Our Student Association continues to compete for the 11th consecutive win in the 16th annual Battle of the Valleys fundraising competition. While the total fundraising amount is kept secret until halftime of the football game Saturday, I am pleased to report that we are seeing strong support from our students, faculty and staff. As I mentioned last week, our faculty, staff and students are exceptionally supportive of the Battle of the Valleys fundraiser, and I commend all of you for your generosity as we look forward to what will hopefully be a victory against rival institution Grand Valley. Last year, the competition brought in over $32,000 for the Mustard Seed Women's Shelter. We hope to continue this momentum for this year's benefactor, the Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network. The last fundraising event of the week is a bowling night at Stardust Lanes on Bay Road. Tickets can be purchased for $15 in the Student Association Office (Doan 103).
We are seeing tremendous interest from prospective students for our Admissions Open House on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. More than 550 students have registered to attend, which means we can expect more than 1,000 visitors to campus on Saturday. This is our single biggest recruiting event and a great opportunity to build on the great momentum we saw in this year’s freshman class. My thanks to all the faculty, staff and students who have volunteered for this event and who go the extra mile to make sure our visitors have a great and personalized experience. I would also like to thank those SVSU alumni employees who took time throughout the week to write postcards for visiting students. These personal touches from our faculty and staff go a very long way with visiting students and their families. See you Saturday.
More than 200 attendees – including local news stations - joined us in celebrating the groundbreaking of the expansion to house the Scott L. Carmona College of Business and Management on Monday. We take tremendous pride in the strength of our business programs, our faculty and our students; this project is an exciting first step toward providing the space and resources needed to take business education at SVSU to new heights. As Jenee Velasquez, our Board of Control chair, stated at the groundbreaking, "no single recognition can fully express our gratitude" to the Carmona family for their dedication toward the advancement of the business college and to the many SVSU and community donors who continue to support the College of Business fundraising campaign. The continued growth of our institution is a community effort, and I am grateful for the support we have received.
In January, you heard that Mickie Knous, kinesiology clinical coordinator, assisted in the selection of the USA bobsled team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Now, Mickie is bringing her athletic and administrative backgrounds together to serve as marketing assistant to USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS). Mickie, who has been with us since 2012, is no stranger to USABS. The Olympic bobsledder competed for the USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and began serving on the USABS Athletes Advisory Council in 2012. She has served on the USA bobsled team selection committee since 2015. While we will certainly miss Mickie here on campus, I would like to personally congratulate her on this exciting new career opportunity and thank her for all that she has done in service to the kinesiology department, its students and our university. Best of luck to her in this new appointment.
Congratulations to social work major Marcelina Fulgencio on receiving the Future Leaders Scholarship from the Hispanic Commission of Michigan. You may recognize her as one of the smiling student workers in our Admissions office. This scholarship is open to Hispanic and Latino students in Michigan pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, and recipients are chosen based on academic performance and demonstrated community service and leadership skill. This year's recipients were recognized on Oct. 15 as part of the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Marcelina is one of 10 scholarship recipients across the state, with her application focusing on Hispanic underrepresentation in higher education. Her goal is to advocate for the Hispanic community and encourage others to pursue higher education. This is just one example of our students serving as leaders among their peers. Congratulations once again to Marcelina.
Preet Bharara, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, will speak on campus next Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. Through his career, Bharara earned a reputation as one of the most outspoken and aggressive prosecutors in the country and helped to secure the convictions of numerous insider trading defendants through the Southern District of New York office. Under his supervision, the office also brought a series of significant public corruption cases against members of New York city and state governments. Bharara has been recognized by TIME magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World," Bloomberg Markets, The New York Observer and Vanity Fair and is currently a member of the New York University School of Law faculty as a distinguished scholar in residence. Thursday's lecture will be moderated by Peter Rose-Barry, our Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics.
Last Thursday, the University Art Gallery hosted a reception for the SVSU Art Alumni Show. This exhibition features work by SVSU alumni who graduated with Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees as well as with degrees in visual art education and graphic design. Participating alumni have provided pieces to the exhibition in photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and other mediums. We always look forward to and welcome alumni contributions to our institution, and this gallery is one very special way that we recognize the talented art alumni that have gone through our arts curricula. I encourage you to visit the showcase during regular hours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The gallery is open until 6 p.m. on Thursdays. This exhibition will remain in the gallery until Oct. 31.
Our Cardinal Singers and Concert Choir will be teaming up next Tuesday, Oct. 30, for a concert in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Kevin Simons, associate professor of music, both vocal groups will perform pieces from a range of genres. Amanda Stamper will serve as pianist to the 59 SVSU student vocalists participating in the performance. Amanda is an alumna who later earned her master's degree in collaborative piano from Illinois State University. Please consider supporting our music faculty and students by attending next Tuesday's concert. It is free and open to the public.
Our Cardinal football team will go into Battle of the Valleys weekend with the confidence that comes with a regional ranking. The team is currently ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Division II Super Region 3. They, of course, will take on rival GVSU this weekend after taking a loss to the Ferris State Bulldogs last weekend.
Our men's soccer team clinched the 2018 GLIAC Championship in an exciting 2-1 double overtime win at UW-Parkside this past weekend. Sophomore forward Michael Hamilton led the way scoring the game-winning goal; he is this week's GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week. The team plays at Ashland today at 1:30 p.m.
The women's soccer team defeated Northern Michigan 4-3 on Sunday, securing a first round home match in the GLIAC quarterfinals. Valentina Giambanco, a junior midfielder, received GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week accolades after her solid weekend performance. The team also plays Ashland away today at 4 p.m.
Our women's tennis team will play Northwood in the GLIAC championships at the Greater Midland Tennis Center, which kick off at 6:45 p.m. tonight and continue throughout the weekend.
Our women's volleyball team welcomes Ferris State tonight at 7 p.m. and Northwood on Saturday at 4 p.m. for Senior Night.
The undefeated swimming and diving teams host Findlay Saturday at 1 p.m.
Best of luck to all, and Go Cards!
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