I love receiving and sharing good news. Never hesitate to send it my way. Recently, we received two top national awards from the National Society of Leadership and Success, a leadership honor society with more than 475 college chapters nationwide. Our SVSU chapter was selected as Chapter of the Year while Crystal Gwizdala, a biology major from Auburn, was named Executive Board Member of the Year. It is wonderful to see SVSU not only represented but winning such honors at a national level. Congratulations to all involved.
We also hosted the fifth annual Carleen K. Moore R.N. Nursing Excellence Awards this week, and I was pleased to attend. My thanks to everyone who worked to put together this program, particularly those on the selection committee: Ellen Talbott, an SVSU alumna and vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for McLaren-Bay Region; Terry Moore, retired CEO for MidMichigan Health; Judy Ruland, dean of the College of Health and Human Services; and nursing faculty members Karen Brown-Fackler, Sally Decker, Andrea Frederick, Ava Lewis and Suzanne Savoy.
Six registered nurses from the Great Lakes Bay Region were recognized:
I marvel at our international opportunities and relationships. Our students and faculty have safely returned from their medical mission to Nepal. Our Roberts Fellows are currently in Japan (follow their blog). Ten of our occupational therapy students recently returned from a study abroad trip to Ecuador, where they worked with Crecer, a non-profit organization that provides occupational therapy services to children and adults. They were accompanied by field work coordinators Jill Innes and Julie Jacob, and even made the news in the local newspaper, El Norte (photo credit). Meanwhile, we currently are hosting four students from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico as part of a new exchange program that grew out of a February visit to their campus by several of our faculty, staff and students. These are but a few recent examples. I would like to express my appreciation to all who encourage our domestic students to expand their international horizons and those who make our international visitors and students feel welcome. Having international exposure and understanding is increasingly important in many, many professions, so these relationships are a great service to our students.
The summer relocation for many of us in Wickes Hall to Living Center Southwest has gone remarkably smoothly, all things considered, and that is a testament to the pride so many people take in their jobs. It occurred to me the other day that I continue to receive my mail each day, and that means Jerry Wallaert, executive director of mail distribution, and his staff have made the necessary adjustments to make this possible. I actually enjoy reading some of my mail, so thank you, Jerry.
Our Cardinal Formula Racing team fared well, placing 26th out of the 110 colleges and universities from around the world at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series held over the weekend at Michigan International Speedway. It bears noting that this was the highest finish of any team comprised exclusively of undergraduates. If not for a broken oil line during the endurance competition, they would have finished even higher. We have a committed group of students on this squad – I see them working in the shop on nights and weekends – and adviser Brooks Byam has more than a passing interest, too. My compliments on their performance and my best wishes for their preparations for next year.
We have two student-athletes who qualified for the NCAA Division II national track and field meet this week. Andrew Mudd, an accounting major from Auburn, is competing in the men’s decathlon, and Taylor Stepanski, a marketing major from Alpena, will race in the women’s 800-meter run. Best wishes to them both. Go Cards! more...
With the holiday weekend upon us, I hope everyone enjoys Memorial Day and takes a moment to reflect upon the freedoms we enjoy and remember those who have given their lives to preserve them. This also serves as a reminder that the Weekly Update will continue to appear on an as-needed basis during the summer months, but it will not live up to its name and appear weekly. I know Michigan summers can seem all too short, but I hope yours is pleasant and offers an opportunity to refresh and recharge, while also attending to the important work that continues while most students are away.
Finally, my appreciation to all the faculty who submitted proposals for the initial round of research projects to be funded through the recently established Undergraduate Research Program, and especially to those 18 faculty whose projects were approved. I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone at the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation; it is their generosity and confidence in SVSU that has made this possible. Each of these projects will advance faculty scholarship while also providing undergraduate students with valuable research experience that will serve them well as they pursue careers or graduate school. The list is long, but I know many of you will want to congratulate your colleagues, so here it is:
In addition, six student research proposals received funding. My congratulations to them and my thanks to their faculty mentors.