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February 25, 2020

SVSU-sponsored poetry contest salutes Saginaw

A community-minded poetry contest celebrating the history and culture of Saginaw County is underway, sponsored by the Saginaw Valley State University-operated Saginaw Community Writing Center.
 
The objective of the contest: pen a poem inspired by Saginaw’s people, places or past. Up to three winners will earn a $100 cash prize.
 
Participants must write the poem on postcards supplied for free by the Saginaw Community Writing Center at three Saginaw County locations. Each poem must include the words “Saginaw, I believe.”
 
The contest is open to individuals who live, work or study in Saginaw County.
 
Individuals can pick up the free postcards at the Butman-Fish Branch Library, 1716 Hancock in Saginaw; the Little Free Library book-sharing box located at SVRC Marketplace, 203 S. Washington in downtown Saginaw; or the Diane Boehm Writing Center, located on the second floor of SVSU’s Zahnow Library at the Kochville Township campus.
 
The postcards, designed by Sally Giroux's middle school art students from Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (SASA), feature scenery and imagery from across the community.
 
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with SASA students to create these postcards that celebrate the city of Saginaw,” said Helen Raica-Klotz, co-director of the Saginaw Community Writing Center. "We are hopeful that their artwork will inspire our area writers to create work that showcases our city and celebrates its vibrant community."
 
Participants must mail the postcards by Sunday, March 15 to the Diane Boehm Writing Center, SVSU, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710.
 
Contest guidelines are as follows:
  • Each participant may submit a maximum of three poems
  • All poems must not exceed 20 lines, and need to fit on the back of the postcard
  • Handwriting must be legible
Questions can be directed via email to the Saginaw Community Writing Center at scwc@svsu.edu.
 
After the contest is completed, Saginaw Community Writing Center representatives will work with members of The Ezekiel Project, a Saginaw nonprofit, to create a display of the poems and postcards at a location in downtown Saginaw.

February 21, 2020

Thursday presentations to showcase SVSU's $25.4M business college expansion, faculty; magazine editor, business leaders among presenters

Representatives of Saginaw Valley State University’s Carmona College of Business will showcase their expertise and present their new $25.4 million facility during a day-long event Thursday, Feb. 27. Then, in the evening, the editor of a popular magazine exploring economics will cap off the series of presentations aimed in part at introducing the public to the 38,500-square-foot addition to the campus.
 
All sessions are free and open to the public. Guests also are encouraged to explore the building expansion’s laboratories, classrooms and cutting-edge meeting spaces.
 
The sessions — largely hosted in the new facility from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. — will focus on business industry trends while also examining the impact of SVSU programs based in its business college building.
 
The added facility will house classrooms, faculty offices and business programs. The new space also includes analytics labs and a Bloomberg Trading Room, which tracks stock data in real time. Upgrades will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students while also encouraging members of the business community to visit campus and engage with students.
 
SVSU faculty members soon will be leading classrooms and programs within the building expansion. First, though, many members of that same faculty — as well as program directors at the university as well as representatives from the regional business community — will provide presentations during the Feb. 27 showcase.
 
From 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., more than 20 45-minute-long presentations will explore business-related topics including entrepreneurship strategies, social media-based marketing, and a review of analytics systems used in business industries. Other sessions will feature alumni sharing their success stories. Faculty members and business leaders will introduce SVSU business college-based resources and explore how those tools will benefit the region. Members of SVSU’s moot court team — ranked No. 17 in the nation — will discuss the program’s success and other pre-law school initiatives at SVSU. The showcase also will feature presentations about student-assisted research pursued by faculty members.
 
The lone showcase event hosted in the evening and in a venue located elsewhere on campus will be the keynote presentation from Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. His appearance is scheduled at 7 p.m. in SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, located in the Groening Commons complex that adjoins the business college expansion.
 
A monthly magazine with an online presence, Wired since 1993 has provided award-winning content on topics including economics, technology, politics and culture. In his presentation, Thompson plans to talk about how technology’s ever-evolving landscape will shape culture as well as economics for the future.
 
The Thursday event follows a dedication ceremony for the business college expansion planned Monday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.
 
SVSU Foundation earlier this week announced the completion of a $15.6 million fundraising campaign for the expansion. The building addition also was supported by $9.8 million in funding from the State of Michigan.
 
