The arrival of autumn brings many things, including a welcome stretch of wonderful weather this week, and hockey season. Over the weekend, I dropped the puck at the opening game for our club hockey team, and I must say Liana and I had an exceptional experience. I was really impressed with them. They’re skilled on the ice and the president and vice president of the team wear suits to the games.
Tonight, I will drop the puck at the home opener for the Saginaw Spirit, our local OHL franchise. It’s SVSU night with the Spirit, as the Cardinal Singers will perform the national anthem and our basketball teams will be recognized between periods, so if you are looking for some quality family entertainment tonight, I encourage you to join us at the Dow Event Center in downtown Saginaw. Tickets for faculty, staff and students are available for just $5 by showing your SVSU ID at the gate.
Our campus is playing host to a global business sustainability conference this week, in partnership with colleagues from Shri Ram College of Commerce, the renowned business school of the University of Delhi, India. The conference has drawn presenters from all over the world, and for many of these visitors, it will be their first exposure to SVSU, so please do all that you can to make them feel welcome. My thanks to all our colleagues in the College of Business and Management who played a role in organizing and hosting this conference.
photo credit: Valley Vanguard | Tyler Bradley
We also welcomed many first-time visitors to campus this past Saturday for the Great Lakes Bay Region AIDS walk. The event drew a good crowd and several of them expressed their pleasure that SVSU agreed to host the walk this year. I was impressed by our Valley Voices gospel choir; they brought energy to the event and got a number of the participants to join in dance before the walk began. I wanted to join in, but I didn’t know the steps. My thanks to Sara Martinez, our director of student wellness programs, for her role in coordinating SVSU’s portion of the event. The funds raised support HIV/AIDS testing for our students.
My congratulations to Logan Schuiteman, a recent graduate now in dental school at the University of Louisville. She received a highly competitive scholarship that will cover $200,000 to $300,000 of tuition and other costs toward her graduate studies. Logan received the award from the National Health Service Corps, and in exchange, she will work in the dental field at an under-served community. In 2013, just 180 of 1,739 applicants received such a scholarship. It’s clear that Logan left SVSU with strong academic preparation and a spirit of service. I know we have many graduates like her, and I never tire of hearing about their successes and the pride they bring to our university.
The next couple of months bring a full slate of events to campus. This weekend, we celebrate the Saints, Sinners and Shennanigan’s benefit for the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum – which I’m pleased to report is sold out – and the induction of another class into the Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees will be introduced during Saturday night’s football game against Ferris State, as well. Next Tuesday, our Fall Focus lecture series opens with Susan Mosey talking about the revival for Midtown Detroit, and concerts, plays and athletic contests abound on a weekly basis. I will attend as many of these as I can; I hope you do the same. I know our students appreciate seeing familiar and friendly faces at their performances.