Nominations for our Alumni Awards are now open, and we need YOU to nominate the best and brightest SVSU alumni!
We are counting on you to help us recognize SVSU alumni who will make us proud. We want to hear from all corners of the world and from all pathways of life. Our alumni do amazing things, and we need your help to give them the recognition they deserve. Over the years, we have honored a very select group of 129 alumni out of 48,000+. Based on this, the awards are very prestigious, and we need your help to continue the tradition.
The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2019. Nominate an alumni by following the link for a specific category and completing the online form below.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, the most prestigious award presented by the SVSU Alumni Association, is presented to a graduate of SVSU in recognition of distinguished service and accomplishment in any field of human endeavor that enhances the prestige of the University. Five Distinguished Alumni are recognized each year, one for each college within SVSU.
To nominate an SVSU alum for a Distinguished Alumni Award, click here: https://forms.gle/sUGTLt78UKf78VoJ8
The Veteran Alumni Award is presented to an outstanding alum who has served our country with distinction through one of the armed forces, and who also has exemplified their SVSU degree by creating personal and professional successes.
To nominate an SVSU alum for the Veteran Alumni Award, click here: https://forms.gle/imhECj4cCsHKqC558
The Young Alumni Award is presented to a Cardinal who has graduated within the past five years, and who has contributed to student and campus life, has a strong connection to SVSU, has been recognized for a strong work ethic and has shown evidence of professional achievement and civic service.
To nominate an SVSU alum for the Young Alumni Award, click here: https://forms.gle/yd8cyQ2XMR9bWM4M6
(Recipients photographed left to right)
2018 Distinguished Alumnus: College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences
The Honorable Manvel Trice III '98
The Honorable Manvel Trice III obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from SVSU in 1998. After graduating, he went on to pursue his Doctorate of Jurisprudence at Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. Once he received his doctorate, Trice returned to Saginaw and became a partner at Braun Kendrick P.L.C., where he practiced for ten years. In 2011, Trice became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Major Crimes Unit in the Saginaw County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He was responsible for the aggressive prosecution of violent offenders, resulting in over a 50% reduction in homicides and a 30% reduction in major felony crimes in Saginaw County from 2013 - 2014. In July 2016, Governor Snyder appointed Judge Trice to the 70th Judicial District Court for Saginaw County and again to the 10th Judicial Circuit Court in December 2017.
Trice believes leadership is measured by how you have helped others and success means enhancing the quality of life in his community. He co-founded the Saginaw Witness Assistance Program to provide relocation assistance to witnesses in violent crime prosecution cases and presides over the Saginaw County Sobriety Treatment Court to address the needs of the high-risk, high-needs population diagnosed with substance abuse disorder.
2018 Distinguished Alumnus: Scott L. Carmona College of Business & Management
James Terry '86
James Terry graduated in 1986 from SVSU with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in marketing and minoring in general business. Today, he is the owner of P.F. Markey Inc., R&S Cuttergrind, and co-owner of Great Lakes Escape Games. Terry is the quintessential entrepreneur and was recently highlighted in Crain's Detroit Business for his business savvy. Terry joined P.F. Markey when it was a three-person team, and grew the company to 58 employees with revenue of $50 million this year. He also expanded to his second business, R&S Cuttergrind, sharpening tools for Markey customers. His innovative thinking is leading the company to success, with a target revenue of $100 million by 2022. Terry values continuing education for not only himself, but for those that work for him as well. In addition to his business ventures, Terry is very active in the community. He is the vice president of the Great Lakes Bay Manufacturing Association and a member of the Cardinal Formula Racing Advisory Board for SVSU, the Stevens Family Business Center, and the 100 Club of Saginaw.
2018 Distinguished Alumna: College of Education
Rachel Snell '02, '05
Rachel Snell received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from SVSU in 2002, as well as her Master of Education in 2005. Snell she was selected for the prestigious Roberts Fellowship as well as the coveted Gerstacker Fellowship. In 2013, she was chosen to be a Goethe Institute TOP Fellow.
As an educator, Rachel is eager to bring students and staff into the twenty-first century using a unique combination of brain-based learning strategies, technology, theory, and project-based hands-on learning experience. Snell is now serving as the Interim Superintendent at Carrollton Public Schools. She has always been a very involved administrator and teacher. She was a mentor teacher, a leader for student travel programs, and is involved in school improvement, curriculum creation, and grant coordination as well. She is also the owner of TFT, which offers products to help teachers master and implement the Common Core standards.
2018 Distinguished Alumna: College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Mary Draves '94, '01
Mary Draves received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1994 and her Master of Science in Technological Processes in 2001.
Mary has been with The Dow Chemical Company for 25 years, a majority of which she has been in the Midland Michigan Operations Manufacturing site where she has served as a Manufacturing Leader, a Division Maintenance Leader, and the site’s Reliability Services Leader. Draves began her career at Dow in the Toxicology and Environmental Health Research Lab where her work supported product registration in the US and Europe. She also spent time in the Environmental, Health and Safety Group providing support for the Midland Michigan Operations site as a Project Leader for site-wide environmental requirements. She has served as issues management expertise for multiple products in the Dow portfolio, both in the US and Europe. Today, Draves is the Global Director of Remediation, Environmental Technology, and Environmental Operations at The Dow Chemical Company. She is the implementation leader for the Company’s ambitious 'Valuing Nature' sustainability goal, which aims to identify $1 billion worth of value to Dow from projects that enhance nature.
