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August 29, 2014

SVSU, Dow Corning Foundation initiative taking STEM to students

Teachers from across the Great Lakes Bay Region will return to classrooms this fall with fresh ideas and hands-on projects meant to pique their students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

This summer, 13 teachers - from school districts within Saginaw, Bay, Midland and Tuscola counties - worked with SVSU faculty in part to help the teachers design engaging STEM-related projects for the approaching academic year.

The first 13 projects include initiatives involving wind turbine technology, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, underwater remote-operated vehicles, hydroponics and others.

SVSU received a $254,000 grant from the Dow Corning Foundation in 2013 to fund the collaborative effort. The Dow Corning Foundation/SVSU STEM Community Partnership is aimed at influencing 4,000 K-12 students within the region. The initiative came in part as a result of STEM-related test results such as the Michigan Merit Exam, which showed a majority of local high school students are not considered college-ready in science.

The grant also will support college scholarships for students participating in the project to attend SVSU and major in a STEM discipline. Over three years, up to 16 regional students will receive scholarships of $1,000 each for two years.

August 28, 2014

SVSU to Host 9/11 Heroes Run Sept. 6

Saginaw Valley State University will host its 2nd annual 9/11 Heroes Run Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. SVSU will partner both with The Travis Manion Foundation and with Team Red, White and Blue to host the event that pays respects to the military, veterans and first responders that have served and continue to serve.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit The Travis Manion Foundation, an organization - founded by the mother of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, a Marine who died while serving in Iraq - that assists military veterans and families of the fallen. Proceeds also will benefit Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit organization that brings veterans and supporters of veterans together through physical fitness.

Along with the 1 p.m. event, the 9/11 Heroes Run will include a family-friendly 400-meter "fun run" for kids with SVSU's mascot, Coop the Cardinal, at 12:30 p.m.

The first 250 people to register for the event will receive a free ticket to that day's SVSU home football game vs. Indianapolis at 7 p.m.

Last year's event at SVSU attracted over 350 runners. In addition to the $2,500 the university donated to The Travis Manion Foundation, a second $2,500 donation was donated to the 100 Club of Saginaw, which provides funds to first responders killed in the line of duty.

Worldwide, more than 30,000 people participated in similar 9/11 Heroes Run events in 2013. The Travis Manion Foundation nationally earned $240,000 in proceeds from the events.

Registration this year is available online by going to and choosing the "University Center" location. The registration cost is $25, which includes a guaranteed T-shirt to those who sign up on or before Sunday, Aug. 31.  

For more information, please email, visit www.facebook/com/911heroesrunsaginaw/ or call Ted Lind, SVSU assistant director of advising, at (989) 415-1948.

August 26, 2014

SVSU finance student Leecia Barnes accepts full-time job with Enterprise Holdings before graduation

As Leecia Barnes moved closer to graduating from high school in 2011, her parents regularly asked, “What’s the plan?”

Three years later, she’s close to completing that plan — graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance — and already has found success in her next plan, well before most college students do.

Barnes, an intern at Enterprise Holdings since May, impressed her employers enough this summer that she was offered a full-time position at the parent company of several car rental businesses including Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The Flint native will begin her role as a management trainee after she earns her SVSU degree in December.

“It’s been so great,” she said of the internship that turned into the promise of a full-time job.

Barnes worked at various Enterprise Holdings branches across the Great Lakes Bay Region as an intern this summer, largely assisting in customer service issues. One week, she was put in charge of the Midland branch while a manager was out of the office.

“They trained me up to the point where they could leave me in charge of the place,” she said. “That was cool.”

Her success professionally matches her upward trajectory academically.

When Barnes’ dancing coach recommended she attend SVSU after graduating from Beecher High School, Barnes enrolled at the Saginaw university and began classes in fall 2011 as a recipient of the President’s Scholarship.

Since, she’s also been active as a student outside of the classroom, working for the university’s Admissions office and joining both the institution’s Forte Dance Team — where she currently serves as captain — and the SVSU chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity.

She credits SVSU’s finance program in part for helping prepare her for the professional world.

“Just listening to how the professors work with their own budgets, it’s helped me figure out how to grow my money and be responsible,” Barnes said.

