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September 12, 2014

Trumpeter Mark Flegg to perform in SVSU concert

Trumpeter Mark Flegg will perform for audiences Thursday, Sept. 18 at Saginaw Valley State University.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, it is free and open to the public.

Flegg's concert program includes music by modern day composers James Stephenson and Meg Bowles, as well as classical composer Joseph Haydn.

An SVSU adjunct instructor of music, Flegg has performed with summer festival orchestras throughout the United States, including the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He also has teamed with several Michigan ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater and Ann Arbor Symphony.

A founding member of The Great Lakes Brass, Flegg is also the principal trumpet with the Flint Symphony Orchestra and Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He maintains an active teaching practice in Farmington Hills.

Flegg will be joined by pianist Gail Gebhardt for the concert. For more information, please contact the SVSU Department of Music at or (989) 964-4159.

September 12, 2014

SVSU Business Sustainability Conference receives generous support from Consumers Energy and Stevens Center for Family Business

Saginaw Valley State University has announced two major sponsorships for its international conference on business sustainability Tuesday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 26. SVSU's College of Business and Management is partnering with Shri Ram College of Commerce, the renowned business school of the University of Delhi, India,  in organizing this conference on SVSU's campus.

“We are delighted to acknowledge Consumers Energy and the Stevens Center for Family Business as premier sponsors for the conference,” said Rama Yelkur, dean of the College of Business & Management  at SVSU. “Their generous support and active participation in this event have made it possible to have this innovative program at SVSU which will benefit both the local business community and our students.”

Dennis Dobbs, vice president of generation engineering and services  for Consumers Energy said the utility is pleased to co-sponsor the program. “At Consumers Energy our promise is to deliver the energy customers need, whenever they need it. That includes helping Michigan save energy, caring for the communities we serve and developing green energy supplies for the future.

“We have helped Michigan residents and businesses save more than $575 million through our energy efficiency programs since 2009, and are proud to have provided more than $150,000 in rebates to SVSU for making energy-savings upgrades,” Dobbs said.

“Consumers Energy has been a pioneer in environmental stewardship in the state of Michigan for over 125 years,” Yeklur said. “We are delighted to recognize Consumers Energy as a premier sponsor for the Global Business Sustainability Conference. They have made a significant investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean energy to support their stewardship philosophy.”

Brenda Rowley, vice president of operations for Rowleys Wholesale and chair of the Stevens Center for Family Business executive council, said sponsoring the conference is a natural fit.

“Sustainability is always an important factor for family businesses,” she said. “Their leadership typically takes a long-term perspective, so that the business 'sustains' and successfully transitions from one generation to the next.

“Family businesses are also known for being dedicated to the well-being of their communities and the broader world,”  Rowley continued.  “This is demonstrated in their increasing focus on environmental sustainability, economic development and social responsibility.”

“We are thrilled to have the Stevens Center for Family Business as one of the premier sponsors of the Global Business Sustainability Conference,” Yelkur said. “The Center is a major resource for family businesses in our region and supports family business sustainability through education, networking and collaboration.”

The conference features several industry panels with participation from businesses in the Great Lakes Bay region and beyond. Included are sessions that include the premier sponsors, one on family business sustainability Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 10:30 to noon, and the other on sustainable energy Friday, Sept.  26 from 10:30 to noon.
The conference kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 23  with a welcome reception at SVSU's Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and continues over the next three days with numerous concurrent sessions, featuring both industry expert panels and presentations of original research on sustainability by academic scholars. In both the industry and academic tracks, individual sessions will focus on sustainability topics in a wide range of sectors including agribusiness, the automotive industry, construction, entrepreneurship, energy, family business, information technology and doing business in India.

This distinctive global conference is open to all business professionals, community leaders, academic scholars, and students with an interest in sustainability. For more information and to register for the conference, visit Both full conference and single-day registration options are available.

About Consumers Energy

As Michigan's largest energy provider of renewable energy  the company was named as the Midwest's "environmental champion" in a recent national survey of energy providers.

Consumers Energy is committed to Michigan. The company and its foundation  as well as more than 7,500 employees  have contributed $2.8 million in the past decade to Great Lakes Bay region organizations. The Consumers Energy Foundation has also contributed more than $180,000 to Saginaw Valley State University in the form of grants, sponsorships and support for the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum.Today, nearly 100 graduates of Saginaw Valley State University work for Consumers Energy.  

