We hosted a wonderful community event Wednesday night. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder came to campus for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for a thought-provoking and entertaining conversation with Saginaw County Chief Judge Terry Clark, who was outstanding in his role as moderator. Some 1,000 people flocked to the campus for the event, and many of these visitors were able to meet Mr. Holder in person. Thanks to our sponsors and partners, we were able to share this extraordinary opportunity free of charge. Many faculty, staff and students worked with organizers to accommodate this special guest and the large crowd he attracted. Many members of the media covered the event as well. WNEM TV-5’s Colette Boyd served as master of ceremonies. You can watch TV-5’s coverage. Thank you to everyone who made this such a special occasion.
One of those at Wednesday’s event was Christina Chavez, the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, one of the great Latino-American Civil Rights and American labor movement activists of the 20th century. I had the pleasure of meeting Christina, who served as the keynote speaker at our Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute graduation ceremony Thursday. The institute is a tremendous tool for developing the leadership skills of young Hispanic adults, and I’m proud to say we host it here at SVSU. Congratulations to all of these graduates and thank you to everyone who helped them with this great accomplishment.
One of the campus’ most entertaining and culturally-enriching evenings of the year is fast approaching. If you haven’t already done so, please consider picking up your free tickets to the 16th annual Intercultural Night, scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre. Some 40 students representing 15 nations will participate in the event. Many of these students will be dressed according to customs of their homeland as they perform song, dance, fashion and theatre acts. The theme for this year is “Citizen of Art.” Seating is limited, so while admission is free, you must pick up tickets from the
Many of our students need to work over the summer to fund their education. Please remind them about the Summer Job/Internship Fair happening next Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center and the surrounding hallways. Faculty and staff are welcome to stop by and greet the organizations recruiting our students. Career Services reports there are 100 organizations attending. A full list of participating organizations are available at: www.svsu.edu/careerservices/events/employmentfairs/.
There’s some great news coming out of the Department of Music. We recently received word that the National Association of Schools of Music has reaccredited the department for 10 years — the maximum length allowed. Our inspired music faculty, staff and students are exceptional, and I’m pleased to learn their exceptionalism is being recognized at a national scale. Congratulations to everyone who made — and continues to make — this department such a fine feature of our university.
Our fifth cohort of Vitito Fellows has been announced. Once again, we have an excellent group of 11 students from the College of Business and Management representing this prestigious 18-month leadership development program. The Vitito Global Leadership Institute selects its students based on academic ability, character, leadership experience or potential for leadership, and a demonstrated concern for — and willingness — to give back to the community. These are some of the characteristics that define our institution, and I’m pleased that this program of distinction continues to develop those qualities in our students. Our continued thanks, as well, to Bob and Bobbi Vitito for their generous support to endow this program.
return home Monday against Wayne State for 6 and 8 p.m. matchups, respectively.
We are promoting another SVSU family night with The Saginaw Spirit next Wednesday, Feb. 1. The team takes on the Sault Ste. For free tickets, you can contact Jennifer Weiss in University Communications at (989) 964-4039, Student Affairs at (989) 964-4410 or Alumni Relations at (989) 964-4196.
Please mark your calendars for the annual State of the University address Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre. I am looking forward to reviewing some of our biggest successes from the past year while discussing some of the exciting and promising initiatives planned for the near future. I hope you all can attend. For those with scheduling conflicts, we once again will record the address for you to watch at your convenience.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our staff, faculty, students and volunteers who helped with last weekend’s Cardinal College Day. We had a very good turnout: 170 prospective students and their families. These were high school juniors and seniors from across the state. Our work to recruit students never ends, and our Admissions staff already is gearing up for our next big event. On March 25, Admit Discovery Day will cater to those prospective students who have been admitted to enroll for the upcoming academic year. We want to give them another opportunity to meet our outstanding Cardinal family and secure their decision to attend SVSU in the fall. Our friendly and welcoming faculty and staff, and the strength of our academic programs, are critical factors in the decision-making process. Please consider volunteering for this event if you are able.