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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, January 23, 2017

Playing host to history

The honorable Eric H. Holder, 42nd attorney general of the United States and Judge Terry Clark.

We hosted a wonderful community event Wednesday night. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder came to campus for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for a thought-provoking and entertaining conversation with Saginaw County Chief Judge Terry Clark, who was outstanding in his role as moderator. Some 1,000 people flocked to the campus for the event, and many of these visitors were able to meet Mr. Holder in person. Thanks to our sponsors and partners, we were able to share this extraordinary opportunity free of charge. Many faculty, staff and students worked with organizers to accommodate this special guest and the large crowd he attracted. Many members of the media covered the event as well. WNEM TV-5’s Colette Boyd served as master of ceremonies. You can watch TV-5’s coverage. Thank you to everyone who made this such a special occasion.

Empowering Hispanic leadership

Christina Chavez,granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, one of the great Latino-American Civil Rights and American labor movement activists and SVSU President Don Bachand.

One of those at Wednesday’s event was Christina Chavez, the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, one of the great Latino-American Civil Rights and American labor movement activists of the 20th century.  I had the pleasure of meeting Christina, who served as the keynote speaker at our Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute graduation ceremony Thursday.  The institute is a tremendous tool for developing the leadership skills of young Hispanic adults, and I’m proud to say we host it here at SVSU. Congratulations to all of these graduates and thank you to everyone who helped them with this great accomplishment.

Another ‘Night’ to look forward to

Intercultural Night 2017 logo

One of the campus’ most entertaining and culturally-enriching evenings of the year is fast approaching. If you haven’t already done so, please consider picking up your free tickets to the 16th annual Intercultural Night, scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre. Some 40 students representing 15 nations will participate in the event. Many of these students will be dressed according to customs of their homeland as they perform song, dance, fashion and theatre acts. The theme for this year is “Citizen of Art.” Seating is limited, so while admission is free, you must pick up tickets from the Office of International and Advanced Studies in Wickes 230. It’s sure to be a vibrant and enjoyable event.

Job fair approaching

A poster for the summer job and internship fair Tuesday January 31.

Many of our students need to work over the summer to fund their education. Please remind them about the Summer Job/Internship Fair happening next Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center and the surrounding hallways. Faculty and staff are welcome to stop by and greet the organizations recruiting our students. Career Services reports there are 100 organizations attending. A full list of participating organizations are available at: www.svsu.edu/careerservices/events/employmentfairs/.

Music to our ears

A collage of music performances by percussion, opera, and wind ensemble.

There’s some great news coming out of the Department of Music. We recently received word that the National Association of Schools of Music has reaccredited the department for 10 years — the maximum length allowed. Our inspired music faculty, staff and students are exceptional, and I’m pleased to learn their exceptionalism is being recognized at a national scale. Congratulations to everyone who made — and continues to make — this department such a fine feature of our university.

The new Vitito class

Vitito Fellows Class of 2017

Our fifth cohort of Vitito Fellows has been annouced. Once again, we have an excellent group of 11 students from the College of Business and Management representing this prestigious 18-month leadership development program. The Vitito Global Leadership Institute selects its students based on academic ability, character, leadership experience or potential for leadership, and a demonstrated concern for — and willingness — to give back to the community. These are some of the characteristics that define our institution, and I’m pleased that this program of distinction continues to develop those qualities in our students. Our continued thanks, as well, to Bob and Bobbi Vitito for their generous support to endow this program.

Athletic teams return home

Collage of action from men's and women's basketball

There are some exciting home Athletics events scheduled for the coming week as well. The track and field team participates in the Jet’s Pizza Invitational today at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. The 14-4 women’s and 12-7 men’s basketball teams return home Monday against Wayne State for 6 and 8 p.m. matchups, respectively. Go Cards!

Back in the Spirit

SVSU Family Night February 1, 2017 at the Saginaw Spirit

We are promoting another SVSU family night with The Saginaw Spirit next Wednesday, Feb. 1. The team takes on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 7:05 p.m. at The Dow Event Center in downtown Saginaw. For free tickets, you can contact Jennifer Weiss in University Communications at (989) 964-4039, Student Affairs at (989) 964-4410 or Alumni Relations at (989) 964-4196.

State of the University address

President Don Bachand delivers 2015 State of the University address

Please mark your calendars for the annual State of the University address Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre. I am looking forward to reviewing some of our biggest successes from the past year while discussing some of the exciting and promising initiatives planned for the near future. I hope you all can attend. For those with scheduling conflicts, we once again will record the address for you to watch at your convenience.

Another outstanding Cardinal College Day

A collage of photos from Cardinal College Day January 21, 2017

Finally, I would like to thank all of our staff, faculty, students and volunteers who helped with last weekend’s Cardinal College Day. We had a very good turnout: 170 prospective students and their families. These were high school juniors and seniors from across the state. Our work to recruit students never ends, and our Admissions staff already is gearing up for our next big event. On March 25, Admit Discovery Day will cater to those prospective students who have been admitted to enroll for the upcoming academic year. We want to give them another opportunity to meet our outstanding Cardinal family and secure their decision to attend SVSU in the fall. Our friendly and welcoming faculty and staff, and the strength of our academic programs, are critical factors in the decision-making process. Please consider volunteering for this event if you are able.