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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, September 18, 2017

Rush Lecture approaching…

Andrew Miller, associate professor of geography

I hope to see many of you in attendance during this year’s Rush Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Founders Hall. Andrew Miller, our own associate professor of geography, will present “Community Engagement through Student-Centered Geospatial Research.” Andrew certainly is an expert in the subject. He has led a number of studies examining important community trends, including crime statistics in Saginaw and its surrounding municipalities. These initiatives have both provided valuable information for our municipal neighbors and offered a wealth of real-world experience for the student researchers assisting Andrew.

…as is the Akbar Memorial Lecture

The Sultan and the Saint movie promo

It may be a busy Thursday evening for those of you planning to attend both the Rush Lecture and the Dr. Raana Akbar Memorial Lecture Series scheduled for 6 p.m. at downtown Saginaw’s Temple Theatre. SVSU is pleased to partner with The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw in presenting the film, “The Sultan and the Saint,” which follows the unlikely 13th-century alliance between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt. Tickets are $4, with proceeds benefiting the East Side Soup Kitchen in Saginaw.

The Battle lines are drawn

Check presentation to Hidden Harvest from funds raised during 2016 Battle of the Valleys charitable fundraising competition.

I am pleased this year’s Student Association is including a new faculty/staff competition as part of the Battle of the Valleys, which spans Sunday to Saturday, Sept. 24-30. This part of the BOV challenge will be decided based on money raised by offices and departments. Those offices and departments that wish to donate can contact Caitlin Coulter, BOV chair, at for donation containers. There will be other ways to contribute to this competition-within-a-competition including purchasing BOV merchandise or turning in  at the Buffalo Wild Wings- and Stardust Lanes-based BOV events. All proceeds benefit our 2017 BOV charity partner, The Mustard Seed. The winning department or office will earn a trophy. For more information on the lineup of events planned throughout Battle of the Valleys week, visit

A great day for a Cardinal College Day

Student with Coop at Cardinal College Day

I am encouraged to report that more than 200 prospective students are signed up to participate in Cardinal College Day this Saturday. This is an event important to our recruitment efforts. I appreciate all of the hard work, effort, and dedication displayed by everyone who helped organize this event as well as those who will be involved Saturday in welcoming these Cardinal hopefuls and their families to campus.  

Organizational Changes for Athletics, HR

Gateway Ariel

We have done some reorganization to better serve faculty, staff and students. John Decker will now oversee Athletics and Mike Watson, director of athletics, will report to John, who will continue his duties as associate vice president and general counsel. Jim Muladore, executive vice president for administration and business affairs, will resume oversight for Human Resources. My thanks to John and Jim for providing valuable leadership to these operations.

Hall of Fame classes

Congratulations to the latest members to join our Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame during their formal introduction this Saturday. The class includes:

  • Claudette Charney, who is our all-time leader in women's basketball coaching victories
  • George Eastland, who served as our faculty athletics representative for more than 40 years
  • Jade Fulton, who is the most successful pitcher in the history of our softball program
  • John Jacobs, a two-time All-American linebacker for our football team
  • the 1979 SVSU football team, which claimed the first GLIAC championship in program history


A busy weekend ahead for student-athletes

Collage of active sports competing in Fall 2017 including women's tennis, women's volleyball, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer.

The women’s volleyball team bounced back from some early season struggles to defeat Lake Superior State University Tuesday. You can cheer for our volleyball team twice this weekend; first in the home opener vs. Tiffin on Friday at 7 p.m. and then vs. Ashland on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Also playing at home this weekend is the 2-1 football team, which faces Michigan Tech in the Hall of Fame game at 1 p.m.

Congratulations to the tennis team, which stands at 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the GLIAC after winning its opening two matches at home last weekend vs. Purdue Northwest and Davenport. The team travels to Midland this weekend for the ITA Tournament.

And congratulations to Valentina Giambanco, the sophomore recently selected as the GLIAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. She scored three goals last weekend, including one during a double-overtime victory over Northern Michigan last Friday. Her team is now 4-2 going into weekend matches at GVSU and Ferris State. Men’s soccer plays at Tiffin and Purdue Northwest.

The men’s golf team earned a third-place finish during the recent GLIAC North Invitational; they are on the road this weekend. Our women’s golf team is hosting the SVSU Invitational at Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course Saturday and Sunday.

Go Cards!


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