For a few hours next week, visitors of Saginaw Valley State University's library will have access to an additional medium of information: people.
For the second year, SVSU's Melvin J. Zahnow Library will host a “Human Library” event, where community members will volunteer to share their stories, experiences and life choices to attendees. The gathering is Tuesday, March 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the library's first floor.
"The Human Library will give people the opportunity to engage in conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices," said Ashley Blinstrub, an SVSU research and assessment librarian helping to coordinate the gathering.
"The event will create a space for participants to take part in meaningful conversation with people that have different life experiences, histories and perspectives."
Every Human Library's "books" vary, depending on community needs and specific volunteers. Tuesday's event will feature people who tell stories about their experience about being a veteran with three deployments under her belt, being a survivor of a kidney and pancreas transplant, and being a person coping with mental illness. Other volunteers will discuss their experiences living with Celiac's disease, single-parenting an autistic child, and dealing with poverty and prejudice.
Last year, Sherrin Frances, SVSU associate professor of English, helped transplant the concept to SVSU from Denmark, where the Human Library Organization conceived the idea more than a decade ago.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Human Libraries, visit http://humanlibrary.org/.
The Saginaw Valley State University forensic team continued to reap the rewards of its hard work, winning several honors at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Tournament at Eastern Michigan University Saturday, March 10.
SVSU students claimed four of the 11 top novice awards, given to the student who places highest in an event and has participated in fewer than six competitions. SVSU was one of eight Michigan colleges and universities who competed at the event.
Darious Henry, a communication major from Chesterfield Township, earned second place in prose speaking, along with being the top novice in that event.
Jrew Brickel, a criminal justice major from Midland, finished in sixth place and took home the top novice honor in the extemporaneous speaking event.
Jayla Gaskins, a communication major from Detroit, earned sixth place in dramatic interpretation along and was named top novice for the competition.
Jill Castle, a communication major from Standish, earned the top novice award in the after
dinner speaking event.
Gina Kearly, a communication major from Midland, earned seventh place award in the poetry category.
In all, eight SVSU students have qualified during the 2017-18 season for the National Forensic Association National Championship tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh that will be held April 19-23. They are: Brickel; Jenna Brown, a secondary education major from Saginaw; Castle, Andrea Garner, a communication major from Westland; Gaskins, Kelley Gray, a communication major from Sandusky; Henry, and Tiler Jewell, a creative writing major from Essexville
Amy Pierce, SVSU associate professor of communication, serves as the team’s faculty adviser.
For more information regarding the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Forensics Tournament, please visit michiganspeech.wordpress.com/events.
Saginaw Valley State University will welcome leading educators from the Great Lakes Bay Region to provide insight and motivation for students and others seeking education careers during “The Heart of Teaching” forum Friday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Gilbertson Hall.
“Now is a great time to become a teacher, in terms of job prospects. There is a shortage of candidates reported all over Michigan,” said Craig Douglas, dean of SVSU’s College of Education. “We hope hearing from current educators will inspire and motivate individuals considering a teaching career.”
The event will feature a panel discussion in Ott Auditorium designed to share the motivation and challenges behind becoming a teacher. The following educators are scheduled to appear:
Prior to the panel discussion, SVSU will present the 2018 Harold W. Peterson Award for Excellence in Teaching to Jenna Perez, a second grade teacher at Loomis Math, Science and Technology Academy in the Saginaw Public School District.
A Chicago-based theater troupe will visit Saginaw Valley State University to perform a hip-hop musical adaptation of a Shakespearean dark comedy.
The Q Brothers, which has performed its unique style of theater in venues from New York City to London, will treat SVSU audiences to a reimagined production of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
The play, titled "Q Gents," put a modern-day spin on the William Shakespeare classic. The characters of Valentine and Proteus are star players on the Verona College Prep football team. Their popular status in the school, though, is threatened when Proteus becomes smitten with the dark and artsy Julia.
The play's 20-plus characters all are played by two actors who are brothers, and whose theatrical and physical performances are aimed at keeping audiences on the edges of their seats.
Beginning in 2012, The Q Brothers gained international acclaim for their “add-RAP-tation” of another Shakespeare classic. "Othello: The Remix" has been performed in nations such as Australia, Germany, Scotland and South Korea. In the United States, the group frequents cities such as Chicago and New York City.
The Q Brothers visit to SVSU is supported through the Dow Visiting Scholars and Artists series, a program at SVSU established through an endowment from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to enrich our region's cultural and intellectual opportunities.
Talented high school art students will display their works for the community to view during a special exhibition in the University Art Gallery at Saginaw Valley State University.
SVSU's art department is hosting the High School Invitational Exhibition Monday, March 19 through Friday, April 13. A reception for the artists featured in the exhibition will be held Thursday, March 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“The art department at SVSU strongly supports this stage of creative development by high school students,” said Tisch Lewis, coordinator for the University Art Gallery. “This exhibition honors and celebrates the great creative work being done through the efforts of local high school teachers and their students.”
