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May 27, 2021

SVSU students win Tyner Prizes for writing excellence

Three SVSU students have been awarded Tyner Prizes for excellence in writing. Tyner Prizes are presented annually in three categories ― fiction, poetry and nonfiction ― with a fourth prize, for creative nonfiction, awarded when appropriate. Each of the 2021 Tyner Prize winners won a monetary award of $200 and a plaque. Their names will also be added to a plaque listing past winners, which is located on the third floor of Science West. 

Jordan Williamson, a Toledo, Ohio, native received the Tyner-Roethke Award in Student Poetry for his collection, “Sad Dracula.” His work was nominated by Arra Ross, professor of English. 

One judge said of Williamson’s work, “This collection struck me as clever and innovative [because of the] author’s play and willingness to take some risks here.” 

Williamson recently graduated with a bachelor’s in creative writing. 

Todd Graham won the Tyner Prize in Fiction for “Straight to my Core,” which was nominated by Professor of English C. Vincent Samarco. “I feel that ‘Straight to My Core’ [is] nuanced in the language and gives me a strong sense of place and character,” said one of the Tyner Awards judges. 

Graham is a psychology and creative writing major from Alpena.   

Gabrielle Krieger, of Saginaw, won the Tyner Prize for Nonfiction for her paper “Sylvia Plath’s ‘Thalidomide’ and Twentieth-Century Attitudes Towards Disability,” which was nominated by Daniel Cook, professor of English. According to one judge, “The writer here has a clear command of the text.”  

Krieger is pursuing a double major in sociology and literature.  

Tyner Prizes recognize the best writing produced in English Department over the previous academic year. Works are submitted anonymously by faculty in the department and are reviewed by a panel of judges.   

May 20, 2021

SVSU students help revitalize Saginaw neighborhood Wolohan Fellows partner with Mustard Seed Shelter and Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity

Ten SVSU students, members of the university’s Richard V. Wolohan Fellowship in Service and Leadership, are leading an effort to rehabilitate the exterior of a 127-year-old home in Saginaw as part of a neighborhood revitalization effort in the area surrounding the Mustard Seed Shelter.  

The project includes scraping and painting the 2,300 square-foot two-story home, which was built in 1894. The home is located at 1323 Janes Ave. The project is being done in collaboration with the Mustard Seed Shelter and Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity. Work began Friday, May 14 and is expected to be completed Sunday, May 23. 

The 2020-2021 Wolohan Fellowship cohort includes: 

  • Joseph Bartels, an accounting major from Saginaw 
  • Matthew Bartels of Saginaw, who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing  
  • Savannah Bruske, a biology major from Saginaw 
  • Alejandra Fulgencio, a biology major from Saginaw 
  • Katelynn Jacob, an elementary education/special education major from Freeland  
  • Micaela Lewis, a business major from Freeland 
  • Alisha Moore, a creative writing major from Saginaw  
  • Alyssa Rivera, a literature major from Saginaw  
  • Alexandra Schultz, a music major from Saginaw 
  • Emily Vogelpohl, a social work major from Saginaw 

Matthew Bartels, one of the SVSU Wolohan Fellows leading the initiative, said the idea for the project came from a discussion he had with his aunt, Amy Bartels Roe, executive director of Mustard Seed Shelter. One of Mustard Seed’s guests was raised in the house, which has been in her family for generations. Mustard Seed Shelter has been actively working to help revitalize the neighborhood. 

“We just completed a major expansion and renovation project in 2020 that more than doubled our capacity to serve women and children experiencing homelessness,” said Bartels Roe. “From the beginning of that project, our hope was to use it as a catalyst in our neighborhood to improve the quality of life for those we serve, as well as our neighbors and other nonprofits in the area. This initiative represents progress toward achieving the dream of making our neighborhood a beautiful, welcoming place for those who live, work, play and visit here.” 

“We chose this house for two reasons,” said Bartels, the SVSU student. “First, this house was built in the late 1800s and is one of very few houses in this area built during this time period still in livable condition. Refurbishing this house will add years to its lifespan and allow it to maintain its place as a piece of Saginaw history.  

“Second, refurbishing this house is part of a larger neighborhood revitalization project occurring in this neighborhood. The impact that recent projects such as establishment of the Rufus M. Bradley Community Park and the Mustard Seed Shelter Expansion have had on this neighborhood have been tremendous. Our work on this house will continue the mission of the revitalization project, and we hope that our work will encourage others in the neighborhood to take pride in their own homes and community.” 