Below is a schedule of the Carmona College of Business showcase sessions open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All sessions are hosted inside the Carmona College of Business expansion:
 
Sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
 
“Using Your Strengths”
Room CCB 201
Betsy Pierce, associate professor of accounting
Pierce will share how individuals can focus on their unique strengths to work more successfully individually and within groups. Pierce is certified as a coach in the CliftonStrengths program, an initiative that assesses the strengths and talents of individuals and how those traits can best be utilized in group settings.
 
"Living the Entrepreneurship Dream"
Room CCB 214
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
SVSU student and alumni entrepreneurs will share their experiences about developing their own businesses from idea to startup. They will touch on the rewarding aspects of transforming business ideas into business plans, and how they have overcome challenges along the way.
 
"Game Theory in Action: The Prisoner's Dilemma"
Room CCB 216
Kellie Konsor, assistant professor of economics
Konsor will be discussing strategic decision-making theories and they relate to economics.
 
"Family Business Sustaining for Generations"
Room CCB 217
Martha Zehnder Kaczynski, vice president of sales for Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge; Jordan Thieme, director of operations at Amigo Mobility International; and SVSU student presenters
The session will feature family business leaders discussing the unique rewards and challenges of owning and operating a family business. It will also include discussion with students who have participated in the annual global Family Enterprise Case Competition, where students across the world work to solve complex family business cases.
 
Sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
 
"Building Entrepreneurial Skills"
Room CCB 113
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
Bell will guide the audience through a discussion on the steps taken to achieve a successful business startup, as well as an experiential exercise that focuses on developing various entrepreneurial skills.
 
"Designing Your Life"
Room CCB 201
Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law
Following an approach pioneered at Stanford University, Hendrickson will discuss strategies aimed at improving skills related to leadership, innovation and creativity; and how to apply those principles to everyday life.
 
"Social Media Marketing: Collaborative Learning with Great Lakes Bay Businesses"
Room CCB 216
Chatdanai Pongpatipat, assistant professor of marketing
Pongpatipat will demonstrate social media-based collaborative work between SVSU students and regional business partners.
 
"Resources to Support Economic Growth with Regional Manufacturers"
Room CCB 217
Jeremy Bockelman, director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; and Matthew Shoffner, assistant director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Bockelman and Shoffner will lead an interactive simulation of a "5S Lean Manufacturing Tool."
 
Sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 
"Living the Entrepreneurship Dream"
Room CCB 113
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
SVSU student and alumni entrepreneurs will share their experiences about developing their own businesses from idea to startup. They will touch on the rewarding aspects of transforming business ideas into business plans, and how they have overcome challenges along the way.
 
"Virtual Reality in Surveys and Research"
Room CCB 216
Kevin Meyer, assistant professor of economics
Meyer will describe and demonstrate his recent research in environmental economics that involved two SVSU students conducting a survey on lake pollution using virtual reality.
 
"Family Business Sustaining for Generations"
Room CCB 217
Amy Zehnder Grossi, general manager of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge; Jordan Thieme, director of operations at Amigo Mobility International; Jennifer Thieme Kehres, director of business development at Amigo Mobility International; and SVSU student presenters
The session will feature family business leaders discussing the unique rewards and challenges of owning and operating a family business. It will also include discussion with students who have participated in the annual global Family Enterprise Case Competition, where students across the world work to solve complex family business cases.
 
Sessions from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
 
"Building Entrepreneurial Skills"
Room CCB 114
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
Bell will guide the audience through a discussion on the steps taken to achieve a successful business startup, as well as an experiential exercise that focuses on developing various entrepreneurial skills.
 
"Designing Your Life"
Room CCB 201
Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law
Following an approach pioneered at Stanford, Hendrickson will discuss how to use design thinking to start working as a better leader, innovator and creator, and how to apply these principles to everyday life.
 
"The Power of SAP, ERP and Analytics"
Room CCB 214
Prashanth Anekal, associate professor of management
Anekal will lead an interactive session in which the audience will be introduced to analytics systems.
 
"Reimagining the Carmona College of Business: Positive Benefits for Students and the Great Lakes Bay Region"
Room CCB 216
Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, SVSU’s Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Professor
Ofori-Dankwa will lead a team of SVSU students enrolled in the Vitito Fellowship Program to facilitate an interactive session that re-imagines different roles and benefits for students, faculty, staff and community partners as a result of the impact of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business expansion. The Vitito Fellowship Program is an initiative that provides leadership development for SVSU students studying in the business college.
 
"Resources to Support Economic Growth with Regional Manufacturers"
Room CCB 217
Jeremy Bockelman, director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; and Matthew Shoffner, assistant director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Bockelman and Shoffner will lead an interactive simulation of a "5S Lean Manufacturing Tool."
 
