College Update Fall 2014-College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences
In an “Application Interface Design” art course, students designed a computer interface for Stevens Worldwide Van Lines as a class project.
In fall 2014, the college rolled out the Botz Liberal Arts Fellowship program, which provides selected students an opportunity for hands-on coaching prior to completing an internship with a local business. Jan Botz, 1974, B.A., strongly believes in the importance of an education in the liberal arts and, as evidenced by her own career and accomplishments, understands its value in preparing students for advancement in business, industry and other personal and professional endeavors.
Three juniors and one senior attended the Moot Court national competition in Phoenix, Ariz. There were 80 teams from around the U.S., including teams from 39 colleges and universities. The team of Samantha Jackson and Rachel Stocki came in 49th, just missing the cut for the second day of competition. The team of Andrew Bonnell and Kayla Bargeron inished in the top 60. Later in the summer, it was announced that of 77 competing colleges and universities, SVSU is now ranked 21, higher than such notables as Baylor, Texas Christian and California State University at Fresno.
Opportunities for experiential learning reach many students from varied disciplines: SVSU’s forensics team, 15 students per year; Moot Court, 20 – 25 students; Model U.N., 35 students; the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, 10 students; and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, 40 – 45 students.
A collaborative, interdisciplinary program that included students in business, art and theatre (B.A.T.) culminated in a mural project showcased in the Dow Event Center parking area and a presentation of the B.A.T. theme, “Saginaw Revitalization Through the Eyes of Our Children (It’s the Beginning).” A video of the 2012 B.A.T. project is viewable at vimeo.com/52670515.
Recent faculty retirements include Barron Hirsch, professor of art, 1970 – June 2014; and Drew Hinderer, professor of philosophy, 1981 – June 2014.