Students representing several high schools in the Great Lakes Bay Region will have art on display. Those schools include: Freeland High School, Hemlock High School, Heritage High School, H.H. Dow High School, Midland High School, Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Swan Valley High School and the Tuscola Technology Center.
There will be a variety of creative works displayed during the exhibition. The pieces include ceramics, paintings, photography, drawings and mixed media.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The University Art Gallery is located in the Arbury Fine Arts Center at SVSU. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the gallery re-opens from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturdays, the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information about the exhibition, contact the SVSU University Art Gallery at email@example.com or (989) 964-2291.
Musician MiJung Trepanier will perform a solo piano recital Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Saginaw Valley State University’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
Trepanier’s planned musical selections include the work of 19th-century German composers Johannes Brahm, Robert Schumann and Clara Schumann.
Trepanier is a soloist who has performed globally in locations such as Puerto Rico, Bolivia and South Korea. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at SVSU and as a member of the Michigan Council Performance Touring Program. She received a doctorate degree in music from Michigan State University after first earning a bachelor's degree in music from Kyungwon University in Seongnam, South Korea.
For more information about the recital, please contact the SVSU Department of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 964-4159.
Saginaw Valley State University students have shown an incredible passion to support their surrounding community over the past 15 years, raising more than $350,000 to support numerous worthy causes and charitable organizations during the annual Battle of the Valleys fundraising competition.
In 2017, the SVSU community raised $32,000 in one week for The Mustard Seed shelter, a Saginaw organization that provides a safe housing option for women and their children in need. The SVSU Student Association hosted a luncheon on campus Friday, Feb. 9 to express appreciation for the many people who volunteered for Battle of the Valleys and to formally present the funds to Amy Roe, director of The Mustard Seed and an SVSU alumna.
The SVSU Student Association is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations interested in serving as SVSU's charity partner for 2018. The deadline to apply is Friday, April, 20.
For more information or to request an application, please contact Caitlin Coulter, Battle of the Valleys coordinator, at email@example.com.
The 2018 Battle of the Valleys will take place Sunday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Oct. 26, leading up to the football game at SVSU Saturday, Oct. 27.
For more information on Battle of the Valleys, please visit svsu.edu/bov.
For more than 50 Saginaw Valley State University students, spring break will not be a typical vacation. They will be traveling across the U.S. to volunteer as part of the student-run Alternative Breaks program.
Five teams of students are traveling to volunteer for community organizations throughout the country during SVSU’s spring break March 5-11.
Karah Hoch, a business management major from Marine City, will be taking her first Alternative Break trip. She will be working with Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, located in Springfield, Missouri, is an organization designed to help children and adults with special needs. SVSU students will help with daily activities and to help individuals develop life skills through sports and education.
“It’s something I wanted to get involved in because I've heard nothing but good things about the organization and how it can have a huge impact on you as a leader,” Hoch said. “I hope to gain a new perspective on those who have special needs. I look forward to my experience and hope to put a smile on some peoples’ faces.”
Other SVSU students will be volunteering for:
SVSU's Alternative Breaks program sends students on community engagement-geared trips during both the traditional college winter and spring breaks each December and March. You can learn more at www.svsu.edu/officeofstudentlife/serve/.
Saginaw Valley State University students are organizing a candlelight vigil on campus to remember a student who was recently killed.
The vigil for the late Katie Bonini will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the campus courtyard. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be moved indoors to the Thompson Student Activities Room in the Student Life Center.
“We wanted to host this event to let Katie's friends and family know that they aren't alone and that we as a community are here to support them through this difficult time,” said Nik Berkobien, a psychology major from Saginaw. “We also wanted to host this event to promote awareness of domestic violence, the thing that ultimately led to this tragedy occurring in the first place, so we can work to prevent tragedies like these from occurring in the future. But most importantly, we wanted to pay tribute to Katie.”
Bonini was killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Sebewaing that also claimed the life of her mother and father. She was a psychology major.
Organizers have created a Facebook event page for the vigil at https://www.facebook.com/events/328774954296513/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1519245874578236.
Saginaw Valley State University student vocalist Rachael Parr, a music major from Pinckney, will perform a soprano recital Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Parr will sing musical selections are from the 17th to 20th centuries. Notable pieces include "Ave Maria in E," by French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, and "The Sound of Music," by American composer Richard Rodgers.
Parr expects to graduate in May. She plans to continue her academic career by pursuing a master's degree in liturgical music.
Pianist Amanda Stamper will provide musical accompaniment. She completed a bachelor's degree in music at SVSU and a master's degree in music at Illinois State University.
For more information about the recital, please contact the SVSU Department of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 964-4159.