In addition to providing labor, the Wolohan Fellows sponsored funds for the paint, primer and other materials and supplies, including rental of a scissor lift. Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity also made available materials at very reasonable rates or through loan. Mustard Seed and Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity helped the Wolohan Fellows navigate countless project details. 

Work on the project will continue May 21-23, with shifts of varying lengths. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed. Visit tinyurl.com/hpus2vjs for more information and to sign up. 

The Wolohan Family Foundation created the Richard V. Wolohan Fellowship in Leadership and Service at SVSU to encourage students to demonstrate the kind of community leadership that characterized Mr. Wolohan’s life. SVSU students may apply for the program at any stage of their academic career.  

More information about Mustard Seed Shelter can be found at themustardseedshelter.org. For information about Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity, visit sshfh.org

May 14, 2021

SVSU hires new dean for business school

Saginaw Valley State University has hired an experienced leader in business education to serve as the new dean of the institution’s Scott L. Carmona College of Business. Jayati Ghosh will head SVSU’s business school after devoting more than two decades to a career in higher education, most recently at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ghosh said she was excited for the opportunity to join an institution with SVSU’s strong ranking among top business schools worldwide.

I am honored and excited about the opportunity to lead the Carmona College of Business in its upward trajectory of academic excellence,” Ghosh said. “I am impressed by the commitment of the college towards the professional and personal development of students and looking forward to working with the faculty and staff, centers of excellence and engaging with the community.”

Deborah Huntley, SVSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Ghosh brings impressive leadership experience to SVSU as an administrator as well as a strong record of professional service, research and teaching.

The arrival of Dr. Ghosh comes at a very important time for our Carmona College of Business,” Huntley said. “She brings extensive leadership experience as a dean, and we are counting on her experience and innovative thinking to enhance business education for our students and to collaborate with regional businesses to support the vitality of our region. We have outstanding faculty and a world-class facility, and I know she is excited about the opportunities at SVSU.”

SVSU opened the doors to its new $25.4 million business facility in spring 2020. The 38,500-square-foot addition includes data analytics labs and Bloomberg Trading terminals, which track stock data in real time. Upgrades include cutting-edge equipment used by Fortune 500 companies, providing students with hands-on experience utilizing resources adapted to match global business trends.

Ghosh has over 25 years of higher education experience at public and private institutions. As dean of the School of Business Administration at Widener University, Ghosh led program development, AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education accreditations, Widener University’s Small Business Development Center SBDC, Environmental Management Assistance Program and worked with alumni and business leaders

Prior to joining Widener University, Ghosh held leadership roles including associate dean, director of the Honors Program, director of faculty development and founding executive director of the Global Education Office at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. She held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

Ghosh serves on AACSB peer-review teams as a member and chair and serves as mentor to a school going through initial accreditation process. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Small Schools Network Affinity group of AACSB and is a member of Women Administrators in Management Education, an AACSB affinity group.

Ghosh is a strong advocate of high impact practices such as internships, cooperative education, global experience, faculty-led research with undergraduate and graduate students, and service learning.

Ghosh completed her doctorate at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and earned an M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada). She also earned an M.S. from University of Calcutta (India).

SVSU provides access to tools and technology fine-tuned for the next generation to strengthen an academic college already honored with an AACSB-International accreditation, a gold standard distinction earned by fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business colleges. For more information about SVSU’s Carmona College of Business, visit svsu.edu/scottlcarmonacollegeofbusiness.

Ghosh will join SVSU Monday, June 28.

May 10, 2021

SVSU Board approves granting degrees in advance of outdoor Commencement ceremonies

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved granting undergraduate and graduate degrees during the Board’s regular meeting Thursday, May 6. More than 1,000 students are expected to complete degree requirements.

SVSU is holding three outdoor Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 7. The university normally holds the ceremonies indoors but moved them outside this year to allow graduates to celebrate safely.

The Board also approved granting two posthumous degrees. Students Tyra Chapman and Alissa Bunnell died in separate vehicle accidents during the academic year. Family members of Chapman and Bunnell will be present at the 10 a.m. Commencement ceremony to receive the degrees.

