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October 14, 2021

SVSU students elect 2021 Homecoming royalty

Students at Saginaw Valley State University have selected three of their peers to reign as the 2021 Homecoming royalty. The students were presented with scepters Saturday, Oct. 16 during halftime festivities at SVSU’s football game against Northwood University.

homecoming royalty pose for photo

The three SVSU students selected as Homecoming royalty are:

  • Wesley Hampton, a secondary social studies education major from Imlay City, Michigan. He serves as an Orientation leader and is involved with SVSU Residential Life; Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity; the History Club; Valley Nights; Female Empowerment and Multicultural Education; and the community council of MJ Brandimore First Year Suites. “The ability to be your true self and still be accepted, no matter what” is what Wesley loves most about SVSU.
  • Katie Nixon, an exercise science major from Byron, Michigan. She serves as vice president of alumnae and heritage for Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Delta Sigma chapter; as president of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club; and as vice president of the Student Exercise Science Association. Nixon also is a member of and the Strength, Conditioning and Biomechanics Research Lab Team. She has also been involved with SVSU Alternative Breaks. “Its small size, which affords students opportunities they wouldn’t have at larger schools” is what Katie loves best about SVSU.
  • Courtney Vanest, an occupational therapy major from Reese. She is involved in the Student Occupational Therapy Association, Forever Red and the Global Foundation Scholars program. What Courtney loves most about SVSU is “opportunities for social, academic and professional development. There are people every step of the way promoting growth!”

All three were selected as royalty based on the results of online voting by the SVSU student body.

Joining them on the 2021 homecoming court are:

  • Josh Brandel, an ecology, evolution and organismal biology major from Ubly. He is involved with Alpha Phi Omega, the Biology Club, and Residence Housing Association. Josh said the thing he loves most about SVSU is “the small community feel. I can’t walk anywhere without seeing at least three people I know.”
  • Rebecca Dubs, a secondary English education major from Owendale. Her involvement includes Optimistic Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Cardinal Marching Band, Habitat for Humanity, Sociology Club, Female Empowerment and Multicultural Education, Orientation Programs coordinator, Student Conduct Board and Cardinal Volunteers. She is an active volunteer in the community. “The one thing I love best about SVSU is the caring community. Whether it be an RSO, the professors, the various offices on campus, or just a friendly face to say ‘hi’ to you in the hallway, I truly call this place my home. I could have never asked for a better community to be part of and I am proud to be a Cardinal.”
  • Brooke Elward, a marketing major from Shelby Township. She is involved in Valley Nights, Program Board, Forever Red, Valley Vanguard, Residence Hall Association, NEST, Pride Center, Global Foundation Scholars. Brooke also works for University Communications. She loves “the inclusivity, diversity and acceptance of students of all ethnicity, race, sexuality, gender, age, religion, disability and culture.”
  • Anthony Galea, a computer science major from Riverview. Anthony is a member of the Game Design Club, Sigma Pi Fraternity and Association for Computing Machinery. He also is service and civic oriented and participates in intramural sports, Relay for Life, Battle of the Valleys. “I love how welcoming and accepting everyone is (at SVSU), and how I feel at home here.
  • Isaiah Plaugher, an exercise science major from Cadillac. Isaiah is involved in Active Minds, the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and Residential Life. He also works as a personal trainer and intramural coordinator for Campus Recreation. Isaiah loves SVSU’s “small and tight community that works with each other.”
  • Anna Plotkowski, an elementary special education major from Clinton Township. She serves as a NEST ambassador, orientation leader, Forever Red, Alternative Breaks, College Transition mentor, Foundation Scholar. “I love the sense of community at SVSU. I love walking on campus and seeing people who know and care about me.”
  • Lizzy Simon, a communication and literature major from Bay City. She is an Orientation leader and College Transition 100 Mentor; she also is involved with Relay for Life, Forever Red, and the Kantzler Fellowship. “What I love most about SVSU is the people who make it home. SVSU has such a strong community, and I feel blessed to be a part of it.”
  • Katie Zeits, an international studies major from Traverse City. She is a Thompson Scholar and involved in Female Empowerment and Multicultural Education, orientation/peer advisor, Alternative Breaks, Alpha Phi Omega, College Transition Program mentor, Residential Life (former resident assistant). “The one thing that I love the most about SVSU is our sense of community and desire to help one another grow.”