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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, March 29, 2016

Great showing for Career Fair

We enjoyed a tremendous turn out from employers at today’s spring employment fair. Our colleagues in Career Services worked with more than 150 employers and organizations eager to recruit our talented students and alumni, as well as members of the general public. This year’s total eclipses the then-record of 130 organizations that participated in last year’s spring fair. The event provided an opportunity to appear on WSGW’s Art Lewis show and share the many great things happening here with his listeners. My thanks to Mike Major, director, and the folks at Career Services for their tireless efforts to build effective relationships with regional businesses and help them understand that SVSU students and graduates provide this region with a great human resource. (photo credit - MLive Media Group)

Deadline approaching for Great Colleges to Work For survey

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We are nearing the deadline for faculty and staff to complete the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For survey. To date, our response rate has been lower than we would like and below the threshold needed for full consideration. As it turns out, yours truly was among those who were randomly selected. I can confirm that the confidential survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. Please check your e-mail from Monday, March 14 (the day we returned from spring break) for an e-mail from “Great Colleges” <>. I realize this is a busy time of year, but your participation is important. These survey results will play an important role in our internal assessment and strategic planning processes. The report will provide information critical to our ongoing efforts to build and maintain an exceptional work environment. If you were selected, please complete your survey by next Friday, April 8.

Kudos to Sara Beth Keough


Congratulations to Sara Beth Keough, associate professor of geography, on being selected as a Fulbright Scholar. She has received a Teaching/Research Award from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board– which is highly competitive – to support her travel to the African country of Niger and to conduct field research and collaborate with colleagues in geography at Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey. Sara Beth plans to continue her study of the water and cultural practices and materials among the people of Niger.

Occupational Therapy

My compliments to occupational therapy students Marissa Hartwig, Courtney Seaman, Samantha Williams and Sarah Witherspoon. They recently wrote a very interesting column on the profession that appeared in the Midland Daily News.  It is great to see our students taking this sort of initiative and receiving the support of faculty to do so.

Sleepy Hollow opens next week

As we reach the home stretch of the academic year, there will be an abundance of activity in the coming weeks. Our new theatre production, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” kicks off the first of five showings Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. Ric Roberts, professor of theatre, is directing this production, and he’s promising his production is pulling no punches in bringing The Headless Horseman to the stage. We will have a few K-12 schools bringing their students to some morning showings, and I hope you can come out to see this theatre season’s grand finale. Visit their website for showtimes and ticket information.

Red Zone Rally

Last week, we rode the wave of our men’s basketball program’s Elite Eight tournament run in Frisco, Texas. We are enjoying a banner year for Athletics, and we celebrated this at Thursday’s Red Zone Rally. It was a great morale booster and a testament to the Red Pride our students, staff and faculty embody. The rally attracted a tremendous turnout, and I know our student-athletes appreciated it. Those in attendance heard some inspiring words from basketball coaches Randy Baruth and Jamie Pewinski, as well as Mike Watson, athletic director. I’m so proud of everyone involved in our athletics programs for the manner in which they represent our university. That goes for our fans who cheer on our athletes and coaches, as well. Let’s keep the momentum going as our spring sports team seasons continue. Please attend athletic contests, poster sessions, concerts, presentations, and the like over these next few weeks. I know this is a demanding time, but it means a great deal to our students to see faculty and staff supporting them and taking interest in them.

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