My thanks to the 600 of you who participated in the live workshops held on campus and in the community in recent weeks. For those who did not have an opportunity to attend one of the live workshops, I encourage you to complete the online workshop. The data we collect through these workshops will shape the university’s communication platform for years to come, and we want to include as many voices as possible. The online workshop will take about 20 minutes of your time; I trust you will find it to be time well spent and your participation is appreciated.
I look forward to seeing colleagues and students recognized at the annual Faculty Association banquet Friday. The Faculty Service Award will be presented to Nameeta Mathur, professor of history. Olivier Heubo-Kwegna, associate professor of mathematics, will receive the Outstanding Scholarship Award. The Outstanding Mentoring Award will be shared by John and Gretchen Mooningham, professors of mathematics. My congratulations to these fine colleagues, and to Michelle Schmitzer, a social work major from Fairgrove, who will receive the Chrysalis Scholarship.
We enjoyed a number of events as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, including the SVSU Fiesta held on campus this week. Kathleen Chantaca-Kubczak, administrative secretary for Student Life, and the entire Hispanic Heritage Committee did a great job planning this affair and all of our activities over the past month. My thanks to them, and to all of you who took time to partake in these events. I know our students appreciate seeing you.
This weekend, we will say good-bye to 29 students and two faculty members from Shanghai Normal University in China, who have been visiting here since September 25. The group has attended a number of lectures from faculty in our College of Education, while working with teachers in Saginaw Township and Swan Valley schools to observe U.S. classroom culture and to provide teaching demonstrations of their own. These exchanges are fabulous learning opportunities for all involved. We have a longstanding partnership with Shanghai Normal, and through our Gerstacker Fellowship, we plan to send a group to Shanghai in 2017.
Source: Colloids and Surfaces A. Journal.
Few aspects of my job are more enjoyable than hearing from students and faculty about joint research projects. Sometimes, I even understand the subject matter. This week, we learned that Jason Pagano, assistant professor of chemistry, and recent SVSU graduates Patrick Fryfogle of Midland and Eric Nelson of Bay City, will see their article, “Luminescent tubular precipitation structures from reactant-loaded pellets,” published in the November 2015 issue of the journal of Colloids and Surfaces A. My congratulations to them, and a reminder to all faculty and students in all disciplines that we have funding to support this work available through the Undergraduate Research Program. The deadline for the next application cycle is October 31. I hope you will consider pursuing this funding and providing these types of opportunities for our students.
Congratulations to our colleagues in Athletics on another honor for community engagement. This week, the NCAA announced that SVSU is currently ranked no. 6 in the nation among all Division II institutions, based on our student-athletes’ combined performance in the NCAA Team Works Competition, which is billed as the largest community service competition in the history of college athletics. Keep up the good work. Go Cards!
In other Athletic news, I met Dennis Martin, our new assistant track and field coach, this week. He competed at the University of Florida, and will be working with our runners, and I look forward to seeing his contributions. He wasn’t familiar with my Weekly Update. I suspect now he is.
I had two members of Homecoming court attend my Open Forum this week in their sashes. I was disappointed to tell them that I don’t have a vote. I am pleased to see a bright, diverse group of students selected by their peers to represent them. Following a festive Family Weekend, we have a number of Homecoming activities, including home matches for our men’s and women’s soccer teams Friday and Sunday. Alumni Relations is offering campus tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a tailgate from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. You can register online at alumni.svsu.edu. We have extended special invitations to alumni who performed service projects through our Alternative Breaks program, and to those who have been part of the SVSU marching band. I hope you enjoy the band’s remaining performances this season, as Bill Wollner, who has done an exceptional job directing our band for many years, has announced he is retiring at the end of the academic year. The Homecoming parade starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and the football game kicks off at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there.