April 22, 2015

SVSU students explore alternatives to the handshake in ‘Ban the Hand’ presentations

Thursday, April 23, 2:45 to 5:30 p.m.
Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, SVSU

Saginaw Valley State University students will share what they have learned in examining alternatives to the traditional handshake in an academic exercise across the colleges of Arts & Behavioral Sciences and Business & Management. They will present their ideas Thursday, April 23.

Students in the Vitito Global Leadership Institute, a program for business students, were required as a leadership exercise to devise and implement a social initiative. The project, “Ban the Hand” aims to reduce the number of germs exchanged during a handshake, by instead using a “fist bump.”

Meanwhile, sociology students developed posters that highlight the results of a social experiment associated with their implementation of different alternatives to shaking hands.

The sociology students will present from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.; the Vitito Fellows will present form 4 to 5:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts on the SVSU campus.