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) , providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

About the Stevens Center for Family Business

As part of the College of Business and Management, the Stevens Center for Family Business supports family business success through the generations by providing a wide range of educational and networking opportunities.  With a triple focus on community outreach, academics and original research, the Center serves a wide range of constituencies, including family business owners, leaders, and trusted advisors.  Since its founding in 2000, the SCFB has served more than 900 people from over 290 different family firms.  Approximately 550 other community leaders have benefited from the Center's offerings, and more than 750 students have attended courses, programs and presentations offered by the Stevens Center for Family Business. For more information, visit .

About SVSU College of Business and Management

Saginaw Valley State University's College of Business & Management provides a distinctive business education by integrating academic and experiential learning while challenging students to develop as professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs in a dynamic, global environment. The college is among of the less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited by AACSB-International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business . SVSU offers undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, supply chain management, and marketing as well as an MBA program. The college also hosts the Stevens Center for Family Business which offers resources for the unique needs of family-owned businesses. For more information, visit

About Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University

For more than 75 years, Shri Ram College of Commerce has been a distinctive destination for those aspiring to pursue careers in business and economics. The college offers undergraduate degrees as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Global Business Operations, similar to an international business MBA.  SRCC alumni occupy distinguished positions in government, banking, finance, academia and business. For four consecutive years, the school has been recognized as the No. 1 commerce school in India through a multi-faceted rating process conducted in partnership between India Today, the leading newsweekly in India, and Nielsen Company. For more information about SRCC, visit

September 9, 2014

SVSU to Host Concert by Grammy-Winning Guitarist Earl Klugh


  • NO tickets remain - SOLD OUT show!
  • Special hotel rates available for out-of-town attendees

Saginaw Valley State University will welcome internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh to campus Friday, Oct. 24.  He will perform in concert at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

Described by the New York Times as “a guitarist with impeccable technique,” Klugh has enjoyed a decorated career that includes his latest album, “HandPicked,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart following its release in 2013.  The disc features 13 solo tracks, and three duets with very different musicians: famed jazz guitarist Bill Frisell; ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro; and Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist and singer Vince Gill.

Since Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, he has landed on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums 24 times; six of these topped the charts.  His recordings have received 13 Grammy nominations (“HandPicked” being the latest), and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, “One on One,” received a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 1980. Over the course of his distinguished career, Klugh has performed with legendary musicians, including Gerald Albright,
George Benson, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, Ray Parker Jr., Lionel Richie, and Stevie Wonder.

A native of Detroit, Klugh’s tour schedule this year has taken him from Japan to California to the famous Blue Note club in New York City.  His visit to SVSU marks his first concert performance in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Tickets are $35 for the main floor and $30 for the balcony; student tickets are available for $10. All tickets can be purchased through the SVSU Box Office, available online at or by phone at 989-964-4261.  NEW - Special hotel rates now available for out-of-town concert attendees.

For more information on Klugh, visit

Earl Klugh discusses his latest album


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September 9, 2014

SVSU enrollment drops in line with expectations, academic quality continues to rise

Saginaw Valley State University experienced an enrollment decline consistent with projections for the fall 2014 semester, while the academic credentials of its entering freshmen rose reached an all-time high.

“The number of freshmen is down somewhat, mirroring the decline in high school graduates across Michigan, but we’re quite pleased that these freshmen comprise the best academically prepared class in our history,” said Deb Huntley, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

SVSU welcomed 1,502 freshmen this fall, down from 1,593 a year go, but the 2014 class arrived with high school GPA and ACT scores that are appreciably higher than previous years, including the 2013 class, which had been the best prepared entering cohort to date.

In all, SVSU has 9,829 students taking classes this semester, down from 10,245 a year ago.  In addition to the decline in freshmen, SVSU continues to see falling numbers of teacher certification students and graduate students in the College of Education, due in large measure to changes in state regulations affecting K-12 educators. Compared to a year ago, there are 178 fewer graduate students and 61 fewer teacher certification students.

SVSU also is producing more graduates, leading to fewer returning students. SVSU saw record participation in May Commencement ceremonies, and to date, 1,144 students have completed degrees in 2014.

