I am very pleased to announce that Linda Sims has agreed to join SVSU as senior executive assistant to the president/executive director of communications and external affairs. Building SVSU’s reputation is critically important to the overall success of the university, and I believe Linda is the right person to accept this challenge. She is highly qualified, having more than 30 years experience for Consumers Energy, most recently as executive director of public affairs, but perhaps more importantly, she also is deeply committed to SVSU. She is a past chair of the Board of Control and long-time member of the SVSU Foundation Board of Directors. Linda is expected to start June 1. Please join me in welcoming her and please give her your full support.
In conjunction with Linda’s hiring, Carlos Ramet has agreed to serve as associate dean for the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences. With Joni Boye-Beaman and Eric Gardner each returning to the faculty, this is a most important appointment, and I am grateful Carlos has accepted. As a past chair of the English department, he is well acquainted with the workings of the college and the university, and that knowledge will be vital as we proceed with our national search for a new dean. Special thanks to Carlos for the exceptional job he has done in the President’s Office over the past 13 years.
Our theatre department opens its production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” this week. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, along with a Sunday matinee. It’s a musical satire about big business and features music, wit, comedy and romance... at least that is what Steve Erickson tells me. Since he is providing the voice of a TV announcer in the musical, I suppose he ought to know. Someone named Eric Gilbertson is the voice of “The Book.” Ric Roberts, professor of theatre, is directing and has assembled a great cast. Should be a good show. I know it is a busy time of year, but I hope you attend as you are able. more...
Congratulations to Dave Karpovich, H.H. Dow Endowed Chair of Chemistry, and Tami Sivy, associate professor of chemistry, on receiving a $61,449 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This was the largest grant awarded by the DEQ during this funding cycle. Dave and Tami will include students in their research to study phosphorus and E. coli levels in Bad Axe Creek in Huron County over the next two years. This is another excellent example of community engagement in our broader region.
I know good police work when I see it, and I see a lot of it from our staff in University Police. The folks at the Exchange Club of Saginaw saw it, too, and this week they presented Detective Jamie Teddy with an Officer of the Year award. Congratulations to Jamie and my continued appreciation to everyone in the department.
We have scheduled dates and times for town hall sessions for faculty, staff and students to hear from Sue Rankin, Ph.D., who will share preliminary results and answer questions. Two-hour sessions are scheduled Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. We will provide additional information on the results of climate survey as we receive it.
I look forward to attending the Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute banquet today. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with young people – and their parents – from across the region. Throughout the year, the institute helps young people better understand their differences and their similarities, and that is something our society sorely needs.