Writer Éireann Lorsung will speak at Saginaw Valley State University as part of the school's "Voices in the Valley" reading series Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in SVSU's Founders Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Lorsung is a published author and poet, with her most notable works being "Music for Landing Planes By," "Her book," and "Sweetbriar," which are all poetry collections. She is currently working on a fiction novel about the effects a Japanese earthquake had on an archivist.
As for other endeavors, Lorsung is the coordinator for the Dickinson House, a bed and breakfast where writers and artists can explore their creativity in Belgium. She also runs MIEL, a micropress, and is editor for their journal 1110.
Lorsung earned her bachelor's degree in English and Japanese, and her master's degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota before completing her Ph.D. in critical theory at the University of Nottingham.
Saginaw Valley State University will feature a concert by the Chicago-based Lincoln Trio as part of the Rhea Miller Concert Series Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.
Hailed by FANFARE magazine as “one of the hottest young trios in the business,” the group includes Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano. Each is an artist of international renown.
Ruhstrat has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, appearing at the White House and performing on a live radio broadcast heard around the world with the Berlin Radio Orchestra. Cunliffe has performed with the BBC and Royal Scottish orchestras, and as a member of the Balanescu Quartet. Aznavoorian has appeared with the Chicago Symphony and has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.
Formed in 2003, the Lincoln Trio takes its name from their home, the heartland of the United States, the land of Lincoln. The group has been praised for its polished presentations of well-known chamber works and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire. Internationally the trio has performed in Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and South America.
Winners of the 2008 Master Players International Competition in Venice, Italy, the trio also received prestigious Young Performers Career Advancement Award in 2011. Staunch proponents of music education, the Lincoln Trio has had residencies at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, and SUNY-Fredonia.
The Rhea Miller Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from Rhea E. Miller, a longtime friend of SVSU. Her gift, administered by the Miller Trust for Music Education, has provided the university with the opportunity to offer outstanding performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed musical artists at no cost to the audience since 1993. For more information, call (989) 964-4159 or email email@example.com.
The Saginaw Valley State University Concert Band will perform in concert Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. This event is free and open to the public.
The SVSU Concert Band is an ensemble consisting of 59 students under the direction of Bill Wollner, SVSU associate professor of music. Featured instruments include the clarinet, trumpet, euphonium and trombone, among others.
The band will perform various music pieces including "Adagio and Tarentella" by Ernesto Cavallini, and "Mock Morris" by Percy Aldridge Grainger.
For more information on this concert or the many other events hosted by SVSU's music department, visit svsu.edu/music.
Saginaw Valley State University has been awarded a $61,449 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to monitor the Bad Axe Creek in Huron County for phosphorus and E. coli over the next two years.
The research also will help determine the concentration and potential sources of contamination there.
The grant was part of nearly $300,000 in DEQ grants distributed to universities, governments and nonprofit organizations planning to monitor water quality in Michigan. SVSU received the largest share of the $300,000.
The research will be conducted by David Karpovich, H.H. Dow Endowed Chair of Chemistry, Tami Sivy, associate professor of chemistry, and students involved in SVSU’s Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute.
Karpovich said previous research shows Bad Axe Creek carries high E. coli and phosphorus levels. He hopes the study will determine the source for those findings.
“This project will provide data to support development of corrective plans,” he said.
Bad Axe Creek is a tributary to the Pinnebog River, which flows to Saginaw Bay at Port Crescent State Park. Bad Axe Creek has been shown to be a major contributing source of phosphorus to the Pinnebog River, he said.
“This research complements our work to develop tools to develop strategic conservation strategies to help in the restoration of Saginaw Bay, which is a project funded by the University of Michigan Water Center,” Karpovich said.
Researchers with SVSU's Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute also are currently performing water quality studies in the Kawkawlin River, Pigeon River, Pinnebog River, Tawas River and Saginaw Bay.
For more information on the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute at SVSU, visit www.svsu.edu/sbesi.
A Saginaw Valley State University student won two out of six top awards recognizing outstanding student graphic design projects during the American Advertising Federation District 6 competition, which covers contestants from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
Now Kaitlyn Zumbach, a graphic design major from Millington who graduates in May, will see how well her two winning entries fare against national competition during the national American Advertising Federation conference in June in Las Vegas.
“They say that when you do something you love, you will find success,” Zumbach said. “I love graphic design and receiving all of these awards have been proof that I am going into the right career. I am incredibly grateful for the support of my family and the encouragement of some awesome advisors over the past few years. I can't wait to start my graphic design career in May.”
The regional competition, which was held in Muncie, Ind. in March, included 304 entries from student graphic design artists from cities as large as Chicago. The six entries that won gold designations - the top honors were given at the event - will be entered into the national competition.