Outside of her work at Dow, Draves currently is a member of the SVSU Foundation Board, serves as a trustee on the Michigan 4H Foundation State Board, and participates in numerous other community projects in the Great Lakes Bay Region. She and her husband, Todd, own and operate two businesses, both located in Midland.
2018 Distinguished Alumna: College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Dr. Ashley Holdsworth '08
Dr. Ashley Holdsworth is an ophthalmologist at Traverse City Eye in Traverse City, Michigan. Hodsworth received her Bachelor of Science degree from SVSU in 2008 before she went on to Michigan State University for her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She has completed numerous residencies and research activities in ophthalmology, as well as volunteered for the visually impaired. In 2016, Holdsworth took a mission trip to the Dominican Republic where she performed ocular surgery to patients in need. She plans to go on the same mission trip again this year and to pioneer the setup of the first ophthalmology clinic in Congo. She attributes her success in her mission work to her experience with the Scholar's Study Abroad Program and as a Roberts Fellow at SVSU, through which she studied Western and Eastern leadership and traveled to China, Taiwan, and Japan. She was the perfect example of student engagement, which is a strong core value of the SVSU experience. Whether it was working in Student Life, leading alternative spring break trips, or participating in Biology Club, those experiences molded her into the professional she is today.
2018 Distinguished Alumna: Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services
Stacey Klump '96, '09
Stacey Klump received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2009 from SVSU. Klump began working as a registered nurse at Covenant HealthCare after undergrad and quickly realized an interest in education as she worked as adjunct faculty at Delta College and on education teams at Covenant HealthCare while working as a surgical nurse. Following many years of clinical experience, she returned to SVSU for her master's degree to challenge herself and fulfill her desire to be a lifelong learner by specializing in education. She then taught Nursing Leadership & Management at SVSU for seven years while working as a Nurse Manager at Covenant. Now as the Director of Medical Surgical Services at Covenant, Stacey mentors new nursing leaders and promotes evidence-based nursing practices. She has implemented multiple programs for the wellness of Covenant HealthCare patients such as "Ticket to Ride" to ensure safe transportation and "Hot Feet" to identify patients at high risk of falling. As a result of her dedication and service, Klump has received the Nursing Excellence Award from Covenant HealthCare and the Adjunct Faculty Award from Delta College. She also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Education for St. Charles Community Schools. Klump has based her career on serving our community and offering skilled, compassionate care to every patient every day.
2018 U.S. Veteran Alumnus
Douglas Szczepanski '11
U.S. Army SGT (Ret.), Douglas Szczepanski is an Iraqi War Combat Vet. SGT Szczepanski was wounded in combat, when a suicide car bomb attacked his convoy while patrolling Baghdad, Iraq on September 15th, 2005. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge. Szczepanski went on to study criminal justice at Delta Community College and received his Bachelor of Art in Criminal Justice with a minor in General Business from SVSU in 2011. After his time in the Army, he began to share his story of faith, perseverance, and hardship with others to demonstrate that they too can overcome and endure. He started a nonprofit, Miracle Soldier Inc. and is now an inspirational and motivational speaker, a Christian speaker and minister, and is studying to receive his Master of Divinity in theology at Liberty University.
In addition to speaking and being a minister, Szczepanski has dedicated much of his time to service and volunteer work to help veterans and the homeless. Specifically, he currently plays for the Michigan Warriors disabled veterans hockey team as a part of Veterans' Rehabilitative Sports Therapy. Szczepanski met his wife here on SVSU campus at a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting. Together they have three "future cards": Elijah, Micah, and Lucy.
2018 Young Alumna
Olivia Arnold '15
Olivia Arnold received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SVSU in 2015. For two years, she served as a research assistant on a grant for a nursing faculty member to increase the use of evidence-based practice in area healthcare agencies, for which she presented at local and national conferences. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, where she completed her MSN dissertation on Early Childhood Interventions to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. Now, Arnold is pursuing her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania where she is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Throughout her career, Arnold has been dedicated to continuing her education and the education of others on best health practices. While at SVSU, she mentored and tutored student nurses during simulations and individual practice time. She also was a nurse preceptor at Hurley Medical Center where she was responsible for the education and mentorship of nursing students in the Neonatal ICU.
2018 Future Alumna
Danielle Slonac (est. Dec 2018)
Danielle Slonac is a native of St. Clair, Michigan and is currently a senior at SVSU expecting to graduate in December of 2018 with her Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, Management, and Supply Chain Management. She is an accomplished member of the SVSU Women's Tennis Team and has accumulated impressive accolades during her tenure on the team, including: several ITA Scholar Athlete Awards, numerous GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team accolades, the George Eastland GPA Award, which is given to the SVSU male and female senior athlete with the highest overall grade point average, and the Arthur Ashe ITA Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Danielle is also part of three Programs of Distinction at SVSU, including Cardinal Business Edge, the Vitito Global Leadership Institute, and the Honors Program. As a result of her thesis in the Honors Program, she was invited to present her research at a conference for the Institute for Global Business Research, hosted by Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Danielle is also a recipient of the YWCA Emerging Leader Award for the Great Lakes Bay Region for her demonstration of strong leadership skills, accomplishments, strive for empowerment of women, and commitment to the community. Danielle has been actively involved in volunteerism and community engagement through her participation in such activities as Make-a-Wish, Community Dream Day, and Kids in Distress. She is also actively engaged in campus activities and participates in numerous Registered Student Organizations, including: Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Finance Club, Athletes in Action, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Dean's Student Advisory Council, for which she serves as the Vice President. Danielle is also a President's Scholarship Recipient and has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her time at SVSU.