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    • Nov. 13, 1963 State grants a charter for Saginaw Valley College
    • March 23, 1964 Sam Marble is SVC's first president
    • Sept. 8, 1964
  • The first SVC class from Delta College enroll as juniors at SVC
  • July 22, 1965 SVC becomes a state-supported institution. The college is briefly named Saginaw Bay State College (until March 28, 1966)
  • April 17, 1966 First commencement (10 students)
  • Jan. 3, 1967 SVC moves from the basement of Delta College to its current site.
  • 1969 Wickes Hall, Doan Center, a theater, and SVC's first dormitory are constructed.
  • 1970 The Cardinal is chosen as the SVC mascot
  • Nov. 1971 Cardinal Gymnasium is completed
  • Fall 1972 SVC joins the GLIAC conference
  • Jan. 14, 1974 Sam Marble steps down as SVC's 1st president.  William Capitan serves as acting president.
  • Oct. 17 1974 Jack Ryder is hired as SVC's 2nd president.
  • Jan. 1975 SVC's name is changed to Saginaw Valley State College.
  • Winter 1978 Pioneer Hall is opened for classes.
  • April 24 1985 Wickes Annex fire burns a cluster of 9 buildings
  • Jan. 13, 1987 Marshall Fredericks gallery and Arbury Fine Arts Building are opened.
  • Nov. 1987 SVSC is renamd Saginaw Valley State University
  • May 15 1988 Arbury Fine Arts Building opens
  • 1989 Jack Ryder steps down as President.
  • Nov. 1989 Eric Gilbertson becomes SVSU's 3rd president
  • Sept. 14 1991 RWickes Stadium is dedicated, replacing the Cardinal Stadium.
  • Nov. 1993 SVSU computer network is installed and is fully operational.
  • April 16 1997 Curtiss Hall is dedicated
  • May 16 1997 Groening Commens is dedicated
  • Oct. 17 1998 Julia Edwards Bell Tower is dedicated
  • Aug 1999 1st Living Center is completed
  • Fall 2001 Herbert Dow Doan Science Building opens
  • 2003 Student Center, Fitness Center, and College of Education open.  Additions to the Living Center and Zahnow Library are completed.