For those on campus this week, you likely have noticed the more than 400 young men who were on campus for the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program summer camp. These elite athletes from across the Midwest have been staying in our residence halls and taking advantage of our fine facilities, while showcasing their talent to scouts from U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer. More than 400 young women arrive Thursday for their camp. My thanks to everyone involved in welcoming these young people, and their coaches and families.
Our work to recruit new students and spread the word about SVSU never stops. Several members of our Admissions staff participated in the 36th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle Wednesday. The event drew some 40,000 youth introducing them to post-secondary education opportunities, while enjoying themselves in fun activities. My thanks to all our colleagues involved, including Admissions team members Katrina Murrell, Devon Purdue, Michelle Stanley, and Jonathan Lockwood, who donned the feathers of the Coop costume.
We are hosting a delegation of 15 students from Shanghai Normal University in China, one of our sister schools. These students are here for a three-week business program, which provides a rich opportunity for them, as well as for faculty and students in our College of Business and Management.
We also have two groups visiting from Ming Chuan University in Taiwan. One includes 23 students who are here to take classes while also offering a free summer camp to teach Mandarin to the local community. Another nine students are here as a study abroad cohort. My appreciation to everyone involved in hosting our guests. It bears mentioning that these guests, much like those attending the soccer camp, also are being introduced to the Great Lakes Bay Region and boosting our local economy. This example is one of many ways in which we support our community.
Yours truly enjoyed playing a few rounds of golf last week. My game is not nearly as good as the ladies on our women’s golf team, who are excelling in the classroom, as well. Emily Barker, Sabrina Coffman and Alexa Marston each were selected as All-American Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association. These young women each possess a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, in addition to their fine play on the course. Congratulations. Go Cards!