There are sure signs that another academic year is almost upon us. A number of students are returning to campus in advance of the fall semester, which is inching closer every day. Both the football and volleyball teams have returned, and a number of other student-athletes are on deck to arrive back on campus as pre-season begins. Our summertime residents are in the process of moving to their fall semester housing assignments. On Friday, our RAs will move in and begin training.
The summer schedule at SVSU is busy with STEM-related programs. Next week, you are invited to see the result of one of those endeavors: The Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center (SSEC) Poster Symposium is planned from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Student Center Rotunda. The Dow SSEC involves collaboration between high school students and teachers with SVSU students and faculty members. Next week's symposium is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the fruits of that collaborative spirit.
Our Testing Center recently was awarded a National College Testing Association Test Center Certification for a 5-year period. This certification is a stamp of approval demonstrating SVSU's commitment to quality for serving our students. Congratulations to Ann Coburn-Collins, director of the Office of Adjunct Faculty and Academic Support Programs, and the staff members who provide such a strong foundation for The Testing Center.
Last week, I gave you some advance notice regarding a number of events — partly sponsored by SVSU — scheduled for this weekend. Those events now are only a few days away. They include the 50th annual Saginaw African Cultural Festival, scheduled Friday to Sunday, Aug. 10-12, at the former site of Morley Elementary School, 2533 Lapeer Ave. in Saginaw. Friday Night Live will host "A Legendary Night" from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Morley Plaza in downtown Saginaw. And, finally, the annual India Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex, 3575 McCarty. I hope many of you are able to display your Red Pride during these enriching, fun-filled gatherings.
Congratulations to students and staff of three SVSU Greek life organizations recently honored. Among those honors were with a pair of awards received at Alpha Kappa Lambda's 2018 National Conclave at the Bahamas. Gabe Kasper, a marketing major from Clare, received The Clarence E. Brehm Leadership Award. The Henry T. Moon Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award was given to Riley Hupfer, our assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement. Also recently, our Sigma Pi chapter received several awards during the Sigma Pi National Biennial Convocation at Niagara Falls. The group earned a Top 25 Chapter Award, the Bronze award for chapter efficiency reporting, and the William J. Cutbirth Award for the most community service hours. Meanwhile, SVSU's chapter for Tau Kappa Epsilon was one of 14 chapters nationally to receive the Top TKE Chapter recognition from the fraternity's national office. Congratulations to all the students and advisers responsible for building such a strong, community-minded Greek life culture here at SVSU.
On Friday we will host a gathering featuring Great Lakes Bay Region business leaders as well as a high-ranking official from the African nation of Ghana. Nana Osim Kwatia II, a leader from Ghana (pictured), will discuss economic opportunities abroad to our local guests during the campus event. He will be accompanied by his economic adviser, Oheneba Mercy Akosua Yeboah. Thank you to Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, our Harvey Randall Wickes Chair in International Studies and a native of Ghana, for helping to organize and arrange this special visit. And thank you to Tony Bowrin, dean of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business & Management, and Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law, for their work in coordinating the visit. In addition, our guests from Ghana also will make an appearance at 1 p.m. Saturday at the aforementioned Saginaw African Cultural Festival, whose chairperson is Dawn Hinton, professor of sociology.