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President’s Weekly Update for Monday, Feb. 18

All-University Awards Taking Nominations

Nominations are being sought for the All-University Awards, given every April to faculty, staff and friends of the university whose service to this place deserves our wholehearted thanks. If you know someone who goes above and beyond, consider nominating them.

SVSU Celebrates a ‘Taste of Soul’

Join us Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Marketplace at Doan for soul food prepared and served by local chefs. Dishes will include barbecue ribs, greens, fried chicken, catfish, macaroni and cheese, and other Southern recipes. Admission is $8 or a meal swipe.

Campus Gearing Up for Relay for Life

The annual Relay for Life is coming back to the Ryder Center this Friday night, and leading up to the event, students and staff are hard at work raising money for cancer research. Last year our students raised some $50,000. This time around, they’d like to exceed that goal. Please help them if you can. 

Student Projects Earn Dow Funding

Congratulations to the nine students whose projects received funding from SVSU’s Grace A. and Herbert H. Dow Student Research and Creativity Institute.

  • Exercise science majors Elizabeth Groendal and Kerri Vasold received $5,200 to study whether wearing an activity monitor affects how often people exercise.

  • Electrical engineering majors Matthew Johnson, Tyler Mietz, and Mike Sprinkles received $9,989 to install a solar array at Hartley Outdoor Education Center in St. Charles.

  • April Lukowski, a biochemistry major, received $9,918 to study the genetic origins of isoprene, a substance emitted by fir trees that can contribute to the creation of smog.

  • Meghan Peer, an applied mathematics major, received $2,483 for her research to find a new method for solving a kind of calculus problem that often doesn’t allow exact computation.

  • Cameron Volders, a chemistry major, will receive $6,610 to study how one natural compound might stop cancer from spreading through the body. 

  • Travis Washburn, a biology education major, will receive $5,188 to study the potential intermingling of two butterfly species native to Michigan. 


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