I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Student Association president Cody McKay and president-elect Lauren Kreiss Friday. We discussed their transition plans, but most importantly, we had good conversation about how together we can best advocate for students and provide them with an outstanding student experience. We are blessed with a great many student leaders who truly care about the welfare of others and their university, and especially as we move closer to the conclusion of another school year, I am thankful for all that they contribute.
I am proud to report that more than 300 people already have signed up to volunteer for the statewide FIRST Robotics competition we will be hosting next week. This competition will bring nearly 5,000 high school students to campus, plus their teachers, coaches, parents and others. That kind of presence means help is needed, and many of you are answering the call. We could still use more help — on Saturday especially. If you’re in a position to lend a hand, we would appreciate it. You can register online at svsu.edu/firstvolunteers.
I also would like to thank everyone in advance for showing patience and offering Cardinal hospitality to the thousands of additional people who will be on campus from Wednesday to Saturday. It is in our institutional DNA to be gracious to others, and I have no doubt this quality will shine through as we greet our visitors next week.
Our students have initiated several community engagement projects are among the highlights of this week. Among those events are the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event that happened Thursday in Curtiss Hall to raise funds and awareness to prevent sexual assault during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; the Vitito Fellows who will be hosting a Friday dinner to recognize local Vietnam veterans for their military service, as well as had planned an event to honor veterans Thursday at opening day for the Great Lakes Loons before the game was rained out; and the Roberts Fellows who will be leading two events: a Welcome Home Run 5K on Saturday in partnership with the Welcome Home Organization; and a non-perishable food collection/bike riding event on campus Sunday in collaboration with Saginaw’s Counter Cruise organization. These initiatives demonstrate our students’ outstanding leadership qualities as well as their drive to better the lives of our neighbors.
Our neighborly nature extend to venues outside of the campus as well. Members of our English Language Program will share their international experiences with fifth grade students from Carrollton Public Schools during the “Passport to the World” event today. Then members of our Writing Center-led Saginaw Community Writing Center will team with the Public Libraries of Saginaw to host a workshop to help individuals write their family histories Tuesday at Butman-Fish Branch Library. These events are sure to enrich the lives of our community.
As we count down the number of days until the end of the semester, we are sure to hear a number of stories about outstanding academic endeavors. One recent example: Alec Ward, an Almont native who will graduate next month with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Last Saturday, he presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of Michigan Section of Mathematical Association of America at Ferris State University. His paper was titled, "How a parabola can be a Source of Difference Equations." Alec, voted as the outstanding graduate for our Department of Mathematical Sciences this year, has been accepted for assistantships for graduate studies at five institutions. Whichever institution he chooses, they will be gaining a Cardinal we can all be proud of.
The following week is loaded with activities here on campus for supporters of Athletics and our student-athletes. Weather permitting, the 20-7 softball team plays a doubleheader against Wayne State beginning noon Saturday. On Sunday, the team plays a doubleheader vs. Tiffin at noon, then returns to the field Tuesday at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader vs. Concordia. The 9-15 baseball team plays a doubleheader vs. Tiffin beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, then play in a rematch doubleheader beginning at noon Monday. Baseball has another doubleheader — vs. Northwood — scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday. For those fans starved for Cardinal football, the team will play its annual spring game Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Let’s also wish the best of luck to those teams competing outside of campus in the coming week, including the men’s and women’s golf teams as well as the track and field team.
Meanwhile, off the field, the Cardinal Cabaret auction is set for 5 p.m. Saturday in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms. I would like to thank everyone in advance for participating in this fun and worthwhile fundraising event, which provides funds for degree-completion scholarships for student-athletes.