Former Surgeon General to Keynote Regional MLK Celebration at SVSU

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will deliver the keynote address during the first Great Lakes Bay regional Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

Regional businesses, chambers of commerce and community foundations and educational institutions have combined efforts to showcase the area’s diversity and consolidate events previously held separately.

In February 1998, Dr. Satcher became only the second person in history to have simultaneously held the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health when he was sworn in. He brought to the office a wealth of public health experience and encouraged public debate about such varied topics as mental health, bio-terrorism, sex education, AIDS, suicide, cloning and achieving a balanced community health care system.

Serving under both Democratic and Republican administrations as Surgeon General, Satcher led efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. He also released Surgeon General's reports on tobacco and health, mental health, suicide prevention, mental retardation, sexual health and responsible sexual behavior, youth violence prevention and a report on overweight and obesity.

Prior to accepting his position as Surgeon General, Satcher served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and President of Meharry Medical College. He is currently the director of the new National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Well-respected by the medical, business and political communities, Satcher is a champion of promoting healthy lifestyles for the American people.

In addition to Satcher’s talk, the program will also include the presentation of regional scholarship awards. The Bay Area, Midland Area and Saginaw community foundations will present the honors to high school seniors who have embodied Martin Luther King’s ideals.  The following students will receive awards:

Student NameHigh School
BreAna D. AllenSaginaw Arts & Sciences Academy
Kara BrewerGarber High School
Nathaniel R. BruderBay City Central High School
David C. BurtCarrollton High School
Danielle A. DansoMidland High School
Chelsea E. DullMidland High School
Sidney DupuisGarber High School
Sarah R. FrederickBullock Creek High School
Emilia G. GutierrezGarber High School
Connie C. ShaoHerbert Henry Dow High School
Paige A. SmithBay City Central High School
Anthony C. SoaveBay City Central High School
Cameron T. SullivanBay City Central High School
Erika L. TriggSaginaw Arts & Sciences Academy
Nicole L. WrubelGarber High Sch

Sponsors for the event include Chemical Bank, Delta College, The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning, Lamar Advertising, S.C. Johnson and State Farm.

The event is open to the public; admission is free of charge. Tickets are required; they are available through the SVSU Box Office at (989) 964-4261 and through the chambers of commerce and community foundations in the Great Lakes Bay region.

For more information, visit or contact the Saginaw Community Foundation at (989) 755-0545.