The winter semester begins today and brings with it the usual increase in activity across campus. We expect a fair amount of students to be dropping and adding classes and making other final changes to their academic schedules. My thanks to those faculty and staff working with our students to position them to succeed academically. As far as winter enrollment, there will be some fluctuation, but we appear to be on target to meet our projections.
One of our students received quite an honor during the semester break. Amber Swanson, a communication major from Grayling, was selected to serve as chairperson of the 2014 national convention for Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity with 400,000 members on 375 campuses nationwide. Please join me in congratulating Amber and all of our students who seek such positions of leadership; their successes demonstrate the quality of preparation SVSU provides.
Despite a delayed start due to the brutal winter weather, several of our colleagues hosted another edition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Region III Festival last week, welcoming some 1,200 students, faculty and theater folks from around the country to our campus. In the Irene Ryan acting competition, two of our students, Cassidy Morey and her partner Mykaela Hopps, advanced to the semifinal round, placing them among the top 36 college actors among the 350 from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin who performed. In sound design, Blake Mazur was named a regional finalist, which is quite a feat considering this was his first ever sound design. Congratulations to everyone who played a role in seeing that SVSU once again exceeded expectations as the festival’s host for the fourth time in six years.
The fifth annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Saginaw County District Court Judge Terry L. Clark will serve as the keynote speaker. (Judge Clark is a former member of the SVSU governing board, and the sole flaw in his service was voting for the selection of your current president.) The Bay Area, Midland Area and Saginaw community foundations will present regional scholarship awards to high school seniors who share Dr. King's ideals. New this year, three local individuals will receive the Drum Major Award, created to recognize people whose community involvement in the Great Lakes Bay Region serves to advance King’s vision.
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