Zumbach earned the two gold designations for a marketing campaign promoting a race in Harrison known as The Mutt as well as a series of stationery designs that include letterheads and business cards. She also earned two of the 14 silver designations given at the regional competition.
Zumbach is no stranger to recognition. Last year, she was one of five from the U.S. selected for the 16-person Stampin' Up! international Artisan Design Team. The recognition draws attention to artists working with rubber stamp art and paper crafting.
In 2014, Zumbach also won the Hank Graff 100 Year Anniversary Logo Contest for her graphic design entry celebrating the auto dealership's centennial year. She received a $1,000 scholarship as a prize, and the company adopted her logo.
Prior to graduating, Zumbach also will present her SVSU honors thesis on Friday, April 10. Her thesis is titled, “Non-Profit Branding and Social Media Marketing.”
To view some of Zumbach's work, visit her website at http://www.createwithkaitlyn.com/.
Saginaw Valley State University's Bryan Crainer recently was recognized for being an outstanding adviser to student organizations. He received the Outstanding Adviser Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for District 5, which includes higher education institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Author Larry Watson will hold a fiction reading Monday, April 13 at Saginaw Valley State University. His presentation, titled “Fiction and Families”, will begin at 7 p.m. in SVSU's Founders Hall. This event is part of the university's Dow Visiting Scholars and Artists series; it is free of charge and open to the public.
Saginaw Valley State University will host the Ready to Run Michigan conference Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.
Ready to Run is a nonpartisan campaign program aimed toward training and encouraging women to run for political office at local, state, and national levels.
The conference will feature a panel with elected representatives from around the state, and training sessions on how to run for office. These sessions will give participants the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to promote a successful campaign and race. The workshops will focus on topics such as media training, fundraising strategies, and building political leadership.
Saginaw Valley State University will host more than 120 employers during its spring University-wide Employment and Networking Fair Friday, March. 27. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms.
“This is our largest employment fair since before 2005,” said Mike Major, director of career services. “We have 127 organizations that will be in attendance this Friday.”
Numbers are up from last year's spring employment fair, where there were 110 organizations represented.
Participating employers this year include Chemical Bank, Dow Corning, Garber Management Group, H&R Block, Northwestern Mutual, Quicken Loans and Verizon Wireless. A complete list of employers is available online through the SVSU Career Services website at www.svsu.edu/careers.
Sponsoring the event are Morley Companies and Independent Bank. Next year's sponsor, Saginaw Bay Underwriters, will also be in attendance.
Professional attire must be worn by all job seekers. The event is open to the public. Advanced registration for SVSU students is available on Cardinal Career Network. Those who pre-register will receive printed ID tags, and will also be the first allowed to enter the fair.
A Saginaw Valley State University student will conduct chemistry research at one of the leading research institutions in the nation this summer, the University of Notre Dame.
Bailey F. McCarthy Riley will receive a $3,000 stipend as well as full room and board in South Bend, Ind. for Notre Dame’s Analytical Chemistry REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) 10-week program that develops low-cost, robust technologies aimed at helping people in poor nations.
“I was very excited when I found out I was offered a spot,” said McCarthy Riley, a chemistry major from West Branch. “I'm excited to conduct research that will work to help other countries grow and develop.”
McCarthy Riley will work on the program's 3-D printed instruments project with Notre Dame faculty during the initiative that spans June to August. She was grateful for a letter of recommendation that helped her clinch the spot, authored by Kyle Cissell, SVSU assistant professor of chemistry.
“This opportunity at Notre Dame is a culmination of Bailey’s excellent work in research,” Cissell said. “This will give her the opportunity to perform research - at one of the leading research institutions in the country - that will be available for people in economically distressed countries and people who would not have access to health care or analytical technology.”
McCarthy Riley has assisted Cissell in developing tests that would detect specific nucleic acids.
“Bailey is very inquisitive by nature,” he said. “She is always up for trying new things.”
The methods and instruments developed as part of the Analytical Chemistry REU are intended to help detect environmental contamination or food adulteration, discover and manage bacterial drug resistance, test pharmaceutical quality, and diagnose human and animal diseases. McCarthy Riley’s experience will include seminars on topics related to global development and analytical chemistry, as well as a series of courses.
At the end of the summer, McCarthy Riley will present her findings at the Analytical Chemistry REU's symposium.
McCarthy Riley plans to graduate SVSU in 2016 and begin studying for a Ph.D. in chemistry.
Eventually, she hopes to merge her passion for chemistry and art by pursuing a career as a conservation scientist who analyzes chemicals in art pieces in an effort to identify its authenticity, origins and chemical makeup. McCarthy Riley had applied for summer positions at a number of museums before she received a notice of acceptance at the Notre Dame program.
“This was an unexpected opportunity,” McCarthy Riley said. “I couldn't pass it up.”