of 1987, SVSC was reclassified as Saginaw Valley State University
with a student enrollment of nearly 6,000. The original Saginaw
Valley State College sign was replaced with the current Saginaw
Valley State University landmarker.
Instructional Facility #2, was dedicated and SVSC broke ground to
build the Ryder Center and O'Neill Arena
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Gallery
opened on June 13. These expansions brought nearly 200,000 additional
square feet to campus.
of Control designated the new fine arts center as the Dorothy
(Honey) and Ned Arbury Fine Arts Center. The resolution said
the Arbury's "have been special friends of Saginaw Valley State
College since its inception 1963 and have maintained growth and
development of the college and that they have made the designation
with great affection, admiration and appreciation." Honey Arbury
served on the Board of Control for over 23 years. She served on
the SVC Development Fund, the original fundraising body of the college
and continued to serve on its successor, the SVSC Foundation. Honey
Arbury was awarded the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by SVSC
and Ned Arbury was awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws degree by
have been major benefactors through the years for SVSC, including
having made major contribution for the construction of the fine
arts center in recognition of SVSC's pressing needs in music and
art. Honey Arbury chaired the Midland Committee for the find drive
for the construction of the building. Both the Arbury's played key
roles in securing major contributions from donors in Midland, especially
the lead gift from Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. The Arbury's
also were instrumental in encouraging the sculptor, Marshall M.Frederick's
to contribute his life's works to SVSC and to be housed in a gallery
named for him.
The Valley Vanguard, June 23, 1987.
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