Sessions from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
"Living the Entrepreneurship Dream"
Room CCB 113
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
SVSU student and alumni entrepreneurs will share their experiences about developing their own businesses from idea to startup. They will touch on the rewarding aspects of transforming business ideas into business plans, and how they have overcome challenges along the way.
 
"Using Your Strengths"
Room CCB 201
Betsy Pierce, associate professor of accounting
Pierce will share how individuals can focus on their unique strengths to work more successfully individually and with groups. Pierce is certified as a coach in the CliftonStrengths program, an initiative that assesses the strengths and talents of individuals and how those traits can best be utilized in group settings.
 
"Carmona College of Business Young Alumni Board"
Room CCB 216
Lauren Miller, 2018 SVSU alumna; and Connor Doyle, 2019 SVSU alumnus
Recent SVSU graduates Miller and Doyle will talk about their experiences as students as well as members of the Young Alumni Organization. Representatives from Career Services and Alumni Relations will also be in attendance to talk about the resources available to SVSU alumni.
 
"SVSU Moot Court Demonstration"
Room CCB 217
Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law, and members of the SVSU moot court team
Hendrickson will facilitate a mini-moot court demonstration featuring Justin Weller and Justine Brabaw, members of the nationally ranked SVSU moot court team. This session will also include information about the Law Club and Pre-Law program.

February 20, 2020

Campus, community to celebrate SVSU’s $25.4M business college expansion opening

“A game changer” expected to boost the region’s business community for generations will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 24, by leaders from across the state during a dedication ceremony for Saginaw Valley State University’s soon-to-open $25.4 million business school expansion.
 
The ceremony will be hosted at 1 p.m. in SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, which adjoins the 38,500-square-foot addition that will house the Scott L. Carmona College of Business. A public open house inside the building addition will follow the event.
 
Deborah Huntley, SVSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, called the building addition “a physical manifestation of our purpose and our vision to be renowned for innovative teaching, experiential learning and state-of-the art facilities.”
 
The new space 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. Access to tools and tech fine-tuned for the next generation 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.
 
“We believe that, in this facility, prospective students, prospective faculty and business leaders will recognize our commitment to innovation and excellence, and make SVSU the region’s premier business school,” Huntley said.
 
The expansion will allow SVSU to grow its strong relationship with a regional business community already utilizing campus resources as well as the university’s determined and talented pool of business students, she said.
 
“This building — with its spectacular meeting spaces and collaborative learning spaces — can and will foster these collaborations, and position us well for additional partnerships,” Huntley said.
 
Anthony Bowrin, SVSU’s dean of the Carmona College of Business, called the expansion “a game changer” for the university and surrounding region.
 
“Our faculty and staff now have the resources to leverage our updated curriculum and innovative teaching approaches to enhance the preparation of our students,” he said. “This facility will better position students to realize their professional and personal goals while enhancing the pool of talent, insights, and ideas available to business and other organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.”
 
The Feb. 24 ceremony will feature presentations from legislators, business leaders and campus officials.
 
Student musicians with SVSU’s Cardinal Brass Quintet band will perform Monday as well.
 
The ceremony represents the first of two events scheduled next week aimed at introducing the public to the business college upgrade.
 
A Thursday, Feb. 27 event will allow the public to tour the new facility and attend SVSU faculty-led presentations on business-related subjects from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. A keynote presentation by Nicholas Anderson, editor of Wired magazine, is scheduled at 7 p.m. that same day in SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.
 
SVSU Foundation earlier this week announced the completion of a $15.6 million fundraising campaign for the expansion. The building addition also was supported by $9.8 million in funding from the State of Michigan.
 
For more information about SVSU’s Carmona College of Business, visit www.svsu.edu/scottlcarmonacollegeofbusiness.

February 18, 2020

SVSU Board adds women’s lacrosse as varsity sport, grants tenure to 12 faculty

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved adding women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport, competing in NCAA Division II, during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, Feb. 17.

Lacrosse is the fastest-growing college sport in the nation, according to the NCAA, and it is increasingly popular in Michigan. Over the past three years, the number of high school girls lacrosse programs in the state has increased from 120 to 180. SVSU has offered lacrosse as a club sport since 2010. 

SVSU plans to start its intercollegiate women’s lacrosse program for the 2021-22 academic year and will compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which currently has 6 schools competing in the sport. With the addition of lacrosse, SVSU will offer 9 men’s sports and 11 women’s sports.