In other action, the Board:

  • Elected officers for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Vicki Rupp will serve as chair; Raj Weiner will serve as vice chair. Bhushan Kulkarni will serve as secretary, and Lindsay Eggers will serve as treasurer.
  • Passed a resolution thanking Thomas Metiva and elected representatives of the SVSU Student Association for their service during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Approved the reauthorization of 7 previously authorized charter schools: Cesar Chavez Academy; Chatfield School; Flat River Academy; Genesee STEM Academy; Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts; Pontiac Academy; and Woodland School.
  • Approved the renewal of SVSU’s partnership with Barnes & Noble to manage the retail bookstore through June 30, 2026.
  • Received the federal awards audit for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
  • Approved two capital projects totaling $4.8 million. The Board authorized renovations to the Student Center and Curtiss Hall totaling $2.2 million; these renovations will include expanded space for the Multicultural Student Services Center and the Mental Health and Wellness Center. The Board also approved spending approximately $2.6 million for various technology upgrades.
  • Granted emerita status to Gretchen Mooningham, who is retiring from the math faculty after 38 years of service.
  • Granted emeritus status to John Mooningham, who is retiring from the math faculty after 38 years of service.
  • Granted emeritus status to Kerry Segel, who is retiring from the English faculty after 35 years of service.
  • Granted emerita status to Marcia Shannon, who previously retired from the nursing faculty after 23 years of service.

May 6, 2021

SVSU graduates to celebrate Commencement in person Friday; first outdoor ceremonies to be held in Wickes Stadium

More than 700 SVSU graduates have registered to participate in Saginaw Valley State University’s three outdoor commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7. The ceremonies, SVSU’s first-ever outdoor commencement celebrations, will be held in the Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium. Relocating the ceremonies outdoors provide a safer venue and allows more people to participate in person. 

“I have spoken with a number of our May graduates, and I know how much it means to them to don regalia and hear their name called as they cross the stage,” said SVSU President Donald J. Bachand. “They have overcome much to earn their degrees.” 

The schedule of ceremonies is: 

10 a.m. ― College of Health & Human Services 

1 p.m. ― College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences and College of Education 

4 p.m. ― College of Business and College of Science, Engineering & Technology 

Each graduate may bring two guests who have registered in advance. Health and safety protocols will be observed. SVSU also is providing a live video-stream of each ceremony. Details are available at www.svsu.edu/2021

Editor’s note: Members of the media are welcome to cover any of the Commencement ceremonies and speak with graduates and their guests. Please follow SVSU health and safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask when coming within 6 feet of others.  

Prior to or during each ceremony, please call/text Justin Engel at 989-284-4087 for assistance. Following each ceremony, you may call/text J.J. Boehm at 989-295-8225.  

In the event of mild to moderate rain, the ceremony will continue. In the event of severe weather, a ceremony may be postponed until later in the day, or if necessary, rescheduled for Saturday, May 8. 

May 6, 2021

SVSU Department of Nursing recognizes excellence in nursing

The SVSU Department of Nursing has recognized several area registered nurses and three nursing units for their contributions to the regional community and extraordinary dedication to public health over the past year. Recipients of the 2021 Carleen K. Moore Nursing Excellence Award are: 

Acute Care Nursing 

  • Amber Alaniz, oncology unit, MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland 
  • Heather Kinney, operating room/post-anesthesia care unit, Ascension St. Mary's Hospital at Towne Center 
  • Jessica Kleinfeld, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers 
  • Sue Lennon, employee health and wellness, MidMichigan Health 
  • Jaime Makela, medical intensive care unit, MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland 
  • Jennifer Sajdak, COVID unit at McLaren Bay Region 
  • Three Covenant HealthCare nursing units: Surgical Intensive Care, 6 North and 5 East 

Nursing in the Community 

  • Joyce Hardy, Helen Nickless Volunteer Clinic of McLaren Bay Region 
  • Public Health Nurses at Bay County Health Department 
  • Tawnya Simon, Saginaw County Health Department 

Nursing Education 

  • Robin Begick, Covenant HealthCare  

Each winner received a crystal bowl, one dozen roses and a check for $800. 

“This award meant a lot to the nurses, their organizations and their work units,” said Andrea Frederick, associate professor of nursing at SVSU, who presented the awards with Judy Ruland, dean of the Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services. “2020-2021 was a hard year for nurses working on the COVID units. This was a nice slice of good news and an affirmation of the value of their loving work and dedication to the community.” 

Multiple recipients are SVSU graduates. Begick earned her Master of Science in Nursing from SVSU in 1999. Kleinfeld is a 2011 graduate of SVSU, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Simon graduated from SVSU in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.    

