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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, July 27

Moot Court Program Rises in National Rankings


Our moot court program – still relatively young at just five years old– continues to impress. We now rank no. 20 overall in the national rankings and earned a no. 17 finish for the 2014-15 academic year. We have climbed ahead of established schools such as Duke University and the University of Chicago. Our students are competing against the best and winning. Congratulations to everyone who is part of the program, and especially Julie Keil, assistant professor of political science, who has done an outstanding job as adviser.

Research honors

chemical garden
Photo Credit: Chemical Reviews, courtesy of Bruno Batista.

I know many of you have been hard at work on research activity this summer, and many of you are including students. I also know that it is sometimes years before such research culminates in publication. We had such an example this week. Jason Pagano, assistant professor of chemistry, traveled to the Netherlands for a workshop in 2012, and connections made there ultimately resulted in his article, “From chemical gardens to chemobrionics,” appearing in the journal “Chemical Reviews,” one of the top journals in chemistry. Congratulations, Jason, and my appreciation to all faculty whose scholarship enriches students’ learning and brings distinction to SVSU.

Improving our Community. All the time.


How did you spend this past Saturday? I will award extra credit to anyone who answers  “recruiting students,” but this is not a pop quiz. I simply hope it lends perspective to the commitment showed by more than a dozen students (and a few alumni and advisers) who are members of Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity. They devoted their day to building and installing playground equipment at Great Beginnings Christian Childcare Center, located just south of campus in Kochville Township. Their efforts attracted deserved media attention

My appreciation to these individuals and all our students, faculty and staff who make our community a better place to live.

Supporting Our Community

alumni t-shirts

We also show our support of community events throughout the year, and we have two opportunities for you to wear your Cardinal colors and enjoy live concerts next week. The SVSU Alumni Association is inviting all alumni to attend Party on McCarty at the Saginaw Township soccer complex Thursday, Aug. 6. All are welcome, and alumni can receive a free T-shirt if you register via e-mail to by next Tuesday, Aug. 4.

SVSU also is a sponsor of Friday Night Live in downtown Saginaw the following night, Friday, Aug. 7. This is a free, family-friendly event. Both are great opportunities for us to visibly demonstrate our support, so I encourage you to attend as your schedule permits.

TEDxSVSU this Saturday


We will host the first TEDxSVSU speaker series and technology showcase in the style of the popular TED Talks videos this Saturday, Aug. 1, starting at 9 a.m. George Corser, assistant professor of computer science and computer information systems, brought this idea to our campus, and he has been working with a number of student volunteers, as well as faculty and staff, to organize the event. My thanks to all who have played a part in this. Guest speakers include our own Basil Clark, professor emeritus of English; Frank Hall, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and Mike Mosher, professor of art. Several other invited speakers will discuss topics including smartphone security, how to be a good father, Pinterest, and how humans can learn from horses. A full list of scheduled presenters is available at


Changes in the College of Business and Management

Front of Curtiss Hall at dusk

We are taking steps in the College of Business and Management to increase faculty and student collaboration. With Harry Leaver’s retirement, the former Center for Business and Economic Development has been reorganized into the Business Resource and Development Center and will be housed in the College of Business and Management. This will be physically located in C201, on the second floor of Curtiss Hall. It will combine the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, the Stevens Center for Family Business, Continuing Education, and Cardinal Consulting,  a new entity that will serve as a resource for research activities aimed at business innovation. A number of colleagues have been hard at work to organize this new unit. Thanks to all.

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