The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control voted to grant emeritus status to Tai-Chi Lee, who recently retired from SVSU after 26 years of service, during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, Oct. 13.
A professor of computer science and information systems, Lee received the Earl L. Warrick Award for Excellence in Research in April, SVSU’s highest honor bestowed for faculty scholarship. Since 1976, he has had 51 scholarly papers published on subjects such as electronic payments, NASA mission software, and algorithms. Lee also authored three books that center on learning computer operating systems such as Microsoft Windows.
In other business, the Board:
• passed a resolution to commend faculty, staff and administrators for their respective efforts to achieve continued accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.
• approved confirmation of board members for previously authorized charter schools.
• received and accepted the annual financial audit and federal awards audit for the 2014 fiscal year. The audit was conducted by the Saginaw accounting firm Andrews Hooper Pavlik.
• approved a capital projects funding plan and SVSU’s 2016 capital outlay request to the Michigan Legislature.
Even after taking the right precautions, accidents happen, systems fail, people are fooled, and sensitive data may be compromised. Prior to such an occurrence, it is important to know what to do when a data security incident occurs. All potential security incidents involving sensitive information should be reported immediately.
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Contact the IT Support Center for all technology issues including those related to security. Unsure if an issue is a security concern? Let us determine that! Call us at x4225, or 989-964-4225. You can also email us at email@example.com.
Examples of Incidents to Report
Any of the following could constitute a potential data security incident.
To reduce potential liability, it is important to take care in how you communicate about a potential data security incident. Specifically,
In case you missed the announcement last week, we have an FBI specialist coming to campus on Tuesday, October 28 from 1-2pm presenting on cyber security in the Ott Auditorium. The entire campus community is invited to attend. We hope to see you there!
Saginaw Valley State University has appointed attorney John Decker to the newly created position of associate vice president and general counsel. Decker comes to SVSU from the law firm Braun Kendrick, where he was a partner and had worked for 34 years, including 12 years as managing partner.
“We conducted a national search and determined that John's impressive legal experience and long-term commitment to SVSU made him an ideal candidate for this role,” said Jim Muladore, SVSU executive vice president for administration and business affairs. “Given the ever increasing complexity of university operations, I am confident SVSU will benefit greatly from John's skills and experience.”
Decker has represented SVSU on numerous legal matters over the years, and in recent years served as outside general counsel. In addition to his legal duties, he is expected to oversee SVSU’s University Police and Human Resources departments.
Since 2002, Decker has served on the SVSU Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as chair. His community involvement also includes serving as chair of the leadership program steering committee for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.
“Through my work with the Alliance over the past several years, I have come to more fully understand and appreciate what an asset SVSU is to the region,” Decker said. “That’s one reason I’m very excited about this opportunity to become part of the SVSU team.”
Decker completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska and a law degree at Duke University. His wife Sally is a professor of nursing at SVSU. Decker is expected to start at SVSU in November.
Rosalie Stackpole knows how to seize opportunity. As one of 1,000 summer interns for Quicken Loans, she was determined to seek out new challenges.
“I went in with the attitude that I’m here for a reason,” Stackpole said. “I would speak up at meetings.”
Only a few weeks into the summer, Stackpole received a rare opportunity for an intern: she was part of a team that prepared a marketing campaign proposal they presented directly to Quicken’s CEO.
“I was intimidated at first,” she said.
Anxiety was replaced with confidence – and a lot of assignments – after Stackpole’s team saw their idea endorsed, impressing the company’s leader.
“It was a real pleasure having Rosalie with us this summer,” said Jay Farner, president and CEO of Quicken Loans. “Her enthusiasm and passion is a great representation of the exceptional work we’ve seen from our interns, and we are thrilled to have had as big an impact on her as she has had on Quicken Loans.”
Stackpole made such an impression that Quicken asked her to recruit other SVSU students with the intelligence and work ethic she displayed. While completing her marketing degree, Stackpole remains on the payroll as a campus ambassador, and she is organizing a bus trip for 50 students to visit Quicken headquarters Friday, Oct. 10.
“I tried to sell SVSU while I was there,” she explained. “I’m a Cardinal. That’s what we do.”
In addition to introducing around 1,000 interns to the company each year, Quicken also seeks to sell them on the revival of Detroit.
“It worked on me,” Stackpole said.
Born and raised in the Detroit suburb of Trenton, Stackpole’s parents had reservations about their daughter working in downtown Detroit, but she assured them that their fears were unfounded.
“I walked from Cobo Hall every day and I felt completely safe,” she said. “Quicken expects their interns to work hard and put in long hours, but they also want you to enjoy Detroit.”
Stackpole participated in the “Live Downtown” games, where several companies sponsor employees to compete in socially responsible contests. She was part of a team that raced to see who would be the fastest to fill 500 emergency baskets for the American Red Cross; they won.
“We have actual gold medals,” Stackpole said.
On pace to graduate with her SVSU business degree next May, Stackpole was selected for SVSU’s Vitito Global Business Leadership Institute, an 18-month leadership development program with international travel for SVSU business students. She also remains heavily involved on campus as a manager for the women’s basketball team and a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
Stackpole hopes her current assignment with Quicken leads to an opportunity to work for the company full-time.
“I learned a lot about mortgages,” she said, “and I fell in love with Quicken Loans.”
