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Open enrollment to begin Monday

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As you saw earlier in the week, the two-week open enrollment period for SVSU-provided benefit plans will begin Oct. 22 and run through Nov. 2. It is especially important that you take an opportunity to review your benefit options, as some have changed. I understand that such changes can be daunting, and we are committed to providing the tools you need to make the best decision for you and your families. I strongly encourage you to utilized the interactive “benefits counselor” ALEX, which can be found at the Human Resources Benefits tab in the mySVSU portal or by clicking on this link. This tool is meant to help guide your decisions during the open enrollment period, and I hope you will take full advantage of this and other supports. If you should have any questions along the way, please contact the Human Resources department at ext. 4108.

Cardinal Athletic teams continue successful seasons

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Our Cardinal athletic teams continue to perform well this fall. After a Homecoming victory that improved their record to 6-1 last Saturday, the football team prepares to host No. 2 Ferris State this Saturday at 1 p.m.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams both remain nationally ranked, and each is currently ranked no. 3 in the Midwest region, which is important, because the regional rankings determine who qualifies for NCAA post-season play. Women’s soccer hosts Michigan Tech on Friday and Northern Michigan on Sunday; both matches begin at noon. In the GLIAC standings, the men’s team is one point behind UW-Parkside; they will face the Rangers on the road Sunday.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are both nationally ranked as well. They will run at Wayne State this Saturday.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each opened the season with wins over Alma College last Friday; they compete at Kalamazoo College on Saturday.

Women’s tennis hosts their final two fall matches this weekend. Weather permitting, we will host Grand Valley at noon Saturday and Ferris State at 10 a.m. Sunday on campus. In the event of poor weather, the matches will be played at the Greater Midland Tennis Center.

Women’s volleyball is on the road at Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech this weekend.

Finally, I would like to congratulate this year’s Ryder Athletes of the Year: Melanie Soensken and Andrew Mudd. Melanie received Honorable Mention All American honors three times in her swimming career and has earned All-GLIAC honors eight times. Andrew is a four time All-American, taking home conference championships in the heptathlon for which he has the SVSU record; he also placed 5th nationally in the indoor heptathlon and 2nd in the decathlon. Congratulations to both, and Go Cards!

SVSU-operated Bay Community Health Clinic receives state award

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I received word this week that the Bay Community Health Clinic — which SVSU operates in partnership with Bay County Health Department — was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director's Award to Local Public Health. This award, which includes a $1,000 prize, was given to the health clinic, which focuses on providing health care to underserved populations with multiple chronic conditions. In addition to the monetary prize, the clinic will receive a plaque and the MDHHS Director's Award traveling trophy, which will be showcased in three locations, including SVSU. This is a major recognition for the clinic, its coordinators and the students who provide medical services on site. Please join me in congratulating clinic collaborators Judy Ruland, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Schachman, Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Chair in Nursing, and Janet Rentsch, director of Sponsored Programs on this outstanding achievement.