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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, April 13

All-University Awards Banquet Well Received

‌‌Basil Clark (left) and Hong Park (right) celebrated 40 years of service to SVSU at the All University Awards Banquet.

My thanks to the 530 of you who attended the All-University Awards Banquet last Friday. We have some truly exceptional faculty and staff and I never tire of seeing them recognized.  My appreciation, too, to all of you who have shared your thoughts regarding the format changes. These have been overwhelmingly positive. Above all, my utmost appreciation to everyone who worked to make this affair a success and all those recognized who make this university successful for our students. Pictured: Basil Clark, professor of English, and Hong Park, professor of Economics, recognized for 40 years of service to the University.

Alumni Making News


Apparently all it takes to get lots of positive press for our alumni is for me to send Jim Dwyer, executive director of alumni relations, to Saudi Arabia.  (In truth, Jim actually is doing important work to build alumni relationships there. Don’t tell him I said so.) Here are a few I saw on my Twitter feed. Follow me at @SVSUPrez.

  • My congratulations to Janet Greif, a two-time alumna, Gerstacker Fellow and loyal friend to SVSU, on being named the next superintendent of Bay City Public Schools. I expect her to do very well in her new role.
  • Our moot court program under the direction of Julie Keil, assistant professor of political science, has enjoyed extraordinary success in a few short years, and we are now seeing more examples of the fruits of Julie’s labor in our graduates. Over the weekend, 2012 alumna Ashley Chrysler – now a law student at Michigan State – won the nation’s largest law school-level moot court competition. She and her teammates bested 202 teams representing 118 American Bar Association-approved law schools. Congratulations, Ashley.
  • A familiar name to football fans made news this week, too. Quarterback Jon Jennings was signed by the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. Jon was a model student-athlete, completing a degree in finance in four years while setting a slew of records and winning football games.  We wish him well. 

Support from Consumers Energy for Hispanic Leadership Institute

Consumers Energy donates $5,000 to the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute

We continue to receive solid support from our corporate friends. Consumers Energy recently contributed $5,000 to support the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute, which is coordinated by Monica Reyes, associate director of our Center for Business and Economic Development.  Last year, Consumers Energy made a $50,000 gift to support our engineering programs and the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. My appreciation to them and all the organizations across the Great Lakes Bay Region for their generosity toward SVSU.

SVSU Supporting Students in Many Ways

Pros vs Joes fundraising competition


There are so many wonderful events and activities this time of year.  I make it to as many as I can.  Monday night, staff in Residential Life and elsewhere did a fine job organizing the annual Pros vs. Joes basketball game to raise funds for the Abou Traore scholarship fund.  Tomorrow night brings the Student Life awards.  Last weekend, students and staff in Student Wellness Programs hosted the regional BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA conference, bringing 84 students and advisers from 15 different institutions to our campus. This national network provides student leaders and professional staff with the tools, skills, and resources to conduct evidence-based programs on campus to improve health and safety. SVSU is recognized as a leader in peer health education efforts, and this is yet another way for us to distinguish ourselves and make a positive impression.

Stay Sane, Stay Involved


The weather has finally improved and we all want to enjoy it. Students – and probably more than a few of you – are feeling end-of-the-year stress. Meanwhile, it can seem as though calendars are overflowing with events and your daily schedule is a juggling act. Please support our students and our colleagues through your attendance when and where you can. It often means more than you know. That said, we all must know our limits and balance our responsibilities. For example, I myself have commitments out of town that will prevent me from attending the Diane Boehm Writing Center dedication Friday; the spring football game, baseball and softball games and Cardinal Cabaret auction – all Saturday; and these are just the examples that leap to mind. The bottom line is this: the pressures of this time of year are many. Please remain devoted to our students. As you weigh your own competing demands, please keep this foremost in your thoughts. If each of us does so, we all will be the better for it.

Go Cards!

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