Our Department of Theatre is a cultural jewel in the region’s performing arts industry. Our student-actors are among the region’s finest stage performers. Each year, I am excited about the lineup of plays produced here on campus, and this year is no exception. The first production begins this week with “Decision Height.” Our very first all-female cast will portray a group of women who formed a bond of sisterhood while serving together in the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. Ric Roberts, professor of theatre, is the director. You can buy your tickets for “Decision Height” online for 7:30 p.m. showtimes today through Saturday as well as a 3 p.m. Sunday closing performance.
Wendy Chu, a piano accompanist here, and MiJung Trepanier, an adjunct faculty member, will perform classical music from composers such as Beethoven and Tchaikovsky during a Friday concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Both Wendy and MiJung are accomplished musicians who have performed in front of audiences across the world. Their performance here is free.
Then a group believed to be the only "Piano Windtet" of its kind (piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) will perform in concert Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall as part of SVSU’s Rhea Miller Concert Series. Ensemble 4.1 is devoted to chamber music for this unusual combination of instruments. They have delivered performances in Germany and overseas, some of them organized by the Goethe Institute and by German embassies abroad.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am involved in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. The goal is to raise $6,000 toward breast cancer awareness research and treatment. You may donate to my campaign online. T-Shirts will be available to buy at the table-sits every Monday through Wednesday this month, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., outside the Marketplace at Doan. Remember that every contribution provides needed resources for those impacted by breast cancer.
Our friends at Career Services will be hosting a fall season record of over 140 organizations at the Fall University-Wide Employment & Networking Fair Friday, Oct. 13, from noon to 3 p.m. in Curtiss Hall. There will be opportunities for students from all class levels and majors seeking full-time and part-time work as well as co-ops and internships. Additionally, free LinkedIn portrait photographs will be available. Your endorsement — by encouraging students and alumni to attend — would help make it a successful event. Visit their website for a full list of participating organizations.
Congratulations to our students for their outstanding campaign to raise funds for the Mustard Seed Shelter as part of Battle of the Valleys. They collected $32,115, which was one of the largest intakes in the competition’s 15-year history. Money collected will be used to help the shelter double its capacity for the homeless women and children who live there. The money collected also was enough to help us keep Victoria the trophy on our campus for a tenth consecutive year.
Football and our institution’s commitment to community engagement will continue to overlap this week. The College of Health and Human Services will team with both the Pulse 3 Foundation in Saginaw and Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide lifesaving training during Saturday’s home football game against Davenport. Volunteers will set up a tent outside Wickes Memorial Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. There, they hope to train 500 people on how to perform hands-only CPR before the end of the game, which kicks off at 3 p.m.
The 2-3 football team’s game Saturday against Davenport represents one of a number of home games scheduled in the coming days. Our 5-4-1 women’s soccer team also will face Davenport. That game is Friday at noon. The team also hosts Purdue Northwest Sunday at noon. Junior Samantha Dunn was recently selected as GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week.
The 4-1 women’s tennis team will attempt to remain undefeated in the GLIAC when it hosts Wayne State, Ashland and Tiffin during games Friday at noon, Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sunday at 10 a.m., respectively. The team is performing well, as are individual players. Sophomore Maddie Miller recently was selected as the GLIAC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week.
The 7-1-1 men’s soccer team will host Northern Michigan Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Among the student-athletes you can watch that game is junior Omar Sinclair, who was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week recently. Go Cards!
With Homecoming festivities right around the corner — Saturday, Oct. 14 is the Homecoming football game vs. Ferris State — it is never too early to begin planning for activities. I would encourage you to pass the word along to alumni as well.
Among the activities geared toward faculty, staff and alumni is a Friday, Oct. 13 performance from the Chicago-based sketch comedy troupe, The Second City, which has produced comedians such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Jordan Peele. Tickets are $30 individually or $50 for a couple and can be purchased online. That includes tickets for dinner in Marketplace at Doan from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as The Second City performance at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.
A Homecoming 5K Fun Run is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. beginning at the Edwards Bell Tower. Registration is $30 for members of the SVSU community and $20 for students. All proceeds support Forever Red scholarships. Those interested in participating can register online.
The annual Homecoming Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. that same day, beginning in the J2 parking lot. And registration has begun for individuals interested in participating in the Homecoming tailgate beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the alumni tent between parking lots C and C1 along Davis. The tailgate will feature a buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, cookies, chips, beverages, and music by The Cronies & Les Egos Band. Tickets are $20 and include admission to the game vs. Ferris State at 3 p.m.