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April 20, 2015

Visual Hacking: The Eyes Have It

By Jennifer Paradise

Someone looking over your shoulder is not a comforting feeling. Think about where it can happen. You can be on a plane flipping through a magazine, at a coffee shop reading the news on your laptop, or at the office reading emails. Wait a second. At the office reading emails? Absolutely! If this has happened to you then you've been visually hacked. Another person's wandering eye is one of the most common yet one of the most overlooked forms of gaining access to personal information.

How do we protect ourselves from visual hackers?

  1. Be aware of your surroundings.
  2. Educate yourself and others.
  3. Keep a "clean desk" policy. When you leave your workspace, remove documents on your desk from view and lock or turn off device screens.
  4. Set screen savers and timeouts on computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices.
  5. Require the use of privacy screen protectors on device screens.
  6. Identify at-risk employees who travel frequently or work outside of the office, and discuss rules for working on sensitive information when away from work.

If you have questions about visual hacking, please contact the Support Center at,, or x4225.

April 17, 2015

Skype for Business to Replace Lync

By Jennifer Paradise

In recent months, Microsoft announced that Skype would be replacing Lync as the collaboration product in Office. Branded as Skype for Business, it will soon be coming to a computer near you.

What does this mean for SVSU?

The Skype for Business update will only affect users currently running Lync 2013. If you are running Lync 2010, then nothing will happen. Lync 2010 users can still communicate with Skype for Business users.

Software-wise, most collaboration products function the same so the change should be fairly smooth. When your workstation is updated, you will see a new interface that's a combination of Lync and Skype. Users can still chat, share files, and communicate just like before with most of the improvements being behind the scenes.

If you have questions about the update to Skype for Business, please contact the Support Center at,, or x4225.

April 17, 2015

Guest Guitarist to perform with SVSU Jazz Ensemble

Guitarist Edmond Smith will join with the Saginaw Valley State University jazz ensemble for a concert Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in SVSU’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

Selections to be performed include “Lost in the Shuffle,” “Groove Merchant” and “A Good Time was Had by All.”  The jazz ensemble is directed by Jeff Hall, SVSU jazz-artist-in-residence; he will play the saxophone for a few numbers with the ensemble, which includes nearly 20 students.

Known as a jack-of-all-trades guitar player, Smith has performed with a number of local bands, as well as national acts such as R&B great Bettye Lavette, pop artist El DeBarge and jazz greats George Brown and Melvin Rhyne. He completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at Aquinas College.

The concert is open to the public; admission is free of charge. For more information, visit or call 989-964-4159.

April 16, 2015

SVSU Hires Linda Sims to Lead Communication, Marketing and External Affairs

Saginaw Valley State University has hired Linda Sims to lead communication, marketing and external affairs for the university.  She comes to SVSU from Consumers Energy, where she has served in a variety of public relations roles for more than 30 years, including the past 10 in the senior role of executive director of public affairs for the utility.

 “I am very pleased that Linda has agreed to serve SVSU in this critical role,” said SVSU President Donald Bachand. “We provide an exemplary education to our students. I see evidence of this on a daily basis, but at the same time, it is clear to me that too few people know enough about us.
“Linda has enjoyed a distinguished career and is highly respected in her field. When coupled with her deep understanding of the university, I am confident she is the right person to lead our efforts to advance our reputation.”
Sims previously served on SVSU’s Board of Control, including a term as chair; she presently serves on the Board of Directors of the SVSU Foundation. Along with her husband Larry, they endowed the Sims Public Speaking Contest, which annually provides students with an opportunity to compete for scholarships.
“My volunteer work with SVSU over the past 20 years has provided a strong foundation for this new assignment,” Sims said. “I know SVSU has a great story to tell and a fine team in place. With all that SVSU has to offer students, parents, alumni and Michigan residents, I am eager to get to work and do my part to help SVSU become more widely known.”
At Consumers Energy, Sims managed the public affairs team of 20 area managers across 68 Michigan counties.  In addition to communications, her responsibilities included government and community relations, roles she is expected to oversee at SVSU, as well.
Sims’ title will be senior executive assistant to the president/executive director for communications and external affairs; she will report to Bachand. Her arrival is part of an administrative restructuring, as Carlos Ramet, who had been serving SVSU in a similar capacity, has been appointed associate dean of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, SVSU’s largest academic college.
Active in the community, Sims serves on the boards of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and chairs the 2015 campaign of the Saginaw County United Way.
Sims has received several awards for her work in the field of public relations and in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Consumers Energy presented her with the Ethics in Action Award for ethical leadership in 2012, and she received a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Mitten Bay in 1998.  A founding member of the White Pine chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, she is a past president of the chapter, and received its Outstanding Practitioner Award.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Sims will begin her duties at SVSU on June 1.

April 16, 2015

SVSU to join effort to beautify Saginaw’s Houghton-Jones neighborhood

Saginaw Valley State University will be well represented at the All Around The Garden Global Youth Service Day Project Wednesday, April 22.

One of the event’s coordinators is Keshara Mumford, an SVSU social work major from Detroit who is involved in the United Way of Saginaw County's Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Partnership Americorps program. Mamie Thorns, special assistant to the president for diversity programs, will speak at the kickoff for the event.

Social and service fraternities and sororities from SVSU will participate in gardening activities, including Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Beta Sigma, Kappa Tau Epsilon, Sigma Pi and Phi Sigma Sigma.

