Let me start by saying how proud I am of the work SVSU has done to help the people of Nepal, which was devastated by earthquakes recently. Thank you to Marcia Shannon, assistant professor of nursing, who took the initiative to lead a committee that collected $4,875 in relief funds from the SVSU community. On Tuesday, she handed the check to the American Red Cross, which will put those donations to good use. To everyone who helped that cause: You exemplify SVSU’s community spirit.
Speaking of SVSU’s commitment to community: Students Jaeleen Davis, Ashli Maser, Mallory Rivard and Alana Rae Wilson are outstanding representatives of that spirit too. Their passion for helping others is part of the reason they will be among 34 young women competing for the Miss Michigan crown next week. Jaeleen is an advocate for Wigs 4 Kids, a nonprofit helping youths suffering from hair loss. Ashli has worked with members of our state legislature to support putting more guidance counselors in our K-12 system. Mallory recently volunteered during the Saginaw VA2K and Annual Health Fair, raising funds for homeless veterans. Alana is on the board of directors for Gabby’s Ladder, which provides support for grieving families. Let’s all wish these students good luck in the competition, and thank them for their commitment to great causes.
Please join me in helping SVSU crack Forbes’ ranking of top 10 colleges. There’s an online campaign called “My Top College” that’s pretty easy to follow. Just go to http://www.svsu.edu/mytopcollege/ and click on the “vote” button to answer Forbes’ short two-question survey before June 19. Share your Red Pride and let the world know what we already do: That SVSU is No. 1.
We sent a delegation of staff and students to a very important gathering in Lansing on Monday. Michigan’s First Lady Sue Snyder has become an advocate for ending sexual assault on university campuses. She gathered more than 400 representatives from colleges and universities to discuss the issue during an all-day conference. Mamie Thorns, SVSU’s Title IX coordinator, along with seven staff members and nine students were in attendance. They heard from victims of sexual assault, learned about important resources available for preventing future assaults, and were educated in understanding how this crime affects everyone — from victims to community. This is an issue we take very seriously, and I’m encouraged that leaders like Sue Snyder are dedicating to keeping campuses safe.
I’d like to give a shout-out to Steve Kopka and our grounds crew for the great job they do. Looking outside my office window, it’s obvious that spring is in full bloom and SVSU’s campus is looking beautiful. Life remains good here in the Living Center Southwest 2nd Floor Room 2201.