his January 31, 1991, State of the University Address, President
Eric R. Gilbertson announced that an additional $60 million of capital
construction on the SVSU campus was on the drawing boards. This
included a $30 Business Innovation and Professional Development
Center (later renamed West Complex). A proposal for the BIPDC, which
was expected to provide much needed classroom space, was sent to
the state in April.
in another way in February when permanent space for a branch education
location was established at Cass City High School. SVSU first began
offering courses in the Thumb area in 1981.
Gulf War, SVSU's international exchange program continued to operate
full speed ahead. William Braddock, director of the international
exchange program, announced that there were more students enrolled
in the program in 1991 than there were in 1990. Among the international
students to take classes at SVSU were 30 Taiwanese students in the
master's of business administration program. Started in July of
1991, the program was expected to last 29 months and include opportunities
for SVSU professors to teach in Taipei, Taiwan.
football fans were treated to an expanded and improved stadium in
the fall. Work on the $1.2 million project started in 1989 and transformed
the former 2,400-seat Cardinal Stadium into the 4,028-seat Harvey
Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium. Improvements included the addition
of massive earthen berms, measuring 220 feet wide and 23 feet high,
at both sides of the stadium to create a bowl-like setting. The
facility is named for a Saginaw industrialist whose estate provided
funding for the project. The dedication took place on September
The main entrance
to campus also received a facelift. A three-foot high masonry sign
with an SVSU logo and 10-inch red letters was completed in November,
1991. The $26,000 project began on September 10.
SVSU's second president, Jack M. Ryder,
announced his retirement from the university in December. Ryder
served as president from 1974 to 1989 when he requested release
from his presidential role. He returned to a position in the College
of Education in 1990.
and New Year's, the 23-year-old Austrian pines bordering campus
were cut down due to a fungus infection. The pines were originally
planted as 12- to 16-inch seedlings in 1968-69 and shielded the
campus from northwesterly winds. They could be seen from Bay and
other roads surrounding SVSU.
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