A number of our students continue to achieve exceptional success at a national level. Congratulations to the staff of our student-run literary arts journal, Cardinal Sins, which the American Scholastic Press Association awarded as one of two publications in the U.S. to receive the Most Outstanding University Literary-Art Magazine award for 2017. This marked the second consecutive year Cardinal Sins achieved the highest honor given by the association. Victoria Phelps, an English literature major from Rochester Hills, served as editor both years. Peter Brian Rose-Barry, the Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics, served as adviser during those years, and Kim Lacey, associate professor of English, currently serves as adviser.
Our moot court program performed exceptionally well at the American Moot Court Association's national tournament in Dallas last week. Gabe Klotz, a political science major from Midland, won third-place for the orator award one year after earning first place. Lindsey Mead, an English literature major from Saginaw, placed No. 17 in the same competition. Klotz and teammate Joshua Atkins, an English literature major from Reese, advanced to the round of 32; while Mead and Jrew Brickel, a criminal justice major from Midland, narrowly missed advancing to the second day of competition. Julie Keil, assistant professor of political science and the team’s adviser, is confident our strong showing will allow us to retain our top 25 national ranking among the 425 colleges and universities who compete. Congratulations to all.
We received official word this week that our College of Business & Management has retained its accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International for six more years. This is the gold standard of business school accreditation; only the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide earn this distinction. Preparing for the accreditation process is no small task. I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to help secure this accomplishment.
I would like to thank Carolyn Wierda for agreeing to remain at SVSU in a new capacity as the special assistant to the president for STEM initiatives on an interim part-time basis. She has been instrumental in building STEM education at SVSU and the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Other colleagues are taking on additional STEM-related responsibilities. Josh Ode, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, will provide support for our STEM outreach efforts as needed. Adrianne Cole will assume all day-to-day STEM responsibilities. Tamara Barrientos will continue as the director of the Regional Mathematics and Science Center.
Thank you to everyone who helped organize Wednesday's Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors. Our guest speakers Karen S. Carter, the chief inclusion officer for The Dow Chemical Company; Matt Davis, president of Dow North America and senior vice president of Dow Chemical Company's Global Public Affairs & Government Affairs; and Cynthia Marshall, the retired chief diversity officer for AT&T and current president and CEO of Marshalling Resources, provided an engaging and thought-provoking discussion on the importance of inclusion and the need for everyday courage.
I would like to thank State Senator Ken Horn for inviting me to attend Tuesday's State of the State address in Lansing - Gov. Rick Snyder's final appearance on that stage. This is an election year and there will be a great deal of turnover in state government due to term limits, so it is vital that will build effective relationships with the legislative and executive branches. Gov. Snyder called on our state to do more to develop human talent, and public universities – especially those like us that educate many first-generation college students – have a critical role to play in meeting these goals. We must all help our friends and neighbors understand this.
Next Tuesday, our colleagues at Career Services will host more than 100 organizations at the Summer Job & Internship Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. Please encourage students and alumni you work with to attend - it will help make it a successful event. Additionally, fieldwork and internship coordinators, as well as faculty, are encouraged to attend. Many organizations are seeking project-based interns, and some may be open to classroom projects and similar community engagement collaborations. View the full list of participating organizations.
Our Center for Academic Innovation has organized the 4th annual Teaching and Learning Symposium for Friday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms. To attend, please RSVP by contacting Debbi Abeare-Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 964-2622 by Friday, Feb. 9. The guest speaker is Joan Middendorf, lead instructional consultant at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Indiana University. She co-authored the book “Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks: Decode the Critical Thinking of your Discipline,” which presents a seven-step process for uncovering bottlenecks and determining the most effective way to enable students to surmount them. Please attend as your schedule permits.
Photo courtesy of ABC-12, WJRT.
As we approach the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, one of our colleagues will have an especially vested interest. Michelle "Mickie" Knous, clinical coordinator for exercise science students, was featured in this story on ABC-12 TV. She recently returned from Switzerland, where she helped select the members of the men's and women's bobsled teams that will compete in the next month in South Korea. Mickie was a member of the 2010 Winter Olympics U.S. women's bobsled team, which she talks about in the TV report.
Our student-athletes are earning national praise. Mike Wells Jr. was named the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association after a week in which he scored a career-best 35 points - including 31 in one half - during a 72-66 win over Ashland. The men’s and women’s teams won home contests against Tiffin last Saturday, as well.
You can cheer Wells and our basketball teams this Saturday as we host Northwood. The women play at 4 p.m. and the men follow at 6 p.m.
Our men’s and women’s track & field teams have posted some impressive results in the early stages of their seasons. They are competing at home during the Jet's Pizza Invitational beginning at 2:30 p.m. Friday and resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday. Go Cards!