We are moving forward on a short-term plan to provide assistance in Human Resources. John Decker, associate vice president of administration and business affairs, and general counsel, will continue to serve as interim director of Human Resources. We also are enlisting professionals from the law firm Braun Kendrick to work part-time in specific areas: attorney Ellen Crane, who will provide expertise in labor relations matters, and Mary Beth Ciesla, who has extensive human resources managerial experience in both the health care and legal services industries. Both will be on campus weekly on a part-time basis to assist with Human Resources matters. We also welcome the return of Michele Hoffman, who had recently retired as the administrative assistant for Human Resources, to work in the office on a part-time basis. We appreciate the service these individuals will provide. Based on these changes, we have decided to suspend the search process, however, our long-term plan remains to hire a director of Human Resources. Please join me in showing appreciation for all our HR colleagues who are working diligently during this transition.
Last week, I reminded you of this upcoming Friday’s Cardinal College Day event. Since then, I have learned that we are expecting a great turnout. During last year’s August event, we received 199 RSVPs from prospective students planning to attend the event. We have received 235 RSVPs for Friday’s event! That increase is an outstanding testament to our Admissions staff and everyone who has helped recruit interest in our university. Thank you to everyone involved.
Our campus has played host to friends from across the world this summer. Recently, I had the privilege of joining students from Ming Chuan University in celebrating the end of a near month-long learning and Study Abroad experience. Business students from Shanghai Normal University also have spent time on campus in recent weeks. We also had the pleasure of welcoming 16 students from Tokushima Municipal Senior High School. Thank you to the faculty, staff, and students who welcomed these visitors with open arms and made SVSU a home away from home.
We were pleased to host a delegation from Destination Imagination Thursday, including about a dozen students from Bad Axe schools. Long-time friend and Board of Fellows member Ernie Paulick was among those who made the trip from the Thumb. The organization provides extracurricular opportunities for students to engage in creative problem solving and hands-on learning. Today’s visitors had a chance to do STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities in the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, take campus tours, and participate in computer coding activities. My thanks to all involved in introducing new people to our campus community.
(Pictures: President Bachand engaged with Destination Imagination students from Bad Axe. He was joined by SVSU alumna Heather Gallegos from Dow and DeAnna Wruble of the Gemini Group in Bad Axe. Bottom picture: Frank Hall, dean of Science, Engineering and Technology; Adrianne Cole, STEM program manager; explain to President Bachand an activity as students look on.)
Last week, I was pleased to inform you about all of the academic accolades our spring sports student-athletes earned. Shortly after, we learned that several more student-athletes earned similar recognition. Our women’s and men’s track & field programs saw 10 of their own recognized with United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Individual honors. Among the women earning that distinction were Allison Dorr, Anna Fochesato, Morgan Fuerst, Lauren Huebner, Taylor Stepanski, and Alicia Tomlin. The men’s team saw Clyde Anderson III, Sam Black, Parker Eisengruber, and Joey Southgate earn the distinction. To qualify for the honors, recipients must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and reach a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons. Congratulations to everyone who earned this outstanding distinction. Go Cards!