Through the Carleen K. Moore Nursing Excellence Awards, SVSU’s Department of Nursing acknowledges and honors the valuable contributions registered nurses make in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Recognized nurses work in four service areas: acute care, community/public health, long-term care/rehabilitation, and education.  

This award is possible due to the generous support of Terry Moore and his wife Carleen K. Moore, RN. The Moores believe in the importance of recognizing and encouraging nurses who demonstrate excellence in their field and in promoting the reputation of Saginaw Valley State University and its nursing program. The awards have been presented since 2011. 

May 3, 2021

SVSU graduating seniors: Kathy Perez

KATHY PEREZ

social work major

Detroit native

 

Kathy’s story

As a student, Kathy Perez challenged herself to help people see beyond negative stereotypes too often associated with too many populations in the United States.

As a student program coordinator in SVSU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Kathy took on this challenge when she organized a Lowrider Display event as part of SVSU’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in 2019.

Committed both to honoring Hispanic heritage and fighting negative stereotypes often tied to the lowrider community, Kathy arranged for vehicles to be displayed at SVSU in a setting that allowed attendees to learn about the culture surrounding the lowrider communities.

The event invited guest speakers including a state representative and a lowriding icon, all while attendees enjoyed food and music that were provided. The event was free and open to the public.

Kathy remains proud of the awareness she helped raise at an event that celebrated the lowrider culture that was part of her upbringing.

We asked Kathy a series of questions about her overall experience at SVSU. Here are her responses:

 

What was your favorite memory at SVSU?

“My favorite memory at SVSU was moving into the dorms my freshman year. It was such a bittersweet moment for me that I will always remember. It was the day I started a new chapter of my life and the day I got to leave my parent’s ‘nest.’ I was part of the Public School Academy Scholar Program so I was able to move in a week before everyone else, meaning I had extra time to explore campus before everyone else started to move in.”

 

What was your proudest accomplishment at SVSU?

“My proudest accomplishment at SVSU was being able to plan and host the Lowrider Display for Hispanic Heritage Month in 2019. Being a student program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, I was able to make this event happen after wanting to do it for so long. I grew up in the lowrider community and it was a part of who I am that I wanted to bring to SVSU. There are many negative stereotypes tied to the lowrider community and I wanted to show that there is more to it than just the negative stereotypes you hear.”

 

What advice would you give an incoming freshman at SVSU?

“Advice I would give incoming freshman at SVSU is to organize and manage your time and do not be afraid to ask for help! The first year in college takes some adjusting, managing your time and having a to-do list really helps. Another thing is to ask for help when you need it; professors and tutors are there to help you. Lastly, have fun and enjoy your college experience. Time flies by!”

 

What are your plans after graduation?

“After graduation, I will be attending Wayne State University to pursue a Master’s in Social Work (MSW). I was accepted into the Advanced Standing Program, meaning I will be graduating in May 2022, if all goes as planned. There is so much that can change from now until then. However, it is in my life plan to move out of state after receiving my MSW.”

 

The following are clubs, organizations and accomplishments that highlight Kathy’s SVSU experience:

  • Latino Awareness Association, including a 2-year term as president
  • E.M.E., where she was a founding member, vice president, and cultural awareness chairperson

May 3, 2021

SVSU graduating seniors: Kyndall LoVette

KYNDALL LoVETTE

management major

Holt native

 

Kyndall’s story

With a passion and penchant for engaging with people, Kyndall LoVette will be ready to launch soon from her status as a graduating senior at Saginaw Valley State University to the professional career that will soon follow.

The management major said she has benefited from her classroom studies as well as extracurricular opportunities at the university. All of these experiences have allowed her to build her skillset as an engaged citizen.

Among the SVSU opportunities Kyndall said served her best: her selection to the Vitito Global Leadership Institute. The SVSU program of distinction annually provides leadership development to a select group of students enrolled in the SVSU Scott L. Carmona College of Business. LoVette called the opportunity a “rewarding experience” that allowed her to collaborate with fellow Cardinals across the academic disciplines as well as student ambassadors from Ghana.

One of her academic courses — a family business class — also sharpened her community engagement skills. As part of the class, she volunteered at a fundraising event for The Mustard Seed Shelter, a Saginaw-based nonprofit which moves women and children from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

We asked Kyndall a series of questions about her experience at SVSU. Here are her responses:

 

What was your favorite memory at SVSU?

“My favorite memory, while attending SVSU is the community service opportunities I’ve had, once I joined Delta Sigma Pi, and the Organization of Black Unity.”