Those SVSU classes also prepared her to answer her parents’ question — “What’s the plan?” — years in advance. Barnes, who one day intends to apply for graduate school programs in urban planning, hopes eventually to purchase and renovate abandoned buildings while improving struggling neighborhoods.

“I want to get to the point where I can buy (a building) with my own money, and just by listening to how the professors grow their own budgets, it’s helped me figure out how I can do that,” she said. “I want to be able to use that (education) to improve communities.

“What’s the plan? That’s the plan.”

August 26, 2014

SVSU adds master’s degree program in teaching Chinese

Saginaw Valley State University is adding a Master of Arts degree program in teaching Chinese as a foreign language to its curriculum, following approval by the SVSU Board of Control Monday, Aug. 18. Courses will be offered for the fall 2014 semester, which begins next week.

The program is a joint effort with Taiwan-based Ming Chuan University, which dedicated its Michigan campus on SVSU’s campus in June. Mandarin has become an increasingly important language in the business world and global society, and SVSU expects demand for the program to grow among both domestic and international students.

In other business, the Board:
•    Passed a resolution of appreciation for Joe Rousseau, who is retiring as director of SVSU’s School and University Partnerships office, which oversees charter schools.
•    Appointed Isabelle Weiss to the board of directors for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.
•    Appointed Trish Burns, Janet Greif, Don Pussehl, Laura Yockey and Bill Zehnder; and reappointed Waheed Akbar, Paul Chaffee, John Decker, Ken LeCureux, Terry Lerash and Scott Walker to the SVSU Board of Fellows, a community advisory board.
•    Approved spending up to $475,000 to renovate South Campus Complex buildings B and C. These structures were built in 1966 and 1968, respectively, and are in need of new windows, doors and other materials.

August 18, 2014

SVSU Board votes to re-name Regional Education Center as 'Gilbertson Hall'

A formal building-naming ceremony will be held Monday, Oct. 13

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control voted to honor Eric Gilbertson’s service to the university by re-naming SVSU’s Regional Education Center as “Eric R. Gilbertson Hall.” The announcement occurred during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 18. Gilbertson retired from the presidency in February after holding the position for more than 24 years.

“While no single recognition can fully express our gratitude or adequately capture all of the contributions Eric made over the past quarter century, our hope is that Gilbertson Hall will serve as a lasting tribute to his legacy of commitment to putting students’ needs first and of building collaboration across the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Jeff Martin, chair of the SVSU Board of Control. “I hope each of us is inspired to follow the example of Eric and his wife Cindy and to do our part to make SVSU and our community even better.”
A formal building-naming ceremony will be held Monday, Oct. 13. Faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend. 

The building serves as an example of the dramatic growth seen at SVSU during Eric Gilbertson’s presidency.  The $28 million facility debuted with the latest technology available throughout its 130,000 square feet when it was dedicated in August 2003‌.

When Gilbertson arrived in 1989, SVSU's enrollment stood at 5,915 students; it increased to 10,245 at the time he retired.  The number of students living on campus rose more than fourfold, from 616 residents in 1996 to more than 2,700 in recent years.

SVSU’s physical campus saw perhaps the most dramatic transformation under Gilbertson's leadership, tripling in size to more than 1.5 million square feet of building space. In addition to student housing, major new construction projects during his tenure included Curtiss Hall and the Performing Arts Center in 1996, the Doan Science East building in 2001, the Student Center and Fitness Center in 2003, and the Health and Human Services building in 2010. In addition, Zahnow Library and Pioneer Hall saw major expansions.

Private fundraising advanced under Gilbertson, as well; the market value of SVSU's endowment increased more than twenty-fold and currently stands at nearly $77 million.

Many of the new endowments established were dedicated toward providing special opportunities for students. Examples include:
•    the Roberts Fellowship, a year-long leadership development program for 12 outstanding students that culminates in a three-week trip to Asia;
•    the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Student Research and Creativity Institute, which supports and promotes outstanding and innovative student work in any discipline by providing up to $10,000 per project;
•    the Vitito Global Leadership Institute, which provides extraordinary business networking and international travel experiences for students in SVSU’s College of Business and Management.