While the total number of students dropped 4.1 percent, the number of credit hours declined by just 2.8 percent, in keeping with budget projections. This is attributed in part due to undergraduate students taking larger course loads.

SVSU's residence halls are filled again this year. There are 2,722 students living on campus, including 73 percent of the freshman class.

Huntley cited international student enrollment as another bright spot.

“We have made it an institutional priority to increase and diversify our international student population, and this entering cohort of international students is a positive step in that direction,” she said.

SVSU welcomed 116 new international students this fall, up from 81 last year. In total, there are 630 international students attending SVSU, representing 37 different nations.

Fall classes at SVSU began Monday, Aug. 25.

September 8, 2014

Expert on justice in South Africa to present Edwards Lecture at SVSU

A leading authority on post-apartheid South Africa will give the 2014 Edwards Lecture in Philosophy and Religion at Saginaw Valley State University Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

Daniel Herwitz, the Frederick G. L. Huetwell professor of Comparative Literature, History of Art, and Philosophy of Art and Design at the University of Michigan will present a lecture titled, “Truth, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice."

Herwitz will explore events of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committees, which were established in 1995 by the Government of National Unity to help the people of South Africa deal with the violence and human rights abuses that occurred under apartheid. The lecture looks to explore whether and how societies in the midst of political transition from authoritarian to democratic regimes demand special understanding from the point of view of the theory of justice.

Herwitz co-founded the Centre for Knowledge and Innovation at the University of Natal, South Africa, where he served as director for six years. He is the author of several books, including “Race and Reconciliation: Essays from The New South Africa.” Herwitz also has written “Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony,” “ Key Concepts in Aesthetics,” and “The Star as Icon: Celebrity in the Age of Mass Consumption.”

The William and Julia Edwards Lecture in Philosophy and Religion was established through a gift from the couple in 1993. It annually brings distinguished scholars to SVSU to discuss timely and relevant religious and philosophical topics.

The lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Professor James Hitt at or call (989)-964-2607.

September 8, 2014

SVSU Artist-in-Voice joined by pianist in upcoming concert

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Andrews, artist-in-voice at Saginaw Valley State University, will be joined in concert by pianist Nicholas Schmelter Sunday, Sept. 14, as part of SVSU’s Musical Artists Concert Series.

The concert begins at 4 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, and is free and open to the public.

The concert program includes 18th-, 19th-, and 20th- century opera from German composers Georg F. Handel and Johannes Brahms, as well as French composer Francois Poulenc, English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and modern American composer Ben Moore.

Andrews completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. She has performed in opera, oratorio and recital from San Francisco to Michigan. In addition to SVSU, Andrews has taught at the University of Iowa, Spring Arbor University, Denison University and Washtenaw Community College.  

Schmelter is currently the dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served as minister of music at historic First Congregational Church in downtown Saginaw since February 2011. He has performed recitals throughout Michigan, as well as Washington D.C., Chicago, Milwaukee and Toronto. Schmelter completed a master’s degree in music from Central Michigan University.

For more information about the concert, please contact the SVSU department of music at or (989) 964-4159.

September 5, 2014

SVSU ‘Making The Global Local’ in 2014 Fall Focus lecture series

Saginaw Valley State University’s Fall Focus lecture series will connect audiences with world-renowned experts sharing new perspectives on modern day global issues as well as on historic figures.

The theme for this year’s series is “Making The Global Local.” Speakers will examine topics including the rejuvenation of a Detroit neighborhood, the future of relations between the U.S. and Mexico, the historic symbolism of the lie detector test, the push to redefine water as a worldwide resource, and ideas to improve America's schools. Other lectures will reflect on famous statesmen and scientists.

The series comprises presentations from SVSU’s Dow Visiting Scholars and Artists program, the 11th annual O'Neill Memorial Lecture, and the 12th annual Hoffmann/Willertz Lecture.

The lineup is as follows:

•    Susan Mosey - "Midtown Detroit"
    7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30
    Rhea Miller Recital Hall
    Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit, Inc., will discuss her organization's $60 million effort to rejuvenate the Detroit district known as Midtown. The initiative has included the restoration of historic homes and a grant program for local businesses. Her account of community redevelopment will offer a potential template for revitalizing other struggling Michigan cities such as Saginaw and Flint.