 

What was your proudest accomplishment at SVSU?

“My proudest accomplishment overall would be graduating college cum laude, and also being able to join RSOs on campus.”

 

What advice would you give an incoming freshman at SVSU?

“The most important advice I would give incoming freshmen would be to engage with their professors and get to know them, as well as getting involved with the student organizations. Your college experience goes by faster than you think — you get what you put in.”

 

What are your plans after graduation?

“My plans after graduation are to find a job I enjoy, and hopefully relocate to a warmer state.”

 

The following are clubs, organizations and accomplishments that highlight Morgan’s SVSU experience:

  • Vitito Global Leadership Institute, 2020 cohort
  • Delta Sigma Pi-Mu Phi Chapter
  • Organization of Black Unity

May 3, 2021

SVSU graduating seniors 2021: Sabrina Coffman

SABRINA COFFMAN

mechanical engineering

Toledo native

 

Sabrina’s story

Mechanical engineering fields remain primarily dominated by men, but Sabrina Coffman is breaking the stigma as a woman who excels in the program at Saginaw Valley State University.

Sabrina decided to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering because of her hands-on work ethic and her competitive drive.

Her love for STEM started off in high school, where she was a member of a STEM club that worked on technological projects focused on helping people perform daily tasks. One of the projects she participated in involved developing a typing tool for a person with cerebral palsy to help him with his job.

The rewarding factor of impacting individuals’ lives has inspired Sabrina to purse her master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Cleveland State University, where she plans to enroll after her May graduation from SVSU. She hopes to focus her studies on prosthetic limbs or research involving regenerative tissue and organs.

Sabrina hopes to leave a positive impact on peoples’ lives — especially young girls — who may want to pursue a career in the STEM field or excel at any career they set their mind to.

We asked Sabrina a series of questions about her experience at SVSU. Here are her responses:

 

What was your favorite memory at SVSU?

“One of my favorite memories at SVSU is being able to travel to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) National Conference. Being a part of SWE has been an incredible experience that has included rewarding volunteer work, professional developing and networking, and creating amazing new friendships. I was able to attend the SWE National Conference twice, once in Minneapolis, Minnesota and once in Anaheim, California. The national conference is an amazing experience where thousands of STEM women come together for professional and personal workshops, a huge career fair, and tons of learning and networking opportunities.”

 

What was your proudest accomplishment at SVSU?

“One of my proudest accomplishments at SVSU has been my success on the SVSU golf team. I have worked on my golf game really hard over the past five years while also maintaining my rigorous engineering studies, and there have been a lot of up and downs, but now I hold several records for SVSU, have been named to the All-Conference Team twice, have qualified for post-season play as an individual, and have won two tournaments. I have also been named an Academic All-American three times. And my last season is not even over yet!”

 

What advice would you give an incoming freshman at SVSU?

“I would tell an incoming freshman to take advantage of every opportunity that SVSU has to offer. Do not be afraid to go explore any interest you have or branch out and join different organizations. There are so many awesome people at SVSU between the students, faculty, administration, athletics, and RSOs. Try new things and go to any events that sound cool to you. The only regrets you will have are the experiences you don’t try!”

 

What are your plans after graduation?

“I will be attending Cleveland State University in the fall to pursue a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Also beginning in the fall, I will be playing Division I golf for CSU. I am pursuing Biomedical Engineering because I want to work with either prosthetic limbs, artificial organs, or tissue regeneration. My goal is to be able to help people in my career and make a meaningful impact in peoples’ lives. Also, if I am competitive enough by the end of my collegiate golf career, I would like to try to play professional golf.”

 

The following are clubs, organizations, and accomplishments that highlight Sabrina’s SVSU experience:

President, Society of Women Engineers, SVSU 2016-present

  • Served as a member 2016-17 and 2018-19, served as secretary during 2017-18 academic year
  • Elected president by a vote of organizational peers from fall 2019 to May 2021
  • Planned and facilitated the organization’s trip to the 2019 SWE Conference in Anaheim, California

Vice President, SVSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee, SVSU 2016-present

  • Served as a member from 2016-17, served as head of Student-Athlete Relations subcommittee, overseeing eight members, from 2017-19
  • Organized a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that raised over $300 in a three-hour period

SVSU Women’s Golf Team                                                                            2016-present

