SVSU was well represented at this week’s 44th annual Freedom Fund banquet hosted by the Saginaw branch of the NAACP, as Liana and I and many others attended. I was pleased to see Dawn Hinton, professor of sociology, receive a young professional award for her work in the Saginaw community; I know many of you are involved in our community in a variety of ways and I always enjoy seeing those efforts recognized. Also, Rev. P. David Saunders, a member of our Board of Fellows, received a 2014 Hero Award; we’re fortunate to have such friends.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum played host to another tremendous fundraising gala, Saints, Sinners and Shenanigans. It was nice to see such a strong showing from SVSU’s friends in the community to support this regional treasure. My thanks to Marilyn Wheaton and her staff on another successful event.
My thanks to the College of Business and Management for a job well done in hosting the global business sustainability conference last week. I received numerous positive comments from visitors on the quality of our faculty, staff and students. Thanks to our staff in the University Conference and Events Center and Campus Facilities, too, as I also heard many favorable reviews for how events were handled and how nice the campus looked.
We welcomed more than 180 prospective students and some 400 people total for our first Cardinal College Day over the weekend. Jen Pahl and our Admissions staff had everything well organized. To those faculty who have already signed up to participate in our Admissions Open House Saturday, Nov. 1: thank you. It means a great deal to students to meet directly with the individuals who will be their professors.
We expect to see many parents, siblings and others descending on campus this weekend for our annual Family Weekend. Merry Jo Brandimore, dean of students, and her staff have put together a terrific programming line up – as usual. Please make these visitors feel welcome and help them enjoy their visits. We want them to have positive things to say when they return to their schools and workplaces on Monday.
My thanks to LaMarcus Howard, our charter transition coordinator, who presented this week to students at Landmark Academy, one of our charter schools. His presentation on scholarships to SVSU available to students attending our charter schools even made the news in the Port Huron Times-Herald.
One of our own is representing SVSU at this year’s ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. Craig Snook, assistant director of publishing services and a two-time alum. His entry, “Hidden Forest,” was sponsored by Fifth Third Bank; it is a 12 foot wide by 4 foot high work composed of shredded paper. The paper was sorted into color families and then used to "paint" the image with the paper. And if you are visiting ArtPrize this weekend, I encourage you to cast your vote for Craig; the first round of voting ends at midnight Saturday.
More and more of our students are getting accepted to top graduate schools each year, and I want all of us to be aware of these to encourage students to set their sights high. This week, we learned that Valerie Adams has been accepted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Duke University. This is a highly competitive program and speaks well of the academic preparation she received here. My congratulations to Valerie and my thanks to all the faculty who have worked with her.
Valerie also happens to be a member of Forever Red, and this group of students has my admiration. I make it a point to make it to attend many events on campus, and every time I show up, there they are. They are remarkably effective campus ambassadors, adept at interacting with prospective students, legislators, donors and anyone else who might be visiting campus. If you know a member of Forever Red, please thank them for their valuable service to our university.
Our men’s and women’s soccer teams are off to strong starts; both are undefeated, nationally ranked, and have home matches this weekend. The women play Ashland at 1 p.m. Friday and Lake Erie at noon Sunday. The men won a thriller at Tiffin over the weekend, scoring a tying goal with 2 seconds to play and then winning in overtime. They host Ohio Dominican at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Lake Erie at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Volleyball has a winning record and two home matches, as well, hosting Findlay at 7 p.m. Friday and Hillsdale at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Women’s tennis has home matches Friday (Ashland, 1 p.m.), Saturday (Walsh, 10 a.m.) and Sunday (Ohio Dominican, 10 a.m.).
I’m ready for football to record their first victory, and they have another chance this Saturday when they host Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. Go Cards! Go Tigers!