Individuals interested in joining one of SVSU's many registered student organizations can participate virtually in this year's Cards Party -- known this year as Cards Week -- from Monday to Thursday, Sept. 14-17.
Tables will be set up for RSOs in the courtyard, where students can connect with the various student groups. Four tables will be available at a time.
Students also are encouraged to explore RSO opportunities using SVSU Engage.
Next week, SVSU plans to begin random COVID-19 testing of students, staff and faculty members. SVSU strongly encourages those selected to participate in this voluntary testing to monitor any potential spread of the virus. We will begin by selecting 50 individuals for testing next week. Please watch your SVSU e-mail to see if you have been selected.
Members of the campus community who experience symptoms already are directed to seek testing, when appropriate, via the CampusClear app. The new random testing program will help to determine if there are members of the campus community carrying the virus while experiencing no symptoms or mild symptoms.
On Wednesday, SVSU opened the Fitness Center to students, faculty and staff.
Along with observing the "Practice 5" required guidelines, those utilizing the facilities must show the staff their "good to go" screen on the CampusClear app. Staff will ask for guests’ names and reservation time upon arrival; guests must present their SVSU ID. Participants are encouraged to arrive dressed to work out because locker rooms and showers will not be available. Restrooms will be available.
To make an appointment, please visit recreation.svsu.edu and log in using SVSU credentials. Then select the “Ryder Fitness Reservations” card on the home page and again in the classification list. At this time, participants may register up to 24 hours in advance for a time block of 90 minutes. Participants will receive an email confirmation of their reservation once it is completed. To help staff better manage capacity levels at the facility, users not intending to visit are asked to cancel their reservation at least 10 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled arrival.
All Fitness Center users must wear a mask properly -- covering both the mouth and nostrils -- throughout the duration of their workout. Health care experts point out that when humans exercise, they breathe more heavily, which means that carriers of the virus can send virus droplets farther than during typical breathing, heightening the need to wear masks properly. Since many people who carry the virus never show symptoms, it's important that all Fitness Center visitors wear their masks properly. Users are also asked to sanitize equipment both before and after using it.
For the fall semester, SVSU will not schedule activities on the recreation courts. Uers will be unable to check out equipment (other than the bar clips for power lifting bars) until further notice.
Individuals must bring their own mats for floor work
Participants may bring their own personal water bottle. Water bottle filling stations will be available.
Hours of operation for the Fitness Center are as follows:
Users can expect an open setting for individualized strength and cardio workouts, a supply of cleaning spray and towels throughout the facility, as well as hand sanitizer, and staff ready to assist with questions or concerns.
More information on the opening of the swimming pool will be provided in the coming weeks. Repairs were made over the summer to improve the Gerstacker Aquatic Center, and the pool must be inspected by the Saginaw County Health Department prior to opening.
SVSU's Student Counseling Center has increased its display of community and after-hour resources to aid campus community members. The staff also is providing a consultation line through the Covenant HealthCare staff to distribute to individuals who receive a positive Covid-19 test and experience emotional challenges associated with the results. All services are free.
The Student Counseling Center is open for appointments Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals can schedule an appointment at www.svsu.edu/studentcounselingcenter or (989) 964-7078. In the case of an emergency, please call 911.
Individuals who contract coronavirus and experience emotional challenges after business hours associated with the results can call (989) 964-2983.
If a student has a mental health crisis after hours, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org) also is a suggested resource. The counseling center also recommends contacting a Resident Assistant in the event of an on-campus housing crisis. A crisis would involve any situation in which a student’s safety is at risk for harm.
The Student Counseling Center also recommends contacting the following services, depending on the nature of the crisis:
Members of the campus community can utilize temperature kiosks recently installed in key corners of campus.
The following is a list of where those kiosks are available:
Temperature Kiosk Map (3,015KB)
Required daily health self-screening for all students, faculty and staff coming to campus
The CampusClear app for the daily health screening underwent a software update Wednesday night. Please know that you may need to re-enter your SVSU credentials the first time you use the app after this update.
We know some members of the campus community have reported difficulty accessing the CampusClear app on their smart devices. We hope the update addresses these issues.
For users experiencing difficulties when accessing the app, it is recommended they attempt to access CampusClear by using an Internet browser and typing https://web.ivy.ai/app/campusclear into the URL field on the browser.
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