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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, May 8, 2016

Congratulations to Dow Professor grant recipients

My congratulations to our colleagues who have been selected to receive support through the Herbert H and Grace A Dow Professor Award. This program is vital to supporting both student success and retention rates, and I appreciate the hard work and engaging effort put forth by faculty members dedicated to keeping our institution strong. Here are the faculty members and the projects supported by this year’s grants:

  • Pat Cavanaugh, professor of English, and Emily Beard-Bohn, assistant professor of English, will team up on an initiative to insert game-play into several English courses with the goals of improving student comprehension, retention and motivation in communication-intensive courses.
  • Tony Crachiola, associate professor of mathematics, will create an online library of math instructional videos that will be made available for SVSU faculty and students. These videos will help in student learning and in the reduction of class time spent on review topics only needed for select students.
  • Jan Hlavacek, assistant professor of mathematical science, plans to create two online-based services supporting mathematics and statistics instruction at SVSU. One of these services will create an online homework system while the second will provide students access to one of the fastest-growing computation environments for statistics and data science.
  • Adam Warhausen, assistant professor of chemistry, will create a new laboratory safety video that will be utilized in chemistry labs. The goal is to improve student retention of safety information, familiarize them with the lab space and instruct them on using proper laboratory techniques.

Nursing Excellence Awards

My compliments to our colleagues in the nursing program who organized the sixth annual Carleen K. Moore R.N. Nursing Excellence awards Tuesday during National Nurses Week. These awards recognize the continual dedication, quality service and front-line leadership exhibited by nurses in clinical practice, education, leadership and community service. Awards were presented in the categories of acute care, nurse educator, long-term care/rehabilitation and nursing in the community. Recipients are as follows:

  • Tiffini Jarstfer of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland was one of three recipients of the Acute Care Nursing award.
  • Tracy Bruff of Saint Mary's of Michigan was a recipient of the Acute Care Nursing award.
  • Eric Maher, the stoke coordinator at Saint Mary's of Michigan, was a recipient of the Acute Care Nursing award.
  • Cindy Baker of Marlette Regional Hospital was a recipient of the Community Nursing award.
  • Kathy Janer of the Bay County Health Department was a recipient of the Community Nursing award.
  • Colleen Markel, a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, was a recipient of the Nursing Education award.
  • Karen Rezmer of Covenant HealthCare was a recipient of the Long Term Care/Rehabilitation Nursing award.
  • Patti Krenz, a staff nurse at McLaren Bay Special Care, was a recipient of the of the Long Term Care/Rehabilitation Nursing award.

Marketing campaign open house

I’d like to thank faculty and staff who joined us Thursday to learn more about the SVSU “We” marketing campaign that kicked off recently. Our friends in University Communications and The Image Group, the marketing firm helping to strengthen the university’s brand, showcased some of the imagery, audio and ideas that will — and already are — boldly broadcasting SVSU’s values and appeal to a wider audience than ever before.  Our new messages can be seen on billboards located on I-675 (near the Davenport exit) and on Tittabawassee Road (west of Meijer) and heard on many local radio stations. “We” already know why SVSU is great. This campaign will share what we already know with the rest of the world. If you weren’t able to attend and want to know more about the campaign, University Communications is scheduling 15- to 30-minute group learning sessions. Please contact ext. 4039 to request one of these sessions. 

Congratulations, Marilyn Wheaton

Marilyn Wheaton, director of our Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, received well-deserved recognition Thursday during The Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission’s 27th Annual All Area Arts Awards. She received the Great Lakes Bay Regional award, given to an individual or institution that encourages a thriving arts environment. SVSU as an institution received the same honor two years ago, and I’m pleased to see Marilyn is being recognized for her individual work. The museum is one of the cultural gems of our entire region and Marilyn has done an incredible job keeping it that way for years. She also is involved in a number of organizations dedicated to strengthening the region’s culture.


Good luck, Cardinal Formula Racing

Our Cardinal Formula Racing team once again is competing at the Michigan International Speedway for the 2016 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series. Last year’s group had the fifth-best finish in the team’s history at this international competition right here in Michigan. A fifth-best all-time finish is exceptional considering all the outstanding cars built by our students over the years under the advisement of Brooks Byam, professor of mechanical engineering. Best wishes to this year’s team as they look to continue that legacy of excellence. 


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