Braddock Field at SVSU will be converted from natural grass to a synthetic turf surface as part of preparations to introduce women’s lacrosse; it will continue to be the home field for SVSU’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, as well.

The Board also granted tenure to 12 faculty members, effective July 1. They are:

  • Lisa Brewer, occupational therapy
  • Jill Brown, occupational therapy
  • Maribel Colorado-Garcia, Spanish
  • Rachel Darr, kinesiology
  • Samantha Deere, kinesiology
  • Micah DelVecchio, economics
  • Poonam Dharam, computer science
  • Cynthia Hupert, nursing
  • Matthew Mitchell, social work
  • Christine Noller, health sciences
  • Chatdanai Pongpatipat, marketing
  • Tina Thornton, nursing 

In other action, the Board:

  • approved the Board’s meeting schedule for 2020-21.
  • adopted revised Board of Control bylaws.
  • appointed a nominating committee for May Board elections.
  • requested conveyance of property and accepted obligations for Curtiss Hall. The bonds for the building, constructed in 1996, have been paid in full, and the State Building Authority has transferred ownership to SVSU.

February 18, 2020

Community backs SVSU business college expansion, providing $15.6M for fundraising campaign

The business community demonstrated its strong commitment to investing in the Great Lakes Bay Region’s future during a $15.6 million fundraising campaign supporting a building expansion expected to benefit generations of Saginaw Valley State University business students and grow regional businesses.
 
SVSU will host a dedication ceremony Monday, Feb. 24 for the $25.4 million, 38,500-square-foot addition to SVSU’s Scott L. Carmona College of Business.
 
The facility soon will be utilized by students and local business partners alike, providing them access to state-of-the-art facilities and technology fit for Fortune 500 companies. The investment in the future offered by those resources inspired donations — from alumni, friends of the university, local foundations and the business community — for SVSU’s “First for Business” campaign, helping the SVSU Foundation exceed its $15 million fundraising goal by $600,000. In total, 27 gifts topped $100,000.
 
“SVSU prides itself on serving as a resource for the region, and businesses are counting on us to develop both a deep talent pool of professionals as well as programs that can power those companies to success,” said Don Bachand, SVSU president.
 
“The overwhelmingly positive response from our business community and donors shows their faith in SVSU’s ability to deliver these resources. Our SVSU family is grateful for that faith, and we are excited to strengthen our partnerships with this new resource.”
 
The campaign’s largest gift was offered by the Scott Carmona family. Carmona, an SVSU alumnus and owner of Bay City-based Sunrise National Distributors, Inc., said the donation was a decision made by his family, including his wife, Nancy, and their two sons, Eric and Ryan.
 
“We are helping students achieve what they can achieve,” Scott Carmona said. “If they can achieve that with scholarships or a better facility or with more professors — and we are in a position to help them do that — then we are going to do that. If I can do my part to help, that’s what I’m going to do.”
 
Among the other business leaders who contributed to the campaign was Dick Garber, president of Garber Automotive Group. Garber said his contribution was inspired in part by the community-minded values that define SVSU business students.
 
“They come out with the understanding of the importance of people in industry today, and how important character is, which is a fundamental value of the university that coincides and complements what Garber is all about,” he said.
 
“They are a big part of the future of our business. To have our local university expand their business school: that is going to be attractive to local businesses and attractive to businesses outside the area. We help the university, we help our community, we help ourselves.”
 
Kimberly Norris, vice president of administration at Saginaw-based Glastender, Inc., served as co-chair of SVSU’s “First for Business” campaign as well as chair of the SVSU Foundation Board of Directors.
 
“We have strong leadership in the Great Lakes Bay Region who pull together to support what is best for our community,” said Norris, a two-time graduate of the university.
 
“SVSU has established a strong relationship with businesses in our community by demonstrating the desire to partner with us — whether it be to provide qualified graduates for our job openings or serving as a resource to us through programs like the Stevens Center for Family Business. It is clear that SVSU has made a commitment to us, and in return, business leaders gladly supported the Scott L. Carmona College of Business expansion project.”
 
Along with the fundraising campaign, the building addition was supported by $9.8 million in funding from the State of Michigan.
 
The expansion will create additional space to house the academic college’s classrooms, offices and business programs. The new space will include state-of-the-art technology such as analytics labs and Bloomberg Trading terminals, which tracks stock data in real time.
 
