I hope you enjoyed Homecoming weekend as much as Liana and I did. It was great to see Bill Wollner, associate professor of music, join me as an Honorary Alumnus, and I enjoyed catching up with the many alumni who returned for the festivities. The students selected for Homecoming court are good representatives of the university, and I congratulate Brandon Jones and Charnae Keith on being voted this year’s king and queen. And yes, we won the football game. I hope that carries over to the Axe Bowl; as president, I’m undefeated in that rivalry, and I want it to stay that way. Best wishes to the football team, and all our athletic programs competing this weekend. Cross country and tennis are in the GLIAC championships; volleyball has home matches Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., while swimming and diving, and both soccer teams are on the road. Go Cards!
I received a letter this week from the president of the National Society of Leadership and Success praising Katrina Friedeberg for her work with our SVSU chapter. These types of societies and professional groups contribute a lot to our students’ growth. Congratulations, Katrina, and I extend my appreciation to all of you who work with our students in this fashion.
The latest issue of Reflections magazine is in the mail, and most of you should be receiving it, if you haven’t already. There is a wealth of good information and good stories worth reading, so please continue reading beyond the Jimmy D impersonating Uncle Sam cover, and spend some time with the content inside.
In the coming weeks, you will be seeing posters and other materials encouraging faculty, staff and students to step up when they see something amiss, from sexual assault or harassment issues to concerns for public or personal safety. I also implore you to become familiar with the resources available to those struggling with mental health issues. We have well-trained personnel in our Student Counseling Center, and Human Resources has information on options available to faculty and staff. If you know someone who needs help, please have the courage to say something and encourage them to seek the help they need. All of us will be better for it.