Please join me in welcoming Ellen Crane as our new director of Human Resources. She has been assisting the office over the past several months in her capacity as an attorney with the law firm Braun Kendrick; she will continue in that role until beginning her full-time duties at SVSU on January 1. Ellen has been a practicing attorney for more than 20 years and has a great deal of experience in labor and employment law. This is a very important position to the future of SVSU, and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the search process. I am confident that Ellen will provide effective leadership for our Human Resources efforts and that she will become a valued and trusted colleague.
One of the institution’s points of pride is the outstanding service we provide for our military-affiliated students. This week, we learned our university was recognized by two different organizations for that service. We were ranked in the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 and received the 2018 Military-Friendly designation from Victory Media. Both Military Times and Victory Media are respected media organizations that deal with military affairs. I would like to thank Bethany Alford, director of our Military Student Affairs; her staff; and everyone who has helped better the experience of our military service member students and their families.
Our moot court program continues to impress. Already, two of our students have qualified for the American Moot Court Association national tournament scheduled for January in Dallas. As a team, Jrew Brickel and Lindsey Mead placed third during a regional competition in Akron, which allowed them to advance to the nationals. Individually, they also received orator awards during the Akron tournament. Lindsey, an English literature major from Saginaw, received a third-place orator’s award while Jrew, a criminal justice major from Midland, earned a tenth-place award in the category.
We are playing a leading role in tackling important community problems. An ABC 12 report is available online that explores how the Bay Community Health Clinic is helping to combat the opioid epidemic in the region. It is a long-form journalism piece that includes illuminating interviews with recovering addicts and clinic staff. Among those interviewed is our own Kathleen Schachman, the Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Chair in Nursing, who has been instrumental in coordinating the resources of the clinic’s partnering agencies — including our institution — to best suit community needs.
Our colleagues in the College of Business and Management recently hosted visitors evaluating our re-accreditation by AACSB International. The preliminary feedback received from our peer review team was very positive and encouraging. We will receive the group’s formal recommendation concerning our re-accreditation to the Continuous Improvement Review Committee (CIRC) of the AACSB International by mid-December 2017. The committee will consider that recommendation at its meeting in mid-January 2018, after which we will be notified of its decision. My thanks to everyone involved in hosting this team and preparing for their visit.
I was pleased to attend two outstanding performances on campus within the last week. The musical dance group, Encore, put on a great performance in front of a full house this weekend. And the play “She Kills Monsters” impressed audiences throughout last week. You can catch the Department of Theatre’s next show, “’Tis the Season: A Christmas Variety Show,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 29-30, in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. You can purchase tickets online.
Right now, 22 of our students are attending American Model United Nations conference in Chicago, which spans Nov. 18-21. There, our students will participate in professionally-run simulations of United Nations gatherings along with 1,400 students, faculty and professionals from across the globe. This conference provides a unique learning experience that adds to the education they already receive through the SVSU Model United Nations student organization.
Congratulations to senior McKenzie Schuster, who was named a member of the women’s volleyball All-GLIAC Second Team. Her sophomore teammate Hannah Tabit earned All-GLIAC honorable mention recognition.
Congratulations to SVSU swimmers Amanda Thielen and Shaun Yap, who each won GLIAC Athlete of the Week honors for their performances at the 017 Magnus Cup Invitational at Cleveland State University.
Our men’s basketball team play the only two home sporting events scheduled for the next week. The team plays Grace Bible Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Hillsdale Sunday at 3 p.m. Go Cards!
There is a lot to be thankful for at SVSU. I am thankful for the faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and community partners that support and define our institution. As Liana and I celebrate the holiday, I hope you enjoy a relaxing extended weekend with family and friends.