Planners say the upgrades will provide students with technology used by Fortune 500 companies, deepen connections between the business community and the talent pool developed at the university, along with establishing a business degree from SVSU as an industry gold standard.
 
“The success of this campaign was an incredible team effort by our Foundation board and volunteers,” said Andy Bethune, executive director of the SVSU Foundation.
 
“Our special thanks to campaign co-chairs Morrie Stevens Sr., Bill Zehnder and Kim Norris for their leadership. We could not have done this without them.”

February 18, 2020

SVSU student-musicians to showcase talents at Wednesday concert

Musical talent and skill will be on display in Saginaw Valley State University’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. during a recital featuring SVSU music majors.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
Five music majors will perform six musical pieces using vocals and a variety of instruments including trumpet, piano, guitar and euphonium.
 
Performing the song “Conversation” by Clare Grundman will be students Alessandra Dronch, of Fremont, on trumpet; and Jeremy Weaver, of Reese, on piano. Grundman has composed scores for film, radio, and television as well as several compositions for chamber ensemble and orchestra.
 
Seth Bearden, a baritone from Fife Lake, will be singing “Wick” from the 1991 Broadway musical, “The Secret Garden.”
 
Chelsey Diedrich, a mezzo soprano from Saginaw, will be singing “I Hate Men” from the 1948 Broadway musical, “Kiss Me, Kate.” Diedrich will be accompanied by Cheryl Cheger-Timmon on piano.
 
Jared Conner, of Otisville, on guitar will be performing a musical piece originally written for violin by 18th-century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
 
Conner will also be playing guitar for a performance of “Lágrima” by 19th-century Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega.
 
Mason Szagesh, of Vassar, will be playing the euphonium during a performance of “Exit the Foundry.”
 
For more information about the Wednesday recital, call SVSU's Department of Music at (989) 964-4159 or visit www.svsu.edu/music.

February 13, 2020

SVSU theatre production about 1918 train disaster explores love, loss, and hope

A cheerful eulogy exploring the nature of performance, self and tragedy will be the focus of the upcoming Saginaw Valley State University production of “Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck!”
 
Performances will run Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 19-22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.
 
“Roustabout” tells the story of the 1918 crash that injured and killed members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, at the time one of the largest circuses in the country. The show combines historical events and fiction to resurrect the stories of circus performers who met their fate when an American military train plowed through a circus train outside of Chicago in 1918.
 
David Rzeszutek, associate professor of theatre, will direct the play. He most recently served in the same role in the SVSU productions of "Proof" last year and "The Servant of Two Masters" in 2018.
 
Rzeszutek said audiences at "Roustabout" should expect a show they have not seen the likes of at SVSU.
 
“It is a dark, jarring comedy that is essentially about love, loss, and hope,” he said. “There will be times that the audience will not know what is going on, but if they play along and go for the ride, it all comes together in the end.”
 
Along with Rzeszutek's direction, the production received inspiration from another industry professional. In January, 38 SVSU students engaged in a “movement workshop” with Jay Torrence, the playwright of “Roustabout.” Movement workshops are designed to help actors explore physical methods such as stage blocking, weight and space to communicate character to the audience. 
 
“One of Jay's main points about this show is to honor the performers and for the actors to be vulnerable,” Rzeszutek said of the lessons learned during Torrence's visit.
 
The SVSU production’s lighting design was created by Jaden O'Berry, a theatre major from Flint who won a lighting design competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region III Festival in January.
 
Tickets for “Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck!” are available to purchase online for $15 at www.etix.com/ticket/v/14187.

February 12, 2020

'Taste of Soul' festival brings SVSU, community together through food, music

With a mouth-watering menu of “soul food,” Saginaw Valley State University will host its 12th annual “Taste of Soul” food festival Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Marketplace at Doan cafeteria on campus.
 
“Soul food” staples such as ribs, fried okra, candied yams, and potato salad will be available, along with fan favorites such as Southern pound cake and pecan tarts offered by Mamie Thorns, SVSU's special assistant to the president for Diversity Programs.
 
As a special annual event, the SVSU Office of Diversity Programs — in collaboration with SVSU's Marketplace at Doan and University Communications — bring together various traditional “soul food” recipes prepared by SVSU faculty and staff, SVSU Dining Services, and local chefs from the Great Lakes Bay Region.
 
An all-you-can-eat ticket for admission to “A Taste of Soul” costs $9.75. The public is welcomed to attend.
 
“Come and enjoy a soulful, relaxing, fun-filled event,” Thorns said.
 
