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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, Nov. 18

Best in ‘Battle' Fundraising Again

Our students, led by Student Association, once again won the annual fundraising competition against their counterparts from Grand Valley, raising more than $25,000 for Special Olympics.  Thanks to all of you who supported them in this effort; they truly do remarkable work to support regional charities, having raised some $275,000 in the 11 years of the competition.

Students Receive National Honor for Peer Health Education

Our student peer health educators, who encourage healthy lifestyle choices by their peers, won Outstanding BACCHUS Affiliate at the group's national conference in Reston, Va. over the weekend. This group does a fine job counseling students in difficult matters such as sexual health and sexual assault prevention, and alcohol and drug education. Congratulations to colleagues Merry Jo Brandimore and Sara Martinez, and all of the students who are part of this important program.

Braun Fellows Selected

Congratulations to colleagues Beth Roe (nursing) and Steve Taber (biology), who have been selected as the latest recipients of the Braun Fellowship. Each will receive up to $37,500 to support his/her research activities over the next three years. The program was established in 2005 through a $1.5 million endowment from the Saginaw-based Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation.  Administered by the Saginaw Community Foundation, the program’s purpose is to recognize the exceptional accomplishments and potential of select SVSU faculty and staff. It is named in honor of Ruth and Ted Braun (pictured) of Saginaw, two former members of our Board of Control.

Football, Cross Country in NCAA competition Saturday

Our football team qualified for the NCAA playoffs and will get another chance against their archrivals from Grand Valley this Saturday. Meanwhile, our women's cross country team qualified for the NCAA national finals for the third consecutive season and will race in Spokane, Wash this weekend. We wish them luck.

“The Producers” Opens

The biggest and best musical we have offered on campus opens this week. Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” is a joint production by our music and theatre departments; it features the original Broadway costumes and sets, and should be a wonderful show.  I hope you will have an opportunity to see it.  Best of luck to these performers, too.  “Break a leg.”  [ show info & tickets » ]

 

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