During the spring
of 1970, 40 students picketed Wicks Hall over their concerns for
campus safety. "No protection No Classes" was the slogan. The picket
to obtain campus police was 90 percent effective. Faculty backed
the students by canceling classes.
27,1970 saw the creation of a new Black Student Association (BSA).
Educational opportunities and a voice in campus groups were part
of the ten concerns presented to the school board on August 28,1970.
BSA stated seven of the ten concerns had been adequately addressed
February, a cold groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of
construction for Saginaw Valley College's new gymnasium. Three-below
temperatures didn't stop about 100 students, administrators, and
faculty as Richard O'Connor, president of the Student Government
and Diane Brink, cheerleader captain, chopped the frozen earth.
The $1 million
gym contained an intercollegiate-size basketball floor and two intramural
size floors. A roof without beams was designed as a special feature
to provide acoustics for any musical or theatrical programs as the
gym was the only place on campus to host these types of events before
the Performing Arts building was constructed. Bleachers provided
seating space for 1,500 persons. The building contained an entrance
lobby, and showers and lockers for men and women.
to bear the cost of the new facility. In January 1971, a fee of
$1.50 per credit hour was imposed on all students. The gym stands
near the corner of Pierce and Davis Roads and was to be completed
by October of 1970.
The Valley Vanguard, February 17, 1970, staff writer
Also in February
of 1970, Saginaw Valley College received the Midland radio station
WQDC as a gift from Ned and Dorothy "Honey"
Arbury. The station, which would be designated WSVC, included
$45,000 worth of electronic equipment and supplies and $50,000 in
Dow Stock which was expected to finance the operation of the station
for 12 to 18 months. When the stock ran out, grants and other donations
were needed to sustain operations.
As WSVC, the
station featured programming of cultural interest to the community
and was to be made available for imaginative use by faculty and
students. While SVC's then associate professor of English Dr. W.
Leslie Whittaker, assisted in launching the station and programming
patterns, two former WQDC employees, Bob Olsen and Jim McLachlan,
were hired by the college as program coordinator and engineer, respectively.
was to begin broadcasting on September 27, 1971, but was postponed
because the FCC wanted to do more checking before issuing a license.
Just one year later, WSVC was sold to a religious station.
The Valley Vanguard, Febraury 17, 1970 and September
In March of
1970, Sagianw Valley College's student-faculty constitution went
into effect after the student body approved it by a vote of 415
yes to 22 no. The voting toll was the highest ever posted on a single
issue in the history of the young college.
the Constitution, it gave students equal powers with the faculty
and administration in the operation of the college by placing members
on the faculty committees, and, at the same time, placing faculty
members on all student committees.
Dr. Samuel D. Marble, termed the constitution the most liberal of
any such student-faculty constitution in American higher education
at the time and said if the college community can make the new document
function it would be a "contribution to higher education in this
was active through 1973 when the faculty unionization marked the
end of Community Government.
The Valley Vanguard, March 3, 1970, staff writer Gary
College expanded its student housing and its curriculum in June
The new dormitories
were copied after the already existing Great Lakes Hall complex
and were built to house 150 students. The dormitories were built
on the suite plan, with eight students sharing common bathroom facilities
and living area. Only two students were assigned to each of four
bedrooms that open off of the living area. The new unites were built
just south of Doan Center and to the east of the campus driveway.
was offered for the second 7 ½ weeks of the summer semester to provide
an opportunity for high school graduates who wanted to get a fast
start on their college education. Courses in botany, math, and psychology
were open to qualified freshmen and students could earn a full semester
credit in those concentrated courses.
curriculum was also attractive to SVC's regularly enrolled students
who wanted to accelerate their college education and guest students
from other universities could enroll in the classes too. Credits
earned by guest students would apply to their home college.
The Valley Vanguard, June 12, 1970.
study was made available to SVC students in the fall of 1970 through
an arrangement with the college by Youth for Understanding, an international
teen-age exchange program. Saginaw Valley College was to handle
the academic end of the program with SVC professors handling most
of the classes. Enrollment in the program was open to any qualified
college student, whether attending Saginaw Valley College or not.
The tours lasted six weeks and college credit was granted to any
student who successfully completed the course work.
In 1970 and
1971, SVSU opened its campus to Youth for Understanding, an international
exchange program for teens. Five thousand American, European, South
American and Oriental teens received orientation at SVSU. Between
June and August, the campus received the incoming students. At the
same time, the outgoing students made their connections for their
visit to foreign countries.
The Valley Vanguard, October 30, 1970.
1970 found Saginaw Valley college faculty and students busy in the
process of nominating candidates for the first annual Franc A. Landee
Award for Excellence in Teaching at SVC.
The late Dr.
Landee was a research scientist at Dow Chemical Company, one of
the pioneers in adapting the computer to business uses, and also
taught a course at SVC on Computer Science. His deep interest in
the school led to the creation of the fund which makes the Landee
Award possible. The winning professor would receive a cash grant
and a medal.
While the entire
SVC community was invited to nominate candidates for the award,
the actual selection was to be made by a committee of two students,
two alumni, and two faculty members.