The sun isn't the only factor powering Ellen Lavigne's interest in solar energy. With the help of Saginaw Valley State University and the Dow Corning Foundation, the junior at Midland's H.H. Dow High School is working to build a miniature solar-powered car.
Clarinetist Kip Franklin will be joined in concert by clarinetist Sandra Jackson and pianist Garik Pederson Saturday, Oct. 11, as part of the second annual Clarinet Day and Artist Recital at Saginaw Valley State University. The concert begins at 6 p.m. in SVSU’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall; it is free and open to the public.
The program includes music by composers such as German composer J.S. Bach, French composer Claude Debussy and Czech composer Franz Krommer.
An SVSU adjunct professor of clarinet, Franklin was recently a featured presenter at the International Clarinet Association Convention in Baton Rouge, La. He won the 2011 state-level Music Teacher's National Association Young Artist and Chamber Music division.
Franklin is also member of the Fresco Winds woodwind quintet and has performed at the Fischoff National Camber Music Competition in 2011 and 2012.
Jackson is an assistant professor of clarinet at Eastern Michigan University. She was recently a featured soloist at the Bach Festival in Lexington, Mich. Jackson maintains a private studio of clarinet students and is a founding member of the Lakeview Chamber Ensemble in Chicago.
Pederson is a professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University and the president of the Michigan Music Teachers Association. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, Central America, Taiwan and the Philippine Islands.
For more information on the concert, please contact the SVSU Department of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 964-4159.
Monday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. to morning
Saginaw Valley State University's Student Life Center will host an event to raise awareness about homelessness for World Habitat Day Monday, Oct. 6.
During the “Cardboard City” event, students will construct their own cardboard houses and sleep overnight in the campus courtyard. Students will also raise funds for the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity affiliate and participate in activities from 6-10 p.m. At 10 p.m., students will watch a documentary, "Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home," and reflect on the film.
About 50 students are anticipated to participate in the event. All participants must bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry.
Pictures from the event will be posted to social media using #SVCardboardCity.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. At the end of the month, we have an FBI specialist coming to campus to talk about cyber security and how to keep yourself safe with technology. The presentation will be
The entire campus community is invited to attend this interesting and informative event. We hope to see you there!
Leading up to the presentation, we will be posting articles in the ITS Newsroom and on the mySVSU Portal about technology-related security issues and how to protect yourself. Technology is such a big part of our lives now that we often don't think twice about what we are really doing when we install a new app or use a wireless network.
So what can you do this month to be a better cyber citizen? Keep an eye out for technology announcements and plan on attending the presentation on cyber security!
Print and post the Cyber Security Presentation Flyer (134KB) in your office.
Cara Deschermeier can be described in many ways. Wife, Saginaw Valley State University student, musician, events coordinator, dancer, leader. Soon, working professional will be added to the list.
The Petoskey native has accepted a full-time position as a junior instructional designer at United Federal Credit Union's headquarters in the southwestern Michigan community of St. Joseph. She plans to begin the job once she graduates from SVSU with a bachelor's degree in communication in May 2015.
Nabbing a full-time job before graduation is a rare accomplishment for any college undergrad. Deschermeier said she was able to secure the post because of the impression she made at the credit union this summer, when she worked as an intern.
"I'm very excited," she said. "I loved my boss and my team, and I can't wait to go back."
The 2010 Petoskey High School graduate said the opportunity arose in part thanks to SVSU's Career Services office, whose staff connected her with the credit union when it posted an opening for the internship earlier this year.
"I might not have even looked at the opening without them," she said.
When she begins the new job, Deschermeier said she expects to inhabit many of the same responsibilities that helped catch the company's attention when she was an intern.
This summer, she helped build online learning courses for the company's new employees. The role involved a lot of planning, writing, graphic design and web design work. Before beginning her internship, Deschermeier considered herself a novice when it came to graphic and web design. Learning new skills, though, became part of the job's appeal.
"I learned so, so much," she said. "I can't wait to go back and learn more."
Cindy Swigert, chief human resources officer at United Federal Credit Union, said Deschermeier during her internship displayed "a well-developed learning agility" that impressed supervisors enough that they extended the full-time offer.
"What we're looking for are folks who are able to learn on the fly, who are resourceful, because so much is changing all the time," Swigert said. "Her ability to digest new information and respond to it and use it is what we were looking for."
Despite her eagerness to return to St. Joseph, Deschermeier plans to enjoy her final academic year; she has SVSU in her DNA.
Her mother, Karen Mazzoline, earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the school. Deschermeier herself started out as a music education major during her freshman year - she is trained as both a vocalist and flutist - but changed her tune eventually to the communication degree program.
"It's taught me a lot," she said of the program. "It's amazing to sit down and think about what's going on around the world, and how we communicate through technology."
Deschermeier is involved in a number of extracurricular programs. She works in the Student Life Center office, where she serves as coordinator of the after-hours campus event planning group, Valley Nights. She also is president of ENCORE, an SVSU student organization that coordinates singing- and dancing-geared events, and is a member of the SVSU branch of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's honor society at 4-year colleges and universities.
Deschermeier said her entire collegiate experience has prepared her for her next role at United Federal Credit Union ... and beyond.
"This has put me in a great situation," she said.