were a decade of great growth for the college. In November of
1987, Saginaw Valley State College was reclassified as Saginaw
Valley State University with a student enrollment of nearly 6,000.
With a strong
foundation and deep-rooted identity, SVSU
began building for the future of what is now one of Michigan's
most respected universities.
SVSC began the decade by crossing international borders and hosting
the university's first international students. In 1981, SVSC received
enough votes from the Academic Affairs President's Council to
begin its engineering program.
Half way through the decade, SVSC was faced with the tragic fire of the Wickes Annex. It
not only recovered from that fire, but flourished in the last part of the 1980's with the
reclassification of the school as a university; by breaking ground for Instructional
Facility #2 , the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Gallery, and
the Ryder Center ; by dedicating the Arbury Fine Arts Center, and
by naming Eric R. Gilbertson the university's third President in 1989 to lead it into the last
decade of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century.
picture captures the early construction stages of the student activity
center proudly named after and dedicated to Jack