Following his retirement from the presidency in February, Gilbertson was granted a sabbatical. He returns this fall as an executive-in-residence to teach courses in leadership and administration, and constitutional law; he also will serve as an advisor to SVSU’s moot court program.

August 18, 2014

New System for Changing Your Password

By Mike Holliday

Welcome back to SVSU!

ITS has updated the Password Self Service (Change Password) website to help you resolve password issues without having to contact the IT Support Center. Password issues can arise if you forget to change your password before it expires or if you simply forget it altogether.

In order to resolve password issues without contacting ITS, Password Self Service requires enrollment action on your part to establish how you want to receive password reset assistance.

Please take a moment today to enroll. You can access the Password Self Service web site by going to the SVSU home page, clicking on QuickLinks then Change Network Password OR click on Change Password in the mySVSU portal.

Click on the Password Security Enrollment option, then login with your current SVSU username and password. Under the Enrollment tab you may choose to setup any or all of the following methods to help you reset your password:

  • Security Challenge Questions
  • Verification Code (text message or email)
  • Google Authenticator

If you encounter issues with enrolling or resetting your password, please contact the IT Support Center at 989-964-4225, or visit us in Curtiss Hall, Room 150.

Go Cardinals!

August 18, 2014

Technology Update for Fall 2014

By Jennifer Paradise

Over the summer there were a number of updates made to the technology on campus. The following information details these changes as they pertain to faculty, staff, and adjuncts, and students. 

Faculty, Staff, and Adjuncts Technology Update Newsletter (584KB)

Submit and track tech requests. How is IT doing? Let us know in a survey!

New Workshops Announced for Fall

Want a cool new app for use in the classroom? How do you number pages in Word? Sign-up for a workshop at

Microsoft Office 2013 Roll-out

Office 2013 was installed in all classrooms. Need it in your office? Contact the . Need it at home? Visit for a discount.

Record your lecture in the classroom or in your office, and share it with your students. Contact the for more information.

We are Test Driving a New LMS: Canvas

Instructure's Canvas is being piloted by a few faculty and adjuncts on campus. Stay tuned for more details!

Time out! Why is my computer locked? (60KB)

After 30 minutes of inactivity, your computer will lock itself. What's the key to unlocking it? Log back in with your username and password.

Have you met Lynda?

A LyndaKiosk is in the Center for Academic Achievement in the Zahnow Library. Students can learn how to use popular software for free with Lynda.

What's the password?

Forgotten passwords can be reset by text message, other email addresses, or using the Google Authenticator. Enroll at

Student Technology Update Newsletter (583KB)

Submit and track tech requests. How is IT doing? Let us know in a survey!

New Open Lab Hours and Locations

Need to work with a computer while on campus? Computer lab locations and schedules are posted online in the campus calendar.

Microsoft Office 365 for students is free!

Everyone likes, "free," right? As a student you can get Office 365 for free on up to 5 devices (e.g. laptop, tablet). Visit to get started.

Print Documents from the Web

Upload your document online and print when you get to campus. Print stations are conveniently located throughout campus.

Kiosks Now Have Microsoft Office

Computing on-the-go just got easier. The computer kiosks located around campus now have the Microsoft Office Suite installed.

The equipment was upgraded and the ClearPass device management system added to make wireless connectivity faster and more reliable.

Have you met Lynda?

A LyndaKiosk is in the Center for Academic Achievement in the Zahnow Library. Students can learn how to use popular software for free with Lynda.

What's the password?

Forgotten passwords can be reset by text message, other email addresses, or using the Google Authenticator. Enroll at

August 6, 2014

Japanese delegation visits Saginaw Tea House

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m.
Japanese Tea House and Cultural Center, Celebration Square, Saginaw

A delegation of 12 high school students and two teachers from Tokushima, Japan are visiting the Great Lakes Bay Region to improve their English skills and experience American culture. They arrived Tuesday, July 29 and have been staying on campus at Saginaw Valley State University, which has a sister-college relationship with Shikoku University in Tokushima.  The group will return to Japan Monday, Aug. 11.

