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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, January 18, 2016

Marking the MLK Holiday

We were pleased to host the 7th annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Wednesday night. The speaker, Cornell Boggs III, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Dow Corning, delivered a good message on the importance of education, discipline, and understanding cultural differences. I was also pleased to see that four of the 15 MLK scholarship recipients plan to attend SVSU in the fall. I was joined by a number of SVSU faculty, staff and students for the annual MLK march in downtown Saginaw on Monday. Let me tell you, the weather was COLD! Several civic leaders made note of the “strong showing of SVSU red and white.” My thanks to everyone who participated in the march or any of the activities designed to commemorate the late Dr. King

Moot Court

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Congratulations to the four SVSU students who competed in the national American Collegiate Moot Court Association tournament hosted by California State University, Long Beach last weekend. Students Rachel Cahill, a political science major from Niagara Falls, Ontario; and Rob Mass, an economics major from Howell, defeated the team ranked No. 1 going into the tournament from the University of North Texas before being eliminated during the tournament’s first day. The team of Saginaw natives Mark Babcock and Billie Deshone won three rounds to advance to the second day of the tournament. Thanks to adviser Julie Keil and others who invest their time, our dedicated students are empowered to compete very well against the nation’s best; our program now ranks among the top 20 in the nation. Keep making us proud.

Strong Interest in Employment Fair

A large number of employers have registered to attend the Summer Job and Internship Fair next Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center rotunda. This event is a great opportunity for students who are interested in obtaining co-op and Internship positions, as well as part-time and full-time positions for the summer. Please encourage students to attend. For more information on this event and other upcoming job fairs, please visit Career Services website.

Mobile Laboratory Has Arrived

A few of our STEM colleagues have appeared downright giddy in recent days. Our mobile laboratory, made possible through the private support of The Dow Chemical Company, has arrived on campus and will be formally unveiled during a ceremony next Wednesday, Jan. 27. This large RV has been outfitted with scientific instruments to allow K-12 students in our region and beyond to get hands-on experience researching water quality, among other things. The goal is to enhance STEM education for K-12 students. In doing so, this provides exceptional learning experiences for our students and colleagues. We are driving regional impact through community engagement examples such as this. My appreciation to all involved.

How about Jeff Janis

I am a devoted Detroit Lions fan, so I do not often find myself in the position of rooting for the Green Bay Packers, but I could not help but notice the intensity of the national media attention for our alumnus Jeff Janis after his amazing touchdown catch in last weekend’s NFL playoff game. Our school name was mentioned tens of thousands of times on news media and social media in a 48-hour period. His hometown of Tawas has declared next week to be Jeff Janis week. We have many alumni succeeding in many walks of life and we are proud of them all, but for most of them, their work is not nationally televised. In addition to his football prowess – which includes a memorable game-winning catch against Grand Valley – Jeff is an avid SVSU ambassador on social media and was a fine student, completing a degree in exercise science. My best wishes to Jeff as he continues his career... except when playing the Lions.