This year, the Black History Month event’s theme is “Celebrating Another Decade in a Soul Food Way.”
 
The festival will feature culinary guests, the Men and Women of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, who will be preparing entrees and desserts. Founded in 1867, it is the oldest African-American church in Saginaw.
 
Rev. Dennis Laffoon, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, and Jordan Edwards, will provide jazz music during the event.
 
For more information about “A Taste of Soul," call SVSU's Office of Diversity Programs office at (989) 964-4068.
 
The following foods will be available at the event:
  • Baked chicken
  • Banana pudding
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Candied yams
  • Catfish
  • Coca-Cola Cake
  • Collard greens
  • Corn bread
  • Fried cabbage and bacon
  • Fried chicken wings
  • Fried corn
  • Fried okra
  • Gumbo and white rice
  • Jay’s baked beans
  • Lemon meringue cake
  • Mac and cheese
  • Marbled fudge cake
  • Peach cobbler
  • Pecan tarts
  • Potato salad
  • Red beans and rice
  • Red velvet cake
  • Ribs
  • Rolls
  • Salad bar
  • Smothered pork chops
  • Southern pound cake
  • Southern green beans
  • Sweet potato pie
  • Sweet tea
  • Yellow pound cake

 

February 11, 2020

After earning more national recognition, SVSU-produced literary art magazine to share latest edition at Saginaw event Thursday

A Saginaw Valley State University-produced literary art magazine, Still Life, was 2-for-2 for its first two issues when it came to earning top recognition from American Scholastic Press Association judges. Now producers of the magazine — which features creative writing and imagery submitted by Bay and Saginaw county residents — are planning a public release party for its the third issue this week.
 
For its second issue, Still Life recently was announced as one of 114 publications nationally to receive a first-place designation in the magazine category for the American Scholastic Press Association's annual contest. Still Life received the same distinction for its first issue, published in 2017.
 
“As a writer, you want to know that you’re being heard and that your stories are being told,” said Chris Giroux, the SVSU associate professor of English who serves as the faculty editor of the magazine along with Hideki Kihata, SVSU professor of art, and Helen-Raica Klotz, director of the SVSU Writing Center.
 
“This award shows that others believe what our writers are saying is meaningful,” Giroux said.
 
For the third — and latest — issue of Still Life, the publication staff will host a release party Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Saginaw Art Museum, 1126 N. Michigan in Saginaw. The release party also will feature an open mic night for poetry.
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Still Life magazine is a publication dedicated to providing Bay and Saginaw county community members an opportunity to share their creativity. The publication — produced yearly by the SVSU Writing Center — features poetry, other creative writing pieces and photography. The publication is intended to capture the essence of the region's people, places and relationships, producers say.
 
Copies of Still Life can be found at Bay City’s Alice and Jack Wirt Library, Saginaw’s Butman-Fish Branch Library, and SVSU’s Writing Center. The publication also is available digitally at www.svsu.edu/writingcenter/contestspublications/.
 
Originally supported by a grant from the SVSU Center for Academic Innovation, Still Life is generously funded by Saginaw neurologist and author Debasish Mridha.
Although the Still Life submission deadline is July 15 of each year, the publication accepts submissions year-round. 

 

February 10, 2020

SVSU plans job fair featuring manufacturing and information technology industries

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Saginaw Valley State University will host its annual Manufacturing and Information Technology Job Fair from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor hallway of Pioneer Hall.
 
This employment fair — along with the other seven employment fairs hosted by SVSU's Career Services office — is free and open to the public.
 
This event is sponsored by Amigo Mobility International, Consumers Energy, Hemlock Semiconductor, Magline and Nexteer Automotive. Over 30 companies are registered to attend including Chemical Bank, Frankenmuth Insurance, MidMichigan Health, Morley and Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans.
 
Employers are looking to fill internships, co-ops and full-time positions, organizers say.
 
Thomas Barnikow, SVSU’s interim associate director of Career Services, offered two tips for individuals planning to attend Wednesday:
 
“No. 1: Prepare your 30-second 'elevator pitch' to deliver to employers when they ask you to tell them about who you are,” Barnikow said.
 
“No. 2: Research the organizations that will be at the event ahead of time. Employers will ask you what you know about their company and why you are interested in working for them.”
 
A list of employers expected to attend is available online at www.svsu.edu/careerservices/events/manufacturinginformationtechnologyfair/.
 
Professional attire is recommended for all attendees.

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