First Decade - Just a Beginning" was the title of the ten year
celebration. The first ten years were to establish the college as
a viable force not only at home but also in the state. The focus
was on building the faculty and library. Program stability was the
main goal identified for the second ten years. SVC's enrollment
was a surprise and a problem. 1,804 students were enrolled for the
second semester of 1973. This amount was 30 percent over the number
of students in January, 1970. With the increase of students, construction
of more classrooms was started.
27, 1973, Saginaw Valley College celebrated its tenth anniversary
with an all-day program featuring such speakers as Governor William
G. Milliken, C. Benson Branch, president of the Dow Chemical Company;
Edward N. Cole, president of General Motors; Dr. Loren C. Eiseley,
professor at the University of Pennsylvania, anthropologist and
author, and Dr. Samuel D. Marble, president of SVC. The program
was open to the public and did not charge admission.
"We have arrived
at the point in our development where all the pieces are in place,"
Dr. Marble said. "We will devote the next few years to strengthening
these programs, and getting ourselves better known in the high schools
Also part of
the program was the presentation of $7,000 to the college from the
Triskellions, a group of Midland women who operated two gift shops
to raise money for SVC scholarships.
The Valley Vanguard, November 26, 1973 and December