The Board of Control this week passed a budget for the new fiscal year that begins next month. They approved a tuition increase of $489 for in-state undergraduates taking 30 credit hours, which falls within the tuition restraint guidelines set by the Legislature. We remain the most affordable public university in the state by a significant margin, and we have made significant increases in our investment toward scholarships and financial aid. Still, I understand many of our students go to great lengths to pay their tuition costs. I would like to thank all of our colleagues who help students in navigating their finances. Your support, as always, is appreciated.
Our board also approved a contract with the Support Staff Association on Monday. The three-year agreement extends from July 2018 to June 2021. We appreciate the fine work our dedicated support staff employees provide on a daily basis. Making a good first impression is so important. These are the people who keep our campus looking its best, who greet students and families and help them when they have questions, and who do important work behind the scenes to ensure our operations continue to run smoothly. I would like to express my appreciation to Ellen Crane, assistant general counsel and director of Human Resources, Tish Yaros, administrative secretary for Information Technology Services and president of the Support Staff Association, and everyone involved in negotiating this agreement.
It is with mixed emotions that I report Luis Canales has informed us that he is stepping down from the Board of Control. It has been a pleasure working Luis Canales over the past year, and I am pleased that he will continue to serve on the SVSU Foundation Board of Directors. He also will continue to work for Nexteer Automotive, so he will not be a stranger to the Great Lakes Bay Region. We thank Luis for his service, and we wish him and his family all the best as his wife takes on a medical practice in San Francisco.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Wednesday Light Up the City celebration, which SVSU co-sponsored. The Consumers Energy-championed initiative - supported by a number of sponsors from the region - is aimed at encouraging residents to promote safety by turning on their porch lights. SVSU prides itself on community engagement, and I was proud of the way our institution supported this important initiative in Saginaw. Please continue to support this initiative, which continues for six more weeks. For more information about Light Up the City, visit www.facebook.com/LightUpTheCitySaginaw/.
As many of you may be aware, Mike Major is leaving SVSU to accept a three-year appointment to teach at the U.S. Naval Academy as part of his commitment as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. We thank Mike for his efforts over the years to expand the offerings the Career Services provides our students and to employers in the region and the state. We wish him well and thank him for his service to our university and our country. With Mike’s departure, the office is in good hands, as Bill Stec has agreed to serve as interim director and Tom Barnikow will serve as interim associate director.
Pictured: (L to R) Bill Stec, assistant director of Career Services; Michael Major, director of Career Services; Alicia Moll, administrative secretary; and Tom Barnikow, assistant director of Career Services.
Our work to recruit new students never stops. Never. The next Cardinal College Day is scheduled for this Saturday. Around 150 students – most of them having just finished their junior of year of high school – have registered, which means we are expecting between 350 and 400 total visitors. This particular Cardinal College Day also will feature student panels representing our five academic colleges. These initiatives are critical to our student recruitment. Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer to set the stage for another successful event.
Photo credit: WEYI TV
We were pleased to host an Education Employment Fair this week for our students and alumni, the public, and many school districts from across the state and beyond, including Alaska. SVSU continues to be a leader in the education field and a vital resource for our community. The fair was well-attended and received considerable media coverage.
ABC-12 "SVSU hosts Education Employment Fair to battle teacher shortage"
NBC 25 "SVSU holds job fair to address Michigan's teacher shortage"
My thanks to everyone in Career Services and the College of Education who worked to make this a success, as well.