The college sustained a tragic loss in the fire of Wickes Annex.
The alarm sounded at 12:19 a.m. on April 24, 1985 and the fire burned
a cluster of nine buildings for nine hours. The loss of financial
records, registration files, and other office materials were only
part of the
On a positive
note for that year, names for two of the three buildings compromising
SVSC's instructional facility No.2 were unanimously agreed upon
by the Board of control just two days after this fire. Students
would pull off reference books off the shelves of the Melvin
J. Zahnow Library and will rush off to class in the Maurice
E. Brown Hall. Both Zahnow and Brown were members of SVSC's
original Board of Control.
a member of the school's governing body from 1965 to 1981. He was
one of the eight people appointed by then Governor George Romney,
in 1965, to select a site for the campus and establish a construction
schedule. A recipient of an honoree doctoral degree in 1982, Zahnow
also served on the Harvery Randell Wickes Foundation Board. He was
a retired Wicked corporation executive.
Brown who died
in 1974, was a former mayor of Saginaw. As a charter member of the
Board of Control, he helped guide the successful $8 million bond
issue election to build the college. Brown owned and operated the
Saginaw Central Oil Company from 1932 to 1972.
of the building's names was officially made at SVSC graduation ceremonies
held Friday, April 26 and Saturday April 27, 1985, in the Cardinal
The third section
of the $25 million expansion project, the Science
Building remains unnamed as of today.
The Valley Vanguard, June 11, 1985.
Also, the women's
basketball team finished second in the nation.
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