Julia Edwards Bell Tower was dedicated on October 17. Located in
the central campus at the sidewalk leading to Curtiss Hall, the
Tower honors Julie Edwards, wife of William Edwards, the man who
chaired the committee that raised the funds to purchase the initial
land for the development of Saginaw Valley College. The Tower features
four bronze bells cast in The Netherlands and plays Westminster
Chimes on the hour. The Bell Tower was financed by a generous donation
by the Edwards.
his State of the University address on January 29, President Eric
R. Gilbertson previewed some of the changes coming to campus, including
construction of the $25 million Instructional Facility #3 (IF3)
in spring 1999; renovation of existing residence hall facilities
as well as the addition of housing; and construction of the Bell
Tower and Amphitheater projects. Gilbertson explained his vision
for the university: increasing the value of a SVSU degree by further
stimulating intellectual growth; increasing the level of professional
preparation; and keeping the cost of attendance low. "SVSU takes
people of all ages, at points of great vulnerability and great promise
... transforming things ... it happens every day here," he notes.
moved forward in February to start a new master's degree program
in communication and multimedia. The interdisciplinary program is
expected to draw area students as well as students from the Asian
Computer College of Taipei, Taiwan.
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