  • Selected by head coach during second semester of freshman season to serve as captain of team; maintained captain status throughout playing career
  • Named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American Team in 2017, 2018 and 2020
  • Elected to 2nd All-Conference Team 2018 and 2020
  • Competed in the NCAA Division II Super Regionals as an individual athlete
  • Set several records for SVSU women’s golf

Member, Cardinal Formula Racing Team 2016-17

  • Utilized SolidWorks to draft a design sketch for a push bar used on a formula race car that competes in national competitions with other universities

 

May 3, 2021

SVSU graduating seniors 2021: Saadman Bin Abdullah

SAADMAN BIN ABDULLAH

mechanical engineering

Bangladesh native

 

Saadman’s story

Saadman Bin Abdullah, an international student from Bangladesh, has gained incredible knowledge from being a mechanical engineering student at SVSU. As a result, he wants to return home to help people gain access to clean energy and water.

A large amount of Bangladesh’s population lives in poverty, and there is a crucial need to generate and supply daily power to those underprivileged communities, he said.

Saadman’s main goal is to build a service start-up using artificial intelligence, which he said will help to locate, analyze and improve the power grid while also streamlining an efficient thermal management system across the nation.

With a desire to build his own organization, Saadman plans to utilize the power directly from photovoltaic, hydropower and recycled sources to make a huge impact on clean energy generation in one of the most polluted countries in the world.

In turn, Saadman hopes to create employment for thousands of people — of all education levels — and have a significant impact on reducing the poverty level in his beloved home nation.

We asked Saadman a series of questions. Here are his responses:

 

What was your favorite memory at SVSU?

“My favorite memory at SVSU has to be my involvement in the Career Services office. I got hired when I was just a freshman in my first semester. I have been there all these years, and still now, I am proud to be a part of it as the Senior Peer Career Adviser. It was the unparalleled guidance, support and training from my supervisors — especially (former assistant director) Tom Barnikow — which led me to be where I am today. I was able to help more than 4,000 people with their resumes, cover letters, interview skills and professional development. Meeting a diverse range of people, talking them about life decisions, and helping them achieve their professional goals is something that I will always keep close to my heart. Their joy and sense of accomplishment is what I will always hold dear, knowing that I had a small role to play in their extraordinary lives! I will always cherish that.”

 

What was your proudest accomplishment at SVSU?

“My proudest accomplishment at SVSU has to be co-authoring two published journal papers in thermal engineering. I owe it all to Dr. (Aneesha) Gogineni, (SVSU assistant professor of mechanical engineering), for believing in me and giving me the opportunities. It was because of my involvement in three of her fully-funded research grants, which gave me a strong foundation for my job applications. Now, I am currently working as a Project Engineer at Cech Corporation. It would never have been possible without the mechanical engineering department’s support and blessings.”

 

What advice would you give an incoming freshman at SVSU?

“My advice to freshman would be:

  •  Get involved with SVSU Career Services right from the start, as they will give wise guidance on how to improve your professional abilities and lead you to your desired career field.
  •  Never take opportunities for granted! One opportunity can open a realm of a hundred more opportunities.
  •  Always take advantage of the generous and vast number of resources at SVSU. Quite frankly, the amazing people who work here are here for you! They will do their best to get you where you want to go. Make sure you do your part!
  •  Last advice is for my international student fellows: At times, I know things may seem difficult; time may seem short, but remember, with the right mindset and being around the right people will take you to places beyond your imagination. Always choose wisely; decisions are key.”

 

What are your plans after graduation?

“My plan right after graduation is to remain at my current workplace. As there is potential for huge growth, and I am already directly managing a whole line of engineering products, I plan to put more work into my company and take it to new heights! In a couple years, I plan to enroll in a direct-PhD program, preferably in the Midwest region. With my education and the work I am doing, I hope to give back to the people who have given me so much! My ultimate goal is to head my own startup in the energy field, which would aim to help the millions of people in the underprivileged communities of my country, Bangladesh.”

 

The following are clubs, organizations, and accomplishments that highlight Saadman’s SVSU experience:

  • Member, International Student Club
  • Senior member, South Asian Student Association
  • Former president, Bangladeshi Student Association
  • Student member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Student member, National Society of Professional Engineers
  • President of PACE (Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence), National Society of Collegiate

Scholars

  • 2-time recipient of an SVSU Undergraduate Research Program Scholarship
  • Recipient of Dow Professor Award Grant
  • Recipient of YES Alumni Scholarship
  • Recipient of President’s International Scholarship
  • Recipient of SVSU-Ming Chuan International Student Endowed Scholarship

 

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