Last week, we received news that our Nursing Simulation Lab was granted accreditation in the area of teaching and education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. This accreditation is granted for a period of five years and validates the great work of the lab faculty and staff who provide hands-on experience to our Health & Human Services students. Our state-of-the-art simulation labs are a great point of pride for our health programs and often draw prospective students to the university. We are proud of our facilities and the work that is done there. This accreditation is well deserved!
The iconic Charles Lee Mansion in Saginaw is being restored, and we are proud to be part of restoration efforts that will eventually create a multi-use community space and shop. The restoration comes from a development deal between the City of Saginaw and Ann Arbor Builders, Inc. SVSU’s part in restoring the space and honoring Saginaw’s history comes from the Saginaw Community Writing Center. The Center will host a poetry slam contest at the mansion today, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but free-will donations will be collected to support the renovation of the building. More information on this exciting Saginaw project can be found here.
Two faculty members and two staff members were recently awarded SVSU’s first series of community engagement grants through the SVSU Foundation: Dawn Hinton, Rajani Muraleedharan, Megan McAdow and Helen Raica-Klotz all received funds for various community projects. Dawn’s grant funds will support the BATS (business, art, theatre and sociology) project’s new collaboration with Saginaw’s sister city, Amanokrom, Ghana. Rajani’s “SVSU Engineers Embrace Learning Without Borders” will put SVSU engineering students in partnership with First Ward Community Center to design and implement sustainable engineering projects to meet basic human needs. Megan’s OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network will increase partnerships between the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and the regional African American community to promote inclusivity in the arts. Helen’s “Campus to Community (C2C)” Writing Center Project will support the continued operation of the community writing centers in Saginaw and Bay City. Congratulations to all grantees!
On Saturday, Dec. 7, SVSU hosted the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League’s fall forensics competition. There, students competed for qualification to the national competition, which will be hosted by the National Forensics Association in April 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Three SVSU students took first place in their events: Austin Teeple in Impromptu Speaking, Hanna Ducolon in Program Oral Interpretation, and Mikayla Rigda in Informative Speaking. Additional students placed second in their events: Lydia Greania in Program Oral Interpretation, Simone Vaughn in Persuasion, and Savannah Senyk in both Duo Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation. Congratulations to these SVSU students for their exceptional performance at the event.
Two members of the SVSU Model United Nations club represented Sri Lanka during the 12th American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago Nov. 23-26. Political science majors Kone’ Bowman and Joseph Shepard won the award for Exceptional Representation for the General Assembly Third Committee as Sri Lanka. They represented the country on topics such as the promotion and protection of the rights of children and rights of indigenous peoples. At the conference, SVSU competed against fellow students representing 110 countries from 77 schools around the world. The SVSU team will travel to Toronto in February to compete at the North American Model United Nations conference. Congratulations, Kone’ and Joseph, and coach Stewart French!
Ruth D. Jones will serve as the 2020 MLK Celebration keynote speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Jones is the branch chief of industrial safety at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she directs safety and mission assurance functions. She was the first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1994, and subsequently went on to receive a Ph.D. in physics from Alabama A&M University; she was the first African American woman to earn this degree from the institution. In addition to her duties at NASA, Jones travels the country as a motivational speaker to inspire young people to seek careers in STEM. The celebration will take place at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. We look forward to welcoming Jones to campus!
SVSU will host both DECA and HOSA competitions on campus next week, and I encourage faculty members, staff members and students to sign up to volunteer if possible. DECA – Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management will bring 650 students to Curtiss Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. HOSA –Health Occupation Students of America Competition will bring 850 students to the Health and Human Services building on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. All faculty and staff members are qualified to volunteer as judges or patient role-players (HOSA only). Click here to volunteer for DECA or here for HOSA. Thank you, in advance, for helping us welcome these students to campus!
It was a privilege to visit First Ward Community Center this week to drop off gifts for their annual holiday party. The center will host a holiday party for over 90 students from elementary to high school age from the area. They even have a Christmas tree bearing warm hats, scarves and gloves students can take with them for free. Michelle McGregor, president and CEO of First Ward, hails from Detroit, but has been with First Ward for 18 years; I sincerely appreciate her warm welcome to participate in the holiday party this year. Thanks also to Berenice Barba, President's Office graduate assistant, and Riley Hupfer, director of the Center for Community Engagement, for joining me as we dropped off gifts for this weekend’s party!
Congratulations to the four men’s soccer players named to the United Coaches All-Midwest Regional team for the 2019 performances! Senior midfielder Connor Rutz was named to first team; third team honorees include senior defender Wladimir Babaew, junior midfielder Robbie Bruce and junior forward Alex Gloshen. Rutz was also named the 2019 GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year. Congratulations to all!
Additional honors were given to a member of our men’s basketball team. Sophomore guard Myles Belyeu was named GLIAC men’s basketball south division Player of the Week.
Congratulations to all!
The Athletics schedule will slow down for break soon. Men’s and women’s basketball will play Northwood away this Sunday, Dec. 15. The women will tip off at 4 p.m., and the men will play at 6 p.m.
Men’s basketball will face Grace Christian on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. at home. All other athletic contests will break until the new year.
Have a great commencement weekend, and Go Cards!
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