SVSU Honors Retirees

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The SVSU Board of Control granted emeritus status to three individuals who have announced their plans to retire from SVSU: Merry Jo Brandimore, Gene Hamilton, and Gladys Zubulake; Brandimore and Hamilton also will have buildings named in their honor, following Board action.

Hamilton has served SVSU in a variety of roles during a Cardinal career that spans 47 years. He is perhaps best known for his work in government relations over the past two decades, advocating on SVSU’s behalf at the local, state and federal level. Prior to that, Hamilton served in SVSU offices for Admissions, Cooperative Education and Field Experiences, and Continuing Education and International Programs. He was named Ambassador Emeritus of Government and Community Relations.

Hamilton holds the distinction of serving as SVSU’s first varsity basketball coach, starting the men’s program in 1969. He and the late Bob Becker, SVSU’s long-time athletic director, are credited with choosing Cardinals as the mascot for SVSU athletic teams. The Board voted to change the name of Cardinal Gymnasium – where Hamilton once coached – to Hamilton Gymnasium.


Courtesy Photos from Left to Right:

Photo 1  Gene Hamilton posed for a photo with SVSU alumnus Mike Finney, who was a co-op student when Hamilton oversaw what today is SVSU’s Career Services office. Finney previously served as interim city manager for the City of Saginaw; he currently is CEO of Community Ventures of Michigan, a firm working to increase employment and economic development in cities, including Saginaw.

Photo 2 – SVSU President Don Bachand shook hands with Gene Hamilton at the ceremony to dedicate Hamilton Gymnasium Monday, June 27. Hamilton is retiring from SVSU after 47 years of service; he served as its first varsity basketball coach.

Photo 3 – SVSU President Don Bachand and Gene Hamilton unveiled a plaque that will be installed inside Hamilton Gymnasium. It is in memory of Gene’s late wife, Mary Pat, who provided considerable volunteer support to SVSU.

Photo 4 – Gene Hamilton viewed a plaque that will be installed inside Hamilton Gymnasium; it was unveiled during a dedication ceremony Monday, June 27.

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