Those who have ventured up to the third floor of Wickes Hall in recent months likely noticed a series of eye-catching and awe-inspiring paintings lining the walls, turning the hallways into an art gallery of sorts. SVSU is a cultural gem in our region, and part of the reason for that reputation starts with the talented artists in our faculty. We plan to shine a spotlight on that talent in as many ways as we can. One of those ways is to rotate artwork from our faculty on those third floor halls. One of the first faculty members spotlighted is Matthew Zivich, who hosted a reception for his artwork on Monday. If you haven’t viewed the series, titled “Americana,” I encourage you to visit the third floor. Each piece contains some elements of appropriated imagery from iconic art works of the past that pertain to America. It’s a fascinating undertaking and a wonderful addition to our campus culture.
We started this year watching our student-athletes doing incredible things on the playing fields, and they haven’t slowed down since. On Saturday, our men’s cross country team finished in 10th place at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships at Saint Leo University. Meanwhile, at the same event, Alison Dorr of the women’s cross country team placed 60th overall in the 6K race. Also on Saturday, the swimming and diving teams competed at both Cleveland State and the University of Chicago. We saw some great performances, including 1st-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke from Shaun Yap and the 200-yard freestyle from Jayden Hutchinson. Meanwhile, other teams’ seasons are just beginning — and in impressive fashion. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams remain unbeaten. The 4-0 men’s team defeated its most recent opponent, Ohio Valley, by 41 points. The 3-0 women’s team will be traveling to the University of California, San Diego to play that institution’s team, ranked No. 17 in Division II preseason polls, on Friday. They will stay in the warm weather over the weekend to play California State University San Marcos the following day. Go Cards!
One of the top goals of our Alumni Relations board and staff involves marketing Red Pride across the state — and nation — through the SVSU license plate program. The idea is that vehicles belonging to alumni, staff, faculty, students and friends can carry SVSU’s brand across America’s roadways. And, as a bonus, purchasing these license plates benefits the SVSU Alumni Legacy Scholarship fund. There has been tremendous support for the license plate initiative from our alumni family, including some demand to update the license plate design. Alumni Relations has answered that demand. Beginning Dec. 1, you can purchase the new license plates — which now includes our Cardinal mascot — at michigan.gov/sos. It’s a great program and a wonderful testament to our SVSU family’s supportive spirit.
Speaking of Spirit, 700 members of our SVSU family attended last Friday’s Saginaw Spirit hockey game, which celebrated the OHL team’s partnership with our school. It was a fun occasion and an impressive demonstration of our Red Pride. It’s common to see such a swell of SVSU spirit on campus. To see our Cardinal family filling The Dow Event Center with such enthusiasm for both SVSU and our community, though, was especially inspiring.
There is so much to be thankful for at SVSU. Most of all, I’m thankful for the people who represent this fine institution: faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and community partners. Thank you for all that you do. You deserve a relaxing and fulfilling holiday break. Liana and I look forward to celebrating the holiday with our family, and as the following weeks unfold in 2016, with our extended SVSU family. What a warm way to welcome the approaching holiday season.