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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, April 24, 2017

Erik Trump honored as finalist

Michigan Association of State Universities named Erik Trump, professor of political science, a finalist for the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award

I am proud to relay that the Michigan Association of State Universities named Erik Trump, professor of political science, a finalist for the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award at their awards banquet earlier this week. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions and dedication exhibited by faculty members as well as their impact on the education of undergraduate students, and Erik certainly demonstrates exemplary commitment in these areas. Please join me in congratulating our colleague on this well-deserved recognition.

Student actor attends national festival

Jacob Kaufman, a theatre major from Bay City, won the first-ever Region III Arts Management Fellowship at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region III in Indianapolis.

Jacob Kaufman, a theatre major from Bay City, was the recipient of the Arts Management Award from the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival earlier this year. As a result, he won a full-paid trip to Washington D.C., where he spent last week working with theatre professionals from across the country. He is now considered a Kennedy Center Arts Management Fellow. What an outstanding honor for Jacob!

Summer camp sign-ups beginning

SVSU offers all sorts of summer camp opportunities for children with all types of interests.

If you are the parent of a child in school, you – or they – may be counting down the weeks and days until summer arrives. But there are many ways to enrich your child’s education during the summer months. SVSU, of course, offers all sorts of summer camp opportunities for children with all types of interests. It is never too early to sign up for some of these opportunities. A great central resource for these camps is available online here: www.svsu.edu/oncampus/summercamps.

Honoring ‘Heroes in Education’

College of Education second annual “Heroes in Education” award honorees.

The College of Education held its second annual “Heroes in Education” Tuesday. We honored six individuals from the Michigan educational community for their outstanding and heroic contributions to positively impacting the lives of students. Recipients included Jerry Carmien, service worker for Kolb Elementary School in Bay City; Kelly Frank, teacher at Tawas Middle School; Joseph Peet, teacher at Kingston Elementary School; Lawanda Purches-Waller, a parent liaison for Genesee STEM Academy in Flint; Todd Switala, coach and volunteer for Sterling Elementary School in the Standish-Sterling school district; and Everton Williams, director of operations for Pontiac Academy for Excellence. JoAnn Schneider, a teacher at Swan Valley High School teacher who received the 2017 Harold W. Peterson Award for Excellence in Teaching, also participated in the ceremony. Congratulations to these outstanding educators.

We welcome Special Olympians

600 Special Olympics athletes competed in various events on campus in April 2017 - collage of competitors and SVSU volunteers.

Our students do so much to support non-profit agencies and causes throughout our community. Last Friday, we hosted nearly 600 Special Olympics athletes who competed in various events on campus. Our student organization, Cardinal for Special Olympics, did a wonderful job making the athletes and their families feel welcome. I would like to especially thank the group’s president, Lake Orion native and elementary education major Christina Paglia, for her fine work in organizing this year’s event, which is an excellent example of community engagement year after year.

Construction ahead

Albert E’s food court and Starbucks both will close for construction purposes until August 2017

After Friday, Albert E’s food court and Starbucks both will close for construction purposes until August. In the meantime, both the Marketplace at Doan and Einstein Bros. Bagels will be open throughout the summer. Please see the attached map (227kB)for a better idea of the construction zone planned for the spring and summer months. Also, the intersection of Davis and Pierce roads will be closed for about two weeks, starting Monday, May 8.

Bob James tickets available

Bob James in concert

Tickets remain available for the concert featuring Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bob James, who is set to appear Friday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased online.

Golf league swings ahead

Pictures of golf scenes.

With our recent warm weather, let me remind everyone that SVSU features its own golf league for faculty, staff and alumni at Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course. Dates are May 4 to August 10 this year. Entry cost is $300, and application details are available online. Maybe I will see a few of you out there.

Big week ahead for Athletics

Softball player hitting ball with words We Drive

As final exams conclude, our Athletic teams remain active. The No. 22-ranked softball team will play its final four home games this weekend, beginning with a doubleheader Friday at 3:30 p.m. vs. Northwood, and ending in a doubleheader against Grand Valley beginning at noon Sunday. The GLIAC Tournament awaits our Cardinals the following week in Findlay, Ohio.

Our baseball team also plays at home this weekend in two doubleheaders against Walsh. The first set is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday and the second begins at noon Saturday.

Two student-athletes from the men’s golf team earned All-GLIAC honors this week. Congratulations to Ryan Peruski and Mason Motte.

Please wish our track and field teams the best of luck as they prepare for relays at Hillsdale this weekend, and the GLIAC Track and Field Championships beginning Wednesday in Allendale. Go Cards!