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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, July 24, 2017

Support our local farmer's market

Tables of fresh produce: corn, tomatoes, broccoli.

As we enter harvest season, I encourage you to visit the Cardinal Square Farmers Market. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fresh fruits (peaches and melon) and vegetables (sweet corn and tomatoes) are available from multiple vendors. The Kochville Downtown Development Authority will be handing out raffle tickets to all people who visit the market today (Thursday, July 27), and 50 winners will be drawn and those tickets can be used as a $5 voucher at the market anytime during 2017.  This is a joint venture between SVSU and Kochville Township and a great opportunity to support local growers.

Red Pride in Motown

Several SVSU students hired as part of the Quicken Loans 2017 summer internship program

Learning does not stop during the summer, and many of you work with our students to provide them with internships and other experiential learning opportunities over the summer months. Bill Stec, assistant director of Career Services, recently traveled to Detroit to visit several SVSU students hired as part of the Quicken Loans 2017 summer internship program. This program receives 30,000 resumes each year, and they hire about 1,000 of those applicants. Of this year’s crop, 24 interns are proud Cardinals. These are students majoring in a variety of academic programs including marketing, graphic design, management, communication as well as finance. What an impressive — but not surprising — showing by our students. These internships sometimes lead to full-time opportunities (see to story on Iridian Juarez). We should all be proud that our students are making such a good impression on a company that has become a vital part of Detroit’s economic growth.

Cardinal College Day at SVSU

Student with Coop at Cardinal College Day

Our recruitment efforts do not take a summer break, either, and next Friday, Aug. 4, our campus will host the next Cardinal College Day. You will see groups of students touring campus, enjoying lunch and interacting with faculty, staff and students. I would like to thank the Admissions staff and all of the volunteers who were involved in organizing this event ... and who will be involved in introducing our Cardinal family to prospective students and their families. Let’s be sure to give them a warm Cardinal welcome.

Welcoming you back

‌‌‌Collage of images of families enjoying the Annual Welcome Back address and picnic scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24

Please keep an eye on your email inbox for an RSVP invitation to the annual Welcome Back address and picnic scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24. The address starts at 4 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, and the picnic is planned from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Owsley Grove. I hope you and your family are able to attend. I will be discussing our achievements from the last academic year and outlining our goals for the upcoming semesters during the address, then enjoying your company and our campus’ fine dining afterward.

Friday Night livin’

Once again, SVSU will serve as a co-sponsor to one of the six Friday Night Live concerts planned this year.

This is the season for some of our community’s most exciting festivities ... including downtown Saginaw’s Friday Night Live series. Once again, SVSU will serve as a co-sponsor to one of the six concerts planned this year. You are sure to have a blast when attending our classic rock-themed concert featuring musicians Randy Brock and Hipakritz on Friday, Aug. 11. The show is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown’s Morley Plaza. There is no entry fee. Just wear your Cardinal attire and bring your dancing shoes and/or lawn chairs. I hope to see many of you in attendance.

The ‘Battle’ ahead

Fall will be here before we know it, and with it the excitement for this fall’s Battle of the Valleys competition (September 24-30). Recently, Student Association announced our 2017 charity partner. The Mustard Seed is a homeless shelter in Saginaw that supports women with children by providing shelter, food and a caring home environment, while helping them move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Last year, we raised $26,000 for Hidden Harvest as part of this annual tradition. With The Mustard Seed, we are looking forward to helping yet another organization improve our communitie

To ‘Infinity’ and beyond

Camp Infinity participants build tiny robotic cars and make slime.

I would like to thank everyone involved in helping our campus host Camp Infinity this week. This program is aimed at both educating middle school girls on computer and Internet technology tools as well as promoting interest in STEM studies in general. This is an initiative important to our institution and the camp’s community partners, which include The Dow Chemical Company, IBM, Microsoft, and the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation. This camp is one of many summer programs organized to engage K-12 students in topics that inspire them; these camps bring a great many visitors to our campus. My thanks to everyone who has supported these programs and helped our guests on their educational journeys.

For a good cause

Collection bin for United Way of Saginaw County's used shoe drive

The United Way of Saginaw County is organizing a used shoe drive, and our campus is serving as one of the collection sites. All types and sizes of shoes are requested, and all donations will help impact our community. If you have a spare pair to share, please bring in your shoes by Sunday, Sept. 3. Collection locations include the offices of Alumni Relations, Career Services, the deans’ offices for all five of our academic colleges, the Ryder Center’s Fitness Center south entrance, and the Student Life Center. Let me extend my appreciation to Deborah Huntley, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Mike Major, Career Services director, for organizing this campus-wide initiative.

More Cultural Competency events scheduled

Graphic of logo for Cultural Competency Dialogue sessions with text reading We Engage.

If you have not yet attended one of the Cultural Competency Dialogue sessions held so far, I would encourage you to consider signing up for one of the programs scheduled between now and December. All of the sessions up to this point have been well-attended and filled with engaging discussion about important issues. We are assessing the effectiveness of these sessions, and early returns through the first six dialogues are positive. Participants report a better understanding of the topic after completing the dialogue, and 75 percent of participants say they have identified strategies to implement as a result of their participation. The next session is Monday, July 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You can find a full schedule of upcoming events here: To RSVP, please call the Office of Diversity Programs at 964-4068.

National academic honors for student-athletes

We Achieve - SVSU Athletics

Our student-athletes compete hard in their chosen sport and in the classroom. Three recent honors are evidence of this. The women's swimming & diving team received the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team honors after earning a 3.24 GPA for this past academic year. Four individuals from the women's swimming & diving team earned Scholar All-America awards too: Alexandria Davis, Lydia Mattar, Melanie Soenksen and Wilhelmina Francisco. From the men's side, Dalton Pokley earned Scholar All-America Honorable Mention honors.

The women's basketball team received the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top-25 Team Honor Roll after finishing 18th in all of NCAA Division II with their team GPA of 3.576. This is the third time in four years that the program has been listed in the category.

The men's golf team earned the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Team Academic Award. We were one of 41 schools in the nation to earn the distinction, receiving the recognition by earning over a 3.0 GPA for this past academic year.

These national awards bring valuable attention to our university for the right reasons. Go Cards!

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