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President’s Weekly Update for Monday, Oct. 15

Higher Learning Commission Representatives Visit Campus

Two staff members of the Higher Learning Commission came to our campus last week. Tim Gallimore and Eric Martin, both vice presidents for accreditation relations, had an opportunity to meet with a number of key academic staff, and share lunch with SVSU’s full accreditation team. Gallimore and Martin commented publicly that we are ahead of many of our peers in terms of our preparation. My thanks to those colleagues who have worked and continue to work diligently on this cause, as much important work remains to be done.

Strategic Plan Open Forums


Two open forums have been scheduled for faculty, staff and students to offer input on a draft of the latest version of the university’s strategic plan. The first will be Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Curtiss Hall seminar rooms, and Thursday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Emeriti Room. 

State Selects SVSU for Two Grants


Congratulations to our colleagues who have recently secured significant state grants. Vanessa Brooks Herd, associate professor of social work, received $310,344 from the Department of Health and Human Services to aid former foster children who are currently enrolled at SVSU. Dave Karpovich, H.H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemistry, and Tami Sivy, assistant professor of chemistry, received a $26,185 grant from the Department of Environmental Quality to research the Kawkawlin River in Bay County, along with colleagues from Delta College. 

Rush Lecture Thursday

Our colleague, Bob Lane, will deliver the annual Rush Lecture this Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall. He will examine the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the Affordable Care Act.

50th Anniversary Campaign

Please remember the 50th anniversary fundraising campaign. We really hope to maximize participation from faculty and staff for this effort.

SVSU in the National Spotlight

As you probably know, our football team played to a national audience last Thursday, defeating Wayne State 24-7. As part of the broadcast, we are able to include a 30-second promotional message (play below or click here).


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