The service project is planned from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Saginaw's Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Association headquarters at 1708 Johnson in Saginaw. Additional volunteers are welcome to assist in the effort by gathering at the headquarters.

The event is sponsored in part by Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Association and the United Way of Saginaw County.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The kickoff ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Participants should park in the Houghton Elementary School parking lot at 1604 Johnson, directly across the street from the headquarters.

Those interested in participating can call (989) 776-0555, (989) 752-1660, or email or

In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. For more on SVSU’s community engagement, visit

April 16, 2015

ResNet Wireless Updates Finished Ahead of Schedule

By Jim Maher

To the SVSU Residential Students:

We're happy to report that the ResNet Wireless Project Team has completed the installation and activation of the new wireless solution in all of the residential units. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule. The system has been tuned and tested for optimum performance. Again, we'd like to ensure this continues to be a positive outcome, so if any issues are encountered please contact ITS by creating a ticket at, emailing or by calling x4225 on campus.

ITS will be activating the ResNet data ports (i.e. the ethernet wired ports) over the summer months (June - August).

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again for your feedback and patience.

Kind Regards,


April 14, 2015

SVSU grad wins national law school moot court competition

A Saginaw Valley State University alumna has earned an elite honor as a law student. Ashley Hanson Chrysler was part of a Michigan State University College of Law team that won the nation’s largest law school-level moot court competition.

Chrysler's team bested 202 teams representing 118 ABA-approved law schools at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition April 9-11 in Chicago. She also received an award for ninth-place oralist. 

Chrysler graduated from SVSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2012. As an SVSU student, the Sanford native qualified for nationals in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association while competing on SVSU’s undergraduate moot court team.

In a moot court competition, students act as attorneys in teams. They make arguments to a panel of judges.

For a full release on Chrysler's accomplishment, visit

April 14, 2015

SVSU Honors Businessman/Philanthropist and Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Saginaw Valley State University honored a noted Saginaw businessman and philanthropist with a long history of support and commitment to SVSU and the Great Lakes Bay Region, as well as outstanding faculty and staff during SVSU's All-University Awards Banquet Friday, April 10.

The Distinguished Service Medallion, SVSU's most prestigious award for a community member, was given to Jim Wolohan, president of Wolohan Investments LLC and previous president and CEO of Wolohan Lumber Co.

Wolohan has worked tirelessly to advance organizations throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, including SVSU. He served 11 years on the Board of Directors of the SVSU Foundation, including two terms as chair, and remains involved as an honorary director and member of the finance and investment committee.

Recently, the Wolohan Family Foundation established the Richard V. Wolohan Fellowship in Leadership and Service at SVSU. The inaugural class was selected in 2014 and consists of eight students - all from Saginaw County - who have been meeting with leaders from Saginaw to Washington, D.C. and have begun planning a campaign aimed at bolstering their home community's image.

Several SVSU faculty and staff members also received recognition for outstanding achievement and dedicated service during the 26th annual ceremony. Tami Sivy, associate professor of chemistry, received the prestigious Franc A. Landee Teaching Excellence Award. Paul Teed, professor of history, received the Earl Warrick Award for Excellence in Research. The House Family Award for Teacher Impact was presented to Debbie Lively, professor of teacher education. Nick Wagner received the Mary H. Anderson Adjunct Faculty Award for his part-time teaching role in the Master of Arts in Administrative Science program.

The Bank of America Ruben Daniels Community Service Award was presented to Dave Rzeszutek, assistant professor of theatre. The award is SVSU's highest recognition of community service and involvement by an employee. Two recipients were given the Terry Ishihara Award for Outstanding Co-Curricular Involvement: Nameeta Mathur, professor of history; and Jason Wolverton, director of Marketplace at Doan for SVSU Dining Services.

Dave Hall, a retired SVSU executive-in-residence and community leader, received the Roosevelt Ruffin Diversity Award and Dorie Wenglikowski, manager of custodial operations, received the Outstanding Performance Award.

April 13, 2015

SVSU choirs to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’

The choirs of Saginaw Valley State University will sing George Friedrich Handel’s classic work  “Messiah” Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in SVSU’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall.  

Kevin Simons, SVSU assistant professor of music, will conduct the concert.  

“I chose to do ‘Messiah’ this year since our students need an opportunity to sing one of the great masterworks of Western music,” Simons said.  “They have learned a great deal in preparing to sing such a large piece.”

Famous choruses include “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Hallelujah.”

Cheryl Cheger-Timm will accompany the choirs, Cardinal Singers and the SVSU concert choir,  on the university's new Hauptwerk Virtual Organ.

In a departure from the traditional practice of singing “Messiah,” 12 soloists drawn from members of the SVSU student body will sing the arias and duets and the piece will be sung by two choirs, sometimes together and sometimes in alternation.  

“We have terrific singers at SVSU,” Simons said, “both music majors and non-majors, and I thought it would be interesting to have our students learn the solos and duets rather than hiring professionals.”   

The concert is open to the public; admission is free of charge. For more information, visit call (989) 964-4159 or visit

April 13, 2015

SVSU Percussion Ensemble to perform in concert

The Saginaw Valley State University Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

The SVSU Percussion Ensemble consists of 16 students under the direction of Brandon Haskett, SVSU assistant professor of music. They will perform various music pieces including "Kuka Illimoku" by Christopher Rouse, "After Thought" by Katie Jessop, and multiple pieces by Nathan Daughtrey.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this concert or the many other events hosted by SVSU's music department, visit

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