•    Charles Fishman - "The Big Thirst"
    7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8
    Curtiss Hall seminar rooms
    Fishman, author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water," will highlight the resource's role in the business sector and point to the many contradictions of water in the developing world. He will offer audiences a vision of how current wasteful ways can be curbed through ingenuity and conscientious stewardship.

•    Shannon O'Neil - "Mexico, The U.S. and the Road Ahead"
    7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14
    Rhea Miller Recital Hall
    O'Neil - an expert on U.S.-Latin American relations, trade, energy and immigration - will talk about a topic that's received international headlines recently: the United States' relationship with Mexico. O'Neil, who has testified in front of Congress regarding U.S. policy with its southern neighbor, will discuss the need for America to view Mexico as a partner instead of a problem.

•    Graham Farmelo - "Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty"
    4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22
    Rhea Miller Recital Hall
    Farmelo will discuss the life of eccentric genius Paul Dirac, the theoretical physicist best known for co-discovering quantum mechanics. Farmelo wrote a biography of Dirac, "The Strangest Man," which was translated into 10 languages and won both The Los Angeles Times Prize For Science Writing in 2010 as well as the Costa Rica Prize for Biography in 2009.

•    Graham Farmelo - "Winston Churchill - Writer, Global Political Figure, Nuclear Visionary"
    7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23
    Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts
    In his second appearance in the Fall Focus series, Farmelo - author of "Churchill's Bomb" - will discuss Winston Churchill, the World War II-era British prime minister considered the first political leader to be a nuclear visionary. The talk will explore Churchill's pioneering role in nuclear field politics as well as his participation in a nuclear experiment when he was nearly 80.  

•    Charles Montgomery - "Happy City"
    7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28
    Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts
    Montgomery, an award-winning author and urban experimentalist, will ask the question, "How can we be happier in cities?" Using examples in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics - as well as cityscapes, from Disneyland to Dubai - he will explore the link between the ways we design our cities and the ways we think, feel and act.

•    Amanda Ripley - "A Global Quest To Save America's Schools"
    7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3
    Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts
    Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time, The Atlantic as well as the author of "The Smartest Kids In The World - And How They Got That Way." During her Fall Focus appearance, she will explore how the brain acquires learning and how that learning compares to what children do in school. She will also explain how people behave under extreme stress.

•    John Baesler - "Immeasurable Security: The Lie Detector and the American Cold War"
    4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13
    Rhea Miller Recital Hall
    Baesler, SVSU associate professor of history, will explore the creation of U.S. national security policy after World War II through the lens of the lie detector. In order to explain why an invasive technology with questionable scientific credentials became part of U.S. national security, he will argue the test served as a symbol, representing both American science and the toughness necessary to stand up to communism.

September 4, 2014

Saxophone Quartet to perform at SVSU

The Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet presented by the SVSU department of music, will perform in concert Friday, Sept 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The program includes music by American composer William Albright as well as Matthias Kruger, Roshanne Etezady, Iannis Xenakis and Scott Rubin.

Named after the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range near Tempe, Ariz., the Estrella Consort was founded in 2010 while all members were pursuing graduate degrees at Arizona State University.

Performing both domestically and abroad, the group was invited to tour Ecuador in 2011 as part of a cultural exchange. During their time in Ecuador, the group performed and taught classes in the cities of Cuenca, Loja and Guayaquil. The group has also performed at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Northwestern University in Chicago, and the 2014 Joint Conference of the College Music Society and Association for Technology in Music Instruction.

Members of the group are Allison Adams, tenor saxophone; Patrick Murphy, soprano saxophone; Jeff Siegfried, alto saxophone; and Tom Snydacker, baritone saxophone.

For more information about the concert, please contact the SVSU department of music at or (989)-964-4159.

September 1, 2014

Keep Confidential Information Safe

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By Jennifer Paradise

Back in June, we shared an article about physical security. Physical security can sometimes seem "low-tech" and is easy to neglect or ignore, such as leaving sensitive papers in open view on an unattended desk, or printing sensitive documents on a shared printer -- it’s easy to forget to pick up the documents right away. Taking a light-hearted approach to physical security this month we are sharing a comic that you can print and post in your office. Download the PDF by clicking the link below. 

Physical Security Poster (266KB)

Physical Security Poster

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.

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