The delegation will meet Saginaw mayor Dennis Browning and receive a tour of Saginaw’s Japanese Tea House and Cultural Center Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. They will have dinner with Yoko Mossner, executive director of the tea house, tomorrow evening.

In addition, the group has taken in a Great Lakes Loons baseball game and visited Sanford Lake. They will make an excursion to Frankenmuth and Birch Run on Friday.

August 1, 2014

Using Social Media Wisely

Originally Updated 12/07/2011 © 2011 ePlace Solutions, Inc.

By Jennifer Paradise

Facebook, Twitter and other social media can lead to liability for the company, even when used from outside of the workplace and during your own free time. Employee use of social media can:

  • Lead to disclosure of confidential company information, or
  • Lead to disclosure of confidential personal information of our customers or clients.

These disclosures are usually innocent, although negligent, and not designed to harm the company.

A new breed of evil hackers is growing.  Hackers use social media to assist with:

  • Spearphishing attacks with other employees at the company, generating seductive messages that appear to come from trusted friends.    
  • Infecting a corporate network with malware and viruses, exploiting vulnerable networks, stealing intellectual property.  

Data breaches can be an enormous expense for the company. Depending on the size of the breach, a company could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions of dollars, notifying the victims of the breach and/or dealing with legal actions filed by the state attorney general or victims of the breach.

There are other potential liabilities outside of data privacy and security. Believe it or not, the Federal Trade Commission or FTC has rules about publishing testimonials in support of the company's products and services.

You can help protect the company from potential liability when you are engaging in social media at home or anywhere else.

  1. Never disclose the Company’s trade secrets or other confidential proprietary information
  2. Never disclose private or personal information related to (a) clients or customers, and (b) Company employees, managers, supervisors, senior management, officer, board member, or owners.  This includes, for example, financial information, Social Security Numbers, etc.
  3. Don’t disclose client/customer names, client/customer information, or the work the Company performs for such client/customers unless such information is already in the public domain, for example listed on the Company’s website.
  4. If you say something online in support of the Company, its products or services, even if you are using a personal account, disclose your relationship with the Company.
  5. Don’t accept “friend requests” from anyone you don’t know personally, including friends of friends.  Your Facebook friends see all of your personal information along with that of your friends and associates.

July 11, 2014

Six Great Lakes Bay Region nurses honored at SVSU awards ceremony

Saginaw Valley State University recently honored six regional health care professionals during the fourth annual Nursing Excellence Awards event Wednesday, May 28.

The ceremony recognizes the dedication, service and leadership shown by local nurses in clinical practice, education, leadership and community service. Recipients earned a $300 prize and a Waterford crystal bowl.

A selection committee comprised of regional health care leaders and SVSU faculty chose this year's recipients.

Awards and recipients include the following:

Acute Care Nursing Awards
•    Mary Haley, staff nurse at St. Mary's of Michigan, was recognized for her efforts in patient safety and quality of service. “Mary cares for each of her patients as if they were a grandparent,” her nomination letter reads.
•    Steve Laporte, staff nurse at MidMichigan Medical Center, has worked with the medical center's cardiothoracic surgeons in initiatives decreasing the number of surgery-related blood transfusions.

Nursing Education Awards
•    Hall Hewett, nurse educator at Covenant HealthCare, was nominated in part for leadership in the campaign to raise awareness about sepsis, a whole-body inflammation caused by severe infection.
•    Mary Gay Showalter, nurse educator at McLaren Bay Region, was recognized in part for her role in developing the McLaren Bay Region Preceptor Program. The initiative helps retain nurses in the region.

Community Nursing Award
•    Cindy Thornton, a nurse with MidMichigan Home Care, was honored for her work in aiding patients. "She is dedicated to the profession, her patients, her colleagues and her professional role," her nomination letter reads.

Long-term Care and Rehabilitation Nursing Award
•    Kelly Miceli, a nurse with St. Mary's of Michigan, was nominated in part for her initiative in improving the hospital's rehabilitation unit. She added furniture, decorations and signage with inspirational quotes to rooms there.

In all, 88 people attended the ceremony honoring the nurses. The event's keynote speaker was Carol Stoll, vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer at Covenant HealthCare.

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