Valley State University will welcome new students to its award-winning residence halls on Wednesday, August 24.

August 31, 2022

SVSU business professor receives grant to improve mental health delivery

A Saginaw Valley State University professor is working to positively impact mental health care for patients by studying how addressing bottlenecks can help reduce wait times at mental health facilities.

August 29, 2022

Literary scholar, professor selected for 2023 Roethke Poetry Award

A literary scholar and professor with ties to Michigan has been selected as the winner of the 2023 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize from Saginaw Valley State University.

September 9, 2022

SVSU to Host 9/11 Heroes Run to Benefit National Foundation

Saginaw Valley State University is hosting its annual 9/11 Heroes Run on Sunday, Sept. 11, to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. Sunday’s event will mark SVSU’s ninth year of hosting the run.

September 20, 2022

SVSU earns veteran-friendly status for 8th consecutive year

Saginaw Valley State University’s commitment to veterans and other military-affiliated students has once again been recognized by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency (MVAA). For the eighth consecutive year, SVSU has earned Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly Status with the MVAA.

September 22, 2022

SVSU lecturer will explore intersection of race and popular culture

Saginaw Valley State University will host speaker Su‘ad Abdul Khabeer as part of the Dr. Raana Akbar Memorial Lecture Series on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. A book signing, with refreshments, will follow the lecture.

September 22, 2022

SVSU’s new Cardinal Closet supports students with free professional attire

Saginaw Valley State University recently celebrated the grand opening of the Cardinal Closet, a new initiative led by the Career Services office that allows students to obtain professional attire at no cost.

September 27, 2022

Through internship, SVSU student gains experience in the field

Spending time in soybean fields led Saginaw Valley State University student Avery Claybaugh to find her future career field.

September 27, 2022

SVSU continues Battle of the Valleys tradition with pride

One of Saginaw Valley State University's proudest traditions - Battle of the Valley - will commence with a week of fundraising activities to support a local nonprofit organization. Events begin Sunday, Sept. 25.

October 5, 2022

SVSU honors 4th president with newly named Bachand Hall

Donald J. Bachand, has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to education, the university, and health and wellbeing throughout his tenure at Saginaw Valley State University, include more than 8 years of service as SVSU’s 4th president.

October 4, 2022

SVSU and Kirtland Community College partner to improve pathways to nursing degrees

Saginaw Valley State University is partnering with Kirtland Community College in Grayling to make it easier for nursing students and nursing instructors at the northern Michigan college to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

October 5, 2022

SVSU again recognized by national magazine for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion

Saginaw Valley State University has again garnered recognition for its commitment to diversity and inclusion, receiving the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

October 6, 2022

SVSU Theatre opens season with ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

Love, loss, resentment, disconnection – these universal themes are explored and addressed by an advice columnist in “Tiny Beautiful Things,” the first play in Saginaw Valley State University’s 2022-2023 season.

October 6, 2022

SVSU earns “best dorm” ranking in Niche’s 2023 ratings; Fourth consecutive year as No. 1 among all public universities in the U.S.

Saginaw Valley State University has ranked No. 1 among all 4-year public universities on the 2023 Niche list of best dorms in America. This is the fourth consecutive year SVSU residence halls have claimed the top spot among all public institutions.  

October 7, 2022

SVSU sees enrollment growth in teacher certification students and highest GPA for incoming freshmen

Saginaw Valley State University is seeing gains in the number of students pursuing teacher certification at the university for the fall 2022 semester. In addition, SVSU’s award-winning residence halls are completely filled, as student interest in living on campus has rebounded.

October 31, 2022

SVSU to host Great Lakes Bay Region candidate forums

Saginaw Valley State University is offering the public an opportunity to hear from candidates vying to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District and the 35th State Senate District.

October 12, 2022

SVSU to host inspiring Michigan veteran Major Jonathan Turnbull

Saginaw Valley State University will host a retired U.S. Army major who survived a suicide bomber attack in Syria. Major Johnathan Turnbull (retired) lost his sight and endured 22 surgeries and two years of rehabilitation.

October 12, 2022

SVSU alumnus returns to campus to perform with classical guitar trio

Saginaw Valley State University alumnus Erik Gibelyou will return to campus this Friday, Oct. 14 to perform with Trio Ghidorah, a classical guitar trio. The concert is part of the Rhea Miller Concert Series and will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

October 31, 2022

SVSU to host lecture on civility in politics

As the 2022 mid-term elections draw near, Saginaw Valley State University will host economist and historian Lawrence W. Reed, who will discuss civility in politics. The inaugural Velasquez Lecture on Liberty and Free Markets presents “Liberty, Character and Civility in Politics” on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall in SVSU’s Curtiss Hall.

November 1, 2022

SVSU ranks among best colleges for student voting

Thanks to students who are active in the democratic process, Saginaw Valley State University has been named to Washington Monthly’s 2022 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll.

November 1, 2022

SVSU students appointed to state voting advisory taskforce

Two Saginaw Valley State University students have been selected to serve on a voter engagement task force for the State of Michigan.

November 9, 2022

SVSU to present award-winning documentary “Mentality”

Saginaw Valley State University in partnership with Great Lakes Bay Health Centers will screen the award-winning documentary “Mentality,” about the evolution of mental health treatment.

November 14, 2022

SVSU to introduce 82 4th graders to computer science in university’s 6th Hour of Code event

Saginaw Valley State University will introduce 82 4th graders to computer science concepts during an Hour of Code program on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

November 15, 2022

SVSU presents ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds’

Saginaw Valley State University’s second theatre performance of the season tells the story of motherhood, science and beauty in the play “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.”

November 18, 2022

SVSU moot court team qualifies for national competition

Saginaw Valley State University students demonstrated hard work and tenacity, and distinguished themselves in moot court competition, carrying on a tradition of excellence.

November 22, 2022

Determination leads student to victory at SVSU public speaking contest

In 2021, Nimnan Wuyep prepared intensely to compete in the Sims Public Speaking Competition at Saginaw Valley State University, but days before the annual event, illness derailed his plans. When the SVSU international studies and communication major from Nigeria fell ill a few weeks before this year’s competition, he refused to let it keep him down.