While we have yet to reach the mid-point for the fall semester, we already hard at work recruiting faculty for the 2013-14 academic year and beyond. We expect to review candidates for some 32 faculty lines across 20 academic departments, searching for colleagues that are committed to quality classroom teaching and serious about their scholarship. In addition, we expect to post openings for three endowed chair positions.
Our colleagues in Admissions and across the institution are also working to secure our 2013 freshman class. Our recruiters are visiting high schools throughout Michigan and making targeted visits in Indiana and Ohio. The annual Admissions Open House is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, and we expect some 500 prospective students and their families to visit campus. My thanks to those colleagues who participate in this very important event to showcase our university.
Last Friday, we honored two emeriti members of our psychology faculty during a dedication for the Singh-Mondol Psychology Reading Room (Brown 143). The late Hero M. Singh and Merlyn Mondol taught psychology for a combined 68 years and made many other contributions at SVSU and in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Merlyn joined us for the ceremony, which brought many visitors to campus, particularly from the local community.
The Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum will hold its annual gala benefit this Friday, Oct. 5, and it has received strong support from the local arts and corporate sectors. Some of the region’s finest artists have donated more than 45 works of art for a silent auction; those works are now on display in the University Art Gallery. The Dow Chemical Company is the title sponsor for the benefit, which raises funds for the museum’s educational programs and traveling exhibitions. The museum is truly a treasure, and we are fortunate to have it on our campus. [ more... ]