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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, Sept. 21

Nursing Honor

Congratulations to our colleagues in nursing, who learned this week that we received a Chapter Key award from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. To receive this honor, our chapter demonstrated it excelled in four categories: leadership development, membership engagement, chapter operations and recruitment and publicity. This required considerable time from students, faculty and staff to implement and record activities. We have had a strong chapter since 1986, but this our first time receiving this very competitive honor. We will be formally recognized in November in front of some 2,000 people from 30 countries at the society’s biennial convention in Las Vegas. Again, my congratulations to all involved.

Kudos to Kaczynski

John Kaczynski, director of government relations, has managed to impress a few people. He was recognized this week by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as an up-and-coming leader, during the group’s ninth annual 10 Over the Next Ten Awards on Tuesday night.  

Beyond his current role, John also has been very effective for years working with our politically-minded students to find them internships and opportunities. Congratulations, John.

United Way Kickoff

Thanks to everyone who attended our United Way kick off events this week. As a community-engaged university, it is important for us to demonstrate our support of the community in many ways, and giving to your local United Way is one way to do that.  If you missed the kick-off events this week, you can still claim an "SVSU Lives United" tee-shirt if you turn in your pledge form this month to human resources.

Arts and Culture


The number of artistic and cultural offerings we have on campus over the course of the year is truly astounding. Our Fall Focus Lecture Series kicked off Tuesday night and was well attended (pictured is Eman Mohammed, our first speaker delivering a talk to students). We have several more speakers ahead, including a few of our colleagues; the full schedule is at  Our Rhea Miller Concert Series opens this weekend and the performer, pianist Kevin Cole, has proven so popular that we added a second show. Our own students will be performing in concerts and plays soon, too. Please attend these events as you are able; your attendance is noticed and appreciated.

Decisive victories for Athletics

Our Cardinal football program suffered a tough loss to Michigan Tech on Saturday.  If that was the only contest you were able to attend, you missed some very convincing wins Sunday. Women’s soccer defeated Tiffin 8-1. Not to be outdone, the men immediately followed with a 9-1 win over Walsh. That’s 17 goals in one day! Tennis also notched an 8-1 win over Michigan Tech. Men’s soccer is home again this Friday and Sunday, and volleyball plays their first home match and will host a faculty-staff appreciation night next Tuesday, Sept. 29. Go Cards!

Market Research Workshops Starting Strong

My appreciation to all of you who have signed up to participate in our market research process. Our research partners have remarked on how active participants have been in the early sessions. I am not surprised, but I am pleased to hear that you are committed to supporting our institutional priority of building the brand. A few workshops are filled to capacity, but many openings remain, so if you have not yet registered, I encourage you to do so [ online registration form » ]. Also, if you attended the Tuesday or Wednesday workshops this week, the sessions on Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9 will build upon your initial input, so you can participate in that format, as well. 

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